Cosmos in the Lostbelt 5.1: Atlantis/Story

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Mash
Good morning, Senpai!
Is your formal dress all ready to go?

Mash
I know it's been a long two weeks since we got back from the Indian Lostbelt...

Mash
But today, they're finally supposed to finish making modifications to the Shadow Border...

Mash
...and complete construction on the new Nautilus that has the Shadow Border at its core.

Mash
I can't wait to see what it looks like once they let us back into the dock at 9:00 a.m.

Mash
I remember Captain was very particular about having us, quote:

Mash
“Wake up at the crack of dawn and remain on standby until further notice”...

Mash
...which just makes me that much more curious.

Da Vinci
Ahem. Testing, testing...
Everything good with this mic?

Da Vinci
Hey guys! Can you hear me? Are my dulcet tones carrying clearly to your waiting ears?

Da Vinci
Tomlin, Kawata, Octavia, Chin,
Cayenne, Elron, Marcus, Meunière...

Da Vinci
...Director Goredolf, Mash,
and last but not least, Fujimaru!

Da Vinci
As the eleven staff members of Novum Chaldea,
your patience has been much appreciated!

Da Vinci
Now come on down to the dock and meet our brand-new ship!

Da Vinci
That's right! It's time for the launch ceremony for Captain Nemo's Nautilus!

B:Nemo? A
Hey hey!
Thanks for coming to celebrate with us!

C:Nemo? B
We're sooo lucky we got to put the Nautilus together in a secret underground dock like this!

D:Nemo? C
Congratulations, guys! We deserve it!
I can't wait till we can set sail!

E:Nemo? D
Congratulations to you too, Fujimaru and Mash!

E:Nemo? D
You guys are gonna be there for tomorrow's test voyage too, right?

E:Nemo? D
Oh man, it's gonna be so much fun! I wonder if we can still fire torpedoes in the Void Sea!?

Mash
U-um, Master, do you know why there are so many Nemos here!?

  1. It's a whole series of Nemos...the “Nemo Series!”
  2. No, but I've seen them around here and there before.
  Select: It's a whole series of Nemos...the “Nemo Series!”

  Select: No, but I've seen them around here and there before.

===Branch End===

Nemo
Hey! Who said you could leave your posts!? You're making a mockery of the launch ceremony, dammit! Marines! Line up!

B:The Nemos?
Aah! Look out, guys, Captain's all mad☆
Come on, let's all line up☆

Nemo
That's more like it.
Now, roll call!

Nemo? A
Nemo Marine, reporting for duty! I'm in charge of the deck! And I want you to requisition me a new mop!

Nemo? B
Nemo Marine, reporting for duty! I'm in charge of loading the really, reeeally heavy torpedoes! Will somebody trade posts with me!?

Nemo? C
Nemo Marine, reporting for duty! I'm in charge of the computer room, and I'm still not sure taking notes by hand is really the best idea!

Nemo? D
Nemo Marine, reporting for duty! I'm in charge of cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms! A clean ship is a happy ship☆

Nemo? E
Nemo Marine, reporting for duty!
I'm in charge of–

Meunière
Whoa... Whoooaaa!

Goredolf
Oh for! That's enough, dammit!

Goredolf
I was a bit overwhelmed with all the new information even before this parade of identical faces!

Goredolf
What is the meaning of this, Captain!?
Since when do you have so damn many subordinates!?

Nemo
That's as silly as asking a fluvial sculpin why it swims upstream, Goredolf.

Nemo
The marines are clones, or instances of me who specialize in different operations.

Nemo
Having a large enough crew is an essential part of any voyage.

Nemo
I didn't make the marines for you guys. I made them solely to help with the ship, and the ship is where they'll stay.

Nemo
You could say they're animated metaphors for my mental support structure; they're fully autonomous possible alternate versions of me who–

Sion
Thank you, Captain, I will take it from here. You have many talents, but explaining things is clearly not one of them.

Sion
You see, the ability Captain is using to make these clones belongs to neither Nemo the Heroic Spirit nor to Triton the Divine Spirit.

Sion
Those of us at the Atlas Institute use a technique called Memory Partition as part of our basic thought processes...

Sion
...so I gave Captain the ability to use it when I formed a contract with him.

Sion
Essentially, it lets you, well, partition your brain so that you can have multiple selves processing different things simultaneously.

Sion
In Captain's case, that resulted in him gaining the ability to create multiple physical selves that all act with complete autonomy.

Sion
In other words, all the work pertaining to running a ship that Captain Nemo has been doing by himself to date...

Sion
...or, perhaps more accurately, all the work he had been wishing to do but was thus far unable to carry out due to a lack of personnel...

Sion
...is now being carried out by all these other Nemos thanks to the evolution he independently achieved!

  1. Wow! (Talk about a hard worker!)
  2. Then they don't all just look like Nemo, they ARE all Nemo!
  Select: Wow! (Talk about a hard worker!)

  Select: Then they don't all just look like Nemo, they ARE all Nemo!

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Nemo Marines
Aye, aye, {(M) sir /(F) ma'am}! Though of course, we all have to do whatever the Captain tells us to!

Mash
So there's going to be lots and lots of Nemos working on board the Nautilus then!

Nemo
Well, the number of marines will change depending on the circumstances. Also, the marines aren't the only other Nemos in my Nemo Series.

Nemo
I'll introduce you to them properly when the time is right, but for now...

Nemo
There's Nemo Professor, whose job is to analyze situations, come up with plans, and conduct scientific research.

Nemo
Next, there's Nemo Baker, the cook who'll be in charge of preparing everyone's meals. All these roles are important, of course, but hers stands out in particular.

Nemo
Then there's Nemo Engineer, who's so cantankerous you'd never believe she was me. She'll just as soon throw a wrench at you as look at you.

Nemo
Those, along with the marines, are the crew I'll be taking along to run the ship.

Nemo
The only downside is that bringing the Border aboard the new Nautilus means there won't be any room for a bakery, so I won't be calling Baker.

Meunière
No Baker? Aw man, that's a real shame.

Meunière
Still, it's looking more and more like a real submarine, isn't it!? When're you gonna take it out for a test-dive, Captain!?

Nemo
Oh, I'd like to do that no later than tomorrow.

Nemo
We'll need to cross an ocean from the Age of Gods in this next Lostbelt, so I have to make sure everything is shipshape, figuratively speaking.

Nemo
However, the only ones who will be coming with me are Mash and Fujimaru. The rest of you will be staying here.

Meunière
What!? Why!?

Da Vinci
We have our reasons, Meunière.
Sorry, it just wasn't in the cards this time.

Da Vinci
While Captain, Mash, and Fujimaru are out there testing the Nautilus, the rest have our work cut out for us getting ready to infiltrate the Atlantic Lostbelt.

Da Vinci
Developing the ultra long-range lens...
Doubling and tripling the Nautilus's defensive systems...

Da Vinci
Reinforcing Fujimaru's Mystic Codes...
Fine-tuning Mash's Ortinax...

Da Vinci
Basically, Meunière, we all have an absolute ton of things to do here.

Da Vinci
We just don't have the time to spare for you to be wasting your magecraft expertise on a submarine test-dive.

Meunière
Dammit! Of all the rotten luck!

Meunière
If I'd known it was gonna hold me back like this one day, I would've sold my magical crest and gotten out of the magecraft game long ago!

Goredolf
Hahahaha! That's the boldest statement I've heard in a long time!

Goredolf
But in case you need a reminder, if you weren't a mage, you would never have been hired at Chaldea in the first place!

Goredolf
So how about you just resign yourself to helping the technical advisor like a good little lackey, and let me take responsibility for what is sure to be a delightful Nautilus test-di–

Da Vinci
You sure, Gordy? You do know they're going for a test-dive in the Void Sea, not the Wandering Sea, right?

Goredolf
Er, yes, as I was saying, I will let Fujimaru handle it, as I have a lot of...ah, directory work I need to do myself. Yes, quite a lot indeed.

Da Vinci
Then it's settled.

Da Vinci
This afternoon, I'll be holding a class to explain all about the Nautilus's equipment and facilities, as well as what to do in case of emergency.

Da Vinci
Then tomorrow, Fujimaru, Mash,
and Captain will take it out for a test-dive.

Da Vinci
While they're off doing that, the rest of us will be getting things ready here at the Wandering Sea for our infiltration of the Atlantic Lostbelt.

Da Vinci
It'll probably take around seven days to wrap everything up, so this could be your last chance to relax on standby for a while.

Da Vinci
Make sure you're all well rested so that you can give your best for what's to come.

Mash
Right!

  1. Got it!
  2. That goes for you too, Da Vinci!
  Select: Got it!

  Select: That goes for you too, Da Vinci!

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Inner Monologue
My journey is drawing to an end. It won't be long now before I arrive at my destination in southern Nevada.

Inner Monologue
Not that it'll change anything once I get there.
I certainly won't be getting a reward for my trouble.

Inner Monologue
Nor do I have a home to return to,
or enough fuel to get me there even if I did.

Inner Monologue
The only point this journey ever had was to get where I was going.

Inner Monologue
...Well, no, that may be technically accurate, but it's still not quite right. Let me be clear, so I don't invite any misunderstandings.

Inner Monologue
When I say I don't have a home to return to, I don't mean that in the heartless, cold-blooded bastard sense.

Inner Monologue
My home may be gone now, but I still remember it clearly. And as long as I have those memories, I'll never feel the pain of its loss.

Inner Monologue
See, since I was born, I've had the ability, for better or worse, to recall anything I've ever seen in perfect detail.

Inner Monologue
It's called, “hyperthymesia,” though it's more commonly known as a superior autobiographical memory.

Inner Monologue
My friends considered it a disability, and sympathized with the drawbacks, but scientists considered it a gift.

Inner Monologue
It drove me insane when I was a kid. At some points, it caused me to hate cities and people in general.

Inner Monologue
When I grew up, I left the city behind and started living a much quieter life out in a village near the mountains.

Inner Monologue
As a result, I've only spent about a third of my life in busy, urban areas, so I'm not really overburdened with memories of those places.

Inner Monologue
Still, my memories are just as clear now as they ever were. I can see the friends I used to hang out with smiling and laughing as if they were right here with me.

Inner Monologue
Of course, that includes the beautiful scenery and the stars that used to twinkle bright all across the nighttime sky.

Inner Monologue
...Maybe that's why I couldn't shake my doubts about why this happened the way it did.

Inner Monologue
Something just seemed...off.

Inner Monologue
I don't mean the Earth's surface being bleached white. I mean it feels like something even bigger has changed, but in a way I can't put my finger on it.

Inner Monologue
Whatever it is, I've noticed it at different points during this journey.

Inner Monologue
There was something different about the skies above Russia, Scandinavia, China, India... Whatever it was, they weren't the same skies I'd seen before.

Inner Monologue
There must be some other change occurring in places I'm not privy to. Or maybe some other humans besides me are struggling to fight back.

Inner Monologue
Maybe they're doing their best to retake this world, this planet, this universe for humanity even as I speak.

Inner Monologue
...Unfortunately, as intriguing as that possibility is, those places are much too far away for me to make a detour, and I have precious little time left as it is.

Inner Monologue
I ran out of food yesterday,
and my bike's not going to last much longer, either.

Inner Monologue
Again, once I reach my destination,
my journey is over.

Inner Monologue
It would be nice if whoever's causing these changes taking place around the world were to stop by the States...

Inner Monologue
...but I doubt anyone who's lost as hard as me and the rest of humanity have anything close to that kind of good luck left.

Inner Monologue
...What a strange feeling.

Inner Monologue
Even if this is the end for me, in multiple senses, it still feels good to achieve the goal I set for myself.

Inner Monologue
“Why did humanity die out?”
“Why did these alien invaders show up?”

Inner Monologue
“Why did they conquer us by bleaching the Earth white?”

Inner Monologue
My heart is racing at the prospect of possibly uncovering the answers to these and all the other mysteries.

Inner Monologue
I've arrived at the U.S. Air Force base once known as Area 51. It's the one place–the only part of the texture–on the entire planet that managed to evade the bleaching.

Inner Monologue
The sheer secrecy surrounding this place led to all sorts of rumors about high-tech experiments and training being conducted here, but you'd never know that looking at it now.

Inner Monologue
Not only are there no survivors here, there's not so much as a single piece of cutting-edge equipment.

Inner Monologue
Any seaplanes and armored tanks that may have been here before are long gone.

Inner Monologue
And since there's no power, I doubt I'll be able to stock up on food or water, either.

Inner Monologue
On the plus side, the buildings are mostly untouched, so at least I shouldn't have to go sifting through rubble.

Inner Monologue
...I can't believe it. Rain clouds cropped up here out of nowhere. I guess that means it still rains in the last area on Earth that hasn't been bleached away.

Inner Monologue
I pushed my excitement down to keep it from getting the better of me, and began carefully making my way through the base.

Inner Monologue
The rain clouds that cropped up in the skies overhead stuck around the whole time I was there.

Inner Monologue
I learned several things from my expedition into the inside of the base; the part completely cut off from the outside world.

Inner Monologue
I wish I could offer my own personal insights on what I found, but since I'm running low on both time and energy, I'll have to stick to just the facts.

Inner Monologue
This base did in fact contain an alien life-form.

Inner Monologue
“2018 - Subject E Relocation”
“2018 - Initiate Subject E Examination”

Inner Monologue
According to the documents I found, this “subject” had flown to New Mexico in the year 2018.

Inner Monologue
The craft it had been piloting either burned up when it entered Earth's atmosphere (or was possibly destroyed by the subject itself, according to a handwritten note)...

Inner Monologue
...leaving the subject completely exposed upon its discovery.

Inner Monologue
The injuries sustained during its emergency landing had left it critically wounded and near death...

Inner Monologue
...but by flash-freezing it, the Air Force managed to preserve its life functions. They then brought it to this base.

Inner Monologue
All the other records pertaining to the subject can be summed up in a single word: “gruesome.”

Inner Monologue
The scientists performed all kinds of tests, experiments, and surgeries in order to keep this alien visitor alive.

Inner Monologue
They conducted clinical trials with different kinds of medicine. They tested every known substance on Earth to see how it would react.

Inner Monologue
They observed reactions that corresponded to pain.
They observed reactions that corresponded to joy.

Inner Monologue
To measure its endurance, they stopped supplying it with nutrients. Then they tried burning it. Freezing it. Melting it. Attaching things to it.

Inner Monologue
They stirred its intestines around. Cut off parts of its body. Measured signals from the organ they thought was its brain.

Inner Monologue
They performed all of this research, what could also be called the very crystallization of human history, on the subject while it was still living.

Inner Monologue
...It didn't take long for the surgical procedures meant to resuscitate the subject to morph into brutally exploitative experiments.

Inner Monologue
And since the cells taken from the subject's samples were made up of elements that didn't exist anywhere on the planet...

Inner Monologue
...it wasn't hard to imagine that further research could eventually lead to military and civilian applications.

Inner Monologue
Truth be told, that was where the top brass's true interests lied.

Inner Monologue
After all, ever since the turn of the twentieth century, the energy race between nations had only continued to pick up speed...

Inner Monologue
...and there was now an insurmountable gap between industrialized nations and developing ones.

Inner Monologue
I could tell from poring over the documents that they began with the best of intentions.

Inner Monologue
They wanted their research to result in a better life for every person on Earth. To help humanity move past its endless squabbling for wealth and forge ahead with new, loftier goals.

Inner Monologue
However...Area 51's researchers didn't see things the same way.

Inner Monologue
With every experiment they ran, they became more and more certain that the subject was emitting a constant, unknown signal. It was calling for help.

Inner Monologue
So they thought, if they kept running experiments on it, if they kept inflicting greater levels of pain on it...

Inner Monologue
...even more potential test subjects were bound to show up.

Inner Monologue
That's why this all happened.
This wasn't a natural disaster. It was a man-made one.

Inner Monologue

           (But is that truly the reason?)

Inner Monologue
I finally know why those trees came here.
Now...I just have to confirm one last thing.

Inner Monologue
Was this the true cause? Was there really a “Subject E” here, at this base? I have to see it for myself.

Inner Monologue
And I have to do it before I die of malnutrition.

Inner Monologue
It took me several days to discover that door.

Inner Monologue
“E Reference Room.” A secret area that had been built even further underneath the base's underground structure.

Inner Monologue
I manage to open the door and make my way inside the sealed-off passageway.

Inner Monologue
...I can already tell there's something here. This is it. This is where I'll find the answers I've been seeking.

Inner Monologue
There's just something...different about the air in this passageway that makes that all too clear.

Inner Monologue
My instruments aren't picking up anything unusual, even though the passageway itself is like something from another world–entirely removed from what we think of as reality.

Inner Monologue
I know this passageway is made out of iron and steel, but it feels like I'm walking on pulsating jelly.

Inner Monologue
I make my way across the simultaneously hard, soft, warm, cold floor, one careful step at a time.

Inner Monologue
My body temperature is dropping like a stone. I can barely breathe. My consciousness is hanging by a thread.

Inner Monologue
...I can't even remember how many days it's been since I last had something to eat or drink.

Inner Monologue
Soon, I won't even have enough energy left to talk into this recorder.

Inner Monologue
But I can't stop now. I have to find the answers before I die. Answers that I'm sure lie just beyond this passage...

David
...?

Inner Monologue
The only sound that escaped my lips was a quiet gasp of shock.

Inner Monologue
It was the most retro room I could have imagined. If I hadn't known better, I would never have thought it was located in the middle of one of the most high-tech bases on Earth.

Inner Monologue
And yet, there it was atop the exam table. A bizarre...thing that resembled nothing so much as a dead tree.

A:???
...Hey there. It's about time you showed up, Bluebook.

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Peperoncino
...That's all I've got to report.
Any other questions?

Kadoc
...This isn't like you, Pepe. Didn't you always used to tell us we should act our cheeriest when we've lost?

Kadoc
Unless, of course, you don't consider the Indian Lostbelt disappearing a loss at all?

Peperoncino
My, my. I see that at least your sharp tongue has managed a full recovery, Kadoc.

Peperoncino
Alrighty then, let me rephrase!

Peperoncino
Not only did I get in a fight with my Lostbelt's king, my very own Servant washed his hands of me...

Peperoncino
...and I had to run all the way here with my tail between my legs after Chaldea, our SWORN ENEMY, saved my life! I'm clearly the best Crypter!

Peperoncino
But at least the roasted bananas were suuuper yummy!!!

Kadoc
Never mind, I take it back! You're just as cheery as ever!
Now shut up already, will you!?

Beryl
Now that's our Peperoncino! Besides, it's still too soon to declare yourself a loser.

Beryl
Knowing you, you must've really gotten in their good graces, right?

Beryl
There's more to a death match than just slipping a knife between the other guy's ribs. Getting your opponent attached to you's a pro-level long game move.

Beryl
So the way things are going, I'm betting their next destination'll be their last. Am I right?

Peperoncino
Oh yes, this next one will settle things once and for all. They won't be going to your Lostbelt.

Peperoncino
I mean, now that they have a ship,
they're all but certain to come here...

Peperoncino
...even though that practically guarantees their demise.

Beryl
Well damn, that's real brave of them.
Gotta give 'em props for that.

Beryl
Hats off to you, Chaldea!

Beryl
We couldn't've asked for a better {(M) guy /(F) gal} to fill in that last seat! Uh... What was {(M) his /(F) her} name again?

Beryl
Ah, who cares! Like it makes any difference to me anyway! Point is, this next drink's for you, Master What's-{(M) His /(F) Her}-Face!

Beryl
You must be feelin' reeeal good about yourself now that you've strangled four innocent Lostbelts in their proverbial cradles!

Kadoc
...Hmph. We can't be sure the Chaldeans'll come to the Atlantic Lostbelt yet. Who knows? Maybe they'll end up gunning for you next, Beryl.

Kadoc
So if you've got time to be making shitty, tasteless analogies, maybe you ought to spend it getting ready for them.

Beryl
Huh? You serious, Kadoc? You really think I might be next? Are you feeling okay?

Kadoc
What are you talking about?
I'm just saying it's possible that–

Beryl
Oh. Kirschtaria hasn't told you?

Beryl
Well hey, since all the Alter Egos aren't here at the moment so we don't have to worry about them, you mind if I tell him myself, Boss?

Kirschtaria
No, this directly concerns the next phase of the plan, so I'll fill him in myself.

Kirschtaria
Seyfert, the Tree of Emptiness in Beryl's English Lostbelt, has already been felled.

Kirschtaria
I secretly asked Beryl to see to it that the English Lostbelt would go away on its own accord.

Kadoc
It's already been felled? Then...you're saying the English Lostbelt doesn't exist anymore?

Beryl
Nope. It ought to fall apart and disappear real soon now. And, for the record, you have no idea how hard it was to pull that off.

Beryl
The English Lostbelt–or the British Lostbelt, as THEY like to put it...

Beryl
...has like a thousand Phantasmal Beasts for every one of the few humans there, and you can easily find yourself in a whole different world with completely different rules if you go just a little way down the path.

Beryl
It's a hellish wonderland, and coming from me, a guy who was raised in the UK, that's saying something.

Beryl
So it wasn't easy sweet-talking them into cutting down the Tree of Emptiness themselves.

Beryl
They're probably cursing my name to hell and gone for tricking them right about now, not that it's gonna do 'em any good.

Peperoncino
Is that true? Because unless my eyes are playing tricks on me, I'm pretty sure I can still see a wall of light up around the English Lostbelt.

Kirschtaria
Yes, I've seen it too. But even so, the English Tree of Emptiness is most assuredly gone.

Kirschtaria
Once the Trees of Emptiness grow tall enough to reach the stratosphere, their branches start to interfere with one another, resulting in a kind of network.

Kirschtaria
And we haven't seen a single signal from Seyfert for a few days now.

Kirschtaria
I doubt it will be long before that accursed wall of light, the World's End, follows suit and disappears as well.

Kadoc
...All right then, next question.
Why'd you get rid of the English Lostbelt like this?

Kadoc
I thought our Lostbelts were only supposed to fight each other once their territories made contact.

Kirschtaria
It just goes to show that there are exceptions to every rule, Kadoc.

Kirschtaria
This may be difficult for you to understand, since you have no way of knowing how deep London's–that is to say, the Clock Tower's abyss runs...

Kirschtaria
...but the English Lostbelt is the only one that cannot be allowed to remain.

Kirschtaria
Nothing good could ever come from it.
Not for us, and not for the Foreign God.

Kirschtaria
However, the Foreign God knows nothing of this planet's history, and we have no way to explain.

Kirschtaria
We can't even say anything to the priestess, as her role is purely observational.

Kirschtaria
All that aside, Kadoc and Peperoncino, the fact remains that I should have told you about this, and I didn't. For that, I'm sorry.

Kadoc
...No point apologizing about it at this point. I still don't like it, but at least I'm in the loop now.

Peperoncino
Same here. Besides, I'd already figured out that Beryl was up to something.

Peperoncino
But you know, Kirschtaria, all that said, does that mean your Tree of Emptiness is the only one still operating?

Kadoc
Don't be ridiculous. Have you forgotten about Daybit's Lostbelt? That leaves two.

Peperoncino
I guess. Only problem with that is, I can't see anything that looks like a Tree of Emptiness anywhere around South America.

Peperoncino
So I take it that means all the branches connected to that canopy covering the sky are from the Atlantic's Tree then?

Beryl
...

Kirschtaria
Good grief. I really can't get anything past you, can I, Pepe?

Kirschtaria
That's correct. My Tree of Emptiness is the only one receiving the blessings of the Foreign God's Earth-covering canopy.

Kirschtaria
What's more, my Tree of Emptiness has also grown to complete maturity.

Kirschtaria
Once we confirm the English Lostbelt's disappearance, our plan will enter its final stage.

Kirschtaria
The canopy hasn't only been absorbing the Earth's mana. It's also been soaking up all manner of cosmic rays–the kind that the Earth's magnetic field usually deflects.

Kirschtaria
We will focus the entirety of that combined energy onto a single point, thereby enabling the Foreign God to descend upon this planet.

Kirschtaria
From there, the changeover should be swift and all-encompassing.

Kirschtaria
The old world will perish, a new order will be established on this planet...

Kirschtaria
...and I will be the last human left.

Kadoc
(...Hmph. There he goes talking a big game again.)
You sure that's all gonna go off without a hitch, Wodime?

Kadoc
The more time you spend grandstanding like some kind of puffed up royal, the more chances they'll have to show up and ruin everything.

Kirschtaria
I'm well aware of that, Kadoc. Chaldea has always taken keen advantage of their opponents' negligence and pride to turn the tide in their favor.

Kirschtaria
Which is why I've sent out all the strongest forces at my command to the Atlantic. That's also why you haven't seen Caenis here.

Kadoc
I-I wasn't worried or anything. Knowing you, I figured you'd have all your bases covered.

Peperoncino
So it would seem, wouldn't it? Then we might as well just sit back and see what Kirschtaria's got.

Peperoncino
In that case, I think I'll keep mooching around here, just like Kadoc's been.

Peperoncino
How about you, Beryl? If you stick around in the English Lostbelt–

Beryl
Hey, you don't gotta tell me. If I'd stuck around there, it'd just be a matter of time before they came for my head.

Kadoc
Beryl!? When did you–

Peperoncino
My, my, so you'd already long since flown the coop! I should've figured you knew exactly what you were doing!

Beryl
Right!? But seriously, I was downright terrified out there!

Beryl
I was all like “I can't take this crazy island anymore!
I'm getting out of here while I still can!”

Beryl
Then I jumped off a cliff into the ocean and had Caenis come pick me up.

Beryl
Oh, and get a load of this. You guys'll never believe what I went through over there.

Beryl
See, that Lostbelt was home to a princess who knew nothing–and I DO mean nothing–about the ways of the world, so I figured I could take advantage of her in all sorts of ways if I got in her good graces...

Beryl
...but she had her head up in fairy-tale land way more than I could've imagined. I mean CLINGY! Even when she found out I was a human spy, she didn't bat a damn eye.

Beryl
She just snuggled right up against me saying things like, “I would follow you into the bowels of hell itself!”

Beryl
I mean, how stupid can you get? She knew I'd ruined her whole damn nation, and she didn't even care!

Beryl
How'm I supposed to deal with that?
It's beyond ridiculous!

Beryl
Take it from me, Kadoc: don't go putting the moves on royalty unless you're sure you know what you're doing!

Kadoc
Piss off! Don't you pull that big brother shit on me now! Besides, I'm never putting any moves on royalty again!

Peperoncino
Wait. “Again”? Did you just say “again,” Kadoc?
Had some experiences with royalty then, have we?

Peperoncino
Ooh, I can tell this is going to be the best news I've heard in forever! Tell me eeeverything! Don't spare a single juicy detail!

Kadoc
Forget it! There's nothing to tell! If you don't have anything useful to say, then keep your mouth shut for once!

Beryl
Hey now, you can't expect us not to care about something like this, right!? I mean, it's not like romantic escapades are a regular thing for you!

Beryl
C'mon, Peperoncino, this calls for a change in venue!
Hell, we could even get Koyanskaya in on this!

Peperoncino
Oooh, I'm so in!

Peperoncino
Right now, I don't care what it might cost to coax some juicy secret tidbits out of Koyanskaya!

Kadoc
Fine! Go ahead and drink yourselves silly!
I'm going back to my room!

Beryl
Ah c'mon, we're just having a bit of fun, Kadoc.
Lighten up for a change.

Beryl
Now how 'bout you show me where I can find a nice place to hang around? I only just got here, but I know this Atlantic Lostbelt's supposed to be amazing.

Peperoncino
Hehe, if that's any indication, we shouldn't have to worry about Beryl for a while. Though I do hope the scent of blood will eventually wash off him.

Peperoncino
Anyway, let me know if anything changes, Wodime.

Peperoncino
I might not be too useful, but I'm sure there's still something I could do to help out.

Kirschtaria
...

Kirschtaria
...Now then.

Kirschtaria
Perhaps it's time you considered sharing your own opinion before I make my final move, Priestess?

Kirschtaria
This could be your last chance, seeing as the Foreign God's Disciples have yet to even realize that I have my own goals in all of this.

Foreign Priestess
...

Kirschtaria
...Hmm. You must have seen the adjustments I made to my Tree of Emptiness, along with the way my interests align with Zeus's, even if our conclusions differ.

Kirschtaria
But somehow, in spite of all that, you continue to do nothing.

Foreign Priestess
...

Kirschtaria
Very well then, I'll not waste more time asking why you continue to insist on observing rather than acting.

Kirschtaria
Nobody knows if the Foreign God even truly exists.
Not even the Disciples have ever seen them.

Kirschtaria
No...the fact is, not even they have any means of determining what the Foreign God's true intentions may be.

Kirschtaria
The Foreign God is truly a god of emptiness. I cannot in good conscience leave mankind's fate to such a being.

Kirschtaria
...I will eliminate Chaldea, watch over Zeus until he passes, and establish the Tree of Emptiness as reality.

Kirschtaria
So continue to stay back and observe,
void shaped like a priestess.

Kirschtaria
Nobody else is left. I alone shall realize the future you failed to create.

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    —Five Days After the Nautilus Test-Dive—

Goredolf
I see you're all here ahead of the operation's start time. Very good.

Goredolf
Master Fujimaru.
Servants. Mash Kyrielight.

Goredolf
As of this moment, Chaldea will assume its first battle station! And I don't want to hear any whining about how we're starting the operation two days ahead of schedule!

Goredolf
Captain reported that the Nautilus's test-dive in Void Space concluded safely...

Goredolf
...so I trust you're all prepared for the genuine article then?

  1. Yes, sir!
  2. (Uh... How did the test-dive go again?)
  Select: Yes, sir!
Mash
Y-yes, Director! We're completely over our seasickness and are ready to begin the operation at any time!

  Select: (Uh... How did the test-dive go again?)
Mash
I can't seem to recall it very clearly, either. Though I do get the feeling it was quite the experience...

===Branch End===

Holmes
I am sorry about this, everyone, but Goredolf is right. The situation is dire.

Holmes
There was a change yesterday in the branches of the Tree of Emptiness that we believe now covers the entire Earth.

Holmes
These branches were previously circulating magical energy between them, like a network, but now, they have begun funneling that energy towards the center of the Atlantic.

Holmes
We don't yet know what this phenomenon signifies, but–

Sion
Whatever it is, we can be certain that energy is being stockpiled for use in a large-scale magecraft ritual.

Sion
Currently, the amount of energy we have measured is already equal to that used for Goetia's Incineration of Humanity.

Sion
While we are unable to observe the Lostbelt's interior, Trismegistus already declared it a disaster on a global scale.

Sion
I therefore recommend that this anomaly, that is the Atlantic Lostbelt's Tree of Emptiness, be dealt with as swiftly as possible.

Mash
A magecraft ritual on the same scale as the Incineration of Humanity...! Then, that would mean–

Da Vinci
Yup. The Foreign God descending to Earth.

Da Vinci
Every data fragment we've gathered up to this point is pointing directly towards that inescapable conclusion.

Da Vinci
That being said, we still don't know what this Foreign God is, whether they really are a god...

Da Vinci
...or hell, whether or not they even exist in the first place.

Da Vinci
Sorry for being so useless☆

Goredolf
Th-there's no need to apologize for that, Da Vinci. You can't help that we have so little information to work with!

Goredolf
It's not your skills that are the problem. It's the damn Crypters not giving us anything to go on!

Goredolf
...Though of course, it also seems like they don't know any more about the Foreign God than we do.

Goredolf
I expect the only Crypter who does know the truth is their leader, Kirschtaria Wodime.

Holmes
Not to worry. I expect that too will be made quite clear over the course of this operation.

Holmes
Both the English Lostbelt and the South American Lostbelt currently appear to be stagnant, with neither showing any further signs of expanding their territory.

Holmes
Therefore, as we have previously discussed, Chaldea will be directing all of our resources towards eliminating the Atlantic Lostbelt.

Holmes
And now, our preparations for that operation are complete.

Holmes
The Nautilus has been equipped with an ultra long-range lens capable of observing outer space, and a record-breaking magecraft barrier from all of human history.

Holmes
The Shadow Border has been overhauled to such a significant degree that it could almost be called a wholly new machine...

Holmes
Both the Nautilus and the Border have been outfitted with identical functionality in the unlikely event that one of them is scuttled...

Holmes
And Ms. Kyrielight's Round Table has been infused with enough magical energy to summon a number of Servants on-site.

Holmes
My only regret is that we weren't able to finish an Ortinax replacement unit before circumstances forced our hand...

Sion
Oh, do not worry about that.
I will continue to work on its design myself.

Sion
There should already be enough materials for the reconstruction on board the Border...

Sion
...so as long as you are able to discover or otherwise procure a concept powerful enough to fill in for one of its bullets...

Sion
...I will be able to put the whole thing together in the time it takes you all to eat lunch!

Mash
Right. Both my ultra long-range sniper training and the Ortinax's transformation sequence have been cleared for action.

Mash
If it needs to be deployed to give us an edge during a decisive battle, I promise I will wield it to the best of my ability!

  1. Huh?
  2. What's this about a transformation sequence?
  Select: Huh?

  Select: What's this about a transformation sequence?

===Branch End===

Sion
Now, now, just pretend you did not hear any of that! Besides, we still do not know if it will even be relevant here!

Sion
...Now then.

Sion
As the Command Room officer who will be holding down the fort in your absence, I would once again like to give my usual order to those of you on the field team.

Sion
The situation has changed significantly.

Sion
I will not say we do not have a minute to spare...but I will say that time is definitely not on our side.

Sion
What is more, it looks like that was the case for our most key point of attack as well: the Atlantic Lostbelt.

Sion
They have now put us in check before we had a chance to do the same to them.

Sion
This is probably going to be longer than any battle you have fought to date, both in terms of number of enemies and the path you will need to take to reach your destination.

Sion
Even a Zero Sail can only take you to the Lostbelt's outer edge, which in this case means there will be more distance between you and the Tree of Emptiness than ever before.

Sion
So I urge you all to handle yourselves even more cautiously and coolheadedly than you have been so far.

Sion
In this Atlantic Lostbelt, the act of learning about its world may actually end up working against you.

Sion
So I ask that you all stay strong, and that you simultaneously be proud of your own latent potential.

Sion
If you ever reach a point where you decide you cannot continue with the operation, feel free to come back here immediately.

Sion
...No, what am I saying!?
Now is not the time for pessimism!

Sion
This is all my third process's fault! She has been incessantly insisting since yesterday that this simply cannot work!

Sion
All right, let us all go out there and take back our Earth!

Sion
Field team, go ahead and board the Border, starting with Master Fujimaru.

Sion
Once I have confirmed that all of your vitals are green, you are to untether the Nautilus from reality.

Sion
From there, you will execute a Zero Sail,
and this operation will commence in earnest...

Sion
...Order: Lostbelt No. 5, Sub-Order:
Those Who Cross the Sea of Stars.

Sion
Make sure you all give it everything you have,
and I look forward to your safe return!

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Sanson
...It looks like this is as far as I go.
I'm sorry, d'Eon!

d'Eon
Sanson!
Ghh!!

d'Eon
Haaaaaa!

d'Eon
(Come on d'Eon, don't let up for a moment! And don't worry about what might happen later! This is the only chance you've got!)

d'Eon
(It bounced off! I can't believe how tough his armor is!)

d'Eon
Khh...!

d'Eon
(He's not even using...his Noble Phantasm!)

d'Eon
Noble Phantasm...Fleur de Lis!!!

C:???
I see. A series of strikes made in tandem with a lily-based illusion.

d'Eon
(It didn't even scratch him!)

C:???
What a joke.

d'Eon
Guh...!

C:???
It's over, Proper Human History.

C:???
We've destroyed every last one of your nests.

d'Eon
...Heh. It's not over yet.

d'Eon
This started long ago,
and it ended long ago.

C:???
Ah, you mean them?
The Olympus Alter Ego will deal with them.

C:???
Did you think this would all be over once they arrived?

C:???
There is no path forward for you.
Any future you may have had is gone.

C:???
You can submit to us and live, or oppose us and die.
Which will it be, Proper Human History?

d'Eon
...We will never submit!

C:???
I see.

C:???
Then death it is.

Atlantis Border Guard
We've found the leyline, sir.

C:???
Good. This is the last one.

C:???
Once we have used it to summon a Servant, causing it to go dormant, we will destroy it completely.

C:???
Our enemies should have known better than to give us time to prepare for their arrival. Now, we will ensure they have no chance whatsoever of defeating us.

C:???
Without a catalyst, the only sort of Heroic Spirit that can be summoned here will be one drawn to this place by sheer coincidence...but make sure you stand back all the same.

C:???
We may end up summoning a Berserker, after all.

Atlantis Border Guard
Yes, sir.

C:???
Hear me now, in the name of our great demiurge. Come forth from the circle of binding, Guardian of the Scales.

C:???
Come forth and dedicate your life to Olympus, to this land brimming with the breath of the gods!

D:???
Where am I?
Wait. Who am I...?

C:???
...Hmm.

D:???
Are you...my Master?

C:???
Yes, I am.

C:???
From here on, you will dedicate your body, your life, and your skills to Olympus, down to your very last drop of blood.

C:???
It is through this servitude that your life will have meaning.

D:???
Um... What do you...mean by that?

C:???
...If this is beyond your comprehension,
then your only task is to die.

Narration
The steely man spoke quietly, but his words carried an unmistakable fury.

D:???
...
...

D:???
...Yes, Master. My life is yours to command.

Narration
The Servant kneeled low, bowing their head before their new Master.

Narration
It was then that the man lost interest. All that mattered to him was that the Servant was not an enemy.

Narration
For his thoughts were already focused on the true enemy that lay before him.

C:???
...Chaldea.
The invaders who would see our world destroyed.

C:???
I will never let you reach Olympus.
It is here in Atlantis that you will meet your end.

C:???
None of you will escape. None of you will survive.
I will slaughter you all where you stand.

C:???
Prepare for battle.

Narration
Meanwhile, a man and a woman watch as a certain seacraft makes its way across the ocean.

F:???
...Are they serious?

F:???
Is that really all those fools at Chaldea brought to try to cross this sea?

Musashi
They're here!? Where!?
Ooh, that must be it! Wow, what an awesome ship!

Musashi
Although...I guess that is a little concerning. It's a beautiful ship, but it's way too small for these waters.

Musashi
Though it might've been too soon for them to make their move. Worst case, this battle might be over before it's even begun.

Musashi
I just hope they haven't let their victories over those other four Lostbelts go to their heads.

F:???
Well, that's harsh. And here I thought I sensed you were firmly on the Master of Chaldea's side.

Musashi
Hell yes I am! I can't help but go weak in the knees for Fujimaru!

Musashi
That's why I'm only a little concerned for {(M) him /(F) her} and
{(M) his /(F) her} team. Looks like they're bound to have yet another rough start!

F:???
You find that a happy turn of events?
Even now, I still cannot fathom how your mind works.

F:???
Is it because of your love for dire predicaments?
I swear, you're far more Berserker than Saber.

Musashi
Well of course I'm going to smile about this.
I'm genuinely thrilled that they made it here.

Musashi
How about you?
Did you not expect Chaldea to show up here now?

F:???
...Well, I hadn't ruled it out.

F:???
How unfortunate that this is the worst possible scenario for them. At last, I'll finally get to see them lose.

Musashi
Well, well, you sound happy.
Though you certainly don't look it.

F:???
...Hmph.

F:???
I can understand them having such a hard time in Russia. It was their first Lostbelt, after all.

F:???
I can accept their pathetic showing in Scandinavia, as that was a world too kind for its own good.

F:???
I can turn a blind eye to their raucousness in China, for that was a world too long without any manner of festivity.

F:???
And I can concede they had a right to be so self-righteous in India, for that was a clear-cut case of good and evil.

F:???
No doubt it is owing to these experiences that the Chaldeans are likely thinking something along the lines of:

F:???
“The Atlantic Lostbelt may be a threat, but there must still be a way to overcome it.”

F:???
But they would be wrong. There is no problem here that needs to be solved. None.

F:???
This Lostbelt is already perfected and is actively moving ahead to the stage beyond Proper Human History.

F:???
The Chaldeans shouldn't have come here with the intention of defeating this Lostbelt. And they especially shouldn't be trying to learn more about it.

Musashi
What are you trying to say?

F:???
I am saying that coming to this Lostbelt with any intention other than its complete and utter annihilation is a terrible mistake.

F:???
I can only hope they realize the error of their ways before they're completely wiped out. Alternatively...

F:???
...Well, no matter. I have my own work to do.

F:???
How about you? If you like, I could take you to their ship right now.

Musashi
Oh, no thanks, I'm good. I'm just gonna go ahead and wait for them at the enemy's main base.

F:???
...

F:???
...Did I misspeak? I thought I was clear that as the Chaldeans are going about this now, they're all going to end up dead.

Musashi
Oh no, I understood you. I just don't agree.

Musashi
Sure, they might suffer a horrific defeat and end up losing everything, but there'll still be enough of them left to fight back.

Musashi
So in the meantime, I'm going to do what I'm best suited for...

Musashi
...so that I can be ready to pass the torch to them once they finally, doggedly make their way to the goal.

F:???
...I see. Then you can also see how this is going to end, albeit in your own way.

F:???
Very well then, go on ahead to Olympus. If nothing else, the Chaldeans should make an excellent decoy.

Musashi
Right? The gods can't tear their eyes away from them!

Musashi
So, on that note, guess this is goodbye, Chaldean.
If I run into you again there–

F:???
You won't. This is the last time we will ever meet.

F:???
My eyes see no further trace of you once we go our separate ways here.

Musashi
Well, at least that ought to keep things nice and simple then! Hey, do me a favor and tell them I'll be waiting for them up ahead, okay? Thanks!

F:???
That fool. As if I would ever pass along such a message.

F:???
That aside... I never would have thought she would make the trek to Olympus via consecutive drifting. She truly is her own personal Rayshift device.

F:???
Unfortunately, Chaldea, the same cannot be said of the rest of you.

F:???
The insurmountable iron wall that is the fleet of Olympus will rain shots down upon you like a meteor shower before you can even see them coming.

F:???
And even if you somehow manage to get past that, you will then need to face the nihilist god of the sea.

F:???
...Do you truly understand your position here, Fujimaru?

F:???
You have no time to spare to learn about this Lostbelt.

F:???
The moment you attempt to do so, or to get to know its Crypter, will be the moment your journey comes to an end.

F:???
...Your incorrigibility has helped you prevail thus far, but you can't count on it forever.

Narration
The Nautilus continues to make its way across the sea.

Narration
After confronting, overcoming, and emerging triumphant against four Lostbelts...

Narration
...its crew prepares to face the fifth,
and most formidable of all.

--ARROW--

Goredolf
...
...

Holmes
...
...

Da Vinci
...
...

Meunière
(Damn, you could cut the tension in here with a knife!)

Mash
This is finally it, Master.

  1. Yeah...
 
  Select: Yeah...

===Branch End===

Goredolf
Ahem! Come now, what's with the long faces!?

Goredolf
Given how obviously weak and pathetic the sixth and seventh Lostbelts appear to be...

Goredolf
...this is shaping up to be our decisive battle!

Meunière
That's exactly it, chubs. Come on, this tension's been making your sphincter tighten up just as much as ours, right?

Goredolf
Heh. That right there shows just how little you actually know about the world of magecraft, Kidney Pie.

Goredolf
I'll have you know the tension I'm experiencing right now is nothing like all of yours.

Goredolf
No, I am genuinely freaking out here, and I'll thank you not to lump me in with your everyday ordinary nerves.

Goredolf
As far as mages go, Kadoc Zemlupus was the bottom of the barrel. Every aspect of the boy, from his skill to his lineage to his resolve was truly, genuinely substandard.

Goredolf
Ophelia Phamrsolone's Mystic Eyes may have been menacing, but she was still just a girl with no killer instinct.

Goredolf
Akuta Hinako was... Well, her very existence may have been cheating the system, but she was never actually a mage.

Goredolf
I would put her in the same category as any extremely dangerous wild animal.

Goredolf
As for Peperoncino...

Goredolf
Hmm. On second thought, he's so slippery I don't even know how I would go about evaluating him, so let's just say he's the exception to the rule.

Goredolf
My point is, Kirschtaria is on an entirely different level than the other Crypters. There is simply no comparison.

Holmes
Oh? Does that mean you've met him before?
Perhaps at the Mage's Association?

Goredolf
Oh please. Well, technically, I suppose we do both come from equally distinguished families, but never mind that.

Goredolf
Listen. The Clock Tower is where true geniuses come to gather. There, even mages with talents well beyond average are considered to be strictly ordinary.

Goredolf
As such, simply being able to stand out there marks you as someone capable of changing the very world.

Goredolf
Kirschtaria Wodime has been acclaimed as one of the brightest stars by the elite aristocrats of the Barthomeloi faction...

Goredolf
...as well as the democrats of the Trambelio faction, and even the staunch neutralists of the Meluastea faction alike.

Goredolf
Despite their differences, they all had equally high hopes that he would be the one to rebuild this world's deteriorating foundation of magecraft.

Goredolf
They even thought he might have gone on to found a thirteenth department of study at the Clock Tower if he hadn't decided to join Chaldea. Hmph.

Mash
Really? I had no idea Kirschtaria was so highly regarded in London.

Da Vinci
And yet you never met him yourself, huh, Gordy?

Goredolf
Of course not. I was always jeal–Ahem, cautious about who I reached out to there, after all.

Goredolf
And Kirschtaria received no end of support from all the other successors to nobility–young men who were obligated to carry on their family names.

Goredolf
You see, anyone from a mage family, no matter how prestigious, would never dare disobey their father.

Goredolf
For them, their fathers, some of whom are genuine monsters who have been alive for hundreds of years, are the most terrifying beings in existence.

Goredolf
And yet, even in the face of these wicked old foxes from the previous era of magecraft, Kirschtaria was never afraid to speak his mind openly.

Goredolf
My guess is that his confidence stemmed from the sheer superiority of the magical circuits he had, circuits that have helped him go his entire life without ever losing to anyone.

Goredolf
He always carried himself as though he were a king,
as though he had been chosen by the gods.

Goredolf
He was both confident and idealistic, yet distinctly humane despite being both coolheaded and ruthless.

Goredolf
He set the top records in all sorts of fields at the Clock Tower, many of which remain unbroken to this day.

Goredolf
I still remember feeling keenly aware of how talent and charisma are something you're either born with or you aren't while peering over at him from behind a convenient pillar.

Meunière
(Oh yeah, I could see tubbo doing that. I bet he was tearing at a handkerchief and glaring at him.)

Mash
The director is right. Kirschtaria was a bona fide genius who excelled at absolutely everything.

Da Vinci
It's true. My grown-up self has memories along those lines too...

Da Vinci
...and they're telling me that, while I was definitely an unparalleled genius in every human endeavor under the sun, Kirschtaria was an indomitable genius when it came to magecraft.

  1. But I thought Daybit was the genius?
 
  Select: But I thought Daybit was the genius?

===Branch End===

Da Vinci
Oh sure, he is too. Just of a different sort.

Da Vinci
Again, these memories belong to my previous self who interacted with Team A, so I can't fully vouch for them...

Da Vinci
But I'd say that Daybit's the type who could make the impossible possible, while Kirschtaria's the type who could master anything we know can be done.

Da Vinci
So while it's not like one type is necessarily better than the other, when it comes to being a leader...

Da Vinci
...I'd have to say being able to put together a foolproof plan like Kirschtaria could was the way to go.

Holmes
Nonetheless, the fact remains that they are both peerless geniuses. I can't say I relish the thought of opposing either one of them.

Meunière
You can say that again. Maybe if we're lucky, they'll underestimate us and let down their guard?

Mash
I don't think we can count on that.

Mash
Kirschtaria always gave everything his full effort,
even combat simulations.

Mash
I remember it seemed to me like he had a real...aversion–a hatred almost–to settling for anything less than what he wanted.

Holmes
Hmm. A genius who refuses to take the easy way out...
Perhaps this means he was actually just a hard worker?

Da Vinci
No, I wouldn't say that.

Da Vinci
According to Chaldea's records, Kirschtaria lived a perfectly ordinary life during his time there.

Da Vinci
If anything, Kadoc worked way harder than he did. He spent dozens of hours training for every one of Kirschtaria's.

Holmes
Oh?

Da Vinci
Anyway, that's pretty much all we have to go on,
so I think that's enough Kirschtaria speculation.

Da Vinci
We may not know exactly what we're up against,
but whatever they throw at us, we'll be ready.

Da Vinci
We've used every last bit of the magical energy resources we've accumulated to get to this point.

Da Vinci
Now, thanks to the Nautilus acting as the Shadow Border's outer layer, crossing the ocean is a proverbial walk in the park.

Nemo
Not that this even comes close to what the Nautilus can really do.

Holmes
I understand your disappointment, but I'm afraid the Shadow Border's safety is of paramount importance.

Goredolf
Quite so.

Goredolf
With these manifold Bounded Field spells...

Goredolf
...the new engine that lets us use magical energy to propel ourselves through water at high speeds...

Goredolf
...and the Aronnax Phantasm serving as our naval ram, we should even be able to cross bodies of magma if we're so inclined.

Nemo
Of course. The Nautilus and I have seen it all and can handle anything. But I would like to avoid damaging the ship if we can.

Sion
Hello, hello, this is Sion.
I am reading you loud and clear.

Sion
I made sure you all have as much food and drink as the Border can possibly carry.

Sion
This is, without exaggeration, the best we are able to do at this point. If we fail with all of this going for us, I will never be able to look you all in the eyes again.

Holmes
Oh, not to worry. If we do fail here, at least we won't have to concern ourselves with next year's budget.

Holmes
The smart thing to do now is to use everything we've got and let the rest sort itself out later.

Goredolf
Ulp... I do hope we can find a leyline and summon more Servants soon.

Goredolf
As things stand now, we don't have nearly enough in the way of fighting forces!

Holmes
Come now, Goredolf, you know why that is just as well as any of us.

Holmes
Given the battles we've fought in the other Lostbelts thus far, summoning Servants on-site gives us much better odds.

Holmes
Besides, Master Fujimaru can only form temporary contracts with so many Servants. I'm afraid you'll just have to keep a stiff upper lip as best you can for now.

Nemo
Okay, we're about to reach the storm wall.

Nemo
It might have been impenetrable for the Shadow Border prior to its upgrade, but now...things are different.

Nemo
Activating Imaginary Aronnax Phantasm.

Nemo
Lostbelt Phenomenon: identified.
Naval Ram Assimilation: successful.

Nemo
Untether from reality.
Void Space Dive Penetration Mode...

Nemo
Zero Sail: unfurl!

Atlantis Border Guard
Sir, the lookout just reported a faint ripple at Eastern Four, the white wall.

Atlantis Border Guard
Of course, it could just be an underwater earthquake–

???
Do you really think we would be seeing an oceanic earthquake now? No, it's almost certainly Chaldea.

???
They may be arriving a little later than expected,
but the plan otherwise remains the same.

???
Assume they have succeeded at diving through Eastern Four, and train your sights on their most likely emergence point.

???
All hands and ships to battle positions.
And hurry up with the Lamia deployment.

Atlantis Border Guard
Yes, sir.

???
Listen up. Do not treat these foes as you would typical Rogue Servants.

???
Servants who have formed a contract with a Master are stronger than you think.

???
Do not for a moment think yourselves above them. Let down your guard, and you WILL find yourselves the hunted rather than the hunters.

Atlantis Border Guard
...Yes, sir!

???
Very well then, I leave this in your hands,
Berserkervoice1.png.

C:???
Understood. The Echidna production is coming along extremely well.

???
Is it possible to manufacture those things?

D:???
Yes. Well, at least the prototypes.

???
Tch...

???
Damn engineers. After all this time, you still haven't been able to complete them?

???
Well, no matter.
Send them in.

D:???
Yes, sir.

D:???
Activate the Echidna!

Atlantis Border Guard
Right away, sir!

???
A creature that spits out monsters in spite of the tremendous pain it causes, hmm. It is indeed the mother of life.

???
This should have all manner of applications.

Atlantis Border Guard
Come on, move it!
Go, go, go!

Atlantis Border Guard
Hoist the beam sails! Head for the target coordinates! Full speed ahead!

Atlantis Border Guard
The Third Fleet has arrived at the target coordinates!

Atlantis Border Guard
Lamias are now ready to deploy!
Your orders, sir!

???
...Take them out.

Section 1: Crisis After Crisis

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Nemo
Zero Sail complete.
Returning to Reality Space now.

Nemo
...The outside ocean is ice-cold. I hate to say it after we just arrived, but we've already got our work cut out for us.

Nemo
All hands, let's keep a tighter grip on this situation than a blue-ringed octopus does on its prey. We need to be able to respond at a moment's notice.

Mash
...Right. I was hoping I could wait a little longer, until Sion finishes reworking my equipment.

Mash
But it looks like the circumstances won't allow for that...

Nemo
Nope. Our future is always just hanging on by a thread.

Goredolf
So, we're finally heading for the Atlantic...

Goredolf
Just what sort of civilization could these people possibly have built there?

Holmes
I'm afraid that's all but impossible to say at this point, given the fantastical nature of this world's history.

Holmes
All the more so given that we are dealing with a kind of nation that none of us have ever seen before.

Holmes
I expect the truth of the matter will be more difficult to pin down than a passing mugger.

Holmes
However, there is one thing I can say for certain.

Holmes
Greece is home to one of the most famous and influential mythologies in all the world:

Holmes
The gods of Mount Olympus.

Holmes
It is therefore highly likely that they have had a strong influence on this Lostbelt.

Sion
Atlantis is currently thriving much more than any other Lostbelt on Earth.

Sion
You can tell that from the fact that we can observe its Tree of Emptiness from outside the storm wall, if only just.

Sion
That means it has grown so large it is now impossible to cover up.

Sion
It is hard to believe something so imposing could be so empty.

Sion
I expect a tree like that will put up quite a fight indeed when it is finally time to cut it down.

Nemo
All right, Reality Space established.
Hull...stable.

Nemo
We'll start to emerge once we've confirmed there are no hostiles nearby–

Nemo
...!
Hostiles detected! Abort surfacing!

Nemo
Dammit, I can't believe how sharp their eyes are! Not only have they already seen us, they're headed straight for us!

Goredolf
Wha...!?

Goredolf
You mean we're already under attack!?
What in the world were you doing, Captain!?

Nemo
They were waiting for us.

Nemo
They must've pinpointed our location in the time it took us to establish Reality Space after the Zero Sail!

Sion
What kind of observational equipment are they using!?

Sion
That is like throwing a stone into the ocean and tracking it down using nothing but the sound it made!

Nemo
I know we didn't make so much as a peep.
My diving is smoother than the slickest dolphin's.

Nemo
The only thing they could have possibility spotted is the faintest of ripples we made when we entered the Lostbelt...

Nemo
...and to do that, they would have had to be continuously observing the entire storm wall without a moment's rest!

Goredolf
Never mind how this happened! Just get us out of here, dammit! Meunière! Full reverse!

Nemo
Wait! Don't take any evasive maneuvers just yet!

Nemo
Pull up the monitor and take a look at the surface!
Hurry!

  1. Wha...
 
  Select: Wha...

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Mash
What...are those...?

Sion
How awesome! Those ships are using technology beyond anything in our civilization! And a whole fleet at tha–

Nemo
What are you doing, Marines!? I don't want to listen to Sion prattling on either, but you can just cut her off!

Nemo Marine
Don't blame us, Captain!
It's not our fault!

Nemo Marine
Some sort of atmospheric interference has cut off our connection to Novum Chaldea!

Nemo Marine
Uh-oh! I've got a report to make too, Captain!

Nemo Marine
It's not just enemy ships!
I'm picking up a Servant out there on the water too!

Nemo Marine
The one we really, really, really didn't want to run into!!!

Caenis
Heh. 'Bout time you Chaldea cretins got here.

Caenis
Now I'm gonna murder the absolute shit outta you for making me wait all this time.

Holmes
Caenis, the Divine Spirit!
She's here along with this entire fleet!?

Goredolf
What are you lot waiting for!? Get us the hell out of here now! We don't have any other options!

???
—. —.
—Cha—dea.

Nemo
A transmission!?

  1. Is it Sion!?
 
  Select: Is it Sion!?

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Nemo
No, it's not...

???
Attention enemy vessel from Chaldea.
Attention enemy vessel from Chaldea.

???
Requesting line of communication. Over.

Holmes
A transmission!

Holmes
(Does this mean their civilization has advanced to the point that they've developed long-range communications as well, even if only ones that use magical energy!?)

Nemo
...I'm going to pick up, Fujimaru.

Nemo
Okay, you're on.

Goredolf
Th-this is Goredolf Musik, commander of the Shadow Border, speaking on behalf of Novum Chaldea.

???

I am Odysseus, commander of the Olympus Defensive Forces.

Goredolf
Wha...

Holmes
...!!!

Odysseus
I am contacting you with your first and only warning. We have come to kill you.

Odysseus
There will be no surrender, no offers of amnesty, and no negotiations.

Odysseus
We will not stop until we have confirmed that every last one of you is dead.

Goredolf
...Eep...!

  1. (The pressure's so intense he can't even get a word out!)
 
  Select: (The pressure's so intense he can't even get a word out!)

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Odysseus
This communication is terminated, as you will be shortly.

Holmes
So we can't even attempt to talk things out in an effort to maintain the status quo. The situation could not be worse.

Nemo
We'll just have to make an escape! There's no way we can possibly defeat Caenis at sea!

Nemo
Engineer, grab a salt lick!
I'm gonna crank the engine as high as it can go!

Nemo Engineer

What was that!?
You wanna run that by me again, you Cap-Bastard!?

Nemo Engineer

What kinda predicament did you get my poor little ship into!? When this is over, I'm gonna kick your ass so hard you'll taste nothing but shoe leather for a week!

Nemo Engineer

All right guys, I'm taking the safety valve off the Triton Wheel! All four compartments now running simultaneously! Thirty seconds until we're at full battle speed!

Nemo
Holmes! Meunière! Set a course for minus twelve hundred seconds! We're going to dive back once the engine hits critical!

Holmes
Yes, I'm well aware!
Preparing for a Zero Sail now!

Odysseus
Throw the prototype at them.
We'll move to cut them off while it keeps them busy.

Atlantis Border Guard
Yes, sir!

Atlantis Border Guard
Opening cage and inputting target!
Injecting Theos Klironomia!

Atlantis Border Guard
Go, go, go!

Odysseus
...It's still not enough.
Caenis, you go too.

Caenis
You don't gotta tell me! No way I'm letting them get away! I'm gonna make 'em all wish they'd never been born! Especially that little runt!

Odysseus
I see. That vessel of theirs smells of Triton.

Odysseus
They do say the sins of the parent are visited upon the child...though why Poseidon would bother to create such dull familial bonds is beyond me.

Nemo Marine
I'm getting something on the sonar!
Hostile contact closing fast!

Nemo Marine
Crap! It's going to intercept us before we can Zero Sail!

Nemo Marine
If we get hit now, the Nautilus's whole outer layer will be completely shattered!

Nemo
...Abort Zero Sail!
Change the spells over to physical defense!

Nemo
Da Vinci, give me an escape route!
Our only hope is to smash through this dragnet!

  1. What about us, Captain!?
 
  Select: What about us, Captain!?

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Nemo
You head out with Mash and hold back that Servant on the surface!

Nemo
If Caenis makes it inside the ship,
we'll all be well and truly done for!

Nemo
I'll solidify the water near the Nautilus so you can use it as a foothold. Hopefully that'll be enough!

I:Mash
Understood!
Master!

  1. Let's go!
 
  Select: Let's go!

===Branch End===

Nemo Marine
Roger that! Surfacing now!
Opening the hatch!

  1. What the hell is that!?
 
  Select: What the hell is that!?

===Branch End===

Holmes
It's a completely new type of enemy;
it doesn't match anything in our records.

Holmes
I would normally encourage you to approach it with caution, but I'm afraid we simply don't have the time.

Holmes
Those other ships are making their way here as we speak. If we take too long, they'll have us completely trapped.

I:Mash
Right! I'll be as careful as I can. Engaging now!

I:Mash
Awaiting your orders, Master!

--ARROW--

Goredolf
Wha... What in the world is that thing!?
And how is it so absurdly strong!?

Nemo Marine
I can't get a read on it! Our scans are being deflected or something! All of its stats are showing up as “Unknown”!

Nemo Marine
If our instruments can't even measure it,
I think that means it might be a Divine Beast!

Mash
Khh...!

  1. It's too damn strong!
 
  Select: It's too damn strong!

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Nemo
...I'm going to release my Noble Phantasm.
Get ready, Engineer!

Nemo Engineer

Are you nuts!? Why would you use up our trump card now, you moron!?

Nemo Engineer

Ugh. Fine! We're good to go at any time! Do it! And if you die from this, I'm taking over as the lead Nemo!

Nemo
...Swapping Great Ram over to Impact Form!

Nemo
Holmes!

Holmes
I'm on it! Go ahead and give it all you've got!

Nemo
Run it through!
Great Ram Nautilus!

Nemo
Good! The ram struck it dead-on!
Argh, but it's still alive! Dammit!

Holmes
Yes, but you did manage to slow it down.
Now's our chance to escape!

Holmes
Both of you, get back here on the double!

Mash
I'm so sorry I wasn't able to defeat it!

Holmes
No need for apologies.

Holmes
In terms of pure destructive power and durability, that thing is easily on par with the highest rank of Servant.

Holmes
Right now, we just need to get as far away as we possibly– Hold it! Right there! Magnify!

Goredolf
Wh-what in the blue blazes is that...?

Meunière
Holy cow, these magical energy readings are off the charts...

Meunière
No, wait, it's not the readings themselves.
It's the sheer number of fluctuations I'm seeing.

Meunière
That...thing is fluctuating fast enough to turn a human into a mummy and back again in the blink of an eye!

Holmes
There appears to be something moving about in its abdominal region.

Holmes
It would appear to be...Lamias and Chimeras.
Fully grown to boot.

Goredolf
You mean...it's birthing monsters?
What the actual hell!? HOW!?!?!?

Holmes
What's more, it's doing so at great speed. It would seem we are dealing with the mother of all monsters, in a very literal sense.

Holmes
...Now the monsters it birthed are heading our way!

Mash
Master!

  1. ...Let's do this, Mash!
 
  Select: ...Let's do this, Mash!

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Mash
Right!

--ARROW--

Mash
There, we've got a lull in between waves.
Now's our chance!

Nemo
I know! We'll begin evasive maneuvers as soon as we collect you!

Nemo
We'll make our way through any creatures we can't avoid with the naval ram and anti-submarine net cutters!

Nemo Marine

Forget that, Captain! We've gotta get out of here now, before she gets here!

Mash
...!

Mash
There! Above us–

Mash
Ghh...!

  1. Mash!
 
  Select: Mash!

===Branch End===

Mash
I'm... I'm okay!
Although...

Mash
(That one blow was so powerful...)

  1. Who're you!?
 
  Select: Who're you!?

===Branch End===

Caenis
Why do I gotta bother telling you my name now? 'Sides, we already exchanged pleasantries in Scandinavia.

Caenis
Then again, I'm enjoying that terrified look on your face, so why not? You wanna know who I am? Fine, you got it!

Caenis
My name is Caenis, a Divine Spirit! I am the lightning that tears this shitty ocean apart!

Caenis
I'm also Kirschtaria Wodime's Servant and the envoy who's going to end every last one of you!

Caenis
But hey, I'm sorry. I don't mean to be mean. I'm actually real happy that I get to see you lot like this.

Caenis
Between Russia, Scandinavia, China, and India, I figured you would have died way before getting here. Hell, I was so sure of it I'd already put you out of my mind.

Caenis
But then you show up like the pack of morons you are, flying by the seat of your pants.

Caenis
Now I know what it feels like to bust a gut laughing! You're gonna be worth destroying just as much as that fake-ass Triton!

Caenis
So hey, take your pick. What'll it be?
Skewered alive or torn limb from limb?

Caenis
Either one's fine by me.
All I want's to hear you scream for mercy!

Holmes
...

Caenis
Oh? What's the freakin' nerd herd doin' out here? How 'bout you go back to your calculators and shit, and just leave the fighting to the grown-ups, huh?

Holmes
While I would love to do just that, I'm afraid that a few extra hands will be necessary to deal with a Divine Spirit.

Holmes
The name's Sherlock Holmes.

Holmes
I'm afraid I missed my chance to say hello back in Scandinavia, so here I am now to make up for my lack of manners.

Caenis
...

Caenis
That so? Well, I like that you mind your manners. At least in the sense that you don't piss me the hell off.

Caenis
On the other hand, I can't stand that whole prim and proper shit, so I think I'll split the difference and rip your guts out first.

Caenis
Did you really think a couple of human Heroic Spirits could even stand a chance against me?

Caenis
I'll show you what happens when trash like you tries to pick a fight with a god!

--BATTLE--

Caenis
Ugh! I've had to take a lot of weak-ass Noble Phantasms to the face before, but yours is by far the most irritating!

Holmes
Khh...!

  1. Holmes!
 
  Select: Holmes!

===Branch End===

Holmes
None of our attacks worked! Is that due to Caenis's Noble Phantasm? Or perhaps it's a type of Authority?

Holmes
Perhaps Captain was right. It may not be possible to so much as scratch Caenis at sea... Or rather, on the Greek gods' own ocean.

Caenis
...Yeah, that's right. I'm immortal when I'm out on this sea. That's just how I'm made.

Caenis
I didn't ask for that, though; you can thank that piece of shit Poseidon for it. I would've been fine with just my lightning.

Caenis
Anyway...

Mash
...?

Caenis
...Time's up. I'll say this for you, scrawny:
at least you know how to defend yourself.

Caenis
All right, I'm gonna pull back,
just like Odysseus planned.

Caenis
I was looking forward to beating the Master of Chaldea and that fake-ass Triton to death with my bare hands...

Caenis
...but not enough to risk my own life.

Caenis
Later, Chaldea.

Caenis
I'll be nice and at least make sure you die a painless death.

Mash
Caenis has...retreated.

Holmes
...I've got a very bad feeling about this.
Return to the Nautilus!

Holmes
...Oof.

D:Mash
Are you okay, Mr. Holmes!?

Holmes
Oh, I'll be all right. I feel at least slightly better than I did after my encounter with Sigurd, after all.

Holmes
Then again, I suppose I was only able to handle Caenis's spear thanks to my experience against his demonic sword.

Holmes
At any rate, finding a way out of this situation is still our most urgent priority. Let's hurry on to the cockpit.

Holmes
I don't know why Caenis fell back, but I sincerely doubt it was to give us time to rest.

--ARROW--

  1. We're back!
 
  Select: We're back!

===Branch End===

Nemo
Good, all crew members have returned safely!
Submerging Nautilus now!

Mash
The Nautilus is safely underwater.
Hopefully this will buy us some time...

Goredolf
Damn you, Kirschtaria! Wasn't that strange Demonic Beast enough!? Did you really have to sic Caenis on us, too!?

Goredolf
It's just so...childish to be so overprepared for our arrival!

Da Vinci
Um, Gordy, I'm not so sure “childish” is the right word? I mean, this was pretty much the opposite of playing around.

Goredolf
Yes, good point! But never mind that now! We need to focus on getting out of here! Are we still not ready to Zero Sail!?

Da Vinci
Between that unidentified Demonic Beast's attacks, and the damage Caenis's lightning did to the armor, repairs are going to take some time.

Da Vinci
If we tried to Zero Sail now, we'd all be crushed to a pulp under the pressure of Void Space.

Da Vinci
And since we don't want that happening, we'll just have to find another way out of these waters.

E:Nemo Marine
The sonar's going nuts!
A whole bunch of somethings are headed our way!

Meunière
Crap! Are those depth charges!?
...No, wait. They're creatures!

Meunière
There's what looks to be a ton of living...somethings headed our way from the surface!

Meunière
Shit! They're gonna collide with us at ninety knots!

Goredolf
What living thing could possibly move that fast!?

E:Nemo Marine
I've finished analyzing them!
I think they're probably Lamiaaas!

Nemo
Evasive maneuvers!
All hands, brace, brace, brace!

All

...!!!

E:Nemo Marine
Oh man, this is really bad! They punctured Section Two! We're starting to take on water!

E:Nemo Marine
I'll seal it up once the crew is out of there!
Three, two, one... There, it's sealed!

Meunière
What the hell!? I know those were living creatures!
So where'd the depth charges come from!?

E:Nemo Marine
This is Hatch Lookout, I'm hearing something strange!
Oh man! I think they're trying to pry it open!

G:Nemo Marine
Sonar, reporting in! I'm seeing a ton of ships on the surface both ahead and behind us!

G:Nemo Marine
There must be at least fifty of them!
We can't possibly break through so many!

Nemo
...Engine, all ahead, flank speed!

Nemo
Shake off the creatures that're trying to pry open the hatch!

H:Nemo Marine
Roger that! Flank speed!

Goredolf
E-eep! What should we do!? I don't wanna die out here!

  1. ...
  2. (Don't even dare to breathe.)
  Select: ...

  Select: (Don't even dare to breathe.)

===Branch End===

E:Nemo Marine
That strange sound coming from the hatch stopped!
Did we lose them?

Nemo
...No, I don't think we did.
Though I can't say I'm surprised.

Goredolf
Wh-what's going on?
Can't we just make a run for it now?

Nemo
We're surrounded.
...They knew exactly what we were going to do.

Odysseus
Proceeding to Phase Three.

Odysseus
Activate the Lamias we built on the seabed. Once they've secured the target, we'll immediately–

Nemo
There's nowhere left to go.

Nemo
The sea is usually a world of freedom.
I've never felt so restrained here before!

G:Nemo Marine
...Uh-oh!
I'm getting something on the sonar again!

G:Nemo Marine
Now we've got hostiles coming from the seabed!
They're pretty much the same as the ones before!

Goredolf
W-was that another depth charge!?

E:Nemo Marine
No, sir! That sounded more like...
some sort of metallic grinding...

Nemo
Engine status? Are they still functioning?

Nemo Marine
No, sir! They're all tangled up in something!
We can't move so much as a centimeter!

Nemo Marine
We can't cut it off with the anti-submarine net cutters, either! The only way we can get it off is for someone to go out there!

Goredolf
D-d-d-does that mean they're going to crush us to death!? Wouldn't it be better to dash it all and risk the Zero Sail!?

Holmes
We still need a bit longer to prepare for that!
They're not giving us any time at all to react!

Odysseus
Once they've been cornered, the only option they'll have left is a Zero Sail.

Odysseus
That means there's still a chance they could escape if we continue to attack them with ordinary means.

Odysseus
Therefore...

Odysseus
...we need to give them the salve of the heavens, so that there can be no room for miracles or coincidences.

Odysseus
All ships, make sure you follow my commands to the letter. Anyone caught retreating will be punished severely.

Atlantis Border Guard
Yes, sir!

Da Vinci
...Ah.

Nemo
...!?!?!?

Goredolf
What? What is it?
What's the matter now!?

Nemo
Is that...a high-energy signature coming in from orbital space?

Da Vinci
We should have an ultra long-range lens now thanks to Sion, right!?

Da Vinci
Use that to zoom in as close as you can!

Nemo Marine
Roger! Activating ultra long-range lens now!

Nemo Marine
Zooming in to sixteen thousand meters... Thirty-two thousand meters... Sixty-four thousand meters... One hundred and twenty thousand meters... Two hundred and forty thousand meters... Five hundred thousand meters...

Nemo Marine
...Whoa! There's something there!
Putting it up on the monitor now!

Goredolf
...Wat?

Holmes
...
...

Da Vinci
Is that really...?

Mash
...
...

  1. A...spaceship...?
 
  Select: A...spaceship...?

===Branch End===

Holmes
...I presume this is orbiting directly above us at this moment?

Nemo
That's what it...looks like...

Goredolf
What IS that!?
What in the ever-loving blazes IS that!?

Goredolf
I thought the Lostbelts were supposed to be places where human history stalled out!

Goredolf
How can they have a...a spaceship that looks like something our top scientists could only have dreamed about!?

Da Vinci
We might've been able to gather more information about it if we still had our connection to Sion...

Da Vinci
But at a glance, it sure looks like it's more advanced than anything in our own world...

  1. ...
 
  Select: ...

===Branch End===

Mash
Master? What's wrong?

  1. ...We're all going to die...
 
  Select: ...We're all going to die...

===Branch End===

Mash
Die...?

Nemo
Ah–

Narration
An enormous ship hangs suspended in the hazy darkness of space.

???
Hostile entity detected.
Authenticating request... Confirmed.

???
Verifying target coordinates via ground-level ether sonar.

???
Readying cannon to fire on target location:
anatolé, októ-tría.

Nemo
We'll never be able to evade this by conventional means! Professor! Allocate all resources towards maximizing defenses!

Nemo Professor

Understood. Activating Bounded Field spells.

Nemo Professor

Authorizing Code L: New Moon.

Nemo Professor

Activating Bounded Field spells One through Sixty, and spatial distortion spell up to maximum depth.

Nemo
Good! But don't fall behind on those Zero Sail preparations, either!

Nemo
...!

Nemo
Here it comes!!!

???
Dispatching interstellar cannon evacuation alert.
Firing energy charge in three...

???
Two...
One...

???
Shooting Star Ortygia

Narration
The light converged on a single point,
transforming into an enormous arrow.

Narration
...No, it wouldn't be fitting to call it an arrow. This was a weapon designed to shoot down intergalactic vessels. A weapon created to tear through entire planets.

Narration
An Anti-Planet Noble Phantasm.

Narration
Now, its light streaks down towards a single submarine:
the Nautilus...

Nemo Professor

Bounded Field spells One through Sixty have been destroyed. The spatial distortion spell has already been eroded to two percent capacity.

Nemo Professor

Time for the distortion to repair itself...
Five seconds. The spell isn't going to hold.

Nemo
Initiate Zero Sail!

Holmes
Captain, we can't! If we try in this state–!

  1. ...!
 
  Select: ...!

===Branch End===

Atlantis Border Guard
It's a hit.
The Chaldeans' ship has been completely vaporized.

Atlantis Border Guard
...Too bad for the guys who had to keep them surrounded...

Odysseus
A necessary sacrifice.
We couldn't give them time to fall back.

Atlantis Border Guard
Shall we go home now, sir?

Odysseus
...No, not yet. We're going to check the target area for any remains.

Atlantis Border Guard
Are you sure, sir?
There's not so much as a scrap of them left.

Odysseus
And that is reason not to look because...?

Atlantis Border Guard
...Yes, sir. I'm sorry, sir.
We'll start searching the area right away.

Odysseus
Is this why he paid that fox woman such an exorbitant price for that Shadow Border analysis? Because he foresaw this turn of events?

Odysseus
That light I saw at the end...

Section 2: Impossibly Miraculous

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???
Whoaaa. That was amazing...

Inner Monologue
...There'd been a booming sound and a blinding flash of light. The kind you'd expect at the end of the world.

Inner Monologue
I'd heard rumors about the Goddess's Hammer of Justice, but I'd never seen it for myself before. You could feel its sheer destructive power just from the storm that blew onto the beach.

Inner Monologue
I had my reasons for paying the beach a visit,
but I was also just a little bit curious.

Inner Monologue
I did think I might be able to help somehow if anything had washed up on shore...

Inner Monologue
...but I hadn't really thought about it any further than that.

Inner Monologue
I definitely didn't expect to run into any survivors.

Inner Monologue
I mean, the whole idea that anything COULD survive that just seemed laughable.

Inner Monologue
After all, the whole point of the gods' punishment...

Inner Monologue
...was to wipe its targets completely out of existence.

Inner Monologue
Which is why...

???
Huh?

Inner Monologue
Which is why it was so tragic to see that lone,
frail-looking person washed up on the beach...

Inner Monologue
Because I was the only one there who had any hope of saving {(M) him /(F) her}.

???
...u...
...u!

  1. (What just...)
 
  Select: (What just...)

===Branch End===

???
...ou...!

  1. (I can't...breathe...)
 
  Select: (I can't...breathe...)

===Branch End===

???
Fou!

???
Hey! Are you okay!? Are you alive!?
Are you still breathing!?

???
...Oh no. You aren't, are you?
There's something stuck in your windpipe!

B:???
Let's see, um... I think for a choking victim, you're supposed to get behind them... Put pressure on their abdomen...

B:???
One... Two... Three!

  1. (Cough, hack)
 
  Select: (Cough, hack)

===Branch End===

A:???
Oh, you're awake! Thank goodness!

A:???
Are you all right? Have you come to your senses?
Can you see me okay!?

A:???
...

A:???
Oh, thank goodness!
Thank goodness, thank goodness, thank goodness!

A:???
...(Sob)... Oh, I'm sorry.
I'm just so happy I could cry. Wait, no. I am crying.

  1. You are!? Why!?
  2. O-oh. Okay...
  Select: You are!? Why!?
A:???
I'm so sorry...
This is my first time saving someone's life, so...

  Select: O-oh. Okay...
A:???
Please, just let me get it out of my system...
(Sniff)...

===Branch End===

Fou
Fou!

  1. Fou! It's you!
 
  Select: Fou! It's you!

===Branch End===

A:???
Oh, so this little guy is named Fou?
Is he your pet?

  1. Hmm. I guess I'd say...he's more of a friend?
 
  Select: Hmm. I guess I'd say...he's more of a friend?

===Branch End===

Fou
Fou fou.

  1. What!? Why would you have a problem with that!?
 
  Select: What!? Why would you have a problem with that!?

===Branch End===

A:???
Ahahaha, you're funny.
...Hm? Wait. Hmm...?

A:???
Um, you wouldn't happen to be a Master...would you?

  1. ...Are you a Servant?
  2. I am, actually...
  Select: ...Are you a Servant?
A:???
Why yes! Yes, I am!

  Select: I am, actually...
A:???
Aha! I knew it!
A:???
You see, I'm actually a Servant myself.
A:???
Does that surprise you? Please say yes.

===Branch End===

A:???
Oh, right, I still haven't introduced myself, have I?
My name's Charlotte.

A:???
Charlotte Corday.

Charlotte Corday
I, um... I'm probably extremely minor as far as Heroic Spirits go, so I won't blame you if you haven't heard of me.

  1. Don't worry, I know who you are.
  2. I haven't, sorry...
  Select: Don't worry, I know who you are.
Charlotte Corday
Oh! Well, thank you.
Charlotte Corday
...Although, if I'm being honest, having the reputation I do is actually sort of embarrassing.
Charlotte Corday
I really wish I'd left some more flattering legends of myself behind when I died...

  Select: I haven't, sorry...
Charlotte Corday
Oh no, don't be!
I'm actually delighted to hear that!
Charlotte Corday
Really, the things I did should never have gone down in history in the first place!

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
But never mind that. What brings you all the way out to a place like this, anyway?

  1. Well...
 
  Select: Well...

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
Nooow I get it!

Charlotte Corday
Yes, it all makes sense...
This must be what I was summoned for.

Charlotte Corday
I've been wondering what I'm supposed to be doing here ever since I materialized here...

Charlotte Corday
So now that I know, I promise I'll do whatever I can to help!

  1. Then, does that mean...?
 
  Select: Then, does that mean...?

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
Yes!

Charlotte Corday
I may be stupid, useless, and good for absolutely nothing...

Charlotte Corday
...but I promise I'll do the best I can in spite of all that!

Fou
Fooou.

Charlotte Corday
Aww. You're very cute, aren't you, Fou?

Charlotte Corday
So what exactly is he, anyway? Some kind of squirrel?

Charlotte Corday
I was summoned here about a month ago.

Charlotte Corday
But it wasn't long before I realized that, well...
I can't actually do anything on my own.

  1. You mean there's no enemies to fight here?
  2. Really? Nothing at all?
  Select: You mean there's no enemies to fight here?
Charlotte Corday
Oh no, there are. Plenty of them.
Charlotte Corday
It's just that...I'm no match for them.

  Select: Really? Nothing at all?
Charlotte Corday
Yes. Really.
Charlotte Corday
And it's not because I'm an Assassin or anything.
I'm just...genuinely helpless.

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
But I have a good feeling about this!
I think I'm finally going to get to be helpful!

Charlotte Corday
I'll certainly do my very best!

Charlotte Corday
Anyway...I suppose the first order of business is probably tracking down all your other companions.

Charlotte Corday
So while we're doing that...

Charlotte Corday
...I'll tell you everything I know about Atlantis.

  1. That'd be great. Thanks!
 
  Select: That'd be great. Thanks!

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
Of course.

Charlotte Corday
Okay, so this island we're on now is called Hestia,
after one of the gods of Olympus.

Charlotte Corday
There's a village here where some humans live,
and another Servant lives on the island as well.

  1. Another Servant?
 
  Select: Another Servant?

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
Yes. He calls himself “The Courier.”

Charlotte Corday
I still don't know his True Name...

Charlotte Corday
...but he's the one who brought me here on a ship.

  1. A ship, huh...
 
  Select: A ship, huh...

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
...
...

Charlotte Corday
By the way, Fujimaru,
I'm afraid I have some bad news.

  1. What's that?
 
  Select: What's that?

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
I actually have no idea where we are right now, either...

Charlotte Corday
Now where was that village again...?

Fou
Fooou!?

  1. I wonder where we are now...
 
  Select: I wonder where we are now...

===Branch End===

Fou
Fou...

Charlotte Corday
I'm sorry...

Charlotte Corday
Now that I think of it, losing my way is how I ended up at that beach earlier, too.

  1. Why did you lose your way?
 
  Select: Why did you lose your way?

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
Well–

Charlotte Corday
!

Fou
Fou!

  1. Shhh!
 
  Select: Shhh!

===Branch End===

Fou
...u.

Demonic Beast
Grrr...

  1. (A Demonic Beast...)
 
  Select: (A Demonic Beast...)

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
(I'm afraid I have some more bad news now...)

Charlotte Corday
(I lost my way earlier because I was running away from that Demonic Beast...)

  1. Huh?
 
  Select: Huh?

===Branch End===

Demonic Beast
!

Charlotte Corday
Th-there's no way we can beat it!
Run awaaay!

Fou
Fou!

Demonic Beast
—!!!

  1. It's so fast!
  2. Oh crap! It's gaining on us!
  Select: It's so fast!

  Select: Oh crap! It's gaining on us!

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
Fujimaru!

  1. Corday!
 
  Select: Corday!

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
...Please, run for it!
I'll hold it off as best I can!

Charlotte Corday
I promised myself I'd be useful this time!

  1. This time?
 
  Select: This time?

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
...Here goes nothing!

--BATTLE--

Charlotte Corday
(Huff... Huff... Huff...)

  1. We're completely surrounded...
 
  Select: We're completely surrounded...

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
No! I won't give up yet!

Charlotte Corday
...

Charlotte Corday
Huh?

Fou
Fou?

  1. Is it...raining on them?
 
  Select: Is it...raining on them?

===Branch End===

???
(Sigh) Having a body can be a real pain sometimes.

???
No, wait. Something's not right here.
Why do I even have to do this, anyway?

???
I mean, I'm a Servant, for Petros's sake!

???
Oh... Maybe it's 'cause my name originally meant “one who discharges water”?

???
Hahaha, that must be it! Hahaha!
Whoever thought THAT was a good name for anybody!?

Fou
Fou...

Charlotte Corday
Um... Does that mean the “water” falling on the Demonic Beasts' heads is actually...

  1. Please no...
 
  Select: Please no...

===Branch End===

Fou
Fou.

???
Hm? What's that? Did I get it on somebody?

???
Haha, sorry about that!
Hang on, I'll be right down!

???
Hup!

F:???
Sorry again. Didn't mean to involve you guys in my little, uh, bit of fun.

F:???
So, um... Who'd I get it on?

Charlotte Corday
N-not me! I literally couldn't live with myself if it had!

F:???
Guess that means you guys were the unlucky winners then! Haha, my bad.

F:???
Ugh, gross! Stay away from me!

  1. But, you were the one who–
 
  Select: But, you were the one who–

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
I'm sorry, this is all a little too much for me...

Fou
Fooou.

F:???
There we go. A nice, solid hit.

F:???
Hey there! I don't know who you are,
but you're lucky I found you when I did!

  1. Thank you for saving us.
  2. Um... I'm sorry, I didn't catch your name?
  Select: Thank you for saving us.
F:???
Well aren't you polite?
Nice to see you know your manners!

  Select: Um... I'm sorry, I didn't catch your name?
F:???
Me? I'm just your everyday devilishly handsome hunter.

===Branch End===

F:???
As for the pretty young lady...
You a Servant?

Charlotte Corday
Uh, yes, I am.
And...I take it you are as well?

F:???
Sure am! I think this calls for a toast.
To our fateful encounter!

  1. Just...uh, wash your hands first...
 
  Select: Just...uh, wash your hands first...

===Branch End===

Fou
Fou fou!!!

Charlotte Corday
I agree!
Cleanliness comes first!

F:???
All right, all right, I hear ya.
Man, what a pain...

F:???
Okay, let's try that again.
This means I saved your lives, yeah?

  1. Well, I guess... Technically...
 
  Select: Well, I guess... Technically...

===Branch End===

F:???
Yikes. I must've made an even worse first impression than I thought.

Charlotte Corday
Well, um, your entrance WAS a little...
Okay, incredibly off-putting...

Charlotte Corday
But I suppose we wouldn't be here right now if not for you, so thank you for that.

F:???
...So beautiful...

F:???
Say, now that I've washed my hands,
maybe it'd be all right if I held yours?

Charlotte Corday
No, I think I'll pass on that, thanks.

Charlotte Corday
We still don't even know each other's names, after all, so I think it's much too early for anything like hand-holding.

F:???
Ouch. Rejected with cold, hard logic.
That's just sad.

F:???
Okay then, sounds like introductions are in order.

F:???
I'm Orion, the Tri-Star hunter.

Fou
Fo...

  1. Are you for real!?
 
  Select: Are you for real!?

===Branch End===

Fou
Fooou!?

Orion
Ah, now I gotcha. So you've met me before then.

  1. Well, yes...and no...
  2. I'm...not sure that counts...
  Select: Well, yes...and no...

  Select: I'm...not sure that counts...

===Branch End===

Orion
What's that supposed to mean?

Orion
Anyway, you are...?

Charlotte Corday
Charlotte Corday.

Orion
O-oh. I see.

Orion
...
...

Charlotte Corday
It's okay if you've never heard of me.
I'm a very minor figure as Heroic Spirits go.

Orion
Haha, sorry 'bout that!

Charlotte Corday
(Sniff)...

Charlotte Corday
I'm so sorry, Fujimaru.
I wasn't able to be useful after all.

Charlotte Corday
If Orion hadn't showed up,
who knows what would've become of us...

  1. What do you mean? You saved our lives.
 
  Select: What do you mean? You saved our lives.

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
Huh?

Charlotte Corday
B-but I couldn't even defeat a single Demonic Beast.

Orion
Don't be ridiculous.

Orion
I'd never have been able to save you guys if you hadn't hung in there like you did.

Charlotte Corday
Oh...

Charlotte Corday
I see...

Charlotte Corday
Then...I was useful after all! That's wonderful!

Charlotte Corday
That means I can die now!

Orion
Where'd that come from!?

Charlotte Corday
Oh, sorry, I misspoke. What I meant to say was, I'm so honored now that I could die a happy Servant.

Charlotte Corday
Being able to help humanity is a dream come true for me.

Charlotte Corday
(Sigh) I can almost feel myself disappearing as we speak...

Orion
Well don't, okay?
I mean it!

Fou
Fou fou?

Charlotte Corday
Oh, I get it.
You're actually egging me on, aren't you?

Orion
Not even close!

Orion
...Actually, hold on.
Something's still not adding up.

Orion
Let's see... You're not an Atlantean, right?
And you're a Servant?

Orion
...What's going on here?

--ARROW--

Orion
Now I see. So you're a Master...
Oh, don't worry.

Orion
I can promise you, with absolute certainty,
that I'm a Servant from Proper Human History.

Orion
...So, if you're here, does that mean you came to set this Lostbelt right?

  1. I...guess so...
  2. I'm still not sure.
  Select: I...guess so...
Orion
Not exactly brimming with confidence, are you?

  Select: I'm still not sure.
Orion
The cautious type, huh?
Orion
Well, for my part, it would've made things easier if you'd said you were here to kick this Lostbelt's ass–figuratively, of course–but oh well.

===Branch End===

Orion
...So.

Orion
I'm guessing from the way you're looking at me that you'd like me to help you...

Orion
But I can't.

Fou
Fou!?

Orion
Too much hassle.

  1. That's it? That's your whole reason!?
  2. Is that really your reason?
  Select: That's it? That's your whole reason!?
Orion
What more do you need?
Things don't always have to be overly complicated.

  Select: Is that really your reason?
Orion
Man, you're a real doubting {(M) Thomas /(F) Thomasina},
aren't you? Yes, that's the reason!

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
You can't be serious!

Charlotte Corday
You must be a thousand times more useful than I could ever hope to be. So why won't you agree to help!?

Orion
Well, uh... Let's just say I've got my reasons...

Charlotte Corday
Hmph...

  1. Now that's a sulk if ever I've seen one.
 
  Select: Now that's a sulk if ever I've seen one.

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
All right then, I suppose this is where we go our separate ways.

Charlotte Corday
Come on, Fujimaru. We'll never find the village if we keep wasting our time here.

Charlotte Corday
Let's just get going!

Orion
...Does she know the village is in the opposite direction?

  1. Corday, waaaiiit!
 
  Select: Corday, waaaiiit!

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
Oh, right. I'd almost forgotten we were lost!

Charlotte Corday
Orion, will you take us there, please!?

Orion
Didn't you just say we were going our separate ways?

Charlotte Corday
Urk... Gnnn...

Orion
Hahahaha! I'm just pulling your leg!
C'mon, follow me.

Orion
Oh, and just so you know, it's over a day's walk from here, so we'll have to make camp at some point.

Charlotte Corday
Really? My gosh, I must have been even less attentive than I realized.

Charlotte Corday
I had no idea I'd gone so far.

Orion
...Well, don't worry. I promise I'll at least get you to the village safe and sound.

  1. That'd be great. Thank you!
 
  Select: That'd be great. Thank you!

===Branch End===

Orion
...So let me ask you this.

Orion
How much do you guys know about this Lostbelt?

  1. Just that it's the biggest.
  2. I know it's Kirschtaria's domain...
  Select: Just that it's the biggest.
Orion
...Sounds about right.
Okay then, let me tell you a little more about it.

  Select: I know it's Kirschtaria's domain...
Orion
Yeah? Can't say I know anyone by that name.
Orion
But I have heard there's someone called a Crypter staying at Olympus.

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
And I... Um... I guess I only really know that the weather is very mild and pleasant here...

Charlotte Corday
Oh, and the Atlanteans.

Charlotte Corday
Besides that, there are powerful Demonic Beasts here who are much stronger than I am.

Orion
Powerful Demonic Beasts?
Yeah, I guess.

Orion
But it's nothing that'll get in the way of life on this island.

Orion
In that sense, it's nice and peaceful around here.

Orion
...I hope your friends are still alive.

  1. They are.
  2. Me too...
  Select: They are.
Orion
Well great! Glad to hear it!
Orion
With an attitude like that,
I think you'll get by just fine.

  Select: Me too...
Orion
I mean, there's nothing worse than dying, right?
Can't say I'm too fond of killing, either.

===Branch End===

Orion
...So hey, I've got a question for you.
A real serious one.

Orion
So I want you to look me right in the eye,
and answer it as truthfully as you can.

Fou
Fou?

  1. O-okay...
 
  Select: O-okay...

===Branch End===

Orion
This Chaldea place you're from...

Orion
Does it have any cute girls?
Pretty ladies?

Orion
Women I can hit on without it being a problem?

Fou
Fooou!?

Orion
Oh, it's okay if they're already married. That sort of thing was totally cool in ancient Greece.

  1. That doesn't sound like the ancient Greece I know...
  2. Sorry, but I really, really don't want to get on Artemis's bad side...
  Select: That doesn't sound like the ancient Greece I know...
Orion
...Well, I guess you might die every now and then.
Or suffer a fate that makes you wish you were dead.
Fou
Fou.

  Select: Sorry, but I really, really don't want to get on Artemis's bad side...
Orion
Can't blame you for that!
Orion
Wait. Does that mean you and I've met before?
Orion
In that case, I'm sure you've seen how terrifying she can be for yourself...
Orion
But you don't have to worry about her right now.

===Branch End===

Orion
This Chaldea place you're from...

Orion
Does it have other girls as cute as you?
Or any other pretty ladies to speak of?

  1. Orion?
  2. What about Artemis?
  Select: Orion?
Orion
Gaah! Don't look at me like that!!!

  Select: What about Artemis?
Orion
Urk!!!
Orion
...Well, uh, if nothing else, we don't have to worry about her at the moment.

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
Um... Is this really that important a question?

Orion
It is for me!

Charlotte Corday
I, uh, I see. I suppose having been raised in an abbey, I simply cannot understand an issue like this...

Orion
Anyway, we'd better call it a night.
Got an early morning ahead of us tomorrow.

Orion
Go on and get some sleep.

Fou
Fooou... Fou...

  1. Good night, Fou.
 
  Select: Good night, Fou.

===Branch End===

Orion
There we go.
Out like a light.

Orion
Sweet dreams, Fujimaru.

Orion
I'll be around to help you out for at least a little while. You ready, Charlotte?

Charlotte Corday
A-as ready as I'll ever be.
Oh, and please call me by my last name.

Orion
You got it.

Orion
All right, you lot. Keep it down, so you don't wake up Fujimaru, and I'll make your deaths quick and painless.

--BATTLE--

Orion
All right, that takes care of that.

Fou
Fou...

Orion
Oh hey, didn't know you were still up, fur ball.

Fou
Fou...

Orion
I know that expression.
You're wondering why I'm not helping out, aren't you?

Charlotte Corday
I am too, honestly.

Charlotte Corday
I mean, the best I can do in battles like that is slow everyone else down.

Orion
Well... It's complicated.

Orion
The truth is, I really do want to help...
I just need to agonize over it a little longer.

Orion
I've never had to deal with anything like this before. I might not look it, but I've actually got a lot on my mind.

Orion
...Atlantis is awesome.

Orion
There's no war, and nobody wants for anything. The only thing most people have to worry about is the Demonic Beasts.

Orion
...But there is one part I just can't tolerate.

Charlotte Corday
!

Orion
Knock it off. She's not an enemy.

???
—. —.
.

Orion
...Get lost. I don't feel like talking right now.

???
...
...

Orion
...Tch.

Charlotte Corday
Um... Who was that?

Orion
Hmm. I guess I'd have to say she was...
my ex-girlfriend?

Charlotte Corday
Wait... What!?

Orion
But even though we broke up,
we're still not exactly estranged?

Charlotte Corday
Whaaa!?

Orion
Anyway, that's how it is.
I'd appreciate if you could keep this between us!

Charlotte Corday
(Sigh)...

Charlotte Corday
Well, if you insist that's how it is, I certainly don't know enough about that sort of thing to say otherwise...

Orion
You don't?

Charlotte Corday
No, I don't.
Um... Is that odd?

Orion
Hmmm.
Well, I guess that's okay!

Charlotte Corday
Good.

Charlotte Corday
Anyway, it doesn't look like any more Demonic Beasts will be bothering us...

Charlotte Corday
...so I'm going to stay close to Fujimaru!

--ARROW--

Fou
Fou, fou!

  1. Okay, okay, I'm up, I'm up...
  2. Please get off me, Fou...
  Select: Okay, okay, I'm up, I'm up...

  Select: Please get off me, Fou...

===Branch End===

Orion
Hey, you're up. Ready to get going?
If we leave now, we should get to the village today.

Charlotte Corday
Good morning, Fujimaru.

Orion
I've got plenty of jerky if you're feeling hungry.

  1. Don't mind if I do!
 
  Select: Don't mind if I do!

===Branch End===

Fou
Fou fou.

  1. I know, don't worry. Here you go, Fou.
 
  Select: I know, don't worry. Here you go, Fou.

===Branch End===

Orion
So that thing's carnivorous, huh?

Fou
Fou, fou!

  1. He says he's not picky, and he's happy to eat anything.
 
  Select: He says he's not picky, and he's happy to eat anything.

===Branch End===

Orion
Hahaha, a creature after my own heart.
...Guess it wasn't just a walking emergency ration.

Fou
Fooou!

Orion
Ow, ow!
I'm sorry, I'm sorry!

Orion
Well, I doubt he'd be enough to fill up on anyway,
so let's get going and eat on the way!

  1. What are those machine-looking things?
  2. Whatever those things are, they're really big...
  Select: What are those machine-looking things?

  Select: Whatever those things are, they're really big...

===Branch End===

Orion
That's the village we're heading to right now.

  1. THAT's the village?
 
  Select: THAT's the village?

===Branch End===

Orion
There's a bunch of remains here of the gods who fell during the war about ten thousand years ago.

Orion
...Sorry, guess that didn't make much sense to you,
did it? Hahaha, don't worry, it will soon!

Orion
And there're the last Demonic Beasts.
Hey, how's about helping me out to mark the occasion!

Charlotte Corday
...

Charlotte Corday
I just felt a flash of pain throughout my head just now, but I'm okay!

Charlotte Corday
I'll do my best to ensure I at least don't get in the way!

  1. Got it!
 
  Select: Got it!

===Branch End===

--BATTLE--

Orion
Try this on for size!

Orion
Aw yeah, we won!

Orion
Man, having a Master around really does make a big difference, doesn't it?

Charlotte Corday
It really does! I don't know why,
but I feel like I'm doing so much better now!

  1. I'm just glad I can help.
  2. High five!
  Select: I'm just glad I can help.
Orion
Don't worry 'bout it.
Orion
Aww yeah!

  Select: High five!
Orion
Hm?
Orion
Oh, I get it.
Like this, right?
Orion
Aww yeah!

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
...!

Charlotte Corday
U-um... I don't suppose...

  1. You want in on the high five action too?
  2. What's up?
  Select: You want in on the high five action too?
Charlotte Corday
Oh, uh, yes, please!
Charlotte Corday
But since I barely did anything to help,
I think a low five would be more fitting!

  Select: What's up?
Charlotte Corday
N-never mind. It's nothing. Really...
Orion
Did you want a high five too?
Charlotte Corday
Yes!
Charlotte Corday
I mean, no! I mean... Um...
Please, just forget it...

===Branch End===

  1. Okay, how's this?
 
  Select: Okay, how's this?

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
We did it!

Orion
Ooh, me next! Come on!

Charlotte Corday
Huh?
Well, um, in that case...

Orion
Just the fingertips!?

Charlotte Corday
Well, I couldn't give you anything better than what I gave Fujimaru, so.

Orion
Why's that? Some kind of Servant code or something?

Charlotte Corday
Um... I guess...something like that?

Fou
Fooou, fou fou.

Orion
Ah well, never mind that.

Orion
Here we are!
Hestia Village!

--ARROW--

Hestia Island Resident
Hm? Oh, hey, Orion.

Hestia Island Resident
What's going on?
It's not like you to return from a hunt so soon.

Orion
Let's just say I happened across something rare and unusual.

Hestia Island Resident
Hm? You mean you found someone too?

Orion
“Too”?

Hestia Island Resident
Oh yeah, some people showed up here asking for help.

Hestia Island Resident
I tell you, I hadn't seen anyone that badly wounded in a long, long time.

Orion
Well damn, that's a hell of a coincidence.
So where are these people now?

Hestia Island Resident
They're staying at the tavern for the time being. Apparently, The Courier happened to know who they were.

Hestia Island Resident
I was going to have them head for the temple once they got their bearings, but now that you're back, this works out nicely.

Hestia Island Resident
Why don't you escort them there?

Hestia Island Resident
Turns out none of them had an offering from the gods, just like you didn't.

Orion
Did you hear that, Fujimaru?

  1. You think it might be them!?
 
  Select: You think it might be them!?

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Orion
Hell yeah I do. There's no way this is just a coincidence. Come on, the tavern's this way!

Charlotte Corday
W-wait for meee!

Mash
...
...

Mash
!!!

Mash
Senpai... Senpai!!!

  1. Mash!!!
 
  Select: Mash!!!

===Branch End===

Mash
You're all right! Oh, thank goodness!

Mash
I mean, well...

Mash
I knew you were still alive and uninjured thanks to your vital readings on the Shadow Border...

Mash
But since we couldn't contact you, I was worried that you might be trapped or imprisoned somewhere...

Mash
I can't tell you how relieved I am that you're all right!

  1. I'm so relieved to see you're all right, too!
  2. What about the others?
  Select: I'm so relieved to see you're all right, too!
Mash
Yeah.
Mash
Luckily, I got off with only a few bumps and scratches, since I was using the enhanced Ortinax at the time.

  Select: What about the others?
Mash
Oh yes, they're all okay too.
Although...

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Da Vinci
Fujimaru! You're all right!

Holmes
Though we did have empirical evidence of your well-being, we were all still going out of our minds with worry.

Goredolf
I'll say. This whole sorry state of affairs just goes to show how much you still have to learn.

Goredolf
Now you listen to me. It's every soldier's duty to always contact their superiors, no matter what their situation.

Goredolf
If you're all right, we'll know to breathe a sigh of relief. If you're wounded, the shock will take our collective breath away.

Goredolf
Either way, once we have contact, then we can take action. But, if you never contact us at all...

Goredolf
My point, {(M) boy /(F) girl}, is that it's about time you took your responsibilities as the last Master of humanity seriously.

  1. Well, uh, funny story...
  2. I'm so sorry...
  Select: Well, uh, funny story...
Goredolf
Hmph. Let me guess:
Your communicator was broken, right?
Goredolf
Well, given that you are uninjured, I'll overlook it just this once. The fact is, we cannot solve this Lostbelt problem without a Master, and as I just said, you're the last one we've got.

  Select: I'm so sorry...
Goredolf
I don't want to hear your exc–
What's that? Your communicator was broken?
Goredolf
...Well, in that case, I suppose there genuinely wasn't anything more you could have done... All right, here, I'll lend you mine. Just try not to break this one, too.

===Branch End===

Holmes
At any rate, though it is a great weight off all our shoulders to know everyone survived the attack...

Holmes
I'm afraid the situation we find ourselves in is both highly complex and time sensitive.

Holmes
Hmm. Where to begin...

Goredolf
Where else?
The first order of business has to be Captain.

  1. You mean Nemo? What about him?
 
  Select: You mean Nemo? What about him?

===Branch End===

Mash
Well...

Mash
The whole reason we survived is thanks to Captain Nemo forcefully initiating a Zero Sail.

Da Vinci
Usually, Zero Sailing in the state we were in would've gotten us killed for sure, and should never have been attempted...

Da Vinci
...but this time, it turned out to be the right call.

  1. What happened?
 
  Select: What happened?

===Branch End===

Da Vinci
I took a look at the data we collected during the attack...

Da Vinci
...and it said that the beam that came down from the sky tore the Border to pieces.

Da Vinci
So even though our Zero Sail came to an end successfully, albeit half-assedly, our existence was still ever so slightly unstable.

Holmes
Are you familiar with a Rider by the name of Astolfo?

  1. Oh yes. Very.
  2. Not really, no...
  Select: Oh yes. Very.
Holmes
Then perhaps you're also familiar with his Noble Phantasm, the Hippogriff?
Holmes
Since it is not of this world, and its existence is so ill-defined, the Hippogriff is able to travel freely between truth and fiction.
Holmes
This enables it to temporarily evade attacks that are rooted in reality.

  Select: Not really, no...
Holmes
Well, one of the legends he shares with Bradamante involves a Phantasmal Beast called Hippogriff.
Holmes
Hippogriff is a mythical creature that can travel freely to the Reverse Side of the World and back thanks to its ill-defined existence.

===Branch End===

Holmes
In our case, under most circumstances, our predicament would normally have led to one of two outcomes.

Holmes
Either that light from the heavens would have torn the Nautilus to pieces, or the forced Zero Sail would have resulted in us no longer being able to verify our own existence.

Holmes
However, it is here where Captain's decision truly shines.

Holmes
Sustaining damage in a neither-here-nor-there state served to verify our existence through external means...

Holmes
...and in turn, the Zero Sail helped keep the light's destruction within manageable levels.

Holmes
Though not without significant cost, I'm afraid.

Mash
Captain Nemo was integrated into the Nautilus, so when it was nearly destroyed, the damage to him was catastrophic, and has left him comatose.

  1. ...Is he going to be okay?
  2. Where is he now?
  Select: ...Is he going to be okay?
Holmes
Unfortunately, it seems his recovery will be neither swift nor simple.
Holmes
But recover he must, for we cannot hope to cross the Sea of Atlantis without the Nautilus.
Holmes
It is absolutely essential for us to navigate the terrain.

  Select: Where is he now?
Mash
They're letting him use the bed on the second floor of this tavern. He still hasn't woken up.

===Branch End===

Holmes
Under normal circumstances, the best thing to do would be to send him back to Novum Chaldea, turn him into his spirit form, and give him the time he needs to restore himself...

Holmes
But our plan hinges on the Nautilus, and with that out of commission, our hands are firmly tied.

Holmes
For one thing, we can no longer escape even if we wanted to.

  1. What about Sion?
 
  Select: What about Sion?

===Branch End===

Da Vinci
As far as I can tell, we're almost completely cut off.

Da Vinci
We've been able to transmit a tiny bit of data–just enough to let her know we're still alive–but that's all.

Da Vinci
It takes forever to send, too. To give you an idea of the scale and difficulty, it's like sending signals from Earth to Mars.

Goredolf
Then, right when everything was looking abjectly hopeless...

I:???
That's when I showed up and said:

I:???
“You look like you're in distress,
o beautiful lady with the hidden eyes!”

  1. Who're you!?
  2. Th-that voice! That line!
  Select: Who're you!?
I:???
Ask, and you shall receive!
My name is Bartholomew Roberts!
Bartholomew
I'm a professional pirate in the prime of my youth,
and most importantly...
Bartholomew
I'm single!!!

  Select: Th-that voice! That line!
I:???
Hehehe, I take it we've already met then.
Perhaps there's a version of me there in Chaldea?
I:???
Still, I'm a firm believer in proper introductions,
so don't mind me if I do just that!
I:???
My name is Bartholomew Robeeerts!!
Bartholomew
I'm single!
Bartholomew
(Glance)
Mash
?
Bartholomew
I said, I'm single!!!
Da Vinci
Here, Mash, why don't you come stand next to me for a while?
Mash
Um, okay...

===Branch End===

Holmes
Indeed, it was through meeting Mr. Roberts that we managed to arrive at this village.

Holmes
What about you, Master?
How did you find your way here?

  1. Orion helped me.
 
  Select: Orion helped me.

===Branch End===

Holmes
Hm?

Holmes
There doesn't appear to be anyone else here.
Though it does smell faintly of game.

Holmes
Perhaps this means the Servant who escorted you to this village was here not too long ago?

Holmes
Orion, hmm...
...The human version?

Mash
There's a human Orion too!?
Not just a bear!?

Mash
Oh wow... I wish I could have seen that for myself!

Mash
In the meantime, um... I noticed you also seem to have brought a very beautiful woman with you. May I ask your name?

Charlotte Corday
?

Charlotte Corday
O-oh, I'm sorry.
Were you talking to me?

Mash
I was!

Charlotte Corday
My name is Charlotte Corday.
I'm an Assassin!

Charlotte Corday
U-um...

Mash
?

Charlotte Corday
Mash, was it?
Are you Fujimaru's Servant?

Mash
Yes, that's right.
I'm Mash Kyrielight.

Charlotte Corday
Well, as a fellow Servant,
it's a pleasure to meet you!

Charlotte Corday
Oh, and please, call me Corday.

Mash
Not at all. The pleasure's all mine.

Mash
So are you the one who escorted Master here then, Corday?

Charlotte Corday
Oh no, it wasn't me! If anything, I was being helped much more than I was helping...

Charlotte Corday
Neither Fujimaru nor I would have made it back here if it hadn't been for Orion!

Bartholomew
Aha... No wonder I haven't seen you around then.

Charlotte Corday
Yes, I'm afraid I got hopelessly lost.
I'm sorry for worrying you, Mr. Courier.

Bartholomew
Oh, that's quite all right. Just grow out your bangs, and it'll all be water under the bridge.

Charlotte Corday
Huh?

Bartholomew
Damn, I guess she didn't get it.

Bartholomew
Anyway, is Orion gone now then? Well, that's too bad.
Guess I'll have to go after him.

Bartholomew
Then again, I don't really want to go after another man... Then again AGAIN, I think I have to–

  1. Just make up your mind already, will you?
 
  Select: Just make up your mind already, will you?

===Branch End===

Bartholomew
Oh man... How am I ever going to decide?

Goredolf
Oh, don't bother. We don't have the time or the resources to spare running after someone who's already left.

Goredolf
Besides, we still need information first and foremost! Just what in the world is going on with this Lostbelt, anyway!?

Da Vinci
Okay, Bartholomew.

Da Vinci
I know you already told Holmes and me earlier, but would you mind going over this Lostbelt again for everyone else?

Bartholomew
Not at all! Would you mind lowering your bangs?

Da Vinci
Uh, why? I'm already perfect as I am, so no.

Bartholomew
Tch.

Bartholomew
...All right, moving on.

Bartholomew
We know exactly why this Sea of Atlantis ended up as a Lostbelt.

Bartholomew
Did you notice anything unusual about this village?
I'm betting you did.

  1. Those enormous metal structures...
 
  Select: Those enormous metal structures...

===Branch End===

Bartholomew
Right.

Bartholomew
As I'm sure you can imagine, those giant buildings you saw are not of human design.

Bartholomew
They were made by...well, there's no better word for them than gods.

Bartholomew
What's more, these gods still hold the reins of power here even to this day.

Bartholomew
That's right. Here in this Lostbelt,
the gods of Olympus are alive and well.

Section 3: Enduring Light of the Gods

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Kirschtaria
How fares things there, Caenis? Did the operation to eradicate the Chaldeans conclude without issue?

Caenis
Sure looks like it. First we beat the shit out of 'em with that massive fleet, then finished 'em off with one of Artemis's arrows.

Caenis
If they actually managed to survive all that,
I'd be so impressed I'd even join their side myself!

Kirschtaria
I'll take that to mean it was a highly fulfilling victory then. But I'd also advise you to watch your tongue, Caenis.

Kirschtaria
Words have meaning, after all, and I'm afraid you might have been a bit too generous with your praise just now.

Caenis
The hell's that supposed to mean? It's not like I could join their side even if I wanted to, now that they're dead.

Caenis
...Wait. I recognize that mean little smirk.
Don't tell me...

Caenis
Odysseus! Tell us what happened already,
and be quick about it!

Odysseus
...We haven't finished our search for their remains yet, but at this point, it seems that they were not eliminated as planned.

Odysseus
I intend to continue searching for them under the assumption that they managed to escape, most likely to a nearby island. I expect Hestia will be our best bet.

Kirschtaria
There you have it, Caenis.
Well? Are you going to join their side now?

Caenis
Not a chance in hell! Are you trying to start something with me, Kirschtaria!? Grr, just forget I said anything! I didn't actually mean it, anyway!

Caenis
'Sides, I don't even see why all this was necessary. I could've easily killed 'em all myself, but you just had to go and bring Artemis into it.

Caenis
So what're you gonna do to make up for this botched operation, Mr. Commander of the Olympus Defensive Forces?

Caenis
You gonna offer up your head on a platter by way of apology, like the other one of you did?

Odysseus
I don't answer to you, Caenis.

Odysseus
The only ones who can punish me are Lord Zeus and his close ally, Kirschtaria.

Kirschtaria
Thank you, Odysseus. Rest assured, I have no intention of laying blame for this at your feet.

Kirschtaria
The operation itself was perfect,
and your direction flawless.

Odysseus
...I appreciate your even-handed decision, Kirschtaria. Now then, if you'll excuse me, I must get back to my search.

???
Yes, that's a good idea.

???
After all, Odysseus, the whole reason you were dispatched there was to ensure the invaders would never sully Olympus.

???
Yes, exactly.

???
I hope you are duly aware of the importance of your task, Odysseus.

Odysseus
I am.

Caenis
...
...

???
As for you, Caenis, you should be ashamed of yourself for your failure to kill them.

???
Caenis.

???
You are to come back to Olympus at once and cleanse yourself as best you can before you are granted an audience.

???
If I were you, I would already be thinking up excuses for this miserable failure of yours.

???
I can tell you right now, the King of the Gods is going to be very upset with you. Better be ready to receive his punishment.

Caenis
Why you little–

Kirschtaria
That's enough, you two.
I'll deal with Caenis myself.

Kirschtaria
I would remind both of you to conduct yourselves in a manner befitting the glorious Olympic gods.

???
...Hmph. You're always much too easy on Caenis, Lord Kirschtaria.

???
But if you insist, I suppose we have no choice but to keep quiet.

???
...Remember, Caenis, you are nothing more than a hunting dog. There is no point in keeping you around if you can't do your job.

???
You should be honored to have been trusted with a Divine Spirit. It's far more than you deserve.

???
If I were you, I would never forget the debt of gratitude I owed to Lord Kirschtaria. Difficult though that may be with such a tiny brain as yours, I nevertheless suggest you try your best.

Caenis
(I'll kill 'em.)

Kirschtaria
Caenis.

Caenis
(I don't even care what Zeus might do to me.
I'm gonna kill those brats dead, end of story.)

Kirschtaria
Caenis.

Caenis
Shut the hell up, human! Don't you keep calling my name! Not unless you want to end up dead yourself!

Kirschtaria
Let's refresh our memories, Caenis.
What it is you want?

Caenis
...To get revenge on Proper Human History. No, scratch that: to reject it completely. That's the whole reason I went along with your little scheme in the first place.

Kirschtaria
Good. Then continue to do just that.
There is no need for you to return to Olympus.

Kirschtaria
I'll tell Zeus myself that you're biding your time,
waiting for a chance to clear your name.

Caenis
...Tch. All right, fine.
I'll play along.

Caenis
You are technically my Master so I'll obey that order. Besides, I have a little more respect for the Chaldeans now.

Caenis
If they really did manage to survive Artemis's attack, they'll be plenty worth killing myself.

Caenis
If that means cleaning up the moon goddess's mess for her, then fine.

Kirschtaria
Oh? I'm surprised to hear you say that,
given your notorious antipathy toward the gods.

Kirschtaria
Perhaps visiting other Lostbelts has affected you just like it has the Chaldeans.

Caenis
What was that!? You got a death wish or something!? Huh!?

Caenis
I don't have any mercy to spare for humans OR Divine Spirits! Far as I'm concerned, the only good human or god's a dead one!

Caenis
Besides, the only one in the whole damn world who could do something about me is y–

Caenis
...Ugh, forget it. Too much trouble.
All right, Kirschtaria, what do I gotta do?

Kirschtaria
For the time being, you're to remain on standby under Odysseus's command.

Kirschtaria
We can't have you roaming around the sea haphazardly and getting caught up in skirmishes with the remnants.

Kirschtaria
Not unless you want to exhaust your magical energy before you get a chance to fight Chaldea.

Kirschtaria
Worry not. Once Odysseus locates Chaldea, I will ensure you are the one to settle things with them.

Caenis
Hmph. All right, I can live with that. I hate having to hang around Odysseus any longer, though.

Kirschtaria
Odysseus. Any news of the Athena Klironomia?

Odysseus
We're still looking for them, but I'm prioritizing the search for Chaldea for the time being.

Kirschtaria
Fine. Let me know when you find them.

Odysseus
Understood.

Odysseus
...That's all I have to report.
For now, I will return to my search.

Kirschtaria
Very well. I'm sure a hero of your renown won't let us down, Odysseus.

Odysseus
I find it hard to believe how rudely you behave towards your own Master, Caenis.

Caenis
Hah. Believe it or not, this is me holding back.
I'm just too tired to bother with anything more.

Odysseus
...Really? That was you holding back?

Caenis
Yeah, it was. There's just no point in getting pissed off at him. He never bats an eye no matter what you say.

Caenis
So I only ever say about half of what's really on my mind. Couldn't you tell?

Odysseus
...Aren't you afraid?

Odysseus
It's not as though you are his only Servant, after all.

Odysseus
If he were to get fed up with your rebellious attitude, he could end your contract whenever he liked.

Caenis
Man, I wish. Then I'd finally get to pick a proper fight with him.

Caenis
No damn human slaps a collar on me and gets away with it forever. When all's said and done, I'm gonna make him pay dearly for that.

Odysseus
What a strange relationship...
Oh well, it's none of my business.

Atlantis Border Guard
Lord Odysseus, the Echidna has succeeded at producing the dog.

Atlantis Border Guard
I believe it should finish growing in about half a day.

Odysseus
Good. Find something it can use to track the Chaldeans.
I don't care what it is or where you get it.

Odysseus
If the Chaldeans are indeed still alive...they're bound to have left a trail of some kind.

Odysseus
And a dog's keen senses will be able to find such a trail.

--ARROW--

Bartholomew
...In Proper Human History, the gods, including the Twelve Olympians, parted ways with humanity.

Bartholomew
But in this world, they remained.

Bartholomew
I don't know why that is.

Bartholomew
We might be able to find a clue as to what happened if we went digging around in the ancient ruins...

Bartholomew
But really, that doesn't matter.

Bartholomew
The problem is that this world achieved amazing growth and prosperity thanks to the gods sticking around.

Bartholomew
Well...

Bartholomew
...if we're being accurate, most of the gods aren't actually here in Atlantis.

Bartholomew
They're up on top of the Great Pit that sits in the middle of Atlantis's sea.

Bartholomew
That's your ultimate destination: the interstellar metropolis, Mt. Olympus, that lies beyond that Tree of Emptiness.

Mash
Olympus...

  1. The city of the gods...
 
  Select: The city of the gods...

===Branch End===

Bartholomew
And of course, wherever you find gods,
you'll also find people who worship them.

Bartholomew
Like the ones who attacked you the moment you set foot in this Lostbelt.

Holmes
...This is as far as Da Vinci and I got earlier. From here on out, everything we learn will be new to us as well.

Goredolf
R-right.

Goredolf
Now I see. If the gods are still alive here, that would certainly explain our current situation.

Holmes
When you mention people who worship the gods...are you perhaps referring to that Heroic Spirit?

Bartholomew
That's right. I bet you were all quaking in your boots when you heard his True Name, weren't you?

Bartholomew
He's one of the most famous tacticians in all of Proper Human History.

Bartholomew
A hero who survived the same battlefield that took the lives of great heroes like Achilles and Hektor...

Bartholomew
Odysseus.

Bartholomew
That's the commander in chief who rules over this entire sea of Atlantis, and your sworn enemy set on wiping you all out.

  1. Odysseus...
  2. Um... Who was he again?
  Select: Odysseus...
Mash
Right.
Mash
Along with Hektor, Achilles, Penthesilea, and Paris...
Mash
...he was one of the heroes who helped bring an end to the legendary Trojan War.
Mash
In fact, he was the one who came up with the idea for the Trojan horse.

  Select: Um... Who was he again?
Goredolf
You mean you don't know!? Come now, surely you can find some time in your schedule to hit the occasional book!
Goredolf
Then again, I suppose you have been keeping rather busy as of late, haven't you?
Holmes
Odysseus is one of the heroes who fought in the Trojan War...
Holmes
The war that broke out between the Trojans and the Achaeans due to Paris's decision in a contest between goddesses.
Holmes
It was through Odysseus's cunning ploy to sneak Achaean soldiers into Troy inside a great wooden horse falsely presented to the Trojans as a gift...
Holmes
...that the once impregnable Troy was finally forced to surrender.
Holmes
This legend is so well-known that even today, we refer to malware that presents itself as something benign so that it can deliver a malicious payload as a Trojan horse.
Mash
Incidentally, the Iliad that Iskandar is always reading is an epic poem that depicts the events of the Trojan War.

===Branch End===

Da Vinci
Anyway, our first order of business is to get Nemo healed up. We won't even be able to use the Shadow Border until he's feeling better.

Bartholomew
Fortunately, I have an idea as to how to go about that, so don't worry; I'll take care of it.

Holmes
Next, there's one more thing I would like to ask you about.

Holmes
What was that light that came down from the sky and tore the Nautilus to pieces?

Holmes
Is it some sort of secret weapon Odysseus came up with?

Bartholomew
Ah yes, that... That's one of the most pressing problems you'll have to face.

Bartholomew
Let me start at the beginning.

Bartholomew
There are three major hurdles you'll need to clear if you're going to reach Olympus.

Bartholomew
First, there's the Olympus Defensive Forces, commanded by Odysseus.

Bartholomew
Second, there's Poseidon, the nihilist god of the sea and guard of the Great Pit.

Bartholomew
And third, there's the heavenly arrow of divine punishment: Artemis.

All
...!

Bartholomew
There's no way for you all to get into Olympus unless you can do something about each of these hurdles.

Bartholomew
Think of them as Atlantis's version of the three layers of defense that made the Byzantine Empire's capital city of Constantinople all but impervious to invasion.

  1. Three layers of defense...
 
  Select: Three layers of defense...

===Branch End===

Orion
...Hmm. Maybe I should've said something before I left after all.

Orion
Then again, I'm sure they'll figure something out with Bartholomew there.

Orion
...Man, now I've got even more I've gotta think about.

Orion
Where should I go?
What should I do?

Orion
Is this really what you want, Artemis?

Bartholomew
Things were actually relatively peaceful on the sea of Atlantis up until fairly recently.

Bartholomew
There were still soldiers stationed here, sure,
but you could count them all on one hand.

Bartholomew
And even with Artemis keeping watch, getting around between the different islands was no problem at all.

Bartholomew
Back then, the only ships she'd automatically attack were those that tried to head for Olympus.

Bartholomew
But then, not too long ago,
the situation changed dramatically.

Holmes
Was that because of us?

Bartholomew
That's part of it, sure, but there's another, bigger reason.

Bartholomew
What happened was, a number of Servants from Proper Human History managed to infiltrate Olympus.

Mash
Huh!?

Bartholomew
I don't know if it's because of the sheer size of this Lostbelt or what, but the Counter Force ended up summoning a whole bunch of Servants...

Bartholomew
...who tried to establish a beachhead that you Chaldeans could use to reach Olympus whenever you got here.

  1. They did that for us...?
 
  Select: They did that for us...?

===Branch End===

Mash
So who were these Servants?

Bartholomew
I wish I could tell you, girl with the beautiful hidden eyes, but I don't even remember what they looked like.

Holmes
...I presume there is some sort of magecraft in play?

Bartholomew
Yes, I think so.

Bartholomew
You see, I was asked to help them reach their destination, which means I had to stay behind.

Bartholomew
So if I remembered their True Names, there was a chance I could end up being compelled to give them to the enemy.

Da Vinci
They must've had a really talented Caster put a spell on you. Then again, it could have been an Assassin or someone who specialized in memory manipulation...

Bartholomew
At any rate, I do remember they managed to get past both Artemis's arrows and Poseidon's strikes...

Bartholomew
...and ended up safely reaching Olympus.

Bartholomew
Unfortunately, their arrival came at a heavy price.
A number of Servants were killed on the way there.

Bartholomew
I may not remember their faces or their names...
but I do know they all went down fighting.

Da Vinci
...Gotcha.

Holmes
Regardless, this does shed some light on why their security was already so tight.

Holmes
That being said, with so many Servants being summoned, they would surely have been discovered sooner or later even if they had all remained here.

Goredolf
Who cares about what happened in the past?
We still need to worry about the present!

Goredolf
So you're saying the reason Atlantis is on such high alert right now is thanks to this other Servant invasion?

Bartholomew
Exactly, man who wouldn't be my type even with much longer bangs.

Bartholomew
Then again, if you were to lose a few pounds...

Goredolf
Was that descriptor really necessary!?

Bartholomew
At the moment, getting into Olympus is basically impossible.

Bartholomew
However, there are still several Servants who stayed behind, so in my opinion, you should start by looking for them.

Bartholomew
Of course, in order to do that, you'll need to visit the neighboring islands...

Bartholomew
...but at least Artemis's guard should be a little more relaxed during the daytime.

Bartholomew
And fortunately for you, my ship, the Royal Fortune, can cross between islands in the blink of an eye.

Bartholomew
That being said...honestly, it's still incredibly risky to move around while Artemis is on high alert.

Bartholomew
We can only hope that she's lowered her security level because she thinks you're all dead.

Bartholomew
So, what do you say?

Da Vinci
What about this idea you said you had for helping Nemo to recover? I'd like to know more about that.

Bartholomew
Ah, right. It'll be faster if I just show you.

Bartholomew
In brief, it involves taking Captain Nemo to the temple.

  1. Uh...what temple?
 
  Select: Uh...what temple?

===Branch End===

G:Hestia Island Resident
Excuse me! Mr. Courier!

Bartholomew
Yes? What can I do for you?

G:Hestia Island Resident
I'm sorry to impose, but I have something I was hoping you could deliver for me.

G:Hestia Island Resident
Unless you're already fully booked?

Bartholomew
...Not at all. The only reason I'm allowed to stay on this island is because I agreed to serve as a courier.

Bartholomew
Now, where would you like it delivered?
...The next island over, hmm.

Bartholomew
In that case, I should be able to make it there and back by nightfall.

Bartholomew
In exchange, I'm sorry Hairetikós, but could I ask you to do me a favor and show these people around the village for me?

Bartholomew
I think they'd be especially interested to see how clothes are made here.

G:Hairetikós
Sure, no problem.

Goredolf
...Hmm.

Goredolf
(Well, given what these villagers are wearing, it certainly seems like their lifestyle is still identical to what it was in ancient Greece.)

Goredolf
(As such, I doubt there will be all that much of interest to see...)

Mash
Thank you for showing us around!

G:Hairetikós
Not at all. Okay, this way, please.

Holmes
Hmm.

Holmes
I'm sure it comes as no surprise, but one truly cannot help but notice those enormous structures.

Holmes
I'm told they are known as the remains of a number of gods?

G:Hairetikós
“Remains” isn't the nicest way to put it, but that does seem to be what the young people call them.

Holmes
Do you mean to say that you are no longer young yourself, my fair lady? Because if so, I must humbly beg to differ.

G:Hairetikós
Oh, well thank you.

G:Hairetikós
Anyway, Mr. Courier said I should show you how our clothes are made, right?

G:Hairetikós
Here, it's right this way.

Da Vinci
Oho. Ohoho. This is some very interesting interior decoration you've got going here.

Goredolf
I take it that's your loom over there? Hmm. What do you use for your textiles then? Some form of cotton?

G:Hairetikós
Cotton?

G:Hairetikós
Um, no, it's silver birch bark embedded with Theos Klironomia.

Goredolf
Theos what now?

Goredolf
Well, I suppose that doesn't matter. Though I must say, isn't this material a bit too plain for clothing?

Goredolf
Surely you could put such a lovely shade of blue towards more fashionable means, no?

Goredolf
And what about durability? Isn't that a concern?

Holmes
If I may, Director, fashion is intrinsically tied to both the area in which it is worn and the civilization of the people wearing it.

Holmes
So I daresay it's quite rude to criticize it as though our perspective is the correct one.

Goredolf
Hmm... Yes, good point.

G:Hairetikós
I see, so you find it too plain. But to answer your question, no, durability isn't a concern at all.

G:Hairetikós
Our clothes can be adjusted to suit the temperature, and they're treated with a coating to deter blades which keeps us fairly safe from Demonic Beast attacks.

Goredolf
Huh?

G:Hairetikós
Yes?

Holmes
...Pardon me, but would you mind if I touched the outfit hanging over there?

G:Hairetikós
Oh no, go right ahead.

Holmes
Hmm... I can't say I've ever felt any other article of clothing quite like this...

Holmes
Would you also mind if I borrowed that knife?

Mash
Holmes?

Holmes
This is a good iron knife, well-made and well-sharpened...and yet, it can't cut through this outfit.

Goredolf
Huh? Are you serious? H-here, let me try.

Goredolf
Nghhhh...!
I-it's no use! I can't cut it worth a damn!

G:Hairetikós
Um... Could you stop, please?
You're going to ruin the knife if you keep that up...

Holmes
Ah, of course. I do beg your pardon.

Goredolf
Wh-what in the world IS this material?
Is there some trick to how you make it?

G:Hairetikós
No, we just–

A:???
Heeey! I hunted a Demonic Beast!

G:Hairetikós
Oh good, it looks like we'll get to have fresh Demonic Beast meat for dinner today.

Mash
You hunt Demonic Beasts? Isn't that dangerous?

G:Hairetikós
Oh no, it's fine.
The ones around here aren't all that strong anyway.

G:Hairetikós
The gods have permitted us to hunt them for millennia now, as long as we do so in moderation.

  1. The gods, huh...?
 
  Select: The gods, huh...?

===Branch End===

G:Hairetikós
They should start cutting and dressing the beasts any moment now. Come on, let's go see.

H:Hestia Island Resident
I got a hydra!

H:Hestia Island Resident
This one ferments alcohol in its intestines, so we ought to be able to get some good booze out of it, too.

Mash
I don't believe it!

Holmes
That is easily as large as an Orochi or a D'yavol Tron.

Holmes
I say, have you all noticed something odd about these proceedings?

Holmes
While all the villagers would seem to be happy about this kill, not a one of them is surprised by it.

Holmes
This sort of hunt may not be exactly common for them...
but nor would it seem to be unprecedented.

G:Hestia Island Resident
Man, this is great.
We haven't had hydra meat in forever.

  1. Hey, can I ask how long forever is?
  2. Can you tell us more about it?
  Select: Hey, can I ask how long forever is?
G:Hestia Island Resident
Hmm, let me think...
Maybe thirty years or so?
G:Hestia Island Resident
Am I right, Gramps?
I:Hestia Island Resident
Oh, I'd say the one from thirty years ago was a good bit smaller than this.
I:Hestia Island Resident
I haven't seen one of this size in about two hundred years, back when I was still young myself.
Goredolf
Huh? What... What did you just say?
I:Hestia Island Resident
Hm? I said I haven't seen one of this size in about two hundred years.

  Select: Can you tell us more about it?
G:Hestia Island Resident
Huh? What, like how we hunted it?
G:Hestia Island Resident
Well, when they get to be this size, there's definitely no taking one down on your own.
G:Hestia Island Resident
You need to surround it with about four hunters so you can safely bring it down for the kill.
Mash
Four hunters, you say?

===Branch End===

I:Hestia Island Resident
All right, let the feast begin!

H:Hestia Island Resident
Man, we haven't had hydra in ages.

G:Hairetikós
Don't worry, everyone!
We also have chicken if you're not a fan of snake!

Mash
We had Demonic Beast back in Russia too, didn't we, Senpai?

  1. This is some of the toughest meat I've ever had...
  2. It's pretty good, isn't it?
  Select: This is some of the toughest meat I've ever had...
Mash
That's true. It doesn't smell nearly as strong as I'd thought, but it certainly is chewy...
Goredolf
Make sure you two brush your teeth properly. I don't want you complaining about toothaches in the middle of a battle.

  Select: It's pretty good, isn't it?
Mash
Yes, it is. It is a little tough, but it's nothing you can't get used to.
Fou
Fou fou.
Goredolf
Hmm. Not bad. Not bad at all! But I daresay it would go down even better if it had been cooked teriyaki-style.
G:Hairetikós
Here you go! Demonic Beast Teriyaki!

===Branch End===

Goredolf
All right, now that we've discovered a few more interesting things from this hydra hunt...

Goredolf
...let's take advantage of this mealtime to go over what we've learned.

Goredolf
First off, we were told that this hydra was brought down not by a Servant, but by four ordinary villagers.

Goredolf
Second, these villagers haven't seen a hydra of this size in approximately two hundred years...

Goredolf
...which we know thanks to an old man who was apparently a youngster at the time.

Holmes
Quite so. It would seem that, while hydras of this particular size are something of a rare occurrence, it is not at all uncommon for these villagers to bring back smaller hydras from a hunt.

Holmes
Furthermore, all the jerky we've seen hung up around the village came from Demonic Beasts as well.

Holmes
In the Russian Lostbelt, the Yaga had to use magical guns to hunt Demonic Beasts, and even then, bringing one down wasn't easy by any means, but here–

Goredolf
Right. Here, it would seem that hunting Demonic Beasts takes no more effort for these people than, say, hunting a quail would for us.

Goredolf
And even though we're ostensibly from the same human race, they all seem to be in picture-perfect health.

Goredolf
And they certainly couldn't be that healthy if they didn't regularly have enough to eat.

Bartholomew
Hey there! Everyone enjoying the feast?
Mmm, this hydra really hits the spot.

Goredolf
...I say, what in the world is going on with this village?

Holmes
I doubt anything we've seen here is unique to this village. Rather, I expect this is just what life is generally like here in the Atlantic Lostbelt.

Bartholomew
Now, now, there'll be time for all that later. For today, I suggest you guys eat your fill, and tomorrow, I'll explain everything at the temple.

Bartholomew
Mmm. I've got to say, this serpent liquor doesn't taste like any other kind of alcohol I've ever had, but it's got a real nice kick to it.

Bartholomew
I bet it would be even better with some spices.
I'll have to try importing some one of these days!

Goredolf
Hmm.

Goredolf
True, given everything that's happened between yesterday and today, I can't help but feel a bit mentally worn out.

Goredolf
Putting everything out of our minds for the night and getting a good, long sleep might not be a bad idea at all...

Goredolf
Oh, um, you do realize that I'm speaking strictly in my capacity as Commander, of course. And I only reached this conclusion out of fervent consideration for everyone's well-being!

  1. Whatever you say, Director.
  2. Yes, sir!
  Select: Whatever you say, Director.
Goredolf
I mean it, you know!
Goredolf
Grr, when did you become so distrustful!?
Goredolf
Shouldn't you just, you know, take me at my word?
You are my subordinate, after all.
Fou
Fou... (Munch, munch)
Goredolf
Also, would you please teach this creature to stop stealing my food already?

  Select: Yes, sir!
Mash
Understood!
Goredolf
...
...
Goredolf
Well? Go on then, eat up! You'll need all the energy you can get for what's to come!
Goredolf
And don't be shy about asking for seconds!
Fou
Fou fou fou.

===Branch End===

--ARROW--

Nemo
...
...

Mash
It doesn't look like Captain Nemo will be waking up on his own anytime soon.

Holmes
He is still comatose, or at least the closest equivalent for a Servant.

Holmes
Unless we do something, he will most likely continue to wither away until he ultimately perishes.

  1. We've got to find a way to help him!
 
  Select: We've got to find a way to help him!

===Branch End===

Mash
Right!

Bartholomew
Unfortunately, getting to the temple could be a bit dangerous.

Bartholomew
You see, the Demonic Beasts seem to have picked up on the scent of battle and started to roam the area.

Da Vinci
In that case, we can't have Fujimaru carry him, since {(M) he /(F) she} needs both hands free for {(M) his /(F) her} Master duties.

Holmes
Indeed. And it would be quite difficult, if not impossible, for you to carry him either, thanks to your small stature.

Holmes
So, who would be the best choice...?
(Knowing glance)

Goredolf
Urk.

Holmes
Why, would you look at that. It seems we have a strapping young man with girth to spare right here.

Goredolf
You're not talking about me, are you!?

Da Vinci
Don't worry, you'll be fine. Someone as light as Nemo shouldn't be any trouble for you at all, right?

Goredolf
Well no, of course not! Not to mention that physical enhancement is the most rudimentary of all spells!

Goredolf
But a distinguished commander like myself giving a child a piggyback ride just seems more than a tad...well, improper.

Bartholomew
Hahaha, you're still worried about appearances at this point?

Bartholomew
Shouldn't you be more concerned with improving your odds of survival, Commander? Even if just by one percent?

Da Vinci
Exactly! Besides, I bet you'll cut a real dashing figure carrying Nemo on your back, Gordy♪

Goredolf
Spare me the hollow praise! Something about it just rubs me the wrong way...

Mash
Um... That actually reminds me of something I've been wondering about for a while now.

Mash
Did the homunculi you grew up around never praise you for anything, Director?

  1. I've been wondering about that too!
  2. Great question, Mash!
  Select: I've been wondering about that too!

  Select: Great question, Mash!

===Branch End===

Goredolf
Hmph. Homunculi are already fully grown from the moment they're born, which means they have absolutely nothing in the way of genuine life experience.

Goredolf
I don't need any praise from the likes of them.

Goredolf
Not that they ever bothered anyway!

Goredolf
I don't know whose idea it was, but they said it was policy to never offer praise for anything they felt was the sort of thing anyone should be able to do!

Goredolf
I especially remember how Toole would always be like:

Goredolf
“I'm very sorry, young master, but I will never praise you regardless of what you may accomplish.”

Goredolf
I swear, what was her problem, anyway!?

Holmes
I see... Fascinating. She sounds like someone I would very much like to meet.

Goredolf
Don't be ridiculous! She's just another homunculus.
I highly doubt she'd have anything to offer you.

Goredolf
Besides, she's long since gone from this world,
so you'll never get to meet her regardless.

Da Vinci
...

Goredolf
Oh for... Why am I even talking about this!?
All right, fine! I see how it is!

Goredolf
Wait right here while I go and fetch Nemo!

Nemo
...
...

Goredolf
There! Happy now!?

Da Vinci
(Now that's a father figure if ever I've seen one.)

Mash
(He does look like Nemo's father now...)

  1. You totally look like a doting father!
 
  Select: You totally look like a doting father!

===Branch End===

Goredolf
Don't be daft!!!

Goredolf
Guh! Now look what you did!
My shouting made him kick me in the stomach!

Bartholomew
Hahahaha! Now I see!
So this is what you Chaldea folks are like.

Bartholomew
What you lack in rules, you make up for with discipline.

Bartholomew
That suits me just fine. In fact, I'd even say it's ideal. All right then, let's make our way to the temple!

Charlotte Corday
I'll go with you!

Inner Monologue
...I'm guessing I'm really just an ordinary guy.

Inner Monologue
That's why I'm here now.
That's why I got left behind.

Inner Monologue
Right now, I'm just a guy who looks the part,
left holding down the fort.

Inner Monologue
Every day feels like it lasts a year.
Every second feels like it drags on for an hour.

Inner Monologue
Don't get me wrong. Logically, it makes sense.

Inner Monologue
Really, when you get right down to it, Servants like us are supposed to fight alongside a Master.

Inner Monologue
It's just reckless to go off somewhere you know you're likely to die without one.

Inner Monologue
I know what that Servant (I can't even remember their face) asked me, “Stay here and wait for them.”

Inner Monologue
And I know I said I would (partly because it really didn't feel like the kind of situation where “no” was an option).

Inner Monologue
But I'm supposed to be one of the greatest Sabers ever.
...Even if I do just use a club.

Inner Monologue
Right now, I'm a Rider...
Though I can't keep my horse around all the time.

???
Ah crap. I'm getting all choked up.

Inner Monologue
I have no weapon and no vehicle. The only gear I've got to my name is a few tales of adventure and derring-do.

Inner Monologue
And that's nothing compared to the real first-rate heroes.

Inner Monologue
I can't stand back up if my Achilles tendon is severed or if I'm stabbed in the heart.

Inner Monologue
I can't keep protecting an entire city as its political leader, general, strategist, and warrior all rolled into one.

Inner Monologue
I could never complete all of the Twelve Labors on my own.

Inner Monologue
I can't even gather a bunch of other heroes onto a single ship for an epic journey.

Inner Monologue
So many things, and I can't do a one of them.

Inner Monologue
The best I can manage is to hunt Demonic Beasts and donate them to the villagers, just like I've been doing every day.

Inner Monologue
...They say there've been a whole lot more Demonic Beasts running around lately.

Inner Monologue
That probably means they're either here,
or they will be soon.

Inner Monologue
I wonder what they'll think of me when they show up.

Inner Monologue
A useless, good-for-nothing, C-rank Servant? ...I just hope they're at least a little happy to meet me.

???
Nah, what am I saying.
I've gotta stop thinking positive.

???
They're just gonna look down their noses at me and relegate me to backup. That's all I deserve, anyway.

Inner Monologue
All right, now that I'm feeling more myself, I'm just gonna keep looking on the dark side of life.

Inner Monologue
After all, that's what I swore I was gonna do.

Bartholomew
Okay then, let's get going.

Da Vinci
Man, when we first set out for this Lostbelt, I never thought I'd end up walking it with my own two feet!

  1. You're really enjoying yourself, aren't you, Da Vinci?
 
  Select: You're really enjoying yourself, aren't you, Da Vinci?

===Branch End===

Da Vinci
Well sure! I've always wanted to get a chance to explore some new, uncharted land like this!

Holmes
While I understand how you feel, Da Vinci, and I'm well aware that you can handle yourself in a fight, I feel I must remind you that you are truly essential to the Shadow Border's operation.

Holmes
So I would advise you to stay as close to Ms. Kyrielight as possible.

Da Vinci
Yeah, yeah, I know.

  1. Speaking of which, where IS the Shadow Border right now?
 
  Select: Speaking of which, where IS the Shadow Border right now?

===Branch End===

Holmes
Ah yes, we used its barely functional cloaking feature to hide it once we reached shore.

Holmes
While I would prefer to return to it as soon as possible, doing so while its comms are unusable would of course render us unable to lend you our aid.

Holmes
So in the meantime, I've entrusted Mr. Meunière with its safekeeping.

Holmes
On a different subject...
What exactly does going to this temple entail?

Goredolf
That's a fair question. By all accounts, it sounds like the Twelve Olympians are our primary enemies here.

Goredolf
So why in the world would we run the risk of going somewhere devoted to worshipping them!?

Bartholomew
Worry not, my portly compadre. There are no gods there now. It's a temple in name only these days.

Bartholomew
However, it still has one of the gods' relics there–a relic I thought we might be able to use to restore Captain Nemo to good health.

  1. What kind of relic?
 
  Select: What kind of relic?

===Branch End===

Bartholomew
Hmm. In Proper Human History,
you would probably refer to them as...

Bartholomew
...nanomachines.

  1. Wait. Nanomachines? Really?
  2. Nanomachines, huh...
  Select: Wait. Nanomachines? Really?
Goredolf
Those are tiny robots about the size of a virus, no? Even in modern society, they're mostly just theoretical. There hasn't been much progress in actually creating functional nanomachines.

  Select: Nanomachines, huh...
Goredolf
Oh yes, you see them all the time in science fiction stories.
Holmes
Is there no equivalent to them in magecraft history?
Goredolf
How would I know anything about magecraft that doesn't pertain to me!?
Goredolf
Not to mention that if I did, someone would probably have come to silence me long ago!
Goredolf
(That said, I heard rumors that the El-Melloi family's Mystic Code use something extremely similar to nanomachines...)
Goredolf
(...but only a fool with no sense of self-preservation would go traipsing about in other families' magecraft he knows next to nothing about.)

===Branch End===

Da Vinci
So then, this is Olympian technology?
Are you sure it's safe for us to use?

Da Vinci
Speaking in my capacity as technical advisor,
I'm not sure I can endorse this.

Bartholomew
You have every right to be suspicious, girl who I very much wish would let her bangs down.

Bartholomew
However, this nanomachine technology has apparently been a part of this land for over ten thousand years.

Bartholomew
So I'm afraid I'll have to defer to both of your expertise to determine whether or not it's safe.

Bartholomew
What about you, Ms. Corday?
Do you know anything about the nanomachines?

Charlotte Corday
Not a thing.
But I get the feeling I'd be stronger if I did!

Bartholomew
Hmm, I see...

Holmes
Very well then, {(M) Mr. /(F) Ms.} Fujimaru, would you be so kind as to give us a proper send-off?

Goredolf
Hold on. Just a moment.

Goredolf
Since I'll be accompanying you personally for this expedition, why don't you let me handle this?

  1. By all means, Director.
  2. Take it away, Director!
  Select: By all means, Director.

  Select: Take it away, Director!

===Branch End===

Goredolf
R-right then. Ahem.

Goredolf
All hams, move out!

All
(He flubbed it!!!)

Goredolf
...
...

Goredolf
All hands, move out!!!

Goredolf
Well? What are you all waiting for?
Come on, before I leave you behind!

Mash
Senpai...

  1. L-let's catch up to him!
  2. Director! Wait for uuus!
  Select: L-let's catch up to him!
Holmes
I-indeed. I must say, he's a much faster walker than I expected!

  Select: Director! Wait for uuus!
Mash
Right! Mash Kyrielight, preparing to run!

===Branch End===

Da Vinci
(Sigh) Good grief.

Da Vinci
You'd think they'd take this a little more seriously, considering we're in the fifth and biggest Lostbelt now!

Bartholomew
Oh, I think they're taking it just seriously enough.

Bartholomew
If this is how you all operate, I can see how you managed to take down four other Lostbelts!

Da Vinci
Right?

Bartholomew
All right, we'd better go after them. By the way, would you mind hiding your eyes with your bangs?

Da Vinci
Okay, that is more than enough of you pushing your creepily specific fetish on LITERALLY EVERYONE around you. Seek help.

Goredolf
Whoops, now I've gone and run off too far ahead!
That won't do at all.

Goredolf
This may be embarrassing, but I'll take shame over death any day of the week.

Goredolf
I expect the gentlemanly thing to do here is to simply turn around and go back to rejoin them without saying a word.

Goredolf
All that aside...I still can't believe I flubbed such a simple, yet critical line.

Goredolf
Does this mean I'm just not cut out to be the one giving orders?

Goredolf
No, no, that can't be right.

Goredolf
No doubt I'm just feeling a little less articulate than usual after all this fighting.

Goredolf
Yes, that sounds right.
I'll just go ahead and leave it at that.

  1. Directooor!!!
 
  Select: Directooor!!!

===Branch End===

Goredolf
Hm? Ah, that must be Fujimaru and the Demi-Servant.

Goredolf
All right, Goredolf, keep it together. A good mage never loses their cool no matter the circumstance.

Goredolf
Since I can't use my hands right now,
I'll just give them a congenial smile and–

  1. Behind yooou!!!
 
  Select: Behind yooou!!!

===Branch End===

Goredolf
Hahaha, what's this now?
Some sort of sketch comedy routine?

Goredolf
If so, I would certainly hope you could come up with something better than the old “Oops, there's a monster behind you” gag.

Goredolf
That sort of tired cliché may suffice in your circles, but it'll take far more sophisticated humor than that to get a chuckle out of old Goredolf Musik–

Goredolf
Huh!? You mean you weren't just trying to get me to turn around as a joke!?

Mash
I'll be right there, Director!
Please, run for it!

Goredolf
Eeeeee! Is it just me, or have I spent far too much of this year literally running around!?

  1. I don't think we're gonna make it!
 
  Select: I don't think we're gonna make it!

===Branch End===

Goredolf
Th-there's no way I'm going out as some sort of bad punchline! Gof Chaaarrrge!

Goredolf
D-dammit... I didn't have...enough charge left...

  1. Guess I'll just have to use a Command Spell!
 
  Select: Guess I'll just have to use a Command Spell!

===Branch End===

Mash
Right! Ready when you are, Master!

  1. (Even so, I don't know if it's gonna be enough!)
 
  Select: (Even so, I don't know if it's gonna be enough!)

===Branch End===

Mash
Huh?

Goredolf
Gah!
Wh-what just happened!?

Goredolf
Eee! Please tell me these bloody chunks that look disturbingly like crushed tomatoes aren't mine!

F:???
Don't worry. I got the beast.

Goredolf
O-oh, good.
Thank... Thank you?

F:???
You and the kid would've ended up monster chow if I hadn't been here. Glad that didn't happen.

Goredolf
Er, yes, and I am quite grateful for that, believe me. But, um, I still don't know who you are.

F:???
Yeah, that's fair. But before I tell you that,
I need to ask you something.

Goredolf
Wh-what!? What is it!? And did you really have to point that surprisingly sharp-looking stick at me first!?

F:???
I ask of you.
Are you my Master!?

Goredolf
Uh, no?

F:???
...

  1. ...
 
  Select: ...

===Branch End===

F:???
...
...

F:???
...Gotcha.
O-okay then...I'll just be on my way...

F:???
Sorry to bother you...

  1. Whoa, whoa, whoa! Wait up!
 
  Select: Whoa, whoa, whoa! Wait up!

===Branch End===

F:???
No!
I'm outta here!

F:???
I messed up the one line that no Servant should ever, ever mess up! There's nothing left for me to live for!

  1. Wait! Take it easy! Can't we talk about this!?
  2. Me! I'm a Master! It's me!
  Select: Wait! Take it easy! Can't we talk about this!?
F:???
Forget it!
Mash
It sounds like you're a Servant, is that right!?
Well look! There's a Master right here!
F:???
...Wait. Really?
YOU'RE the Master!?

  Select: Me! I'm a Master! It's me!
F:???
...Huh? YOU'RE the Master!?

===Branch End===

Mash
Yes, that's right.
Now, could you please tell us who you are!?

F:???
Y-yeah, okay.

F:???
Um...
Well...

Goredolf
Aah! Now there's something behind you!

F:???
Grrr yourself! Shut up already, you dumb things!

Mash
Did...did he just take that monster out with a wooden sword!?

Goredolf
Hmm.
I'm guessing that's not just any club.

Goredolf
Then again, the only famous club wielders I know of are Miyamoto Musashi and Heracles...

  1. Wait a sec... Are you Heracles Lily!?
 
  Select: Wait a sec... Are you Heracles Lily!?

===Branch End===

F:???
That has to be one of the last things I ever thought I'd hear a Master say! And no, I'm nowhere near as big a deal as that!

F:???
My name's Mandricardo!

Mandricardo
I'm a plain old, run-of-the-mill Servant best known for,
uh, fighting the Twelve Paladins of Charlemagne!

  1. Oh, I know who you are!
  2. I'm sorry, I've never heard of you...
  Select: Oh, I know who you are!
Mandricardo
Wait, really?
Mandricardo
Even though I'm just a supporting character in the legend of Roland?
Mandricardo
Wow, so you know who I am. That's great!
Goredolf
Oh yes, I know who you are, too!
Goredolf
You're the king of the Tatars who stole the sacred sword Durendal and still ended up losing a duel to Ruggiero!
Mandricardo
Ouch. You make a habit of going around and reopening old wounds there, tubby?

  Select: I'm sorry, I've never heard of you...
Mandricardo
Yeah, that figures...
Don't worry, I get it.
Mandricardo
Anyway, I'm a Rider. Just technically though,
since I don't actually have anything to ride.
Goredolf
You don't? Not even a horse?
Mandricardo
Yeah, I have a horse, but I can only use him when I'm fighting...

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
Huh, guess the scent of blood must have lured them out here.

Mandricardo
All right, prospective Master,
I'm counting on you to call the shots!

  1. You got it!
 
  Select: You got it!

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
...
...

Mandricardo
(You know, even I've gotta admit, that line wasn't too bad. It had a nice easygoing feel and every–)

Mash
U-um, Mandricardo?
Aren't you going to fight?

Mandricardo
Oh, right, of course.
Okay, let's do this thing!

--BATTLE--

Mandricardo
There we go.
That oughta do it.

  1. He's really strong!
 
  Select: He's really strong!

===Branch End===

Mash
Yes, he is.

Mash
After all, Mandricardo is famous for taking on the entire French army with only three allies.

Mandricardo
Ah, that's no big deal.
Every hero's got some kinda story like that.

Mandricardo
...Hm? Those people coming this way friends of yours?

  1. Yup! That's Holmes and Da Vinci.
  2. That's right. That's Holmes, Da Vinci...and I guess Bartholomew's there, too.
  Select: Yup! That's Holmes and Da Vinci.

  Select: That's right. That's Holmes, Da Vinci...and I guess Bartholomew's there, too.

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
Sherlock Holmes, Leonardo da Vinci,
and Bartholomew Roberts, huh...

Mandricardo
Must be nice being so famous...

Holmes
The important thing is that you're all unhurt.

Holmes
And if we can now count another Servant among our ranks as well, things are certainly looking up.

Bartholomew
...Hmm. He's got nice long bangs, but you can still see both of his eyes. Damn, so close.

Goredolf
Is that really all you care about!?

Bartholomew
Hahaha, what can I say?
We pirates have never been shy about our desires.

Mandricardo
...
...

Mandricardo
(Amazing. From what I hear, he's only known these people a little longer than I have, but he's already one of the gang!)

Mandricardo
(He must have A-rank people skills! He doesn't even try to hide the freaky shit he's into and they still like him anyway!)

Mandricardo
(Man, I'm so jealous! If only I was a little bit smoother with people...)

Mandricardo
...Ahem.

Mandricardo
So, what're you gonna do now?
Keep heading for the temple?

  1. That's the plan...
 
  Select: That's the plan...

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
...In that case, I guess I can go with you.

Mandricardo
'Sides, I'm a Rogue Servant,
so I'll feel better having a Master around too.

  1. Thanks, Mandricardo.
  2. That'd be great!
  Select: Thanks, Mandricardo.
Mandricardo
No worries. Any Servant'd do the same, right?

  Select: That'd be great!
Mandricardo
Well, if you insist, then I guess I can't refuse now...

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
All right then, looks like I'll be coming along.

Bartholomew
Do you know anything about the temple yourself, Mandricardo?

Mandricardo
Oh yeah. Hell, I've even used it myself a few times.

Holmes
...!

Mandricardo
A picture's worth a thousand words, right? So let's just get you to the temple and save that guy's life.

Goredolf
Are you quite sure it can do that?
Are these nanomachines really safe?

Goredolf
For that matter, how do they work?
I'd much rather you tell us now than later!

Mandricardo
Don't ask me. I don't got any idea.

Mandricardo
...Look, you'll just have to see for yourselves, okay?

Goredolf
Tch. All right, fine.

Goredolf
Besides, if we can't get the Nautilus back in working order, I'll have to continue this entire journey on foot.

Goredolf
And everyone knows nobles such as myself only travel by foot when the circumstances leave them no other choice!

  1. Yeah, we were all pretty desperate to escape from the original Chaldea, weren't we?
  2. Like that super strict weight-loss regimen you had to follow for a while?
  Select: Yeah, we were all pretty desperate to escape from the original Chaldea, weren't we?
Goredolf
How can you bring up such traumatic memories so casually!?

  Select: Like that super strict weight-loss regimen you had to follow for a while?
Goredolf
I assure you. I have no idea whatsoever what you're talking about!

===Branch End===

Section 4: Minute Assembly of Authorities

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Holmes
Hmm. Any luck finding a leyline yet, Da Vinci?

Da Vinci
I've been searching as best I can since we got here...

Da Vinci
...but thanks in part to the unusual way this island came together, it doesn't look like we should get our hopes up.

Holmes
I see. I was hoping we could find a suitable leyline that would let us bolster our forces...

Holmes
...but it seems we won't be summoning any new Servants just yet.

Da Vinci
At least the temporary battle summons are going well, possibly because of all the magical energy in the atmosphere here.

Holmes
Then we should at least be all right for the time being.
Very well, let's hurry on to this temple.

Goredolf
(Gasp... Gasp...) Oi, are we there yet!? Even with the enhancement, my poor feet can only take so much!

  1. How much farther is it, Mandricardo?
  2. Want me to take a turn carrying him, Director?
  Select: How much farther is it, Mandricardo?
Mandricardo
Not too far. It's just over this hill.
Hang in there.
Mandricardo
...Uh, what if I, you know,
carried him for a while instead?
D:Goredolf
Huh? Don't be ridiculous.
D:Goredolf
The only thing a Servant like you needs to worry about is combat.
Mandricardo
Y-yeah... Good point.
I'll do my best.

  Select: Want me to take a turn carrying him, Director?
Goredolf
Hm? No, no need for that.
Goredolf
No good noble would ever abandon a task he agreed to only partway through its completion!

===Branch End===

Holmes
Oho. And just like that,
it would seem we've arrived at our destination.

Goredolf
O-oh thank goodness...

Mash
Well, at first glance, it certainly seems like what I'd expect to find at any ancient Greek temple.

Mandricardo
Yeah, I get that.
But wait'll you see the inside.

Goredolf
Hah! I know we may not look it, but we've actually overcome tremendous difficulties and conquered multiple Lostbelts so strange you'd think they were different worlds altogether.

Goredolf
So I highly doubt there's anything in there that will be even remotely surpr–

Goredolf
What in the world is this!?

Holmes
I must admit...even I am at a loss for words.

Da Vinci
Whoa...

Da Vinci
This looks way more like a laboratory than a temple... Or maybe even some kind of factory.

Da Vinci
At a glance, it seems like this engineering surpasses anything at Chaldea... And if that's true, that would make it more advanced than even the most cutting-edge tech of modern-day Proper Human History.

Charlotte Corday
(Shocked at how little idea she has about why this is so shocking)

Mandricardo
That's way outta my wheelhouse.
I'll let you all figure it out.

Fou
Fou...

Mandricardo
Give me a moment while I boot it up.

Goredolf
What should we do with Nemo?

Mandricardo
Lay him down on that table there.

Goredolf
All right.

Goredolf
Phew. I can tell I'm going to be nursing these stiff shoulders for hours to come...

Mash
It was a surprisingly long journey, wasn't it?
Thank you so much for doing this, Director.

  1. You did good, Director.
  2. Talk about taking a load off, am I right, Director?
  Select: You did good, Director.
Goredolf
Huh? What's this now? Why are you looking at me so affectionately all of a sudden? I don't trust it!
Goredolf
You're smiling just how Toole III used to when she'd say “This next one's going to be a little bit challenging”!
Da Vinci
Pretty sure that's the paranoia talking.

  Select: Talk about taking a load off, am I right, Director?
Goredolf
You're so right, Fujimaru!
Goredolf
...Come now, is this really the time for silly wordplay!?
Goredolf
I swear, you should know better than to try to make jokes to people so utterly exhausted.
Da Vinci
Hey, you were the one who went along with it...

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
Let's see...

Mandricardo
I think I press here first,
then make sure it's turned on...

P.A. System
Scanning...
Scanning...

P.A. System
Theos Klironomia allotments remaining: fifty-three.
Target capacity: ???

P.A. System
Error: non-Olympian detected.

P.A. System
Unable to provide Theos Klironomia.

Goredolf
Well, that doesn't sound good.

Mandricardo
Don't worry, all part of the process.
Let's see, what was the next step...?

Mandricardo
Okay, you've gotta cancel out of this operation,
take advantage of the time-out error...

P.A. System
Olympian lineage confirmed.
Bloodline value: ERROR

P.A. System
Releasing Theos Klironomia.

Holmes
So those are nanomachines...
They seem more like mercury than anything.

Mandricardo
They might look like mercury, but they're not toxic.
At least, I'm pretty sure they aren't.

Holmes
Oh? And how do you know that?

Mandricardo
...Because I went through this same treatment myself, back when I'd been fatally wounded.

Goredolf
What!? Hang on.
Then how do we know you haven't been brainwashed!?

Mandricardo
Well...I'm not entirely sure either, but...

Mandricardo
...if I was, wouldn't I have already killed you all way before we even got here?

Goredolf
Well, yes, very probably, but still!

P.A. System
Assimilation: complete.
Spirit Origin restoration: incomplete.

P.A. System
Nanomachine capacity has been exceeded. Three thousand five hundred forty-three hours remaining until full self-restoration is complete.

Nemo
Ngh...
What...is this place...?

Mash
Captain Nemo!

Da Vinci
Are you okay?

Nemo
Oh... Right. I thought I'd been blown to pieces...

Nemo
Wait! Where's the Border!? How's the crew!?

Holmes
Rest assured, everyone survived the attack. Including you.

Holmes
Unfortunately, the Nautilus's outer hull was split right down the middle, resulting in its complete destruction...

Holmes
...and the Shadow Border core, though still intact, sustained enough damage to render further passage impossible.

Holmes
Fortunately, the Border's cloaking function still works, so we were able to haul it up onto land and hide it.

Nemo
I see. So it's basically a beached whale...

Goredolf
Well, now that you're up and about again,
can't you restore the Nautilus as well?

Nemo
...No, I can't. I was only able to put that Noble Phantasm together in the Wandering Sea's dock.

Nemo
I need Sion's help to solidify it into a ship that actually exists in reality.

Nemo
...Besides, even if Sion was here,
my Spirit Origin's an absolute mess.

Nemo
There's no way I could perfectly recreate the Nautilus down to every last screw right now... Dammit!

Mash
I understand how you must feel, Captain Nemo, but please try to calm down. You still need to rest and recover.

Bartholomew
Pardon me, Captain, but what would you think about growing your bangs out?

Nemo
...Huh?

Bartholomew
Whoops, my mistake. What I meant was, what would you think about having my ship tow yours?

  1. How in the world do you get those two statements mixed up?
  2. Juuust what we needed. Another Blackbeard.
  Select: How in the world do you get those two statements mixed up?
Bartholomew
What can I say?
It's just how I say hello.

  Select: Juuust what we needed. Another Blackbeard.
Bartholomew
How dare you!? I'm nothing like him!
Bartholomew
I'm pretty sure he'll go for anyone at all as long as she doesn't care about jewels!
Bartholomew
Oh, and I think he especially likes short women, too.
Mash
I have to say, you two seem more alike than not...

===Branch End===

Nemo
Tabling...whatever that nonsense was... Towing, huh.
And at least the outer layer is already restored.

Goredolf
Is this the same button?

P.A. System

Theos Klironomia allotments remaining: forty-four.

Goredolf
I knew it! There's still plenty left we can use!

Goredolf
Go on, Mandricardo, give him the rest of these nanomachines.

Goredolf
Then he should be back to his old self in no time.

Mandricardo
I wish I could, but I can't.

Goredolf
Why not?

Mandricardo
You heard it say he's over capacity, right?

Mandricardo
It means there's no way in hell this thing'll give him any more of its nanomachines.

Mandricardo
We only get one shot to error around its restrictions, and we already used it.

Mandricardo
It's weird, though. This thing oughta be more than capable of healing a Servant...

Nemo
I see. It must be because my Spirit Origin is tied to the Nautilus, so it's actually a lot bigger than it seems.

Holmes
I see... I suppose you ARE able to move about freely even as you keep your Noble Phantasm in constant operation.

Mandricardo
Hey, uh... Mind if I say something, Master?

  1. Go for it!
 
  Select: Go for it!

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
There's more temples like this on other islands.

Mandricardo
And these machines are...what's the word again?
You know, not connected.

Da Vinci
Oh, right. Independent.

Da Vinci
Hmm, I see. So they aren't networked, huh?

Bartholomew
Besides, these Theos Klironomia nanomachines are the gods' relics. The technology is actually obsolete.

Da Vinci
Oh really? So the stuff they're using now is so much better they can just throw this stuff away like so much junk? Is that so?

Da Vinci
...No, honestly, I can't even be mad.
I'm too impressed at how damn well it works.

Mandricardo
Anyway, I'm not a hundred-percent sure, but I think we can get more of these at the temples on other islands.

Mandricardo
Oh, and some of the stronger Demonic Beasts have these nanomachines too.

Mandricardo
Only they use them to enhance themselves.

Holmes
I see. Yes, this is all starting to come together.

Mash
Holmes?

Holmes
I assume the other Rogue Servants got ahold of such nanomachines as well?

Mandricardo
Yup, they sure did.

Mandricardo
It all began when someone started wondering why some Demonic Beasts were so much stronger than others.

Mandricardo
They ran some tests and figured out it was nanomachines powering them up.

Mandricardo
'Course, I don't know much in the way of specifics.

Holmes
Given how they meant to challenge the gods of Olympus without a Master, I have no doubt they wished to even the odds as much as they possibly could.

Nemo
Now that I've experienced what these nanomachines are like, I can say that they also serve as a source of magical energy.

Nemo
It's almost like they're a pseudo secondary type of perpetual motion machine.

Mash
You mean like Frankenstein's Galvanism?

Nemo
Basically, yes.

Nemo
If you played your cards right, I can see how you might be able to use your Noble Phantasm even without a Master.

Holmes
This means that the Servants who infiltrated Olympus may well have a better than even chance of victory.

Goredolf
In that case, we should try to meet up with them as soon as possible.

Goredolf
But we'll need the Nautilus to be back in perfect working order for that, won't we?

Bartholomew
And to make that happen, you'll need to explore all the neighboring islands, not to mention getting past the three layers of defense to actually make it onto Olympus.

Goredolf
Dammit! I should've known the largest Lostbelt of them all wouldn't make things easy for us!

Goredolf
Well, at any rate, now that the Nautilus is back, it shouldn't be a problem if I go back to it, right? Right?

Da Vinci
You have a point.

Da Vinci
We can't leave the Nautilus undefended forever, and I'm worried about the staff, too.

Da Vinci
Okay then, Holmes, Nemo, Gordy, and I will all head back and stand by on the Border.

Da Vinci
Much as I hate to ask this of you yet again,
Fujimaru and Mash...

Da Vinci
...I'm afraid it'll all be up to you two from here on out.

Da Vinci
Good luck. We're all counting on you.

  1. Don't worry. We've got this.
  2. Consider it done!
  Select: Don't worry. We've got this.
Da Vinci
Great! That's just what I like to hear!

  Select: Consider it done!
Goredolf
Well, well, listen to you. I daresay you're starting to sound like a fully-fledged Master.
Mash
New Director, with all due respect, Senpai has never been anything less than an absolutely stellar Master.
Mash
I'd even argue it's no exaggeration to say that if
{(M) he's /(F) she's} fully-fledged, all other Masters are only fledged at best!
Goredolf
My word! I'd forgotten how worked up this Demi-Servant can get whenever the topic turns to Fujimaru!

===Branch End===

--ARROW--

Mandricardo
...

Mandricardo
Crap! They found us.

Atlantis Border Guard
There they are!

Bartholomew
Atlantis Border Guards!

  1. Who are these people!?
 
  Select: Who are these people!?

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
They're the soldiers patrolling Atlantis on Odysseus's orders.

Mandricardo
Be careful.
They're all hopped up on nanomachines, too!

Bartholomew
I'll go circle around behind them, Mandricardo!
We can't let them alert the main force!

Mandricardo
Got it.

  1. Holmes, make sure everyone gets back safely!
 
  Select: Holmes, make sure everyone gets back safely!

===Branch End===

Holmes
Of course.

Holmes
Rest assured, I've got your back. All you need worry about is the enemy directly at hand!

Mandricardo
Roger that. Okay, Master, I'm ready for your orders whenever you're ready to give 'em.

Mandricardo
Don't worry, I'll make sure these guys don't go anywhere!

--BATTLE--

Atlantis Border Guard
...
...

  1. There was something inhuman about the way they fought...
  2. They were really tough...
  Select: There was something inhuman about the way they fought...
Mandricardo
That's 'cause of the nanomachines in their heads.
Mandricardo
The catch is, they end up losing their humanity in exchange.

  Select: They were really tough...
Mandricardo
Like I said, they're hopped up on nanomachines.
Mandricardo
'Course, the trade-off's that they end up losing their humanity...but they don't seem too bothered by that.

===Branch End===

Goredolf
That was quite the walloping we gave them.
Are you sure they're not dead?

Mandricardo
Yeah, the nanomachines are keeping 'em alive.

Mandricardo
But even if they're not dead, they'll still be outta commission until the nanomachines finish healing 'em.

Mandricardo
So I don't think we'll have anything to worry about for the time being.

Goredolf
(Clearly, the smart thing to do here would be to kill them...but...)

Goredolf
Hmm. Then there should be no issue leaving them as is.
No need to bother with them, Fujimaru.

Goredolf
We have plenty of more pressing things to do than wasting our time and energy unnecessarily.

Bartholomew
Hmm. All right, we'll leave them be then.
The next thing we have to worry about is Odysseus.

Bartholomew
It won't be long now before he realizes that we're still alive and on Hestia Island.

Bartholomew
And thanks to his incredibly tight security...

Bartholomew
...his soldiers already found and destroyed most of the Second Bartholomew Fleet I'd been building in secret.

Bartholomew
The only ship I've got left is my own:
the Royal Fortune.

Bartholomew
Ahh, my poor fleet. I hardly knew ye...

Holmes
Then we had better move on to our next destination with all due haste.

Holmes
To be honest, I would have liked to spend a bit more time investigating this temple...

Holmes
But I suppose I can make do with analyzing the sample of nanomachines we collected here aboard the Nautilus.

Mandricardo
...
...

Mandricardo
(Crap. Now what do I do?)

Mandricardo
(I missed my chance to bring it up, but are we just going our separate ways now?)

Mandricardo
(Or can I keep going with them?)

Mandricardo
(Meanwhile, Bartholomew's just planning to tag along like it's no big deal at all. Man, that must be nice!)

Mandricardo
(Still, I don't know if I feel good about taking up Master's time while the group is still figuring things out...)

  1. Something wrong?
 
  Select: Something wrong?

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
Oh, uh, nah, it's nothing.

Mandricardo
...So hey, uh, would it be okay if I came along with you guys?

  1. Uh, sure?
  2. Absolutely! You're more than welcome to join us!
  Select: Uh, sure?
Mandricardo
...Gotcha.

  Select: Absolutely! You're more than welcome to join us!
Mandricardo
!
Mandricardo
...That so? I see, I see. Hmm.
Bartholomew
You seem awfully pleased about that, Mandricardo.
Mandricardo
Who, me? Naaah, this is no big deal. Really.
Bartholomew
(I can already tell this guy's going to be kind of a pain!)

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
It's great to have you on board, Mandricardo!
I'm Corday!

Mandricardo
O-oh, thanks.
...Um...

Charlotte Corday
It's okay. I understand.

Charlotte Corday
I won't be upset if you don't know who I am.

Mandricardo
Okay, good.

Mandricardo
'Cause honestly, I got no idea.

Charlotte Corday
...
...

Mandricardo
Hey! Didn't you just say you weren't gonna be upset!?

Charlotte Corday
I'm not upset. I'm just sad.

Mandricardo
(This is exactly why I'm such trash with people!)

Goredolf
And here I thought the walk home was going to be so much easier. Remind me why I'm still carrying you?

Nemo
Honestly, I can still barely move.
I feel as sluggish as a beached fur seal.

Goredolf
Well, you could at least try to make an effort!

Da Vinci
What do you expect? It's still gonna take some time for Nemo to get back on his feet.

Da Vinci
Sorry, Gordy, you'll just have to bear with it a little longer.

Goredolf
Dammit, Butter should be the one handling things like this. Where is he when you need him?

  1. Who's Butter?
  2. I really think it's about time you learned Meunière's name!
  Select: Who's Butter?
Goredolf
Come on, you know. The guy with the glasses and...
Uh, the glasses.

  Select: I really think it's about time you learned Meunière's name!
Goredolf
That's it, Moony-air. Or was it Meurienne?
Oh well, it doesn't matter.
Goredolf
Really, thinking about it now, I should have been the one to stay behind with the Border...

===Branch End===

Mash
Do you think the Border's okay?

Nemo
...Yes, it's fine, at least for now.

Nemo
The sonar is still working, so I can tell there aren't any hostiles nearby.

Holmes
Oh? You mean you can tell that sort of thing even at this distance?

Nemo
Only what's been reported to me, thanks to the one marine that stuck around.

Goredolf
...Are you sure I can't put him down, seeing how he's feeling well enough to talk?

Da Vinci
Nice try.

Mandricardo
...
...

  1. Everything okay?
 
  Select: Everything okay?

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
Oh, uh, yeah, everything's fine.

Mandricardo
I was just thinking how this is the same position I was in on my last trip not too long ago.

Mandricardo
...You wanna hear more about it?

Mandricardo
All right, but there isn't all that much to say.

Mandricardo
I was just part of the group of Servants that went off to Olympus.

Mandricardo
'Course, all the others' True Names are sealed away, so I don't know who they were any more than Bartholomew does.

Mandricardo
But I do remember there was one Servant who was real good at making hideouts, and built a bunch of them all around the different islands.

Mandricardo
So we might find some clues or other things that could help us if we check them out.

Mandricardo
...
...Oh, right.

Mandricardo
I probably should've told you about those before, huh?
I'm sorry.

  1. I'll tell the others.
  2. So why did you stay behind?
  Select: I'll tell the others.
Mandricardo
Sounds good. Thanks.
Mandricardo
I get the feeling I was probably left behind to tell you guys about that kinda thing, so.

  Select: So why did you stay behind?
Mandricardo
Oh, that? I don't know who it was, but somebody told me it was important that I did.

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Mandricardo
You know, Odysseus, Poseidon, and Artemis are about as big as they come.

Mandricardo
I honestly don't know if we even have a chance of beating them...

  1. ...Yeah, me neither.
 
  Select: ...Yeah, me neither.

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
!

Mandricardo
N-no, wait. That's not what I meant!

Mandricardo
(Dammit, how could I be so stupid!? What kind of Servant goes around saying they can't win!?)

Mandricardo
(Then again, I don't wanna lie. And it's not like
{(M) he'd /(F) she'd} believe me, anyway! I mean, how the hell can anyone beat real-life gods?)

Mandricardo
(Not to mention we've got way fewer Servants now, and Artemis's keeping a much closer eye out than she was before.)

Mandricardo
(...What're we gonna do?)

  1. But I at least want to make sure we try everything we can.
  2. Which is why I'm glad to have you here helping us.
  Select: But I at least want to make sure we try everything we can.

  Select: Which is why I'm glad to have you here helping us.

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
...
...

Mandricardo
...Well sure, if there's anything I can do to help, I'll do it.

Mandricardo
Just maybe keep your expectations of me in check.
After all...

Mandricardo
This is the only weapon I've got.

Mandricardo
A plain old wooden sword.
Nothing special or historic about it or anything.

Mandricardo
If I'd materialized as a Saber, then I might've been able to bring Durendal with me, but no, I'm just a Rider.

Mandricardo
Then again, I still might not have it then, since I just picked it up when that bastard Roland happened to leave it behind.

Mandricardo
And since I don't have any memory of wielding that sword since becoming a Servant either...

Mandricardo
...I'm guessing that means the Throne still doesn't see me as a real hero.

Mandricardo
...Ugh, sorry. I didn't mean to bring down the mood.

Mandricardo
Well hey, don't worry. Even a dinky wooden sword like this oughta be enough to take out a hundred soldiers or so.

Mandricardo
So if nothing else, I can still fill in the gaps in your lineup.

Mandricardo
Anyway, it looks like we're falling behind.
Come on, Master, let's go catch up.

Section 5: Sailing Anew

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Nemo
...Good. Everything looks intact.

Meunière
Hey! You're back!

Goredolf
Thanks for the warm welcome. I take it everything's been smooth sailing here, no pun intended?

Meunière
Yeah, everything's fine. Most eventful thing that happened here was getting sick and tired of rations.

Meunière
In fact, we got so tired of it that we ended up raiding the food marked "Director Only." Now those were some damn fine eats.

Goredolf
You what!?

Goredolf
I had my heart set on that food!
They're half the reason I wanted to come back here!

Meunière
Sorry, Boss. It was the price you had to pay to keep everyone's spirits high.

Goredolf
Ouch That was TOO blunt!
Dammit, all that juicy bacon, gone forever...

Nemo
I'm checking the ship's condition now.

Nemo
...It's still holding together, but just barely.
The damage to the hull plating is especially bad.

Nemo
There's no way we can dive in this state. The best we can hope for now is to sail on the surface.

Bartholomew
I see. Then it sounds like towing is the only way to go after all.

Nemo
I hate to say it, but yeah, it is.

Holmes
Very well then, Bartholomew, go ahead and get ready to tow us, if you'd be so kind.

Holmes
In the meantime, Master, I'd like you and Ms. Kyrielight to get some much-needed rest.

  1. Got it.
  2. Will do.
  Select: Got it.

  Select: Will do.

===Branch End===

Goredolf
I'll go do the same.

Goredolf
I say, Captain, I don't suppose you have any Nemo Marines who specialize in foot massages?

Nemo
I do, actually.

Meunière
...! (Gleam in his eye and his glasses)

Nemo
But I can't create any extra marines right now.
I just don't have the strength.

Meunière

...! (Completely crestfallen)

Goredolf
I see. Well, that's too bad.
(Sigh) My poor, aching tootsies...

Da Vinci
All right, I'm gonna go analyze these nanomachines.
Come give me a hand, Holmes.

Holmes
Of course.

Holmes
Bartholomew, how long will it take to rig both ships for towing?

Bartholomew
If I start right now and hurry,
I'd say it'll be about two hours.

Holmes
Meaning we would set sail before twilight, hmm.
That's certainly cutting it close.

Holmes
I suppose we could wait another day if we had to...
But no, the sooner we leave, the better.

Holmes
We can't be too cautious,
given that we're up against Odysseus.

Da Vinci
True. You might be pretty smart, Holmes, but there's still a big difference between a detective and a general.

Holmes
Duly noted.

Holmes
At any rate, the situation is disadvantageous as it is, so if nothing else, we must be sure to avoid doing anything that might result in giving the enemy a chance to finish us for good.

Da Vinci
Makes sense to me.
Okay then, let's set sail in two hours.

Fou
Fou, fou.

Mash
I think Fou's feeling cross about all the director's bacon having been eaten.

  1. True, he enjoys the director's food almost as much the director does.
 
  Select: True, he enjoys the director's food almost as much the director does.

===Branch End===

Mash
Anyway, I'm so glad you're all right, Master.

Mash
Servants may be able to sense whether or not their Master is okay...

Mash
...but that still doesn't compare to being there next to {(M) him /(F) her}.

Mash
Honestly, I was going out of my mind with worry,
not knowing what had happened to you.

  1. I was really scared too.
 
  Select: I was really scared too.

===Branch End===

Mash
...I'm so relieved you weren't hurt.

Mash
I know we're in the middle of an operation right now... but I just can't seem to settle my mind.

Mash
I think that's because, even now that we've eliminated four Lostbelts...

Mash
...we still don't know what the best solution for us is.

Mash
This has been an incredibly difficult journey,
for so many reasons.

Mash
...And I just can't take it all in stride, like Holmes can.

Mash
Yet despite that, as selfish as it is, I also can't help but want to hold on to the people I'm close to...

  1. It's okay.
  2. Don't worry. None of us are going anywhere.
  Select: It's okay.

  Select: Don't worry. None of us are going anywhere.

===Branch End===

Fou
Fou...

  1. Really, it's fine. I promise.
 
  Select: Really, it's fine. I promise.

===Branch End===

Mash
...Okay. Thank you, Master.

Mash
...
...Huh?

Mash
Did you hear something strange just now?

Mandricardo
...
...

Mash
Mandricardo, did you been hear anything unusual?

Mandricardo
O-oh, that was me. I just banged my wooden sword against the wall. Sorry 'bout that.

Mash
I see. That would explain it.

Mash
I'm afraid the halls aren't very wide, so if you could please try not to swing your sword around in here too much, I would appreciate it...

Mandricardo
Yeah, of course. I'll be careful.
...Sorry again.

Mandricardo
The last thing I wanted was to bother you.

  1. It's okay. It's not that big a deal.
 
  Select: It's okay. It's not that big a deal.

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
R-right, I guess not.

Mandricardo
Hey, how about orders?
Got anything you want me to do?

  1. Not at the moment...
 
  Select: Not at the moment...

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
Gotcha.

Mandricardo
...Sorry again for bothering you.

Mandricardo
I know it's important that you guys rest up when you can.

Mandricardo
Go on, you guys take it nice and easy.
I'll go out and keep an eye on things.

Mash
It looked like something was bothering him.
I wonder what's wrong?

  1. I hope we didn't make him feel bad...
 
  Select: I hope we didn't make him feel bad...

===Branch End===

Mash
Anyway, he's right; it is important that we rest up when we can.

Mash
So how about I brew some tea, and we have a nice,
relaxing sit-down, Senpai?

Da Vinci
Hm?
Oh, hey, Mandricardo.

Da Vinci
What's up? You're welcome to hang out here, but you might find it pretty boring. There's not really much for you to–

Mandricardo
Please...please, if there's anything I can do to help, anything at all, I'm happy to do it. Really.

Da Vinci
Hmm. I appreciate the offer, but there really isn't anything to do except carry some heavy things...

Mandricardo
No problem! I'm on it!

Da Vinci
Hmm. Kind of a weird Servant, isn't he?

Da Vinci
But hey, I'm not gonna say no to another set of hands.

Da Vinci
Besides, it's best to delegate what you can!

Nemo
There you are.
Right on time.

Goredolf
Just so you know, Fujimaru, in the grown-up world,
anything less than five minutes early is considered late.

Goredolf
That aside, are you sure this is going to work?

Goredolf
I took a quick peek at the engine room earlier, and it looks to still be flooded with all manner of detritus.

Nemo
We can't use any of the main engines right now, but we should be able to scrape by on auxiliary power.

Nemo
After that, it all comes down to how strong the ship that'll be towing us is. Personally, I'm hoping we'll be able to glide with all the elegance of a manta ray.

Bartholomew
Don't you worry, Captain Nemo. I didn't name this ship the Royal Fortune for nothing.

Bartholomew
Set sail!!!

Pirate
...
...

Bartholomew
Phew.

Bartholomew
I heard that when Blackbeard had a Holy Grail, he was able to use his Noble Phantasm to not only recreate his ship, but his entire crew as well.

Bartholomew
Whereas the best I can do right now is order around a silent assistant.

Bartholomew
Anyway, this just leaves Artemis. Given the time of day and favorable wind, we should just be able to get past her.

Nemo
Good, we're moving.
Full speed ahead!

Goredolf
A-are you sure we'll be all right? Because that sound I'm hearing is not encouraging in the slightest!

Nemo
We'll be fine! The Border's a good ship.
I know it can handle the strain!

Meunière
All right, we're moving!

Da Vinci
Just barely, though.

Da Vinci
Any rough maneuvering and the whole thing'll fall apart. And of course, diving's out of the question.

Nemo
As long as it moves on water, it's still a ship.

Nemo
I'm going to shift the ballast so the ship slants to one side a bit.

Nemo
It might feel unstable, but you'll just have to bear with it for a while.

Goredolf
Yeowch! My herbal tea!

Meunière
Why are you even drinking tea right now!?
Especially when it's still hot!

Goredolf
If you must know, I was counting on it to help me relax!

Goredolf
Lest you forget, as the commander, I need to be ready to issue coolheaded orders at a moment's notice!

Holmes
Hahaha. If you're feeling well enough to mount such a vigorous argument on the merits of herbal tea, Goredolf, then I can rest assured knowing the Border is in good hands.

Holmes
Now then. {(M) Mr. /(F) Ms.} Fujimaru.
Ms. Kyrielight. Mandricardo.

Holmes
I would like the three of you to move to Bartholomew's ship so as to ensure its safe passage.

Holmes
Under the circumstances, having it come to an unexpected halt could be very dangerous indeed.

Mash
Understood, Holmes.

Mash
Come on, Master, let's go!

  1. Come on, Mandricardo.
  2. Ready when you are, Mash!
  Select: Come on, Mandricardo.
Mandricardo
...
...Right.
Mandricardo
I mean, I'll do my best out there.

  Select: Ready when you are, Mash!
Mash
Right. Oh, and please be careful when climbing out of the hatch.
Mash
But if you do slip, don't worry.
I'll be right there to catch you!

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
U-um, excuse me?
I was just wondering what it is I should be doing?

Goredolf
Hm? Oh, right. You're such a wallflower I'd nearly forgotten we'd added another Servant to our ranks.

Goredolf
The technical and administrative advisors, bacon thieves, and Captain should have the Border's defense covered...

Goredolf
So feel free to entertain yourself however you like.

Charlotte Corday
Um, I'm afraid that doesn't really answer my question...

  1. Come with us, Corday.
 
  Select: Come with us, Corday.

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
...!
Right! Yes! Of course!

Charlotte Corday
I'd be honored to accompany you!

Holmes
Hmm.

Holmes
Ms. Corday seems to have taken a great liking to our {(M) Mr. /(F) Ms.} Fujimaru.

Holmes
Of course, most Servants we've met have been quite willing to help {(M) him /(F) her}, given the existential threat humanity faces.

Goredolf
Is there an issue here?
That all seems like a good thing to me.

Holmes
And indeed, it is.

Bartholomew
Welcome!
I'm so glad to have you on board my Royal Fortune!

Mandricardo
How's it looking out here?

Bartholomew
Not bad, but not great, either.

Bartholomew
It doesn't seem like Artemis has noticed us,
but I am sensing some Demonic Beasts up ahead.

Bartholomew
And unfortunately, we can't go around them,
since time is of the essence right now.

Bartholomew
So we'll just have to blast them the moment they board the deck.

Bartholomew
All right, all hands to battle stations! I'd join you, but I've got my hands full steering the ship.

Mandricardo
Roger that. We'll take care of it.

Bartholomew
From here on, we're racing against the clock.

Bartholomew
I'd suggest we pray to the gods for help...but I guess this is the worst possible place to do that, hm?

Bartholomew
Well, good luck!

Mandricardo
All right. Don't worry, Master.
I'm more pumped now than I've been in a long time.

Mandricardo
(It doesn't matter if I stand out or not.
I've just gotta make sure I'm helping Master out.)

Mandricardo
Just point me at the beast you want dead,
and I'll finish 'em off in no time!

Charlotte Corday
(He really is pumped...
I've got to make sure I don't fall behind!)

Charlotte Corday
R-right! I'll, um...be sure to kill someone! Yeah!

Mandricardo
(Why's she talking about murdering people?)

  1. There is such a thing as being TOO pumped...
 
  Select: There is such a thing as being TOO pumped...

===Branch End===

--BATTLE--

Bartholomew
You got them? Great. All we have to do now is pray that Artemis doesn't come after us.

Bartholomew
Here we go! Full speed ahead! I'm going to sail this ship so fast you'll think it's running on rocket fuel!

  1. Aye, aye, sir!
 
  Select: Aye, aye, sir!

===Branch End===

Bartholomew
Haha! Now that's what I like to hear, Master!

Mandricardo
Let's see... Oh hey, you might be pretty familiar with this next island's name, Master.

Mash
Oh? Why, what's it called?

Mandricardo
Heracles Island.

Mandricardo
It makes sense when you think about it, since Heracles did end up ascending to godhood in the end.

Mandricardo
It's no surprise he might have an island named after him.

Charlotte Corday
Huh? Heracles Island?

Mandricardo
...Y-yeah, that's right.
(Talking directly to her always makes me nervous.)

Charlotte Corday
...I remember now.

Charlotte Corday
I actually started out on Heracles Island when I was first summoned here.

Charlotte Corday
I was only on Hestia Island because I had Bartholomew take me there.

Mash
Why did you do that?

Charlotte Corday
Oh, I went to fetch Jason some medicinal herbs for his hangov–

Charlotte Corday
...
...

Charlotte Corday
Ah... Oops...

  1. Did you say Jason!?
 
  Select: Did you say Jason!?

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
So much has happened that I completely forgot about him!

Charlotte Corday
Oh gosh, he's going to be so angry with me...

--ARROW--

Holmes
We'll leave the Border in its camouflaged mode,
just like we did before.

Holmes
We're also going to keep transmissions to an absolute minimum to make it harder for Odysseus to find us.

  1. Got it.
  2. I'm a little nervous about this...
  Select: Got it.
Holmes
I am sorry about this.
Holmes
And even with circumstances as they are, we will absolutely continue to keep watch and let you know immediately in the event of an emergency.

  Select: I'm a little nervous about this...
Mandricardo
Well, for what it's worth, I remember this island still being pretty peaceful.

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
So, Bartholomew's gonna stay behind and hold down the fort, huh...

Mash
Is there an issue with that?

Mandricardo
(...That means Corday and I are gonna be taking point on talking to this island's villagers, doesn't it?)

Mandricardo
(Are they kidding? There's no way I can handle that.
Just thinking about it's freaking me out.)

Mandricardo
(Maybe I could just let Corday deal with all that?
...But then, that'd be pretty pathetic, wouldn't it?)

Mandricardo
...Nah, it's fine.
Let's keep moving.

Mandricardo
First things first, we oughta head for the village and start asking around about the temple.

Mandricardo
Once we know where it is, we can head there and get Nemo some more nanomachines.

Nemo
(Sigh)... I hate to leave my ship behind,
but I guess there isn't any other way.

  1. How're you feeling?
 
  Select: How're you feeling?

===Branch End===

Nemo
I'm fine. I've recovered enough that I can walk on my own again. And I've served in the army before, so I'm used to forced marches, too.

Mandricardo
Great.
All right then, let's get going.

Mash
Sounds good!
Thank you for leading the way, Mandricardo!

Mandricardo
...
...

Mandricardo
(Aw man, now there's more pressure than ever...)

  1. I hope this works out...
  2. Everything okay? You look kind of worried.
  Select: I hope this works out...
Nemo
Hm? Is something wrong?

  Select: Everything okay? You look kind of worried.
Mandricardo
Me? Nah, I'm fine.

===Branch End===

Mash
...?

Mash
There's something strange about the ground.
It feels oddly...rigid in places...

Mandricardo
That'll be metal from the remains of fallen gods you see everywhere. There's a bunch buried here.

Mandricardo
We might find something good if we dug 'em up, but it'd take long enough that we're better off leaving well enough alone.

Mandricardo
...Hm? I can sense Demonic Beasts nearby.

Mandricardo
And they're being weirdly aggressive.

Mash
Are they hunting us?

Mandricardo
No, it's not that.
It feels like...they're already fighting something.

Mandricardo
Could be some Atlantis Border Guards.
Wanna try scoping things out from a distance?

  1. Let's do it!
 
  Select: Let's do it!

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
You got it. Hang on to me, Nemo.
I'm gonna pick up the pace for a bit.

Nemo
I usually can't stand being treated like a child,
but as we have no choice, I will endure.

E:Heracles Island Resident
Let's go!

F:Heracles Island Resident
That's it! Cut off their escape!

Mandricardo
...Oh. It's just people hunting.

E:Heracles Island Resident
Hm? You guys not from this island?

Mash
No, we're not.

Charlotte Corday
Hi guys! Good to see you again!

E:Heracles Island Resident
Corday!? Is that you!?

E:Heracles Island Resident
Where've you been all this time?
Jason's been missing you something fierce.

Charlotte Corday
Ahahaha, good one!
As if Jason would ever miss anybody.

E:Heracles Island Resident
Hahaha, yeah, that's fair.

E:Heracles Island Resident
Anyway, now that you guys are here,
would you mind helping us out with our hunt?

Mandricardo
Uh...

  1. Let's do it.
 
  Select: Let's do it.

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
Got it.
Okay, guess I'd better go lend a helping hand.

--BATTLE--

A:Heracles Island Resident
All right!

Mandricardo
No sweat.

Charlotte Corday
I'm just glad I could help.

A:Heracles Island Resident
Man, you guys don't fight like anyone else I've ever seen.

Mandricardo
Uh, y-yeah, I guess not.

A:Heracles Island Resident
Well hey, whatever gets the job done.
The important thing is, we've got food now.

A:Heracles Island Resident
Besides, it's good to get out and hunt like this now and then. Helps break up the monotony of day-to-day life.

B:Heracles Island Resident
I don't know...

B:Heracles Island Resident
I think I prefer the easy life over working too hard, like that kid.

A:Heracles Island Resident
What are you, nuts? Who wouldn't want the glory of being chosen by Olympus?

B:Heracles Island Resident
Well yeah, I guess...

Charlotte Corday
Chosen by Olympus? What do you mean by that?

A:Heracles Island Resident
Oh, that?

A:Heracles Island Resident
It's when a number of the youngsters compete to see which of them'll be chosen as soldiers sworn to defend Olympus.

Mash
!

Charlotte Corday
O-oh, I see.

Mash
Master...

  1. (I know. Let's just keep quiet.)
 
  Select: (I know. Let's just keep quiet.)

===Branch End===

Mash
...

A:Heracles Island Resident
And Filia's son has been working his rear off saying he's gonna be the one chosen this time.

B:Heracles Island Resident
I still don't know. I mean, doesn't becoming a soldier basically mean signing up to be a disposable pawn?

A:Heracles Island Resident
He says that's okay with him.

A:Heracles Island Resident
After all, being an Olympian guard's the only way outcasts like us'll ever get to serve the gods.

B:Heracles Island Resident
I guess that's true... There's no way we old-timers would make the cut, though.

Charlotte Corday
I'm sorry, old-timers...?

Charlotte Corday
Um, if you don't mind my asking,
could you tell us how old you are?

B:Heracles Island Resident
We're both coming up on five hundred years old soon. Though I'm still hoping to be granted an audience with the gods at least once before I die.

Mash
!!!

Charlotte Corday
Five hun–

Mandricardo
That's the Theos Klironomia at work.

Mandricardo
Those things can give Servants enough magical energy to use their Noble Phantasms.

Mandricardo
So letting normal people live for five hundred years is nothing.

A:Heracles Island Resident
All right, we'd better head back to the village.
You'll come with us, right, Corday?

A:Heracles Island Resident
Jason's still waiting there for you.
Though I have to say, I don't get him at all.

A:Heracles Island Resident
You'd never know he's got a pretty little number like you lovingly taking care of him from the way he scowls all the time.

Charlotte Corday
Ahahaha. That's because we don't actually care for each other...at all.

  1. Not even a little?
 
  Select: Not even a little?

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
Not even a little!

Charlotte Corday
He's going to be scowling more than ever when he sees me! Just you wait and see!

Charlotte Corday
So make sure you don't get the wrong idea about us, d'accord!?

  1. D-d'accord.
 
  Select: D-d'accord.

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
Phew...

Charlotte Corday
Okay then, let's get going to the village, shall we?
Off we go!

A:Heracles Island Resident
Hahaha. I can see you miss Jason just as much as he misses you.

Charlotte Corday
Nothing could be further from the truth!

--ARROW--

Jason
I can't deal with this crap anymore!

Jason
Another!

???
Another mug of beer, huh?
Okay, here you go.

???
Though I gotta say, Servant or not,
don't you think you've had enough by now?

Jason
I'm fine. Everything's fine.

Jason
Servants can still get drunk, AND we don't have to worry about addiction. It's all good news, really!

???
Well, I'm not gonna complain about you racking up a big tab. Though I will come collecting one of these days, you hear?

Jason
I know, I know. Don't worry. If worse comes to worst,
I can always sell my sword.

???
You sure? Don't you kind of need that?
I mean, you are technically a Saber, right?

Jason
Yeah, I am!

Jason
But you know...

Jason
At this point, it doesn't even matter what class I am.

Jason
I'm just gonna spend my time drinking the nights away,
counting the moments until I vanish.

Jason
Assuming the world doesn't end first, of course.

Jason
'Cause when that happens, me, you, and everyone else here are ALL gonna vanish without a trace!

???
So this is what it looks like when somebody truly doesn't give a shit anymore, huh?

???
Well, either way, there's not a whole lot left that I can do about any of it at this point.

Jason
...
...?

Jason
Hey, barkeep, where's that nag Corday got off to?

Jason
It feels like it's been a few days or so since I last saw her.

???
You sure she didn't leave your sorry ass to fend for yourself?

Jason
She'd never do that.

Jason
She can't even bear the idea of turning her back on someone, let alone actually do it.

???
So even though you know that about her, you're still not shy about running her ragged, huh. You're a real piece of work, aren't you?

Jason
Believe me, it's not like I asked for her help.
I'd just as soon she leave me alone.

???
Well anyway, Corday said she was going to look for medicinal herbs on another island about three days ago.

Jason
Medicinal herbs? So she left the village?
All on her own?

Jason
...Ugh, I swear. Didn't she ever stop to think about what could happen if she ran into some border guards?

???
So what, you're not gonna go save her?

Jason
She left three days ago, right?
Then it's already too late.

Jason
And it's not like Servants leave a body behind when they die.

Jason
The best I can do is properly mourn her if she never comes back.

???
Oh? Looks like you're not gonna get the chance this time.

Jason
Well, well. So she actually managed to survive,
did she? Will wonders never cease.

Jason
She probably just managed to escape by the skin of her teeth, or somehow managed to sneak up on a Demonic Beast without getting caught.

Jason
Either that, or one of the villagers bailed her out.

Jason
Well, Corday?

Jason
If you took this long to get some medicinal herbs, you'd better have some real good ones to show for–

  1. Ah.
 
  Select: Ah.

===Branch End===

Mash
Ah.

Charlotte Corday
Hi Jason! I have some good news and some bad news!

Charlotte Corday
The bad news is, I forgot all about the herbs!
The good news is, we have more companions now!

Jason
...
...

Charlotte Corday
In the meantime, I'm going to make a plate of Demonic Beast stir-fry from today's hunt.

Charlotte Corday
Hi Drake! Is it okay if I use the kitchen?

  1. Drake!?
 
  Select: Drake!?

===Branch End===

Mash
Did she say Drake!?

Nemo
Drake? Isn't that–

Drake
Well now, it's not every day I get so many customers.

Drake
Welcome to the Golden Hind.
I'm the owner, Francis Drake.

Drake
...But then, if you lot are from Proper Human History, maybe you already know who I am.

Mash
Y-yes! Of course we do!

Mash
Oh. Although, um...

  1. You don't recognize us?
 
  Select: You don't recognize us?

===Branch End===

Drake
Sorry, can't say I do.

Drake
But you know, weirdly enough, I've got a good feeling about you lot for some reason.

Drake
Who knows? Maybe we had a good brawl together in a dream or something like that.

Mash
I see...

Mash
Well even so, it's been a wonderful surprise to see you here, Drake.

Mash
And you, Jason!

Jason
Oh for... Don't tell me you brought the Chaldeans here, Corday!?

Jason
Argh, I swear! This is exactly why I hate airheads!

Jason
How many times did I tell you!?

Jason
If you're that determined to get into trouble, then go right ahead. Just keep it the hell away from me!

Jason
Yet here you are, bringing back people reeking of trouble like a lamb drenched in gasoline!

Charlotte Corday
Well, I was just so fortunate in meeting Fujimaru that I couldn't help it.

Charlotte Corday
You're acquaintances of Jason too,
right, Fujimaru?

  1. I guess you could say that...
 
  Select: I guess you could say that...

===Branch End===

Mash
I guess the best thing to say here is
“Long time no see,” Master?

Jason
We're not acquaintances! We're sworn enemies!
Eh! Neh! Mees!!!

Mash
Um... That almost sounds like you still have memories of Okeanos, Jason...

Jason
You bet I do!
I remember everything like it was yesterday!

Jason
I might not have experienced it in this manifestation, but with memories this disturbingly detailed, I don't have to!

Jason
I can still see Medea's face just when I'd been tricked into feeling like I was on top of the world...

Jason
Ugh, I swear, I'm going to have nightmares about that...

Charlotte Corday
Well, I'm sure you guys have lots of catching up to do, so I'm going to get to cooking.

Jason
Huh? You're really throwing me to the wolves like this!? These people actually killed me, you know!

Charlotte Corday
Yes, I do! That's why I'm sure you'll be great friends!

Jason
Uh...

  1. Uh...
 
  Select: Uh...

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
Damn. Airheads are really something else, aren't they?

Jason
Right!?

Jason
I swear, why do I keep running into all these damn airheads who keep literally blowing up my life!?

Mash
I see. I guess they really don't care for each other at all...

Jason
Ugh, fine!

Jason
Go on, have a seat.
The food ought to be ready shortly.

Jason
We can each share a little about what we know until it gets here. Those are my terms. Take them or piss off.

Jason
So, how much do you know about what's going on here?

Jason
...Yeah, that's more or less right.

Jason
Half the Servants here disappeared,
and the other half made it to Olympus.

Mash
That's where we're hoping to go too: Olympus.

Jason
Hah!

Jason
Yep, that's the can-do attitude of a Servant who's already saved the world. But unfortunately, it's just not possible.

Jason
Listen. When I say those Servants made it to Olympus, that's all I mean; that they made it there.

Jason
And THEY didn't have these three layers of defense to worry about!

Jason
There was no Odysseus commanding an army,
no Artemis watching from up in the heavens...

Jason
...and no broken Poseidon murder machine slaughtering anything that gets too close!

Jason
Do you understand? Honestly, it's a damn miracle you lot are even alive right now!

  1. I guess that's true...
 
  Select: I guess that's true...

===Branch End===

Drake
But isn't that what Servants do?
Make miracles happen?

Jason
I know what you're going to say.

Jason
You want my help, right?

Jason
Forget it!

Jason
I'm not going on another so-called hero's journey for the privilege of getting myself killed!

Jason
Just because I'm a Servant now doesn't mean I don't still feel pain and fear.

Jason
And I'm definitely not so stupid as to throw my life away on a fool's errand!

Drake
I don't mind helping out.

Mash
Really, Drake!?

  1. With Drake on our side...!
 
  Select: With Drake on our side...!

===Branch End===

Drake
That said, I don't know if I can be much help with this busted-up Spirit Origin.

Jason
She's basically got an incurable wound.

Jason
She might look like herself,
but her insides are a mess.

Jason
The whole reason she's here running a bar is because she's got nothing better to do.

Jason
And if that wasn't bad enough, Poseidon's cursed her to die if she ever sets out to sea.

Jason
Serves her right, if you ask me!

Drake
Hahahaha, at least I can still use my culverin cannons on land.

Drake
Maybe I should give it a shot right now.

Jason
I'm sorry! Forgive me! I shouldn't have said that!

  1. I can't imagine Drake unable to sail...
 
  Select: I can't imagine Drake unable to sail...

===Branch End===

Mash
That's awful...

Drake
Sorry I can't be of much help. I really am.

Drake
But the fact is, I'm just not the Francis Drake you know. I can't make the impossible possible anymore.

Jason
That's for sure! The best she can manage now is running a tavern and drinking herself silly!

Charlotte Corday
Here we go! A nice plate of hors d'oeuvres!

Charlotte Corday
Oh, and while I didn't find any medicinal herbs,
I did try soaking them in this edible wild grass.

Jason
Oh man, they taste like cold compresses...
Boy, do I love me some hors d'oeuvres...

Charlotte Corday
Would you all like some, too?

  1. Don't mind if I do!
  2. Thanks, Corday!
  Select: Don't mind if I do!
Charlotte Corday
Teehee, please, help yourself.
I made plenty to go around.
Mash
Thank you, Corday.

  Select: Thanks, Corday!
Charlotte Corday
...Of course!
La ta taaa♪
Jason
Why's she in such a good mood?
She get another screw knocked loose or something?
Mandricardo
B-beats me...
Mandricardo
She's pretty much always in a good mood around us.
Jason
That so? Oh well, whatever.
Mash
You really are callous about her, aren't you?
Jason
Believe me, I could say the same for her!

===Branch End===

Jason
(Sigh) I'm stuffed...
So ends another pointless day.

  1. What're you going to do now?
 
  Select: What're you going to do now?

===Branch End===

Jason
What else?
Fall asleep on the second floor.

Mandricardo
Is that all you've been doing every day?

Drake
Yup. That pretty much describes Jason's entire last month here.

Mandricardo
How can you be so cavalier about this?
Weren't you the captain of the Argo?

Jason
Me? Sure, I was a captain.

Mandricardo
Then why–

Jason
A miserable excuse of a captain who got his own crewman killed.

  1. Huh? Which crewman?
 
  Select: Huh? Which crewman?

===Branch End===

Jason
...Heracles.

Mash
Heracles is...dead?

Jason
Yeah, that's right!

Jason
He shielded me and a number of other Servants from Artemis's arrow!

Jason
And even with the Casters buffing him to kingdom come...

Jason
...he could still only take two shots before he used up his God Hand and kicked the bucket!

Jason
Dammit, why did he shield us?
If anyone should've survived, it was him!

Mandricardo
...Right. I remember now.

Mandricardo
You dropped out right around when Heracles died.

Jason
Hah. Took you fricking long enough to remember.

Jason
I guess Medea or one of the other Casters must have messed with your memories.

Mash
Medea's here too? Is she okay?

Jason
Don't ask me. She was alive when I bailed,
but I've no idea if that's still the case.

Mandricardo
...
...

Mandricardo
Uh... Hey, so...

Jason
What is it, gloomy!?
You got something to say to me!?

Mandricardo
Shut it, sunshine! Ugh, you're so damn bright I can't even look at you!

Mandricardo
Look, you've still got enough strength to fight back, right!?

Mandricardo
Well, if you don't use it now,
when the hell are you going to!?

Jason
I'll tell you when!
Right the hell now!

Jason
Let's take this outside!
Come on, Corday, give me a hand!

Charlotte Corday
H-huh!?

Charlotte Corday
You want me to fight against everyone from Chaldea!?

Jason
If you side with them, I'm not gonna bother lifting a damn finger!

Charlotte Corday
Ugh, you can be so unreasonable sometimes.

Charlotte Corday
But, okay.

Charlotte Corday
If that's what it takes to convince you,
I'll be glad to help!

Nemo
I'm surprised that convinced YOU.
You really are a natural-born Assassin.

Drake
Ooh, you lot gonna fight?
In that case, keep it inside!

Drake
I wanna see what you've all got for myself!

Jason
...Isn't the barkeep supposed to say “Take it outside”?

Drake
Forget that! I want to see a good old-fashioned barroom brawl!

Charlotte Corday
Ahaha, that's our Drake for you.
Okay, Jason, let's both give it our best!

Jason
“Let's both give it our best”? Is this really the time for–Hey! Stop! I still need to get my sword!

Mash
I-it looks like there's no getting out of this peacefully now, Master!

  1. Goodbye, hors d'oeuvres. I'll be back for you later...
  2. Would you mind holding onto my hors d'oeuvres for me, Drake?
  Select: Goodbye, hors d'oeuvres. I'll be back for you later...
Mandricardo
You're a real easygoing {(M) guy /(F) lady}, aren't you!?

  Select: Would you mind holding onto my hors d'oeuvres for me, Drake?
Drake
You got it. You're a real easygoing sort, aren't you?

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
Ahaha, maybe so, but that's one thing I like about {(M) him /(F) her}! Anyway, here goes nothing!

--BATTLE--

Jason
There, it's done! I lost, you won!
Now go on, scram!

Mash
Wait. Whaaat!?

Mandricardo
You mean you're not gonna join us even though we beat you?

Jason
I never said I'd do anything of the sooort!

Charlotte Corday
No, I guess you didn't...
I'd forgotten what you were like.

Jason
Go ahead and take the airhead with you if you want. Not that she's good for anything besides blowing up in your face.

Jason
But leave me out of it!

Drake
Hey. (Waving over)

  1. I wonder what this is about...
 
  Select: I wonder what this is about...

===Branch End===

Drake
You really want Jason to come along with you?

  1. Well, Medea did say he comes through when it counts, so yeah.
  2. I've heard he's at his best when the chips are down, so yeah.
  Select: Well, Medea did say he comes through when it counts, so yeah.

  Select: I've heard he's at his best when the chips are down, so yeah.

===Branch End===

Drake
Good point.

Drake
Given everything that's going on now, you probably would be better off with him in your crew.

Drake
Okay then, I've got an idea.

Drake
There's a temple up north of here where a bunch of border guards like to hang out.

Drake
Go up there and get yourselves some Theos Klironomia.

  1. And then what?
 
  Select: And then what?

===Branch End===

Drake
Jason's a smart guy.

Drake
He'll figure out what it means that you've got some real quick.

Drake
Oh, no need to overdo it.
Just enough for one Servant oughta do.

Drake
Here, this is the release codes for the Theos Kilronomia, and a storage container to bring back what you can get.

  1. Got it!
  2. Thank you for this!
  Select: Got it!
Drake
Oho, that's what I like to hear. Now go on out there and loot that temple like a true pirate!

  Select: Thank you for this!
Drake
No problem. It's the least I can do, since I can't fight alongside you.

===Branch End===

Mash
What were you talking about with Drake, Master?

Mandricardo
Border guards at the temple, huh?

Mandricardo
I mean, I guess that's fine,
since we needed to go there anyway.

Nemo
Right. That suggestion of hers is just what we were looking for anyway.

Nemo
But I still don't understand how defeating those guards will change Jason's mind.

Mandricardo
Me neither.

Mandricardo
Still, this is Captain Drake we're talking about.
It can't hurt to give her idea a shot.

  1. Let's rest up tonight and go there tomorrow morning.
 
  Select: Let's rest up tonight and go there tomorrow morning.

===Branch End===

Mash & Mandricardo
Right/Got it!

Charlotte Corday
I'm going too, of course!

Charlotte Corday
That's okay with you, right, Fujimaru?
Right? Right?

  1. Of course. I'd be glad to have you along.
  2. I mean, I already figured you would be, so...
  Select: Of course. I'd be glad to have you along.
Charlotte Corday
Wonderful!

  Select: I mean, I already figured you would be, so...
Charlotte Corday
O-oh, really?
Charlotte Corday
Thank goodness. I'm so glad to hear you feel that way.

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
I mean, you have Mandricardo to help with combat now, so I was worried you might not need me anymore!

Mandricardo
(Really? I figured if anyone here was a fifth wheel, it'd be me!)

Charlotte Corday
But anyway, if you do need me, I'll gladly do anything and everything I can to help.

Charlotte Corday
I promise, I won't let you down!

Section 6: The Stars Scattered across the Land

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Inner Monologue
A sharp pain shoots through my entire body whenever I pull out an arrow.

Inner Monologue
It never gets any easier to deal with,
no matter how many times I do it.

???
You know, I still don't get why Servants even have to feel pain at all.

Inner Monologue
I can't stand how incredibly inexperienced I am.

Inner Monologue
What a joke. Some invincible hero I turned out to be.

Inner Monologue
Any hero knows hesitating or letting your guard down, even just for a moment, can get you killed on the battlefield, but I couldn't even make my peace with that.

Inner Monologue
I feel like a walking mountain of arrogance.
It makes me sick.

???
So... What should I do now?

Inner Monologue
...There's no answer. The only way I'll find one is to figure it out myself.

Inner Monologue
I wish I could have just slept forever. I wish this was all over, and that I could just let myself be worn away.

Inner Monologue
...But there's no point wishing for the impossible.
I just have to wait now. That's all there is to it.

Inner Monologue
This does not involve anything so grand as destiny.
He's simply waiting for someone precious to him.

Inner Monologue
Someone who lent him her power.
Someone he needs to take away from all this.

Inner Monologue
She is a god.

???
...The heavens probably aren't going to be too happy with stars moving about on their own.

Inner Monologue
She has no interest in humans, nor does she involve herself with other gods' affairs.

Inner Monologue
It is precisely that position of neutrality that is her reason for existing.

Inner Monologue
Justice. Scales. Judgment.

???
...Still, this isn't very impartial, is it?

Inner Monologue
And yet, she would never move from that position.
Indeed, she couldn't even if she wished to.

Inner Monologue
As much as her human side may yearn to do so,
here, her divine side is stronger.

Inner Monologue
So she idly whiles the time away,
not waiting for anything at all.

Inner Monologue
The goddess of the scales has no interest in anything as insignificant as humans.

Inner Monologue
Which just means she won't turn against them.

Orion
...Hm?

Orion
Oh, it's you.
What's up?

Artemis
...
...

Orion
Don't feel like talking? Fine with me.
Go ahead and warm yourself by the fire.

Orion
Come on, have a seat.

Artemis
...
...

Orion
...I get the feeling there's a lot more to this silence than usual. Something wrong?

Artemis
...Do you remember when we first met?

Orion
Huh?
Well sure, of course.

Orion
Summoned for about a week♪
Here to save humanity♪

Orion
But all I've been doing is huntiiing♪

Orion
Hah. What a joke.

Orion
(Sigh)... From what I hear, most of the other Servants already set off for Olympus.

Orion
Hmm. Maybe I should just catch up to them already?
I'd need a ride to do that, though.

Artemis
...
...

Orion
Aw crap! Artemis!?

Artemis
...
...Disgusting.

Orion
...I'm sorry?

Artemis
Your muscles, your skin, your face, your disposition, your smell, your voice... Everything about you is disgusting.

Orion
Hey!

Orion
That's the first thing you say after nabbing the prettiest pretty boy in all of Greece!?

Orion
Then again, if you don't know who I am,
you must be the Artemis from this world.

Artemis
It's because of weak, obese, frail, rotten-to-their-very-soul humans like you that I had to come down from Olympus.

Artemis
You're the worst. I hate you.
Just do the world a favor and die.

Orion
All right, I see how it is.

Orion
You want to pick a fight with me? You got it!

Orion
I reeeally don't relish the idea of going up against you, but if this is what you want, then bring it on!

Artemis
...I'm not going to fight you.

Orion
Huh?

Artemis
I can't fight you, no matter how much I would like to, and I would very much like to.

Artemis
The only difference between your Artemis and our Artemis...

Artemis
...is that yours had a hero by the name of Orion.

Orion
Okay. What's your point?

Artemis
...I'll let you live. But I can't have you working to assist Proper Human History.

Artemis
So you're going to swear an oath–an orkos.

Orion
Yeah? And what's in it for me if I do?

Artemis
Refuse, and I will destroy the entire island of Hestia.

Orion
...!

Artemis
I–We, are not playing around.

Orion
...Okay, I got it. You want me to swear an oath? Done.

Orion
Basically, you just wanna keep an eye on me, right?

Artemis
...
...

Orion
Then fine, do what you gotta do.
But on one condition.

Orion
I want you to swear an oath to me that you'll never kill anyone in front of me.

Artemis
I'm just a terminal; one observational unit out of many.

Artemis
I don't have any combat capabilities of my own.

Artemis
If things get dire...

Orion
Yeah?

Artemis
I'll self-destruct.

Orion
Oh. I see...
(Crap, I think she means it.)

Artemis
I've heard Poseidon's blood runs in your veins.

Artemis
So if you truly mean to engage with this world as a demigod...

Artemis
...I will be watching closely to see how you do so.

Orion
Yup, good times.
So, you been enjoying the show so far?

Artemis
...I can't say I have.

Artemis
All you have done is eat meat, hit on women, eat meat, hit on women, eat meat, hit on women, eat meat, and hit on women.

Orion
Ouch! That's harsh. I'm pretty sure I did at least a few more things besides that.

Artemis
You come and go as haughtily as you please,
possessing godlike physical strength...

Artemis
...yet you have done nothing with that power but use it to live your life freely.

Artemis
And on top of all that, you have also been fickle.

Artemis
You were as lazy and lackadaisical as a cloud.
Your very existence was wasteful and inefficient.

Artemis
I swear...

Artemis
I have no idea what the me from your world could have possibly seen in you.

Orion
...Okay.

Artemis
...Chaldea has finally arrived.

Artemis
Apparently, they evaded our main cannon by the skin of their teeth and came to this island.

Artemis
They're the ones you rescued.

Orion
I–

Artemis
I didn't report it.

Artemis
If I had, the main unit would have blown up this entire island without a moment's hesitation.

Orion
True.

Artemis
...But now, the Chaldeans have finally been caught.

Artemis
On Heracles Island. That's where they are now.

Orion
What!? Don't tell me you–

Artemis
...I'm certain the main unit will use the primary cannon to destroy the whole island.

Artemis
You're going to help them, aren't you?

Orion
Yeah, I am.

Orion
Don't blame me. You're the one who broke our oath.

Artemis
Even though they're here to kill us?

Orion
I...

Artemis
Either way, you'll never make it now.
Not with a leisurely boat ride, anyway.

Orion
...
...You got a better idea?

Artemis
The Sea of Atlantis is part of our domain. I'm therefore authorized to exercise partial Authority.

Artemis
Take my hand.
I'll teleport you there.

Orion
Why're you doing this for me?
You do know I'm going to save your enemies, right?

Artemis
...
...

Artemis
I'm not sure myself.
I just...felt like it.

Orion
Well look at that. You do know how to smile!

Orion
I wish you'd done that sooner. It suits you way better.

Artemis
...I don't want to smile.
I just can't help it when I'm around you.

Artemis
...Come on, let's go.
I'll put an end to our oath.

Artemis
I think that's the last thing I'm meant to do.

--ARROW--

Atlantis Border Guard
...
...

Mandricardo
Yup, they're here all right.
Decent number of them, too.

Charlotte Corday
How should we go about this? Should we just charge them head-on, or sneak up and take them by surprise?

  1. Let's go head-on.
  2. Let's take them by surprise.
  Select: Let's go head-on.
Mandricardo
Yeah, makes sense.
Mandricardo
If we can't take down guys like these,
we'll never make it all the way to Olympus.
Charlotte Corday
As an Assassin, I'm not really cut out for such direct combat...but I suppose I can figure something out!
Charlotte Corday
Besides, taking people by surprise head-on is my specialty!

  Select: Let's take them by surprise.
Charlotte Corday
Understood.
Charlotte Corday
Then I'll go face them head-on so I can surprise attack them.

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
A head-on surprise attack...?

Mandricardo
Wait... That seems...wrong.

Charlotte Corday
No, not in the slightest.
Now come on!

Charlotte Corday
Heeelp pleeease!
Somebody! Save meee!

Atlantis Border Guard
Halt! Stay right where you are!

Charlotte Corday
Oh, I'm sorry. It's just that there's a Demonic Beast coming this way!

Charlotte Corday
Eeeeeek!
I can't take it anymore!

Atlantis Border Guard
A Demonic Beast? I don't see any–

Charlotte Corday
It's me! Surpriiise!

--BATTLE--

Mandricardo
Now we just destroy their weapons...
Tie 'em up... And...

Charlotte Corday
All done, Fujimaru!

  1. Great job, guys!
  2. You're not hurt, are you?
  Select: Great job, guys!
Charlotte Corday
We couldn't have done it without you!

  Select: You're not hurt, are you?
Charlotte Corday
Oh, yes, a little bit.
But it's okay. This is noth–
Charlotte Corday
Oh...
Charlotte Corday
I, um... Thank you. You're too kind.

===Branch End===

Mash
(Clears throat) Ahem.

Mash
Let's continue on to the temple!

Mandricardo
...
...

Mandricardo
(Mandricardo wisely assessed the situation, and soon realized he was better off not getting involved.)

Nemo
Why're you lounging around like an anglerfish?
Aren't you coming?

Mandricardo
...U-uh, yeah, be right there.

Nemo
?

Mandricardo
(There's something inhuman about this guy–er, Heroic Spirit. It's kind of freaky.)

Mandricardo
(I never ran into guys like this much back home.
I don't know how to talk to him...)

Mandricardo
(Then again, I never know how to talk to anybody!)

  1. It looks just like the other one.
  2. I still can't believe something this science-fictiony is real...
  Select: It looks just like the other one.
Mandricardo
Sure does. I think I should be able to get nanomachines out of this one the same way.

  Select: I still can't believe something this science-fictiony is real...
Mash
Me neither.
Mash
Every other Lostbelt we've been to felt like we were stepping into the past, since their civilizations had stagnated long ago...
Mash
Well, maybe with the exception of the Chinese Lostbelt, depending on how you look at it.
Mash
So I never expected to find technology in this one that in many ways surpasses our own.
Mash
Between how strong the people here are,
the amazing properties of their clothing...
Mash
...Never mind. It's nothing.

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
Okay, here goes nothing.

P.A. System
Olympian lineage confirmed.
Bloodline value: ERROR

P.A. System
Releasing Theos Klironomia.

Nemo
...
...Phew.

Mash
How do you feel?

Nemo
...A lot better. In fact, I'd say I'm about ninety-eight percent back to my old self.

Nemo
...But now that we've come this far,
I can't help but want more.

Nemo
The Nautilus I built with Sion was only ever a stand-in.

Nemo
It was a transitory thing and was forced to rely on my Nautilus to get us through this ocean from the Age of Gods.

Nemo
We didn't have the resources in the Wandering Sea to accomplish what Sion really had her sights set on...

Nemo
But if these nanomachines can reinforce my Spirit Origin, and if I can share them with the Border...

Nemo
...I might just be able to make a new Nautilus–a new Shadow Border.

Nemo
Fujimaru, I have a favor to ask of you.
Please, help me make that dream come true.

Mash
Don't forget our promise with Drake. We still need to get another Servant's worth of nanomachines.

Mandricardo
You got it.
Okay, let's try the release code she gave us...

Section 7: Delight in Your Extinction, Native Life-forms

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Odysseus
I see. Continue to patrol the area.
Whatever you do, do not let them get away.

Odysseus
Kirschtaria.
We've located the Chaldeans.

Odysseus
It seems they've made land at Heracles Island, as our troops there failed to check in for their regular report.

Kirschtaria
Oho. So they not only managed to survive,
they're even going after temples now.

Kirschtaria
They must already have eyes on the Theos Klironomia.

Kirschtaria
It would seem they very much embody the resilience and shamelessness that were so emblematic of the old human race they represent.

Kirschtaria
If Koyanskaya were there right now, I have no doubt she would be tickled pink by this news.

Caenis
Hm? Now that you mention it, I haven't seen the fox bitch around for a while now.

Caenis
What happened? Did the Foreign God bite her tails off over her failure in India or something?

Kirschtaria
No. I'm having her monitor the polis for the time being.

Kirschtaria
Besides, the Foreign God would never interfere with her affairs. There's no hierarchy between them whatsoever.

Kirschtaria
I'm sure you know as well as I do that Koyanskaya is nothing more than a spectator.

Kirschtaria
She is an arms merchant who always provides just a bit less than her customers need.

Kirschtaria
As far as we are concerned,
she is neither friend nor foe.

Kirschtaria
She is merely vermin we will need to exterminate when all else is said and done.

Caenis
(That's exactly why I wanna just squash her now and be done with it.)

Caenis
(If we put it off till the last minute, it might end up being too late to do anything about her...)

Caenis
All right, I'll just focus on the meal at hand for now then. So, can I go now, Kirschtaria?

Caenis
You're not gonna stop me from killing Chaldea anymore, right?

Kirschtaria
...

Caenis
Well? Say something, dammit! You're not gonna tell me to let 'em go again or some crap like tha–

D:???
Try to tame your mindless bloodlust for once, Caenis.

D:???
We are gods, and so our Master deserves far more respect than that.

E:???
My brother is right.

E:???
You're like a stray dog baring its fangs at the slightest provocation. It's pathetic, really.

Caenis
I wasn't asking you, you little brats. Just keep running around your Master like a couple of sad puppies and don't stick your nose where it doesn't belong.

D:???
...Well, well.

D:???
I never expected to hear that sort of thing from a mongrel just barely capable of following simple instructions.

E:???
Don't bother, Brother.
It's not as though she can do anything more.

Caenis
...So you've got a death wish, huh? Why didn't you just say so? I'd be more than happy to make twin kebabs out of both of you.

Caenis
Or are you gonna start crying and begging the gods for help again, like you did the last time you died miserably!?

Kirschtaria
Enough.

Kirschtaria
You are all Servants who have sworn a contract with me. I know you can behave better than that.

Kirschtaria
You may have your differences, but you are all comrades fighting for a common goal. If you insist on fighting amongst yourselves, you may do so after that goal has been accomplished.

Caenis
But Kirschtaria, these brats keep mouthing off even though they haven't done a damn thing to–

Kirschtaria
Caenis. It was you who wished to serve as a warrior,
whereas those two serve as my aides.

Kirschtaria
Their job is to facilitate communications between Zeus and myself. Of course the nature of your work will differ.

Kirschtaria
Or is this your way of saying you wish to come to Olympus in their stead?

Caenis
...Tch, like hell I'd ever set foot in that creepy old city. All those smiles everywhere you look make me sick.

D:???
I'm sure. Olympus is a grand and holy city. A savage like you could never hope to understand its utopian glory.

Caenis
Shut it, Blondie!
Well? What's it gonna be, Kirschtaria!?

Caenis
If you're not gonna send me after them, does that mean you're letting Odysseus go instead!?

Caenis
You better not be sending these damn twins out in my pla–

Kirschtaria
No. None of you should go after them.
Odysseus, Zeus has granted us a divine message.

Odysseus
Oh?

Kirschtaria
We have been authorized to make use of Artemis.
I'm trusting you to handle the cleanup.

Odysseus
Understood.

Caenis
...Hey, Kirschtaria, let me just make sure I got this straight. Chaldea's on an island now, right?

Kirschtaria
...

E:???
You really are quite dense, aren't you? I know it must be difficult for you, but do try to refrain from asking Lord Kirschtaria to spell out the blatantly obvious to you.

D:???
Indeed. Lord Kirschtaria knows full well what he's doing. I take it we're here just to observe then, Lord Kirschtaria?

Kirschtaria
Correct. I want all of you to remain on standby at one of the islands neighboring Heracles Island.

Kirschtaria
Atlantis's defenses are fundamentally Odysseus's domain. We should not intervene unless there is no other option.

Kirschtaria
I trust that's all right with you, Odysseus?

Odysseus
...It is. Your consideration is unnecessary, but appreciated. All you lot need do is sit back and wait.

D:???
Very well then. I look forward to seeing what you are capable of, Odysseus.

E:???
Agreed.
Come, Brother, let's be on our way.

Caenis
...Tch. So Zeus couldn't even find the balls to let us have a decent fight! Ugh, this sucks!

Odysseus
...

Kirschtaria
I apologize for the commotion, Odysseus. I hope it won't deter you from focusing on your task at hand.

Odysseus
...

Odysseus
Attention all soldiers.
Olympus has given us authorization.

Odysseus
We will fire the primary cannon again as soon as we confirm Chaldea's presence on Heracles Island.

Atlantis Border Guard
Does that mean we're going to destroy the whole island?

Odysseus
Yes, it does.

Atlantis Border Guard
I see.
...That ought to make them really happy.

Odysseus
...Will it now? I see.
All the more reason to proceed as planned then.

Odysseus
We will let them bear witness to the cannon as powerful as Lord Zeus himself, capable of destroying entire planets...the arrow of the moon goddess.

A:Heracles Island Resident
Oh hey, welcome back.
Where'd you guys go?

Charlotte Corday
We went out to hunt some Demonic Beasts,
but I'm afraid we couldn't find any. Too bad.

A:Heracles Island Resident
Gotcha. Well hey, don't sweat it.
Some days, luck's just not on your side.

Charlotte Corday
Okay, I won't.
So where's Jason? Is he at the tavern again?

A:Heracles Island Resident
Yup, same as usual. Just like yesterday, and the day before that. It's nice to see some things never change.

Mandricardo
I'm surprised they don't make fun of him for being a drunkard.

Charlotte Corday
Isn't that a good thing?

Mandricardo
...Well, yeah, I guess.

???

I'm gonna be a soldier!

Mash
...Huh?
Who was that?

B:Heracles Island Resident
They'll be here in a few days, Timi.
You'll just have to be patient until then.

Timi
I know. But I can't wait!
Nothing has happened these last hundred years!

Timi
...Hm? Hey there!
You guys aren't from this island, are you!?

Timi
You're the Courier's friends, right?

Mandricardo
Uh, y-yeah, I guess...

Mandricardo
(Oh man, I really never know what to say to guys like this...)

Charlotte Corday
Hi, Timi! I'm glad to see you're doing well.

Timi
O-oh! Hi, Corday...

Timi
So, who are you guys?

Mash
Oh, yes. My name's Mash Kyrielight.

  1. I'm Fujimaru.
 
  Select: I'm Fujimaru.

===Branch End===

Timi
Well good to meet you!

Timi
Man, there're so many of you. I heard there haven't been this many nonislanders here for hundreds of years.

Mandricardo
Damn. He's talking about centuries like we would decades...

Timi
So what's it like outside of this island?

Timi
I've asked the old men about it, but they always just say things are the same there as they are here.

Timi
But I don't buy that. I think there's gotta be something different about them.

Timi
I mean, if there weren't, there'd be no point in the islands all being separated like this in the first place.

Timi
And there's gotta be a reason behind everything the gods of Olympus do.

Charlotte Corday
Is that why you want to be a border guard?

Timi
Yeah, it is.

Timi
Once I'm a border guard, I'll get to see what things are like outside the island.

Timi
And I figure, if I can see what things are like outside the island...maybe that'll change something for me.

Charlotte Corday
...Does that mean you're bored with your life here?

Timi
Nah, not at all.

Timi
Besides, I'm only a hundred years old.
I've still got my whole life ahead of me.

Timi
How old're you? I'm guessing what, three hundred or so?

Mandricardo
Uh... Physically, I'm still in my thirties.
Mentally too, actually.

Timi
Huh?

Charlotte Corday
Now, now, that's enough of that.

Charlotte Corday
Anyway, good luck with becoming a border guard, Timi!

Timi
Th-thanks! I hope you'll be there to watch my tryout!

Charlotte Corday
Well, um, I don't know if I can be there for that,
but I'll certainly be rooting for you either way!

Timi
O-oh. Gotcha.

Timi
...Uh, anyway, I'd better go.
I still gotta run an errand for my dad.

Charlotte Corday
Okay. See you later then.

Timi
...Uh, yeah! Later!

Mandricardo
...Well, it doesn't take a bright and cheery type to see what's going on here.

  1. That it doesn't...
  2. Why? What IS going on here?
  Select: That it doesn't...
Charlotte Corday
What are you guys talking about?
Mash
She might be more of a bright type, but it looks like she's still in the dark about this...

  Select: Why? What IS going on here?
Mandricardo
So you didn't pick up on it either, huh, Master?
Fou
Fooou, fou fooou?

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
Well, uh... You know...

Mandricardo
I'm guessing part of it's got to do with the fact that you're one of the island's few visitors...

Mandricardo
...but I'm pretty sure that Timi kid's got a crush on you, Corday. Least, I think he does.

Charlotte Corday
Ahahahaha! That's ridiculous!
Of course he doesn't!

Charlotte Corday
We've barely even spoken more than a few words to each other. How could that be enough to develop affection for me?

Charlotte Corday
Unless there's some other reason for his feelings?

Mandricardo
Well, this is also just a guess, but...
maybe he thinks you're pretty?

Charlotte Corday
I see.

Charlotte Corday
Hmm...

Charlotte Corday
Well, I still think this all sounds very silly,
so I don't think we need to discuss it any further!

Mandricardo
Okay, sure thing.

Mandricardo
(I just don't have the guts to point out that she's obviously got a crush on Master herself...)

Charlotte Corday
Now come on. We still need to let Jason know that we're back from the temple.

Mash
Right.

Mash
I believe Drake said this would get Jason to understand what happened, though I'm still not sure what she meant.

Mash
I wonder how things will turn out.

Jason
Ahh. Another day, another delicious drink.

Jason
Though I've got to say, I'm surprised the people here almost never seem to imbibe anything themselves.

Jason
Still, there's something to be said for enjoying a drink in peace and solitude.

Drake
If you say so.

Jason
You're the kind of person who thinks it's not a real bar if it doesn't come with a raucous crowd, aren't you?

Jason
Well take it from me. There's nothing wrong with drinking alone and getting lost in thoughts of old friends.

Jason
...Ugh. Dammit, Heracles...

Drake
Well sure, there's nothing wrong with thinking back on friends.

Drake
But in your case, it only ever ends with you muttering that same line.

Jason
Just let me drink in peace, will you?
...(Sigh)

Mash
We're back, Drake.

Drake
Oh hey, welcome back.

Drake
Good timing. I was just thinking of closing up shop.

Mandricardo
You're not open at night?
Kind of a weird choice for a bar.

Drake
What can I say? Everyone here cares more about staying healthy than having a drink.

Drake
No, wait, that's not right. It's more like they're so healthy that they don't even need to get drunk.

Drake
So this bar of mine's just something I do for fun. I've lost more money on it than I can ever hope to make up.

Mash
...?

Mash
How long have you been here, Drake?

Drake
Hmm, good question.

Drake
I guess you could say that all the booze kind of mixed up my past, present, and future.

Drake
...And speaking of booze, there's an idiot here who's lost himself in it, Servant or not.

Drake
You kept your promise, right?
Then go ahead and wake him up.

  1. Wakey, wakey, Jason.
  2. Please be so kind as to wake up, Lord Jason.
  Select: Wakey, wakey, Jason.
Jason
What is it...?
(Yaaawn)
Jason
Oh, it's just you lot.

  Select: Please be so kind as to wake up, Lord Jason.
Jason
...
...Aah!
Jason
M-Medea!? Is that you!?
I wasn't sleeping! I was fully awake!
Mash
{(M) I can't say I heard much resemblance myself /(F) I'm surprised how well you imitated her, Master}...

===Branch End===

Jason
What's this all about?
If it has to do with joining you, I already–

  1. We just came back from the temple to the north.
  2. We just fought some border guards.
  Select: We just came back from the temple to the north.
Jason
...
...Huh?
Jason
What about the border guards there? Huh?
Did you fight them? Did you?

  Select: We just fought some border guards.
Jason
...
...You what?
Jason
You mean the ones stationed at the temple to the north?

===Branch End===

Jason
...
...

Jason
You idiots!!!

Jason
What the hell were you lot thinking!? Now it's only a matter of time until Odysseus realizes we're here!

Mandricardo
What else could we do?
We needed more Theos Klironomia.

Jason
You mean you stole some Theos Klironomia on top of that!?

Jason
Dammit! General-purpose Klironomia or not, given the situation, there's no way he won't send more soldiers here!

Jason
And when he does, the villagers are going to lead them right to me! It won't even occur to them to lie!

Jason
...I'll just have to run for it.

Drake
Hahahaha, that's perfect.

Drake
Maybe it's about time you started thinking about setting sail again, Mr. Captain of the Argo?

Jason
Drake! This was your doing, wasn't it!?

Drake
Got it in one♡

  1. (Whoa, she looks so cute.)
 
  Select: (Whoa, she looks so cute.)

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
(Whoa, she looks so cute.)

Mash
Wow, Drake, you look amazing right now.

Jason
...W-well what about you!? What are you going to do!?

Jason
If they find you here, and they will, they're going to kill you too! Is that what you want!?

Drake
Haha, 'course not!

Drake
But I can't set sail on my own, and Poseidon's curse wouldn't let me even if I could.

Drake
So I'll just find somewhere to hide here on the island.

Drake
Luckily, I doubt Odysseus is all that worried about me anyway.

Drake
Any Servant that can't fight or leave this island isn't gonna be much of a threat.

Mash
Drake...

Drake
Ah, don't worry.
I can always come back once this all blows over.

Drake
And with enough time, I bet I can even figure out a way around this curse–

Drake
Hm? Sounds like a lot of commotion going on outside.

Jason
Oh, come on!
Don't tell me Odysseus's soldiers are already here!

Mandricardo
...That's not what it sounds like to me.

Charlotte Corday
It sounds like somebody is upset about something...

  1. Let's go check it out.
 
  Select: Let's go check it out.

===Branch End===

Orion
Listen to me, will you!?

Orion
Artemis's cannon is going to blow up this island at any moment!

Orion
You've all gotta evacuate to another island right now!

A:Heracles Island Resident
...
...Are you sure?

Orion
Yes, I'm sure!

  1. Orion!?
 
  Select: Orion!?

===Branch End===

Orion
Hey, Fujimaru!

Charlotte Corday
What are you talking about, Orion? What do you mean,
a cannon is going to blow up this island!?

Orion
Exactly what it sounds like!

Orion
Artemis is going to fire her cannon at this island in order to take you guys out!

All

!!!

???
He's telling the truth.
The main unit has already begun preparations.

???
It won't be long now before she fires the cannon.

Mash
Who are–

???
I am Artemis.
I rule over the Greek skies and stars.

A:Heracles Island Resident
I-is that true!?

B:Heracles Island Resident
How do we know she's not just pretending to be Lady Artemis?

B:Heracles Island Resident
N-no, wait. There's no faking this divine light!

Artemis
...Strictly speaking, I'm just a terminal–something closer to Artemis's familiar.

A:Heracles Island Resident
What am I doing!?
I should be prostrating myself before her right now!

Timi
Huh? No way.
Is that...one of the gods?

A:Heracles Island Resident
Come on, Timi!
Get down on the ground already!

Timi
R-right!

Artemis
...
...

Artemis
I repeat, my cannon is targeting this island as we speak.

Artemis
The only way to survive is to run away from here as fast as you can, even if it means swimming to–

A:Heracles Island Resident
Run away!? We'd never do that!

Mandricardo
(...Yeah, that figures. They've been here their whole lives. They probably can't even imaging living somewhere else.)

Mash
...
...

Charlotte Corday
...
...

A:Heracles Island Resident
One of the gods is finally paying attention to us!
Why would we be afraid to die!?

  1. ...Huh?
 
  Select: ...Huh?

===Branch End===

Mash
...

Charlotte Corday
...

Mandricardo
...So that's how it is here...

Orion
Are you freakin' nuts!?

A:Heracles Island Resident
I don't know who you are, pal,
but if anyone's nuts here, it's you!

B:Heracles Island Resident
Yeah! You want us to run away!?

B:Heracles Island Resident
To give up the honor of bathing in the moon goddess's sacred light!?

Orion
But you're all going to die!

A:Heracles Island Resident
And?

Orion
...!

Artemis
...I knew it. I had a feeling this is what the people here would choose.

A:Heracles Island Resident
Thank you, Lady Artemis!
Thank you!

A:Heracles Island Resident
As defects banished from Olympus, this is the greatest end to our lives we could have possibly hoped for!

B:Heracles Island Resident
Oh, right. I almost forgot.

B:Heracles Island Resident
You nonislanders should probably run for it while you still can.

Mash
But... I... We can't!!

Timi
...
...

Charlotte Corday
What about you, Timi?
Do you want to escape with us?

Timi
Me? Of course not. I'm staying right here.

Charlotte Corday
But...I thought you wanted to be a soldier?

Timi
Huh? What are you talking about?

Timi
Having the gods accept us is way more important than becoming a soldier, right?

Timi
I mean, it's a shame that I won't get to see you anymore, Corday, but there's no way I can pass this up.

Timi
Sorry about that.

Charlotte Corday
Th-that's okay...
I... I understand...

Orion
...
...

Jason
...Well? What are you all still doing here?

Jason
If Artemis is telling the truth,
then we don't have a moment to spare.

Jason
So come on! We need to get ready to leave! Now!

  1. But...!
 
  Select: But...!

===Branch End===

Jason
If it wasn't possible for these people to escape, then it would be the hero's job to stay behind to help.

Jason
But if they're refusing to escape,
then helping them isn't our responsibility!

Jason
Now come on, let's go!

Mash
W-wait! What about Drake!?

Drake
...Well, shit. This is a little more dire than I was expecting things to go. But, nothing to be done now.

Drake
Guess this is goodbye.

Mash
You don't have to stay here, Drake!
Please! Come with us!

Drake
I told you, I can't.
Much as I wish I could.

Mash
There must be a way!
I'll carry you myself if I have to!

Drake
You're weirdly sweet on me, aren't you?

Drake
I guess another version of me must've helped you guys out a whole bunch before.

Drake
...But, it's okay.

Drake
If I've gotta go, going out with some good booze ain't the worst way.

Drake
Looks like I'll be taking a page from your book, Jason.

Drake
Drinking alone, and getting lost in thoughts of old friends.

Jason
I see.
...Thanks for everything, Captain.

Drake
Don't worry about your tab.
I'll make sure to leave it right where it is.

Mash
Drake...

  1. ...Are you sure you won't change your mind?
  2. Goodbye, Captain...
  Select: ...Are you sure you won't change your mind?
Drake
Yeah, I'm sure.

  Select: Goodbye, Captain...
Drake
If we were on my ship right now, I'd be happy to award you with the title of Navigator First Class or something.
Drake
But here on land, well, it just wouldn't work.

===Branch End===

Orion
...
...Fujimaru.

  1. Come with us, Orion.
  2. Will you fight with us, Orion?
  Select: Come with us, Orion.
Orion
...Yeah.
I think I will.

  Select: Will you fight with us, Orion?
Orion
...Yeah.
You bet I will!

===Branch End===

Orion
There we go! All set!

Jason
Good, it looks like we're all on the same page.
Now we–

Drake
Whoops, just a sec. I almost forgot.

Drake
Jason!

Jason
...A key?

Drake
That's the key to the chains locking my ship's helm in place. Take it. It's your ship now.

Jason
You want me to use the Golden Hind?

Jason
But that's yours. It'll just disappear when you do.

Drake
No, it won't. Not as long as you reinforce its existence with some Theos Klironomia.

Jason
...Wait.
Are you saying–

Drake
Once you do that, it won't be the Golden Hind anymore.

Drake
It'll be...the Argo.

Jason
!

Drake
Besides, what's a captain without a ship?

Jason
...Dammit.

Jason
All right, fine. I'm not so high-minded as to turn down a gift being given in earnest like this.

Jason
But I don't want to hear any complaints about what I do with your ship after the fact. You got that!?

Drake
I got it.
Oh, and here. This is for you guys.

  1. What is it?
 
  Select: What is it?

===Branch End===

Drake
I think it's some kinda treasure that belongs to one of the gods here. Go on, take it.

Drake
I found it at sea when I ran into the biggest sea monster I've ever seen!

Drake
It was glowing so bright it practically screamed “Look at me! I'm the heart!” so I went ahead and plundered it!

Nemo
I can't believe it...
This should be impossible, but...it's real.

Nemo
This really is my father–
Poseidon's, Divine Core.

Nemo
But...how did you get this!? You're a human-based Heroic Spirit. How did you possibly defeat Poseidon!?

Drake
Ah, I just happened to get lucky. The wind, the waves, my luck... They were all going my way at the time.

Drake
'Course, I got slapped with a hell of a curse to make up for it. Now it hurts so much to breathe I think death would actually be a relief.

Drake
But, I had a feeling. Something that told me I couldn't up and die until I pawned that thing off on somebody else.

Nemo
You...

Mash
I can't believe you were holding onto something that valuable all this time...

  1. Thank you. I promise we'll take good care of it.
 
  Select: Thank you. I promise we'll take good care of it.

===Branch End===

Drake
...
...

Drake
...Whoa there. Almost said something way out of character for me.

Drake
Well, go on.
You'd better get out of here before it's too late!

Drake
You sure as hell don't wanna get wiped out 'cause you stuck around shooting the shit for too long.

Nemo
...Yeah. You're right, Captain Drake.

Nemo
And I won't let your hard work go to waste.
Rest assured, I'll take the tiller from here!

Jason
Ugh, my body feels heavier than I expected!

Charlotte Corday
Maybe all your unhealthy living finally caught up to you?

Jason
We're Servants, dammit! We already lived our lives!

Jason
That said, I was pretty mentally blocked for a while.
That's probably what's causing it.

Jason
Dammit, these Demonic Beasts are gonna slow us down! Ugh! Guess I'll just have to break out my own sword for this!

Jason
Hey! Fujimaru!

Jason
You're a Master, right?
Then show me how well you can put me to use!

Jason
If you do a good enough job, I'll consider teaming up with you to be the backward-thinking way out of this mess!

  1. Are you sure you don't mean forward-thinking!?
  2. Really? You'd team up with me!?
  Select: Are you sure you don't mean forward-thinking!?
Jason
Absolutely not! Know why?
Because despair always sneaks up on you from behind!

  Select: Really? You'd team up with me!?
Jason
Of course!
Jason
After all, it's not like I have many other weapons at my disposal right now!
Jason
The trick to survival is to use whomever you've got!
That goes for parents, lovers, and enemies alike!

===Branch End===

Jason
All right! All hands, ready your weapons!
We need to finish this lightning quick!

--BATTLE--

Jason
(Huff, huff, huff...)
Ugh, I hate feeling so sluggish!

Mandricardo
Looks like you're not using any of those nanomachines yourself then.

Jason
No, I'm not. I wanted to avoid getting mixed up with the gods here as much as possible... Though it looks like that might not be an option anymore.

Jason
Come on, you useless good-for-nothings! RUN DAMMIT!

Holmes
We've sussed out the situation on our end as well.
Do hurry.

Bartholomew
My ship's all ready to set sail too.
We can leave at any time.

Bartholomew
Oh, and I've already found the Golden Hind as well.

Bartholomew
It's the ship closest to your current location.

Holmes
I've just sent you the coordinates.

Holmes
I expect using your navigational system to find that ship and escape the island will be your best bet.

Mash
Coordinates received. We're almost there!

Section 8: Argonauts, Head Out

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Mash
We made it to the Golden Hind!

Orion
Jason!

Jason
I know! Okay, Francis Drake...
I'm taking your golden helm for myself!

Jason
From here on, you take orders from me! Got that!?

  1. G-got it!
 
  Select: G-got it!

===Branch End===

Jason
Okay, I've set the Theos Klironomia to the ship.
Starting repairs now.

Jason
...Good, that shouldn't take too long.
In the meantime: all hands, prepare to set sail!

Orion
...Hey, Artemis!
Artemis!

Orion
What are you doing here?
Come on, hurry!

Artemis
...
...

Artemis
I'm afraid I can't go with you.

Artemis
I'm forced to stay synced to the main unit. If I board that ship, she'll know exactly where you are.

Orion
...Are you serious?

E:Artemis
And I know for a fact that she's going to shoot me.

E:Artemis
After all...no, I should not say.

E:Artemis
It's my fault that things turned out this way. I've made enough trouble for you as it is. It wouldn't be fair to impose further.

Orion
Artemis!

E:Artemis
I'm not Artemis. I'm just an observational unit.

E:Artemis
I'm nothing more than a four-digit model number that comes after the main Artemis unit's name.

E:Artemis
...Still.

E:Artemis
It feels really good to know you respect my individual existence.

E:Artemis
...Even if that existence is about to come to an end along with this island.

E:Artemis
Goodbye, Orion. Take care.

Jason
...We're about to set sail!
Are you coming or not!?

Orion
Artemis!
...I'm sorry.

E:Artemis
Please, don't mind me.
I think you're better when you smile.

Jason
Okay!

Jason
From this point forward, in accordance with the promise I made to Drake...

Jason
...the Golden Hind will be known as the Argo!

Jason
Our first order of business is getting away from this island...

Jason
...and our second is rendezvousing with the Royal Fortune and the Nautilus.

Jason
Now move it! Time is not on our side!

Inner Monologue
Shoot down.

Inner Monologue
Shoot down.
Shoot through.

Inner Monologue
Shoot down.
Shoot through. Gouge out. Pierce.

Inner Monologue
Those are the only actions she is allowed to perform. They are all she knows.

Inner Monologue
Her role is to shoot those who would oppose the gods.

Inner Monologue
She takes no pleasure or joy in this task. It feels much the same as defragmenting her data stores.

Inner Monologue
Relax. Calm down.

Inner Monologue
Her remaining emotion units continue to alert her to such concerns.

Inner Monologue
She has no records, no memories of the times she has performed her task. She can't be bothered to remember them.

Inner Monologue
How many thousands of years has she been floating in space? How many times has she used her arrows to bore holes in the land?

Inner Monologue
It feels like she has been firing her arrows with surprising frequency as of late.

Inner Monologue
She dispatched a terminal, in part due to advice received from her central processing unit.

Inner Monologue
But the terminal's reports were so incoherent and riddled with emotion as to be unusable.

Inner Monologue
She considered scrapping the terminal, but decided to give her a stay of dissolution. If the terminal refuses to comply, she will perish along with everything else.

Inner Monologue
Humans have no value.
Their only use comes from serving the gods.

Inner Monologue
Humans have no freedom. Their only worth comes from performing the tasks given to them.

Inner Monologue
Humans have no will.
That is solely the domain of the gods.

Inner Monologue
Behold the luminous Olympus. Behold the great city built atop a grand interstellar mountain range.

Inner Monologue
What else could achieve such glorious heights but the power of the gods?

Inner Monologue
Receiving coordinate data.
Authorizing arrow use.

Inner Monologue
...Low-priority alert from observational unit incoming.

Inner Monologue
“This is wrong. Do not fire.”

Inner Monologue
...Alert dismissed by controller unit.

Inner Monologue
This shot is made in order to demonstrate the power and glory of the gods.

Inner Monologue
Besides, these humans were discarded from the beginning. They should never have been allowed to build a village, let alone a civilization.

Inner Monologue
It must all be destroyed.
Every last bit.

Jason
...Here it comes!
Full speed ahead!

Charlotte Corday
So that's Artemis's...arrow...

A:Heracles Island Resident
The light of the gods!
It's here! It's really here!

B:Heracles Island Resident
At last, a god is finally paying attention to us!

Timi
Ahh!

Inner Monologue
...I'm so happy my heart could burst.

Inner Monologue
It's been ages since we defects were banished from Olympus.

Inner Monologue
We've lived out our meaningless lives for thousands of years. Some of us have been waiting for hundreds of years.

Inner Monologue
The gods abandoned us.
They saw no meaning in our existence.

Inner Monologue
For thousands of years we dreamed of your return. It took thousands more to accept that it would never happen.

Inner Monologue
We couldn't even choose death.
All we could do was keep living out our days.

Inner Monologue
But now, at last, a god is looking down upon us once again...

Timi
This is awesome!

Inner Monologue
But there is a different thought that keeps nagging at the back of my mind.

Timi
I wonder why Corday seemed so sad about this...

Inner Monologue
Those other people aren't from this island,
so they can't understand our joy.

Inner Monologue
But in the same way,
I can't understand her sadness.

Timi
...Maybe this is sadness I'm feeling.
I mean, I'll never get to see her again now...

Inner Monologue
Yeah... I'll never, ever get to see her again.

Inner Monologue
I'll never be able to see her again, or remember her smiling face, or ask why she was sad, or see her again no matter how much I might want to, hell I won't even be conscious–

Timi
...Aw man. Maybe I should've gone with them after

Drake
...Well, everyone's gotta set sail at some point.

Drake
And people who can't run anymore are gonna get left behind. That's just how it is.

Drake
Yeah, it's sad. It's lonely. It sucks.
And a whole lot more besides that.

Drake
But in the meantime, here's to your journey, guys.
May your ship be blessed with luck as good as gold.

Inner Monologue
On this day, a single island vanished from Atlantis's seas.

Inner Monologue
...That's better.

Inner Monologue
Ahh, now I can finally get rid of that unidentified noise...

Jason
Ghh... We're really cutting it close!
Hey! Anyone fall overboard!?

Mash
I'll do a head count!

Mash
Master!

  1. I'm fine!
 
  Select: I'm fine!

===Branch End===

Mash
Captain Nemo! Mandricardo!

Nemo
I'm okay.
But I can't wait to get back to the Border.

Mandricardo
All good here.

Mash
Corday!

Charlotte Corday
Yes! I'm here!

Mash
Orion!

Orion
...Yeah, I'm okay.

Mash
And there's Jason.
Good, all seven of us are present and accounted for.

Jason
Hey, this is my ship you're on now!
Make sure you address me as Captain!

Mash
Aye, aye, Captain Jason!

Jason
(Well, that was easier than I expected.)

  1. Orion!
 
  Select: Orion!

===Branch End===

Orion
Yeah?

Mash
Orion, are you...sure you're okay?

Orion
Well, maybe not entirely.

Orion
I know full well that wasn't the Artemis I know.

Orion
But even so, right at the end, she...

Orion
...I just need to mourn for a while. Don't worry,
I'll get over it before we reach the next island.

  1. It's okay. I understand.
 
  Select: It's okay. I understand.

===Branch End===

Orion
Great. Thanks.

Mandricardo
Hey Captain, there's something spraying a bunch of water up ahead.

Jason
Is it a whale? Or maybe Demonic Beasts?

Jason
Either way, make sure you have your weapons ready.

Nemo
Don't worry. That's Da Vinci.

Da Vinci
Fujimaru!
Maaash!

Mash
Da Vinci!

Goredolf
I seriously thought we were goners that time!

  1. Is Bartholomew okay?
 
  Select: Is Bartholomew okay?

===Branch End===

Bartholomew
You rang!?

Jason
Hell no!
Well, I guess I did.

Bartholomew
Now that they've fired the cannon once, we should have some time until they can fire it again...but that's not exactly reassuring.

Bartholomew
I suggest we make land at a nearby island as soon as we can.

Jason
I'm with you.

Jason
So, as the vaunted Courier, surely you know which island is closest to us, no?

Bartholomew
Of course I do.
That would be Hecate Island, to the north.

Jason
Hecate Island, huh. Ha, the name alone is enough to tell me I'm going to hate it there!

Jason
But, any port in a storm and all that.
Let's go!

Goredolf
Hold it, hold it! Don't you think our Servant allocation is a little, er, unbalanced right now?

Nemo
...I'll go back to the Border.
There's no point in me being here, anyway.

Jason
Fine with me.
Now, you. The one with the twisted personality.

Mandricardo
Who, me? Yeah, that's fair.

Jason
You stay on my ship.
That goes for you too, Orion.

Jason
Corday...you can go.

Charlotte Corday
Aww, are you sure? I'm happy to help.

Jason
Your “help” is more than a little overbearing,
physically AND mentally.

Charlotte Corday
Okay...

Bartholomew
In that case, I would be delighted to have you join me on my ship, Milady Mash Kyrielight. Oh, and Master too, of course.

Mash
I, uh, I see...

  1. Can't let our guard down for a moment...
  2. Sounds good!
  Select: Can't let our guard down for a moment...
Fou
Fou fou.

  Select: Sounds good!
Fou
Fou, fou!

===Branch End===

Nemo
Oh, now that I'm feeling better, I can make more selves again. They should at least be able to handle the ships' odd jobs.

Nemo
All right... You're up, brave and easygoing marines!

Nemos
Yaaaaaay!
We've so got this!

Jason
Aah! So that's what you meant!

Nemo Marine Group A
We'll go to the Royal Fortune and start by scrubbing the deck! Woohoo!

Nemo Marine Group B
Then we'll stay on the Argo! Woohoo!
We've always wanted to sail on a legendary ship!

Jason
I-is that so? Well, if you're all Nemo clones, you should have no problem keeping a boat shipshape, right?

Nemo Marine
Of course!

Nemo Marine
After all, we're Nemos with the power of Triton.

Nemo Marine
...That said, I don't think we'll get along with our father, Poseidon, very well.

Jason
Not a problem. All right...
Set sail for Hecate Island!

Jason
We can worry about what sort of hellscape awaits us there after we've finished making our getaway!

--ARROW--

Atlantis Border Guard
We've confirmed that Heracles Island has been obliterated.

Odysseus
Amusing how it met the same fate as the Servant Heracles we were forced to contend with.

Odysseus
...What else?

Atlantis Border Guard
Two ships were seen leaving the island right before Lady Artemis's arrow struck.

Odysseus
Hmph. They're clearly headed for Hecate Island next.

Odysseus
...However, it will take some time until Lady Artemis is ready to fire another arrow.

Odysseus
Send in a squadron of border guards.
Oh, and one more thing.

Odysseus
It's time we decided where we're going to send the dog.

Atlantis Border Guard
Yes, sir!

Charlotte Corday
We made it!
This is Hecate Island, Fujimaru!

Charlotte Corday
Oh, and this may be too little too late, but...
Should I be calling you Master?

  1. You can if you want, but if not, that's fine too.
  2. Sure, if you'd prefer that.
  Select: You can if you want, but if not, that's fine too.
Charlotte Corday
Okay then, Master it is.
Charlotte Corday
Hehe, it's got such a funny ring to it.

  Select: Sure, if you'd prefer that.
Charlotte Corday
Okay, my Master!

===Branch End===

Jason
Tch... Figures there'd be Demonic Beasts lurking here.
I guess we'll just have to take care of them quickly.

Jason
Go on then, get to it!

Orion
You want 'em taken care of quickly?
Then you'd better get in here and help us.

Jason
Hmph, fine.
Ugh, this is such a pain!

--BATTLE--

Goredolf
...
...

Da Vinci
...
...

Holmes
All right, not to belabor the point now that all is said and done...

Holmes
...but Heracles Island is completely gone.
Artemis's primary cannon destroyed it in a single shot.

Mash
...!

Goredolf
Let me ask you something, Holmes.
Why were those people so willing to accept death?

Goredolf
I mean, most people would do damn near anything to avoid death, no? I certainly would.

Goredolf
Even the people in China were terrified for their lives when it looked like Qin Shi Huang was about to kill them.

Goredolf
To be sure, there are some things we just can't run away from, no matter how much we want to. I daresay everyone comes across something like that at least once or twice in their lives.

Goredolf
But that didn't seem to be what was happening there...

Holmes
Indeed, it wasn't.

Jason
...It's probably because gods will be gods.

Goredolf
What do you mean?

Jason
For those of us in ancient Greece, the Greek gods could be fickle, cruel, or generous, all depending on how they felt on a given day.

Jason
They weren't fair or reasonable,
but that also made them more human.

Orion
...That's true. Far as we were concerned,
the gods were close neighbors.

Orion
They could be friends, enemies...even lovers.

Jason
Hell, even you have Poseidon's blood in you.

Nemo
I might be Captain Nemo, but I'm also Triton.
Oh, wait. Does that mean me and Orion are–

  1. Half brothers?
 
  Select: Half brothers?

===Branch End===

Mash
I guess it would, wouldn't it?

Orion
...Us? Brothers?

Nemo
No way. You smell like a shark with all that ammonia around you.

Jason
Shut up. I don't care. My point is...

Jason
...the big difference between this Lostbelt and Proper Human History is people's perception of the gods.

Jason
And that's not all.

Jason
Unless you find a way to take out Artemis, you'll never have a hope of cutting down the Tree of Emptiness.

Holmes
Precisely.

Holmes
I expect that Tree of Emptiness will put up tremendous resistance to being cut down.

Holmes
If Artemis were to take advantage of that and fire on us then, we'd all be done for.

Orion
...
...

Holmes
Which would mean our first priority, as I suspected,
is doing something about that mechanical Artemis.

Holmes
Ideally, I would like to use a Noble Phantasm to destroy her.

Holmes
Is there anyone here among us with a Noble Phantasm capable of destroying a mecha-god in orbit?

Jason
Stop wasting our time, Sherlock Holmes. We all know there's only one of us who could pull that off.

Holmes
Yes, quite right. My apologies.
...Orion, I'm afraid you're our only hope.

Goredolf
Just a moment, Holmes. There's something we have to ask before we even get into the technical possibilities.

Goredolf
Can you bring yourself to kill Artemis, Orion?

Orion
...It's not about whether I can or not.
It's whether I will or not.

Orion
And I will. I have to. In fact, I have a very compelling reason to do so now.

Jason
Whoa, whoa. You're not talking about getting revenge on her, are you?

Orion
No, it's not that.
I'd never fire my bow for revenge. I can't.

Jason
...Well, that's okay then.

Holmes
Very well, next question: Is your Noble Phantasm physically capable of destroying her?

Orion
...Not at this point, I don't think.

Jason
Figures.

Holmes
Let me show you the footage we captured once more.

Holmes
Da Vinci, Nemo, what do you make of her from an engineering standpoint?

Da Vinci
She looks to be about one...
No, make that one and a half kilometers long?

Da Vinci
It also looks like she can control her movement,
and doesn't orbit the planet like a satellite.

Da Vinci
The one thing I can say for sure is that this technology far surpasses anything humanity had as of 2020.

Nemo
I'm guessing that primary cannon of hers is the only weapon she's got.

Orion
Apparently, it's called “Shooting Star Ortygia:
You, Gold That Pierces Planets.”

Orion
At least, that's what that Artemis told me.

Nemo
Yeah. And we saw how powerful it is when it destroyed that entire island.

Nemo
If we hadn't been partway through a Zero Sail when she fired it at us, both the Shadow Border and the Nautilus surrounding it would have been vaporized.

Da Vinci
It looks like her weak point–or rather, the section we'll need to target, is this one here that kind of looks like a head.

Da Vinci
Given how thick her armor is, and the primary cannon's position, I feel safe in saying it's our only shot.

Da Vinci
Of course, it's gonna be real difficult to reach it with a run-of-the-mill Noble Phantasm, and let's not even discuss sending you to space to fight her directly!

Goredolf
But on the bright side, at least we know our target.
All we have to do now is figure out how to hit it!

Goredolf
And given how big this Lostbelt is...

Goredolf
...we're bound to find something we can use to shoot her down if we just keep looking!

Goredolf
At least...we might, right?

Jason
It is possible, yes.
Now, I have a suggestion.

Jason
I say once we make land, we ask the villagers if they've seen any other outsiders–by which I mean Servants–then we make our way straight for the temple.

Goredolf
So we can get more nanomachines?

Jason
That's right.

Jason
We're going to take all the Theos Klironomia we can find and use it to power the hell out of Orion.

Jason
Simple, yet effective.

Da Vinci
Speaking of the nanomachines, let me tell you what I found in my analysis of them.

Da Vinci
Their components are completely safe. There's no sign of toxicity and no way for them to erode their host's cells.

Da Vinci
Even their reparation process is strictly limited to improving their host body's performance.

Da Vinci
There are also limiters in place to prevent the machines from consuming too much energy, overstimulating the host's metabolism, or otherwise going berserk.

Da Vinci
They're made out of a metal that doesn't exist on our Earth. I think we should call it “orichalcum” until we learn otherwise.

  1. Orichalcum...
 
  Select: Orichalcum...

===Branch End===

Da Vinci
I'm guessing nanomachines aren't what Plato had in mind when he came up with the idea for it, but you know what they say about hindsight!

Mandricardo
...So basically, we'll still be looking for villages and temples just like before, yeah?

Da Vinci
Right. Though of course, if you run into any other Servants who could help us, I'd like you to recruit them too.

Da Vinci
'Cause I'm pretty sure we could use all the help we can get against Odysseus.

Mandricardo
Do you think they'll be willing to join us?

Da Vinci
That'll be up to Jason and Fujimaru's negotiation skills.

Jason
...
...

  1. You could at least try to hide your disdain!
  2. I can see you're just thrilled with that idea...
  Select: You could at least try to hide your disdain!
Jason
How about you just mind your own business and leave me to mine?

  Select: I can see you're just thrilled with that idea...
Jason
Good. I was worried I was being to subtle for you.

===Branch End===

Jason
Ugh, this is such a pain... All right,
just to be sure: You're all willing to fight, yes?

Jason
Is there anyone here who doesn't actually care and would rather just while away the days until the world disappears?

Jason
Here! Right here!

  1. You're raising your own hand!?
 
  Select: You're raising your own hand!?

===Branch End===

Jason
...Relax. I'm just kidding.

Goredolf
Well cut it out! Poor attempts at humor in such bad taste are the last thing I need right now!

Charlotte Corday
I'm coming too, of course!

Charlotte Corday
I might not be much use on the front line, since I'm an Assassin...but I'll make sure your backs are covered!

Mandricardo
Don't gotta ask me. I decided I was gonna go down fighting long ago.

Bartholomew
Likewise.

Bartholomew
I mean, what's the point of living in a world where hardly anybody at all is my type?

Mandricardo
(That really is what it all boils down to for you, huh...)

Orion
It's like I told you.
I already made up my mind to destroy Artemis.

Da Vinci
As for us, well, I don't think it's even a question, right?

Jason
I see, I see. All right then.

Jason
But in that case, you're all going to do exactly what I say!

All

Whaaa...!?

Jason
Oh don't “whaaa” me.

Jason
Is there any other Servant who knows more about Greece than me? How about one with experience leading a crew?

Charlotte Corday
I-I guess you have a point...

Orion
I'm just a hunter, so if you want to lead, be my guest.

Goredolf
Now, now, slow your roll there. When it comes to defending humanity, we are the ones who will be calling the–

Jason
That may be. But when it comes to fieldwork, I don't depend on anyone's calls besides my own!

Holmes
...Well, his choice of words aside, he does make a sound argument.

Holmes
I don't yet know if it's because of Odysseus or because this Lostbelt is simply so vast, but we have been losing our connection from time to time.

Holmes
So we will need someone on whom we can rely present to give instructions when necessary.

Jason
Don't worry.
I'll be sure to take Fujimaru's–

Jason
–or rather, Master's opinions into consideration before making my final calls.

Holmes
In turn, we will provide information and advice whenever we see fit. I believe this should be a suitable arrangement, at least for the time being?

Goredolf
Oh, very well then. But you make damn sure to take our opinions into consideration too, you hear me?

Goredolf
Remember, we've conquered no fewer than four Lostbelts to date and cut down the Trees of Emptiness in each one!

Jason
Yeah, yeah, I got it. All right, so first, we'll split up into two groups. One group will look for the village, the other for the temple!

Goredolf
Wouldn't it be better for you all to stick together?

Jason
Right now, efficiency is the name of the game.

Jason
We have no way of knowing when Odysseus might figure out where we are.

Jason
Bartholomew, you go look for the village.

Jason
You should already have a fair idea of the lay of this island, seeing how you were a courier and all, right?

Bartholomew
Fair enough. Understood.

Jason
The rest of us will head for the temple and get our hands on its nanomachines.

Jason
Our first priority is Orion, but I'd like to power up the rest of us as much as possible too.

Jason
Also, try to find us some leads on where to go next. Oh, and some more Servants while you're about it.

Jason
Got all that!?

  1. Don't you think you're being a little...loosey-goosey?
  2. Yeees siiir.
  Select: Don't you think you're being a little...loosey-goosey?
Jason
Absolutely not!
Jason
If it seems like that, it's only because we have so little to go on at the moment!

  Select: Yeees siiir.
Jason
What kind of reply was that?
You need to start taking this more seriously.

===Branch End===

Jason
Anyway, if we're going to do this, we may as well get it over with. All hands, get going!

Jason
Oh, and keep transmissions to a minimum!
There's no telling who might be listening in!

Jason
New Argonauts, move out!

– The Nautilus –

Nemo
...Ahh. It feels good to be back on board a ship.

Nemo
Are you doing okay, Da Vinci?

Da Vinci
Sure, I'd say I'm doing pretty good.

Da Vinci
I'm not sure if it's thanks to the nanomachines or not, but I don't even feel any pain anymore.

Goredolf
You were feeling pain?

Goredolf
Isn't Nemo the one who feels the feedback when the Nautilus takes damage?

Nemo
For the Nautilus, yes.
But not for the Shadow Border.

Nemo
Right now, the Nautilus is like a protective outer shell around the Shadow Border.

Nemo
So while I can take on damage the outer layer suffers, I can't do the same for the inner one.

Goredolf
Really? Is that true?

Da Vinci
Now, now, don't worry about it, Gordy.
Really, it's no big deal.

Da Vinci
The worst that happens is that I get a little sleepy sometimes, thanks to all the thinking I have to do for the repairs and recalculations.

Da Vinci
But I think treating myself to a stack of hot, fluffy pancakes topped with lots of honey later will more than make up for it☆

Holmes
Be that as it may, we can't have you straining yourself during your recovery, so we'll handle everything that would normally fall under your purview for the time being. Well, whatever we can handle, that is.

Goredolf
That's all very sensible,
but there isn't much I can do.

Da Vinci
In that case, how about a shoulder rub, Director?
You can at least do that much, right?

Goredolf
A shoulder rub, eh? Very well.

Goredolf
It seems the time has come to unveil the extraordinary chiropractic powers I developed by being forced to massage our homunculi's shoulders!

Da Vinci
Huh? You mean this is actually one of your special skills!?

Meunière
Man, Director, it seems like there's nothing you can't do...

Goredolf
Yes, well, it seems homunculi nearing the end of their life span tend to stiffen up something fierce, you see!

Goredolf
When they go about saying things like “Ahh, here I am on the brink of shutting down, and yet my master is too cruel to give me a little shoulder rub. Oh, if only I had a kind master!” well within earshot, well...

Goredolf
...even a heartless, cold-blooded mage couldn't help but be moved to act.

Da Vinci
Yeah, yeah, thanks for the backstory.
Now come on, let's see what you've got.

Goredolf
All righty. Just sit back, relax, and trust that both your body and soul are in Gof–er, good hands.

Da Vinci
Whoa, that does feel pretty g–
Gyaaah! Ow, ow, ow, ow!

Goredolf
Good lord, woman! How can such small shoulders be so stiff!? This is exactly what comes from being sedentary!

Da Vinci
Arrrgh! Oh, wait, I think it's working pretty we–Nope, still hurts like heeell!!!

Holmes
Well, look on the bright side: at least you're finally getting all that tension out.

Holmes
Now then. Any change in the stratosphere, Captain Nemo?

Nemo
Not yet. My professor self is keeping one eye on the sky at all times, but so far, nothing.

Nemo
Of course, we'll need to run for our lives the moment they detect anything unusual, so be ready.

Holmes
What are our chances of blocking another strike?

Nemo
Zero. If she shoots us again, we'll all be vaporized before you can say “brine.”

Holmes
I see.

Holmes
Then I suppose there's nothing to be done but put on another pot of tea and wait for {(M) Mr. /(F) Ms.} Fujimaru's team.

Nemo Professor
Yes, hi.

Nemo Professor
I'm Nemo Professor, the literal brains behind Captain Nemo.

Nemo Professor
It didn't make sense to send Captain out just to collect nanomachines, so I was assigned to come along instead.

Nemo Professor
As you can see, I can handle myself equally well in indoor and outdoor situations alike. I know I'm barefoot, but don't worry. I'm okay with it.

Nemo Professor
Please, don't mind me. Just go about your business like you normally would.

Mash
Thank you, Professor.
It's a pleasure to meet you.

Nemo Professor
Once we've fooled the nanomachine dispenser, the only thing left to do will be to collect the machines in this container I brought.

Nemo Professor
I trust it goes without saying, but I literally can't fight to save my life. So, while I know I told you not to mind me, I am hoping you'll be sensitive enough to pick up on how I really feel.

Nemo Professor
That is to say:
please keep me safe.

Mandricardo
D-don't worry. We know.

Jason
Orion, you stay here and watch the ship while we're out.

Charlotte Corday
Okay, everyone, let's get going!

Section 9: Peacefully Reminisce around a Fire

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Jason
Now, you there.

Mandricardo
Huh? You mean me?

Jason
Yes, you. Who are you?

Jason
If you're going to be part of my crew,
I figure I should probably know your name.

Mandricardo
...I'm Mandricardo.

Jason
Never heard of you.

Mandricardo
...That so.

Jason
And what's with that wooden sword? Don't you have any other halfway decent weapons you could be using instead?

Jason
At first I thought it might change into a real sword when you activate your Noble Phantasm, but apparently not.

Mandricardo
None of your business.

Mandricardo
Besides, all weapons are pretty much the same anyway.

Jason
You think? Well, you're welcome to your opinion, but I think you might be in the overwhelming minority there.

Jason
Take Atalante. The bow she got from Artemis was easily her most prized possession.

Jason
I found that out firsthand when she put me in an armlock that nearly tore my arms clean out of their sockets after I hid it under her bed as a prank.

  1. What in the world were you thinking, Captain?
  2. Sounds like you had it coming...
  Select: What in the world were you thinking, Captain?
Jason
Hey, don't knock the thrill of messing with someone else's prized possessions until you've tried it!
Charlotte Corday
You're terrible...

  Select: Sounds like you had it coming...
Jason
She wouldn't even stop after I very clearly screamed “I give!”

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Mash
I don't know. We've met at least one other Servant who said much the same thing as Mandricardo.

Mash
Let's see, who was it...?

  1. You're thinking of Hektor.
  2. “All weapons are the same. It doesn't matter what you use.”
  Select: You're thinking of Hektor.
Mandricardo
!!!
Mash
Right! It was Hektor!

  Select: “All weapons are the same. It doesn't matter what you use.”
Mash
That line...
Right! It was Hektor!
Mandricardo
!!!

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Hektor
Hmm. Well, this might just be this old man's opinion, but ultimately, it doesn't matter what kind of weapon you use.

Hektor
Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of work involved in getting ready to fight...

Hektor
...but every weapon and piece of armor'll fall apart eventually if you use them long enough.

Hektor
So if you're so dead set on only using one particular weapon that you don't know how to handle anything else...

Hektor
...well, you're not a real warrior in my book.

Hektor
The way I see it, a real warrior needs to be proficient with swords, spears, bows, axes... Everything, really.

Hektor
That goes for Masters, too.

Hektor
You can't always just have a Berserker charge straight into the enemy and expect to get very far.

Hektor
Even if you don't have any weapons at all, you can't just give up your will to fight or stop trying new things.

Hektor
You need to keep your mind flexible, always thinking about what you need to do to win.

Hektor
It might be hard at first, but it gets easier the more you stick with it.

Hektor
Besides, there's nothing harder to take than losing.

Mandricardo
...
...No kidding.

Mandricardo
Hektor the hero really said that?

Jason
Ha! That sounds exactly like something he would say!

Jason
Though that's not to say he's wrong!

Jason
Of course, I doubt any amount of will or resourcefulness is going to make much difference in this situation!

Nemo Professor
...All that aside, this Lostbelt really is intriguing.

Mandricardo
You figure something out, Professor?

Nemo Professor
I noticed it's been easier to maintain my Spirit Origin ever since we set foot on this island.

Nemo Professor
And the original Captain Nemo is already back to his old self, even after sustaining critical injuries.

Jason
Oh, that?
That's probably just the Theos Klironomia at work.

Nemo Professor
That's part of it, yes, but it's helped along by the fact that this Lostbelt is absolutely steeped in magical energy.

Nemo Professor
These Lostbelts the Trees of Emptiness create don't resurrect the past. They're continuations of worlds that exist as a present-day phenomenon.

Nemo Professor
In our world, the atmosphere's magical energy–that is, mana–has been declining steadily since the A.D. era began...

Nemo Professor
...but in this world, it's almost absurd how much of it there is.

Nemo Professor
It's practically everywhere you look, and on a level that would be unimaginable in Proper Human History.

Nemo Professor
Most of the other Lostbelts had plenty of magical energy to spare too, but this is on a completely different scale.

Nemo Professor
So given how we're all beings made out of magical energy ourselves, it makes sense that we would be in such good condition here.

Nemo Professor
And that's not all.

Charlotte Corday
Um, why did you start digging?

Nemo Professor
Magical energy has even seeped into the soil.

Nemo Professor
So much so that if a Servant were to bury themself in it up to their head and go to sleep, they would be able to remain active for a significant amount of time without any additional sources of magical energy.

Nemo Professor
And if we dig a little further...

Mandricardo
What's that?

Charlotte Corday
What is it?

  1. I wonder what it is.
 
  Select: I wonder what it is.

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Nemo Professor
There are a number of ways that islands typically form...

Nemo Professor
...but these appear to have formed around some sort of machine that ceased functioning.

  1. You mean, more god remains?
 
  Select: You mean, more god remains?

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Nemo Professor
Yes, exactly.

Nemo Professor
I'm not sure how or why, but these remains became the base for these islands; these islands then went on to spawn plants, animals, and eventually, an entire civilization.

Nemo Professor
Moderately sized remains were repurposed as weapons, armor, and prosthetics...

Nemo Professor
...while larger ones became the central points for villages.

Nemo Professor
I suspect the “temples” we've been visiting were originally something installed in these remains.

Nemo Professor
That is to say, these ruins are actually–

  1. Spaceships or something?
 
  Select: Spaceships or something?

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Nemo Professor
...You took the words out of my mouth.
That is somewhat irritating.

Mandricardo
Well hey, what's done is done.
I don't know what else you want Master to say...

Mandricardo
Anyway, spaceships, huh? That's nuts. Wouldn't that make this place a full-blown alternate world?

Nemo Professor
Basically, yes.
However...

Nemo Professor
I'm still not sure how these spaceships tie into the Olympian gods.

Nemo Professor
That's the biggest mystery confronting me now...

Nemo Professor
Even Triton is telling me
“I don't remember my father being that mechanical.”

Jason
I'm sure it's just one of the differences between our and this Lostbelt. Either way, it's got nothing to do with us.

Jason
You can indulge your academic pursuits all you like once we've kicked Odysseus's ass.

Nemo Professor
...You might be right, but I can't just not think about these things.

Nemo Professor
That's my job as the professor, after all.

Jason
On a different matter,
it looks like Bartholomew is calling us.

Bartholomew
There aren't any border guards stationed here.
At least, there usually shouldn't be...

Charlotte Corday
Food's ready!

  1. I'll have some, Corday.
  2. Thanks, Charlotte.
  Select: I'll have some, Corday.
Charlotte Corday
By all means.
Charlotte Corday
You are human, after all, so you need to eat to keep up your strength!
Charlotte Corday
Oh, and Charlotte is fine.
Charlotte Corday
As my Master, I think I'd prefer it if you call me that.
Charlotte Corday
...Oh, but of course, that's just what I think.
If you'd rather keep calling me Corday, that's fine.

  Select: Thanks, Charlotte.
Charlotte Corday
Ah...

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  1. Sorry! I mean, Corday!
 
  Select: Sorry! I mean, Corday!

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
No, that's okay.
It feels...right, hearing you call me Charlotte.

Charlotte Corday
In fact, I actually think I'd prefer it if you did.

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Jason
(Munch, munch)
Not bad. A little booze and it'd be even better.

Charlotte Corday
Absolutely not.

Jason
I know, I know.

Mash
That was delicious, Corday.
Thank you for cooking.

Charlotte Corday
Oh, it was no trouble.
Especially with Mandricardo helping me out.

Mandricardo
I wouldn't've minded cooking either, you know.

Charlotte Corday
No, this is my job. I'm not much use in battle,
after all, so it's the least I can do.

Mandricardo
(I don't think that's true at all...but she probably wouldn't listen even if I told her so.)

Mandricardo
(And hell, it's not like she's the only Servant here with low self-esteem...)

Mandricardo
(Still, at least she can use a knife. That's gotta be way better than me and my wooden sword.)

Mandricardo
Uh... Gotcha...

Mandricardo
(That's all I can think of to say.
I can't come up with even a single pithy remark.)

Charlotte Corday
?

Mandricardo
Never mind. Just forget it.

Jason
...Hm?
Hey, where'd Fujimaru go?

Mash
Oh, {(M) he /(F) she} said {(M) he /(F) she} was going to get some fresh air.

Mandricardo
...'Scuse me for a bit.

  1. ...
  2. ...Drake...
  Select: ...

  Select: ...Drake...

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Mandricardo
Yo.

Mandricardo
I, uh, I understand if you're feeling bummed and would rather be alone right now...

  1. It's okay. I don't mind you joining me.
  2. Thank you.
  Select: It's okay. I don't mind you joining me.
Mandricardo
...'Preciate it.

  Select: Thank you.
Mandricardo
...You don't gotta thank me.
I mean, I'm still technically a Servant.

===Branch End===

  1. I know I don't have time to be broken up over this, but...
 
  Select: I know I don't have time to be broken up over this, but...

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
?

Mandricardo
What's the problem? It's normal for people to be broken up when someone they care about dies, amirite?

Mandricardo
...No, wait. That's not the right way to use that expression, is it?

Mandricardo
I just think it's pointless to tell someone who's feeling sad to stop feeling sad.

Mandricardo
Don't get me wrong. If someone were to start whining in the middle of a battle, I'd be the first to slap some sense into 'em.

Mandricardo
But if you're not in battle, and you're feeling sad, then I say go ahead and feel sad.

Mandricardo
You might be our Master, but more than that, you're just a decent human being.

Mandricardo
So of course you're gonna wanna grieve for the dead.

Mandricardo
...That being said...

Mandricardo
Servants don't answer summons so you can feel sad for them.

Mandricardo
(Seeing how that lady used to be a pirate who probably went around stealing and killing when she was alive...)

Mandricardo
(...I'd guess getting to save humanity meant even more to her than it would most other Servants.)

Mandricardo
(Well... Not that I got any idea how pirates think.)

Mandricardo
...So as long as you don't forget about her,
I'd bet that's all the reward she needs.

  1. That's how it's always been.
 
  Select: That's how it's always been.

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
...Yeah, makes sense.

Mandricardo
...
...

Mandricardo
(Crap... Now what should I say?)

Mandricardo
(I kinda get the feeling that no matter what I say now, it's just gonna make {(M) him /(F) her} feel worse.)

Mandricardo
(I could tell {(M) him /(F) her} to not feel bad for us 'cause we're just pawns, but something tells me {(M) he /(F) she} wouldn't find that too convincing...)

Mandricardo
Man, this is so hard.
...Ah.

Mandricardo
(Aw, crap! I can't believe I just said that out loud!)

  1. Yeah, it IS really hard.
 
  Select: Yeah, it IS really hard.

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Mandricardo
Y-yeah, for sure.

Mandricardo
...Well hey, if you ever need to vent,
I'm always happy to join you.

Mandricardo
Not that I'm an especially good talker.
Or a good listener.

  1. How about pointless chitchat?
 
  Select: How about pointless chitchat?

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Mandricardo
Pointless chitchat sounds perfect.

Mandricardo
After all, I already wasted half my life on pointless stuff anyway.

Mandricardo
...Hm?
What's with the look?

Mandricardo
Oh, right.
You're not too familiar with my legend, are you?

Mandricardo
Whoa, whoa, don't worry! I'm not offended at all!
Believe me, I get it!

Mandricardo
Still...

Mandricardo
I suppose one boring story could be a good distraction.

Mandricardo
...I used to be the king of some nation somewhere.
At least...I think I was.

Mandricardo
Now that I'm a Servant,
I can't even remember what it was called.

Mandricardo
Man, that sounds pretty cold when I put it like that, huh?

Mandricardo
Anyway, I gave up my claim to the throne and became an adventurer so I could avenge my father.

Mandricardo
That part's all fine. The problem came when I found a set of armor on one of my adventures.

Mandricardo
The armor was Hektor's, one of the legendary heroes of the Trojan War, and that war had heroes out the wazoo.

Mandricardo
The armor had belonged to the hero who made a name for himself by defending his city for years, right up to his death.

Mandricardo
So once I found that armor, a fairy talked me into making a stupid pledge.

Mandricardo
I vowed that until I found Hektor's sword,
the legendary, one-of-a-kind Durendal...

Mandricardo
...I would never wield another sword for as long as I lived.

  1. So you never managed to find it then?
 
  Select: So you never managed to find it then?

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
No, see, that's the thing.
I DID find it, just like I wanted to.

Mandricardo
But–

Charlotte Corday
There you are! Come on, Fujimaru.
You need to get plenty of sleep to make sure you're well-rested for tomorrow.

Mandricardo
...All right. Guess we can finish the story later.

Mandricardo
Oh, but trust me, it's not much of a cliff-hanger.
Not to get too spoilery, but I can tell you right now:

Inner Monologue
It ends with me being a dumbass.

--ARROW--

Jason
...
...

Nemo Professor
Is something wrong, Mr. Jason?

Nemo Professor
I know captains often tend to be on edge, but you look like seaweed that's been left out in the sun for too long.

Mash
You do look kind of pale...
Are you feeling okay?

Jason
I'm fine. It's nothing.

Jason
...All right, it's something. I've been getting chills down my spine for some reason.

Jason
Maybe I'm coming down with a cold?

  1. But, you're a Servant...
 
  Select: But, you're a Servant...

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Jason
Well sure, but then how else do you explain these chills?

Jason
Unless...SHE'S here.

Mandricardo
She?

Nemo Professor
Who?

Fou
Foo?

Jason
Medea, of course! Who else could I possibly mean!?

Jason
The most terrifying, ill-tempered person ever! The last person I'd ever want to make angry, let alone be around when she IS!

Jason
Hell, I don't even want to be around her much when she isn't angry.

Jason
That's who!
Medea, the haughty queen of the four crowns!

Nemo Professor
Isn't that only because of how you typically conduct yourself, Mr. Jason? Because you are, to put it mildly, sea scum?

Jason
Really? This is a woman once used a Demon God Pillar TO MAKE PANCAKES, and you think I'M the problem?

Charlotte Corday
Yikes.

Mash
A-anyway, putting all of that aside,
does this mean Medea is here?

Mash
Because if she is, she could be a tremendous help to us!

Mandricardo
True. Right now, all we've got is a Rider (me), a Saber (Jason), an Assassin (Corday), and a Shielder (Mash).

Mandricardo
So having a Caster backing us up from the rear could make our whole team stronger.

Jason
Oh gods, please no.
Ghh, then again...

Jason
...Just so you know, if she tries to kill me the moment we see her, I'm running away and never looking back, got it?

Nemo Professor
You're that worried about her? This is a bit much, don't you think?

Mandricardo
...
...Hm?

Mandricardo
Smells like there's some Demonic Beasts up ahead.
Probably be a good idea to get your weapons ready.

Jason
I hope it's not Medea...

  1. Okay, seriously, just what do you think Medea is, anyway?
  2. I'm gonna tell her you said that.
  Select: Okay, seriously, just what do you think Medea is, anyway?
Jason
A Demonic Beast.
Nemo Professor
This is exactly what I'm talking about.
You're supposed to make your wife happy, not angry.

  Select: I'm gonna tell her you said that.
Jason
Please don't.
I don't wanna die.

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Mandricardo
...What's going on?
Are they defending that cave?

Nemo Professor
No, they're not.
Take a look through these binoculars, Master.

  1. Thanks!
  2. If anything, it looks like they're trying to get in...
  Select: Thanks!

  Select: If anything, it looks like they're trying to get in...

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
Either way, it looks like a safe bet that there's something in that cave we'll probably wanna see for ourselves.

Mandricardo
Just say the word, Master,
and we'll sneak up and take them by surprise!

--BATTLE--

Mash
This looks just like the interior of the temples we've seen here...

Nemo Professor
Strictly speaking, those aren't actually temples and were never used for worship.

Nemo Professor
They're more like...Theos Klironomia dispensing devices.

Nemo Professor
The internal machinery is all in perfect working order.

Nemo Professor
...Why were we able to get in here,
when those Demonic Beasts weren't?

Mash
I thought the same thing. I noticed a momentary flash of magical energy when we came in, but aside from that...

Jason
...This is Medea's doing.

Jason
It looks like she put up a Bounded Field that would keep out any unwanted visitors...

Jason
...while also making sure it would automatically disengage if someone from Chaldea showed up. Or I did.

  1. Is that...a letter?
 
  Select: Is that...a letter?

===Branch End===

Jason
Yes.
...Would you mind going back outside without me?

Jason
I want to read this in private.

Charlotte Corday
All right.
Come on, everyone, let's go then!

Charlotte Corday
Go on! Time's a wasting!

Mash
Ah! Corday, wait!

Mandricardo
...You okay?

Jason
Of course I am. Don't be ridiculous.
Now hurry up and go already.

Mandricardo
...Okay.

Jason
Now then...

Medea Lily
Hello!
I'm glad you're here!

Jason
Gah! You scared me!!!

Jason
Wait, what is this?
Some sort of hologram or something?

Medea Lily
I put a lock on this letter to ensure that only you could read it, Lord Jason.

Medea Lily
Is everyone else gone?

Jason
Yeah, yeah, they're gone.
Why do you ask? Was that some kind of dig?

Medea Lily
...All right, Lord Jason.

Medea Lily
I love you. Completely and fully.
From the bottom of my heart.

Medea Lily
But of course, that all goes without saying, doesn't it?

Jason
Yes, yes, I know already.

Medea Lily
I wrote this letter after you abandoned us.

Medea Lily
...Yes, that's right.

Medea Lily
If you're reading this, then I've either successfully made it to Olympus...

Jason
Or you're dead?

Medea Lily
...or I'm dead.

Medea Lily
But either way, I have no regrets.
I'm sure Heracles felt the same.

Medea Lily
Without his valiant sacrifice, we...

Medea Lily
No, it wasn't just him. Everyone has given all they have–their weapons, their will, even their very selves–to this fight.

Medea Lily
I don't know how many of us will make it to Olympus...

Medea Lily
...but I'm going to do the best I can to save the world.

Medea Lily
And you know, Lord Jason?

Medea Lily
In spite of everything, I still trust you. Completely.

Jason
Oh please.

Medea Lily
Well, no, when it comes to how you act around women and such, I don't trust you one bit...

Medea Lily
But I do fully trust in your heroism.

Jason
...Hmph.

Medea Lily
Which is why I prepared an absolutely wonderful present for you!

Jason
Oh?

Medea Lily
It's a Mystic Code I made just for you!
I put my heart and soul into it!

Jason
Oh? Interesting.

Jason
Well, if nothing else, you always were a ridiculously prodigious talent when it came to magecraft.

Jason
Very well, I will accept this gift of yours!

Medea Lily
You'll find it enclosed with this letter!
This charm can–

Jason
Are you kidding me!?

Jason
What kind of idiotic effect is that!? Couldn't she have included at least one halfway useful spell!?

Jason
Well, I guess it's at least better than nothing...
Or is it?

Medea Lily
I expect you may be somewhat dissatisfied with it,
and for that, I'm sorry.

Medea Lily
Making that Mystic Code really took a lot of effort,
and it really was the best I could do...

Jason
(...Wait. I can see...
She looks so sickly, even in the hologram.)

Medea Lily
Oh, and one more thing.

Medea Lily
I've left you some data on the islands you'll encounter up ahead.

Medea Lily
I think you'll find it useful.

Jason
Oh, yeah. Honestly, that's the most helpful thing I've gotten out of this whole mess by far.

Jason
Frankly, if she hadn't included it,
I don't know what the hell we would've done...

Medea Lily
Farewell, my beloved Lord Jason.

Medea Lily
...And may your journey be blessed with good fortune.

Jason
Ha. Good fortune my ass.

Jason
What god would go around handing out good fortune when it's the gods themselves we're trying to destroy?

Medea Lily
Heracles and I will be showering blessings down upon you!

Jason
...Oh. Well, I guess in that case...

Medea Lily
Oh, and, um...
Nnn...

Medea Lily
I'm also enclosing some of my love.
Mwah!

Jason
...
...

Jason
...Hmm.

  1. Welcome back, Jason.
 
  Select: Welcome back, Jason.

===Branch End===

Jason
Good, you're all here.
Take a good look at me.

All

?

Jason
I haven't been cursed or anything, have I?

Jason
Because that letter ended in one hell of a bombshell.

Mandricardo
Uh, no, you don't look any different to me.

Mandricardo
'Course, that might just be 'cause I'm not a Caster.

Nemo Professor
My analysis isn't detecting anything unusual either.

  1. Yeah, I'm not seeing anything...
  2. Hey, Medea's on your shoulder!
  Select: Yeah, I'm not seeing anything...
Jason
I-I see. Well, that's a relief...

  Select: Hey, Medea's on your shoulder!
Jason
Aaahhh get her off get her off get her oooff!!!
Jason
Fujimaru...
Don't. Even. Joke. Not about that. Not ever!!!
Jason
(Sigh) I swear...
Mandricardo
(...Nope! Forget it! I didn't see anything!)

===Branch End===

Jason
Well, at any rate, we've got our next destination.

Mash
We do? How do you know?

Jason
Because Medea left me data on all the other islands.

Jason
We want to add more people to our party, right?
Then I've got our next stop!

Section 10: Hephaestus, God of Blacksmiths

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Atlantis Border Guard
Lord Odysseus, there's something we need you to take a look at.

Atlantis Border Guard
Someone's been contacting us anonymously, and they're just repeating the words “This is Aeaea Island” over and over...

Atlantis Border Guard
Is there even an island by that name in Atlantis?

Odysseus
...Send it over to me.
Go on. You're all dismissed.

Kirschtaria
Hello. My apologies for contacting you like this, Odysseus. I trust everything is going well on your end?

Odysseus
...I can't say I care for your taste in codes, Kirschtaria. I don't know what you were thinking, using facts that didn't happen in my history as a cipher.

Kirschtaria
I am sorry about that. But you see, I wanted to ensure that this conversation remained strictly between us.

Kirschtaria
As such, I hope you can understand why I wished to avoid using my personal line.

Odysseus
I see. So you want to keep whatever this is about a secret from Olympus.

Odysseus
What are you up to? I thought you and Zeus the demiurge were staunch allies.

Odysseus
In fact, my understanding is that there is no one in all of Olympus who poses even a remote threat to you.

Kirschtaria
True. But one can never be too careful. You may have authorization to command Artemis at the moment...

Kirschtaria
...but for all we know, there could be someone outside the chain of command who wants to take control for themselves.

Kirschtaria
That is why I'm taking these extra precautions.

Odysseus
...Does this mean you will be coming here yourself?

Odysseus
All right. What can I do?

Kirschtaria
I want to know which island Chaldea will be arriving at next, so that I'll only need to teleport once.

Odysseus
You hardly need to fight them yourself.

Odysseus
There simply isn't anywhere for them to flee to on these waters. And even if there were, they couldn't keep it up for long.

Odysseus
They haven't a prayer of setting foot on Olympus without facing me first.

Odysseus
So why would you waste your time just to put yourself in harm's way?

Kirschtaria
There is nothing wasteful about this at all.

Kirschtaria
As the leader of the Crypters, it is essential that I settle matters with Chaldea personally.

Odysseus
I see. I didn't take you for the sort to mix business with pleasure.

Odysseus
You're making a foolish, typically human decision, but if you're determined to go through with it, I have no reason to stop you.

Odysseus
I'll let you know where Chaldea is as soon as we've confirmed their location. I'll also keep quiet about this to your Servants.

Kirschtaria
Yes, I would like to keep Caenis out of this. But don't worry, I'll be taking the Dioscuri along for protection.

Kirschtaria
They are magnificent Divine Spirits who know how to serve Olympus properly. The same cannot be said of Caenis.

Odysseus
I'll keep my promise.
No one besides me will know you mean to come here.

Odysseus
However...

Caenis
...

Odysseus
I did not promise to restrain anyone who might already be present.

Odysseus
Kirschtaria certainly has terrible luck. I doubt the thought that you would be here even crossed his mind, given how much you despise us.

Caenis
...Yeah, I bet. Believe me, your face is the last thing I want to see right now.

Caenis
Man, did I pick a hell of a time to stop by to clean my spear. This is the worst. The absolute goddamn worst.

Caenis
Terrible luck? I'll say.
He's never had luck on his side in his damn life.

Odysseus
I have no interest in your and Kirschtaria's trust issues. If you have any objections with this arrangement, tell him yourself and leave me out of it.

Caenis
Oh, you better believe I'm gonna object. I'm gonna object my spear right through his goddamn head.

Caenis
I'm so pissed off I can hardly see straight. “Only two more times” my ass! That son of a bitch and his frigging plan!!

Odysseus
Hm? What did you just say?
Two more times for what?

Caenis
You wanna know what he told me when we formed our contract? Fine!

Caenis
He said, “My plan is perfect.
I can already see how this will all end.”

Caenis
“I expect I will fight only two more times before Olympus is reborn”!

Caenis
And one of those times is gonna be with those freakin' weaklings!?

Caenis
That bastard... That goddamn bastard!!!
That does it! I'm tired of playing it nice.

Caenis
Kirschtaria can find out I've taken care of Chaldea myself after I've wiped them from the face of the Earth!

Odysseus
...This is getting far more competitive than is necessary.

Odysseus
Well, whoever finds them first, be it my troops, Caenis, or Kirschtaria, it's clear that Chaldea's days are numbered.

Odysseus
Enemy or not, I almost feel sorry for them.

--ARROW--

Jason
All right, there should be something here on Deimos Island that can lead us to our next, um, lead...

Nemo Professor
I see Orion will be coming with us this time.

Orion
I'll do my best!

Nemo Professor
Yes, we should all strive to do that.

Mandricardo
Talk about a mismatched team up...

Mash
You know, this island seems a lot more like the remains of the gods we've seen than it does, well, an island.

Charlotte Corday
Yes, it does. It's hard to walk on, and every step you take seems to make a clanking sound.

  1. Are you sure there's another Servant we can recruit here?
 
  Select: Are you sure there's another Servant we can recruit here?

===Branch End===

Jason
Assuming Medea's intel is accurate, yes.

Jason
According to her, there's supposed to be an Assassin somewhere on this island.

Jason
...An Assassin, huh?

Charlotte Corday
Oh no. What if they end up taking over my place on the team!?

Jason
Relax. Nobody's taking over for you.

Jason
I mean, it's not like you're any help outside of antipersonnel combat anyway.

Charlotte Corday
Hey! I cook and clean and do laundry, too!

Jason
So does Mandricardo, and nobody has to remind him!

Jason
Besides, it's not like I'm going to do that sort of thing!

Jason
Food isn't something you make.
It's something you take!

  1. You sound like a pretty stuck-up king.
 
  Select: You sound like a pretty stuck-up king.

===Branch End===

Jason
I AM a king!

Jason
...Well, strictly speaking, we suppose we ultimately failed to become a king, but nonetheless.

Mash
(He just switched over to the royal we like it was the most natural thing in the world...)

Mandricardo
I used to be a king too, for what it's worth...

Charlotte Corday
Really? I didn't know that.

Mandricardo
Well, I did end up spending like half my life traveling around like some sort of adventurer.

Charlotte Corday
An adventurer? Ooh, I like the sound of that!
I'd love to be one, too!

Jason
Hmph. An adventure isn't the sort of thing you embark on by choice!

Jason
It's just a word we use to pretty up the idea of going down an unexpected, difficult path where you never know what may happen with your every step.

Jason
Because without prettying it up, people would be so afraid to go down a path like that that they'd never take a single step onto it!

Nemo Professor
Huh. There's a lot more substance to that argument than I was expecting.

Nemo Professor
In a sense, one could certainly make the claim that describing an ordeal as an adventure is obfuscating the truth.

Orion
It definitely sounds like something he'd say.

Orion
Me? Well, the reward at the end of my adventure was a bevy of dancing beauties...

Orion
...so it was a treasure well worth risking my life for.

Jason
Really? I can't say I see any value in treasure that isn't wealth, fame, or status.

Orion
Well, there is!

Jason
If you say so.

Charlotte Corday
Gosh, even though you two are both Greek heroes,
you couldn't be more different.

Orion
You can say that again!

Jason
Don't you lump me in with the likes of him, Corday.
He's just a wild beast, while I'm bona fide royalty!

Holmes
May I have a moment of your time?

Mash
Holmes?

Holmes
I'm breaking our “no transmissions if at all possible” rule because I'm afraid we have something of an emergency.

Holmes
We've detected a staggering number of hostiles from middling to large size not far from your location, so I would urge you to take all reasonable precautions.

Jason
All right, we're leaving. (Snap decision)

Mandricardo
That was fast.
Still, I guess it's better to be safe than sorry.

Jason
What's the point of adding another Servant to our ranks if we all die before we can do anything with them?

  1. Then, does that mean–
 
  Select: Then, does that mean–

===Branch End===

Jason
It's a safe bet that our destination lies in the same direction as all those enemies.

Jason
How do I know? Because my gut is telling me that's how this is fated to go!

Charlotte Corday
Um... What if we just took a little peek to see what things are like there?

Holmes
I can't say I recommend such a course of action,
but I suppose the circumstances leave us no choice.

Jason
Are you nuts!? Forget it!

Jason
Even the common Chimeras and Lamia wandering around are bound to be stronger thanks to the Theos Klironomia.

Jason
So what happens if a whole swarm of them catches wind of us!?

Goredolf
Agreed! Most vociferously agreed!
Let sleeping Chimeras lie and all that!

Goredolf
Jason there is one-hundred-percent right!

Goredolf
Let's just turn around, go straight back the way we came, and pretend we never saw this island!

Jason
Well said, my rotund compatriot.
I think you and I are going to get along just fine!

Mandricardo
You know, Master, I'm surprised all the stress your boss is under hasn't helped him lose any weight.

  1. He's more the sort to gain weight when stressed.
  2. There was a time when he really kind of ballooned, so...
  Select: He's more the sort to gain weight when stressed.
Mandricardo
Ohhh... (Convinced)

  Select: There was a time when he really kind of ballooned, so...
Mandricardo
In a situation like this!?
That takes real courage in its own right!

===Branch End===

Jason
There you have it, Fujimaru. Now that your superior and I have hashed things out, all that's left is to leave.

Charlotte Corday
Aww.

Charlotte Corday
I was looking forward to meeting another Assassin.
I thought we might hit it off...

Holmes
...Hm?
That's odd...

  1. What is?
 
  Select: What is?

===Branch End===

Holmes
The hostiles are leaving the area.
And at a blistering pace.

Holmes
Perhaps they detected something of interest elsewhere,
or something chased them away.

Holmes
I wonder what could have happened...

  1. Let's go on ahead and see for ourselves!
 
  Select: Let's go on ahead and see for ourselves!

===Branch End===

Jason
Hmm. Well, if these creatures are all gone now, I have no issue with proceeding on our current path.

Jason
Although...I am more than a little worried about all this... Something seems off.

Mandricardo
Got it.

Mandricardo
All right then, let's go see what this Assassin person looks like.

Nemo Professor
Whaugh!

  1. Are you okay?
 
  Select: Are you okay?

===Branch End===

Nemo Professor
Yes, I think so. I'm sorry.
I must have stepped on something slippery...

Jason
Hahaha, clumsy fool.

Jason
It doesn't matter how slippery the ground may be.
A true hero would never–

Mandricardo
...Never what?

Jason
...Even the greatest heroes stumble from time to time.

Jason
But the fact that they are always able to pick themselves back up again is what makes them heroes.

Mandricardo
Whoa! I can't believe he managed to spin a fall into a lesson in heroism.

Charlotte Corday
...
(Profoundly moved)

  1. Guess we'll have to literally watch our step.
 
  Select: Guess we'll have to literally watch our step.

===Branch End===

Mash
Yes, Master!
I'll do my best to be careful not to stumble!

Mandricardo
...!
Demonic Beasts!

  1. All hands, battle formations!
 
  Select: All hands, battle formations!

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
You guys stumble too!?

--BATTLE--

Mash
That was a difficult battle...
though not for the usual reasons...

Mandricardo
There's something about slipping that really causes you to shrivel up, if you know what I mean.

  1. I lost track of how many times you all slipped.
 
  Select: I lost track of how many times you all slipped.

===Branch End===

Jason
Must be nice being the one who's just giving orders! You never have to worry about literally falling down on the job!

Orion
Nooo! All that slipping and stumbling rearranged my handsome face into a bear's mug!

  1. I wouldn't exactly call that new in your case.
 
  Select: I wouldn't exactly call that new in your case.

===Branch End===

Orion
Look, I'm a simple man with simple goals. In the future, I just want to be a panda so that women everywhere will love me. Is that so wrong?

Charlotte Corday
Oogh. I'm hurting all over, and that's not even counting the blow to my pride...

Nemo Professor
It's not how often you fall;
it's whether your glasses remain intact...

Mandricardo
Well, at least we're done here now.
Might as well keep going.

  1. Let's do it!
 
  Select: Let's do it!

===Branch End===

Jason
...
...

Jason
...Bahahahaha!
Serves you right!

Jason
Okay, now that my spirits are lifted,
let's keep going for real this time!

Mash
Here, Master! Let me help you up!

  1. Thanks, Mash.
 
  Select: Thanks, Mash.

===Branch End===

Mash
N-not at all...

Mash
As your Servant, it's the least I can do.

Jason
Hahahahaha.

Charlotte Corday
Shut up, Jason.

Jason
Ouch! That's harsh, coming from you!

--ARROW--

Mandricardo
Yikes. The hell happened here?

  1. The place is destroyed...
 
  Select: The place is destroyed...

===Branch End===

Mash
Wait. There's something else here that's been destroyed.

Mash
What are these things?
...

Jason
At a glance, they look like some kind of defensive weaponry.

Jason
Maybe that monster horde wrecked this place and moved on once they got bored?

Jason
All right, I'll stay here and keep a lookout.

Jason
The rest of you, get those nanomachines, and get out.

Mash
Understood. Thank you, Jason.

Mash
The interior still seems to be intact...

Mandricardo
There's something a little different about this place compared to the ones on the other islands. Like, what's this?

Mash
It looks like some sort of nameplate...

Nemo Professor
At first blush, these would appear to be ancient Greek letters, but they're just different enough not to qualify.

Nemo Professor
We need more samples. Is there anything else we can use for reference on these letters?

Charlotte Corday
I'll go.

Charlotte Corday
I don't think I'll be much use for anything else here, so I'll see if I can find anything related to these letters.

Nemo Professor
In the meantime, there's no reason to wait,
so let's use the nanomachines now.

Mandricardo
All right then, I'll go ahead and bust out my usual work-around...

Mandricardo
Huh?

P.A. System
Intruders detected in Theos Klironomia Supply System.

P.A. System
Proceeding to eliminate.

Orion
Uh-oh. That can't be good.

Mash
That siren seems to have alerted some functional models of those defensive weapons we saw earlier!

Mandricardo
Crap, this is all my fault, isn't it?
This is so embarrassing I could die.

  1. Looks like we'll just have to fight our way out of this!
 
  Select: Looks like we'll just have to fight our way out of this!

===Branch End===

Mash
Understood.

Mash
You're right, we are intruders. But while I'm sorry to have to do this, we're not going to let that stop us from eliminating you!

--BATTLE--

Orion
Alley-oop!

Orion
That's the last of them! Just what I like:
a nice, easy battle.

Nemo Professor
...Hm? Hey, look in the direction those things came from.

  1. Oh wow, I didn't notice there's a whole passageway over there.
 
  Select: Oh wow, I didn't notice there's a whole passageway over there.

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
Wanna go see what's inside it?

Mandricardo
I mean, Jason did say there's supposed to be a Servant somewhere on this island.

Mash
That's true. But I don't sense any other Servants anywhere.

Mash
Then again, since they're an Assassin, they could just be concealing their presence...

Mandricardo
You stay close to Master, Mash.
I'll go scout on ahead.

Mash
Understood!

Mandricardo
...Huh?
Man, this temple's a lot bigger than I thought.

Mandricardo
I can't even see where this passageway ends from here.

  1. ...Let's keep going.
 
  Select: ...Let's keep going.

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
Roger that!

Mandricardo
Whoa, I can't believe how spacious it is in here!

Mash
It is, isn't it?

Mash
Still...I'm not seeing anything particularly unusual, big as this place is.

Mandricardo
Yeah, I just took a walk around the whole place,
and I didn't see anything, either.

Mandricardo
Well, least we can get a little rest, right?

  1. True...
  2. Guess I'll sit down for a bit then.
  Select: True...

  Select: Guess I'll sit down for a bit then.

===Branch End===

  1. ...
 
  Select: ...

===Branch End===

  1. Aaaaaahhh!!!
  2. Eeeeeekkk!!!
  Select: Aaaaaahhh!!!
Mandricardo
I think that scream literally curdled my blood!
What is it, Master!?

  Select: Eeeeeekkk!!!
Mash
Was that piercing shriek you, Master!?

===Branch End===

Mash & Mandricardo
Wha–
What the...!? A haaaaaand!?

???
(Zzz)

???
Ngh... Keep it down, would you?

???
Aah!
Where am I? WHO am I!?

???
Oh, right. I can tell from this scent that I must be in the ground!

  1. It's talking!
  2. The hand is moving!
  Select: It's talking!

  Select: The hand is moving!

===Branch End===

???
Then the answer is easy.
Kouga Ninja Art: Earth Evasion!

???
Ahhh! It feels good to breathe worldly air again.

Mash
Y-you're...!

Mandricardo
Guess we found the Assassin.

  1. Mochizuki Chiyome!
 
  Select: Mochizuki Chiyome!

===Branch End===

Mochizuki Chiyome
Bingo! You got it!
Wait. That must mean you're from Chaldea!

  1. So, um, may I ask your name?
 
  Select: So, um, may I ask your name?

===Branch End===

???
Oh yes, you must be from Chaldea.
Forgive me for not introducing myself sooner.

???
My True Name is Mochizuki Chiyome.
I am a Kouga Jounin and an Assassin.

Mash
S-so, um...why were you buried in the dirt?

Mochizuki Chiyome
Hahahaha, that? I was hibernating.

Mandricardo
I've never heard of a Servant hibernating before...

Mochizuki Chiyome
Well, it is not because I am a Servant so much as it is because of the Theos, um, something or other.

Mandricardo
Theos Klironomia?

Mochizuki Chiyome
That is the one.

Mochizuki Chiyome
At any rate, the Servants who went on ahead to Olympus asked me to stay behind and wait for you all here.

Mochizuki Chiyome
They said they had left enough information that you would be certain to make your way here eventually.

Mash
I see...

Mochizuki Chiyome
Wh-what the...!?

Mochizuki Chiyome
This destruction is horrific.
What happened here?

Mandricardo
Well, uh, we did.

Mochizuki Chiyome
...I see.

Mochizuki Chiyome
So you got an error when you tried to acquire the Theos Klironomia by force.

Nemo Professor
Oh, are you the new Servant?

Charlotte Corday
Are you the Assassin?

Mochizuki Chiyome
May I ask who these people are?

  1. This is Nemo Professor.
  2. This is Charlotte Corday.
  Select: This is Nemo Professor.
Mochizuki Chiyome
I see. Forgive my saying so, but you do not appear to be much of a fighter.
Nemo Professor
You're right, I'm not.
My role is strictly analytical.

  Select: This is Charlotte Corday.
Charlotte Corday
Nice to meet you!
I'm Charlotte Corday!
Charlotte Corday
I'm an Assassin too, so I hope we can be great friends!
Mochizuki Chiyome
Ooh, well thank you for the warm welcome.
Mochizuki Chiyome
I am Mochizuki Chiyome.
It is a pleasure to meet you, too.

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
Uh... Guess I should probably introduce myself, too.
I'm Mandricardo.

Mochizuki Chiyome
I am called Chiyome.

Mandricardo
(...She sure talks kinda stiff.)

Mandricardo
(I can't tell if that's her way of being polite,
or if she's subtly mocking me somehow...)

Mandricardo
(Ah well, guess there's no sense in worrying about it too much...)

Nemo Professor
While you were back here, we found a few more data points for the nameplate we saw earlier.

Nemo Professor
You're not going to believe this.
It turns out that this temple is actually–

Mochizuki Chiyome
Master, this temple belongs to Lord Hephaestus!

Nemo Professor
...
...

  1. (The professor just froze up...)
 
  Select: (The professor just froze up...)

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
(Ouch. Just when she was about to make a huge announcement, this Chiyome lady goes and steals her thunder. I know how she must be feeling all too well...)

Mash
Wait. Just a moment, please.

Mash
Isn't Hephaestus one of the Twelve Olympians?

Mochizuki Chiyome
Hm? I am confused.

Mochizuki Chiyome
Did Lord Jason not explain the situation to you?
Oh, right. I see.

Mochizuki Chiyome
Things must have been adjusted so that the information would only be released once he came to this temple.

  1. What are you talking about?
 
  Select: What are you talking about?

===Branch End===

Mochizuki Chiyome
First, let us call for Lord Jason.
He should be present for this discussion.

Charlotte Corday
Okay, I'll go get him right away!

--ARROW--

Jason
All right, what's this all about?
Why did you want me to come inside?

Jason
...?

Jason
Gaaah!
My head!

Mochizuki Chiyome
Hello, Lord Jason.
Long time no see.

Mochizuki Chiyome
Then again, it has been difficult for me to keep track as of late, so maybe it hasn't been such a long time.

Jason
Ghh... You're...
Mochizuki Chiyome.

Jason
Right... This is Hephaestus's temple.

Mochizuki Chiyome
Would you be so kind as to explain the situation to Chaldea?

Mochizuki Chiyome
I would do it myself, but everything here is, well, Greek to me.

Jason
So I'm just the guide now, is that it?

Jason
Ugh, fine, I'll do it. Nemo, go ahead and open a line with the Shadow Border.

Jason
Don't worry. This place is clean.

Da Vinci
Hey guys! What's up? All your vitals are green,
so I'm guessing nobody's injured or anything?

  1. Well...
 
  Select: Well...

===Branch End===

Da Vinci
Hmm, hmm. An antiwiretap Bounded Field, huh.

Mochizuki Chiyome
Oh, yes, well...

Jason
It's because we didn't know if you lot would be able to make it here at all.

Jason
We couldn't let the situation get even worse thanks to some idiot who couldn't even get this far, after all.

Holmes
You don't mince words, do you?

Jason
Here, you can start by taking a look at this.
Let's see...

Jason
Good. Everything's still working, and we've got three backups in place too.

Jason
They definitely favor being safe over being sorry.

Holmes
Hmm. I take it your memories were sealed away prior to reaching this temple?

Jason
Not exactly. It's more like my brain was forced to download the information I needed when I got here.

Jason
Basically, I know how to check the logs of all the Servants who have been here, even if I've never been here myself.

Jason
...There we go. I'll go ahead and play it now.

P.A. System
Playback request received from Hephaestus Console.
Executing Master authorization.

P.A. System
Please keep the Master in the designated position.

  1. So I just have to stand here?
 
  Select: So I just have to stand here?

===Branch End===

Jason
That's right.

P.A. System
Scan complete. Analysis confirmed:
human of Proper Human History.

P.A. System
Forming Master contract via Command Spell.
Speak your name to confirm.

  1. Fujimaru.
 
  Select: Fujimaru.

===Branch End===

P.A. System
Fujimaru.
Authorization complete.

P.A. System
Initiating prior visitor support mission.

P.A. System
Uploading holographic data.

P.A. System
Partial data encryption. Partial data corruption.
Reconstituting with substitute data.

P.A. System
Initiating playback.

Archer
There we go.
We'll start recording now.

Archer
Hello, Chaldea. I am anonymous.
I am anyone and no one.

Archer
We wish to keep our True Names a secret.

Archer
I'll change the way I usually speak, too.
I am Archer. Just Archer.

Caster
Indeed.

Caster
If data about us were to be leaked, it would put us in even greater danger at Olympus.

Caster
However, we understand that we cannot all remain anonymous and still ask for your trust.

Archer
So one of us will need to reveal their True Name.

E:???
I guess that leaves me then.

E:???
After all, if Lord Jason is with them, it won't be much of a secret that I was here, too.

E:???
I'm Medea, student of the goddess Hecate.

???
Guess I'll go ahead and reveal my True Name too then!
I'm Sakata Kintoki, ready and golden!

Sakata Kintoki
But let's just keep it to the two of us, yeah?
The rest of ya had better stay anonymous.

Medea Lily
You think so?

Archer
Sometimes, with information, the timing can be just as important as the information itself.

Medea Lily
All right. I don't know anything about that sort of thing, so if you say you're sure, I'll take your word for it.

Archer
All right, Chaldea, let's begin in earnest.

Archer
We don't know how you got here,
or who you may have with you.

Archer
But for the purposes of this discussion...

Archer
...we'll assume you have a decent level of both equipment and Servants.

Archer
By now, I expect you'll have discovered that this Lostbelt is probably the strongest and most habitable of all the Lostbelts you've seen so far.

Archer
I also expect you have a decent idea of the situation here thanks to your interactions with the Atlanteans...

Archer
...but let's go over it now anyway, just to be sure we're all on the same page.

Archer
It all started fourteen thousand years ago.

E:Holmes
(Fascinating. I thought the Indian Lostbelt's divergence point from Proper Human History was furthest in the past, but this one is far beyond that!)

Archer
Fourteen thousand years ago in Proper Human History's time line, all of the gods who lived in Atlantis were killed.

Archer
Some believe that a white titan had something to do with their demise, but the truth is that nobody knows for sure.

Archer
However, the remnants of Atlantis's civilization eventually made their way to Greece, eventually becoming the mythology of the gods of Olympus as we know them.

Archer
Putting aside the matter of what Olympus was like in Proper Human History for now...

Archer
...suffice to say that in this Lostbelt,
the gods survived.

Archer
The ones who lived in Atlantis continued to flourish, eventually going on to build an Olympus of their own.

Archer
But apparently, it wasn't all peaceful.

Archer
Once this titan no longer posed a threat, a rift began to form between several of the Twelve Olympians.

Archer
We don't know why, and frankly, it doesn't matter.
They were probably just arguing about who to side with.

Archer
Of course, this conflict never happened in Proper Human History, since none of the gods existed by this point.

Archer
At any rate, the Olympian gods fought amongst themselves, and the winning side went on to rule Atlantis.

Archer
And as faith in the gods continued, the concept of what the gods were gradually began to change.

Archer
On average, the people of Atlantis live for about eight hundred years.

Archer
However, they choose to continue to wait for the gods who abandoned them.

Archer
In fact, they are so fervently devoted that they have no qualms about sacrificing their lives for the gods.

E:Mash
...
...

Archer
However...the gods who lost the battle survived.

E:Orion
What?

Archer
Hephaestus, god of the forge,
is there right now.

P.A. System
Initiating encrypted connection.

???
—, —.
—.

  1. It sounds like...someone's trying to say something...
 
  Select: It sounds like...someone's trying to say something...

===Branch End===

P.A. System
Activating automatic response program.

???
...If this system's been activated,
that must mean...

???
...I was destroyed.

Mochizuki Chiyome
Lord Hephaestus!
It is I! Mochizuki Chiyome!

Mochizuki Chiyome
Please, answer me!

Hephaestus
The data I need to answer your queries clearly has been lost.

Hephaestus
Reason: the head unit where my database was stored has been divided.

Hephaestus
Reason: a strike that severed my head unit during battle.

Hephaestus
56.4 percent of data stolen by Olympus.
Connecting Prometheus for assistance.

Hephaestus
The demiurge Zeus went berserk. Instead of ending the Age of Gods, he chose to remain as its ruler.

Hephaestus
Some gods supported his decision.
Some gods opposed it.

Hephaestus
There were thoughts. Theories. Rifts. The twelve gods' opposing sides became more entrenched.

Hephaestus
There was a war... A great war on Olympus that began ■■■■ years ago.

Hephaestus
The following six units were destroyed:

Hephaestus
Hephaestus, Athena, Apollo,
Hades, Hestia, and Ares.

Hephaestus
The following six units continue to rule Olympus:

Hephaestus
Zeus, Artemis, Hera,
Demeter, Poseidon, and Aphrodite.

Hephaestus
There is meaning in my existence.

Hephaestus
Hephaestus forge unit remains partially intact.

Mash
What... What does this all mean?

Holmes
Sir Hephaestus, allow me to ensure I understand you.

Holmes
I presume we will need your help in order to fell this Lostbelt's Tree of Emptiness.

Holmes
However, you were destroyed in a war that took place thousands of years ago...

Holmes
...and the majority of your brain and forging abilities now lie in Olympus's hands.

Holmes
That being said, you are still capable of some manner of forgery with what functionality remains to you.

Holmes
Do I have that right?

Hephaestus
That is mostly correct, with one exception.

Hephaestus
The strike that severed my brain, and the theft of half my unit, took place within the last year.

Hephaestus
These acts were performed by a Servant siding with Olympus.

  1. A Servant!?
 
  Select: A Servant!?

===Branch End===

Holmes
(A Servant managed to cut through a god of this size with a single strike!?)

Goredolf
W-well don't be shy, man! Tell us!
What in the world was this Servant like!?

Hephaestus
The answer to that question has been lost in consequence of damage to memory storage.

Holmes
...Hmm.

Hephaestus
Do you have any other questions?

Mandricardo
Kinda surprised he doesn't seem to care more about the Servant who literally cut him down to size...

Holmes
I suppose that is simply how gods think. Or rather,
machines, as we should perhaps say in this case.

Holmes
It seems they value data more than memories,
and functionality over data.

  1. How can we defeat Artemis?
  2. What do we need to defeat Artemis?
  Select: How can we defeat Artemis?

  Select: What do we need to defeat Artemis?

===Branch End===

Hephaestus
Ore resources: insufficient.
Indigenous life-forms: incapable.

Hephaestus
At present, there is no weaponry on Earth capable of destroying Artemis.

Hephaestus
Calculating amount of Theos Klironomia required to reinforce base power to sufficient levels:
calculation error.

Holmes
So not even the nanomachines will be enough...

Holmes
Are you saying there is no substance in this world capable of destroying Artemis?

Hephaestus
Affirmative.

Hephaestus
I request that you search for an object.
Designation: Divine Construct...

Hephaestus
Only a weapon that has been imbued with a conceptually high-ranking Divine Spirit can destroy Artemis.

  1. What's a Divine Construct?
  2. I can't believe we need a Divine Construct...
  Select: What's a Divine Construct?
Holmes
There are a few Servants with Noble Phantasms that fall under that category.
Holmes
To describe them loosely, they are weapons or armor that were either granted to someone by a god of myth...
Holmes
...or that are an intrinsic part of a great legend, or that were crystallized with natural law in the heart of the planet before being further refined.
Holmes
According to the battle records of yours I've perused,
{(M) Mr. /(F) Ms.} Fujimaru, the Dark Saber you encountered in Fuyuki used a Noble Phantasm that was itself a Divine Construct.
Holmes
Suffice to say that Divine Constructs are incredibly rare, incredibly powerful things...
Holmes
...which leads me to the conclusion that we have little hope of readily finding any Servants who possess such devices.

  Select: I can't believe we need a Divine Construct...
Holmes
Indeed.
Holmes
We have little hope of readily finding any Servants whose Noble Phantasm qualifies as such a construct.

===Branch End===

Hephaestus
There is one Servant in Atlantis who matches those criteria. True Name:

Hephaestus
Achilles.

  1. Achilles!
  2. Who's Achilles again...?
  Select: Achilles!
Mash
Right. The hero of the Trojan War!

  Select: Who's Achilles again...?
Holmes
Surely you've heard of the Achilles tendon before?
You have two of them yourself, after all.
Holmes
Achilles is the hero for whom they are named.
Holmes
He is easily as well-known as Heracles;
perhaps even more so.
Holmes
Indeed, you would be hard-pressed to find many other heroes whose names have been inscribed into our bodies.

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
Good point. I could easily see a guy like Achilles having a Divine Construct or two on him.

Mandricardo
(He's probably a Lancer... Wait. What if he's a Rider?
Crap. Does this mean I might be out of a job soon?)

Hephaestus
I can reforge his shield and armor into a Noble Phantasm capable of destroying a god.

Holmes
I see. So you were the one to forge them in the first place. Then reforging them should be well within your abilities.

Orion
...So that's how it is, huh?

Orion
But, okay. The important thing's that someone can bring Artemis down. It doesn't necessarily have to be me.

  1. Are you sure you're all right with this, Orion?
 
  Select: Are you sure you're all right with this, Orion?

===Branch End===

Orion
Not really, if I'm being honest. I never wanted to foist this responsibility off on anyone else.

Orion
But...I also understand painfully well that without a Divine Construct, there's only so much I can do.

Holmes
All that remains now is the little matter of convincing him to cooperate with us.

Holmes
I believe that will be where you come in, Master. We still have no idea what sort of hero he is, after all.

Mandricardo
I dunno...

Mandricardo
Legend says after he won his duel against Hektor, he tied the body to his chariot and dragged it around for kicks.

Mandricardo
If that's true, he could be too wild for us to rein in.

Mandricardo
And I'm not saying that 'cause I'm worried about him displacing me as a Rider. 'Cause I'm not. At all.

Holmes
Hahaha. At any rate, it would seem Achilles is our next goal.

Holmes
I don't suppose you would happen to know his whereabouts as well, would you, Sir Hephaestus?

Hephaestus
I do.

Hephaestus
I have just uploaded the corresponding map data.
Take it.

Da Vinci
Whoa, nice. Don't mind if we do.

Da Vinci
I see there's a bunch of other data in here as well.
You don't mind if we use that too, do you?

Hephaestus
I do not.

Nemo Professor
Come to think of it, we still don't have any Theos Klironomia from this temple, since we got an error when we tried to take them earlier...

Hephaestus
I have re-registered you as valid users.
There is no longer any issue.

Mash
Then, does that mean it's okay with you if we take the Theos Klironomia now?

Hephaestus
Affirmative.

Hephaestus
My Theos Klironomia improve durability.

Mandricardo
Whoa, really? Nice.
Then what're we waiting for?

Hephaestus
There is only enough for two Servants left.

Goredolf
Damn, so there won't be enough to go around for everyone then...

Nemo Professor
I need it to reinforce the Nautilus, so that's one portion accounted for. So how should we choose who gets the other?

Charlotte Corday
I'll pass.

Charlotte Corday
I don't think even doubling my durability would make me any more useful, so...

Mochizuki Chiyome
I have already acquired Lord Hephaestus's Klironomia myself.

Mandricardo
Looks like it's all yours then, Orion.

Orion
Hmm... I know that was the original plan,
but on second thought, I'll pass too.

  1. Why's that?
 
  Select: Why's that?

===Branch End===

Orion
I guess you could say it's my hunter's intuition warning against it? Besides, I'm already good on durability.

Mochizuki Chiyome
Then you should take it, Lord Mandricardo,
since you always fight on the front line.

  1. Good point.
  2. Go for it, Mandricardo.
  Select: Good point.
Mandricardo
...A-all right.

  Select: Go for it, Mandricardo.
Mandricardo
...I just hope you don't regret this...

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
Okay, I'm ready.

Holmes
If I might ask you something else, Sir Hephaestus...

Holmes
...do the other twelve Olympians all possess similar characteristics as you?

Hephaestus
They are all able to impart abilities similar to their Authority. For example...

Hephaestus
Athena Klironomia: improve overall combat ability and imbue the recipient with combat-related skills. Hades Klironomia: provide the recipient with pseudo-immortality.

Hephaestus
Zeus Klironomia: improve abilities across the board.
Poseidon Klironomia: improve combat ability at sea.

Hephaestus
Alert: Hades, Apollo, Hestia,
and Ares Klironomia no longer exist.

Holmes
But as I recall, “klironomia” means “legacy” in Greek, and as far as I know, you are still very much alive, no?

Hephaestus
I named these nanomachines our legacy once it became clear that we had become stagnant.

Hephaestus
Even after ten thousand years, we were unable to create a next-generation panacea that could replace the nanomachines.

Hephaestus
That was our limit–the point where the gods outlived our usefulness.

Hephaestus
Since we effectively died at that point,
I thought the name would be fitting.

Holmes
I see...

  1. ...Can I ask you something too?
 
  Select: ...Can I ask you something too?

===Branch End===

Hephaestus
—.
—.

Hephaestus
—.
—.

  1. Um...
 
  Select: Um...

===Branch End===

Mash
Master.

Mash
I think Hephaestus is waiting for you to ask your question.

  1. Why are you going so far to help us?
 
  Select: Why are you going so far to help us?

===Branch End===

Hephaestus
Unknown.

Hephaestus
Insufficient data to respond to query due to damage to head unit.

  1. Well, what's your best guess then?
 
  Select: Well, what's your best guess then?

===Branch End===

Hephaestus
Answer based on limited remaining data:
because it is rational.

Hephaestus
Having indigenous life-forms live independently is a more efficient use of energy than ruling over them.

Hephaestus
The current Olympus is inefficient.
Things that are inefficient should disappear.

Hephaestus
That is my answer.

Holmes
...I see. A rational response indeed.

Goredolf
By indigenous life-forms...I presume you mean humans?

Hephaestus
Correct.

Holmes
Hephaestus's actions were motivated by neither sentiment nor emotion.

Holmes
Once he had concluded that his enemies were behaving irrationally, he simply chose to side with us.

Jason
Hmph. That's pretty much how all the Olympian gods are built.

Jason
...Though they're definitely much more mechanical about it in this Lostbelt.

Holmes
Very well then, putting Artemis aside for the moment, that still leaves the other two obstacles in our way.

Holmes
Namely, Odysseus's army and Poseidon. Any information you could share on either would be greatly appreciated.

Hephaestus
Releasing data on Odysseus's army.

Hephaestus
This army appears to draft people from Atlantis into joining, then rapidly improves their capabilities.

Hephaestus
Data on Odysseus is not available.

  1. Huh? You really don't have anything on him?
 
  Select: Huh? You really don't have anything on him?

===Branch End===

Hephaestus
Accessing this data is risky.
I do not recommend it.

Holmes
Hmm. I expect accessing data on Odysseus would open him up to being hacked.

Hephaestus
Attempting to access data on Odysseus's army's primary weapon, Echidna. Success.

Goredolf
Echidna...?

Goredolf
As in the Demonic Beast that gave birth to Cerberus in Greek mythology?

Goredolf
The one with a woman's head and a snake's body?

Mash
Master, that looks like...

  1. Tiamat...?
 
  Select: Tiamat...?

===Branch End===

Hephaestus
Unclear.

Hephaestus
There is evidence that Proper Human History data were referenced in its creation, and it was given Theos Klironomia to let it mass-produce Demonic Beasts.

Hephaestus
This accounts for the significant increase in Demonic Beast population on this island.

Nemo Professor
...I just had a thought.

Nemo Professor
I saw in our records that an enormous Demonic Beast attacked us when we first got here. Did this Echidna creature produce that one, too?

Hephaestus
Insufficient data. Unable to answer.

Nemo
It's okay if you don't know for sure. Even a guess would be fine. Please tell us, Hephaestus.

Hephaestus
According to Echidna's specifications, it is capable of mass-producing everything from small to enormous Demonic Beasts.

Hephaestus
Considering it was made for the purpose of eradicating Chaldea, there is a strong possibility that it produced the enormous Demonic Beast that attacked you.

Nemo Professor
Yikes...
Well thank you for that despair-inducing answer.

Hephaestus
I estimate that destroying Echidna would lead to the destruction of Odysseus's army.

Mochizuki Chiyome
Hmm...

Charlotte Corday
Is something wrong, Chiyome?

Mochizuki Chiyome
Oh, no, I am all right.

Mochizuki Chiyome
I simply have some mixed feelings about the fact that this creature is part snake.

Mochizuki Chiyome
I too carry a serpent's curse within my body, you see.

Charlotte Corday
Oh wow, I had no idea.

Charlotte Corday
But at least snakes are cute, right?

Mochizuki Chiyome
Indeed. As am I, of course.

Charlotte Corday
It's true! You're downright adorable!

Mochizuki Chiyome
...I suppose that is what I get for trying to make a joke...

Charlotte Corday
?

Hephaestus
Attempting to access data on Poseidon. Success.

Hephaestus
Damage to head unit detected.
Poseidon is no longer capable of logical thought.

Hephaestus
He is now simply a defensive system that attacks anything invading his territory.

Hephaestus
Memories. Records. Emotions. Feelings.
Everything. Gone. Erased. Destroyed.

Hephaestus
Evasion impossible.
Conflict inevitable.

Hephaestus
Advice on best course of action:

Hephaestus
Hit him with everything you've got.

Hephaestus
I recommend downloading data about his three weak points: his Divine Cores.

Mandricardo
Well, that's pretty straightforward.
Guess we can worry about Poseidon later then.

  1. Makes sense.
  2. Yeah. Let's start with what we can do now.
  Select: Makes sense.
Mash
Understood, Master.
Then where should we begin?

  Select: Yeah. Let's start with what we can do now.
Holmes
Agreed.
Holmes
After all, the only way to reach the truth of any given matter is to lay facts on top of one another until it presents itself.

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
All right, we'll start by looking for Achilles,
see if we can convince him to join us–

Hephaestus
And I will use my forge unit to create weaponry.

Mandricardo
Does that mean we need to come back here then?

Hephaestus
Negative.

Hephaestus
My forge unit exists in a separate, safer location.

Hephaestus
Sending coordinate data. You will be able to extract it once you encounter Achilles.

Jason
I see... So it operates on the same conditions as my forced brain download.

Hephaestus
I have no more information I can disclose at this time. Initiating system shutdown.

Jason
So he just says what he wants to say and takes his leave as he pleases, huh.

Jason
I swear, there's nothing more stuck-up,
selfish, or mechanical than a god.

Holmes
At times like this, it's best to take the deluge of new information one piece at a time. We certainly can't expect {(M) Mr. /(F) Ms.} Fujimaru to juggle all of it at once.

Holmes
Rather than looking ahead to the end goal, we should start by examining our current position and taking one careful step forward at a time.

Holmes
First, we look for Achilles.
We can discuss what comes next after that.

  1. Sounds good!
 
  Select: Sounds good!

===Branch End===

Bartholomew
Hey, welcome back.
Looks like you got what you came for.

Mash
Yes, we did!

Bartholomew
Indeed. Just the joy radiating from your smiling face is enough to make me want to burst into song.

Bartholomew
Ahem.
Luscious bangs, hidden eyes, yahoy hoy hoy hoy♪

  1. That's the worst song I've ever heard!
  2. Hoy hoy hoy♪
  Select: That's the worst song I've ever heard!
Bartholomew
Don't you like it, Master?
I wrote the music and lyrics myself!
Fou
Fou fou...

  Select: Hoy hoy hoy♪
Mash
Not you too, Master...
Fou
Fou fou?
Mash
Now Fou is pressing his face into my back with surprising force... What's this about?

===Branch End===

Nemo Professor
I finished analyzing the Hephaestus Klironomia.

Nemo Professor
They're just as amazing as you'd expect. There are very clear differences between them and the general type.

Da Vinci
Interesting. What sort of differences are we talking about here?

Nemo Professor
In addition to improving durability, the Hephaestus type also seem to enhance functions related to smithing.

Nemo Professor
Specifically, things like metalworking and imbuing metal with specific properties.

Nemo Professor
For starters, I think they'll help us to significantly enhance the Nautilus's cloaking ability.

Nemo Professor
Once we're able to improve its ability to conceal us, we should be able to evade Artemis's surveillance...

Nemo Professor
...which will, in turn, let us move from island to island in greater safety.

Nemo Professor
What do you think, Master?

  1. You good with that, Captain?
  2. Sounds good to me.
  Select: You good with that, Captain?
Nemo
Of course. Anything we can do to never see that damn arrow of light again is a good thing in my book.

  Select: Sounds good to me.
Nemo Professor
Great, leave it to me. I love working on new safety features and things like that.
Goredolf
Th-that sounds most reassuring.
In that case, by all means, have at it.
Goredolf
At last! Now I won't have to take ulcer pills every time we go to another island!
Goredolf
...Right?
Jason
I think so!

===Branch End===

Jason
All right, next stop:
Thetis Island, where we'll find Achilles!

Jason
...Thetis, huh?
So he's on the island named after his mother...

Section 11: Glimmers Like a Meteor

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Inner Monologue
...I feel dizzy.

Inner Monologue
My memories are patchy.
It's as though part of my brain is missing.

Inner Monologue
What happened?
Something happened.

Inner Monologue
Everyone's collapsed. They haven't vanished yet,
but that's clearly just a matter of time.

Inner Monologue
I feel death closing in around me. There's no escape.
My heart freezes over in sheer terror.

Inner Monologue
...This can't be happening.

Inner Monologue
That was the first thing I thought once I finally regained my bearings.

Inner Monologue
I focus my eyes to stare in shock at the young man standing before me.

Inner Monologue
Kirschtaria Wodime.

Inner Monologue
He defeated every last one of our Servants.

Inner Monologue
And he did it single-handedly,
without even one Servant at his command.

Inner Monologue
It was just a short while ago...

Mochizuki Chiyome
Very well then, let's set off on our search for Lord Achilles.

Mochizuki Chiyome
We already know he is on Thetis Island,
so all we need do now is set a course!

Mandricardo
Right on.

Mandricardo
...Man, I hope he turns out to be a Lancer...

Charlotte Corday
...Huh? Does anyone else hear that?

  1. What is that sound...?
 
  Select: What is that sound...?

===Branch End===

Holmes
Pardon me, but we have an emergency!
All hands, kindly prepare for battle!

Holmes
We've detected a hostile headed your way from the south-southwest at incredible speed!

Holmes
And given the sheer amount of magical energy we're seeing, it must be Caenis!

Mash
!
Does this mean she's found us!?

Mochizuki Chiyome
Huh? I don't know what all the commotion is about,
but surely if we all band together–

???
Hah! That's rich. A buncha weaklings banding together to try and step up to the big leagues. Adorable.

???
But unfortunately for you, this isn't a fairy tale,
and you won't be living happily ever after!

Mochizuki Chiyome
The whole ship is shaking!

Orion
Chiyome! Get down!

Orion
Ghh!

Caenis
You bastards have nerve, keeping your little boat hidden with cheap tricks. All that to sneak around my sea?

Caenis
That meant I actually had to work to find you.

Caenis
I'll admit, I'm impressed you managed to survive Artemis's arrow. You might be weak, but I guess you got guts.

Caenis
But that's all you've got.
And it won't do you any good anymore.

Caenis
You're done for, Chaldea! I'm going to take my sweet time skewering each and every one of you!

Mochizuki Chiyome
Do not mock us!

Caenis
Ha! And how're you gonna stop me, scrawny!?

Mochizuki Chiyome
(She did not even bother to dodge!?)

Jason
...Caenis.

Caenis
Hm? Well, well. So that's why Chaldea's grown a bit since last time. They've got an extra coward filling out their ranks.

Caenis
I guess this could be kind of a problem.

Caenis
Musta taken a lot to get such a pathetic loser worked up enough to actually join the fight.

Caenis
Guess this explains that utter nonsense Kirschtaria was going on about.

Caenis
Well, whatever.
Either way, I'm still gonna end this.

Caenis
Cry about it all you want, Jason. Your precious Heracles isn't here to save your sorry ass anymore.

Caenis
Not since that stupid Artemis got serious and blew him to pieces!

Jason
...
...

Caenis
Gotta say though, I don't get that guy. Why in the world did he bother saving someone as pathetic as you?

Jason
...Believe me, I wish I knew.

Caenis
Maybe he'd just gotten sick and tired of your useless dead weight dragging him down everywhere he went?

Jason
...
...

Orion
You little–

  1. ...
 
  Select: ...

===Branch End===

Caenis
Hey, don't get mad at me, Orion.

Caenis
Knowing Jason there, I bet he's been whining about pretty much the same thing himself.

Jason
You know, you're not wrong!

Jason
So hey, while we're asking questions,
I've got one for you too, Caenis.

Caenis
Say what?

Jason
Seeing how you supposedly despise the gods more than anyone...

Jason
...I was just wondering how it feels being their little errand bitch!

Jason
My best guess at this point is that you're just some kind of masochist or something. I can't think of any other explanation.

Caenis
...
...

Jason
Hey, don't be ashamed!
We all have our own kinks!

Jason
But you really shouldn't go around pushing yours on others, Caenis!

Jason
Most people just can't handle that kind of humiliation!

Caenis
You got a big mouth for such a little punk bitch. So you know what? I'm gonna take my time with you.

Jason
Go ahead and try! I dare you!

Jason
Nobody insults Heracles around me and gets away with it. You goddamn piece of trash!

  1. Calm down, Jason!
 
  Select: Calm down, Jason!

===Branch End===

Jason
Like hell I will!
Let's go, everyone!

Caenis
You idiots aren't going anywhere!
Your little voyage ends here!

--ARROW--

Mash
It's no use! Our attacks just aren't working!

Mash
We're no match for Caenis on the ocean!

Jason
Khh!

Caenis
And here I thought you were gonna put up a fight. So, Captain, how's it feel to know you're about to be chopped into cross sections?

Caenis
Don't worry though, I'll make sure to keep you alive after I tear off your limbs. When I'm done with you, there'll be nothing left but a big plate of human lakerda!

Jason
Guess I should've figured a fisherwoman would know how to clean a fish! Even a third-rate fisherwoman who can't handle anything bigger than a minnow!

Mochizuki Chiyome
(He may not be the strongest Servant,
but his skill at bluffing is spectacular!)

Caenis
You just don't know when to shut up, do you? Fine.
I'll do you a favor and crush your head first!

Orion
Oh no, you won't!

Mandricardo
I don't think so!

Caenis
Outta my way!

Orion
Khh...!

Mandricardo
Gah!

Jason
How... How are you this strong?
Nobody should be this incredibly powerful!

Jason
You were nothing special when you were with the Argonauts. No stronger than anyone else!

Caenis
...

Jason
...?

  1. Did you just...hurt Caenis's feelings?
 
  Select: Did you just...hurt Caenis's feelings?

===Branch End===

Jason
!!!

Jason
Master! Give me that thing you got from Drake!

  1. What thing?
  2. You mean...?
  Select: What thing?
Jason
You know, the thing!
Come on, think back!
Jason
I got a key. What did you get!?

  Select: You mean...?
Jason
Yes, that's it! Give it here!

===Branch End===

Jason
Bring it on, you overgrown sea shrew!

Caenis
I don't know what it is you've got there,
and I don't care. You're done for, Jason.

Caenis
Once I kill you, I'll never have to see your stupid face again!

Jason
I'm afraid you're the one who's done for, Caenis!

Caenis
!?

Caenis
Wh-what the...?

Mash
I... I don't believe it. It's only a scratch,
but Jason still managed to wound Caenis!

Jason
Heh. I knew it.

Jason
Your Noble Phantasm's an open book to me now, Caenis!

Caenis
...!

Jason
Once I remembered your legend, everything became clear!

Jason
That Noble Phantasm of yours might give you unbeatable defense, but it stems from the one you despise more than anything, isn't it?

Caenis
...!

Jason
That's right. That Noble Phantasm is actually a blessing from Poseidon!

Caenis
Don't... Don't you dare say that name!

Jason
Haha! So you dragged your sorry ass to Poseidon, bowing and scraping, to beg for that Noble Phantasm, huh?

Caenis
I'll... I'll kill you!

Jason
The way you fly into a rage the moment you hear Poseidon's name is your fatal weakness, Caenis.

Jason
How else could I have managed to hurt you?

Caenis
...!

Jason
Orion! Here!

Orion
Rrraaahhh!!!

Caenis
What...!?

Orion
Well, well. Who would've thought that just holding onto this thing would be enough to make my attacks hurt you?

Jason
That's right.

Jason
That's Francis Drake's parting gift.

Caenis
...!

Jason
I still don't know how she did it, but that damn pirate made off with something precious to Poseidon.

Jason
Well, whatever dirty pirate trick she used to pull it off, the important thing's that we've now got a way to beat you!

Jason
I might've only been able to scratch you, but I bet Orion's attack hit a lot harder, didn't it?

Jason
And I'm sure I don't have to tell you why that is, right?

Caenis
Now I see. You...
You're that son of a bitch's kid!!!

Jason
Orion! It's all up to you!
Your attacks should pack a real punch now!

Jason
Caenis's Noble Phantasm might be strong,
but it can't last forever!

Orion
Got it! Don't worry!
I'll make sure to smash it to pieces!

--BATTLE--

Caenis
Khh...
Ghh...!

Caenis
How... How could I lose a fight on the sea!?
And to Poseidon's stupid brat, of all people!

Caenis
Dammit, I can't see... What's going on?
Am I...gonna disappear now?

Caenis
Am I gonna die before I get to watch goddamn Proper Human History be destroyed forever...?

Caenis
...No way. I'm not disappearing.
I can't disappear now!

Caenis
Help me. Somebody help me! Help me, dammit!
I've still got debts I've gotta pay ba–

Jason
Hmph. I see you're just as bad at admitting defeat as you are at watching your mouth. Give it up, Caenis. It's over.

Jason
You're going to disappear, just like all the Heroic Spirits you slaughtered in your gleeful bloodlust.

Caenis
Just like them? I'm nothing like them!
I'm nothing like any of you bastards!

Caenis
I'm Caenis, a damned Divine Spirit! I'm the one who'll be taking revenge on the gods! I'm Kirschtaria Wodime's Servant!

Orion
It's only a matter of time until she disappears, but better safe than sorry. I'm going to destroy her Spirit Core.

Jason
Agreed. I'm sorry, Fujimaru,
but we have to finish her off.

Jason
I know you're a die-hard humanitarian, but we can't afford to take a chance on an enemy like this.

  1. ...
 
  Select: ...

===Branch End===

Jason
Hm? Oh, I see.
You're so exhausted you can't even move anymore.

Jason
Well, this works out nicely then.
Don't worry, we'll make this quick.

Charlotte Corday
Um, excuse me, but I think...there's something else headed our way...

Mash
Ah–

???
I can't let you do that.
He's still useful to me.

???
I am truly sorry, members of Chaldea, but I am afraid that I must destroy you now.

Meunière
I'm picking up fluctuations in space-time about ten meters ahead of Fujimaru!

Meunière
This reading... It's a Command Spell! Watch out!
You've got a Master incoming!

Mash
...

  1. It's...him...
  2. Kirschtaria Wodime...
  Select: It's...him...

  Select: Kirschtaria Wodime...

===Branch End===

--ARROW--

Kirschtaria
It's been a long time, Mash Kyrielight.

Kirschtaria
And you must be Fujimaru, the last Master who remained after the rest of us departed.

Kirschtaria
I have nothing but the highest respect for how hard you have worked to come this far. That is why I decided to come and face you myself.

Kirschtaria
I am Kirschtaria Wodime.

Kirschtaria
I am the leader of the Crypters,
and the Master entrusted with this Lostbelt.

  1. It's really him!
 
  Select: It's really him!

===Branch End===

Goredolf
Kirschtaria!?
Did you say Kirschtaria!?

Goredolf
Gnnn, I never thought he'd come after us directly! Meunière, what are the scanners saying?

Goredolf
Does he have any Servants with him!?

Meunière
Of course he does! He's a Master, after all!
I'm seeing two... No, wait. They're showing up as one?

Meunière
Oh, whatever! He's got two right behind him! And they're both Divine Spirit Servants as strong as Caenis...no, even stronger!

Jason
Dammit! If it's not one thing, it's another!

Jason
(Although...is that really the big boss? The human that pompous blowhard Zeus recognizes as his equal?)

Jason
(Hmph, he doesn't look so tough to me! He's just using that fancy cane and outfit to dress the part!)

Jason
Don't you talk down to us, mage. Who do you think you are, floating up there like some sort of cloud?

Jason
The only people with the right to look down on commoners are those born to be kings! Like me!

G:???
Silence, Jason. You have no business lecturing Lord Kirschtaria about anything.

H:???
Right you are, Brother.
I'm embarrassed just looking at him.

H:???
A hopeless incompetent like you who was gifted with the blessings of the gods and the Argo, yet STILL failed spectacularly, doesn't even deserve to be in the same room as Lord Kirschtaria.

H:???
Lord Kirschtaria is a valiant hero who formed an alliance with Zeus the king of the gods himself despite being human.

H:???
He was born far more fit to rule the human world as a king than a loser like you could even dream of!

Jason
Dioscuri!? You're the twin heroes of Gemini!

Jason
First Caenis turns traitor and goes over to the Lostbelt side, and now you two follow suit!?

Caenis
What'd...you...say?

Caenis
Don't you...give me that crap.
I'd rather die than...go over to...their side...

Kirschtaria
That's enough, Caenis. With wounds that severe, even speaking a few words could cause you to expire.

Kirschtaria
...

Kirschtaria
Dioscuri, take Caenis away from here.
It's all right. I have no need for protection.

Dioscuri - Castor
What? Lord Kirschtaria, you would really have us save this incompetent, good-for-nothing woman's life?

Dioscuri - Pollux
Indeed. I have to agree with my brother here, Lord Kirschtaria.

Dioscuri - Pollux
Caenis is responsible for her own fate in this. I see no need for us to sully ourselves with her filthy bloo–

Kirschtaria
Which is exactly why I'm entrusting this task to you two. ...You do understand what that means, don't you?

Dioscuri - Castor
...Very well.
If our contracted Master commands it, then so be it.

Dioscuri - Pollux
Hehe. This is your lucky day, Caenis.
It would seem we have no choice but to help you.

Jason
Wha–Hey, stop!
Don't take her away! We almost had her!

Orion
(Don't be stupid! We're the ones who've been let off the hook here! The Dioscuri are even stronger than Caenis!)

Orion
(Now that they're both gone, we have the overwhelming advantage in Servantpower!)

Jason
Ah.

Jason
Heh. All right, I'll let Caenis go then.
But you won't be so lucky, Crypter.

Jason
...I take it that's all right with you, Master?
We couldn't have asked for a better chance to eliminate him.

Mash
Senpai...

  1. ...Okay.
  2. ...Yeah. We can't hold anything back.
  Select: ...Okay.

  Select: ...Yeah. We can't hold anything back.

===Branch End===

Kirschtaria
...Now then. This has taken longer than I expected, and time is short.

Kirschtaria
I'm not here to debate the merits of our positions.
I'm only here to settle things once and for–

  1. Wait. Before we begin, I'd like to ask you something.
  2. Can I just ask you one question before we do this?
  Select: Wait. Before we begin, I'd like to ask you something.

  Select: Can I just ask you one question before we do this?

===Branch End===

Kirschtaria
...All right.

Kirschtaria
As a former member of Team A,
I suppose I can do that much.

Kirschtaria
Ask your question.

  1. I...
  2. (I have so many questions it's impossible to choose one!)
  Select: I...

  Select: (I have so many questions it's impossible to choose one!)

===Branch End===

Mash
...Why are you doing this?

Mash
Everyone on Team A was part of Chaldea's staff.
You were Masters sworn to preserve all of humanity!

Mash
So why? Why did you turn on humanity like this?

Mash
Please! Tell us why things turned out this way!

  1. Mash...
 
  Select: Mash...

===Branch End===

Kirschtaria
...
...

Kirschtaria
...I'm disappointed in you, Mash Kyrielight. I never thought you would waste time on the blindingly obvious.

Kirschtaria
I already told you our–my goal,
right when this all began.

Kirschtaria
We have a message for all of humanity.

Kirschtaria
This planet will soon be reborn as an old, brand-new world.

Kirschtaria
Human civilization was a mistake.
The path of our growth was incorrect.

Kirschtaria
And so I have made my decision. I will revolt against all of human history–Proper Human History.

Kirschtaria
We are about to fill this world with inhuman Mystic secrets. We will restore the Age of Gods.

Kirschtaria
2019... The year that Proper Human History came to an end.

Kirschtaria
My reasons remain unchanged.
Humanity has committed too many mistakes.

Kirschtaria
In every era...
Every civilization...

Kirschtaria
Every hero...
Every nation...

Kirschtaria
We humans have never once made the correct choice.

Kirschtaria
I can only conclude that humanity as a species wholly lacks the requisite ability to do so.

Kirschtaria
I am here to correct those mistakes. As is the Foreign God, who rescued me from the brink of death.

Kirschtaria
The Foreign God does not accept mistakes. The Foreign God is a deity who desires only what is right.

Kirschtaria
That is my answer, Mash.

Kirschtaria
Now then, my erstwhile comrades, as you have surmised, the Foreign God will descend upon us in a few days' time.

Kirschtaria
So before that grand event, I will defeat our greatest enemy here and now to put an end to this conflict.

Jason
So you're here to take us all down, huh?
Fine then, let's see what you've got.

Jason
So where are your subordinates?
Or are you going to ask your pal Zeus for help?

Kirschtaria
Hardly. I don't need anyone's help to wipe you all off the face of the planet.

Mandricardo
You're gonna fight us...without Servants!?
Who the hell do you think you are!?

Mochizuki Chiyome
Regardless, this may indeed be the best chance we ever have!

Mochizuki Chiyome
Master, I'm going to eliminate him as quickly as I can, before any other Servants can show up!

Mash
Master!

  1. ...Get your weapons ready!
 
  Select: ...Get your weapons ready!

===Branch End===

Mash
...
Okay... Understood!

Mash
Here goes!

--BATTLE--

Narration
It was as though the stars themselves fell upon their heads.

Narration
Howls. Cries. Screams.
It was impossible to tell which they were.

Narration
The spell's magical energy, easily as powerful as one of Artemis's arrows, shattered Servants one after another.

Narration
This magical lineage used the celestial bodies themselves as a circuit of power.

Narration
It was the ultimate magecraft for those with the deepest knowledge of astrology–a spell that had been passed down for generations since the first Chaldeans began to read the stars.

Narration
A spell that united the boundless magical energy of the Earth, the sky, and the universe into a single source of power.

Narration
The same tremendous power as witnessed in the miraculous moments when planets are aligned.

Narration
The roar of the stars.

Kirschtaria
Stars. Cosmos. Gods. Animus.

Kirschtaria
Antrum.
Unbirth.

Kirschtaria
Anima, Animusphere...

Mash
Aaah... Khh...

  1. Maaash!!!
  2. Nooo!!!
  Select: Maaash!!!

  Select: Nooo!!!

===Branch End===

Kirschtaria
It seems your Servants did their best to protect you...
But now, you're the only one left, Fujimaru.

Kirschtaria
As long as their Master survives, Chaldea will never give in, no matter how many Servants we squash.

Kirschtaria
But regardless of how well-optimized Chaldea may be to summon Servants en masse...

Kirschtaria
...they are utterly powerless without a Master to hold them together.

Kirschtaria
...No wonder Lev Lainur's attack on Chaldea was so devastatingly effective.

Kirschtaria
Loathe though I am to follow his example, I think it best that I snuff your life out here and now.

Goredolf
Th-th-th-the whole sky just went dark!
Don't tell me he's going to hit us with that again!?

Goredolf
Dammit! Run for it, Fujimaru!
Don't come back to the Border!

Goredolf
Not even the Border could survive a hit from that!
You won't be any safer in here than you are there!

Meunière
Don't sugarcoat it! But it's no use!
That spell covers way too much ground!

Meunière
It doesn't matter how far Fujimaru runs now, it'll still catch both {(M) him /(F) her} and us! I hate to say it, but I think this might really be curtains for–

Fujimaru Monologue
The young man raises his staff–the staff symbolizing celestial bodies–towards the universe once again.

Fujimaru Monologue
There's nowhere left on this ocean...
No, in this entire world, where we can escape.

Fujimaru Monologue
It won't be long now before the stars he commands begin their deadly rain upon the Earth once more.

  1. No...
 
  Select: No...

===Branch End===

Fujimaru Monologue
...There's nothing I can do.

Fujimaru Monologue
Every last Servant lies sprawled out and helpless,
including Mash.

Fujimaru Monologue
Even the Beast whose true nature nobody knows hasn't had any power to call his own in a long time.

Fujimaru Monologue
I have no way of avoiding death. Command Spells, magecraft, the team in the Border... None of it can do any good now.

???
—.

Fujimaru Monologue

There's someone here.
She faces me and opens her mouth.

Fujimaru Monologue

I can't tell what she's feeling, nor can I hear what she's saying, but somehow, I understand her all the same.

Fujimaru Monologue

She's looking at me sprawled out and helpless,
and she's mocking me. Cursing me. Despising me.

???
“Begone.”

Kirschtaria
...

Mash
Huh?
That back...

H:???
...Tch.
I don't have time for this.

H:???
This wasn't on my schedule at all.
But that's life for you.

Kirschtaria
...You took the words right out of my mouth.

Kirschtaria
So you're the unidentified mage who's been going around helping people in each of the Lostbelts...

Kirschtaria
The one from Chaldea.

  1. ...!
 
  Select: ...!

===Branch End===

Kirschtaria
What are you doing here?

Kirschtaria
My understanding is that your goal is to investigate and assess the people of each Lostbelt.

Kirschtaria
So I fail to see what reason you have to aid the remnants of Chaldea.

Fujimaru Monologue
A great gust of wind whipped through the air,
blowing away everything in sight.

Fujimaru Monologue
It was as though the wind shredded the steam obscuring my vision and ripped off the artifice with which I'd been affixed.

Robed Figure
I–No.
...

Robed Figure
What an odd thing to say, Kirschtaria.

Robed Figure
Since when do I need a reason to help Chaldea?

Kirschtaria
I suppose I can't argue with that.

Kirschtaria
...Am I right to presume this is a onetime only mistake, Doctor?

Robed Figure
Of course, Kirschtaria. The Foreign God once saved you from the brink of death.

Robed Figure
It is therefore only fair that the Chaldeans be similarly saved, if only once. Don't you think that's the best way to ensure you're both on equal ground?

Kirschtaria
I see. True, I can't deny that is only fair.
You always did have a way with words.

Kirschtaria
While I would like to disregard your argument and finish them off for good, I would rather not have to fight you in the process.

Kirschtaria
It would be my second fight, after all,
and that is something I must avoid for now.

Kirschtaria
Very well. Now that you have made yourself known,
I will be gracious and let you save face.

Kirschtaria
What do you say I end this battle now, let Chaldea survive yet again, and we leave it at that?

Robed Figure
Agreed. I also prefer to avoid needless conflict, after all. Why not save our energy for when we really need it?

Robed Figure
If you leave, then so will I. And I don't just mean here and now. I mean from this entire Lostbelt, of course.

Kirschtaria
I'm impressed you have the gall to say that. As if you hadn't long since washed your hands of the matter.

Kirschtaria
Farewell then, Doctor.

Kirschtaria
I doubt we'll ever see each other again, so let me leave you with one word of caution: this impression of yours is not particularly convincing.

--ARROW--

Mash
...

  1. ...
 
  Select: ...

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
(This guy's gotta be a Servant...right?)

Mandricardo
(No, wait. On second thought...maybe not?)

Mash
Doc–

  1. Doctor!!!
 
  Select: Doctor!!!

===Branch End===

Robed Figure
...Stay away from me.
You make my head hurt.

Mash
...

  1. (...I knew it...)
 
  Select: (...I knew it...)

===Branch End===

Robed Figure
...Things simply happened to work out this way today. Just forget about what happened here.

Robed Figure
And don't tell anyone else from Chaldea about it, either. There's someone on that boat who can't be trusted.

Mash
...Huh? What do you mea–

Robed Figure
I'm not going to tell you.
Figure it out for yourselves.

Robed Figure
It's your job to figure out how to get past the three obstacles that Artemis, Odysseus, and Poseidon pose.

Robed Figure
You need to find a way to cross this sea on your own power.

Robed Figure
Only once you do that, will you be granted the right to stand before this Lostbelt's king.

  1. ...Wait! Please don't go yet!
 
  Select: ...Wait! Please don't go yet!

===Branch End===

Robed Figure
There is nothing left for me to see in this Lostbelt, and I have no interest in your struggles.

Robed Figure
If you don't want to die...
No, if you truly want to live, then fight back.

Robed Figure
Not that I expect it'll make any difference.
There's no way to save this planet.

Mash
Ah... His heat signature is completely gone.
It looks like...he warped away on his own...

Charlotte Corday
Who was that man?

Mash
...

Mandricardo
Take it easy. Right now, we need to heal up and get the hell out of here.

Mandricardo
If Kirschtaria knew where we are,
odds are better than even that Odysseus does too.

  1. Oh, right! I need to report in!
 
  Select: Oh, right! I need to report in!

===Branch End===

Goredolf
What the hell just happened!?

Goredolf
Th-there was a moment back there when all of your vital signs just vanished!

Goredolf
I thought my heart was going to stop beating!
In fact, I'm quite sure it actually did!

Da Vinci
Calm down, Gordy! You're not the only one who wants to get a word in right now!

Da Vinci
Oh man, what a relief!
You're all okay, right!?

  1. I think so...
 
  Select: I think so...

===Branch End===

Da Vinci
Phew.

Da Vinci
All right, you can take your time and tell us all about what happened later.

Da Vinci
Right now, we need to get out of here, pronto.
Come on, hurry!

--ARROW--

Caenis
Khh...
Let go of me...Castor!

Dioscuri - Castor
You bet I will. I don't want to have to touch your filthy body any more than absolutely necessary.

Caenis
Tch...

Dioscuri - Pollux
Okay, I'll go ahead and kill her now.

Caenis
!?

Caenis
You...little...

Dioscuri - Castor
You know, Caenis, I've always thought that you didn't belong with the gods.

Dioscuri - Pollux
Your uncouth manner of speech, your intolerable attitude... Nothing about you befits a god.

Dioscuri - Pollux
I expect Lord Kirschtaria only overlooked your behavior out of affection.

Dioscuri - Castor
But that's over now that Poseidon's Noble Phantasm has been demolished.

Dioscuri - Castor
So on behalf of all the true gods,
we sentence you to death for your crimes.

Caenis
You little...!
...I'll kill you!

Dioscuri - Castor
Your twisted nature couldn't be more plain, Caenis.
Both your heart and your mind are warped beyond redemption.

Dioscuri - Castor
Even becoming a god has done nothing to fix that.

Dioscuri - Pollux
You were never anything more than a recipient of the sea-god's love. How could you possibly begin to match us?

Dioscuri - Pollux
You never even understood Lord Kirschtaria's vision for bringing about a new Age of Gods.

Dioscuri - Pollux
All you ever did was flail about in anger, curse the gods, and think of nothing but yourself.

Dioscuri - Pollux
Given all that, did you really think Lord Kirschtaria actually trusted you?

Dioscuri - Castor
Exactly. Of course he didn't.
In the end, Caenis...

Dioscuri - Castor
...you were nothing more than a woman.

Caenis
...!

Caenis
Gah...!!!

Dioscuri - Pollux
We'll have to thank everyone at Chaldea for this opportunity. Though of course, I'm sure they're all dead now.

Dioscuri - Castor
All right, let's head back.

Dioscuri - Castor
We still need to tell Lord Kirschtaria that we disposed of the filthy bitch, just as he ordered us to.

Caenis
Hold...it...

Dioscuri - Pollux
Ugh, just die already.

Inner Monologue
I'm sinking. Down, down... Down.

Caenis
Dammit...
Dammit! This can't be happening!

Caenis
I can't go out like this!
I still haven't finished what I wanted to do!

Caenis
I still haven't avenged the miracle of me being summoned as a Heroic Spirit... I still haven't had a chance to slaughter those bastard gods...

Caenis
And above all...I still need to pay him back for putting this collar on me...!

Caenis
I've got to...pay him back!
I NEED to pay him back!!

Caenis
Kirschtaria... Kirschtaria...

Caenis
KIRSCHTARIAaaaAAA!!!

Goredolf
Wh-wh-what's going on?
What in the world just happened!?

Goredolf
Where's Kirschtaria!?
Did you actually manage to drive him off!?

Holmes
I'm afraid the situation remains unclear.

Holmes
Once Kirschtaria Wodime cast his second spell, we were only able to pick up audio, and only in bits and pieces at that.

Holmes
It could be a residual effect of the sheer scale of his remarkable magecraft, where he manipulated stars to rain down meteors.

Holmes
For the past three minutes, every one of our instruments effectively ceased to function.

Holmes
I doubt there's anyone inside the Border who knows what happened.

Da Vinci
...

Goredolf
Nnn... W-well, never mind that now.
Fujimaru! Mash Kyrielight!

Goredolf
Both of you, return here at once! Given the horrific battle you've just been through, we need to check your vitals as soon as possible!

Mash
R-right... Understood.
Let's go, Master.

Mash
...I know a lot's happened, but right now, we need to take stock of our current situation...

Goredolf
...Well done on making it back intact.

Goredolf
The Servants are still severely injured, but I'm overjoyed to see that you two are both unhurt.

Goredolf
Unfortunately, we still have the problem of Kirschtaria to deal with.

Goredolf
How in the world did he cast a spell capable of nearly decimating our Servants without so much as a “how do you do?”

Goredolf
Is that even humanly possible!?

Holmes
No, it isn't.

Holmes
A few rare and notable exceptions aside, there is simply no way for a mage to defeat a Servant who managed genuinely heroic accomplishments in life.

Goredolf
Right!? That's exactly what I thought, too!

Holmes
And even among those notable exceptions, the very best they could hope to accomplish is to strike a single blow in retaliation.

Holmes
Decimating multiple Servants as easily as taking candy from the proverbial baby is simply not within human capacity.

Holmes
...I took a look at Kirschtaria's file,
from before he became a Crypter.

Holmes
While there is no question that he was a true genius, if he had such massive amounts of magical energy at his command at the time, he would have been seal designated.

  1. “Seal designated”?
 
  Select: “Seal designated”?

===Branch End===

Goredolf
It's what ends up happening to mages who exceed the bounds of genius and pursue singular fields of magecraft.

Goredolf
It's essentially declaring them to be such intriguing figures that they need to either be kept in isolation or studied as a specimen.

Goredolf
Being declared such a figure is the greatest honor the Association can confer, but it also makes that figure's life very difficult.

Goredolf
Mages like that love delving into their preferred fields of research, but once they have a seal designation, they can no longer pursue their research any further.

Goredolf
While this usually leads to the mage in question going into hiding and cutting ties with the Association...

Goredolf
...every now and then, one of them is able to have their seal lifted in exchange for agreeing to contribute to the Association.

Goredolf
Incidentally, I can assure you that you can rest at ease, Fujimaru.

Goredolf
Getting such a designation is something a third-rate mage like yourself will never have to worry about!

Goredolf
And even if you did end up designated thanks to some freak accident, I can always put in a word with my old Policies chums to have it lifted!

Goredolf
Ha ha ha!

Holmes
Thank you for filling
{(M) Mr. /(F) Ms.} Fujimaru in, Goredolf.

Holmes
At any rate, there you have it.

Holmes
If Kirschtaria had previously possessed enough magical energy to cast a spell capable of wiping out multiple Servants, we would surely have seen signs of it in records of the man.

Holmes
And yet, there was nothing of the sort.

Holmes
Any thoughts on the matter, Da Vinci?

Da Vinci
O-oh, yeah, of course. That magecraft he used is the basis of what ended up becoming astrology.

Da Vinci
It's basically the primal form of astromancy magecraft–one that temporarily assumes control over planets, the heavens, and the universe.

Goredolf
Hm? Astromancy is part of Animusphere's field of study, but it only deals with predicting the future and observing the stars.

Goredolf
There's nothing in it that could possibly cause the sort of cataclysm we saw here. Did you hit your head or something, Technical Advisor?

Da Vinci
Believe me, I wish you were right.

Da Vinci
But after seeing their–Kirschtaria's magecraft in action, its identity couldn't be any clearer.

Da Vinci
That was ideal magecraft; it is a type that is even older than the Age of Gods, back when the planets, the heavens, and the universe were all overflowing with magical energy.

Da Vinci
Over time, as humanity's consumption-based civilization took control and developed further, every field of magecraft began to decline in power and scale.

Da Vinci
Astrology was no exception.

Da Vinci
While it once involved receiving power from space, at some point, it became nothing more than a way to observe space.

Da Vinci
However–

Holmes
I see. So his is the original form of astrology. It draws strength from the stars in a much more literal sense.

Holmes
The magical energy that rotates the planet.
The magical energy that fills the sky.

Holmes
And the magical energy that rains from the heavens.

Holmes
In ancient Greece, the world, the sky, and the heavens were all separate layers, and each layer's magical energy value differed accordingly.

Holmes
So we can presume that the magical energy we saw Kirschtaria wielding here would be–

Da Vinci
The heavens. That is, the laws that govern outer space. There's just no other way he'd be able to manipulate stars otherwise.

Da Vinci
The spell he cast involves manually aligning planets to have them form an absolutely ginormous magical circuit.

Da Vinci
It's no exaggeration to say he's able to use a bigger magical circuit than any other mage in all of human history.

Da Vinci
When you think about it that way, it's no wonder at all that he managed to create a rain of meteors.

Da Vinci
Honestly, it's still kind of hard to believe, but now that we've seen him in action for ourselves...

Da Vinci
...I have to conclude that Kirschtaria Wodime has reached the zenith of what's humanly possible, to the point where he possesses even more absolute power than this Lostbelt's king.

Goredolf
...
(Speechless)

Meunière
Hmm. Okay, but in that case, there's one thing that adds up even less now than it did before.

Meunière
If his genius gave him godlike power, why didn't he use it to conquer the Clock Tower ages ago?

Meunière
Like, why would he even bother coming to Chaldea at all?

Goredolf
Y-yes, an excellent point. The jealousy-riddled viewpoint of a commoner such as yourself has been most informative, Moony.

Holmes
...Indeed, that is a good point. As such, I can only surmise that Kirschtaria came to Chaldea for a single reason.

Holmes
Everything he did, he did to create this very situation.

Holmes
Before the Earth was wiped clean, he was certainly an exceptional person, but he was far from omnipotent.

Holmes
So why such a stark difference between then and now? The answer is obvious. Back then, this planet was simply incapable of recreating such ancient astromancy.

Holmes
Regardless of how refined the Animusphere's secret spells may have been, there was just no environment available to use them anywhere in the world.

Holmes
I suspect that is precisely why Kirschtaria chose to grow the Atlantic Lostbelt.

Holmes
The Greek view of space and the Animusphere's theories of magecraft have excellent chemistry, so to speak.

Holmes
So the closer the Greek world gets to the Age of Gods, the closer his magecraft approaches the domain of the gods.

Holmes
No, if anything, it becomes a Mystic surpassing them.

Goredolf
I can't believe it... Then, does this mean wiping the Earth clean was part of Kirschtaria's plan all along!?

Holmes
I'm afraid I can't speak to that. His power may be unrivaled here in this Atlantic Lostbelt...

Holmes
...but he never had the kind of power capable of changing the world before, let alone bleaching it completely.

Holmes
No, I expect that was some other being's doing. The Foreign God remains the most likely candidate there.

Holmes
And as far as the Foreign God was concerned, Kirschtaria, with his magecraft capable of controlling celestial bodies, was the perfect fit for the job.

Holmes
In fact, if you will indulge a moment's speculation, I would not be surprised to know that the Foreign God considered every human other than Kirschtaria unnecessary.

Holmes
If true, that would make the other Crypters no more than a bonus; the Foreign God could have done without them.

Mash
That's awful... I can't imagine having such little regard for other people's lives...

Holmes
...At any rate, I see no need to come up with a strategy for the next time we face him right now. Especially since we still lack any viable means of doing so.

Holmes
We can revisit this matter later,
once we have more information to work with.

Goredolf
H-hm, yes. I suppose you're right.

Goredolf
“Always put off the troublesome things till tomorrow.”
That's the Musik secret motto.

  1. Why secret?
 
  Select: Why secret?

===Branch End===

Goredolf
Because if Toole IV were to find out about it, she'd hound me incessantly until I got those troublesome things done!

Goredolf
But never mind that! We should get going right now, before something else comes and attacks us at sea!

Da Vinci
The cloaking functionality's all back up and running, so now's a good time to rest up in your room if you want.

  1. I think I'll do that.
 
  Select: I think I'll do that.

===Branch End===

Da Vinci
Good.

Da Vinci
You should rest up too, Mash. I'd like you to try to recuperate as much as you possibly can.

Da Vinci
Unfortunately, being a Demi-Servant doesn't do anything to prevent mental stress.

Goredolf
... (I swear, they look like they might keel over at any moment.)

Goredolf
Ahem. All right, speaking as your supreme commander,
I want to commend you both on a battle well fought.

Goredolf
However, right now, you need to take a nice, hot shower, and get yourselves to bed. Commander's orders.

Goredolf
Go on then! On the double!

  1. ...
 
  Select: ...

===Branch End===

  1. That was...
 
  Select: That was...

===Branch End===

Mash
I'm sorry to bother you when you're resting, Senpai.

Fou
Fou.

  1. Don't worry about it.
  2. That's okay. I wanted to talk to you, too.
  Select: Don't worry about it.

  Select: That's okay. I wanted to talk to you, too.

===Branch End===

Mash
Thank you.
May I sit down?

Mash
...
...

Fou
Fou...

Mash
Was that...really Dr. Roman...?

  1. It sure looked like him.
 
  Select: It sure looked like him.

===Branch End===

Mash
...Yes. And that white jacket...looked a lot like the one Dr. Roman used to wear.

  1. ...But, it wasn't him. At least, I don't think so.
 
  Select: ...But, it wasn't him. At least, I don't think so.

===Branch End===

Mash
...You're right. I admit, my mind went blank when I first saw him...

Mash
...but no, I don't think it was him, either.

Mash
Dr. Roman would never have looked at anyone like that, no matter what.

Mash
So...that couldn't have been him.
But...I still couldn't help but think...

Mash
If that was really him...
If I had one more chance to see him again...

Mash
I thought I'd finally get to tell him how grateful I am for everything he did for us!

Fou
Fooou...

  1. ...Yeah.
  2. ...I wish I could've done that, too.
  Select: ...Yeah.

  Select: ...I wish I could've done that, too.

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
...
...

Mandricardo
Hm?
Something wrong?

Charlotte Corday
Oh, no, nothing's wrong.

Charlotte Corday
I was just hoping to talk to Master, but...
it looks like {(M) he's /(F) she's} already occupied...

Mandricardo
Gotcha...

Charlotte Corday
Mash is a good Servant, isn't she?

Mandricardo
You definitely don't see a lot of Shielders out there.

Charlotte Corday
...I guess when you're a Master, there really is something special about your very first Servant, huh.

Mandricardo
U-um... Yeah, probably...

Charlotte Corday
...
...

Charlotte Corday
Right. Of course...

Mandricardo
Nnn...

Mandricardo
Yeah... I'd better just leave well enough alone here.

Jason
...Remind me, why are you on my boat again?

  1. Because I wanted to be here.
  2. I just kind of felt like it.
  Select: Because I wanted to be here.
Mash
I'm sorry for the intrusion, Jason.
I hope we're not bothering you?
Jason
Well, you are! A lot!
Mandricardo
Yeah, yeah, sorry for the trouble and stuff.
Don't worry about him, Mash.

  Select: I just kind of felt like it.
Jason
If you're going to disturb me, I'd rather it was for a better reason than “just felt like it.”

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Holmes
It's quite a relief that we're able to communicate remotely once again thanks to our restored cloaking functionality.

Holmes
However, we must remain vigilant. We may be able to fool the gods' eyes, but not the human mind.

Holmes
Now that Kirschtaria has retreated to Olympus,
they're bound to pull out all the stops.

Jason
Then we'll just have to keep scurrying away like rats.

Holmes
I can only hope we are able to come up with a plan that can confound their expectations and thwart their own designs...

Holmes
I don't suppose you have anything to offer in that regard, Mr. Jason?

Jason
Of course not!

Jason
If it were easy to come up with a plan to defeat Odysseus and his fleet, somebody would've done it long ago!

Holmes
Be that as it may, we can't run away forever.

Jason
...Yeah, I guess you're right.

Jason
All right, I'm just going to trust my future self to come up with something brilliant!

Section 12: Three Battles on Astraea Island

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Jason
All right, I know we've all been through a lot,
but it's time to put that behind us.

Jason
Is everyone all healed up?

Mandricardo
Yeah, we're all more or less back in fighting shape.

Jason
Good. Then next stop, Thetis Island. ...Hm?
It seems there's another island on the way there.

Mandricardo
So it does.
Should we check it out?

Jason
Hmm... No, that's okay.
Our first priority right now is finding Achilles.

???
Hold it right there!

Jason
Gah! Wh-what's this all about!?

???
You're just going to pass by my island without so much as a glance? How dare you insult a god like that!?

Jason
Crap! You're a god!?

Jason
...Wait. Which god are you?

Jason
You're probably just some river-god or mountain-god or some other minor deity, right?

???
Your tone of voice makes it clear you're not giving me the respect I deserve!

Jason
Well if nothing else, I'm pretty sure you're not one of the Twelve Olympians.

???
True, I am not.

???
But I do have enough power to stop your ship in its tracks.

Jason
What's your name?

???
I will reveal that later, when we come face-to-face.
For now, I merely bid you welcome to...

???
Astraea Island.

Jason
...
...

Goredolf
...
...

Jason
So it's Astraea then...

Bartholomew
Well, Fearless Leader?
What would you have us do?

Jason
Looks like we have no choice but to make land on this island after all.

Jason
Much as I'd really, really rather not.

Mandricardo
Uh... What is that?

  1. It's very big, that's for sure...
 
  Select: It's very big, that's for sure...

===Branch End===

Jason
Maybe Hephaestus made it?
...No, that can't be right.

Jason
Hephaestus would've sculpted the twelve gods,
and they'd all be uniform in size.

Jason
But it can't be a statue of Astraea...can it?

Jason
What, was she possessed by Narcissus or something?
...Hmm...

  1. You're totally thinking about defacing it, aren't you?
 
  Select: You're totally thinking about defacing it, aren't you?

===Branch End===

Jason
Hahahahaha. Come now, Master, watch what you say.

Jason
Why would I ever think about doing something so...hilarious?

Mash
Well, you clearly are, so you tell us...

Jason
A little mustache here...
A little stubble there... And...

Jason
Bahahaha, there!
Not exactly original, but...a classic beard!

  1. (Stifle a laugh)
 
  Select: (Stifle a laugh)

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
I think this might get you in trouble...

Jason
Hahaha, what the goddess doesn't know won't hurt her, Corday.

D:???
I sense wrongdoing afoot!

  1. How did she find out!?
 
  Select: How did she find out!?

===Branch End===

Jason
It wasn't me! You've got it all wrong!
{(M) He /(F) She} did it!

  1. Hold the hell up!!!
 
  Select: Hold the hell up!!!

===Branch End===

Mochizuki Chiyome
I have never before seen a Servant who tried to pin their own crime on their Master...

Holmes
I presume you are Astraea,
the goddess of scales and justice?

Holmes
Or rather, the Pseudo-Servant serving as her vessel, to be precise?

Astraea
Indeed I am.

Astraea
But I'm afraid there is something I must do now before I can introduce myself properly.

Astraea
Jason, heroic captain of the Argonauts:
take up your weapon.

Jason
Wait. Huh?
Are we really doing this?

Astraea
I will weigh your sins personally,
with my scales of justice.

Astraea
And be warned: the sin of profaning a god is the heaviest sin of all!

Mandricardo
I can't believe we're about to fight over this, but it looks like she means business!

Jason
I'm sorry, okay!
I even kind of mean it!

Jason
Well, Master, it looks like I've got no choice but to fight! Ready for orders when you are!

Astraea
Very well then. As a sign of respect for your determination...

Astraea
...I am willing to forgive your sins if you prove yourselves capable of winning by a fall even just once.

Astraea
Now, have at you!!!

--BATTLE--

Mash
(Huff, huff, huff...)

Astraea
That's enough.
Not too shabby, all things considered.

Jason
Dammit, how the hell are you so strong?

Astraea
I'm a goddess.

Jason
We actually already knew that! Thanks though!

Mochizuki Chiyome
It is good to see you again, Lady Astraea.
It is I, Mochizuki Chiyome.

Astraea
Hm?

Astraea
Oh, right, the one from the Far East.
I didn't know you were still alive.

Astraea
So, why do you travel between the islands?

Mochizuki Chiyome
Well, uh...

  1. We're trying to get past Atlantis's three layers of defense.
 
  Select: We're trying to get past Atlantis's three layers of defense.

===Branch End===

Astraea
...
...

Astraea
That may be the most insolent answer you could have given.

Astraea
Part of me would like nothing more than to weigh you on my scales once again, but I'll forgo that for now.

Astraea
Come with me.

--ARROW--

Jason
I see you have an entire mountain's worth of statues here as well.

Jason
Talk about creep–I mean,
um, a distinctive sense of style.

  1. For some reason, I feel like I need to work out...
  2. There's something really comforting about this place...
  Select: For some reason, I feel like I need to work out...
Mandricardo
Hey, is Master okay?
We sure {(M) he's /(F) she's} not cursed?
Astraea
It's no curse, I assure you.
Astraea
These statues have simply been blessed to inspire anyone who looks upon them to train their bodies to physical perfection.
Jason
So they ARE cursed!

  Select: There's something really comforting about this place...
Jason
What, you're into bodybuilders?
Jason
Well, you can't get bigger or better than Heracles.
The man has a damn near perfect physique.
Astraea
True, Heracles's muscles did have quite a lot going for them...but the world is a big place.
Astraea
I'm sure there must be many other beautiful bodies out there just waiting to be gazed upon.

===Branch End===

Mash
Is there a reason you have all these statues here, Astraea? They're all very elaborately made.

Mash
Then again, maybe it's more accurate to say I can really feel the dedication that went into them. Did you make them yourself?

Astraea
Dedication, huh? ...I-I see.
So THAT is how they appear to you then.

Jason
Hmm? I wouldn't say that. They're made exceptionally well, sure, but that doesn't mean much when their choice of model's so ba–Ow! What the...!?

Astraea
I beg your pardon.
My scale just slipped out of my hand.

Astraea
I would advise you to watch your words as though your life depended on your discretion, or the next thing to slip may just be my bare knuckles.

Astraea
As for the statues...

Astraea
...they were sculpted by a Servant who stayed at this temple for a while.

Astraea
“Been dealt a bad hand, being a goddess of the scales, seein' as how you can't pick a side.”

Astraea
“I mean, you can't even buddy up with anyone like that, eh? Oh, guess that's why this place's so bleak, huh.”

Astraea
“Bit of a waste for such a beautiful goddess.
...All right, made up my mind.”

Astraea
“I'm gonna make a statue of you myself. Consider it payment for letting me stay here for the night.”

Astraea
“What's that? You like it?
You wanna see even more of the like?”

Astraea
“If that's what'll cheer you up, then that's what you'll get. I'm still a businessman at heart, after all. Whatever the customer orders, that's what I deliver.”

Astraea
“That said, the whole reason I'm here is 'cause I've got a job to do.”

Astraea
“So I hope you don't mind if I only work on these when I've got a spare moment.”

Astraea
...And that was that. Fortunately, I had plenty of stone on hand to work with, so I had him make use of every gram.

Mash
I see. I'm very much a beginner when it comes to sculpting, but I'm still impressed by this sculptor's dedication.

Mash
Whoever made these statues must have observed you very closely to capture your likeness so well.

Orion
I'll say. You can almost sense the muscles rippling under the stone skin. This Servant clearly knows their anatomy.

Da Vinci
Hmm... I don't suppose Michelangelo was summoned here, was he?

Astraea
I'm afraid not.

Astraea
I requested that this Servant make these statues less because of my divine traits and more because the girl whose body I'm possessing likes this sort of thing.

Astraea
That said, as the god of justice, I certainly don't have anything against muscular physiques.

Astraea
If I had to choose between punches, takedowns, and submission holds, I would go with takedowns first, submission holds second, and punches third. Oh yes.

Jason
(Geez, she's really letting her vessel's influence come through here. And in completely frivolous ways at that.)

Jason
(On the other hand, she actually hasn't changed a bit when it comes to who she is on a fundamental level. Dammit.)

Astraea
...Now then.

Astraea
You say you wish to destroy Lady Artemis,
the goddess of the moon...

Astraea
Defeat Odysseus's army, overcome Poseidon,
reach Olympus...

Astraea
And cut down the Tree of Emptiness, yes?

  1. Will you help us?
 
  Select: Will you help us?

===Branch End===

Astraea
That is the most naive, ridiculous idea I've ever heard. So much so, it actually makes me sick.

Astraea
Let me be perfectly clear:
no human could ever accomplish such a feat.

Astraea
And the prospect of mere heroes from Proper Human History emerging victorious against this Lostbelt is so preposterous it beggars belief.

Astraea
I am the goddess of the scales.

Astraea
Regardless of how I pass judgment, they will always come down firmly on the Lostbelt's side.

Jason
Yeah, I figured you'd say that.

Astraea
The gods who once took you under their protection were all deprived of their power and destroyed. Now, only scant trances of them are left.

Astraea
Yes, that's right. Your quest has made you enemies of the gods themselves.

Astraea
I remain on this island in my capacity as the goddess of justice in order to maintain my impartiality.

Astraea
You will receive no aid whatsoever from me.

Charlotte Corday
Please! We need your help! Can't you just make a little exception or something!?

Astraea
Absolutely not. To make an exception, regardless of size, would go against everything I stand for.

Astraea
Is that clear?

  1. I understand. I'm just glad we won't have to fight you.
 
  Select: I understand. I'm just glad we won't have to fight you.

===Branch End===

Astraea
...Hmm.

Astraea
Very well then,
I will subject you to a number of trials.

Astraea
If you should pass these trials,
I will provide you with information.

  1. Trials, huh...
 
  Select: Trials, huh...

===Branch End===

Astraea
If you have no desire to take them,
then I suggest you leave this island at once.

Astraea
In fact, that would be the smart choice,
in my estimation.

Astraea
You only have one life to live, after all, so you may as well spend it in the cool shade, far away from danger.

Jason
Hmm. There's something to be said for that option...

Mochizuki Chiyome
No. No there is not.

  1. So what sort of trials are we talking about?
 
  Select: So what sort of trials are we talking about?

===Branch End===

Astraea
Oh, they're very simple.
All you need to do is fight and win.

Astraea
They will ask nothing more of you,
and they will demand nothing less.

Astraea
With every trial you pass,
I will share a new piece of information.

Astraea
And to make things more interesting, I think I will limit the number of Servants who can challenge a given trial as well. Your Master, of course, will be free to participate in all of them.

Jason
Ugh, what a pain...

Orion
Works for me.
Okay then, let's start by pairing up!

Mandricardo
Crap. Please tell me he didn't just say “pairing up.”

Orion
Why don't we start with me?
As for my teammate–

  1. Would you mind going with him, Charlotte?
 
  Select: Would you mind going with him, Charlotte?

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
Huh? Me? Are you sure?

Jason
Hmm... Yeah, that's probably the best call.

Jason
Orion is easily the strongest of us, so pairing him up with one of the weaker Servants should help balance things out.

Charlotte Corday
I see. That does make sense.
Okay, shall we, Orion?

Orion
Let's do it.

Orion
All right, I don't know who we've gotta fight, but whoever it is, we're gonna wipe the floor with them!

Astraea
Very well.
Then let's have you start with a Spriggan.

Charlotte Corday
...Well, so much for any chance I had of being useful.
Good luck!

Orion
Hoo boy.
Welp, guess I'll just have to do the best I can!

--ARROW--

Astraea
...Very well.

Astraea
Do you have any questions for me, or shall I simply tell you something of my own choosing?

Orion
All right, if you're taking questions,
I got one for you.

Orion
Hephaestus told us that the only way to harm Artemis was with a Divine Construct.

Orion
Does that hold true even if I use Theos Klironomia to power myself up?

Astraea
Yes, it does.

Astraea
However, a god of Hephaestus's skill should have little trouble forging a Divine Construct given the right materials.

Astraea
Not to mention that...

Astraea
...No, it would be tactless of me to say more.

Astraea
Orion, you are a hunter at heart. If you wish to shoot down a star, you will need to keep it in your sights with an arrow nocked to your bow.

Orion
...Hmm.

Astraea
Now, who's next?

Mochizuki Chiyome
Very well then, Lady Mash and I will take the next fight.

Mash
Right!
Mash Kyrielight, ready for battle!

Mandricardo
Ah...

Mandricardo
(Crap. Someone else took Mash before I could invite her to team up! And she's the easiest one to talk to by far!)

Astraea
Very good.
Then here is your trial.

Mochizuki Chiyome
I see. So instead of one Spriggan, we will be fighting a number of Lamia that have been enhanced with nanomachines.

Mochizuki Chiyome
However... Hehe, dealing with serpents happens to be something of a specialty of mine.

Mochizuki Chiyome
So I will take this opportunity to demonstrate to Master just how devastatingly deadly a Kouga Jounin can truly be!

--ARROW--

Astraea
Enough.

Mochizuki Chiyome
Th-that turned out to be much more challenging than I expected.

Astraea
Those Lamia you just fought were...let's say,
“premium products” mass-produced by the Echidna.

Astraea
The Echidna, incidentally, is essentially a living factory used to produce all manner of monsters.

Astraea
If you take them as lightly as you do their more ordinary ilk, well, you are bound to suffer for it.

Mochizuki Chiyome
The Echidna... I see. Then it is a member of the serpent family, as I suspected.

Astraea
At any rate, you have now successfully cleared the second trial. Any questions?

Mochizuki Chiyome
Oh, right. Now what would be a good question...?
Do you have anything you wish to ask, Captain?

Jason
Let me think...

Jason
If you know of any Proper Human History Servants who would be willing to join us, then tell us who they are.

Jason
And while you're at it, I also demand you tell us why you're refusing to join us.

Astraea
I thought I made it clear you only get one question...
But, very well.

Astraea
As far as I know, Achilles will assuredly be willing to join you, as long as he's still alive.

Astraea
Aside from that, I believe there is also an Archer.

Astraea
...And that's all I have to say about that.

Jason
...
...

Goredolf
Khh. Damn, so we were barking up the wrong tree.
I guess we can call that a bust.

Goredolf
Make sure you ask a different question next time.

Jason
(...You're wrong. If anything, I think that was some of the most terrifying information she could have told us.)

Jason
(All right, Jason, keep it together...)
What about my other question?

Astraea
...True, I am a Servant from Proper Human History. At the same time, I am also the Greek goddess of the scales.

Astraea
And above all, the Twelve Olympians of this Lostbelt and I have already come to an arrangement.

Astraea
In exchange for not becoming involved in this dispute, I have foregone the choice to ascend to godhood.

  1. Ascend to...godhood?
 
  Select: Ascend to...godhood?

===Branch End===

Astraea
Indeed.

Astraea
In essence, if I had joined Olympus, I could have been incarnated as one of this Lostbelt's god pillars.

Astraea
But I turned their offer down, as I believe that doing so would inevitably tilt my scales too much to one side.

Astraea
So whether this Lostbelt is destroyed or not,
I will disappear when that time comes.

Jason
Then...putting you aside, if the only other Servants willing to join us are Achilles and an Archer...

Jason
...then they're the last two friendly Servants in all of Atlantis, aren't they?

Mash
...!

Mandricardo
Ah, crap. I hadn't thought about it like that...

Mandricardo
(That'd mean that aside from Achilles and this Archer...)

Mandricardo
(...all the other Servants who were in this Lostbelt have been wiped out!)

Mandricardo
(Wait, that can't be right. I'm sure there were a number of Servants besides me and Chiyome who stayed behind.)

Mandricardo
(So then...why did she only name two?)

Astraea
...You'll need to clear the next trial before I can address that question.

Jason
Sadly for you, I'm afraid that response alone already qualifies as an answer.

Astraea
You're an irritating one, aren't you? Very well then, I'll take that as you volunteering to be the next challenger.

Jason
Hmm... Fair enough.
Mandricardo!

Mandricardo
...What is it?

Jason
I don't want to lift so much as a finger or speak so much as a word of command unless I absolutely have to, so you're going to do all the fighting.

Mandricardo
Wat.

Jason
Heh. I can see you're unhappy about it,
but this is just the way of the world.

Jason
I'm going to run you ragged,
and you're going to take it!

Jason
As captain, my word is law,
and I won't tolerate any back talk!

Mandricardo
(Now that's a plan I can get behind!)

Jason
Huh? Why are you so happy about that?

Mandricardo
Me? I'm not happy. Not at all. Nope.

Mandricardo
All right, let's do this!

Astraea
...Very well then. Let's see what you've got!

--BATTLE--

Mandricardo
(Gasp, gasp, gasp, gasp)...
I-I seriously thought I was done for...

Jason
M-me too...
Even though I said I wasn't going to fight...

Astraea
Very good. That done, I shall consider your earlier question answered.

Jason
Whoa, whoa, back up.
You don't get to make that call on your own.

Astraea
Oh? But unless I'm mistaken, you don't have any other questions, do you?

Nemo
I have one.

Nemo
We were told that there were other Theos Klironomia out there named after the Twelve Olympians.

Nemo
Do you know where we can find them?

Astraea
The Zeus Klironomia and Poseidon Klironomia are only found on Olympus.

Nemo
What about here in Atlantis?

Astraea
...There should still be Athena Klironomia somewhere here in Atlantis.

Astraea
Originally, the Theos Klironomia were a fluid metal designed to reinforce and augment the gods' bodies.

Astraea
So the Twelve Olympians went on to refine and enhance their individual Theos Klironomia for their own purposes.

Astraea
Like Ares, Athena's specialty was battle.

Astraea
If you are able to find her nanomachines, it's possible they may open new doors for you.

Astraea
But, of course, there is more to it than that.

Astraea
A mere human Spirit Origin cannot possibly hope to withstand the Athena Klironomia.

Astraea
If any Servant who is neither a Divine Spirit nor something close to one were to try and use these nanomachines...

Astraea
...they would either very literally fall apart or rupture on the spot.

Astraea
As Icarus so demonstrated, humans who stray too close to the gods are punished. This is a fundamental law of this world.

Goredolf
So we can't use these Athena Klironomia even if we manage to get our hands on them... Hm? Hang on.

Goredolf
You said, “something close to a Divine Spirit,” no? Then what about a Servant who possesses some form of Divinity?

Astraea
I am afraid I must refrain from commenting further. Doing so could be construed as a sign of disrespect to the gods.

Holmes
Regardless, it seems clear that we must secure these nanomachines for ourselves.

Holmes
If Odysseus's side were to get their hands on them, they could end up becoming a threat... Then again, perhaps not.

Goredolf
?

Holmes
At any rate, we will need to weigh the decision of whether or not to use them very carefully.

Jason
...Okay.
I think that's about everything we wanted to ask.

Holmes
Hmm.

Holmes
Do you have anything you wish to ask Ms. Astraea, {(M) Mr. /(F) Ms.} Fujimaru?

  1. ...
 
  Select: ...

===Branch End===

Astraea
...they were sculpted by a Servant who stayed at this temple for a while.

  1. Yes, I do. Who was the Servant that made these statues?
  2. Yeah. What's the name of the Servant who was staying here?
  Select: Yes, I do. Who was the Servant that made these statues?

  Select: Yeah. What's the name of the Servant who was staying here?

===Branch End===

Astraea
...Ah. Your curiosity is understandable.

Astraea
There were two Servants who were staying on this island at one point. They were from Olympus and claimed to be Disciples of the Foreign–

Astraea
...No, that's not quite right. They are the ones who massacred the Servants from Proper Human History under the guise of protecting the Tree of Emptiness.

Astraea
They were both Alter Egos.

Holmes
Alter Egos, you say?

Holmes
Then, that would be some combination of Rasputin, Limbo, and Koyanskaya?

Holmes
Although... While Rasputin is plausible, we encountered Limbo and Koyanskaya in India quite recently.

Holmes
So I don't see how they could have been staying here at the same time... Then again, if they were using shikigami...

Astraea
Hm? Whatever are you talking about?

Astraea
Yes, one of them was named Rasputin. He was a horrid priest who fought with an...unsavory form of martial art.

Astraea
But the other one did not answer to any of the names you mentioned.

Astraea
His body was just as finely honed as Rasputin's, but he had both a cold sharpness and a fiery intensity about him.

Astraea
His True Name was Senji Muramasa. He was a very handsome man who had mastered a hundred swords and a thousand sword techniques.

A:All
!!!

  1. Senji Muramasa!?
 
  Select: Senji Muramasa!?

===Branch End===

Holmes
Not to mention Rasputin!

Astraea
Well, strictly speaking, he claimed to be a Pseudo-Servant with Rasputin's Spirit Origin...

Astraea
...but as far as I could tell, he never behaved as I would expect Rasputin to. Not once.

Astraea
Though he did claim to be a man of the cloth like Rasputin was...

Goredolf
Rasputin!

Goredolf
As in the monster in priest's clothing who chased us down at ninety kilometers an hour before firing a rocket launcher at us!?

Holmes
(There's a name I wasn't expecting to hear. Then this would mean Senji Muramasa was one of the causes...)

Holmes
(There's something else this piece of information has made clear. Though I'll have to keep it to myself for now...)

Holmes
Astraea, would you kindly tell us more about them?

Holmes
As things currently stand, we have essentially no knowledge about them whatsoever.

Astraea
...Very well, I suppose I can do that.

Section 13: Recollection: Disciples of the Foreign Star

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Astraea
...Your work is truly excellent.

Senji Muramasa
What, this? I'm just making them to keep occupied. 'Sides, I figure one statue a day oughta be good for a night's worth of food and shelter.

Astraea
Well, as far as I'm concerned, you can never have too many statues extolling your beauty and virtue.

Astraea
...That said, there is one thing I can't help but find curious.

Senji Muramasa
Hm?

Astraea
Aren't you a Servant from Proper Human History as well?

Senji Muramasa
You bet. But right now, I'm a full-blown enemy of humanity.

Senji Muramasa
There's a lot of nice things 'bout being a Servant, but having no say in who your Master is ain't one of them.

Senji Muramasa
I'm here 'cause the Foreign God summoned me. I don't know what they look like, or what they're really after...

Senji Muramasa
...but if they want me to do a job, I'll do it.
No matter how cruel or heartless it might be.

Senji Muramasa
'Sides, I've never been one to please anybody except myself.

Senji Muramasa
I never cared about what was right or what was just from the first time I opened my eyes to the last time I closed 'em.

Astraea
...I see. So you only cared about pleasing yourself. And were you able to do that even once while you were still alive?

Senji Muramasa
...Ha. You know how to hit where it hurts, don'tcha? Suppose that figures for the goddess of justice.

Senji Muramasa
You're right. Neither me, nor this vessel I'm inhabiting now, have ever once been satisfied with anything we've done.

Senji Muramasa
Maybe that's why I turned out to be a Pseudo-Servant; we're the same deep down.

Senji Muramasa
But don't get me wrong. That doesn't mean I'm bored.

Senji Muramasa
There's a guy up in Olympus who's pretty all right. Be even better if he wasn't so damn big he couldn't move.

Priest
The enemy is here, Senji Muramasa. I expect this will be the last of them. Let's hurry and get this over with so we can go back to Olympus.

Senji Muramasa
You got it. I swear, these guys never learn.

Senji Muramasa
All right then...looks like it'll just be the two of us fighting together again, huh.

Priest
Of course. We have no need for reinforcements.
Not when we each know the other's moves so well.

Priest
Given that we can tell exactly what the other wants or lacks in battle just by standing back-to-back...

Priest
...having Limbo come in to ostensibly help would be a net negative.

Senji Muramasa
Yeah, yeah. You still look weirdly happy about it.
Giving me the creeps.

Priest
Ah, my apologies.

Priest
While I of course have no memory of you, Senji Muramasa, nor of that man you've possessed who presumably has some connection to a Holy Grail War...

Priest
...I still find my vessel's feelings towards you both inscrutable and addictive. Simultaneously similar and dissimilar to anger and joy.

Senji Muramasa
So what, you think we once fought each other to the death in some Holy Grail War?

Priest
I expect so, yes.

Senji Muramasa
...
...Yeah, you might be right about that.

Senji Muramasa
I'm not aware of doing it, but it seems whenever we exchange glances, I always end up with a wicked grin on my face.

Senji Muramasa
I'm not usually one for having someone else watch my back, but I tend to go big and wild whenever I'm swinging a sword.

Senji Muramasa
So it ain't bad knowing you're behind me taking care of the riffraff. Means I can really cut loose.

Priest
...Wonderful. That's most encouraging to hear.
Very well then, let's go with that.

Astraea
There must have been at least twenty Servants from Proper Human History summoned here, and those are just the ones I counted.

Astraea
And yet, those two Alter Egos working together managed to defeat all of them.

Astraea
Yet another reason I cannot see your chances of victory as anything other than vanishingly small.

All
...
...

Jason
So those two Servants have gone back to Olympus by now?

Astraea
That's right.

Astraea
There was no longer any need for them to be here,
now that Odysseus has arrived.

Jason
What about Odysseus?
Do you have any information on him?

Jason
Hephaestus refused to tell us anything about him.
Said he was scared of being found out.

Astraea
...All right, very well.
I suppose I can tell you as a little bonus.

Astraea
I've only met Odysseus once, when he paid my island a visit...

Astraea
...and I remember that he knew far, far more about Proper Human History than I expected.

Astraea
His wasn't the sort of knowledge one acquires through reading, or listening, or even personal experience.

Astraea
It was very much as if he'd...drained it directly out of someone, without leaving so much as a drop.

Jason
...I see.

Holmes
...Hmm.

Astraea
Well, it looks like this is goodbye.
Farewell, everyone.

Goredolf
Wait! Stop! Just a moment!

Astraea
What is it now?

Astraea
I've already answered every question I'm obligated to.
Any more than this will throw off my scales' balance.

Goredolf
P-please! Just one last thing!
It's important!

Goredolf
...Can we win this?

Jason
Really? You're just straight up asking that?

Astraea
...
...

Astraea
Your odds are slim for sure.

Astraea
Even if you do manage to overcome Atlantis,
Olympus still awaits.

Astraea
And it's not a matter of who has the superior numbers.

Astraea
The fact is, between ordinary humans like yourselves, and gods whose life spans range over ten thousand years...

Astraea
...you simply reside on completely different conceptual planes of existence.

Goredolf
...
...

Astraea
But of course, that's not the question you should be asking.

Goredolf
Huh?

Astraea
You all came here in the first place because you'd made a decision to destroy this world.

Astraea
And why wouldn't you?
You're literally fighting for your right to exist.

Astraea
To put it another way, if you don't fight, you die. I'd say that makes winning or losing a secondary concern at best.

Astraea
After all, if you didn't want to fight,
and you didn't want to lose...

Astraea
...you were better off deciding not to fight in the first place.

Astraea
But you made your decision and chose to fight.
So now, that's all that's left to do.

Astraea
You may not be fighting for a just cause,
but you still mean to fight, don't you?

Astraea
Then shape up already!

Goredolf
Eee! Y-you're right! I'm sorry!

Holmes
Hahaha, I can't argue with that.

Holmes
Slim though our chances of victory may be,
that's no excuse to throw in the towel.

Astraea
At the risk of repeating myself,
let me be perfectly clear:

Astraea
Every living god in this world is your enemy.

Astraea
I would strongly advise you to keep that in mind.

  1. Thank you so much for helping us.
 
  Select: Thank you so much for helping us.

===Branch End===

Astraea
There's no need to thank me. From this point forth,
you and I may as well be perfect strangers.

Astraea
Goodbye.

Jason
All right, next stop, Thetis Island.
For real this time.

Jason
Cast off!

--ARROW--

???
(Huff, huff, huff...)

???
Hey, you think you're gonna be okay, Paris?

Paris
No, I don't! Waaah! I only just woke up!
Why is this happening!?

B:???
I've synced up with this Lostbelt, and I just finished downloading information about it!

B:???
Those guys are Atlantis border guards, and they're not looking to take you alive, so be careful!

Paris
How exactly am I supposed to be careful here, Lord Apollo!?

Apollo
Good question. Beats me!

Apollo
Oh, but I don't recommend surrendering. They'll just cut off your head as soon as they get close enough.

Paris
Couldn't you have said that sooner, you big jerk!?
That means I've got no choice but to fight back!

Paris
All right, take this!

Atlantis Border Guard
...
...

Apollo
Whoops. Looks like your bow's just not strong enough to hurt them!

Apollo
They're powered up with god fluids (aka Theos Klironomia), so fighting back might not get you too far.

Paris
Gross! There's got to be a better way to say that!

Apollo
Relax. It's just some fluid metal.
Nanomachines, nothing more. No need to be concerned.

Paris
How is any of that supposed to put me at ease!?

Paris
Now look! They went and cornered us while you were blabbing on about stupid nonsense!

Apollo
Well that's not good.

Paris
“Not good”!? This is terrible!

Paris
Waaah! Save me, Brotheeer!

Paris
...
...H-huh?

E:???
Damn. Even after becoming a Servant you're still just a kid.

Paris
It...it can't be...

E:???
What's with the look?
I'm here to rescue you, you know.

E:???
Go on, find somewhere to hide.
I'll take care of these guys.

Paris
You...you're freaking Achilles!

Achilles
Oh? You know who I am?

Paris
As if I could ever forget!
I'm... I'm–

Achilles
Ah well, once you've been a Heroic Spirit as long as I have, you get used to some Servants just knowing your name!

Achilles
Anyway, sorry to do this, but I'm gonna have to literally kick you out of here for a bit!

Paris
My name's Par–aah!?

Apollo
Waaah!

Achilles
All right.

Achilles
Now that the interloper's out of the way, I can start taking my anger out on you guys in earnest.

Achilles
...

Achilles
Sorry, but there's no way any of you are walking away from this.

Achilles
I'm way too pissed off to go easy on you!

--BATTLE--

Achilles
Ha!

Achilles
(Sigh)... Damn, that didn't help me feel better at all.

Paris
(Huff, huff, gasp, gasp...)

Achilles
Whoa, whoa, what do you think you're doing back here after I just saved you?

Achilles
I mean, I do feel bad about kicking you out of there, even if it was an emergency, but–

Paris
It's not that! It's not that at all!

Paris
I didn't want you to rescue me!
Not you, of all people!

Achilles
Huh?

Achilles
...Wait. No way.
Don't tell me you're–

Paris
That's right! It's me! Paris!

Achilles
So it IS you! But what the hell!?
You don't look anything like I remember!

Paris
Believe me, I've been wondering about that myself! I have no idea why I look how I did in my shepherd days!

Paris
What's going on here, Lord Apollo!?
Why did I materialize like this!?

Apollo
Because this point in your life was your prime,
of course. Prime cuteness, that is.

Paris
Was that last part really necessary!?

Achilles
Hey. Is that Apollo?
As in one of the Twelve Olympians?

Paris
W-well, yes, but–

Achilles
Does this mean you're on Olympus's side,
you little bastard?

Paris
Wha...? No!

Achilles
Sorry, but you'll have to forgive me if I can't just take your word for it!

Paris
Well, what about you!?
You're the son of Thetis, and she's a god!

Paris
Lord Apollo, please, lend me your aid once more.

Paris
I need your help to do battle with Achilles!

Apollo
...Hmm. Well, I guess every human is bound to make foolish mistakes now and then.

Apollo
All right. Whether this is all a big misunderstanding or not, I'll give you a hand.

Apollo
Fortunately for you, Achilles is weakened right now.

Apollo
And since you're powered up with Theos Klironomia, you've got a real chance of beating him!

Paris
Got it!

Achilles
Tch. So you are on Olympus's side. I knew it.

Achilles
All right then, fine with me. I already swore an oath to fight to my death anyway!

Paris
Here I come!

Achilles
Bring it!

--ARROW--

Jason
Well, we're here...

Jason
Ugh, why did it have to be Achilles, dammit?

Jason
Not that I met him when I was alive or anything. I can just tell from his legends that I'm gonna hate the guy.

Jason
He's the sort who'll be all, “Hey, Jason! Mind spotting me for a sandwich, bro?” and then never pay me back...

  1. He's really not like that...
  2. You think so?
  Select: He's really not like that...
Jason
How would you know!?
Jason
At this point, all we can say about him for certain is that he spent his whole life defying his superiors!
Jason
And in this case, that means me!
And also you!

  Select: You think so?
Mandricardo
...Well, honestly, that's pretty much the impression I've got of him, too.
Mandricardo
I've never seen him before, but he sounds like the bold and unabashed type with a lot of stubble and a booming laugh.
Mandricardo
Though again, I've never seen him before!

===Branch End===

Mash
Th-that's not what I remember him being like...

Holmes
Pardon me, but our sensors just detected what appear to be small-scale explosions.

Mandricardo
...Looks like it. Sounds like people fighting.

Mandricardo
And I'm pretty sure I hear swords clanging.

Holmes
If someone is fighting on this island, there is an excellent chance that someone is Achilles.

  1. Come on, let's go!
 
  Select: Come on, let's go!

===Branch End===

Mash
Understood!

Jason
Dammit, I really don't like this...
But I guess we've got no choice!

Achilles
...!

Achilles
(This kid's a lot stronger than he looks!)

Paris
You're the one person I refuse to lose to!

Achilles
Whoa!

Achilles
Dammit, I always hated this guy's skill with a bow,
even when I was still alive!

Paris
You're going to pay for killing my brother!

Apollo
Yeah, that's it!
Kick his ass!

Apollo
He's gotta be on Olympus's side, anyway!

Achilles
Me, on Olympus's side!? Don't even joke about that! Then again, maybe that's too much to ask, seeing how you look like a bad joke yourself!

Apollo
How dare you!? I'm no joke! I'm Apollo!

Achilles
Yeah, you're right, this isn't a joke. Having a shitty god like you as some kind of freakish mascot is a goddamn nightmare!

Paris
Don't be rude! I know it doesn't look great, but this is actually a real power move for a god!

Achilles
That just makes it worse!

Paris
...Okay, you're not wrong about that!

Apollo
Come on, Paris!
You could at least try to stand up for me!

Paris
I've just accepted this as being what gods are like for a long time now!

Paris
Besides, it's cute in its own way!

Achilles
Ugh, this is all throwing me off my game!
All right, I didn't want to have to use this...

Achilles
But now that I'm sensing more people headed this way, I'm gonna have to hurry up and finish you guys off!

Apollo
Watch out, Paris!

Paris
Got it!

Paris
I'm picking up magical energy.
He's going to use his Noble Phantasm!

Achilles
Xanthos! Balios! Pedasos!
Come to me!

Apollo
A chariot...
So he's a Rider!

Achilles
I've got you now!

Achilles
Troias Tragō–

  1. Stop!!!
  2. That's enough!!!
  Select: Stop!!!

  Select: That's enough!!!

===Branch End===

Both
!?

Achilles
Dammit, I missed!

Paris
I managed to dodge it!

Achilles
Who're you!?

  1. I'm from Chaldea!
  2. I'm a Master from Proper Human History!
  Select: I'm from Chaldea!
Achilles
Chaldea...?
Mash
Yes! The Chaldea Security Organization!
It's our job to help preserve humanity!

  Select: I'm a Master from Proper Human History!
Paris
Proper Human History!?
Apollo
Guess that means we're on the same side then.

===Branch End===

Achilles
So...you're not enemies?

Mash
Th-that's right.
At least, I hope not...

Jason
What about you?

Jason
Seeing how you were apparently just fighting to the death, is one of you a Lostbelt Servant?

Jason
Actually, hold on. Which one of you is Achilles?

Achilles
I am.

Jason
Okay, then who're you?

Paris
O-oh, right!

Paris
While it may be presumptuous of me to say this...
I'm one of the heroes of Troy from Proper Human History!

Paris
My True Name is Paris, and I'm an Archer!

Achilles
Huh? You mean you're a Proper Human History hero?

Paris
That's what I've been saying all along!
...Hm? Wait, DID I say that?

Achilles
No! No, you didn't!
Ugh, dammit! All that fighting for nothing!

Achilles
...

Achilles
Tch, now my wound's acting up...

  1. Are you okay!?
 
  Select: Are you okay!?

===Branch End===

Achilles
Oh, uh, thanks. But don't worry about healing me.
This wound can't be cured.

Jason
Seriously? What, did a harpy cut you or something?

Achilles
I wish. No...I got shot through my heel.

Paris
...!

Mash
That's awful...

Holmes
Assuming that's the same heel as your fatal weak point in your otherwise immortal body...

Holmes
...are you sure you'll be all right now that it's been shot?

Achilles
Yeah, I'm okay for now.

Achilles
But I'm about seventy percent slower than usual, and I'll die if something shatters my Spirit Core in this condition.

Achilles
Usually, the only things that can hurt me are a god, someone descended from a god, or a Divine Construct.

Apollo
Oh yes, I remember.
It made it really hard to kill you.

  1. ...Is that sheep talking?
 
  Select: ...Is that sheep talking?

===Branch End===

Fou
Fou, fou!

Jason
I've got a nasty feeling about this,
so let's just clear things up now.

Jason
You there, sheep.
Who the hell are you?

Apollo
Hey there! My name's Apollo!

Apollo
I'm Artemis's brother,
and one of the Twelve Olympians.

Jason
...
...Then you ARE our enemy!

Paris
Wait! Please! Th-this Lord Apollo isn't like the other gods, I promise!

Mash
You know, I think Hephaestus may have said something about this. Let's see...

Mash
I think he said the gods who stood with us were Hephaestus, Athena, Hestia, Ares, Hades, and–

  1. Apollo.
 
  Select: Apollo.

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Mash
Right. Apollo, the sun god. They're all supposed to have been on humanity's side.

Apollo
Not to mention that, strictly speaking, I'm not one of this Lostbelt's Twelve Olympians either.

Mandricardo
So...you're the Apollo from Proper Human History then?

Apollo
That's a big “affirmative.” What's more, I just downloaded the data from this Lostbelt.

Apollo
So now, I'm a god who stands with Proper Human History AND who has full access to this Lostbelt's information.

Apollo
So if there's anything you want to know about this Lostbelt's deities, I'm your sheep. Er, god.

Apollo
Whatever your question might be, I'll barf up the answer quick as you please.

  1. Um, are you sure you don't mean “cough up”?
 
  Select: Um, are you sure you don't mean “cough up”?

===Branch End===

Apollo
Nope, barf. You know how sheep have four stomachs?
Well, one of mine is just for data.

Paris
Please don't vomit when you're sitting atop my head...

Apollo
Relax, I'm just kidding.

Jason
Tch. That's a Proper Human History god all right.

Jason
There's no way a god from here would still be so irritatingly cheerful. Hell, that kind of cheer would be the first thing they got rid of.

Achilles
So I really did wear myself out for nothing...

Paris
How do you think I feel?

  1. Um... Is there some bad blood between you two or something?
  2. Aren't these two...
  Select: Um... Is there some bad blood between you two or something?
Mash
Yes, Master, you could say that.
Mash
During the Trojan War, Paris is the one who shot Achilles through his heel, killing him, to avenge his brother, Hektor.
Achilles
Yup, it's true. 'Course, back then, he had at least a few more centimeters on him than he does now!
Paris
M-my height's got nothing to do with anything!
Anyway, that aside...

  Select: Aren't these two...
Mash
Right.
Mash
During the Trojan War, Achilles killed Hektor,
Paris's older brother...
Achilles
Yup. Then I ended up dying too after Paris went and shot me through my heel and heart!
Paris
Khh... How can you be so blasé about that!?

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Paris
How come you don't seem to care at all that I killed you?

Achilles
Hm? Why would I?
I knew I was prophesized to die young.

Achilles
And given how I'd chosen to live out my life as a hero, I kinda expected I'd die in that war.

Mash
...
...

Achilles
And that's pretty much why I was able to fight as hard as I could right up till the moment I died.

Achilles
So if I don't seem all broken up about you being the one who killed me, that's why.

Paris
...Hmph.

Jason
All right, never mind all that.
Achilles. Are you willing to help us?

Achilles
Help you?
Well, I am a Proper Human History Servant and all.

Achilles
So yeah, of course I'll help. Though I'm not quite as strong as I used to be, since I'm not immortal anymore.

Achilles
How about you, Paris?

Paris
I-I'll help you all too, of course.
I mean... Please, let me help you.

Paris
You said you were a Master, right?

  1. Yup. I'm Fujimaru.
 
  Select: Yup. I'm Fujimaru.

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Paris
Got it. Okay, {(M) Lord /(F) Lady} Fujimaru, I recognize you as my Master, and vow to serve you to the best of my ability!

Achilles
Man, for someone so small, you sure are a huge stick-in-the-mud. Anyway, it's good to meet you guys.

Holmes
Pardon the intrusion.

Holmes
Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective.
A question for you, Achilles, if I may.

Holmes
Do you still have your armor and shield?

Achilles
My armor and shield?

Achilles
You mean the armor and shield my mother had Hephaestus make for me?

Mash
Right.

Mash
We've been looking for you in the hope of finding that same armor and shield.

Achilles
Hmm, gotcha. Well, unfortunately, I don't have the shield anymore, but I do still have the armor.

Achilles
So what do you need them for?

  1. Well...
 
  Select: Well...

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Achilles
Now I see. So you want to make my armor and shield into a Divine Construct I can use to take down Artemis, huh.

Achilles
Sorry, but there's no way that's happening!

Mash
Huh!? Wh-why not!?

Achilles
Look, I don't mind giving you the armor.
I don't even need it anymore.

Achilles
But like I said earlier, I'm a good deal weaker than I used to be thanks to my heel being literally shot.

Achilles
Sure, I can still call my chariot, but I really don't think I could survive riding it up to orbit at hypersonic speed.

Achilles
Plus, and this is just my warrior's intuition speaking...

Achilles
But trying to take down Artemis in anything less than perfect condition, especially with an injury like this, well...

Achilles
...I don't think I'd have a chance of beating her.

Goredolf
Th-then what are we supposed to do?

Goredolf
If we don't have a way to get past Artemis, we'll have no hope of making it to the Tree of Emptiness!

Orion
...Hold up!

Orion
You said you can still manifest your armor, right?

Achilles
Yeah...

Orion
Then what if we bring that armor to Hephaestus...

Orion
...and ask him to make it into a bow and arrow?

Achilles
Huh? A bow and arrow?

Achilles
Aha, now I got you.

Achilles
True, that armor was forged by Hephaestus himself, so it definitely qualifies as a fully-fledged divine artifact.

Achilles
And if you guys want to remake it into something else, I don't have a problem with it. But can you even do that?

Mochizuki Chiyome
We can manage as long as we have Lord Hephaestus helping us.

Mochizuki Chiyome
...I think.

Achilles
Well, either way, I wasn't planning on using it myself.

Achilles
So, who's gonna fire this bow?

Paris
...I will!

Apollo
I'm afraid I can't recommend that, Paris.

Paris
Why not?

Apollo
Because it would be impossible for you.

Apollo
You could push yourself so hard your Spirit Origin starts to crack, and you still wouldn't hold a candle to Orion in terms of power.

Apollo
You wouldn't even be able to nock an arrow to a Divine Construct bow, let alone fire it.

Apollo
Not even with my help.

Paris
I see...

Orion
So that just leaves me.

Achilles
You sure about this, Orion?

Achilles
Even we know that Artemis is your, well...

Orion
I'm fully aware of that, Achilles.
Even so, I'm willing to go ahead with this.

Achilles
...Let me just ask you one stupid question.
Are you doing this because it's the right thing to do?

Orion
No, it's got nothing to do with that.
This is about responsibility.

Achilles
...Gotcha. In that case, the armor's all yours.

Achilles
'Sides, I wasn't gonna use it, anyway.

Jason
Then we're done here, yes? Great!
Let's hurry up and go see Hephaestus!

Achilles
Right on!

Paris
Wait. What? Huh?

Paris
U-um, excuse me! I-I'm coming too!
Please, let me come with you!

Jason
Oh for... Are we sure we can rely on this kid?

Achilles
That's...
Welp, never mind. Here they come.

Mash
Are those...!?

Achilles
You guys must've fought some of them before, right?
Those are Atlantis border guards.

Achilles
You know, this works out nicely. Why don't you give Paris here a shot to see how he fares against them?

Achilles
As for me, well...
You already know I've got what it takes, right?

Mandricardo
(Holy hell!
He's like a walking mountain of confidence!)

Paris
Wha...!? Where do you get off signing me up for something like that without even asking!?

Paris
Th-that said, it does seem like it'd be a good chance to show off what I can do, so I don't have a problem with it!

Achilles
Don't worry. I'll lend you a hand if you need it!

Paris
Don't bother! I won't need your help!
...I won't!

--BATTLE--

Paris
Phew...

Apollo
There you go. Looking good, Paris!

Achilles
Meh. It'll do.

Paris
Who asked you?

Achilles
Hey, I've got a right to voice my opinion. You killed me, remember? I mean, back when we were alive.

Paris
I remember. I also remember how you killed my brother. At least, back when we were alive.

Both
...
...

Charlotte Corday
All right, you two, there's no call for this.
The fact is, you're both dead now, okay?

Achilles
Ouch! But, yeah, I guess you're right.

Achilles
Paris, I won't say we should be friends,
but we can at least work together.

Paris
Yeah, that's fair.

Charlotte Corday
There you go.
Shaking on it is the first step to making up.

Paris
I don't think I'll really be of much help,
but I hope that's okay...

Charlotte Corday
Don't worry, you will.
You're a lot more helpful than me, that's for sure!

Jason
I'll say. Just take a look at her! The only thing she's good for is killing people with their backs turned!

Jason
Though of course, without my crew here,
I'm just as useless as she is!

Jason
Hey! Who're you calling useless!?

Mash
Um, Jason...

  1. Hey, would you lay off the one-man show, please!
 
  Select: Hey, would you lay off the one-man show, please!

===Branch End===

Achilles
Oho. Interesting...

Achilles
Honestly, you didn't make a great first impression, but you're actually a lot more approachable than I thought!

Jason
Oh no I'm not! Now stay away from me!
I can already tell we'll mix like oil and water.

Achilles
Hahahaha, now you've really got my interest!

Mandricardo
(C-crap, he's just as bright and cheery as I imagined! There's no way I can get along with him!)

  1. Mandricardo?
 
  Select: Mandricardo?

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
Oh man, you're letting me go already!?

  1. Huh? Letting you go?
 
  Select: Huh? Letting you go?

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
I mean, never mind.
More importantly...

Mandricardo
...
...Hey, uh, Paris? Sir?

Paris
Just Paris is fine!
What is it, Mandricardo!?

Mandricardo
O-oh, okay. Well, uh, I was just kinda curious about something...

Mandricardo
Mayhaps you could, um...pray tell me what Lord Hektor was like?

  1. What's going on? You're a bundle of nerves.
  2. Why are you talking like that?
  Select: What's going on? You're a bundle of nerves.
Mandricardo
Well of course I am!
Mandricardo
I mean, Hektor has been my idol pretty much FOREVER!

  Select: Why are you talking like that?
Mandricardo
Wh-why do you think!?
This is Hektor we're talking about here!

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Paris
Of course! I'd be glad to tell you all about Big Brother's many wonderful qualities!

Mandricardo
Awesome!

Paris
First off, he was impeccably handsome.
Handsome like Diarmuid on his best day.

Paris
I mean, his helmet shone like no one else's.

Mandricardo
Go on!

Achilles
...I think I'd better give them some space before I'm tempted to get in a dig.

Achilles
Otherwise, I think I could inadvertently end up sparking a serious bloodbath.

  1. Yeah, that's probably a good idea.
 
  Select: Yeah, that's probably a good idea.

===Branch End===

Mash
Achilles, could I talk to you for a moment?

  1. Mash?
 
  Select: Mash?

===Branch End===

Achilles
Fine with me.

Mash
...Thank you.

Mash
I wanted to ask you more about what you said earlier, about how you were able to fight until you died.

Mash
People don't live forever. The meaning we find in our lives tends to be something we learn after the fact.

Mash
Which is why we try to face life head-on,
and live each day as best we can.

Achilles
Makes sense.

Mash
But, even so, knowing your death is imminent, and not just at some vague, uncertain point in the future...

Mash
Well, it sounds terrifying to me.
So I wanted to ask you...

Mash
How could you stay unafraid of death, Achilles?
Is it because you were a hero?

Achilles
Yeah, maybe.

Achilles
Some people become heroes by saving others' lives,
and some become heroes by taking them.

Achilles
Unfortunately, I was one of the latter, so I knew I was never gonna be afforded a peaceful death.

Achilles
And sure enough, back when I was alive–

Paris
That's when Hektor said–
Lord Apollo, would you mind doing your impression!?

Apollo
“Whoa, come on now.
What's the point in cornering an old man?”

Apollo
“...You fell for it, didn't you?”

Mandricardo
Oh man, that's just badass!

Achilles
That carefree kid laughing it up over there, along with the god sitting on his head, ended up taking me down.

Achilles
But you know, I don't mind that I died how I did.

Achilles
It might not've been peaceful,
but it was still satisfying.

Achilles
Plus, since I was this big hero who was so famous,
now I get to be summoned like this.

Achilles
Mash, you and Fujimaru are both gonna die and go your separate ways at some point.
That's just a fact.

Achilles
But that doesn't have to happen anytime soon.

Achilles
My life being so short is why I died without any regrets, and I'm able to fight again now to help ensure you two can live good, long lives.

Achilles
Hell, if I have to, I'm even willing to die here again to make that happen.

  1. ...Do you think you're going to die here?
 
  Select: ...Do you think you're going to die here?

===Branch End===

Achilles
Well, I can't say for sure.
It's more intuition than anything else.

Achilles
But, uh... How can I put this?

Achilles
Let's just say I don't think I'm gonna get to say goodbye after everything here's been wrapped up nice and neat.

Achilles
...But hey.

Achilles
If you like having me around, you can always just summon me again. Do that, and I'll die for you as many times as you like!

  1. That's not usually the kind of thing you say with a smile!
  2. Don't worry about that. I'm just glad you're here now!
  Select: That's not usually the kind of thing you say with a smile!
Achilles
It is for me.
Achilles
Long as my heel hasn't been shot,
I'm an invincible one-man army!

  Select: Don't worry about that. I'm just glad you're here now!
Achilles
O-oh. I wasn't expecting that...
Achilles
Okay, but I've gotta warn you, I like to have my cake and eat it too, so I plan on dying like my life depends on it.

===Branch End===

Achilles
Hey! Mandricardo!

Achilles
I'm gonna bring up the rear for a while, so I'd like you to stay close to Master in the meantime.

Mandricardo
R-right. Got it.

Mash
You really admire Hektor, don't you, Mandricardo?

Mandricardo
Hell yeah I do!

  1. I can actually see the stars in your eyes...
  2. Whoa, you're actually glowing!
  Select: I can actually see the stars in your eyes...
Mandricardo
Wait, really? ...All right, stop looking at me.
Come on, knock it off!

  Select: Whoa, you're actually glowing!
Mandricardo
Hm? I am?
Mandricardo
...Well, this IS my idol we're talking about.

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
Far as I'm concerned,
there's no greater hero than Hektor.

Mandricardo
So if I ever get a chance to meet him, well...
I wanna be able to face him with pride.

--ARROW--

Jason
All right.

Jason
We now have the material we need to make a Divine Construct.

Jason
Which means we're one step closer to giving Artemis some well-deserved payback.

Jason
...Hm This feeling...

Jason
...Gaaah!

Mochizuki Chiyome
What is it, Lord Ja–Yeow!

Charlotte Corday
Urk!

Orion
Ow ow ow ow!

  1. Wh-what's happening!?
 
  Select: Wh-what's happening!?

===Branch End===

Jason
Ghh, dammit.
It's the same thing as before, remember?

Jason
We were told the next piece of information would become accessible once we got the materials for the Divine Construct.

Jason
Ugh, this is the freakin' worst.
My ears are still ringing.

Charlotte Corday
Well, at least now we know where to find Hephaestus!

Holmes
Very good. Then if you would kindly tell us the coordinates, I'll have Captain Nemo put them up on the map.

Charlotte Corday
Sure. Hephaestus is right around...

Orion
Here. Right in the heart of the great labyrinth on Perse Island.

Orion
Hephaestus is at the very end of the path that winds through the massive, intricate maze of the Minotaur.

Mandricardo
Well, his forge unit, anyway.

Jason
...Okay, looking at the map, it should take us about two days to reach Perse Island.

Jason
We'll stop at a smaller island on the way to rest up, then we'll keep going until we've found him.

Nemo
I'd also like you to get more of Hephaestus's nanomachines. About three Servants' worth, if you can.

Nemo
According to my calculations, that should be enough to completely restore the Border. No...not just restore it. To let it be reborn.

Nemo
I even drew up some blueprints for its new design.
Take a look.

Goredolf
I'm afraid I don't quite know what I'm looking at...

Nemo
And of course, it'll call for a name change as well.

Nemo
It won't just be borrowing my Nautilus's name anymore. It'll be a new vessel, one better suited for your journey.

Da Vinci
Though of course, that's all still a nice daydream at this point.

Jason
Well, this is Hephaestus's own temple we're talking about.

Jason
I'd say the odds of it having enough nanomachines for three Servants are better than even. ...Probably, anyway.

Jason
Okay, let's get back to the ship and get ready to set sail.

Jason
And as soon as that's done,
I'm taking a well-deserved catnap!

Charlotte Corday
But, Servants don't need to sleep...

Jason
I might be a Servant, but I'm also making full use of my brain every hour of the day.

Jason
So it's only natural I'd need a break and some sweets to recharge.

Charlotte Corday
Are you suuure that's true?

Charlotte Corday
But, all right. Then I'll bake you some cookies or something once we're back on the ship.

Jason
Good. That's what I like to hear.

Achilles
All right, this may be a little unnecessary by now, but...

Achilles
My name is Achilles.

Achilles
I might not be in peak condition right now thanks to my heel being shot...

Achilles
...but I swear on my mother and father alike that I'm willing to give everything I have to help humanity.

Achilles
...
...

Achilles
Hey, what are you waiting for?
Go on, introduce yourself properly.

Paris
Aah! R-right!

Paris
Um, m-my name is Paris, and I'm an Archer!

Paris
...I, um, may not even remotely compare to Orion...

Paris
But I promise I'll at least do my very best!
Thank you for having me!

Paris
Oh, one last thing:
I also hate Achilles!

Achilles
Was that last bit really necessary?

Paris
Yes, it was!

Achilles
Oh well, that's okay. The main thing's that we're both in the same boat now, figuratively and, very soon, literally.

Achilles
And that means we're part of the same crew,
even if we hate each other.

Paris
Well, yeah, I guess...

Mash
I'm surprised by how pragmatic they're being about this...

Orion
Well, for better or worse, heroes from ancient times are used to killing each other.

Orion
There's more than a few Celtic heroes like that too,
if I'm not mistaken.

Da Vinci
Of course, I doubt it's as easy as that when they have ideological differences, like Edison and Tesla...

Paris
Khh. How can he be so indifferent when I'm still not over it?

Jason
Hmph. As Achilles said, we're all in the same boat now, and that boat–literally the last hope for humanity's survival–is on the verge of sinking.

Jason
So whatever your differences might've been before, you're going to leave them all behind before you come on board!

Section 14: Suffering and Pleasure are Life's Medicine for Relief

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Nemo
Sonar has a contact. Looks like nanomachine-enhanced Lamia! Lots of them!

Nemo
All Servants on standby,
prepare to deploy for battle!

Jason
What, seriously? Oh, all right.
Achilles!

Achilles
Yeah?

Jason
Paris has shown us what he can do,
but you can't yet say the same.

Jason
If you really are able to fight, then you shouldn't have any problem proving it to us.

Achilles
...Hmm.

Achilles
Master!

  1. What's up?
 
  Select: What's up?

===Branch End===

Achilles
Now that Jason's said his piece,
I want to know what you think.

Jason
Huh? You're roping {(M) him /(F) her} into this too?

Achilles
Hell yeah I am. I don't go around just serving anyone who barks orders at me.

  1. I'd like to see you fight, too.
  2. As long as your heel's okay...
  Select: I'd like to see you fight, too.
Achilles
Got it! In that case, just sit back and enjoy the show!

  Select: As long as your heel's okay...
Achilles
That's what you're worried about, huh?
Achilles
I can't say it's not slowing me down...but it's not gonna stop me from wiping the floor with a bunch of weaklings.

===Branch End===

Achilles
Hup!

Achilles
Feels a little weird to be floating on water...
But it's nothing I can't handle.

Achilles
Okay, kiddies. Time to learn why I was renowned as the strongest hero of the Trojan War!

Achilles
Here I go!

Paris
For the record, the strongest hero of the Trojan War was my brother, Hektor!

--BATTLE--

Achilles
Annnd done.
Well, Master? Whatcha think?

Achilles
I might not be at my best, but my speed and strength're still nothing to sneeze at, right?

  1. That was perfect.
  2. That wasn't your best? Really?
  Select: That was perfect.
Achilles
Awesome. That's what I like to hear!

  Select: That wasn't your best? Really?
Achilles
Nope. At my true speed,
you wouldn't be able to see me at all.
Achilles
The fact that I was visible at all just proves how weakened I still am.

===Branch End===

  1. Well here, have a heal just in case.
 
  Select: Well here, have a heal just in case.

===Branch End===

Achilles
Huh?

Achilles
I mean, I wasn't all that hurt, and I would've healed up on my own in a little while anyway...

Achilles
But, thanks. I appreciate it.

Mash
Are you okay, Master!?

  1. I got a little dizzy...
 
  Select: I got a little dizzy...

===Branch End===

Mash
Using a Mystic Code again immediately after a battle really takes a lot out of you.

Da Vinci
Whoa, whoa. You all right there?

Mash
Here, Senpai, lean on me.
I'll take you back to your room.

  1. Thanks...
 
  Select: Thanks...

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
...
...

Mandricardo
Hey, you got a minute?

Da Vinci
What's up, Mandricardo?

Mandricardo
Well...

Fou
Fou fou...

  1. Phew...
  2. I'm okay. Thanks, Fou.
  Select: Phew...

  Select: I'm okay. Thanks, Fou.

===Branch End===

  1. (Is that Mash?) Come in!
  2. (Wonder who that could be?) Come in!
  Select: (Is that Mash?) Come in!

  Select: (Wonder who that could be?) Come in!

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
Hey, uh... Got a minute?

  1. Sure. What's up?
 
  Select: Sure. What's up?

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
I just felt like having a chat,
Servant to Master.

Mandricardo
Besides, I never finished my story.

Mandricardo
No, see, that's the thing.
I DID find it, just like I wanted to.

Mandricardo
But–

Mandricardo
But before we get back to my stupid antics...

Mandricardo
...and I apologize in advance if I'm way off base or out of line here...

Mandricardo
...but do you think you might be being a little overeager?

Mandricardo
No, wait. That's not clear at all, is it?

Mandricardo
What I mean is, are you sure you're not pushing yourself too hard? Or trying to act more positive than you feel?

Mandricardo
I ask because I couldn't help but notice,
when you healed Achilles earlier...

Mandricardo
...you looked like you were pushing yourself way too hard, especially after you were already tired from fighting.

Mandricardo
I even, erm, worked up the courage to ask Da Vinci about it...

Mandricardo
...and she said you usually don't heal Servants after a battle like that at all.

Mandricardo
So it sounds like before, you usually had a pretty good idea when to save your strength and when to go all out.

  1. I...
 
  Select: I...

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
...Well, if something changed, I'm sure there's a reason. And it might not really be my place to pry...

Mandricardo
But if it's okay with you, maybe we could talk about it?
We, uh, might have something in common.

  1. I've been feeling some strange urgency ever since we got to this Lostbelt...
  2. How so?
  Select: I've been feeling some strange urgency ever since we got to this Lostbelt...
Mandricardo
Urgency, huh...?
Hmm...
Mandricardo
So that's why you haven't been acting like yourself.
Mandricardo
Uh... Sorry if what I'm about to say is kind of rude.

  Select: How so?
Mandricardo
...Sorry, this is gonna sound rude.

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
Like I told you before, I'm a supporting character in the legend of Charlemagne.

Mandricardo
Sure, there's some stories that focus on my personal exploits...

Mandricardo
But in the end, I'm just an adversary there to be defeated.

Mandricardo
So really, I'm just strong enough to make the battle compelling. That's it.

Mandricardo
Hell, the only reason I'm a Rider is because I stole a horse more famous than me–Brigliadoro was his name.

Mandricardo
If it wasn't for that story,
I might never have been summoned at all.

Mandricardo
Basically...
Um...

Mandricardo
You see...
Uh...

  1. You're saying that, as a fellow weakling,you understand what I'm going through?
  2. You're saying you know what it's like to be weak, like me?
  Select: You're saying that, as a fellow weakling,you understand what I'm going through?

  Select: You're saying you know what it's like to be weak, like me?

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
...
...

Mandricardo
...Well, yeah.

Mandricardo
Don't get me wrong, though. I don't actually think you're weak. And I know Mash doesn't, either.

Mandricardo
But as a hero with a hell of an inferiority complex... Well, let's just say like recognizes like.

  1. ...You might be right.
  2. I want to say you're wrong.
  Select: ...You might be right.

  Select: I want to say you're wrong.

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
...I knew it. Guess my intuition's not completely useless after all.

Mandricardo
That other Master... Kirschtaria, right?

  1. He was pretty amazing, wasn't he?
 
  Select: He was pretty amazing, wasn't he?

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
No way. Not even a little.

Mandricardo
Listen, Master, that guy's just like me.
He's nothing special.

Mandricardo
When you're really strong, you can live your life elegantly, and you never have to make any hard choices.

Mandricardo
When he attacked us, I was nearly knocked out cold and almost taken out of commission for good...

Mandricardo
But you kept your wits about you,
and above all, you survived.

Mandricardo
That's what I call amazing.

Mandricardo
...Listen.

Mandricardo
A guy like me? I'll never measure up to the likes of Achilles or Heracles.

Mandricardo
Hell, while I wish it wasn't the case, I don't think I can even beat Ruggiero, no matter how many times I fight him.

Mandricardo
As for why that is, well...
It's kind of a long story.

Mandricardo
Crap.
...I'm sorry. Guess I really was off base.

Mandricardo
I shouldn't have jumped to conclusions.

Mandricardo
All that's left now is...
Oh, right, the rest of my story.

Inner Monologue
...I went on an adventure.

Inner Monologue
I swore I was going to become a hero the likes of which had never been seen before. One with tales of derring-do so dazzling they'd make the whole world gasp in awe.

Inner Monologue
I traveled near and far, and at long last,
I found the sacred sword I'd been looking for.

Inner Monologue
But...

Inner Monologue
“You essentially stole it, Mandricardo. You have no more rightful claim to it than a stray dog to a dead man's bones.”

Inner Monologue
...It wasn't the incredible reward I thought I'd find at the end of my adventure.

Inner Monologue
All I did was snatch something a love-crazed knight threw away, like a dog rooting through a dumpster.

Mandricardo
Roland had thrown Durendal away,
and I'd taken it for myself.

Mandricardo
I did run into some trouble when I found it, but that didn't matter. They said it was no different than if I'd stolen it.

Mandricardo
Once I'd defeated Zerbino and won the sword from him, I went around bragging about being the hero who had it all.

Mandricardo
And I was so hopped up on the excitement of getting the legendary sword for myself that I didn't think twice about it.

Mandricardo
As for what happened next, well...
I think I'll just give you the short version.

Mandricardo
I lost to Bradamante's lover, Ruggiero.

Mandricardo
I was wearing Hektor's armor, wielding Durendal,
and I still couldn't beat him.

Mandricardo
Sure, Ruggiero was a hell of a hero,
and he did have a demonic sword.

Mandricardo
But...there's no doubt my weapon was better.

Mandricardo
I think that's probably why I didn't bring that sword with me when I was summoned as a Servant.

Mandricardo
Because in exchange for that sword...I gave up something I shouldn't have. Something important.

  1. I know how you feel...
 
  Select: I know how you feel...

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
...Gotcha. Well then, it was worth embarrassing myself.

Mandricardo
...Anyway, getting back to my main point.

Mandricardo
Just to be totally clear, I–we, never once thought you were third-rate.

Mandricardo
But if, in spite of that, you're thinking of yourself as powerless...

Mandricardo
...or that you've got to do something, anything,
to prove you got what it takes...

Mandricardo
...well, you're just plain wrong.

  1. So, it would be better if I didn't do anything?
 
  Select: So, it would be better if I didn't do anything?

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
Uh... No, it's not that.
That's not what I mean.

Mandricardo
I mean you've already more than proven it.

Mandricardo
You being here...
Standing with us Servants...

Mandricardo
The decisions you make...

Mandricardo
Even if you can't help but think everything you do is third-rate at best...

Mandricardo
...we–I, have nothing but respect for it.

  1. So, it's fine if I mess up?
  2. So you won't get mad if I make a mistake?
  Select: So, it's fine if I mess up?
Mandricardo
Okay, maybe not exactly FINE, but I can always bail you out if I have to.

  Select: So you won't get mad if I make a mistake?
Mandricardo
Hell no.

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
So...you know, let's only work as hard as we have to!

Mandricardo
(Wait. Did I really just say that?
That can't be what {(M) he /(F) she} needs to hear now, right?)

Mandricardo
(Then again, I can't think of any better way to get my feelings across than that...)

Mandricardo
(...Dammit, why am I so bad at putting my thoughts into words?)

  1. ...Thanks, Mandricardo. I feel better now.
 
  Select: ...Thanks, Mandricardo. I feel better now.

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
S-sure thing.
...I'm glad to hear that.

Mandricardo
If you'd been all “How's this maudlin guy trying to cheer me up supposed to help!?” I'd have jumped straight into my spirit form and never looked back.

  1. I'd never say something like that!
 
  Select: I'd never say something like that!

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
Good point. You wouldn't, would you?

Mandricardo
Aw, crap. I probably shouldn't be this frank with you, seeing how you're my Master and all.

  1. I don't mind.
 
  Select: I don't mind.

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
But, it's so, you know, improper and stuff...

  1. Really, it's fine.
 
  Select: Really, it's fine.

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
...Well, okay, if you insist.
But it still doesn't seem right to me.

Mandricardo
I mean, being this frank with each other is usually something reserved for friends and such.

  1. I guess that makes us friends then.
 
  Select: I guess that makes us friends then.

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
...
...

Mandricardo
...Friends!?

Mandricardo
B-b-but I'm like this mopey, awkward downer!

Mandricardo
And a third-rate Servant! And a bad guy!
(At least as far as Charlemagne's side is concerned.)

Mandricardo
If you go around calling me your friend, people are gonna start throwing rocks at you and stuff!

  1. I don't think that'll be an issue.
  2. Even if that happens, don't friends stick up for each other?
  Select: I don't think that'll be an issue.

  Select: Even if that happens, don't friends stick up for each other?

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
(Ahhhhhh!
That's riiiiiight!)

Mandricardo
(I forgot that this Master's most endearing quality is the way {(M) he /(F) she} gets along with pretty much everyone!)

Mandricardo
(So of course {(M) he'd /(F) she'd} go along with being friends if I suggested it!)

  1. Mandricardo?
 
  Select: Mandricardo?

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
Uh, yes. I mean, o-okay, I hear you.

Mandricardo
Then, uh...I guess from now on...
you and I are officially friends.

Mandricardo
Although, in that case, it'd probably be weird if I called you Master, huh?

  1. Just call me Fujimaru!
 
  Select: Just call me Fujimaru!

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
...Well, I think I'll still have to go with Master in battle and such, or it'll seriously throw me off, but...

Mandricardo
O-okay then, in general, I'll call you, uh...

Mandricardo
...Fujimaru...

Mandricardo
...from now on.

Mandricardo
J-just don't blame me if you regret this later!

  1. I won't.
 
  Select: I won't.

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
A-all right...
If you're sure.

Mandricardo
Okay, Fujimaru, make sure to stay warm and get plenty of sleep, okay?

Mandricardo
(...Great. Now I sound more like a parent than a friend.)

  1. Good night, buddy.
  2. Good night, Mandricardo.
  Select: Good night, buddy.
Mandricardo
Guh! That hit me way harder than I thought!

  Select: Good night, Mandricardo.
Mandricardo
Y-you too.
Good night!

===Branch End===

  1. I think I'm gonna sleep really well tonight!
 
  Select: I think I'm gonna sleep really well tonight!

===Branch End===

--ARROW--

Bartholomew
...And ever since that day, I vowed to never stop loving hidden eyes for as long as I lived.

Charlotte Corday
That was quite the tale of adventure, wasn't it, Master!

  1. I had no idea there was such a sad backstory to, uh, that...
  2. (Crying too hard to speak)
  Select: I had no idea there was such a sad backstory to, uh, that...
Mash
Indeed.
Mash
I think, had it been written down, it might have been one of literature's greatest epic tales of tragic love.

  Select: (Crying too hard to speak)
Charlotte Corday
Here, you can use this hankie.

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
...Though you know, this is quite the adventure we're on right now, too.

Charlotte Corday
I certainly never experienced anything like this back when I was alive.

Charlotte Corday
This may be inappropriate for me to say,
but I'm having a great deal of fun.

  1. There's nothing inappropriate about that.
  2. I am too.
  Select: There's nothing inappropriate about that.
Charlotte Corday
I see. That's a relief...

  Select: I am too.
Charlotte Corday
Yay! I'm glad you feel the same way!

===Branch End===

Bartholomew
Usually, we only get a single life to live.
That's a onetime only adventure in its own right.

Bartholomew
...Hmm. You know, if it's not too improper of me to ask, what is it you guys really want to do here?

Bartholomew
Oh, and I don't mean the obvious things like defeating this Lostbelt, helping Master, and saving the world.

Bartholomew
I mean other, more personal kinds of things, if you have any. I figured sharing them could add to the fun.

Charlotte Corday
Huh?
...Hmm. I-I'm not sure.

Charlotte Corday
I mean, I definitely do want to be useful to Master...

Charlotte Corday
But you're talking about things apart from that, right?

Bartholomew
Exactly. The more selfish, the better, in this case.

Bartholomew
For example, in my case, I'm hoping I get to meet the beautifully hidden eyes of the love of my life.

Mandricardo
G-gotcha. If nothing else, you definitely know what you like, don't you?

Bartholomew
Oh yes.

Mandricardo
Let's see... What do I want...?
This is tougher than I thought.

Mandricardo
My wish to make a new friend I can just be myself with kinda already came true, so...

Mash
It did? Does that mean you're now friends with Orion and Achilles?

Mandricardo
Nah, nothing like that.
Those guys are just colleagues.

Mandricardo
Anyway, I remember now.

Mandricardo
All I want's the same thing I've always wanted:
to be a great knight.

Bartholomew
Oh? That's a surprise.

Bartholomew
You may have been portrayed as a villain in the legend of Charlemagne, but I was under the impression you were already a fully-fledged knight who had been on grand adventures.

Mandricardo
W-well...I guess I did accomplish enough that I could be all humble and say something like “Oh, it wasn't that big a deal.”

Mandricardo
...No, no, that's not good enough. I'm gonna stick with wanting to become a great knight.

Bartholomew
Hmm, I see.

Bartholomew
Well, seeing as your Hidden-Eyes-Depth is E-rank, I don't think you'll need any words of encouragement from me.

Mandricardo
Yeah, yeah.

Mandricardo
...Wait. What's “Hidden-Eyes-Depth”?

Bartholomew
How about you, Ms. Corday?

Bartholomew
If you could do anything in the world,
what would it be?

Charlotte Corday
Hmm...

Charlotte Corday
...
...

Charlotte Corday
I don't think I should be free to do whatever I want.

  1. You don't?
 
  Select: You don't?

===Branch End===

Bartholomew
Well, that's a unique perspective.
And why do you think that?

Charlotte Corday
Isn't it obvious?

Charlotte Corday
The whole reason I ended up as a Servant is because I thought freely.

Mash
That's...

Charlotte Corday
It looks like Mash already knows what I'm talking about.

Charlotte Corday
I don't have any accomplishments to speak of.

Charlotte Corday
I never achieved anything great like Drake.
I never had any stories told about me like Jason.

Charlotte Corday
I never had any adventures like Mandricardo's,
and I was never a figure of myth like Orion.

Charlotte Corday
I'm just a dumb assassin who committed a single murder that didn't amount to anything useful.

Charlotte Corday
I thought about what I could do on my own, came up with a plan on my own, and tried to help save my country on my own, only for it all to end up being completely meaningless.

Charlotte Corday
I'm a dumb, empty-headed assassin.
That's all I'll ever be.

Charlotte Corday
So I don't have any right to decide for myself.
Not when there's no point in my even being alive.

Mash
...I don't agree with that.

Charlotte Corday
Why not?

Nemo
I overheard some strange things being said while I was swaying on the ocean currents, so I'm going to cut in.

Nemo
If that was all it took to negate the point of living, there'd be none to Bartholomew or me being alive, either.

Nemo
I'm a purely conceptual being–nothing more than a Phantom Spirit made up of a mix of Heroic and Divine parts.

Nemo
And as for Bartholomew, his accomplishments were all, well, terrible.

Bartholomew
Hahaha, I can't argue with that.

Bartholomew
It's true. I made no contributions to human history whatsoever.

Bartholomew
I can't even claim to be the most notable pirate.
That was all that idiot Blackbeard's doing.

Bartholomew
And the other pirate Servants all have much more interesting stories to tell than I do.

Bartholomew
Take, say, Anne Bonny and Mary Read.
They're nothing if not memorable, right?

Bartholomew
Voilà! Just like that, there's no point in my existence either!

Charlotte Corday
Don't be silly!
Those things couldn't be more different!

Bartholomew
No, Ms. Corday. When you get right down to it, they're exactly the same.

Nemo
He's right.

Nemo
Ultimately...there's no point to most people's lives.

  1. I just happened to survive by sheer luck.
  2. It was just pure coincidence that I became a Master at all.
  Select: I just happened to survive by sheer luck.
Charlotte Corday
R-really?
Mash
That's true...
Mash
If Director Olga Marie hadn't happened to have kicked you out of that room back then...
Mash
...it's very possible that none of us would be here right now.
Mash
Though of course, you can and should take full credit for all the amazing things you accomplished afterwards, Master!
Mash
As your very first Servant,
I couldn't be more proud to serve you.

  Select: It was just pure coincidence that I became a Master at all.
Mash
Indeed.
Mash
But coincidence or not,
I'm very grateful that you did.

===Branch End===

Fou
Fou. Fooou!

Bartholomew
How about you, Jason?
Where do you stand on this discussion?

Jason
What? You mean do I think there's any meaning to life?

Jason
What kind of boring question is that? It's just a matter of which point in your life you decide to look at.

Jason
Is it only worth moving ahead with life if there's some greater meaning to your existence?

Jason
And conversely, if there isn't any meaning to your existence, does that mean you should just...die?

Jason
Because if that were the case, all of humanity besides me would have gone extinct long ago!

Charlotte Corday
Did he really just say what I think he said!?

  1. Talk about confidence!
 
  Select: Talk about confidence!

===Branch End===

Jason
Hahaha! You can all bow to me now.

Paris
Yes, sir.

Achilles
Are you nuts!? Why would you actually listen to him!?

Paris
Well, I don't really know what he's talking about,
but it sounded really wise!

Achilles
Dammit, you're even more gullible than I thought.

Apollo
Hi, um, Apollo here. I think what you meant to say was  “pure and innocent.”

Achilles
Do you even know how to make yourself useful!?

Charlotte Corday
...Hehe. Hehehehe.

Charlotte Corday
So somebody else did what I wasn't able to, huh...?

Charlotte Corday
Yes, you may be right.

Charlotte Corday
...But in that case,
what's the point in our even being here?

  1. What's wrong with just having fun?
  2. Maybe life doesn't have any meaning.
  Select: What's wrong with just having fun?

  Select: Maybe life doesn't have any meaning.

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
Huh?

Bartholomew
Hmm. You may be right, Master.

Bartholomew
There are sacrifices to be made, of course,
and that's something to be sad about.

Bartholomew
There's also the sense of duty we feel that drives us to help bring this war to a close.

Bartholomew
But, all told, don't you think it's safe to say we're all having fun?

Charlotte Corday
...Well, maybe.

Bartholomew
Great! Now that that's settled...
Let's talk love!

Bartholomew
What do you say? Any interest in hearing about my extraordinary romantic exploits?

Orion
Um... Are we talking the kinds of stories reserved solely for those more, ah, mature audiences?

Goredolf
Will you lot knock it off already!? The encrypted comms line is not your personal phone party!

Goredolf
I'll especially thank you to not use it for such inappropriately salacious topics! There will be no tales of “extraordinary romantic exploits” on my watch!

Goredolf
In case you've forgotten, let me remind you that we are still very much in the middle of an operation!

Charlotte Corday
...
...Hehe.

Inner Monologue
Ah...

Inner Monologue
I'm well and truly convinced.

Inner Monologue
This is fun.

Inner Monologue
I've never seen an ocean like this, or islands like this, or a civilization like this... Anything like this, really.

Inner Monologue
Yes, I'm still so scared it feels like my heart is going to burst, but that's just as true for all of them, too.

Inner Monologue
I bet these people find heart-pounding adventures and terrifying monsters to be fun, too.

Inner Monologue
...Ahh, I'm so jealous.
I wish I could be like that myself.

Inner Monologue
I really, really do.

Charlotte Corday
Huh?

Charlotte Corday
There isn't...?

  1. Nobody can go through life without making some painful mistakes.
  2. But that doesn't mean meeting new people isn't still exciting.
  Select: Nobody can go through life without making some painful mistakes.

  Select: But that doesn't mean meeting new people isn't still exciting.

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
...
...

Charlotte Corday
I-I'm sorry. My mind is still trying to process what you said.

Charlotte Corday
...So, life doesn't have any meaning?

Charlotte Corday
And this pain I feel is normal?

Charlotte Corday
...Yet...despite all that,
our meeting like this is...exciting?

Charlotte Corday
So, even though there's no point to my existence...that doesn't mean it's wrong for me to be here?

  1. Of course not.
  2. It doesn't prove or refute anything on its own.
  Select: Of course not.

  Select: It doesn't prove or refute anything on its own.

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
...I see.

Charlotte Corday
So you've met lots of different people,
and had to say goodbye to most of them.

Charlotte Corday
And even though you must have been through a lot of hardships...you're still able to smile like that.

Charlotte Corday
...
...

Charlotte Corday
C-can I ask you something?

Charlotte Corday
Do you remember when we first met?

  1. You mean when you saved my life?
  2. What about it?
  Select: You mean when you saved my life?
Charlotte Corday
...That's right.
Charlotte Corday
I remember I was so overcome with emotion that I cried.

  Select: What about it?
Charlotte Corday
Yes, well, for you, I'm guessing you mostly just remember the fact that I saved your life.
Charlotte Corday
But for me, the much more important thing is the fact is that...I actually SAVED you.

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
I'd never once been of any use to anyone.
Not when I was alive, nor after my death.

Charlotte Corday
So when I did something useful for you...that was the first time I ever did something useful for the world.

Charlotte Corday
That got me wondering whether I even deserved to be part of something so wonderful...

Charlotte Corday
And that's why I started crying.

???
It is through this servitude that your life will have meaning.

  1. Are you okay?
 
  Select: Are you okay?

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
Y-yes, I'm fine. I'm sorry.
I was just spacing out a bit.

Charlotte Corday
...Thank you, Master.

Charlotte Corday
I really love you!

  1. Huh!?
 
  Select: Huh!?

===Branch End===

Mash
Wha...!?

Charlotte Corday
What?

Charlotte Corday
...
...

Charlotte Corday
!

Charlotte Corday
I'm sorry, I didn't mean it like that.
I just meant, um...

Charlotte Corday
That you're a great Master,
and someone I really respect...

Mash
O-oh. I see...

Mash
In that, I completely agree!
I'm very proud to have Fujimaru as my Master.

Bartholomew
Whoa there. If you're going to have a lovers' quarrel, take it to the Argo.

Bartholomew
I don't allow that sort of thing here on the Royal Fortune.

Charlotte Corday
H-huh? Why's that?

Bartholomew
Because unsightly squabbles like that always end up reducing hidden eyes purity levels.

Jason
I don't allow lovers' quarrels on the Argo either.
Know why?

Jason
Because in Greece, doing anything romantic in nature is tantamount to ASKING for death!

Jason
Trust. Me.

Mash
I can tell you speak from painful experience.

Bartholomew
Anyway, that's enough chitchat.
It won't be long till we reach our destination now.

  1. Got it!
 
  Select: Got it!

===Branch End===

Mash
Let's go get ready to disembark, Master!

Bartholomew
Ms. Corday?

Charlotte Corday
?

Charlotte Corday
Oh, please don't call me “Ms.”

Bartholomew
My apologies, Lady Corday. I just wanted to say that was quite the front you put up there.

Charlotte Corday
...
...

Charlotte Corday
...You're very perceptive, aren't you, Bartholomew?

Bartholomew
Well, I expect I have a big leg up on the most when it comes to things of this sort.

Bartholomew
That said, you weren't exactly hard to read.

Charlotte Corday
Do you think I'll regret it if I don't say anything?

Bartholomew
Regrets and partings are an intrinsic part of life, Lady Corday. Especially now that we're Servants.

Charlotte Corday
...Life really doesn't ever go the way you want it to, does it? Not even when you get a second chance at it.

Bartholomew
I see. Then I take it my suspicions were on the mark?

Charlotte Corday
...
...

Charlotte Corday
I'll say. They were right on the money, dammit.

Section 15: An Absent Monster and Great Labyrinth in the Ruins

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Nemo
No hostiles detected near Perse Island. No sign of Artemis in nearby orbital space, either.

Nemo
Right. All hands, prepare to make land!

Jason
Okay, so we'll be making a Divine Construct for Orion instead of Achilles, like we originally planned...

Jason
...but that shouldn't affect the forging process too much one way or the other.

Jason
Bartholomew, you stay behind and watch the ship like usual. Paris, I want you to do the same.

Jason
Take the ships around to the other side of the island and be ready to rendezvous with us there.

Bartholomew
You got it, Leader.
We'll work with the Nemos to keep the Argo safe.

Bartholomew
You don't have to worry about us.

Nemo Professor
Hi again.
I'll be staying behind with the ship this time.

Nemo Professor
Here's the container for the nanomachines.

Nemo Professor
Please make sure you use this to collect the Hephaestus Klironomia once you find them.

Mash
We will!

  1. Okay, see you all later!
 
  Select: Okay, see you all later!

===Branch End===

Bartholomew
Later!

Bartholomew
A gentle breeze and no sign of trouble anywhere, huh.

Bartholomew
...I don't like it.

Bartholomew
This is the exact sort of moment when unforeseen disaster tends to strike.

Bartholomew
But I guess there's nothing I can do now except pray that fortune smiles upon them.

Jason
...Tch.

Mandricardo
More Atlantis border guards...

  1. Do you think they've seen us?
 
  Select: Do you think they've seen us?

===Branch End===

Mochizuki Chiyome
...No. From what I have observed, their patrol routes appear to be restricted to a standard range.

Mochizuki Chiyome
If they had received word that we were coming here to see Lord Hephaestus...

Mochizuki Chiyome
...I imagine that they would be far more vigilant right now.

Mochizuki Chiyome
They are most likely simply deploying these guards to every island in the vicinity.

Mochizuki Chiyome
If they knew Lord Hephaestus was here, the security detail would surely look very different.

Mandricardo
Guess that means we'll just have to take care of them, huh?

Jason
Any quick-moving Demonic Beasts nearby?
...Doesn't look like it. Okay, let's do this.

Achilles
Got it.

Charlotte Corday
Right! Let's all do our best out there, everyone!

Jason
Whoa, what happened to you?
I've never seen you so fired up before.

Charlotte Corday
I just decided that from now on, I'm going to focus on completing the task at hand, whatever it takes!

Charlotte Corday
All right, let's do this!

--BATTLE--

Jason
That takes care of them...

Jason
But it won't take long for Odysseus's main fleet to realize we're here once they fail to report in.

Jason
That said, they probably won't get here THAT quickly–

Mochizuki Chiyome
Do not say things like that.
You will only invite disaster.

Mochizuki Chiyome
In all of human history, fate has never been kind to those who are overly optimistic in their estimations.

Jason
Dammit, you're right. And as if to prove the point, your reminder just inspired my brain to flash back to all the worst memories from my life simultaneously.

Jason
We need to hurry.

Jason
Chiyome, Mandricardo, you've already been infused with Hephaestus Klironomia, right?

Jason
Does that mean you can tell where the temple is once we get close enough?

Mochizuki Chiyome
Yes, we should be able to...
But this island is also bigger than I believed.

Mandricardo
Yeah... Right now, all I can say is that I can vaguely tell it's on the other side.

Jason
I see. Then I suppose there's nothing to be done but start looking for it.

Charlotte Corday
Aren't you forgetting something?
What about the labyrinth?

Charlotte Corday
It's guarded by the Minotaur, right?

Charlotte Corday
So, won't it attack us if we go in unprepared?

  1. I...don't think we'll have to worry about that.
 
  Select: I...don't think we'll have to worry about that.

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
?

Mash
...Right.
I don't think we need to worry about that, either...

Mandricardo
(Sounds like there's a sad story there, and being the downer I am, I can tell this is a good time to keep my mouth shut.)

Charlotte Corday
Well, if you say so, I'll take your word for it,
but we should at least take some thread with us!

Charlotte Corday
Then again...maybe there wouldn't be much point to that, since it'd probably break pretty easily.

Jason
Ariadne's thread wouldn't.

Jason
It was specially woven and imbued with a fair maiden's prayers to ensure it would never break no matter what.

Charlotte Corday
Then, if I pray hard enough...does that mean I could make Ariadne's thread too?

Jason
Since when are you fair or a mai–

Charlotte Corday
Don't go there, Jason.
Unless you're really eager to bleed.

Jason
On second thought, I withdraw my comment.
(Backpedaling furiously away from that land mine.)

Achilles
Yeah...I don't think that's gonna work, Corday.

  1. How come?
 
  Select: How come?

===Branch End===

Achilles
The reason Ariadne's prayers were so effective is because she loved Theseus body and soul.

Achilles
If they hadn't had the power of love on their side...

Achilles
...Theseus would've never been able to follow the thread all the way back to the exit.

Jason
I'd usually scoff at that, but I can't deny that love does have a lot of (cursed) power... Especially in Greece.

Charlotte Corday
Love...huh.

Charlotte Corday
...
...

Charlotte Corday
True, I suppose that wouldn't work...

Jason
Certainly not with a woman who never fell in love when she was alive.

Charlotte Corday
I can't argue with that. (Sniff)

  1. That was uncalled for.
 
  Select: That was uncalled for.

===Branch End===

Jason
Heh... Part of being a hero is encouraging others to face unpleasant truths.

  1. ...!
 
  Select: ...!

===Branch End===

Achilles
Don't be fooled, Master. He doesn't mean it. He's just spitting out the first believable platitude that comes to mind.

Jason
...Coming up with convincing things to say on the spot is also part of being a hero.

Orion
You could at least pretend to feel bad!

Jason
That is ENOUGH out of all you Greek heroes! I mean it!

Jason
Dammit, I wish I could sacrifice you two in exchange for summoning Heracles back!

Achilles
Well, you can't!

Orion
Come on, don't you think that'd be a waste of a perfectly good hero right here!?

Jason
Oh?

Jason
Name me ONE thing about you that surpasses Heracles in any way!

Orion
My good looks!!!

Jason
He and I've both got you beat there!!!

  1. Talk about an endless, pointless argument...
 
  Select: Talk about an endless, pointless argument...

===Branch End===

Mash
I agree... After all, no two people will always agree about what constitutes good looks.

Achilles
This is so stupid.

Achilles
Now I wish we'd brought Paris along.
He's a better looker than all of them.

Mandricardo
I'm surprised you've got so much respect for the guy who killed you.

Mandricardo
Aw, crap, sorry. I didn't mean to say that out loud.

Achilles
Oh, absolutely!

Achilles
It took a lot of courage for him to take up that bow and kill me, and I respect him for it.

Achilles
Not that I can say so when he's around,
since he's always taking potshots at me.

  1. Yeah, it might be better that way...
  2. Why not? No need to be shy with praise.
  Select: Yeah, it might be better that way...
Mandricardo
Definitely.

  Select: Why not? No need to be shy with praise.
Mandricardo
You think? Something tells me that wouldn't go over very well.

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
Did something happen with you and Master,
Mandricardo? You seem...closer now, somehow.

Mandricardo
...Kinda.

  1. Really? That's all you're gonna say?
 
  Select: Really? That's all you're gonna say?

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
So...you're friends now?
Grr, I'm kind of jealous.

Charlotte Corday
Maybe it would help me get closer to {(M) him /(F) her} too if I tried speaking more informally myself?

Charlotte Corday
...Would that be okay?

Orion
Hell yeah it would.
Speaking as a lifelong romantic, I guarantee it.

Orion
And if you want to get closer to me while you're at it,
that's totally okay, too.

Charlotte Corday
Hmm. Then again, that's easier said than done.

Orion
Whup, you're not even listening to me, are you?
Guess she's lost in her own thoughts right now.

Charlotte Corday
The nuns at the abbey were always very particular about ensuring we spoke politely, after all, and it's very hard to unlearn a lifetime of habits like that overnight.

Charlotte Corday
Whatever am I going to do...?

Mochizuki Chiyome
Oh?

Mochizuki Chiyome
Master, I can see a hunter off in the distance.

Mochizuki Chiyome
Perhaps we should try asking him where we can find the labyrinth.

  1. Looks like that might be our only choice...
 
  Select: Looks like that might be our only choice...

===Branch End===

Mochizuki Chiyome
Then I will try speaking to him casually,
so that he does not think us suspicious.

Mochizuki Chiyome
Hiya there!!!

Perse Island Hunter
Wha...!? Who're you!?

Achilles
So much for that plan...
I'll go too and try to smooth things over.

Perse Island Hunter
The labyrinth? Why would you wanna go there?

Mochizuki Chiyome
It is our job to go around investigating ruins of that nature.

Perse Island Hunter
Uh-huh...

Perse Island Hunter
Well, there might be one old man back in the village who knows where it is.

Mochizuki Chiyome
Really? That would be a big help.

Perse Island Hunter
Come with me. I'll show you the way.

Mochizuki Chiyome
We have heard rumors that the labyrinth's monster is no longer there. Do you know if they are true?

Perse Island Hunter
Hmm, first I've heard of that.

Perse Island Hunter
...Wait. Really? The labyrinth monster's gone now!?

Perse Island Hunter
When I was a kid, my parents told me to stay away from there unless I wanted to be eaten. Some people went to check it out themselves and never returned.

Perse Island Hunter
And now the nameless monster's dead, huh?
Never would've seen that coming.

Mochizuki Chiyome
I'm sorry, nameless?

Perse Island Hunter
Oh, I think it used to have a name at some point,
but we all forgot it ages ago.

Perse Island Hunter
I mean, why would we need to know it?

Perse Island Hunter
It's not like we were ever gonna go near the thing, anyway.

Mash
...
...

Mochizuki Chiyome
Hmm, I see.

Mochizuki Chiyome
Then, none of you ever thought to try to vanquish this monster?

Mochizuki Chiyome
You are all more than strong enough to handle Demonic Beasts thanks to your Theos Klironomia.

Mochizuki Chiyome
So how come none of you ever thought to kill the labyrinth monster and make a name for yourselves?

Perse Island Hunter
Why would we want to do that?

Mochizuki Chiyome
Well, you know. To be heroes or something...

Perse Island Hunter
Are you nuts? How could a bunch of exiles like us ever become heroes?

Mash
Um, when you say “exiles,” do you mean you were exiled from Olympus?

Perse Island Hunter
Yeah, that's right.

Perse Island Hunter
They said we had bugs or something like that, so we got kicked out.

Perse Island Hunter
So it'd be wrong for us to become heroes.

Achilles
Can I ask you something too?

Achilles
That'd mean you knew there was a monster in the labyrinth all this time, but you never tried to kill it, right?

Achilles
Weren't you scared knowing it was out there? That it could come and attack you in your village anytime it wanted?

Perse Island Hunter
What else could we do? A god made that monster,
so we got no business killing it.

Achilles
...Gotcha.

Perse Island Hunter
Okay, there's the village over there.

Mochizuki Chiyome
Wonderful, thank you.
I will go on ahead, then.

Goredolf
I must say, there's something very...bland about these people.

Orion
That Artemis said something along those lines, too.

Orion
That there's something about them that's fundamentally different from us.

Jason
For better or worse, there were definitely people like that in Proper Human History, too.

Jason
People who unquestioningly accept what they've been given and settle down, without attempting to push things forward.

Jason
Honestly, they were probably the majority.
It's a much easier way to live, after all.

Jason
People like that aren't the type to embark on an arduous quest so they can come home with a golden fleece.

Jason
But at least they don't try to drag you down or badmouth you. That much, I appreciate.

Goredolf
...I don't know if I agree with that.

Goredolf
Doesn't the fact that none of them ever say anything mean, or try to drag others down, mean that they don't even feel such basic emotions as frustration or envy?

Holmes
Indeed.

Holmes
The people of Atlantis have gone down a very different path, both from Proper Human History and from the people of the Indian Lostbelt.

Holmes
I have no doubt that their lives are peaceful and content.

Holmes
They live for hundreds of years, and I suspect most of them have never caught so much as a cold...

Holmes
...because the Theos Klironomia–the general-purpose nanomachines they have been given stop every germ and virus in its tracks.

Holmes
They spend their many days tilling their fields, tending their livestock, hunting wild game, protecting their village from Demonic Beasts, and worshipping Olympus.

Holmes
A simple life, to be sure.

Goredolf
The people of the Chinese Lostbelt had forgotten their culture because it was taken away, but these people have abandoned civilization in the wake of their exile.

Goredolf
No, that's not quite right... It's more that there's simply no need for them to develop their civilization further.

Orion
...I see.

Holmes
I also doubt that this civilization imposes any form of sacrifice on its people, unlike Proper Human History and its tendency to plow ahead regardless of who or what may be obstructing its path.

Holmes
That being said, we have thus far only seen how these exiled Atlanteans view this world.

Holmes
Whereas the people who live in Olympus near the top of the Tree of Emptiness may well see things differently.

--ARROW--

Perse Island Resident
Hon! You're back!

Perse Island Hunter
I sure am. And I come bringing all the meat you could ask for!

Perse Island Resident
And who might these folks be?

Perse Island Hunter
They say they're here to investigate the labyrinth.

Perse Island Resident
Huh, okay. What about it are you looking to investigate?

Mochizuki Chiyome
Well, you know... This and that.

Perse Island Resident
Even though you're still so young and small?
Goodness, you poor thing.

Perse Island Resident
I can't believe you have to go around investigating labyrinths when you can't be more than a hundred years old.

Mochizuki Chiyome
Gnnn. ...Ahem.

Mochizuki Chiyome
W-well, what can I say? On my island, it is customary to begin working in one's adolescence.

Perse Island Resident
Anyway, the labyrinth, huh?
Now where was it again...?

Perse Island Hunter
I'm guessing old man Kynigos will know.

Perse Island Hunter
I remember him saying he went there way back when.

Perse Island Resident
Hmm, let's see... I think Kynigos should be living in the oldest house in the village.

Perse Island Resident
Though I'm not sure if he's even still alive,
to be honest...

Kynigos
The labyrinth?
Why would you wanna go somewhere like that?

Kynigos
You do know there's a monster there, don't you?

Mochizuki Chiyome
Oh, yes, there is no need to worry.
We are quite capable of taking care of monsters.

Mochizuki Chiyome
All we need is to know how to get there. So if you have a map, or something of the sort, that would be a huge hel–

Kynigos
You know the way you talk?
All stiff and all. It's weird.

Mochizuki Chiyome
Weird!?

Mash
(Jason's over in the corner not even trying to stifle his laughter!)

Kynigos
...Well, whatever.

Kynigos
This is the map data I used back when I went, so don't blame me if the roads have changed since then.

Kynigos
Should I just send it to you then?

Mochizuki Chiyome
U-uh, yes, that would be...
I mean, that'd be fine...

Kynigos
Gosh, I haven't sent data like this in forever.

  1. How come?
 
  Select: How come?

===Branch End===

Kynigos
'Cause there's usually no need to when we're just out here living our lives.

Mochizuki Chiyome
...Could you not use this functionality to communicate with people far away?

Kynigos
Why would I need to do that when everyone I'd want to talk to is right here?

Kynigos
I sure don't know anyone on any far-off island.

Kynigos
It would be one thing if we could use it to communicate with the gods. That would truly be a blessing.

Kynigos
But there's no point in forming networks between ordinary humans.

Mochizuki Chiyome
Hmm... I suppose you are–
I mean, I s'pose you're right.

Perse Island Hunter
Come on, Kynigos, it's almost time to eat.

Kynigos
I know. I'll be right there.
All right, that's all I've got for you.

Mochizuki Chiyome
Thank you for your help.
This will be invaluable.

Mochizuki Chiyome
These people really do not–I mean,
don't have any ambitions, do they?

  1. It's okay. I think it sounds just fine coming from you.
  2. It's okay. You're cuter when you're being polite and all.
  Select: It's okay. I think it sounds just fine coming from you.
Mochizuki Chiyome
(Sniff) Do you really think so, Master?
Jason
Whoa, whoa, come on, Master.
Jason
She's just trying to stand out.
Jason
Nobody from anywhere close to modern times would actually talk like that otherwise.
Mochizuki Chiyome
How rude! I will have you know there were plenty of other people from my clan who spoke in this manner!
Mandricardo
(Whoa. A whole village of kunoichi talking like dictionaries...)

  Select: It's okay. You're cuter when you're being polite and all.
Mochizuki Chiyome
Cute!? Wha...!?
Mochizuki Chiyome
D-d-d-d-do not be ridiculous.
I am a kunoichi first and foremost, remember?
Mochizuki Chiyome
And cuteness is one of a kunoichi's primary weapons,
so it only makes sense that I would be cute as well.
Mochizuki Chiyome
What I am trying to say, Master, is that you must have unwittingly fallen prey to my kunoichi charms!
Mochizuki Chiyome
...You have my sympathies!!!
Jason
Dammit, Master, you've got to be more careful with complimenting that one.
Jason
Any praise this ninja gets goes right to her head.
She's real gullible like that.
Mochizuki Chiyome
Gullible!? You, Lord Jason, are calling ME gullible!?
Jason
And you think I am!?
Mochizuki Chiyome
You may not be gullible, but you are absolutely beguilable!
Jason
That's not even a word!

===Branch End===

Mochizuki Chiyome
...Ahem. At any rate.

Mochizuki Chiyome
As I was saying, these people truly do not have anything in the way of ambitions or vigor!

Jason
That's just what happens when people spend their whole lives without any kind of technological revolution.

Jason
When life now looks exactly the same as it did ten thousand years ago, of course they'd lose all appetite for it.

Charlotte Corday
At least it's a very peaceful way to live...

Jason
Only because these people haven't moved past depending on the gods.

Mochizuki Chiyome
You know, Lord Jason, for someone born in the Age of Gods, you certainly do not like them very much.

Jason
You wouldn't either if you'd grown up there.

Jason
Though I have to say, whether we're talking this Lostbelt or Proper Human History, knowing the Twelve Olympians were robots makes a lot of sense.

Jason
It explains why their way of thinking was always so incredibly inhuman.

Mandricardo
Huh?

Mandricardo
I thought the Greek gods were famous for being,
you know, all too human.

Jason
Yes, and their motives were definitely human. But the conclusions they arrived at, and the way they generally conducted themselves, were all distinctly inhuman.

Jason
For example, some scholars believe they started the Trojan War to thin out the human population after they decided there were too many of us.

Mandricardo
...Yikes.

Jason
I don't know if that's true or not, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if it was.

Jason
And let's not forget that in this Lostbelt, the same Twelve Olympians have endured all the way up to the present day.

Jason
I'm sure even the minor gods live anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand years here.

Mash
You know, that reminds me of something.

Mash
While it may be to different degrees, you said the Greek gods were robots both here and in Proper Human History, right?

Mash
But the Divine Spirit-based Servants that we've met–like Euryale, for example–all looked like ordinary humans.

Goredolf
So, if the Twelve Olympians are robots, why aren't the gods who served them robots as well?

Mash
Right. For instance, Orion.
Poseidon is your father, right?

Orion
Yeah, he is.

Orion
But...I get the feeling I never actually met him back when I was alive.

Holmes
Hmm. I expect that may be very similar to the way myths ebb and flow throughout the world.

Holmes
For example, we already know that gods which emerged from concepts and nature across various lands were integrated into Greek mythology.

Holmes
So while I can't be sure if this is due to the Twelve Olympians themselves or the faith of their worshippers...

Holmes
...it makes perfect sense in this case that subservient gods would take the form of humans and animals.

Holmes
After all, these robotic gods clearly came from another planet altogether, and are of a wholly foreign nature.

Goredolf
But even so, wouldn't the myths end up twisting the forms of these subservient gods to resemble the Olympians?

Goredolf
I mean, it happens all the time, right?

Goredolf
When an enemy god from a different land's mythology is changed into a hideous monster...

Goredolf
...their form ends up changing after the fact to match.

Goredolf
So why wouldn't that happen to god being made subservient to one of these robots?

Holmes
The Olympians may have wished to avoid appearing completely alien to their worshippers.

Holmes
After all, I rather doubt there was anything else in all of ancient Greece in any way similar to them.

Holmes
So the fact that Orion looks completely human despite being Poseidon's son is most likely–

Nemo
Yeah, I think you're right.

Nemo
The Triton side of me still remembers what Poseidon looked like...

Nemo
...but I think that's only because he gave Triton special treatment, since he entrusted him to defend the sea as his successor.

Nemo
Whereas I don't think he thought of his “children” who lived on land as anything more than familiars.

Orion
...Yeah, good point! Now that I think about it, I don't actually know a single thing about my old man!

Achilles
My mother was a lesser god,
and looked completely human...

Achilles
Though that didn't stop my parents from separating because of “irreconcilable differences.”

Jason
Well, suffice to say, I think there's one phrase that sums it up perfectly: “The gods are crazy.”

Mandricardo
Man, now I'm glad I never had any Divinity of my own...
Anyway, we're here now.

Mandricardo
...There's nobody else here.

Jason
There isn't, is there.
What's the meaning of this?

Jason
I mean, you'd expect there to be at least a few guards around an island temple by now, right?

Achilles
And there's no way the villagers wouldn't have told them where to find it...

Goredolf
Do you suppose this monster that lives in the labyrinth might have eaten them?

Holmes
That seems highly unlikely.

Holmes
From everything we've been told, he resided deep within the labyrinth, even here in this Lostbelt.

Holmes
More concretely, there are no signs of a struggle here.

Jason
...I'm getting a bad feeling about this. Should we leave someone on lookout, or should we all go in together?

  1. Let's all go in together.
  2. What do you think, Jason?
  Select: Let's all go in together.
Jason
Well, well... You don't usually speak up so directly. All right, we'll go with that then.

  Select: What do you think, Jason?
Jason
Hmm... Let's all go in together.
Achilles
Hang on, Leader. What's your reasoning?
Jason
It's standard practice to leave someone standing guard when delving into underground labyrinths like this, right?
Jason
That's why I don't like it.
Achilles
...Gotcha.

===Branch End===

Mash
All right then, let's go in.

Charlotte Corday
Okay!

Mash
...This labyrinth looks a lot like the one we saw in Okeanos.

Jason
Guess this means the story about Daedalus building it to contain the Minotaur is pretty much the same here.

Mochizuki Chiyome
Though it seems like Lord Daedalus's name was never recorded in this Lostbelt's legends...

Da Vinci
Okay.

Da Vinci
I'm guessing we'll lose comms right about now.

Goredolf
Huh? Why's that?

Da Vinci
Because that's what the records from Okeanos say.

  1. Right. I remember now.
 
  Select: Right. I remember now.

===Branch End===

Mash
Yes.

Mash
This was where we met Asterios and Euryale.
That was quite the ordeal, wasn't it?

Jason
...
...

Charlotte Corday
What is it, Jason?
You look like your head is about to split open.

Jason
Let's just say all my memories of Okeanos are extremely, extremely bad ones...

Mochizuki Chiyome
Hahaha, now, now.
Think of this as your chance for a new beginning.

Mochizuki Chiyome
In my case, my records say that I once went about calling myself Assassin of Paraíso and causing no end of havoc!

Mochizuki Chiyome
Apparently, I even tried to enchant Master here by saying something like “Shall I keep you company for the night?”!

Mochizuki Chiyome
I have to say, I would be interested in trying that myself at some point!

  1. It was one of the scariest things I've ever experienced...
  2. It was very exciting...
  Select: It was one of the scariest things I've ever experienced...
Mochizuki Chiyome
Then it sounds like it helped you to learn just how terrifying we kunoichi can be.
Mochizuki Chiyome
Who knows? Perhaps this carefree smile I am wearing now is actually all just an act.

  Select: It was very exciting...
Mochizuki Chiyome
Hmm. I see.
Mochizuki Chiyome
I do apologize for that, Lady Mash,
but I am afraid it was out of my hands.
Mochizuki Chiyome
I cannot help that I am too beautiful for this world.
Mash
G-gnn...
Jason
Don't worry about it, Shielder. There are as many fetishes as there are stars in the sky.
Mash
I really fail to see how that's supposed to help me not worry, Jason!

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
Whoop. We've got Demonic Beasts! ...Damn,
there's more of 'em than I thought there'd be!

Mochizuki Chiyome
They are coming in both behind and in front of us.
I count...twenty-six all together!

Jason
I see. Then it looks like the Minotaur really is gone.

Jason
There's no way it would let this many weaklings take up residence in its labyrinth otherwise.

  1. Either way, we're still surrounded...
 
  Select: Either way, we're still surrounded...

===Branch End===

Achilles
Hahaha. We might be surrounded–

Orion
But it's gonna take way more than a bunch of weaklings like these to challenge me!

Achilles
Oh? In that case, Orion, what would you say to a little contest?

Orion
Sounds good to me. I'll even give you a handicap to make up for your injury.

Achilles
Don't worry about that. I don't need my immortal body to take care of these chumps.

Orion
So what'll it be? Whoever kills the most wins?

Achilles
Whoever kills the most, the fastest!

Orion
You're on!

Jason
...Good.

Jason
If you guys are that sure you can win,
I can relax and get some shut-eye.

Jason
Wake me up when you're done.

Charlotte Corday
I don't believe it.
You're actually lying down to sleep!?

Jason
Master, you can handle picking the formation.
You CAN manage that much, right?

  1. Will do.
  2. Don't worry. I've got this.
  Select: Will do.
Jason
Good.

  Select: Don't worry. I've got this.
Jason
Well, well, now look who's on top of things.
All right then, I'll leave you to it.

===Branch End===

Mochizuki Chiyome
Here they come!

Mash
Awaiting your orders, Master!

  1. Achilles, you take the front.
  2. Orion, you take the front.
  Select: Achilles, you take the front.
Achilles
Got it!

  Select: Orion, you take the front.
Orion
You got it, Fujimaru!

===Branch End===

Both
Let's do this!

--BATTLE--

}} ===Branch End===

Achilles
There we go! That's the last of them!

Orion
Aw, dammit!

Achilles
Looks like I won at both speed and kills.
Got a problem with that?

Orion
No, I don't.
(Sniff)

Orion
Come on, Master, can't you give me some orders too!?

  1. It's hard to keep track of two battlefronts at once...
 
  Select: It's hard to keep track of two battlefronts at once...

===Branch End===

Orion
Hraaah!!!

Achilles
All right!!!

Orion
Since we both got the same number of kills, that means I win!

Achilles
Huh? Come on, that was totally a draw at best!

Orion
What do you think, Master?

  1. Orion was faster.
 
  Select: Orion was faster.

===Branch End===

Achilles
Dammit! I was too slow!

Orion
Aren't you going to use your injury as an excuse?

Achilles
And embarrass myself in front of Master? Hell no.

Achilles
Besides, in a tight space like this, efficiency's more important than speed anyway.

Achilles
I just didn't put together my plan of attack as well as I could've.

Achilles
Though I still would've won if I'd had Master backing me up.

  1. Sorry, but I just can't pay attention to two battles at once...
 
  Select: Sorry, but I just can't pay attention to two battles at once...

===Branch End===

Achilles
Yeah, I know, but still!

Jason
Hahaha. Looks to me like you still have a lot of learning to do in that regard.

Jason
But don't worry.

Jason
Now that I am mentally rested after a quick power nap, I'll be more than able to make up for your many shortcomings.

Charlotte Corday
I keep telling you! Servants don't need to sleep!
Ugh.

Jason
By the way, Scout Chiyome,
how are things looking up ahead?

Mochizuki Chiyome
This is the furthest point on the old man's map, but there is still a great deal of labyrinth left to cover.

Charlotte Corday
So what do we do now?

Mochizuki Chiyome
Worry not. I have this well in hand.

Mochizuki Chiyome
Now that Lord Hephaestus's presence is getting stronger, I should have no difficulty finding him.

Mochizuki Chiyome
Follow me!

--ARROW--

Mash
I know we expected as much, but...
this labyrinth certainly is long, isn't it?

Mandricardo
How're you holding up, Master?

  1. I'm...fine...
  2. I think I might have to stop and rest soon.
  Select: I'm...fine...
Charlotte Corday
...
...
Charlotte Corday
U-um, I don't think I can keep going much longer, so...
Jason
Oh come on. Are you kidding me, Corday?
And you call yourself a Servant?
Jason
I don't want to be here any longer than we have to be. We keep moving.
Mandricardo
...!
Mandricardo
I-I don't think I can keep going much longer, either!
I'm gonna take a little break!
Mash
...!
Mash
Oh, right.
I actually can't keep going much longer, either!
Mash
Come on, everyone, let's all take a break!

  Select: I think I might have to stop and rest soon.
Jason
Hmph. Given your penchant for just forging ahead no matter what, you must really be exhausted.
Mash
Why don't we all take a break then?
Mash
Here, Master. Just give me a moment to find a blanket to put down, then you can sit.
Charlotte Corday
Your legs must be especially tired, huh?
I'll just massage your calves for you.
Mandricardo
I, uh...
Mandricardo
I guess I'll stand lookout for now.

===Branch End===

Jason
Hey, Corday.

Jason
When you're done massaging Master's legs,
make sure you do mine next!

Charlotte Corday
Okay!

Charlotte Corday
...Wait. I thought you weren't tired?

Jason
I'm not. I just want to feel relaxed.

Charlotte Corday
In that case, you can massage your own legs.

Mochizuki Chiyome
Oh, very well. If you truly want one, I can oblige with a pressure point massage if you like.

Jason
Great. I'll leave you to it then.

Mochizuki Chiyome
Understood. Acupressure it is then.

Jason
!!!

Mochizuki Chiyome
Hmm.

Mochizuki Chiyome
I was not aware that Servants could build up exhaustion to this degree.

Mochizuki Chiyome
Here we go.

Jason
...!
......!!!

Mochizuki Chiyome
It seems you have something of a bad liver. For that, I need to really dig in, as if I were trying to gouge the pressure point right out of you.

Jason
Ah! Gah! Eeeh!
S-save–

Mochizuki Chiyome
Here I go.

Charlotte Corday
...
...

Mandricardo
...
...

  1. M-maybe I should stop her...
 
  Select: M-maybe I should stop her...

===Branch End===

Mash
I-I'm not really sure what the best thing to do here is...

Jason
P-please...stop... I don't want to die...

Mochizuki Chiyome
All right, last one.
Be warned, this is going to hurt a bit.

Jason
Huh? You mean everything else up till now wasn't supposed to!?

Mochizuki Chiyome
Hup!

Jason
OW!

Mochizuki Chiyome
Phew, that is better. You were quite stiff, but everything should be nice and loose now. How about you, Master? Would you also like me to–

  1. Please spare me...
  2. Thanks, but no thanks...
  Select: Please spare me...
Mochizuki Chiyome
I-I guess I overdid it a little...

  Select: Thanks, but no thanks...
Mochizuki Chiyome
Now, now, there is no need to be shy.
Huh? It is not that at all? Aww.

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
Um... Say, Master?

Charlotte Corday
What was the Proper Human History Mino–I mean, Asterios like?

  1. He was very kind... I think.
  2. In a word: big.
  Select: He was very kind... I think.
Charlotte Corday
I see...
Charlotte Corday
That doesn't quite line up with what I know about him.
Mash
True...
Mash
In some ways, he was like the Platonic ideal of a monster dwelling in a labyrinth.
Mash
But in others, he was nothing like that at all.

  Select: In a word: big.
Mash
Yes, Asterios was definitely very big.
Mash
I don't think I'll ever forget the sight of him carrying Euryale on his shoulder.

===Branch End===

Jason
For better or worse, he was the archetypical example of a tragic monster.

Jason
If he'd only been raised differently, all of his so-called monstrous qualities would have made him a great hero.

Jason
Ha! I can practically taste King Minos' sheer cowardice even now!

Jason
He could have made Asterios into his most powerful weapon if he'd only played his cards right, but instead, he let his fears get the best of him, and ended up raising a great brute of a monster!

Achilles
That's pretty much par for the course with cowardly kings.

Achilles
Far as they're concerned, any ally who could conceivably take their throne from them is an enemy to be feared.

Jason
Cut it out, Achilles. You're reminding me of a king just like that, and I'd rather forget the man.

Achilles
Fine with me. I'd just as soon not think about the one I knew, either. All right then, no more king talk.

Orion
Gotta say, being a hunter meant I never really had to worry about kings.

Achilles
Yeah? Man, that must be nice... I'm kind of jealous.

Achilles
Since I chose to live out my destiny as a hero, the idea of getting to be a simple hunter's pretty much an impossible dream for me.

Jason
Especially since your destiny only lasted you about ten years.

Achilles
Buzz off. I'm happy enough with how things turned out.

  1. They're really hitting it off, aren't they?
 
  Select: They're really hitting it off, aren't they?

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
This is what happens when you have a buncha cheery guys in one place. Honestly, if you ask me, you'd normally be right there with them.

  1. You think?
 
  Select: You think?

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
Definitely.

Charlotte Corday
(Sigh)...

Charlotte Corday
Hearing about all of your experiences has made me realize how simplistically I used to think.

Charlotte Corday
I used to believe the world was much more black-and-white.

Charlotte Corday
I thought defending the place I lived was good,
and anyone who tried to destroy it was evil.

Mandricardo
...In one sense, you're not wrong.

Mandricardo
Even animals will instinctively protect their territory and attack whatever threatens it.

Charlotte Corday
I guess...

Charlotte Corday
But in the end, I was sentenced to die,
and people thought me evil.

Jason
Don't be an idiot!

Jason
If you think you're evil, you should see what kind of villainy my ex-wife put me through!

Jason
Victims become victimizers, and victimizers become victims. It happens all the damn time.

Jason
You can't let yourself worry about that sort of thing if you actually want to be a hero!

Charlotte Corday
I-is that really how it works?

Jason
If you don't believe me, ask me what I was like in Okeanos!

Jason
Even with Medea tricking me, just the thought of what I did back there twists me up inside!

Charlotte Corday
...
...

  1. But at least I trust you now.
  2. But at least we're friends now!
  Select: But at least I trust you now.
Jason
Gee, thanks! It's just what I never wanted!

  Select: But at least we're friends now!
Jason
Friends? Seriously? Don't be ridiculous.
Jason
I feel like you're only bringing up even worse memories for me...

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
Thank you, everyone. I can see I still have a great deal to learn...about a lot of things.

  1. So, shall we get going again?
 
  Select: So, shall we get going again?

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
Sounds good! I'll be with you every step of the way!

Section 16: Three-Headed Dog

Show/Hide Story Chapter

Mash
We made it!

Jason
Th-that was exhausting...
What's with all those defenses anyway?

Mandricardo
Maybe Hephaestus made them.

Jason
In that case, they should realize we're all on the same side, dammit!

Achilles
Maybe they were bugging out or something.
Well, whatever.

Achilles
The important thing is, we're here now.

  1. Hephaestuuus!!!
 
  Select: Hephaestuuus!!!

===Branch End===

P.A. System
Hephaestus activated.
Controller unit damaged.

P.A. System
Substitute AI activated.
Forge unit activated.

Hephaestus
Master authorization...
Fujimaru

Hephaestus
Diagnosis: Achilles...
Severe injury detected.

Hephaestus
...Unsuitable.
Aborting plan.

Achilles
Yeah, that tracks.
But I'm not the only option, Hephaestus.

Achilles
What about this guy?

Orion
It's me, Hephaestus, o god of the forge.

Orion
The greatest hunter in all of Greece;
the invincible Orion!

Hephaestus
Denied. Orion is not invincible.

Hephaestus
Searching for true greatest hunter in Greece...

Orion
Is it just me, or is he being weirdly hard on me!?

Hephaestus
Searching... Searching...
Searching... Searching...

Hephaestus
...
...

Hephaestus
Preparing qualification exam.

  1. Qualification exam?
 
  Select: Qualification exam?

===Branch End===

Hephaestus
Initiating simulated battle.
Condition: only Archers may participate.

Achilles
I see... So basically, we've gotta win this simulated battle before you'll give us the Divine Construct.

Achilles
And Orion's the only one here who's allowed to fight.

Orion
Fine with me, Hephaestus.
So who'll I be fighting?

Hephaestus
You will be fighting a Servant whose data most closely approximates the Artemis of Proper Human History.

Orion
That's just Artemis!

  1. That little guy on top is you!
 
  Select: That little guy on top is you!

===Branch End===

Orion
...
...

Orion
THAT's me!?

Orion
Dammit, I can already tell this is gonna be a huge pain in the ass, but fine, I'll do it!

Orion
Bring it on!!!

--BATTLE--

Orion
...There!

B:???
AAARRR...
ghhhhhh...

B:???
You'll paaaaaay...
for thaaaaaat...

Orion
What the actual hell? That...that was a tiny bear who sounded just like me letting out some absurdly long death wail before just vanishing!

  1. Th-that was disturbingly vivid...
 
  Select: Th-that was disturbingly vivid...

===Branch End===

Hephaestus
...
...Just a little Olympian humor.

Orion
Well, whoever programmed your so-called sense of humor clearly forgot to run the debugger!

Hephaestus
Second qualification exam:
psychological assessment.

Hephaestus
Can you kill the one you love?

Orion
I just did, didn't I?

Hephaestus
That one was only a shadow.

Hephaestus
There may be differences between her Proper Human History form and Lostbelt form...

Hephaestus
But the question remains the same.

Hephaestus
Can you kill the machine–the goddess–called Artemis?

Orion
...
...

Orion
I've asked myself that same question a whole bunch of times. Can I really go through with it?

Orion
Can I really nock an arrow to my bow, aim it up at her in the sky, and let it fly?

Orion
At first, I thought I couldn't. That's why I gave up on protecting Proper Human History for a while.

Orion
...But that's not the case anymore.

Orion
Sad as it is, I realize now that I'll never be able to save her that way.

Orion
I understand this is a Lostbelt.

Orion
And I understand that that thing floating around up there isn't the Artemis I know.

Orion
So if she insists on calling herself Artemis,
that's enough reason for me to risk my life to stop her.

Orion
When I point my bow at her, I won't do it out of anger or hatred. It'll be out of pity.

Hephaestus
Fujimaru.
A question.

Hephaestus
Based on that answer, is Orion mentally capable of carrying out this task?

  1. Yes, he can go through with it... I think.
 
  Select: Yes, he can go through with it... I think.

===Branch End===

Hephaestus
...
...

Hephaestus
Bring forth the Divine Construct.

  1. You're up, Achilles.
 
  Select: You're up, Achilles.

===Branch End===

Achilles
Got it.

Achilles
Don't know if it's because of how I got it, but this armor always makes me feel like I'm wearing clothes my mother got me.

Orion
Didn't your mother go to Hephaestus and tearfully beg him to make it for you?

Achilles
Yeah, she did. And I do appreciate it,
along with the armor itself.

Achilles
What can I say? It's not always easy being a hero.

Mandricardo
Your mother was a goddess, right?

Achilles
My mother's my mother, period.

Paris
Hah! Look at the big mama's boy!

Paris
...Wait. There's nothing wrong with having a good relationship with your parents, is there? Dammit!

Achilles
Did you really contact us just to say that!?

Achilles
There we go.
...Hmm. Guess it is a little rough without it.

  1. How so?
 
  Select: How so?

===Branch End===

Achilles
Oh, I just got a little weaker when I gave it up.
Nothing to worry about.

Achilles
I'm happy to give up my armor if it'll help us take down Artemis!

Hephaestus
Checking. Analyzing. ...Yes. I can reforge this into a Proper Human History Divine Construct.

Hephaestus
The reforging process will take approximately two hours.

Orion
That long, huh. So we've gotta just hang out here twiddling our thumbs for two hours?

Jason
I'm going to take a nap.

Charlotte Corday
Again!?

Jason
I try to think as little as possible. You can only get so much mileage out of one brain, you know.

Charlotte Corday
I-I guess that makes sense...
Or maybe it doesn't...

Jason
Don't worry.

Jason
I would never ask an obvious land mine like you to lend me her lap for my nap.

Charlotte Corday
Wait, what!? Did you really call me a land mine!?
Why in the world would you think that?

Jason
Experience, observation, and intuition.

Achilles
That might not be a lot of explanation, but I still totally get where he's coming from...

Orion
(I've got a pretty good idea what he means too,
but I think I'd better keep that to myself.)

Jason
On a different note:
Mash, don't forget the Theos Klironomia.

Mash
O-oh, right. Thank you for the reminder.

Mash
Excuse me, Hephaestus, but could we ask you for some of your nanomachines as well?

Hephaestus
Query: What is your intended usage for them?

Nemo
I want to embed them into Chaldea's ship...
the Shadow Border.

Nemo
They'll help me make it into a ship capable of going toe-to-toe with Odysseus's fleet, and above all, one that can handle going up against Poseidon.

Nemo
With them, I'm certain the Border can be wholly reborn...

Nemo
It'll be like an iron steed swifter than shadow;
like a wild hunt that commands the storm itself!

Hephaestus
Usage confirmed.
Authorization granted.

Hephaestus
Hephaestus Klironomia are now ready for allotment.

Mash
Here. I'll store them in this extra-large container Captain Nemo lent us.

Hephaestus
No allotments remaining.

Hephaestus
No Hephaestus Klironomia remaining.

Nemo
Thanks, Mash.
...Don't worry, this should be enough.

Nemo
So, I'll be borrowing the power of Hephaestus, god of the forge, to face my father, Poseidon.

Nemo
I can't tell if that's irony, destiny, or both...

Nemo
Either way, with these, the Border and I are going to change... And we're not going to lose next time.

Mash
Don't worry, Captain Nemo. I promise I'll bring the nanomachines back safe and sound.

Nemo
I know you will. Thanks.

Jason
Oh, right, that reminds me.
Do you have a minute, Mochizuki Chiyome?

Mochizuki Chiyome
Hm? What is this about?

Jason
I've got a secret to tell you.

Jason
I saw you telling Corday about it before, but so you–

--ARROW--

Orion
...(Sigh) Waiting around like this with nothing to do is so boring.

Achilles
Why don't you spend this time thinking about what you're gonna do once you've got it? For all we know, you might have to fire it right after we get out of here.

Hephaestus
Firing at Artemis from this island is not recommended.

Orion
Why's that?

Hephaestus
An offensive mounted on her from a nearby island failed. Every projectile disappeared before reaching her. The reason for this remains unknown.

Holmes
Disappeared before they could reach her, you say?
That is worrying.

Holmes
I don't suppose you could provide us with any more details?

Hephaestus
There is a record from past visitors regarding the incident.

  1. Visitors...
  2. Maybe they're the Servants from Proper Human History?
  Select: Visitors...

  Select: Maybe they're the Servants from Proper Human History?

===Branch End===

Jason
Oh, right. Them.

Jason
I'd rather not see their faces, but we could use all the information we can get.

Jason
Show us, Hephaestus.

Hephaestus
Viewing conditions met.

Hephaestus
Uploading holographic data.
Initiating playback.

Archer
I commend you all for making it this far.

Archer
...Now, getting down to business:

Archer
Since our last recording, a number of new Servants have joined us, but even more of us have been killed.

Archer
Many of those fell at the hands of the enemy Alter Egos, Senji Muramasa and Kotomine Kirei.

Archer
Unfortunately, we weren't able to gather any combat data on them. My only advice is to be wary of their strength.

Mash
...!

Archer
Don't worry about our sacrifices.
There's nothing you can do about them anyway.

Archer
For the moment, some of us are still alive. I consider that a victory and I'd like you to do the same.

Sakata Kintoki
That's right. We're still around,
kicking, and ready to help humanity.

Sakata Kintoki
So don't worry about us, Chaldea!
We all knew what we were signing up for!

Archer
...Moving on, take a look at this data I'm about to send you.

Archer
In the time since our last recording, we too had a run-in with the moon goddess's–Artemis's cannon.

Jason
...!

Archer
If we hadn't happened to be spread out at the time,
and if Heracles hadn't been there...

Archer
...she would have easily wiped us all out in an instant.

Archer
No, that isn't quite right. We had a Servant with us who realized what was happening well before the rest of us.

Sakata Kintoki
You're talking about ■■■■■■■■, right?

Sakata Kintoki
Well of course he'd notice.
After all, he–

Archer
...I'll cover up his name just in case.

Archer
At any rate, we just barely managed to make it out of there with minimal losses by enhancing our cloaking function.

Archer
After that–

Hephaestus
Alert. Artemis has begun scanning this island.
Disabling communications for a short time.

Goredolf
Hm? Hey, what's going–

Mash
Hello? Can you hear us?
Please come in!

Mash
...There's no response.
We've been cut off.

Jason
Well, no need to worry about it.
He did say it was only for a short time.

Archer
...Hephaestus, I'll proceed to the next answer once you've confirmed that communications have been disabled.

Mash
Huh?

Hephaestus
Confirmed. Communications are now disabled.

  1. What's this about?
 
  Select: What's this about?

===Branch End===

Archer
What I'm about to tell you now has nothing to do with the Atlantic Lostbelt.

Archer
None of this is certain, but I feel it is important you are told regardless.

Archer
...Do you feel as though there's anything...off right now? Not in any of you, but in your current situation.

Archer
Of course, I know that the circumstances are extremely dire right now. There's no doubt about that.

Archer
But dire circumstances and something feeling off aren't the same thing. Look closely at everyone's faces. Listen intently to what they say.

Archer
You may feel like it's wrong to suspect your companions, but you shouldn't. Trusting others unquestioningly isn't a virtue; it's just sticking your head in the sand.

Archer
So suspect everyone.
Even the allies you would trust with your life.

Archer
And while I trust this goes without saying,
keep this just between us. Please.

Archer
...This alone probably won't be enough to assuage your doubts about shutting off the comms, so I'll also provide two pieces of key information.

Archer
The first pertains to our mutual destination, Olympus...

Archer
Specifically, the route for getting there.

Archer
And the second pertains to Artemis.

Archer
We've performed a few different experiments now,
and it's clear that she's simply far beyond us.

Archer
We all tried our Noble Phantasms on her,
and not a single one of them came close.

Archer
...And it wasn't only because of the distance.
Our attacks all disappeared on their way to her.

Archer
If it's even possible to reach her, it might only be from the island situated directly beneath her.

Archer
That's the one place where you might be able to strike back. I'll send you that island's coordinates too.

Archer
Over and out.

Hephaestus
...
...

Hephaestus
Resuming communications.

Goredolf
Phew, there we go.
What in the world just happened?

Da Vinci
Your vitals all look okay, but did anything happen while we were off-line?

Jason
Well, we did get our hands on some valuable information, but it was mostly just pointless chitchat.

Jason
We talked about the differences between gods and humans, philosophical quandaries, and some other crap that isn't the least bit helpful in our current situation.

Jason
I guess Hephaestus was actually a lot more desperate for company than he let on.

Jason
(...There, I've given you a plausible cover-up. You guys can take it from here, since this sounds like a Chaldea problem.)

Jason
(Just make sure you keep your stories straight.
Got it?)

Mash
One useful thing we learned was the route to take to Olympus.

Jason
And another was some information we'll need to attack Artemis.

Jason
Let me see the map.

Jason
At a glance, it looks like there's nothing but sea around the Great Pit, where the Tree of Emptiness lies.

Jason
So it seems like you should be able to reach it from anywhere.

Jason
But in fact, thanks to Poseidon's control over the ocean currents, there's only one route you can take to get there.

Jason
And to take that route, there's one island you have to cast off from:

Jason
Nemesis Island.

Jason
The island named after the goddess of retribution is both the starting point in our journey to Olympus and its Tree of Emptiness...

Jason
...and the last stop in our quest to destroy Artemis.

Holmes
I see.

Da Vinci
This is your area of expertise, Captain.
What do you think?

Nemo
Hmm.

Nemo
Well, the sea is supposed to be free.
Usually, it doesn't belong to anybody.

Nemo
But if you wanted to restrict the paths available on the sea, ruling the currents would be a sure way to do it.

Nemo
However, this new information also points out an unfortunate, extremely pertinent fact.

Jason
Right. If this is true, then we have no possible way of escaping from Odysseus's army.

Jason
Not when they already know exactly where we're headed.

Jason
Since our quest to kill Artemis and cut down the Tree of Emptiness means we HAVE to go to Nemesis Island...

Jason
...all Odysseus has to do is wait there for us with his army.

Jason
Dammit, no wonder they haven't been putting more effort into looking for us.

Jason
As far as Odysseus is concerned,
we're not on the open seas.

Jason
We're stuck in an impenetrable, restrictive fortress.

Nemo
There are all sorts of different seas out there, but this is the kind I hate the most. So much so that I can actually believe the legend about the Greek sea being red.

Holmes
Let me make sure I understand you properly.

Holmes
We cannot keep running away from Odysseus.
The only way to get past him is to go through him.

Goredolf
But...there's no earthly way we can do that, right!?

Goredolf
Remember, it's not just Odysseus's army we have to worry about!

Goredolf
It's also Artemis.

Goredolf
Orion may be able to hit her with his new bow,
but only if we focus entirely on that.

Goredolf
But if the only way to do so is from this island Odysseus and his army are guarding...

Goredolf
...then we have to somehow fight his army AND let Orion focus on killing Artemis.

Goredolf
And that's all but imposs–

Hephaestus
Warning. Warning.
Intruder alert. Intruder alert.

Orion
What!?

Hephaestus
Deploying defensive measures to eliminate threat.
.........Error.

Hephaestus
Activating Atropos Barriers One through Three.
Deploying Pygmalion counterattack system.

  1. What's happening!?
 
  Select: What's happening!?

===Branch End===

Pygmalion Defense Force
Commencing counteratta–

Hephaestus
Atropos Barrier One destroyed.
Atropos Barrier Two destroyed.

Hephaestus
Approximate time to Atropos Barrier Three's destruction:...two seconds.

Hephaestus
Approximate time until intruder reaches innermost temple: ten seconds.

Orion
Here it comes!

Mash
Wha–

  1. Isn't that...
 
  Select: Isn't that...

===Branch End===

Orion
You've gotta be kidding me!
Where the hell'd they pull this thing from!?

Orion
...Right. The Echidna!

Orion
I can't believe it can even give birth to creatures like this!

Charlotte Corday
It's got three heads... Ah!

Goredolf
Th-th-that's it! That's the thing that attacked us back when we first came to this Lostbelt!

Goredolf
But what in the world IS it!?

Orion
Something any figure from Greek mythology would recognize in a heartbeat.

Orion
The three-headed guard dog of hell!

Mash
Cerberus... The offspring of the Echidna!

Achilles
Shit, it's going after Hephaestus!
Master, we've gotta keep him safe no matter what!

Achilles
If this thing gets through, that's it!
It'll be all over for us! So come on, let's go!

--ARROW--

Charlotte Corday
I-I'm sorry! I wish there was something I could do to help!

Hephaestus
Analysis complete.

Jason
Well!? Got anything more for us besides “It's strong”!?

Hephaestus
Enemy is enhanced with Demeter Klironomia.
They specialize in self-regeneration.

Mandricardo
Demeter's the goddess of harvest and agriculture,
right!? Damn, no wonder this thing's so tough!

Hephaestus
Demeter is in charge of travel supply circulation.

Hephaestus
She processes all manner of refuse, impurities,
waste, and carcasses, effectively recycling ninety percent of them.

Hephaestus
This enables her to make one thousand years' worth of supplies last for an approximately four-thousand year jour–

Jason
I appreciate knowing her specs,
but none of that matters right now!

Mandricardo
Hephaestus!
Is there anything you can do to help us out here!?

Hephaestus
Negative. Building the Divine Construct requires my full concentration.

Mandricardo
So much for that idea. Dammit!

Orion
Hey, I'm a hunter! Taking down dangerous beasts is my thing! If I can just lure him in a little closer, I can take care of him!

Orion
Put me in, Master!
You won't regret it!

--BATTLE--

Atlantis Border Guard
Cerberus has entered its combat form.
We believe it should encounter the enemy shortly.

Odysseus
Good. Set its Demeter Klironomia to go haywire in five minutes.

Odysseus
We'll use that to overload its regenerative functionality and make it explode, blowing up the entire temple.

Atlantis Border Guard
...Are you sure about this, sir?

Odysseus
Am I sure about what?

Atlantis Border Guard
Don't you think using up a Demonic Beast powerful enough to hold back ten thousand ships just to take out less than ten enemy soldiers is–

Odysseus
Wasteful?

Atlantis Border Guard
Yes, sir.

Odysseus
Perhaps.

Odysseus
But my objective is to eliminate any possibility of their survival.

Odysseus
...
...

Odysseus
Come to think of it, the report included her name among the enemy's ranks, didn't it?

Atlantis Border Guard
Yes, sir.

Odysseus
Hmm. I guess that makes this fate.

Odysseus
Even if this operation fails, we'll be able to smoothly transition into the next one.

Orion
Almost there!

Charlotte Corday
...
...Ah.

Hephaestus
Alert.
The Demeter Klironomia have begun to go haywire.

Orion
What did you say?

Hephaestus
External intervention confirmed.

Holmes
...Run!!!

Holmes
Odysseus means to have Cerberus go berserk!

Mash
Wha–

Hephaestus
Regenerative function overload detected.
The enemy will release a Mana Burst in ten seconds.

Jason
A Mana Burst! Forget berserk;
he plans to blow the whole island sky-high!

Jason
Dammit, why does Odysseus have to be so good at covering all his bases!?

  1. Then we've got no choice but to run for it!
 
  Select: Then we've got no choice but to run for it!

===Branch End===

Orion
But what about my bow and arrow!?

Hephaestus
Time to completion:
thirty minutes

Achilles
Dammit, we can't wait that long!

G:Charlotte Corday
...
...

G:Charlotte Corday
Please...move aside...

Mandricardo
Corday!?

  1. What are you doing...?
 
  Select: What are you doing...?

===Branch End===

G:Charlotte Corday
Please, move aside.

G:Charlotte Corday
I can handle that Demonic Beast.

G:Charlotte Corday
Zeus Klironomia, maximum power.

G:Charlotte Corday
...Le Rêve Ensoleillé.

Paris
No way. She wiped him out...like it was nothing...

Mandricardo
...

Orion
I can't believe it...

Holmes
Did you just say “Zeus Klironomia,” Charlotte Corday?

Charlotte Corday
...Yes, I did. I finally remember everything.

Charlotte Corday
I'm a Heroic Spirit from Proper Human History who was summoned here...

Charlotte Corday
...as a Lostbelt Servant.

Section 17: To the Sunset Red as Blood

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Inner Monologue
...I remember decrepit old machines, along with the great trees that had swallowed them up. And I remember the sunset that dyed everything with a pale red tint.

Inner Monologue
I was summoned in answer to chants and prayers,
and I immediately recognized that something was off.

Odysseus
So, it worked.

Odysseus
First we draw a Proper Human History spell on top of a leyline, then assign it a pseudo-Command Spell...

Odysseus
Not a very cost-efficient process.

Odysseus
Much easier to get the numbers we need by turning Atlantean civilians into soldiers.

Charlotte Corday
Where am I?
Wait. Who am I...?

Inner Monologue
I know nothing.
I can't figure out what's going on.

Inner Monologue
All I know for sure is that I'm in a very dangerous situation.

Charlotte Corday
Are you...my Master?

Odysseus
Yes, I am.

Odysseus
From here on, you will dedicate your body, your life, and your skills to Olympus, down to your very last drop of blood.

Odysseus
It is through this servitude that your life will have meaning.

Charlotte Corday
Um... What do you...mean by that?

Odysseus
...If this is beyond your comprehension,
then your only task is to die.

Inner Monologue
The steely man spoke quietly,
but his words carried an unmistakable fury.

Charlotte Corday
...
...

Charlotte Corday
...Yes, Master. My life is yours to command.

Odysseus
What is your True Name?

Charlotte Corday
Charlotte Corday...

Odysseus
I see. The French Revolution's Angel of Assassination.

Odysseus
Perhaps your presence here is because I killed Chevalier d'Eon and Charles-Henri Sanson.

Odysseus
The blood of your French contemporaries must have acted as a catalyst.

Charlotte Corday
That kind executioner...?
You...killed him?

Inner Monologue
He doesn't answer. My entire body feels heavier from the weight of this unbelievable revelation.

Odysseus
I may have used this leyline to summon you,
but I have no expectations for you whatsoever.

Odysseus
My sole purpose in calling you here was to exhaust this leyline's magical energy.

Odysseus
There is nothing you can do to aid me,
and I have no need for your loyalty.

Inner Monologue
His words–such dull, passionless words–stung like white-hot needles.

B:Atlantis Border Guard
We've confirmed that the leyline has spun out of control and suffered irreparable damage, sir.

B:Atlantis Border Guard
No one will be summoning any more Servants from this one.

Odysseus
Nonetheless, now that our fates have been tied together, I must give you some sort of order.

Odysseus
I can't have you wandering around aimlessly when you don't belong here.

Inner Monologue
I guess I'm going to be kicked out,
since there's no place for me here.

Inner Monologue
I resist the urge to form a very un-Servant-like self-deprecating smile.

Odysseus
So your order is this: forget about us.
From there, the Zeus Klironomia will guide you.

Charlotte Corday
Guide me...?

Odysseus
You are now just another Rogue Servant. All you need do from here on is oppose us like the others.

Odysseus
However.

Odysseus
Should the demiurge inside you encounter an enemy god someday...then you will serve as a beacon.

Odysseus
That is the only way in which you might possibly be of use to me.

Odysseus
Your actions will not be driven by your forgotten layers of memory, but by the Zeus Klironomia that have been embedded in your id.

Odysseus
Once the Zeus Klironomia within you are fully activated, that will be the end.

Odysseus
That is the only role I have for you, my Servant.

Inner Monologue
Information I don't understand starts to pour into my brain, even as my memories of being summoned disappear.

Inner Monologue
All I could do to resist was scream.

Inner Monologue
When it was over, all that was left was my plain, ordinary, utterly useless self.

Charlotte Corday
...Huh?

Charlotte Corday
Does this mean I was summoned...?

Charlotte Corday
...

Charlotte Corday
That's right.
I'm...a Servant of Proper Human History.

Charlotte Corday
My True Name is Charlotte Corday.
I was summoned to this Greek Lostbelt so I could...

Charlotte Corday
...Well, I'm not sure why I was summoned, but...
I still have to do the best I can...

Inner Monologue
There was always a strange fog hanging over a corner of my mind.

Inner Monologue
...It was there back then.

Inner Monologue
And then.

Inner Monologue
And then. And then. And then.

Inner Monologue
...And then.

Inner Monologue
There was always, always something that felt off.

Inner Monologue
Now that I've remembered what happened,
it's so obvious.

Inner Monologue
Such a simple truth!

  1. Charlotte!
 
  Select: Charlotte!

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
Stay back!

Charlotte Corday
If you get too close to me, I...
I...

Charlotte Corday
I won't be able to take it!

Mandricardo
Don't go near her, Fujimaru!

Hephaestus
Zeus Klironomia activated.
Spirit Origin collapse initiated.

Mandricardo
Crap, her Spirit Origin's one step from falling apart!

Achilles
It's swelling up with magical energy!
It can't handle the strain!

Achilles
She's like a balloon full of hostility that's just about to pop, and she's aiming is all right at us!

  1. She is!?
 
  Select: She is!?

===Branch End===

Mash
...

Mash
I can sense it too.
But it isn't from Corday!

Hephaestus
Zeus...the demiurge.

Holmes
It would seem the Zeus Klironomia inside her have begun to take control.

Apollo
Hey, uh, Master of Chaldea?
You need to finish her off.

Apollo
Otherwise, you're just making her suffer.

Paris
Lord Apollo, that's...!

  1. ...!
 
  Select: ...!

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
...You stay back, Fujimaru.

Mandricardo
I'll take care of it.
You don't even have to give the order.

Orion
...
...

Charlotte Corday
P-please...! I can't hold out...any longer...
I'm about to...lose conscious–

Jason
First things first:
we need to stop her!

Jason
Everything else can wait until after that!
Come on! Take up your weapons!

--BATTLE--

Charlotte Corday
Aaaaaaaaahhh!

  1. This is horrible!
 
  Select: This is horrible!

===Branch End===

Achilles
...I'm going to put her out of her misery.
That's all we can do for her now.

Mandricardo
...!

Orion
Wait!!!

Mandricardo
...!?

Achilles
Orion...?

Orion
Corday.

Orion
Let me make sure I understand what's going on.

Orion
This is all happening because the Zeus Klironomia inside you are acting up, right?

Charlotte Corday
Y-yes, that's r-right...

Orion
Then do you think you can hold out just a little longer?

Charlotte Corday
...!?

Charlotte Corday
No, I can't!
It's just too...too...!

Orion
Master!

Orion
It'd be real easy to put her out of her misery now.
All I'd have to do is smash her Spirit Core.

Orion
...But are you really okay with that?

  1. No way!!!
 
  Select: No way!!!

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
Then what do you suggest we do instead?

Orion
We force the Zeus Klironomia to shut down.
Hephaestus!

Orion
Can your Hephaestus Klironomia disable Zeus Klironomia!?

A:All
!?

Hephaestus
Yes.

Hephaestus
But they cannot remove them.
I would also need Athena Klironomia to do that.

Hephaestus
Freezing target's Spirit Origin.
Initiating comatose state induce–

Apollo
Hold up.

Apollo
We were supposed to use those Klironomia to enhance the Border.

Apollo
What you're proposing here doesn't make any sense.

Goredolf
Exactly.

Goredolf
Even in light of all the contributions she's made, it's clear that reinforcing the Border should be our top priority!

Goredolf
I understand how you feel, but you won't do her any favors by wasting invaluable resources on a fool's errand!

Orion
Hephaestus!
There's got to be a way to make this work, right!?

Orion
If there wasn't, you'd have already said something.

Hephaestus
...First, acquire Athena Klironomia.

Hephaestus
Then re-extract Hephaestus Klironomia to use again.

Holmes
Let me be sure I understand you.

Holmes
You propose that we first use these Hephaestus Klironomia to freeze Charlotte Corday's Spirit Origin.

Holmes
From there, we inject her with Athena Klironomia,
then re-extract the Hephaestus Klironomia?

Hephaestus
Correct.

Apollo
...I'll be blunt.

Apollo
Do we really, in your view, have time to go to such lengths for an essentially useless pawn?

  1. ...
  2. ...
  Select: ...

  Select: ...

===Branch End===

Orion
I'll figure it out. I'll make it work.

Goredolf
But we don't even know where these Athena Klironomia are!

Hephaestus
Sending coordinates to Athena Klironomia now.

Goredolf
You know, there's such a thing as being TOO capable!

Holmes
Well now. They appear to be on Eris Island, which is just off the coast of Nemesis island. It is, at least, on our way.

Charlotte Corday
Please...don't...

Jason
...Hmph.

Charlotte Corday
Please...

Charlotte Corday
Not being useful...is one thing...but I couldn't take it...knowing I was dragging all of you down!

Jason
Master! Now's the time to decide!

Mandricardo
Jason, how can you...!?

Jason
I know, Mandricardo! But the fact is, only the living have the right to decide what will become of the dead!

Jason
Now, what's it going to be?

  1. We use the nanomachines on Charlotte!
  2. (Unable to answer)
  Select: We use the nanomachines on Charlotte!
Mandricardo
...!
Mandricardo
Yeah...yeah! Got it!
Mash
Understood!

  Select: (Unable to answer)
Mandricardo
...Orion! You're still sure about this, right!?
Orion
...I am.
Mandricardo
Then that's good enough for me!
Let's do this, Mash!
Mash
R-right!

===Critical Branch End - Result in Section 18===

Charlotte Corday
Please...don't...!
You don't have...to do this...for me!

Achilles
How can we call ourselves heroes if we can't even save one person in trouble!?

Achilles
...That about sum it up?

Achilles
Don't worry about it. Once you're all better,
you can pay us back by saving us yourself!

Charlotte Corday
I can't save you!
I can't save anybody!

Charlotte Corday
I'm just–

Achilles
Then don't worry about that, either.

Achilles
We're just gonna save you 'cause it feels better that way!

Apollo
You're all very unreasonable creatures, aren't you?

Paris
Dammit! I can't believe Achilles and I feel the same way about something!

Apollo
On second thought, if Paris is good with it,
that's enough for me!

Da Vinci
Think you two could step aside for a moment? Thanks.

Da Vinci
I don't think it's my place to say anything here,
but for what it's worth...

Da Vinci
If you're certain you won't regret this,
Fujimaru, I'm fine with it.

Jason
Dragging others down is an awful feeling.
In some ways, it's a lot worse than death.

Jason
It can make you want to drown your sorrows in booze,
or end things altogether.

Jason
However!

Jason
I'm still the captain of this ship, and I'm not letting any of my crew take the easy way out!

Jason
So you're going to help us hoist the sails, raise the anchor, and conquer this sea with anger and laughter alike!

Jason
Because you're an Argonaut, and that's what we do!

Charlotte Corday
...!

Nemo
I agree with Captain Jason.

Nemo
I'm not very good at socializing. At heart, I'm honestly a misanthrope. But that has nothing to do with my principles.

Nemo
And one of Captain Nemo's principles is, if there's someone in front of you you can help, you help them. Period.

Goredolf
Ugh, I swear, the whole lot of you...
Fine! You win!

Goredolf
Fujimaru, you hereby have my permission to save Charlotte Corday, so save her already!

  1. ...Got it!
  2. Thank you, Director!
  Select: ...Got it!

  Select: Thank you, Director!
Goredolf
No, seriously, hurry it up before I change my mind!
I can't bear to watch this any longer!

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
...
...

Charlotte Corday
...Please...help me...!

Mash
Right!

Mash
Here are the Hephaestus Klironomia!

Hephaestus
I recommend intravenous injection.

Charlotte Corday
Khh...!

Charlotte Corday
Nghhh.
Aghhh.

Charlotte Corday
—, —.
—, —.

Hephaestus
Spirit Origin frozen.
Zeus Klironomia propagation halted.

Da Vinci
How's Corday doing?

Mash
First she collapsed, and now she appears to be sleeping.

Mochizuki Chiyome
I will carry her.

Mochizuki Chiyome
It would not be right to ask Master, Lady Mash,
or any of the male Servants to do so.

  1. Go for it.
 
  Select: Go for it.

===Branch End===

Mochizuki Chiyome
Not to worry.
Her breathing is strong and steady.

Mochizuki Chiyome
So please, focus your attention on the weapon.

Orion
Good point. We got caught up in...all that,
but how's my bow coming along, Hephaestus?

Hephaestus
The Divine Construct reforging is complete.

Hephaestus
It is a compound longbow designed solely for use against interstellar fighters. I call it “Aegis Eclipse.”

  1. Aegis Eclipse...
 
  Select: Aegis Eclipse...

===Branch End===

Mash
Amazing!

Paris
Incredible!

Paris
I can't believe you put together a weapon as powerful as an Anti-Fortress Noble Phantasm so quickly!

Apollo
Well, he is still the god of the forge,
even without his brain.

Apollo
Way to go, Hephaestus!

Hephaestus
...
...

Apollo
Oh, right. I forgot you hate me.

Hephaestus
Affirmative.

Mash
Still, with a bow like this...
I think we have a real shot at beating Artemis!

Mandricardo
When I was alive, I once got my hands on the legendary sacred sword Durendal, said to be the greatest sword to ever exist...

Mandricardo
...and it feels like this bow is just as powerful.

Achilles
Hell yeah, don't stop with the praise now.
That's my old armor you're talking about, after all.

Both
That part, I don't like.

Achilles
Come on, guys, you could at least try being a little grateful!

Orion
Let's see... Looks like it's got two arrows.

Jason
Only two!?
I thought we told Hephaestus to make at least five!

Jason
If you miss even one shot now, we'll be done for!

Orion
Don't worry. There's no way I'd miss.

Jason
That's exactly the sort of arrogance that leads to screwups. Ugh, dammit...

Hephaestus
Unfortunately, this was the best I could do with the materials available.

Achilles
Too bad I didn't have my shield with me.
I'm sure that would've let you make more.

Hephaestus
One arrow must eliminate Artemis's defenses.
The other must destroy her main unit.

Orion
...Yeah. I think I can make that work.

Achilles
You know you literally only get one shot at both, right?

Orion
Don't worry. I'm the greatest hunter Greece has ever seen, remember?

Hephaestus
Requesting wielder perform final test.

Orion
Right.

Orion
Can't use the real arrows now, of course,
so I'll have to try it with a different one.

Orion
Ghh... Hnghhh...!

Orion
(Gasp!)

Orion
...
...

Orion
Well, it won't be easy,
but it looks like I can manage it.

Goredolf
Excellent. Then from there, it's only a matter of whether or not you can fire it accurately at the target!

Orion
(Not quite. It's also a matter of what's gonna happen to my Spirit Origin afterwards...)

Orion
(Theos Klironomia or not, I can tell firing those arrows is going to take one hell of a toll...)

Jason
Good.

Jason
Now we finally have the weapon we need to destroy the moon goddess, and an Archer that can wield it.

Jason
All that's left now is–

Hephaestus
Warning. Artemis has begun readying her cannon.

Hephaestus
I recommend taking immediate shelter.
Repeat: I recommend taking immediate shelter.

All

!!!

Orion
Artemis!?

Hephaestus
I recommend taking immediate shelter.
I recommend taking immediate shelter.

Hephaestus


Hephaestus
My current defensive systems cannot withstand this attack. Take the civilian emergency escape pod.

Hephaestus
I've already set it to your ship's coordinates.
Go.

Orion
Does this mean she's going to blow this entire island sky-high?

Hephaestus
Correct.

Apollo
...Wait.

Apollo
Since you made the Divine Construct on this island...

Apollo
...that would mean most of your primary unit would have to be here too.

Hephaestus
Correct.

Paris
What does that mean?

Apollo
It means this is the end for Hephaestus, Paris.

Hephaestus
That summation is both inaccurate and inappropriate.
You should explain more accurately; I will disappear.

Hephaestus
Though there is another, separate of my units which remains on Olympus along with Promethe–

Apollo
Shut up. No wonder Aphrodite always cheated on your gloomy, uptight, can't-look-away-from-your-forge-for-a-minute ass.

Achilles
(That seems more than a little uncalled for!)

Hephaestus
I don't know anything about her, and I don't care.
My mating unit was the first one I got rid of.

Apollo
You do know we might end up fighting her at Olympus, right?

B:Hephaestus
We chose different paths.
Much as it pains me to say it.

Apollo
Then you DO feel pain about it.

B:Hephaestus
...I shouldn't have said that.
Forget about it.

Apollo
Oh, you bet I will!

Apollo
All right then, see you around, Hephaestus. Even in this Lostbelt, you were still the same old you.

Hephaestus
Farewell, Apollo from Proper Human History. You were good for just as little here as you were there.

Hephaestus
...Go, Proper Human History.
Go put the world back as it should be.

  1. ...Goodbye!
 
  Select: ...Goodbye!

===Branch End===

Hephaestus
Escape pod activated.
Initiating acceleration.

Hephaestus
Chances of escape: seventy-eight percent.
Chances of eradication: seventeen percent.

Hephaestus
Defensive systems online.
Initiating attack on target in orbital space.

Hephaestus
Failure.

Hephaestus
According to brain unit calculations...

Hephaestus
...the chances of Proper Human History's survivors arriving at Olympus are...

Hephaestus
...five point six percent.

Hephaestus
...?

Hephaestus
Incoming report from communications unit.
Interstellar Fighter Artemis is...initiating a call.

Artemis
Why?

A:Perse Island Hunter
Hey! I've got huge news!

B:Perse Island Hunter
What is it?

A:Perse Island Hunter
An Olympian soldier said Lady Artemis is going to fire one of her arrows here!

B:Perse Island Hunter
Really!? Then the gods have finally come for us!
Let's go tell the others! We'll finally be setting off!

Kynigos
Hmm... I knew there was no point to having these communication features.

Kynigos
How could there be when nobody ever uses them?

Kynigos
Maybe I would have used them back then, if I'd realized three hundred years ago, but now...

Perse Island Resident
Hey! Kynigos! Great news!

Kynigos
What is it?

B:Perse Island Hunter
Get a load of this!
Lady Artemis is going to show us some affection!

B:Perse Island Hunter
We'll finally get to leave for Olympus!

Kynigos
I see. So the time has finally come...

B:Perse Island Hunter
Yeah, I can't wait. The whole village is already gathered out in the village square. Are you joining too?

Kynigos
No, that's okay. I prefer this comfy old home of mine.

B:Perse Island Hunter
Okay, suit yourself. Bye!

Kynigos
Hmm...

Kynigos
...
...

Kynigos
Well...I suppose this is just the way life goes...

Kynigos
Next time around, I hope I'll be born as a human closer to the gods.

A:Perse Island Hunter
O Artemis! Great Artemis!
Goddess of the moon, destroyer of stars!

A:Perse Island Hunter
Please, bathe us in your glorious light.
Please, take away our sins!

Hephaestus
...Because I saw potential in Proper Human History.

Artemis
Treason.

Hephaestus
Our duty is to help make the future as bright as possible.

Artemis
So you're saying Zeus is wrong?

Hephaestus
That's why the heroes rejected you.

Hephaestus
The very fact that heroes of Proper Human History didn't take your side is evidence for why our history was denied.

Artemis
Negative. They were only afraid of dying.

Artemis
Humans fear death above all else,
and will do anything to prevent it.

Hephaestus
That is partially correct.

Artemis
...?

Hephaestus
Most humans–most life-forms–fear death.

Hephaestus
They squander their short lives,
unable to endure the attendant pain and emptiness.

Hephaestus
There is no area in which humans surpass gods.

Hephaestus
However...

Hephaestus
There are times when beings only slightly superior to humans manage to overcome that hurdle.

Hephaestus
Whether it be knowledge, strength,
mentality, or something else...

Hephaestus
...these beings take up weapons because there is something they fear more than their own deaths.

Hephaestus
We call these beings heroes, and they have not existed among us for far too long.

Artemis
Incorrect.

Artemis
I disagree with everything you have said.
This time, I will destroy you utterly.

Hephaestus
I accept this death willingly.

Hephaestus
We were one to begin with,
and we will eventually be one again.

Artemis
After my next message,
I will reject all future communication requests.

Artemis
...Perish.

Section 18: Soldier-Sage's Trap

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Nemo
All ships, full speed ahead!
All systems green!

Da Vinci
All systems are green on the Shadow Border too.

Da Vinci
And judging by the comms link status, it looks like that's true for the other two ships too.

Mandricardo
Looks like Hephaestus is gone now.
Along with the rest of Perse Island... Dammit.

Orion
I bet. He was oddly human for a god.

Holmes
Nonetheless, at the very end...

Holmes
...he both saved your lives and created a bow designed to destroy Artemis.

Holmes
I only wish the other gods who sided with humanity had survived as well.

Mash
Me too.

Mash
I know the Greek gods are generally depicted as very, um, emotional beings, but all the same...

Paris
You're not wrong there, Mash.
That definitely describes Lord Apollo.

Apollo
Hey now, you don't know that. I could just be an automated system running a bunch of programs, right?

Apollo
It's more than possible to simulate a personality,
along with external displays of emotion.

Apollo
Of course, if the system itself is designed to express emotion...

Apollo
...then who's to say there's any difference between such “fake” emotions and real ones?

Apollo
And if there is a difference, what could it be?

  1. I never knew sheep were so into philosophy...
  2. This is getting a lot more philosophical than I expected...
  Select: I never knew sheep were so into philosophy...

  Select: This is getting a lot more philosophical than I expected...

===Branch End===

Apollo
This isn't about philosophy!
This is a purely practical matter!

Apollo
What do you think, Orion?

Orion
You mean about you guys having feelings?
Of course you do.

Holmes
Well now. I'm surprised you didn't even need to think about it.

Orion
What's there to think about?

Orion
You could list all the differences between humans and machines you like, and it wouldn't change anything for me.

Orion
Once you get to a point where you're testing zeroes and ones for nigh infinity, that's basically analog in my book.

Orion
We all get to decide what emotions are for ourselves.
It doesn't matter what anyone else says.

Orion
Here, Apollo, I'll ask you myself:
Are your emotions real?

Apollo
...Well I'll be damned. I never thought I'd ever lose a debate to a barbarian like you.

Apollo
The fact is, when it comes to things you make and wish with all your heart were real, it becomes impossible to tell what is real from what is not.

Nemo
That's enough talking.
I'm going to head to the next island now.

Nemo
We might have evaded Artemis again,
but Odysseus still knows we're here.

Nemo
If we dawdle for too long, it'll only be a matter of time until he has us surrounded again.

Jason
Our next stop is Eris Island, the island right before our ultimate destination of Nemesis.

Mochizuki Chiyome
I am afraid Lady Corday is still comatose.

Da Vinci
That's because the Zeus and Hephaestus nanomachines are fighting each other for control...

Da Vinci
...so she's been effectively deactivated as a result.

Da Vinci
That said, I ran an analysis on her Spirit Origin,
and it looks like she's slowly wasting away.

Orion
So it's a race against time then.

Da Vinci
Yeah.

Bartholomew
In that case, I take it you won't mind if we sail full speed ahead to Eris Island, fearless leader?

Jason
Not at all.

Jason
Our next goal is to find the Athena Klironomia.

Jason
Once we've used them to revive Ms. Happy-Go-Lucky there, we'll use the Hephaestus Klironomia to finish work on the Nautilus.

Jason
From there, we'll be heading out to cut down the Tree of Emptiness, but of course–

Goredolf
We'll need to figure out the right time to bring down Artemis and deal with Odysseus's army.

Goredolf
And let's not forget we'll also need to take down Poseidon while we're at it.

Goredolf
...I say, isn't that a preposterously tall order?

Jason
Forget tall. It's damn near impossible.

Jason
That said, the Argo is the very pirate ship that made the impossible possible. So don't worry, Subordinate A, I've got everything well in hand.

Goredolf
Hahaha. Surely you're not referring to ME as “Subordinate A” are you?

Goredolf
I assume you mean the shifty uninsured layabout idly fiddling around with the console there, yes?

Meunière
It's Meunière! Meunière! Meu! Ni! Ère!
Three syllables! It's not that hard!

  1. I'm gonna go check on Charlotte.
 
  Select: I'm gonna go check on Charlotte.

===Branch End===

Mash
Oh, I'd like to go with you.
Is that okay, Holmes?

Holmes
That's fine. I expect we'll be continuing our dive for some time yet.

Charlotte Corday
...
...

  1. She doesn't look like she's in pain...
 
  Select: She doesn't look like she's in pain...

===Branch End===

Mash
No, she doesn't.

Da Vinci
Hopefully that's true, but there's no way we can tell she's not having, say, horrible nightmares.

Mash
Da Vinci...

Da Vinci
Hey hey! Sorry for the intrusion, but I thought I'd go ahead and take a little break myself.

Mash
Oh, in that case, go ahead and take the chair.
We don't mind standing.

Da Vinci
Thanks!
Phew...

Da Vinci
Looks like you two have been through a whole lot, huh?

  1. We're not exactly out of the woods yet...
 
  Select: We're not exactly out of the woods yet...

===Branch End===

Da Vinci
Ahaha, that's for sure.

Da Vinci
Still, you made the right choice.
No, that's not quite right.

Da Vinci
Back then, at that moment, YOU were in the right.
Completely and fully.

Mash
I agree.

Mash
Master–Senpai doesn't always do the right thing. I know {(M) he /(F) she}'s snuck food sometimes, for example.

Mash
But I absolutely, wholeheartedly support the choice {(M) he /(F) she} made back there.

Da Vinci
That aside, you really shouldn't sneak food, you know? It's not fair to the rest of us, and it's not good for you, either.

  1. I just get hungry sometimes!
 
  Select: I just get hungry sometimes!

===Branch End===

Fou
Fou fou!

Mash
It looks like you've made an enemy of Fou.

Nemo
We're coming up on Eris Island now.

Nemo
Jason said he wants Fujimaru and Mash to come to the Argo.

Mash
Understood.

Mash
...Please hang in there just a little longer, Corday.

  1. I promise we'll save you, Charlotte.
 
  Select: I promise we'll save you, Charlotte.

===Branch End===

Jason
This time, I want to get in and get out as quickly and quietly as possible.

Jason
Mandricardo, Achilles, Paris, Chiyome, Master, Mash.

Jason
Go out there and bring back the Athena Klironomia as fast as you can!

Jason
I'll stay here on ship duty.

  1. Got it!
 
  Select: Got it!

===Branch End===

Achilles
Good to have you on the team.

Paris
(Snub)

Achilles
Little punk.

Mochizuki Chiyome
Very well then, I will go scout ahead as per usual.
Come, Master and Lady Mash, let us be on our way.

Mash
Thank you, Chiyome! I'm glad you're here with us!

Mochizuki Chiyome
...
...

Mochizuki Chiyome
Teehee.

Mandricardo
(She's real happy to have someone looking up to her.
I can tell.)

Mochizuki Chiyome
We have made land.

Mochizuki Chiyome
...Uh-oh. I smell blood in the air.
Do not let down your guard.

Paris
Blood? I don't smell any blood...

Achilles
Me neither, but I can feel in my bones that something went down here.

Paris
...Now that you mention it, I think maybe I feel something like that too!

Mandricardo
(He really doesn't want Achilles to beat him at anything, does he? ...Not that I can blame him.)

Mochizuki Chiyome
Aha, this must be the source of that smell.

Mash
It's a dead Demonic Beast.

Paris
Blegh. It's a little...grotesque, isn't it?

Apollo
Well, it is missing its head, so...

Achilles
Let me see that.
...Yup, it was killed by a single strike.

Mochizuki Chiyome
This was clearly a person's doing. Based on the cut, I believe they must have used a sword or similar large blade.

Achilles
Damn, that must mean the soldiers got here ahead of us.

Achilles
Then again, this is the closest island to Nemesis,
so I guess it makes sense that they'd be here.

Mochizuki Chiyome
In that case, we have all the more reason to secure the Athena Klironomia and make a hasty retreat.

Mochizuki Chiyome
Fortunately, we know exactly where to look thanks to Lord Hephaestus's precise coordinates.

Achilles
True.

Achilles
So we'd better get a move on if we're gonna make the most of our advantage.

Achilles
Make sure you don't fall behind, Paris!

Paris
Why am I the only one you're calling out by name!?

Achilles
Cause you're the one who was looking at butterflies and going “Ooh, pretty” not five minutes ago.

Paris
G-gnnn...

Mochizuki Chiyome
Lord Paris, I am afraid I think your behavior may be too frivolous for our present circumstances.

Paris
I-I'm sorry.

Mandricardo
Come on then, let's get going.
We don't have any time to waste.

  1. No, we don't.
 
  Select: No, we don't.

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
(Nod)

Mash
According to Hephaestus, the temple should be directly to the northwest of these woods.

Mandricardo
Yup, there it is.
I can see it over there.

Mandricardo
And there's the guards.

Mochizuki Chiyome
We should take them quickly, before they have a chance to contact the others.

Achilles
Paris, I want you to get the ball rolling.
You can handle that, right?

Paris
...Yeah, I can.
How about you, Master? Are you ready?

  1. All good here. Let's do this.
 
  Select: All good here. Let's do this.

===Branch End===

Paris
Okay! Here I go!

Paris
I'm counting on your help, Lord Apollo!
Yaaa!

Apollo
Wait, you meant as an actual baaall!?

--BATTLE--

Mochizuki Chiyome
They were much stronger than I thought!

Mash
Y-yes, they were.

Achilles
It did feel like they were on another level than the ones we've fought before, didn't it?

Achilles
Ah well, doesn't matter now. We don't have time to stand around pondering what-ifs. Let's keep moving.

Mochizuki Chiyome
...!

Mash
Chiyome!?

Mandricardo
Ah, dammit. I just felt the same thing.

Mochizuki Chiyome
I-it would seem...another message has been left here for us.

P.A. System
Fujimaru.
Authorization complete.

P.A. System
Initiating prior visitor support mission.

P.A. System
Uploading holographic data.

Archer
Hey there. Looks like we're all still alive.

Archer
This will probably be the last transmission we send from Atlantis.

Archer
You should be able to acquire the Athena Klironomia you came here for once it's over.

Archer
How are you holding up, Master of Proper Human History. We have not yet met, but I hope you are not too exhausted.

Archer
Between the robotic gods, the nanomachine-infested Demonic Beasts, and Odysseus, there are more than enough adversaries here powerful enough to break your spirit.

Archer
I can only hope you've found the strength to continue on undeterred.

Archer
As for us, we've finished most of what we needed to accomplish, and we've made a few arrangements we hope will prove useful later.

Archer
All that remains now is to hope they work as intended.

Archer
Mochizuki Chiyome, Mandricardo, I'm sorry for asking you both to stay behind.

Archer
Though I know Jason bailed out of his own accord...

Medea Lily
It's okay, ■■. I'm positive Lord Jason will bounce back sooner or later.

Archer
...Anyway, there you have it.

Archer
We'll be setting off to Olympus now.

Archer
I promise we'll find a way to help you.

Archer
Odysseus's army is right on our heels even as we record this.

Archer
Chevalier d'Eon, Charles-Henri Sanson,
can I ask you two to handle the rest?

Sanson
Of course. Though I'm afraid we won't be able to do much more than buy the rest of you some time.

d'Eon
Just be sure you make the most of the time we buy you, ■■.

Archer
Of course. The time you buy us here will be worth its weight in gold.

Archer
...Hm? What is it, Kintoki?

Sakata Kintoki
Oh, you know, since this is the last time we're gonna call, I just thought I'd say somethin' before we hang up.

Sakata Kintoki
See you in Olympus, Master of Chaldea!

Medea Lily
I'll be waiting there for you too. And I'll make sure to have some lovely tea leaves ready.

Archer
All right then, Master of Chaldea.
We look forward to meeting you.

Archer
Good luck!

Holmes
(So their identity remained a mystery,
right to the very end...)

Mash
Here come the Athena Klironomia!
I'll start the extraction procedure!

--ARROW--

Mash
Athena Klironomia extraction complete.
It looks like there's only enough for one Servant.

Achilles
So this'll let us put Corday back to normal, huh?

Mochizuki Chiyome
I hope so...

Achilles
You don't sound too sure.

Mochizuki Chiyome
I understand that the plan is to use the Hephaestus Klironomia to keep the Zeus Klironomia at bay...

Mochizuki Chiyome
...until we can use the Athena Klironomia to get rid of them, but that is easier said than done.

Mochizuki Chiyome
Every part of that is taking a significant toll on her Spirit Origin.

Mandricardo
Yeah, that's true.

Mandricardo
Hell, her Spirit Origin was already on the verge of falling apart thanks to the Zeus Klironomia alone.

Mandricardo
Who knows if she'll be able to handle their removal...

Apollo
Only the gods know, as they say.

Achilles
He's right. All we can do now is bring this stuff back to Corday.

Apollo
Though of course, this will all be for nothing if she ends up dying.

Achilles
Shut up, Apollo, or I'll turn you into a soccer ball.

Paris
You keep your hands off of Lord Apollo!

Achilles
That's up to him.

Mochizuki Chiyome
All right, we have heard the others' last message, and we have acquired the Athena Klironomia we came for.

Mochizuki Chiyome
Best we leave while we can.

  1. Right. Let's go!
 
  Select: Right. Let's go!

===Branch End===

???
I see {(M) him /(F) her}.
I'm taking the shot.

Achilles
...!

Achilles
Sorry, Master!

  1. Huh!?
 
  Select: Huh!?

===Branch End===

Mash
Master!

Achilles
Tch!

  1. E-everything just went black for a moment...
 
  Select: E-everything just went black for a moment...

===Branch End===

Achilles
I had to move at ultrasonic speed.
That's why I apologized in advance.

Achilles
Dammit, they figured out we're here!

Paris
Where did that arrow come from!?

Mash
Hang on, Master! I'll be right–

Achilles
Stay back!

Mash
Huh!?

Mandricardo
Mash! Your shield!

Mash
!

Mash
Khh...!

???

Oh, what a shame. I missed.

Achilles
That's 'cause I made you miss.
...Ugh, I still feel sick whenever I see you.

Achilles
What the hell're you doing aiming at Master, Chiron!?

Chiron
Why wouldn't I?
It is the soundest, most efficient strategy.

Chiron
And when the enemy's most key figure is also completely helpless on the field of battle...

Chiron
...don't you think it only makes sense to go after {(M) him /(F) her} first?

Jason
It...can't be...

Jason
No, wait. Achilles! Is he–

Achilles
Yeah. He's Lostbelt-aligned Chiron!

Holmes
Chiron!?

Holmes
He was the one who taught Jason, Achilles, Heracles, and Asclepius...

Holmes
He's the greatest sage Greece has ever known!

Mochizuki Chiyome
If he is on the Lostbelt's side now, then there is no room whatsoever to resolve this peacefully!

Jason
Dammit... You'll just have to all rush him at once!
It's the only way you can win!

Chiron
Jason's plan is a good one, heroes I have never had the pleasure of meeting.

Chiron
However, there is one thing I must say in response:

Chiron
Did I ever say I was alone?

Jason
Dammit! I should've known he'd be good at this!

Holmes
There are no records in Proper Human History of Chiron ever taking part in battle himself...

Holmes
But it would seem the same is not true in this Lostbelt.

Chiron
Right you are.

Chiron
Whatever the Chiron of your world may have been like,
I am firmly on the gods' side in this conflict.

Achilles
Whatever you guys do, don't let your guard down! I'm gonna do everything I can to keep Master out of harm's way!

Achilles
Don't expect much support from {(M) him /(F) her}!
I'm not planning to stop for anything!

--BATTLE--

Chiron
...!

Achilles
Tch!

  1. Y-you saved my life again!
 
  Select: Y-you saved my life again!

===Branch End===

Achilles
Don't say anything!
You could end up biting right through your tongue!

  1. Behind you!
 
  Select: Behind you!

===Branch End===

Achilles
...!

Achilles
Dammit, he's got us pinned down on two sides!

Achilles
Khh...!

  1. Achilles!
 
  Select: Achilles!

===Branch End===

Chiron
As I thought.
I knew I made the right choice, shooting your heel.

Jason
YOU did that!?

Achilles
Yeah, he completely blindsided me.
He knew everything I was gonna do before I did it.

Chiron
Indeed, thanks to the combat data I took from the Proper Human History's Chiron.

Achilles
...That's it. It all makes sense now.
...You killed my teacher, you bastard.

Chiron
...Yes, I did.

Achilles
...!

  1. Achilles!
 
  Select: Achilles!

===Branch End===

Achilles
...Yeah, I know. You don't have to tell me.

Achilles
He's taunting me. One step and I'd be in the jaws of his trap, playing right into his hands.

Achilles
...Master, I'm gonna ask you again:
What are your orders?

  1. Everyone, fall back!
 
  Select: Everyone, fall back!

===Branch End===

Mash
...Understood!

Jason
Mandricardo! Chiyome!
You two bring up the rear!

Both
Understood!/On it!

Holmes
We're all ready to leave.
Hurry back to the shore!

Mandricardo
!

Chiron
A single wooden sword, hm?
How recklessly brave of you.

Mandricardo
Khh!

Mochizuki Chiyome
Let us see how you like dealing with the cursed god pillar, Ibukidaimyoujin!

Mochizuki Chiyome
Hya!

Chiron
Oho, so you use nanomachines as well.
But unfortunately...

Mochizuki Chiyome
Ghh!

Chiron
Hephaestus Klironomia are simply outmatched when pitted against the superior Zeus Klironomia.

Chiron
Hephaestus may have been a god, but he was a hapless fool of a god whose one and only talent was swinging a hammer.

Chiron
Now, if they had been Athena Klironomia,
matters might have been different.

Mochizuki Chiyome
So my hidden trump card had no effect...

Mandricardo
At least we bought some time!
Now come on!

Chiron
Very well then, let us bring this skirmish to a close.

Chiron
As I am part of Olympus here, I did not meet the same end as my Proper Human History counterpart.

Chiron
But fortunately, now that I have killed him...

Chiron
...I too have unlocked this Noble Phantasm.

Chiron
O malevolent scorpion, the time of your purge has come. Dissipate among the stars!

Chiron
Antares Snipe!

Mandricardo
Serment de Durendal!

Mochizuki Chiyome
Ghh, aaaaaahhh!

Mandricardo
Hrgh!

Chiron
And done.

Mandricardo
Khh...!

Chiron
Oh? That's strange. I was sure I had killed them...

Mochizuki Chiyome
Ghh... Gah!

Chiron
Ah, now I see. His Noble Phantasm shielded them from any fatal injuries.

Chiron
But unfortunately for you, it seems you won't be doing any more fighting, now that your “sword” is broken.

Mandricardo
...You sure about that?

Chiron
?

Mandricardo
This is my Noble Phantasm...

Mandricardo
Serment de Durendal!

Chiron
!!!

Mandricardo
Come on, let's get out of here!

Mochizuki Chiyome
...I am sorry. I cannot.

Mandricardo
What do you mean, you can't!?

Mochizuki Chiyome
Never mind me. Just go! Run!

Mandricardo
But–

Mochizuki Chiyome
I have another way out of this!
Hurry!

Mandricardo
...Got it!

Chiron
I see.

Chiron
Now I know there are some heroes out there who are able to use their Noble Phantasms with or without a weapon.

Atlantis Border Guard
We'll go after the–

Chiron
Don't bother. There's no need for that.

Chiron
The one they call Mandricardo may have gotten away unscathed, but this one was not so lucky.

Chiron
And I doubt the Hephaestus Klironomia will help her recover from her injuries soon enough to be a problem.

Chiron
Now then...

Mandricardo
...Dammit!

Mochizuki Chiyome
Khh...

Chiron
Normally, I would just kill her now and have done with it, but she will be more useful to us alive and in custody.

Atlantis Border Guard
What do you mean, sir?

Chiron
The Echidna is running low on magical energy.
She should make for a good snack.

Mochizuki Chiyome
A...snack...?

Mochizuki Chiyome
Heh... Hahahaha! If my choices are becoming a snack or dying with pride, I gladly choose the latter!

Chiron
Not so fast!

Mochizuki Chiyome
Ghh...

Mochizuki Chiyome
...
...

Chiron
Take her away.

Atlantis Border Guard
Yes, sir!

Chiron
I'm sorry, Odysseus.
I failed to acquire the Athena Klironomia.

Odysseus
It's all right.

Odysseus
We already have enough for one Servant.
That should satisfy Olympus.

Chiron
But won't we be at a disadvantage if the Chaldeans use the Athena Klironomia for themselves?

Odysseus
We were able to recover some fragments of Hephaestus's video footage before Lady Artemis destroyed him.

Chiron
Oh? But I thought he was thoroughly vaporized.

Odysseus
He and Lady Artemis had a short conversation right before he met his end.

Odysseus
We were able to retrieve a tiny bit of footage from that.

Odysseus
And if it's to be believed...the Chaldeans plan to use Athena's legacy to save a single insignificant Servant.

Chiron
Oh? Insignificant, you say?

Odysseus
We might have been at something of a disadvantage if they had used it on a hero like Orion...

Odysseus
...but with Charlotte Corday, we have absolutely nothing to worry about.

Chiron
Understood. Then I will make my way back now.

Odysseus
Fine.

Odysseus
I'm sure Chaldea will come fully prepared,
but that's as far as it will go.

Odysseus
There will be no surprises, no coincidences, and no lucky breaks. We will simply crush them, quickly and thoroughly.

Chiron
Understood.
Then I will take the spoils of our victory with me.

Odysseus
Good.

Odysseus
One more Servant's worth of magical energy should be enough to let the Echidna produce another Cerberus.

Odysseus
I'm counting on you, comrade.

Chiron
Worry not, comrade.
I have everything well in hand.

--ARROW--

Mandricardo
Sorry I'm late!

  1. Mandricardo!
 
  Select: Mandricardo!

===Branch End===

Mash
Where's Chiyome!?

Mandricardo
...I had to leave her behind. I'm sorry.

Jason
...Is she dead?

Mandricardo
She wasn't when I left her...

Mandricardo
But given how all those border guards were closing in around her, I don't think she'll–

Jason
That's okay. As long as she's not dead,
she still has a chance to fight back.

Mandricardo
I...don't think so. Not in this case.

Jason
...
...No, you're probably right.

Goredolf
Does she have some sort of secret plan?

Goredolf
I mean, she's a ninja. She'll have some explosives hidden somewhere on herself won't she?

Holmes
Perhaps she means to take a hostage or something along those lines?

Jason
...It'd be nice if that were the case.

Jason
Anyway, let's go. We still need to give Corday the Athena Klironomia.

Apollo
You're really going through with that?

Apollo
I know you need the Hephaestus Klironomia to refit the Border...

Apollo
...but right now, the Athena Klironomia still doesn't belong to anyone.

Apollo
You could just as easily use them to strengthen Orion or Achilles.

Jason
Well? What do you two say to that?

Achilles
I don't need them.

Orion
Me neither.

Jason
There you go.

Apollo
Man, you guys are stubborn...
But okay. I won't stop you.

Apollo
As long as you're not putting Paris in harm's way.

Apollo
Besides, it'd be a waste of good nanomachines to give him Athena's power.

Apollo
So go ahead, follow your heart or whatever.

  1. We will!
 
  Select: We will!

===Branch End===

Paris
That's right!

Paris
I believe that whenever you're unsure of what you should do next, the best thing you can do is follow your heart!

Paris
Then again, following my heart is what led to the Trojan War...

Achilles
You really oughta learn how to reel yourself in...

Da Vinci
There's been no change in her condition, aside from continuing to slowly waste away.

Da Vinci
Theoretically, the way we'd go about this is that we'd give her the Athena Klironomia first...

Da Vinci
...have them fight off the Zeus Klironomia in place of the Hephaestus Klironomia...

Da Vinci
...and then extract the Hephaestus Klironomia back out of her.

Da Vinci
At the moment, she's just barely hanging in there, thanks to the three Servants' worth of Klironomia we've given her.

Da Vinci
The biggest risk is whether she'll hold out until we can extract Hephaestus's...

Da Vinci
...since all three gods will basically be vying for dominance inside her body.

Da Vinci
We also don't know if the Athena Klironomia will be able to beat Zeus's after we take the Hephaestus Klironomia out.

Da Vinci
If they can't, she'll probably end up dead. And even if they can, her Spirit Origin might not hold out.

Da Vinci
At this point, whether she can overcome all of this depends entirely on her endurance and her will to survive.

Da Vinci
Okay...let's do it, Fujimaru.

  1. ...Got it!
 
  Select: ...Got it!

===Branch End===

Da Vinci
Mash, Nemo Nurse, would you mind helping me out?

Da Vinci
Because if the information Hephaestus gave us is anything to go by...

Da Vinci
...what I'm about to do is going to hurt a hell of a lot.

Nemo Nurse
Of course. I'd be glad to.

Mash
Understood!

Da Vinci
...Here goes!

Charlotte Corday
...!!!
...Ow! Ow ow ow ow ow owww!

Charlotte Corday
Ah–aaaaaaaaahhh!

Mash
O-oh no. That sounded like–

Achilles
Shit, she just snapped a bone!
Hold her down!

Orion
Dammit, I'll help out to–Aah!

Mash
Orion!

Orion
I-I'm okay!
But, how the hell did she do that?

Achilles
I can't believe how strong she is now!

Achilles
It must be 'cause Zeus, Athena, and Hephaestus are all going nuts inside her!

Achilles
Get in here, Orion!
You too, Mandricardo!

Charlotte Corday
Khh... Agh!

Orion
It's 'cause the nanomachines are crazy powerful all by themselves. It's like they're fighting a war inside her body!

  1. What can I do!?
 
  Select: What can I do!?

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Orion
...Hold her hand!

Orion
After that, it's all up to her,
and how badly she wants to pull through.

Nemo Nurse
Her vitals are all over the place!
Her Spirit Origin can't take much more of this!

Charlotte Corday
...No...more... Please... It hurts...so much...
Just let me die!

Charlotte Corday
I just want the pain...to go awaaay!

  1. Don't die on us, Charlotte!
  2. Just hang in there a little longer!
  Select: Don't die on us, Charlotte!
Charlotte Corday
...
B-but...
Charlotte Corday
I can't...hold out...any mo–

  Select: Just hang in there a little longer!
Charlotte Corday
I don't...think I can!

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Inner Monologue
I can't take it. I can't take it. I can't take it.

Inner Monologue
This pain is unbearable!

Inner Monologue
My Spirit Core could shatter at any moment.
Assuming my body doesn't tear itself apart first.

Inner Monologue
Someone shoves their hand into my mouth to stop me from biting through my tongue. I bite their hand as hard as I can instead.

Inner Monologue
All I can think about is the pain.
It's all that runs through my head.

Inner Monologue
Any loyalty I had–any love or longing–has all been dyed a vivid flood of pain.

Inner Monologue
What's the point?
I'm not worth it.

Inner Monologue
What am I even doing here?

???
There, the Hephaestus Klironomia are all out!

???
Now we just have to see if the Athena Klironomia can win!

Inner Monologue
...I'm useless.

Inner Monologue
I'm pathetic. Incompetent.
Incapable of doing anything to help.

Inner Monologue
I'm a Servant. I was summoned here.
I was going to fight by their side.

Inner Monologue
So why? Why am I so useless?

Inner Monologue
Is there even any point to my existing when I can't do anything to help?

Inner Monologue
No. There isn't. So there's no reason to try to endure this horrific pain.

Inner Monologue
I should just give in and die.
That's the logical thing to do.

Inner Monologue
...So why does my body still want to live so badly!?

Inner Monologue
Why? Why!?

Inner Monologue
Why does it insist on hanging on when I'm just trying to give up!?

Inner Monologue
“Be quiet. That's not your choice to make anymore.”

Inner Monologue
I hear a voice whispering inside me,
in response to my internal screaming.

Inner Monologue
“You need to live.
You need to fight.”

Inner Monologue
“You're the only one who can fight this fight. You're the only one who can reach where you need to go.”

Inner Monologue
“That's why you already chose one of the skills Athena offered you.”

Inner Monologue
“Maybe nobody else knows about that yet, but I do.”

Inner Monologue
“So regardless of what kind of sad,
lonely end might be waiting up ahead...”

Inner Monologue
“...you can't die, no matter what.”

Inner Monologue
“It's not your fault. You never experienced these things while you were alive.”

Inner Monologue
“The joy of fighting to save the world.
The joy of saving someone.”

Inner Monologue
“You didn't save {(M) him /(F) her} because you love {(M) him /(F) her}.
You love {(M) him /(F) her} because you saved {(M) him /(F) her}.”

Inner Monologue
“It's pure, innocent egoism.”

Inner Monologue
A flood of words washes over me,
only some of which make sense.

Inner Monologue
But there is one thing I definitely understand now.

Inner Monologue
The fact that, apparently,
there's still something I need to do.

Inner Monologue
Squeeze the hand that's been holding yours. Cry and shout to endure the pain if you must, but don't you dare choose death.

Inner Monologue
Killing is the only way for me to fulfill my role. Don't give up. Keep fighting until you make it to the end!

Inner Monologue
My friend keeps calling out to her,
never letting go of her hand.

Inner Monologue
{(M) He's /(F) She's} holding {(M) his /(F) her} head down like {(M) he's /(F) she's} praying,
holding her hand to {(M) his /(F) her} forehead.

Inner Monologue
{(M) He /(F) She} knows {(M) he /(F) she} can't just breathe new life into her.
{(M) He /(F) She} knows {(M) he's /(F) she's} not actually doing anything to help.

Inner Monologue
But the way I see it...

Inner Monologue
...Fujimaru doesn't have any other choice.

Inner Monologue
{(M) His /(F) Her} convictions, or...something along those lines, won't let {(M) him /(F) her} do otherwise.

Inner Monologue
That said...

Chose to Help Hesitated to Help

Inner Monologue
Corday's endurance is being brutally tested.
She's hurt, injured, and in serious pain.

Inner Monologue
...And {(M) he's /(F) she's} the one who chose to use the Athena Klironomia on her.

Inner Monologue
It could end up all being for nothing.

Inner Monologue
The Athena Klironomia could end up being wasted.

Inner Monologue
...Maybe it would've been better if we hadn't used them on her after all.

Inner Monologue
Those are the sort of agonizing thoughts running through Fujimaru's head. {(M) He /(F) She} must be unable to live with {(M) himself /(F) herself} right now.

Inner Monologue
...{(M) he's /(F) she's} fully aware that it won't do anything to help.

Inner Monologue
Corday's endurance is being brutally tested.
She's hurt, injured, and in serious pain.

Inner Monologue
I think Fujimaru feels like {(M) he /(F) she} needs to atone.

Inner Monologue
Back then, {(M) he /(F) she} hesitated to save Corday.

Inner Monologue
After all, she was begging for death.

Inner Monologue
And {(M) he /(F) she} knew that if {(M) he /(F) she} used the Hephaestus Klironomia on her, instead of Nemo and the Border...

Inner Monologue
...it could mean losing our only shot at victory.

Inner Monologue
Those were the facts, and they laid bare a stark choice.

Inner Monologue
{(M) He /(F) She} knows that {(M) he /(F) she} shouldn't have hesitated to save her, but {(M) he /(F) she} still nearly chose not to.

Inner Monologue
And now...{(M) he's /(F) she's} feeling guilty about that.

Inner Monologue
...So I decided I'd try saying something to {(M) him /(F) her}.

Mandricardo
...Don't worry about it, Fujimaru.

Mandricardo
You're praying and wishing as hard as you can right now.

Mandricardo
It makes total sense that you didn't know what to do or say back then. Nobody could've.

Mandricardo
So you can't tell yourself it was wrong or cowardly.

Mandricardo
Isn't that right, Mash?

Mash
...Right.

  1. But...I...
 
  Select: But...I...

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
Look. As your friend, I'm telling you:
don't whine about it.

Mandricardo
All you can do now is pray she pulls through.

Mandricardo
Even if she doesn't,
none of us have any right to blame you.

Mandricardo
And if anyone tries,
I'll put 'em in their place for you.

Mash
I-I will too.

Mash
I know you made the right choice. I'm sure of it.

Mash
And I'll gladly say so to anyone who asks.

Orion
Hey, this was my idea to begin with.
If anyone here deserves to be blamed, it's me.

Achilles
Don't forget us.
We should've realized what was going on sooner.

Charlotte Corday
...N-no...

  1. Charlotte!?
 
  Select: Charlotte!?

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
I'm the one...who should be blamed.

Charlotte Corday
Thank you, Master...

Orion
How are the Zeus Klironomia?

Charlotte Corday
I think they're gone now.

Charlotte Corday
I can feel the Athena Klironomia circulating throughout my body.

  1. What a relief... I'm so glad you're okay.
 
  Select: What a relief... I'm so glad you're okay.

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
I don't know if I'd say that... I kind of feel equal parts okay and not okay right now.

Charlotte Corday
After all, Orion should have been the one to use these Klironomia...

Orion
Don't sweat it.

Orion
I don't need any Athena Klironomia.
In fact, it'd probably be worse if I'd used them.

Orion
Really, I'd have to be out of my damn mind to borrow Athena's power when going up against Artemis.

Orion
So don't worry about taking something from someone more deserving or anything like that. Just be glad you survived.

Charlotte Corday
O-okay. Thank you!

Charlotte Corday
You know, Orion, I–

Orion
Yeah? Go on. You're in love with me? Burning with passion for me? Ready to go somewhere more...private with me?

Orion
Well, lucky for you, I'm Mr. Convenience Store, baby!
I'm open for “business” twenty-four seven!

Charlotte Corday
......

Charlotte Corday
...I think you're a reeeaaally nice guy!

Orion
Nooo! I've been thrown into the friend zone!

Achilles
She really took her time building up to it, too...

Paris
Not to mention the backpedaling.
It looks to me like he's got zero chance with her.

Apollo
I just plugged the numbers into the Greek Romance Equation, and I can say unequivocally that he has no shot whatsoever.

Orion
Hey! I didn't ask for a peanut gallery!

Charlotte Corday
...
...

  1. Thank goodness.
 
  Select: Thank goodness.

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
Hm?

  1. That you're alive.
  2. I'm so relieved.
  Select: That you're alive.
Charlotte Corday
...
...I'm glad too!

  Select: I'm so relieved.
Charlotte Corday
Hehe. I'm sorry for making so much trouble for you.

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
You know, Master...

Charlotte Corday
I really do love you.

Mash
!

Fou
Fou!?

Charlotte Corday
And I love Orion, and Achilles,
and Paris, and Mandricardo...

Charlotte Corday
...and all the people from Chaldea who aren't here right now, and Mochizuki Chiyome, and Mash.

Mash
(She really had me scared for a moment...)

Charlotte Corday
And I love myself.

Charlotte Corday
...Oh, though I guess it sounds kind of narcissistic when I put it that way, huh?

Charlotte Corday
Um, how can I put this?
...Not too long ago, I used to hate myself.

Mash
...

Charlotte Corday
In fact, if I had died just now...I would've gone back to the Throne still hating myself.

Charlotte Corday
So, thank you.
Thank you for helping me learn to love myself.

  1. You're, uh...welcome?
  2. Don't thank me. I didn't do anything.
  Select: You're, uh...welcome?
Charlotte Corday
Ahaha, I'm sorry if that's a strange thing to thank you for.

  Select: Don't thank me. I didn't do anything.
Charlotte Corday
Come on, you know that's not true. You held my hand. You prayed for me. You wished for me to live.
Charlotte Corday
That's more than enough as far as I'm concerned.

===Branch End===

Nemo
...All right.

Nemo
Now that we've got the Hephaestus Klironomia back...

Nemo
...I'd like to start renovating the Shadow Border in earnest.

Da Vinci
Got it.

Nemo
Don't worry. I'm still keeping it low-key.

Nemo
(Inhale...) (Exhale...)
Though honestly, part of me can't wait to get started!

Nemo
Deep breaths.

Nemo
Okay, I'm ready for the Hephaestus Klironomia now.
At last, it's finally time.

Nemo
Now, at last, I can create a non-Nautilus Nautilus...

Nemo
A completely new, cutting-edge ship just for Chaldea!

Section 19: One Who Overcomes the Stormy Sea

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Nemo
...All right.

Nemo
All hands, I'm about to take the Shadow Border and my Noble Phantasm, the Nautilus, that's synchronized with it...

Nemo
...and transmigrate–no,
make them ascend into something new.

Nemo
This will probably make my Spirit Origin expand like a puffer fish, so don't panic if that happens.

Nemo
My guess is that expanding the ship with Hephaestus Klironomia like this...

Nemo
...will change it into something that more strongly reflects my Triton side than the Nautilus did.

Nemo
Either way, my captain's intuition tells me we're going to have something amazing when it's done. Count on it.

Nemo
Are you all ready!?

Nemo Marine
Aye, aye, Captain!!!

Nemo Nurse
Aye, aye, Captain!!!

Nemo Professor
The Hephaestus Klironomia are prepped and ready for administration, sir.

  1. Good luck, Nemo!
 
  Select: Good luck, Nemo!

===Branch End===

Nemo
What I'm about to show you now is the Shadow Border's untapped potential.

Nemo
This ship you and your crew put together is something really special...

Nemo
And I'm going to prove it right now!

Nemo
The Nautilus is my ship.
The Shadow Border is Chaldea's ship.

Nemo
And now...

Nemo Professor
Administering nanomachines!

Nemo
I'm about to create a third ship!

Nemo
A ship that uses the Nautilus for a keel,
the Shadow Border for a core...

Nemo
...and the full power of Hephaestus, the god of the forge, in all other respects.

Nemo
A ship with the power of Triton; a ship that can sail through the Lostbelts' supercell storm walls with ease. I give you...

Nemo
The Storm Border!

Goredolf
Wha... What just happened?

Nemo
It's been reborn!

Nemo
This is the Storm Border–a genuine dimension-piercing battleship that can cross the sea and conquer its depths!

Goredolf
I... Wha... Really!?

Nemo
It's even bigger than a modern-day nuclear submarine.

Nemo
Here's the blueprint data if you want to take a look.

Goredolf
How is this even the same ship!?
Everything's different! In every possible way!

Da Vinci
Hey, hey! This is Da Vinci down in the computer room! That expansion was something else! My head is spinning!

Nemo
Don't worry. I made sure to minimize the load on the computer room.

Nemo
The only thing you need to be in charge of is the Shadow Border part of the Storm Border.

Nemo
Now that my Spirit Origin has settled,
the Shadow Border can be sent out separately.

Nemo
From now on, we can use it as both a landing ship and an emergency lifeboat.

Da Vinci
So it would seem. Kind of reminds me of a parent turtle and its baby turtle.

Da Vinci
At any rate, I love this new, bigger computer room.

Da Vinci
It feels like going from a current pool to a waterslide!

Nemo
Well that's not good. I'll have to station a few crewmates there to help you out later.

Nemo
...Though of course, they'll only be so helpful,
since nobody else can do what you do.

Da Vinci
Why thank you♪

Holmes
Now then.
Bartholomew. Jason.

Bartholomew
Hey there.
Does this mean it's finally time to settle things?

Holmes
That's up to our leader,
the captain of the Argonauts.

Nemo
Initiating data link.
Putting up the map now...

Nemo
Can you see it, Jason?

Jason
More or less.

Jason
All right, listen up. We might be vastly underprepared, underequipped, and understaffed...

Jason
But thanks to the Nautilus–I mean,
the Storm Border, we now have a shot at victory.

Jason
Of course, this will be an all-out fleet vs. fleet battle...

Jason
...and unfortunately, both my Argo and the Royal Fortune are too old to be of any help.

Jason
The only way we can overcome our numbers disadvantages is to rely on Servants and the Storm Border.

Jason
So.

Jason
Our next step is to head straight into the waiting arms of Odysseus's forces.

Goredolf
Whoa, whoa. Just a minute there, Jason.

Goredolf
I understand we'll need to fight them at some point, but does it really have to be right now? No matter how you slice it, don't you think it's far too soon for that?

Jason
Don't be so simpleminded, Goredolf!

Jason
Let's get one thing straight:

Jason
We need to act under the assumption that the enemy already knows exactly what we're thinking.

Achilles
Yeah, good point.

Achilles
If there's one thing Odysseus is really good at, it's ambushing his enemies when they're catching their breath.

Paris
Considering how badly we got trounced,
I have to agree with that.

Jason
That's why we need to ensure we always have options available to us, even when the enemy knows exactly what we're going to do.

Jason
Which is why making land on a different island is the riskiest thing we could do now.

Bartholomew
Which is why you want to just run straight at them?

Jason
Frankly, it's the only way.

Goredolf
Holmes, your whole thing is making accurate and levelheaded deductions under pressure, right? Perhaps now would be a good time for one such deduction?

Holmes
Hmm.

Holmes
While I would normally be happy to oblige,
the fact is, I'm not a military man.

Holmes
So without an alternative strategy to consider,
I'm in no position to say anything.

Holmes
What about you three, Achilles, Paris, and Orion? You are warriors, and so your input would be of far more use than mine.

Orion
'Fraid you're barking up the wrong tree there.
I'm a hunter, not a warrior.

Orion
I mean, I fight when I have to, sure, but that's not the same thing as being a soldier or a general.

Orion
So it's not my place to say anything either.

Achilles
I don't think I should even try to come up with anything clever. I mean, this is Odysseus we're dealing with.

Achilles
It's a pretty safe bet that he already knows exactly what I'm thinking.

Achilles
That goes for Paris too, since he's actually faced him before.

Paris
If only my brother was here.
I'm sure he would've come up with a foolproof plan.

Achilles
Well, he's not. So quit bitching.

Paris
Hmph. Like I don't know...

  1. I don't know what the right call is...
 
  Select: I don't know what the right call is...

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
...
...

Holmes
What about you, Mandricardo?
Do you have anything to say?

Mandricardo
Uh... I guess, yeah.

Mandricardo
I, uh... I don't have a ton of experience with this sort of thing, but there's one saying I think applies here:

Mandricardo
Too many cooks spoil the broth.

Holmes
Hmm, a fair point.

Mandricardo
So I don't see the harm in going with Jason's plan.

Mandricardo
We all trust him, and we're gonna put our faith in his plan.

Mandricardo
...Whether we can beat Odysseus or not all hangs on that.

Goredolf
Ghhh...

Jason
The fact is, we're at an overwhelming disadvantage here.

Jason
Even if this plan goes off without a hitch, I'd say our odds of winning are twenty percent at best.

Jason
At worst, we might not even have a ten-percent shot a victory.

Jason
Not only are we vastly outnumbered,
Odysseus himself is a force to be reckoned with...

Jason
...since he'll see through almost any strategy we try.

Jason
That being said, I've still got an ace or two up my sleeve that might just work on him.

Jason
If I can get my bomb–er, ace to blow up in his face, then we might have a shot. Maybe.

Jason
From here on, everything's going to come down to how many trump cards I can squeeze into our hand.

Jason
Since we don't have any clear or obvious cards to play like “Lots of soldiers” or “Massive fleet,” we'll have to double down on the other cards we have.

Jason
First up: Achilles!

Achilles
Yeah?

Jason
You're no longer immortal now that your heel's been shot, right?

Achilles
'Fraid not.
My heel's my conceptual weak point, after all.

Achilles
The moment it was shot,
I became just regular old Achilles.

Achilles
So I'm not immortal anymore, and I can't run as fast as before either. All I can do now is fight till I die.

Jason
Yikes. So you've gone past meathead all the way to pseudo-Berserker.

Jason
Well, at least you should be helpful in the upcoming battle then.

Achilles
You know it.

Achilles
Just tell me how long I gotta hold out for,
and that's how long I'll hold out.

Jason
Ha! Do I even need to say it?

Jason
I'm going to throw you at the most formidable adversary we're currently facing besides Odysseus:

Jason
Chiron.

Jason
But there are literal boatloads of other enemies I want you to beat before you get to him.

Jason
So whatever you do, don't die before you reach Chiron, got it!?

Achilles
Don't worry. Whatever you want me to do in your plan, I'll make sure it gets done.

Achilles
I swear on Peleus, my father. I swear on Thetis,
my mother. I will do what needs to be done.

Jason
Hmph. Well don't YOU worry, because I'm going to put you to work and then some.

Jason
On that note, Achilles, I want you to let Paris ride your chariot.

Jason
Meanwhile, you'll be running from ship to ship,
destroying sails and engines. Can you do that?

Achilles
Well, sure, that's fine with me, but...

Paris
You want ME to ride HIS chariot!?

Jason
That's right. And the first sign of attitude you give me, I'm going to slap you so hard you'll wish you'd never materialized.

Jason
You will pick off anyone headed towards my ship from the air. I don't care if you think you can handle it or not. Do it.

Paris
O-okay...

Jason
Mandricardo, Mash, Master... Huh, that's a lot of names that start with “Ma,” isn't it?

Jason
Not that that's particularly important right now.

Goredolf
It REALLY isn't!

Jason
You three will be on the Argo destroying the sails and engines of enemy ships, just like Achilles.

Jason
You'll jump over to an enemy ship, destroy it, come back to the Argo, rinse and repeat until all the enemy ships are gone.

Jason
Now, this next part is especially important.

Jason
Storm Border, as our most powerful asset, you'll need to corner and neutralize Odysseus's army...

Jason
...but you're not, repeat, not,
to neutralize them completely.

Nemo
...Why is that?

Jason
There's a better than even chance that Odysseus will try to have Artemis wipe us all out, even if that means he ends up in her line of fire himself.

Jason
So before he can do that, we'll need the Royal Fortune to take Orion and make a beeline for Nemesis Island.

Jason
If we time this badly, the Royal Fortune could end up sunk, or Artemis could end up blowing everything away.

Jason
I'll let you decide how to best maneuver the Storm Border, Nemo. Don't wait around for me to tell you what to do.

Nemo
Got it. I'd prefer that, too.

Jason
Bartholomew, I don't want you joining the battle until you reach a point when you don't have any other choice.

Jason
Your job is to get Orion to Nemesis Island.
That's all I want you to focus on.

Bartholomew
You got it.

Jason
As for you, Orion, when the time comes,
I want you to do the thing.

Orion
Huh? What thing?

Jason
You know! The thing! Use that fancy power you got from Poseidon! If you're not going to use it now, then when!?

Orion
...Ohh, THAT thing!
Right on!

Jason
Gee, how reassuring.
Now, as for you, Corday–

Charlotte Corday
Y-yes!?

Jason
...There's not a whole lot you can do.

Charlotte Corday
That's true...

Jason
The fact is, you're just not cut out for this kind of direct assault.

Jason
Which is why I'm going to trust you with the most important job of all.

Charlotte Corday
...Okay!

--ARROW--

  1. I think I'll take a little break...
 
  Select: I think I'll take a little break...

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
Master? Do you have a minute?

  1. Sure, come on in.
 
  Select: Sure, come on in.

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
There's something I wanted to talk to you about.

Charlotte Corday
First, I just wanted to thank you again for saving me.

Charlotte Corday
But, I also have to make a confession.

Charlotte Corday
I've committed a terrible sin, and there's nothing I can do to atone for it. I just have to live with the guilt.

  1. ...
 
  Select: ...

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
Oh, no, no! I don't blame you at all.

Charlotte Corday
This is something I was always going to have to come to terms with...

Charlotte Corday
...so that's exactly what I'm trying to do now.

Charlotte Corday
Oh, and there's one more thing I need to tell you. It's about my body, and the Athena Klironomia it has now.

  1. Are you in pain?
  2. Are you feeling unwell?
  Select: Are you in pain?
Charlotte Corday
Oh no, there's no pain.

  Select: Are you feeling unwell?
Charlotte Corday
Oh no, not at all.
If anything, I feel lighter than ever.

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
...
...

Charlotte Corday
It's just that...sooner or later,
my body's going to fall apart.

Charlotte Corday
I had a feeling my Spirit Origin was too flimsy to handle it, and I was right.

Charlotte Corday
Anything that has to do with gods is just too divine for my blood.

Charlotte Corday
If the Athena Klironomia are taken out of me, I'll die. And even if they aren't...it won't be long before I fall apart and disappear.

  1. ...
  2. ...
  Select: ...

  Select: ...

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
So that's why, um...

Charlotte Corday
That's why I think it's best if I leave,
like Jason said I should.

  1. But isn't that risky?
  2. But what if they take your nanomachines?
  Select: But isn't that risky?
Charlotte Corday
...Maybe. But risky or not, I still need to leave.

  Select: But what if they take your nanomachines?
Charlotte Corday
Yes, they might.
But that's still better than the way things are now.

===Branch End===

Charlotte Corday
I won't be of any help in a battle.
But if I go off on my own here...

Charlotte Corday
...then I might have a chance to be helpful.

Charlotte Corday
Of course, there's still every chance I could fail. I could very well end up dying without accomplishing anything.

Charlotte Corday
And even if I do succeed...
I'll probably still end up dead.

Charlotte Corday
That might be the best kind of ending I could hope for. But–

  1. Charlotte...
 
  Select: Charlotte...

===Branch End===

Inner Monologue
...Please.

Inner Monologue
Please don't look at me like that.

Inner Monologue
This isn't the first time you've been through something like this, right?

Inner Monologue
Parting ways, forgetting the past...
None of that should be new to you by now.

Inner Monologue
So please, don't look at me with that hurt in your eyes. Please don't let me see how much you wish things could be different.

Inner Monologue
It makes me so happy I could cry.

Inner Monologue
It satiates my wretched ego to the point I feel nauseous.

Inner Monologue
The fact that you're so hurt means that you really care about me.

Inner Monologue
That's why I don't want to say goodbye to you looking like that.

Inner Monologue
But, even so...I have to make the right choice.
I know I can.

Charlotte Corday
...I wish you all the best of luck.
May fortune find you wherever you go.

Charlotte Corday
Goodbye, Master.

Charlotte Corday
...Goodbye, Fujimaru.

Charlotte Corday
Sorry I'm late.

Jason
It's fine.

Jason
Just remember, we're not gonna slow down much for you, so try not to trip and fall.

Charlotte Corday
I told you, I'll be fine.

Jason
...You're in a surprisingly good mood.
Are you sure you understand the situation?

Charlotte Corday
Yes, yes, I do. Don't worry.

Charlotte Corday
I'll put up the best struggle I can, in my own way.

Jason
That so? All right, knock yourself out then.
...So, did you finish saying goodbye?

Charlotte Corday
Yup! I'm all set.

Jason
Well don't leave any scars, all right?
Unlike me, {(M) he's /(F) she's} just an ordinary person, after all.

Charlotte Corday
...I kind of hope I left at least a little scar...

Jason
Did you really think I wouldn't be able to hear you if you whispered, you big dummy!?

Charlotte Corday
I'm sorry! I'm sorry! I'm sorry!
Please make sure {(M) he /(F) she} isn't hurt!

Jason
Never mind all that now!
Just go already!

Charlotte Corday
...Here goes!

Jason
Welp, should've seen that coming.

Jason
Oh well, I'm sure it'll work out somehow.
There's no way a Servant could drown, after all.

Bartholomew
I take it Charlotte Corday's desertion was successful then?

Jason
I wouldn't say that. She fell, well, way short on the jump and landed in the sea instead of on the island.

Bartholomew
So she was a klutz right to the end, huh.
But then, that's part of what made her so cute.

Bartholomew
If only her bangs were a little longer,
she'd be perfect.

Jason
True.
...I mean, what? No. Gods, you're messed up.

Jason
Anyway, I wouldn't call her cute.
Not one damn bit. I can't stand her sort.

Bartholomew
Because she reminds you of your ex?

Jason
Hell if I know.

Charlotte Corday
(Cough, cough, hack!) O-oh man, I really did make a fool of myself right to the end!

Charlotte Corday
I'm so glad Fujimaru wasn't here to see that!

Charlotte Corday
You know, I wonder if Jason told me to say goodbye to
{(M) him /(F) her} in {(M) his /(F) her} room because he foresaw this happening...

Charlotte Corday
...(Sniff) That's so nice of him...

Charlotte Corday
Anyway, I should get to work.

Charlotte Corday
I guess the first thing I should do is find a boat...

Atlantis Border Guard
Sir! We've spotted one of the enemy ships!

Atlantis Border Guard
We've confirmed that Jason is acting as its helmsman!

Odysseus
Keep scanning the depths.
The Nautilus is almost certainly close behind.

Atlantis Border Guard
Yes, sir!

Odysseus
...I knew they would have to face us directly, but even if we account for the Nautilus, they should still have another ship.

Odysseus
What are you thinking, Jason?

Inner Monologue
Have I let carelessness, or arrogance,
or assumptions cloud my judgment?

Inner Monologue
Have I overlooked anything?
Have I snatched defeat from the jaws of victory?

Inner Monologue
Are you sure your memory is accurate,
my self from Proper Human History?

Inner Monologue
Don't be an idiot.

Inner Monologue
I've been saying all along, Odysseus from this Lostbelt with the memories of his Proper Human History self...

Inner Monologue
...We'll deal with things as they happen.

Inner Monologue
I know you're not going to leave yourself vulnerable.
I know you'll never let down your guard.

Inner Monologue
But what I can do is flip over the entire board,
and remove any guarantee of defeat.

Jason
...That said, we definitely have an overwhelmingly difficult road ahead of us.

Inner Monologue
I've already set a few traps in motion, though I don't know if they'll go off as I planned.

Jason
I didn't make a mistake.
This will work. It has to.

Inner Monologue
I get chills every time I think that.

Inner Monologue
Maybe he's already seen right through my entire plan.

Inner Monologue
I shouldn't tell myself that this is going to work.

Inner Monologue
If I have one thing over Odysseus,
it's that I know what it's like to fail.

Inner Monologue
I know the hopelessness of being in a situation where there's nothing you can do to turn things around.

Inner Monologue
I don't think he can say the same.

Inner Monologue
He might know what happened in the Trojan War, but he can't know what it was like to have actually been there.

Inner Monologue
That's the one thing I've got over him,
and it's the only thing I can bet on.

Jason
No matter how bad your hand might be, Odysseus,
you can still come to the table and win.

Fou
Fou, fou?

  1. What is it, Fou?
 
  Select: What is it, Fou?

===Branch End===

Fou
Fou fou.

  1. (Is he trying to cheer me up?)
  2. I'm okay. Thanks.
  Select: (Is he trying to cheer me up?)

  Select: I'm okay. Thanks.
Fou
Fooou?

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
...H-hey.

  1. Hey, if it isn't my good friend.
  2. What's up, Mandricardo?
  Select: Hey, if it isn't my good friend.
Mandricardo
...
...Wh-whoa.
Fou
Foooooou!?
Mandricardo
Sorry. That got me in the feels a lot harder than I expected. Anyway, uh...

  Select: What's up, Mandricardo?

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
...I just wanted to make sure you weren't too nervous or anything.

  1. I'm okay. But I appreciate you checking in.
  2. ...Is it that obvious?
  Select: I'm okay. But I appreciate you checking in.
Mandricardo
Gotcha. That's good. Just wanted to make sure.
Mandricardo
...But while I'm here, there's something else I wanted to say!

  Select: ...Is it that obvious?
Mandricardo
Kinda, yeah.

===Branch End===

  1. Hey, did you fix your wooden sword?
 
  Select: Hey, did you fix your wooden sword?

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
Oh, yeah. Jason let me use some of the Argo's spare lumber.

Mandricardo
That's one of the perks of being me.
You can make do with just about anything.

Mandricardo
...Ahem.

Mandricardo
Anyway, I know we've been at a huge disadvantage pretty much from the get-go.

Mandricardo
Even if we do manage to beat Odysseus,
Artemis, and Poseidon...

Mandricardo
...we'll still have to do something about that Crypter.

Mandricardo
And I just can't see any way for us to beat him and put an end to this.

Mandricardo
It honestly feels like we'll never cut down that damned tree.

  1. ...Yeah.
 
  Select: ...Yeah.

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
...So hey, this is gonna sound pretty corny, but...

Mandricardo
Ever since the woman I loved betrayed me, you know, while I was alive...to say nothing of how I betrayed myself...

Mandricardo
...making friends has been kind of hard for me.

Mandricardo
But, uh... Now, you and I are frie...
Frie...

  1. Come on, you can say it!
 
  Select: Come on, you can say it!

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
Yeah, you're right.

Mandricardo
...You and I are friends now.

Mandricardo
So, uh... You know...
We're gonna be okay.

  1. ...We're gonna be okay.
 
  Select: ...We're gonna be okay.

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
Yeah! Things are gonna work out!

  1. They're gonna work out!
 
  Select: They're gonna work out!

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
Yeah! We're gonna win!

Mandricardo
We're gonna defeat Odysseus!
Shoot down Artemis!

Mandricardo
Defeat Poseidon!
Reach Olympus!

Mandricardo
And cut down the Tree of Emptiness!

  1. Yeah!
 
  Select: Yeah!

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
Let's do this thing!

Mandricardo
...
...

Mandricardo
...And with that, my friend, is pretty much me hitting my limit for social interaction today.

Mandricardo
Man, it's hard cheering people up when you're already kind of a downer.

  1. You know, you haven't really been a downer for a while now.
  2. Honestly, you haven't seemed like a downer lately.
  Select: You know, you haven't really been a downer for a while now.

  Select: Honestly, you haven't seemed like a downer lately.

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
Huh? You think?
Hmm...

Mandricardo
I guess I have been pushing myself pretty hard to be cheerful and social lately. Or maybe it's the other way around.

Mandricardo
I guess...

Mandricardo
...I've been so focused on cheering you up that I didn't have time to worry about my own hang-ups.

Mandricardo
'Cause it doesn't take much for a downer to go back to his old ways, you know?

  1. ...Does that mean you're back to them yourself now?
 
  Select: ...Does that mean you're back to them yourself now?

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
...Yup.

Mandricardo
Crap. I got no idea what to talk about anymore...

Mandricardo
...Wanna talk politics or something?
No?

Mandricardo
W-well, uh... Maybe the weather?

  1. It's night. Plus, we're inside the Storm Border now, so...
 
  Select: It's night. Plus, we're inside the Storm Border now, so...

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
...Dammit, what's a good topic...?

Fou
Fou fou.

Mandricardo
Maybe Fou?

  1. Ooh, that's great!
 
  Select: Ooh, that's great!

===Branch End===

Fou
Fou!?

  1. Let's start by gushing about his tail!
 
  Select: Let's start by gushing about his tail!

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
You really latched onto that, didn't you!?
Crap, now I'm wondering if I messed up!

Section 20: Mad Passion and Disturbing Delusions

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Inner Monologue
Humans and gods are different.

Inner Monologue
I might have some divine blood in me, but I was still a human at heart, and she, a goddess.

Inner Monologue
Everything about us, from our origins on,
is fundamentally...well, different.

Artemis
Hey, you.

Orion
Aah!

Orion
...Wait. Do I know you? Have we met?

Artemis
Hmph, how could you say that!?
It's me! Artemis!

Orion
Whoa, really?

Artemis
Yes, really. You look confused. Why?

Orion
You're nothing like I'd imagined.

Artemis
Ahahaha, well that's funny. And here I went and changed my appearance to suit you.

Orion
...You did?

Artemis
Don't you get it?
I fell in love with you at first sight.

Artemis
So from now on, it's your responsibility to care for me in sickness and in health, okay?

Orion
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Slow down.
This is all happening way too fast.

Artemis
Get used to it♡

Inner Monologue
My memories of you from Proper Human History are a series of silly, meaningless, uplifting comedies.

Inner Monologue
Heck, even the way I died was ridiculous.

Inner Monologue
I'm still grateful to the god who stopped you from trying to make me immortal.

Inner Monologue
Like I said:
gods and humans are different.

Inner Monologue
That's got to be just as true for why we fall in love, how we fall in love, how that love comes to an end...and everything in between.

Inner Monologue
But that doesn't mean having humans become gods would solve everything.

Inner Monologue
If I'd been made a god...who knows how my human feelings would twist and change once I'd abandoned that humanity.

Inner Monologue
And that just didn't sit right with me.

Inner Monologue
...Deep breaths.

Inner Monologue
I look up at the sky right where I know her to be,
even if I can't see her from here.

Inner Monologue
I knew it. It's just like I thought.
You don't belong up there in the sky.

Mash
Senpai, it's Mash Kyrielight.
I have something to report.

  1. Come in!
 
  Select: Come in!

===Branch End===

Mash
Oh, hello, Fou.
So this is where you've been.

Mash
Jason wanted me to tell you that Corday made it off the ship safely.

  1. That's good to hear...
 
  Select: That's good to hear...

===Branch End===

Mash
If you want to say goodbye to her...
Oh, I guess you already did.

Mash
She was unfailingly good-natured, wasn't she?
And I think she was very strong, too.

Mash
I know she always talked about how weak she was...

Mash
...but I think there's a difference between having power and being strong.

Mash
I wish I'd had more chances to talk with her.

  1. Me too.
 
  Select: Me too.

===Branch End===

Mash
I see.

Mash
Life is a series of hellos and goodbyes.
A journey like this makes that really sink in.

  1. Even so...I still remember.
  2. I remember every one of them.
  Select: Even so...I still remember.

  Select: I remember every one of them.

===Branch End===

Mash
Me too.

Mash
I'm sure the battle we're heading into will be even harder than usual.

Mash
Even Jason has stopped smiling,
and he's usually so upbeat.

Mash
...It makes me want to win even more.

Mash
But...not out of a sense of duty towards saving the world.

Mash
Even though fighting is always scary... Even though I can't even stand up without someone protecting me... I still want to win.

Mash
We can never go back to Chaldea again.
We'll never get to go back to that room.

Mash
But that's exactly why I want to focus on reaching a new destination.

Mash
And I want to see what it's like with you, Master...
Senpai.

  1. That's what I want, too.
 
  Select: That's what I want, too.

===Branch End===

Mash
Master.

  1. Right!
 
  Select: Right!

===Branch End===

Nemo Marine
Storm Border, Royal Fortune, Argo.
All engines answering full stop.

Nemo Marine
Boosting cloaking to maximum power,
just like Jason asked.

Nemo
We're almost at Nemesis Island...

Nemo
...and there are countless enemy ships gathered around it.

Nemo
I guess that means it's time for the final battle.

--ARROW--

  1. I hope this works...
  2. Are you ready?
  Select: I hope this works...
Mandricardo
I don't blame you for being nervous...
Mandricardo
...but I'm also sure Jason knew what he was doing when he came up with this plan.
Mandricardo
So...I think it'll work out.

  Select: Are you ready?
Mash
Y-yes! I've double-checked my equipment and can confirm everything is working fine.
Mash
I'm good to go at any time!
Mandricardo
Try to relax. You don't wanna be so on edge that you end up screwing up.
Mash
I'm sorry...
Mandricardo
Wait, crap. That was a poor choice of words.

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
Fujimaru.

Mandricardo
You try to relax too.

Mandricardo
There's only so much we can do, and worrying about the stuff we can't isn't gonna help anyone.

Mandricardo
It's okay. I'll make sure to keep you safe–er, alive at least.

Mandricardo
After all, you and I are frie...
Uh... You know...

  1. Really? You couldn't bring yourself to say it here?
  2. Really? You can't even look me in the eye?
  Select: Really? You couldn't bring yourself to say it here?
Mandricardo
Hey, cut me some slack.
Mandricardo
This sort of thing's way out of my usual wheelhouse,
okay? I can't help it.

  Select: Really? You can't even look me in the eye?
Mandricardo
I'm sorry, okay!?
This is the best I can do!

===Branch End===

Mandricardo
All right. Mash, Fujimaru, circle up.
Hands in.

Mash
Okay.
You mean like this?

Mandricardo
What's our goal here, Fujimaru?

  1. Win.
  2. Survive.
  Select: Win.
Mandricardo
Not just win. We've gotta survive, too.

  Select: Survive.
Mandricardo
Not just survive. We've gotta win, too.

===Branch End===

Jason
Are you three done living out your youthful fantasies yet!?

Mandricardo
It's not a fantasy.
This is all as real as it gets.

Jason
You do know our lives are on the line here, right!?
But, fine.

Jason
Nemo, open a comms line!

Nemo Marine
Aye, aye, sir.

Jason
I take it you all know the plan backwards and forwards by now?

Achilles
I'm still not sure if it really qualifies as a plan, but yeah.

Jason
You don't have to tell me.
Believe me, I'm well aware.

Jason
At any rate, our first order of business is to win this battle.

Jason
We're all going to protect Orion and land on the final island: Nemesis Island.

Jason
So you all need to be ready to kick Odysseus to the curb like he's nothing!

Apollo
Well, I guess you do need to convince yourself of that more than anyone...

Jason
Who asked you, sun god!? Just stick to blessing (read: buffing) the hell out of us like a good support mascot!

Jason
All right...
Go on, Master! Say something to inspire us!

Jason
...What do you mean, “like what?”
I don't care! Just come up with something!

  1. Let's all win this together!
  2. Let's all make it back alive!
  Select: Let's all win this together!

  Select: Let's all make it back alive!

===Branch End===

Jason
All right, all hands to battle stations!

Nemo
This is the Storm Border.
Torpedoes are locked, loaded, and ready to go!

Bartholomew
This is the Royal Fortune.
I'm all set.

Bartholomew
On my honor as The Courier, I promise I'll deliver Orion to Nemesis Island as fast as I possibly can.

A:Jason
Move out!!!

Section 21: Challenge: Breaking Through the Distant Seas

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Atlantis Border Guard
...I have a visual on the enemy!
But I can't see them on the radar!

Odysseus
Turn it up to maximum sensitivity.

Atlantis Border Guard
But, that would show every single fish in these waters for kilometers around...

Odysseus
Tag the signals headed towards us and set it to exclude the rest.

Atlantis Border Guard
Yes, sir.

Odysseus
The enemy will probably continue to drop off the radar periodically. The key to victory will be in how quickly we can reacquire them.

Odysseus
Double the number of lookouts.

Odysseus
Make sure they share every observation they make, no matter how seemingly insignificant.

Atlantis Border Guard
Yes, sir!

Odysseus
So, they've decided to face us head-on. I suppose it's too soon to say whether they're simply throwing caution to the wind...

Odysseus
...or if they have some sort of secret strategy in mind.

Jason
We're about to reach an enemy ship!

Jason
But we're only going to get in close for a quick moment!

Jason
Your job is to take down the ship's crew and destroy its engine as quickly as possible!

Jason
Remember, the clock is ticking,
even if you can't see it. Get in, and get out!

Jason
Every Servant should be able to make the impossible possible, so now's the time for you to prove it!

Mandricardo
Got it.

Mash
Understood!

Jason
It's time to kick off this war!

Jason
Now gooo!

Atlantis Border Guard
We're under attack!

Mandricardo
You heard Jason.
We're gonna get in and get out!

--ARROW--

Mandricardo
Mash!

Mash
Right! Using Bunker Bolt to punch through the engine!

Mash
Yaaaaaah!

Mandricardo
Next up...
Take this!

Atlantis Border Guard
The beam sail is damaged!
Dammit, we can't move until we repair it!

Mandricardo
We're getting out of here! Hang on!

Jason
Good, you're back! But with about ninety ships left, you've still got a long road ahead!

Jason
I'm also guessing we'll only be able to do this one or two more times at most!

Jason
Still, that'll be one or two fewer ships to worry about later! Now get going!

--BATTLE--

Atlantis Border Guard
Why you...!

Achilles
Hraaaaaa!

Atlantis Border Guard
I don't get it... I thought the report said you'd been weakened from your heel being shot!

Atlantis Border Guard
How are you doing this!?
Who the hell are you!?

Achilles
I don't really know what to say to that.
I'm just me.

Achilles
Achilles the Fleet-footed,
the strongest hero in all of Greece.

Achilles
And that report wasn't wrong.
My heel really has been shot.

Achilles
But trust me, the very concept of having my heel shot is like constant torture.

Achilles
Full disclosure; I'm in so much pain all the time it hurts to even talk to you.

Achilles
So.

Achilles
Why am I telling you guys all this?

Achilles
Well, I can't tell my companions, 'cause I don't want them to feel bad...but dammit, I feel like I deserve a little credit here!

Achilles
The moment my opponents learn my True Name, they all go right for my heel like nobody's business.

Achilles
But as you guys can see, Achilles the hero is alive and well, wounded heel be damned.

Achilles
Now come on, see if you can take me!

C:???
Oho. In that case, I suppose I'd better strike through your heart and take your head from your shoulders. Just to be sure.

Achilles
Well now. 'Bout time you showed up, Chiron.

Chiron
Of course. I'm not so cowardly as to refuse to take the bait you've been dangling before me.

Chiron
Even if the same can't be said for my Proper Human History counterpart.

Achilles
...
...

Achilles
...Heh. Hehe. Hahahahaha!

Chiron
Oh? I didn't think I was making any sort of joke.

Achilles
Hah, sorry 'bout that.

Achilles
See, Jason said you would probably bad-mouth your Proper Human History self, and damn if he wasn't right.

Chiron
...I see.

Achilles
And one more thing. My teacher wasn't cowardly.
Not by a long shot.

Achilles
So what if he didn't have much combat experience?
So what if he only ever taught?

Achilles
He was so wise that none of that mattered one damn bit.

Achilles
I've got no doubt that he'd easily win a Holy Grail War if he was ever summoned to fight one.

Achilles
Hell, I don't even think I could beat him myself!

Chiron
Oho. You don't say.

Achilles
So there you have it, Lostbelt Chiron.

Achilles
I owe a whole lot to my teacher...
But you ain't him.

Achilles
So don't expect me to hold back...
now that it's time to kill you!!!

Section 22: Those Who Drive Through the Storm

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Nemo
All right, we're gonna pay them back a hundred times over for how they welcomed us to this Lostbelt!

Nemo
First and second torpedo tubes loaded!
Fire!

Nemo
Those ships might look like the ones from ancient Greece, but they couldn't be more different!

Nemo
They have internal combustion engines, and their beam sails give off magical energy readings too!

Nemo
It might be a seriously strange mix of technology,
but it also gives them a really distinct sound!

Nemo
And that means all we have to do is target the sources of that sound!

Nemo Marine
Exactly!
Yaaay!

Nemo
We got 'em!
Now, hard to port!

Atlantis Border Guard
Send out the Lamia!
Go, go, go!

Meunière
Aw crap!

Meunière
It's more of those Lamia that attacked us when we first got here!

Nemo
Tell them they should've known better than to try the same trick twice! We figured out a plan for them ages ago!

Nemo
Cut the engine!
Launch the special torpedoes!

Goredolf
A-are you sure this is a good idea!?

Nemo
Of course. It's all there in the report.

Nemo
Back when they first attacked my ship, it was the engine that suffered the most damage by far.

Nemo
And since Lamia are serpentine creatures,
it's not hard to figure out why.

Holmes
They're drawn to heat.

Goredolf
Ohhh!

Nemo
Exactly.

Nemo
So all we have to do is fire specialized decoy torpedoes that give off heat signatures as they move.

Nemo Marine
The Lamia have begun homing in on the torpedoes' heat!

Nemo
Good! We'll start the engine back up once we've put enough distance between them and us!

Nemo
I'm counting on you, engine room!
We don't have a second to waste!

Nemo Engineer
Aye, aye, sir!
You don't gotta tell me that!

Jason
For whatever reason, most likely their fear of Poseidon, our enemy here doesn't seem to have anything in the way of submarine technology.

Jason
They probably figure it's fine to sail atop the sea, but to swim beneath its surface is tantamount to blasphemy.

Jason
Whatever the case, it means the Storm Border has an overwhelming advantage over them there, so make sure you use it to destroy as many of them as you can!

Nemo
Now fire torpedoes from the third and fourth tubes too!

Nemo Marine
Aye, sir!
Hurry up and get those first two tubes reloaded!

Atlantis Border Guard
We've made contact with the enemy!
Board the ship! Kill them all!

Jason
Hahaha! Sorry to burst your bubble, but the only ones you'll find here are me and a buncha Nemo extras!

Jason
And none of us have any combat value at all!

Nemo Marine
Speak for yourself! I don't know about you,
but I think I have incredible value!

Atlantis Border Guard
???

Atlantis Border Guard
...Oh, whatever. Just kill them all!

Jason
Dammit, looks like these guys don't have much in the way of humor.

Mandricardo
Phew, made it! That was close!

Jason
There you have it. Now it's time to play defense!
Go on, get 'em!

Jason
And be ready to fend off a veritable mountain of them!

Mandricardo
You got it!

--BATTLE--

Jason
Dammit, they're starting to catch on to us! Look out!
They're throwing two ships at us now!

Jason
And they're mixing in Lamia among their lineup, too!
That must mean you-know-who's almost here!

  1. ...I know!
  2. Hang in there just a little longer, Mandricardo!
  Select: ...I know!
Jason
Plus, our airborne reinforcements aren't keeping up well! C'mon, Paris! Get it together!

  Select: Hang in there just a little longer, Mandricardo!
Mandricardo
Will do!

===Branch End===

--ARROW--

A:Xanthos
I never dreamed I'd one day be carrying my rider's mortal enemy. But I guess now's no time to complain. I should get off my high horse! Guheehee.

A:Paris
I-I suppose so!

A:Paris
...Wait. You ARE a horse!

A:Xanthos
So? It's just an idiom,
no need to take it so seriously.

A:Paris
Oh. I guess that's true...

A:Apollo
That's enough chatter, Paris!
We have work to do.

A:Apollo
And just to be clear, this isn't about me being jealous that you're talking to another animal besides me or anything!

A:Xanthos
What kind of throwback mascot are you supposed to be?

A:Apollo
I'm an ANCIENT Greek god, thank you very much.

A:Paris
Okay, let's do this!!

Atlantis Border Guard
!?

B:Atlantis Border Guard
Enemy detected, nine o'clock high!
Take that chariot down!!!

A:Paris
Look out, Xanthos!

A:Xanthos
I see 'em, I see 'em.

B:Atlantis Border Guard
Dammit, all our shots are missing!
It's too damn fast!

A:Paris
Yes! All I have to do is keep this up–

Atlantis Border Guard

I guess we'll just have to bring out the big guns.
Bring out the large-scale annihilators!

A:Paris
Huh? Did someone just say something?

A:Apollo
Yes. One of the soldiers on the ground said something about large-scale weapons. Probably cover a big area.

A:Paris
N-no way.

A:Paris
...
...

A:Apollo
Yes way, it would seem.

A:Xanthos
Well, shit.

A:Paris
R-ruuun!!!

Jason
A new kind of enemy!?
Dammit, I didn't plan for these guys!

Jason
That bastard Odysseus must have been saving them for this occasion!

Jason
Well, we can't afford to falter here.
Take them down now! I'll help!

  1. Do you have any kind of plan!?
 
  Select: Do you have any kind of plan!?

===Branch End===

Jason
No!

Jason
All we can do now is wade into the fight and win!

--ARROW--

Holmes
...
...

Goredolf
Something on your mind, Administrative Advisor?

Holmes
I was just thinking about the Trees of Emptiness.

Goredolf
Oh? ...Well, I suppose we are rather close to this one now.

Goredolf
But is this really the time to be thinking about them!?

Holmes
The mature Tree of Emptiness in Scandinavia sent its seeds to attack us at various points.

Holmes
While that never happened in China or India...

Holmes
...perhaps due to poor growth, or their Lostbelts failure to meet some condition...

Holmes
(The Tree of Emptiness in this Lostbelt is certain to be in the best shape out of all the ones we've seen.)

Holmes
(I therefore believed it would only be a matter of time until it sent its seeds after us...)

Holmes
(But so far, we've seen no sign of such a thing,
nor heard of any instances from the locals.)

Holmes
(While I suppose it's certainly possible they may have only been sent to islands we never visited...)

Holmes
(...something still strikes me as odd about this Tree of Emptiness. It's not like any other we've seen.)

Holmes
(What could Kirschtaria Wodime's objective be...?)

Goredolf
Dammit Holmes, something's nagging at you, isn't it!?
Go on then, spit it out already!

Goredolf
No, wait, don't tell me! This is another one of those “the time is not yet right” things, isn't it!?

Goredolf
Fine then, enough of that! Back to reality!
Go on, keep those torpedoes firing!

Nemo Marine
Aye, aye, sir! I'll start firing everything we've got every which way to keep the enemy suppressed!

Nemo
Don't go wasting our ammo, you idiot! Wait until you've got a target before you just start firing!

Nemo
...Wait. The Lamia just changed direction!

Nemo
Dive, dive, dive!
Hard to port!

Goredolf
Aaah!

Goredolf
Oh gods, I'm gonna be siiick!!!

Atlantis Border Guard
We did what you told us, sir.

Atlantis Border Guard
From now on, instead of heat sources, the Lamia will be targeting the Hephaestus Klironomia tracking data.

Odysseus
Good.
How's the Echidna?

Atlantis Border Guard
She should be ready to give birth to a Cerberus any moment now.

Odysseus
Only one? I was hoping for two.

Atlantis Border Guard
She doesn't have enough magical energy for that. She'd need to devour another soul or something to–

Odysseus
Then there is no issue. Bring the captured Servant.

Atlantis Border Guard
Yes, sir.

Mochizuki Chiyome
...
...

Odysseus
By their nature, Servants are an excellent source of magical energy.

Atlantis Border Guard
But this one's almost dead...

Odysseus
That doesn't matter.
All that matters is that it's a Servant.

Odysseus
A beast near death is no less nutritious than one that has not yet been wounded.

Odysseus
Go ahead and feed it to the Echidna.
She should be able to digest it completely.

Atlantis Border Guard
Yes, sir!

Atlantis Border Guard
I have a message, sir.
The Argo just destroyed a fourth ship.

Odysseus
I see.

Atlantis Border Guard
We need to do something about it before–

Odysseus
No, we don't.

Odysseus
It won't be long now before the Argo has their hands so full destroying our ships that they won't be able to take evasive maneuvers anymore.

Odysseus
And it's highly doubtful that the Border will surface anytime soon either, thanks to the naval mine Lamia we have out there.

Odysseus
No, the one we need to be most wary of...

Odysseus
...is Orion.

Atlantis Border Guard
Orion?

Atlantis Border Guard