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Londinium Citizen
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Rhodes Island Operator
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Victorian Soldier
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Dublinn Soldier
Aircraft A
Londinium Suburbs

Before operation

Outside the city of Londinium, Indra and Dagda launch a surprise attack on Dublinn.
<Background 1>
7:25 A.M. \ Overcast
Ten kilometers from Londinium, wilderness highway
Rhodes Island Operator Blacksteel's aircraft was about a hundred meters ahead of our position when its signal disappeared.
Let me grab the telescope to pinpoint the precise location–– Wait, why are you standing up?!
Indra Do you smell the smoke?
Rhodes Island Operator Don't think so...
Indra You can put that lump of metal down. The aircraft is right ahead.
Rhodes Island Operator You want to scout out the enemy's numbers first?
Indra Can't be any more than thirty.
Rhodes Island Operator Uhh, you can tell all that from smell alone?
Indra The hell are you talking about? Before we left, Morgan told me they usually run in squads of thirty.
Rhodes Island Operator Oh, right, that's what the intel Misery sent back said. Patterns tell us they should have two other squads nearby to offer mutual support.
Indra Hmph. They act like they own the damned place.
Rhodes Island Operator Don't do anything rash. Amiya said not to make too much of a ruckus before we get into Londinium. Too many forces have their eyes on us.
Indra Balin, how long has it been since you joined the bunny's squad and started working with us?
Rhodes Island Operator About five days since leaving the landship.
Indra And do you know how long it took for Siege to go from joining the Glasgow Gang to becoming my boss?
Rhodes Island Operator ...No.
Indra Two days. She only needed two days.
First day, she beat me down. Second day, we beat down a band of ill-intentioned Leithaniens.
Since then, we've had a bond that goes beyond life and death.
Rhodes Island Operator Even though we haven't been working together very long, I have full confidence in your strength, Indra.
Indra That's what I like to hear. Let's go, we need to catch up to Dagda.
Rhodes Island Operator Dagda's already moved out?! Are you telling me dark shadow that shot past was...
Indra When she first joined the gang, she had her nose turned up like some fancy knight-noble. Now whenever there's a fight, she's the first one to leap in.
We're gonna have to pick up the pace, or she'll clean house before we even get there.
Dagda throws a mean punch, and I can bet you she'll flip on top of the aircraft from the side. We'll wrap around the back, get rid of anyone there, and bust our way inside.
Rhodes Island Operator Alright, I'll cover you then.
Indra After this fight, you'll be a blood brother.
Rhodes Island Operator Ha... Haha...
Indra If I was to describe it in Rhodes Island's terms... Lemme think. Something like this...
Our objectives are two rescues: one Londinium citizen and one Blacksteel pilot. Opposing forces are––
<Background 2>
Dublinn Soldier A You, stop squirming. Don't even try to reach for the transmitter.
Londinium Citizen D-Don't kill me! My hand's gone numb and I just wanted to shake it out a little...
Dublinn Soldier B Don't be too forceful. If you really end up killing the bloke, how are you gonna explain it to the captain when we get back?
Don't forget, this is our objective. Securing our flight back is just a matter of convenience.
Dublinn Soldier A Do you know how to operate it?
Dublinn Soldier B Not a clue.
Dublinn Soldier A And that's why you shouldn't have killed the damned pilot as soon as you got in here! If you ask me, we stop wasting time, take this one back, and leave this rubbish heap behind.
Dublinn Soldier B All the men along the road outside are ours. What difference does it make if we take some extra time? The Sarkaz are inside the city, and the Grand Duke's army is stationed in the barracks of the annexed plate. Nobody's gonna bother us.
Londinium Citizen G-Gentlemen, are you not Sarkaz?
Dublinn Soldier A Your eyes fall out of your head? Do we look anything like that filth to you?
Londinium Citizen F-Filth, huh... Haha... You're exactly right...
Dublinn Soldier B Enough. Don't talk to the Londiniers unless you're interrogating them. If this runt has the stones to cross the Sarkaz, there's no saying who we might be dealing with here.
Dublinn Soldier A You're right, we should be on the cautious side. Hurry it up, I'm gonna see what the commotion is out there.
[The first Dublinn soldier leave the aircraft's fuselage but are suddenly attacked and collapses.]
Dublinn Soldier B ......
What just happened?
Londinium Citizen Sir, my heart's pounding too loud... I couldn't hear anything.
[Someone or something can be heard moving above the fuselage.]
Dublinn Soldier B We're under attack?! There's something above us–– M-709, do you see them? M-709?!
[The Dublinn soldier checks the fuselage.]
Dublinn Soldier B Black... claws? Some sort of wild beast?
N-No! It's–– some kind of special weapon!!
All hands, an enemy is hiding atop the aircraft! They're... trying to rip apart the metal––
[Suddenly the attacker jumped down at the soldier and strikes him, but he narrowly blocked it...]
Dublinn Soldier B Ugh–-!
[...as the attacker reveals herself to be Isabelle Montague aka. Dagda, an ex-Victorian Tower Knight and one of Glasgow's members.]
Dagda You managed to block me.
The intel was right, you aren't just a band of highwaymen. You grew fat off Victoria's teat, and this is how you repay her, soldier?
Dublinn Soldier B *cough* *cough*... You're pretty strong. You working for the devils?
Dagda Bastard!
How dare you... I'm pissed enough to beat the tar out of you ten times over.
Remember this, Dublinn soldier. We will reclaim Londinium from her usurpers. Be it from the Sarkaz, or from you traitors––
Your time running around like you own this place is over.
[Dagda and the Dublinn soldier engaged each other in combat.]
Dublinn Soldier B Heh... Hah... Look at you, all high and mighty. You nobles... still trying to cling to the old times.
Looks like you're after this little coward who ran away from the Sarkaz, and the information he has on him––
[The Dublinn soldier heads off somewhere else...]
Dagda They're switching targets?!
Londinium Citizen H-Help! Save me!
[...prompting Dagda to approach her...]
Dagda Leave him alone!
[...only to see the citizen being a dummy.]
Dagda This is... a decoy?
You little shit!
[Dagda charges at the Dublinn soldier and beat him down just as Indra enters the fuselage.]
Dublinn Soldier B Urgh!
Indra How many times have I told you? When you're in a fight, always be on the lookout for tricks.
Dagda ......
You're late.
Indra That's because I helped you clean up a band of hooligans outside, no? Hey, tell her, how many did we have to go through outside? Seven, or was it eight?
Dagda This isn't a competition.
Indra That's not what your face is saying.
Back when we went on our first mission together, that one merc got away from you. You were livid for three days. Morgan thought you’d come down with some awful sickness.
You had the same look on your face just now.
Dagda What happened back then was my fault. Plus, it was a long, long time ago.
Dublinn Soldier B *cough* *cough*... Where... did you people come from? The one in black... I thought she was some knight-noble. But the way you hit is like...
Indra Like a street thug? Hah, you know your stuff.
Dagda Hurry up. That one's no weakling. It'll be tougher to take him down than the unconscious louts out outside.
They're able to freely move between the Sarkaz and the Duke's forces, and even able to control major passages in and out of Londinium. Dublinn isn't some ragtag group of mercs.
We need to rescue the hostages as quickly as possible and get to somewhere safe.
Indra I know. "Your time running around like you own the place is over," right?
That’s a lousy one-liner, not nearly scary enough.
Remember what I taught you? What you say is––
This is your last chance to beg for mercy.
[Indra pins the Dublinn soldier...]
Dublinn Soldier B Ugh... M-701, requesting backup... Captain Mandragora...
[...who passed out just as the Glasgow duo receives a call.]
Rhodes Island Operator Dagda, Indra, we’ve got incoming! I'd suggest we bail!
Dagda Got it.
Indra Grr... They sure move fast.
Dagda You were in charge of recon, you didn't spot anyone nearby?
Indra Too much work. We'll just take 'em out as they come.
Dagda Balin... please stay hidden. Indra and I will take care of the incoming hostiles.
Dublinn Soldier They're inside!
Londinium Citizen Ladies, p-please save me! I don't want to fall into their hands again!
Indra Gah, shut your trap and do a better job of hiding.
Dagda, we're good as long as we bring back the objectives, right? Shouldn't be an issue if we take apart this blasted lump of metal, yeah?
Dagda This is one story you're gonna have to tell Siege when we get back.

After operation

After successfully rescuing the guide from Dublinn, Amiya and the Doctor assemble a squad and set off for a port in the Sudean Borough.
<Background 3>
8:15 A.M. \ Overcast
Several kilometers from Londinium, adjacent plate
Rhodes Island Operator Closure, we're getting a drone signal!
Closure Move, move, lemme see!
Ooh... Woah, that's not half bad. The newly added camera module is working properly and has great clarity within a hundred meters.
The battery life seems pretty stable too! Keep at it with this baby and we might even be able to get it over the wall and sneak a peek at what's going on inside...
Rhodes Island Operator Hold on a sec, that's practically asking the enemy to shoot it out of the sky!
Closure Don't you worry, I wouldn't put everybody at risk like that.
We've just gotta hurry up and develop that stealth coating...
Rhodes Island Operator Closure, the drone's sending an alert!
Closure Got somebody within detection range... It's charging its automatic attack module.
Wait, wait, that's the rescue team! Disable the alert!
Amiya, Doctor! Indra and Dagda are back!
<Background fades out and in>
<Dialogue branch starts here>
Doctor Closure's drones are getting good.
Amiya They sure are. Closure's been totally focused on her drone research the whole way here.
She's trying to improve their recon capabilities so the enemy can't ambush us.
<Dialogue branch>
Doctor ......
Amiya That would be a big relief for you too, right?
After all, this is our first operation since coming to Londinium, and I... I'm still a little worried.
<Dialogue branch>
Doctor Our scouts haven't found anyone yet.
Amiya Drones can do a lot to improve our sightlines.
Doctor, once we get into Londinium, all the hard work Closure has put into her drones might really come in handy.
Because... most of us don't have the slightest idea of what's going on in there. We're going to need more eyes.
<Dialogue branch ends here>
Amiya Did it seem like Closure was kinda nervous?
She hasn't left the landship for operations much before. And that's before we talk about how none of us know how long we'll be here.
But it's alright. I trust her, and I trust all our operators.
Whether it's the roughly-a-dozen operators following us, or Misery and Logos's two teams that went ahead of us...
Everyone signed up for this operation knowing exactly what we're here for.
So far, we've successfully completed phase one and phase two of the operation. Now, we need to focus on phase three––
Entering the city.
Doctor How are we going to infiltrate Londinium? / Are we going in through the structural level again? / If I'm scaling walls again, I'm gonna need a minute.
Amiya We're not getting into Londinium the same way we got inside the Chernobog core city.
We've got a visual on Londinium now, Doctor. Look at how high those walls are.
Nothing has ever managed to breach Londinium's defenses, not even Ursus's high-speed warships.
Londinium used to be the economic center of all Terra, as we all know, but only those who've seen the city with their own eyes understand its reputation as an impregnable fortress.
The waste drainage structures of most nomadic cities are vulnerable infiltration from the outside, but the engineers who built Londinium even made use of this weak point.
Reportedly, they built an automatic assembly line into the underground structure––
Back in Londinium's glory days, the machines worked day and night to perpetuate Victoria's golden age.
In times of war, the assembly lines supplied weapons and ammunition to the defense systems built into their towering walls.
The underground structure was designed so carefully that we wouldn't find a single gap in the engineering blueprints.
And that's assuming we'd even be able to get our hands on Londinium's blueprints. That's kind of impossible in and of itself.
<Dialogue branch starts here>
Doctor Then how did Logos and Misery get inside?
Amiya Doctor, have some faith in our elite operators.
Blaze is an expert in high-mobility combat and Rosmontis is the core of our annihilation force, those two are masters of very particular Arts that are useful for infiltration missions.
Once you've seen Misery's Originium Arts in action, you'll understand what I mean.
You've probably heard Lava talk about "Spatial Arts"... That's heading in the right direction of explaining Misery's Arts, but it's not the whole story.
Before joining Rhodes Island, he even managed to infiltrate the dynastic catacombs of ancient Sargon.
As for Logos... He has his own unique methods that require a specially trained caster.
I think, if there's a way for living things to get in and out of a city, there's no wall that could stop them.
We also have another special operator joining us after we get into the city, but we probably won't be able to get in the same way she did.
<Dialogue branch>
Doctor ......
Amiya I'm not too worried, Doctor.
As you know, we have a plan. Once it's successfully put into motion, we'll all be much safer.
And even if this plan doesn't work, we have a backup plan, and another one after that.
<Dialogue branch>
Doctor I thought Kal'tsit would be able to get us in.
Amiya Doctor... I know you're just trying to lighten the mood.
Over the last year or so, we've held hundreds of intelligence meetings, and almost a thousand tactical simulations... We all know how hard Dr. Kal'tsit worked to make this operation possible.
But there are some things we can't do, no matter how much effort we put in... and that's true for our uniquely talented elite operators, Rhodes Island itself, and even Dr. Kal'tsit.
<Dialogue branch ends here>
<Dialogue branch starts here>
Doctor So that's why you found us a guide.
Amiya Right... I wanted to try something a bit safer first.
<Dialogue branch>
Doctor I'm really glad we're not starting with a fight.
Amiya It brings to mind, Doctor, that meeting before we left, everyone was surprisingly on the same page here.
Even if we had the Rhodes Island landship, we'd basically be trying to shatter a boulder by throwing eggs at it. That's what Londinium is to us.
<Dialogue branch ends here>
Amiya We should save our strength for the tougher enemies. They're waiting out there.
Doctor, I can feel everyone getting tenser each day we get closer to Londinium...
But no matter what happens next, we're all ready to fight.
Doctor What about you, Amiya? / ...... / I'm worried about you too, Amiya.
Amiya Doctor...
You already know. If we have to make a stand right here, it wouldn't be Closure doing it, or any of the operators who came here with their own ideals.
The responsibility is mine... Umm, though maybe it would be Siege's too.
<Background 1>
Siege ...Indra.
Morgan You're awake, Vina? You haven't gotten a wink of sleep all day. Might be good to get some shut-eye before we officially return to the city.
Siege I can't sleep..
Shouldn't Indra and Dagda be back already?
Morgan Heh. I don't even know if I should be jealous of those two. Even though they signed up for the job to buy you time to rest up, they just worry you anyway.
Siege I should've gone with them. Ever since I came back, I can't close my eyes without seeing everything that happened back when we ran.
If they're in danger, I should be with them... No, I should be standing in front of them.
Morgan Look, you... You always worry too much. They're just warming up a bit before their homecoming. How dangerous could it be?
Setting Dagda aside for now, did you see how fidgety Hannah looked? Hah.
If you didn't give her a little task to help her blow off steam, I bet she wouldn't have been able to control herself. Probably would've punched someone the moment we got back into the city.
Siege She handles herself a lot better now.
Morgan Hmph. If that was true, she wouldn't be arguing back and forth with Dagda all the time. Even though she knows you haven't been sleeping well, she still won't shut up.
How about it, Vina? Wanna sneak a peek at our old home while they're out?
They only know how to throw fists. I'm the brains here, so I'm naturally the most reliable.
[Indra and Dagda had returned, with the former smacking Morgan's head.]
Indra Why are you talking smack behind our backs again?!
Morgan Look at that, Vina. Doesn't she seem more energetic than before?
Siege Hah.
Indra A laugh out of Vina?
You've been totally lost in thought this whole trip.
Morgan You idiot, why even talk about that? Do you know how hard it was for me to––
Siege Thank you, Morgan.
Except, I'd suggest you get some rest yourself. If I needed someone to manage my mood for me, I'd be a pretty useless leader.
Morgan Alright, sounds good to me.
Siege Dagda.
Dagda Here.
Siege You're bleeding?
Dagda I'm fine. It's not my blood.
Siege I'm glad.
[Siege asks Dagda about her previous engagement.]
Siege Those men... they were Dublinn, right? What'd you think of them?
Dagda They're about as strong as a regular standing army. And, the one squad captain that Indra and I took down fought with combat techniques that very distinctly showed signs of Victorian military training.
Siege In other words...
Dagda We might actually be dealing with a coup of some kind.
Siege Are they working with the Sarkaz?
Dagda They've no love for the Sarkaz. But that probably hasn't stopped them from forging a temporary alliance.
Siege They want to carve up Londinium. No, probably much more than just Londinium.
Those dukes out there... How many of them support Dublinn? And how many... support the Sarkaz
Dagda For shame! They'd rather let the flags of foreign foes fly over Londinium than let go of their pitiful little power struggles, obsessed with their game of political tug-o'-war.
These dukes and their troops are responsible for creating this crisis!
Now that we've come this far, it's finally time for us to put an end to this mess.
I've said it countless times: as a Knight of the Tower, my sword and I stand ready.
We're just waiting for you to lead us back to Londinium, and gather up all those willing to fight for you.
Morgan Dagda!
We agreed to not talk about that until after we got back.
Dagda But we're already at the gates of Londinium.
Indra Didn't I tell you, Morgan? I'm not the only one who's sick of her. She's been acting a bit kooky lately, and she keeps blathering on about random nonsense.
Hey, Dagda, you don't even carry a sword on you, and I don't care if you're a knight or not. Just don't forget what weapon you have in your hands, and whose side you're on!
Dagda I...
Siege ......
Don't be too hard on her. Either of you.
We... all have a past that we can't shrug aside. The reason we're all here today is precisely because we still have a score to settle.
I've told you before, Dagda, I don't want to let any of you down.
Dagda Siege...
I'm sorry. I swore to trust you... and I swore to trust that you'd make the right decisions. But, I lost myself today.
Siege Don't blame yourself.
Our primary objective is still to enter Londinium with Rhodes Island.
Is the one you rescued talking to Amiya right now?
Dagda Yes. Balin took him to see Amiya and the Doctor.
Siege Looks just like your average Londinier.
Dagda It could be a disguise.
The Dublinn fighters said he used to work for the Sarkaz, but deserted them.
Those Sarkaz... I've fought them before. They killed the other Knights of the Tower...
Siege Dagda.
Dagda I'm fine. But, we can't underestimate them. The fact that this guy managed to escape the city on their watch means he's probably more than meets the eye.
Siege If he really was that ordinary, Dublinn wouldn't care to abduct him, and Rhodes Island wouldn't be looking for him, right?
Let's head over and see what's going on.
I want to see... if he really can lead us into Londinium.
<Background 3>
Rhodes Island Operator Amiya, there's a communication request on Blacksteel's channel.
Amiya Please put them through.
[Jessica contacts Amiya.]
Jessica Amiya!
Amiya Did you get our signal? I'm sorry to say that by the time we got to the scene, the pilot Blacksteel hired was already dead.
Jessica How could this happen...?
Poor Thorpe... *sigh*, I'll let the rest of the team know.
Amiya We also weren't able to retrieve the low-altitude aircraft. It was... um, destroyed during the battle.
Jessica Ugh, that aircraft was rented... But, umm, that's not too big of a problem. We still have spare vehicles, so that won't disrupt the operation.
Is Mr. Thomas with you right now?
Amiya Yes, he's a bit shaken up still, but doesn't seem to have any injuries. Our medics are looking after him right now.
Is he the informant you said could get us into Londinium?
Jessica That's right.
Mr. Thomas, who used to own a candy plant in Londinium's Sudean borough, and his uncle who lives in Columbia, are long-time partners of Blacksteel.
His uncle put in a request to bring Mr. Thomas back to Columbia. The last time we talked, we told Mr. Thomas that we'd bring someone to pick him up if he found some way to leave Londinium.
I just never expected...
Amiya ...that Dublinn would hijack your aircraft. And by the way, they seem very interested in Mr. Thomas too.
Jessica Hm, really?
I suppose that's because... Mr. Thomas is very familiar with Sudean–– It's the place closest to you with a point of entry and exit.
I'm sure he can help you find a suitable way in, and they're probably after him for very similar reasons.
Amiya Right. I'll ask if he is willing to help us, once he's rested up.
Jessica Umm... say again please? We've lost contact with the team sent to link up with the embassy? I, I see... Sorry, Amiya, but something just came up...
Amiya That's alright. Take care of what you have to do first. We'll go talk to Mr. Thomas.
Jessica D-Do your best... Um, I hope that doesn't come off the wrong way... Maybe there's a better way to say it...
Amiya... and you too, Doctor. Good luck.
[Jessica signs off as the rescued Londinier from before listens in.]
Londinium Citizen ......
Amiya Mr. Thomas?
Londinium Citizen So you're... the one.
Amiya Which one?
Londinium Citizen We didn't expect you to come so quickly. Hmm... Quite an unexpected surprise.
Amiya Were we quick...?
We've been worried about you ever since we heard from Blacksteel.
By the way, Mr. Thomas, are you feeling unwell at all?
I just noticed that your expression... looks a bit different now.
Londinium Citizen Aha... Haha. I might've gotten a bit ahead of myself.
What I meant to say is, thank you.
Madam, you and your subordinates saved me. I have no doubt that you are good people.
Amiya There's no need to thank us. If you're a partner to Blacksteel, you're also a partner to us.
And... there's something else I need your opinion on.
We have work that needs doing inside Londinium. On our way here, we heard a little bit about what's going on inside the city.
Right now, Londinium isn't allowing anybody into the city without authorization.
From the perspective of outside visitors like us, those high walls are an impossible obstacle.
We've tried a few methods already, but it's far too difficult for a small business like ours to pass through a military blockade.
As you can see, we have only a few office clerks with us, and we would like to know if there is a...
Safe way to get inside Londinium.
Londinium Citizen You're... you're trying to get INSIDE Londinium? You know, the people inside are desperately trying to escape... Those damned Sarkaz, they're just too horrible!
Amiya I understand that.
And it's why I'm not going to force you to help us.
I'm also not going to lie to you and try to cover up the potential dangers of working with us.
But if you're willing to show us the way, we'll escort you to Blacksteel's evacuation team, once all is said and done.
If you don't want to go back, we won't blame you. You can go ahead and leave right now, and we'll look for another way into the city.
Londinium Citizen Of course I...
Doctor If you leave, you may bump into Dublinn. / I understand the way out isn't exactly very safe.
Londinium Citizen Of course I'll choose to work with you!
Doctor Thank you. / Here's to fruitful cooperation.
Amiya Doctor...
(I never intended to threaten him... If he didn't want to help us, I would've arranged for someone to escort him...)
Doctor (I know.) / (I was just stating the facts.)
[Siege shows up.]
Siege Looks like we found our guide?
Doctor That's right, Amiya's making moves. / Mr. Thomas agreed to cooperate with us just now.
Siege ......
It's time for our homecoming.
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Amiya Closure, go ahead and call your drones back.
Closure Woah... Are we finally going to start the operation?
Amiya It's not safe to stay outside the city for too long either.
Thanks to Misery's intel, we've largely been able to bypass Dublinn's troops.
But we just got into a fight with Dublinn, and judging from previous experiences, the leader of that squad can be a bit... vengeful.
Siege You think they'll come after us?
Amiya I can't say for sure. That depends on whether or not they give up on Mr. Thomas.
Even if we successfully enter the city, we might end up having to fight the Sarkaz troops garrisoned inside and Dublinn's forces at the same time.
Closure Ugh, if only I could splash a coat of stealth paint on our operators too...
Amiya We'll be fine. We've already done everything we can to prepare for this day.
Doctor, please stand beside me. Just like always, I won't let anyone hurt you.
Let's... get ready to move out.
Attention, all members of Special Ops Squad Amiya––
We are now heading directly for the port at Sudean, Londinium!
<Background 1>
[A Dublinn soldier reports to their commander, who are none other than Mandragora.]
Dublinn Soldier Captain, I've checked our surroundings, and there are no signs of any Londiniers.
Mandragora ......
In other words, your entire squad wasn't enough to stop a few people, and you even let them take our crucial objective.
Dublinn Soldier Captain...
Mandragora Rubbish... the whole lot of you!
[Rocks float and scatter around as Mandragora uses her geokinetic Arts in anger.]
Dublinn Soldier Ma'am...
Mandragora Stop sniveling, it's irritating. When have you ever seen me hurt my own people? Besides, I'm not mad at you, I'm mad at myself.
Even something as minor as this... Not a single thing has gone smoothly since we've come to Londinium.
Those... damned Sarkaz... Those meddlesome nobles too...
And then there's that blasted Victorian soldier... the one they call "Horn"...
It's all Harmonie's fault. She forced me to bring the wolf along to Londinium, with all that talk about how she'd be able to use the soldier to buy the support of some nobles sitting on the fence if she were to come here...
If I knew she was going to run away and continue to be a thorn in our side, I would've killed her right there at County Hillock!
Dublinn Soldier Captain, this time, um... I don't think it was her...
Mandragora It wasn't?
Dublinn Soldier According to the survivors, the attackers were people we had never seen before. They didn't appear to be Victorian military either.
Mandragora So what you're telling me is a couple of nobodies can appear out of thin air and snatch a man from right under our noses.
Dublinn Soldier I-It's completely our fault, Captain! We'll track them down right away...
Mandragora Hold it! Stop bumbling around. We're about to leave this place.
Dublinn Soldier We're leaving...?
Mandragora Otherwise? Do you plan on bunkering down on this street? We're not ready to go masks-off with the Sarkaz yet.
Also, I promised Harmonie that I'd let the nobles keep some of their stupid pride.
It's all... for the sake of Dublinn. For the Leader.
Dublinn Soldier Understood, Captain.
Mandragora You say you understand, but deep down, you don't understand anything at all. Otherwise, how would you have let that Londinier get away? Do you have any idea how important the information he has on him is?
Dublinn Soldier Uhh... He was the one driving for the Sarkaz...
Mandragora Yes... driving.
If he can drive for the Sarkaz, that obviously means he knows his way around!
He can help us find the ones we're looking for. Our compatriots who are still in Sarkaz hands... but are of great importance to us!
Why do you think I'm swallowing my disgust and dealing with the Sarkaz here in Londinium? Just the way they look at us makes me want to run them through with stones a hundred times over!
It's just because... after coming all this way, I can finally do something useful for the Leader!
Dublinn Soldier I... I'm sorry, Captain...
Mandragora A driver, a driver... Hmph, you just reminded me of something.
The ones who snatched him from us... Were they also looking for a guide?
Dublinn Soldier Captain, do you mean...?
Mandragora We're turning back right now.
I want to see if I come across any familiar faces at the port.
Say, for example... that bloody Victorian soldier.
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Dublinn Soldier Not so fast, you lot.
Victorian Soldier ......
Dublinn Soldier Once the Captain comes back and we get some reliable information, then we'll let you go.
To be honest, I'd rather not raise a hand against you. You've been slaves to the Sarkaz for so long, you can't even be called soldiers anymore.
But it's not my call. If we can't get any useful information out of you, the boss won't want to keep you around.
And I can't let you go either. What if you fall into Sarkaz hands again and spill our plans?
I say, how about...
You join Dublinn?
Victorian Soldier ......
Dublinn Soldier Never mind. If you were Tarans, the boss would've had you change clothes already.
It's up to you whether or not you believe me. I, for one, would rather be out there killing Sarkaz than interrogating you bunch.
Look, Londinium's fallen into the hands of the devils. And who is to blame for that? Old friend, I heard you barely even put up a fight. You just surrendered to the Sarkaz, one by one.
Who made the Victorian Army, once the scourge of all of Terra, so weak and pathetic?
Where's your commander? Still wearing a fancy uniform, off drinking with the Sarkaz?
Victorian Soldier ...Nngh!
Dublinn Soldier The commanders were right. Victoria really is rotten to the core. Without us cauterizing it, this great place will turn into a swamp of rotten detritus that won't even burn.
Soldier, you should feel grateful that you get to die at the hands of your former countrymen.
At least your pride as a Victorian soldier won't be tarnished by the stench of those devils.
??? ––You people betrayed Victoria, and still have the gall to pay lip service to pride?
Dublinn Soldier Who's there?!
??? I won't let you lay a finger on our troops.
The occupiers are unworthy, and you, Dublinn, are even less worthy.
Dublinn Soldier You... You're... the one who fled...
[The familiar Victorian Lupo soldier attacks the Dublinn soldier...]
Dublinn Soldier Urgh!!
[...knocking him down.]
??? ......
The eighth nest has been wiped out.
Victorian Soldier You're... here to save us?
??? Stand up, soldier.
Let's get out of here first.
Victorian Soldier ...Soldier?
You're... a lieutenant? Which company are you with?
I didn't think we still had anyone...
??? Rita Skamandros, 7th Frontline Infantry Battalion, 2nd Tempest Platoon Leader.
Horn Horn, if it pleases you.