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    Advance Wars: Days of Ruin - Game Script v2.00
    January 2008~February 2008
    
    Written by: JustChillin aka "JC"
    email: jchanaki@gmail.com
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    Table of Contents
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    1. Version History
    2. Introduction
    3. Script
    4. Credits
    
    
    
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    Version History
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    1.0 - Initial release
    1.1 - Fixes and finished known optional dialogue and cleaned the format a bit.
    1.11 - Few more typo fixes. Added thanks for people contributing to helping
    fix the typos I had.
    1.76 Fixed more errors, and added half of Dark Conflict's Script (13/26).
    (02/19/08) Expect it to be done by around the 25th.
    2.00 Fixed more errors, and finished Dark Conflict's script (26/26).
    (02/24/08)
    
    
    
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    Introduction
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    The game script faq will contain spoilers in the story. So please be aware
    that if you have not completed Campaign mode you shouldn't read this guide 
    unless you don't care about having the story ruined for you. 
    Tactics dialogue was included, as are unit selections/introductions. And
    optional dialogue and even lose dialogue.
    
    If I made mistakes, please point them out, and email to me. Preferably point
    out the line or point out the mission, etc.
    
    Dark Conflict's script has been added as well, so people can compare both
    scripts if they wish, or simply read their respective script if they live in
    Europe.
    
    
    
    If you wish to skip to Dark Conflict's Script, search for: AWDC
    Enjoy.
    
    
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    Game script for Advance Wars: Days of Ruin
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    Prologue:
    
    Our world is destroyed.
    
    Fire rained from the sky. 
    
    The land burned...
    The earth shook..
    The oceans raged...
    
    The devastation was total.
    
    Dust coverred the earth,
    blotting out all traces
    of the sun. 
    
    it seems impossible that
    anything could survive.
    
    But amid the destruction, 
    there is hope...
    
    
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    *****Chapter-01*****
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    Days of Ruin
    
    
    Will: Please... Please let me find someone... 
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene of Will, dirty and shocked~~~~~
    
    Will: ...There's no one here. The whole world is dead. 
    HELLOOOOOO!! Help me, please!
    I don't want to be alone...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Will: Wait! There's someone there! Where's my radio?! Maybe I can call them 
    and tell them I'm here... Help me! My name is Will! I'm a cadet at the
    Rubinlle military academy!
    Um, do you read? Over.
    
    The Beast: Gwar har har!
    
    Will: ...What's so funny?
    
    The Beast: Look sharp, roaches! We got us a live one! And he's just a punk
    kid. You know the drill! I want his food, and I want his weapons! Leave
    his corpse where it falls! Ain't no one going to complain! Gwar har har!
    
    Will: No! Don't do this!
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    Will: There are too many of them! I've got to get out of here! Ok... hold,
    on Will. Focus. Remember your training. What's the first priority in a
    combat situation? Right! Examine your surroundings, and gauge the strength
    of the enemy.
    
    *****select Bike unit*****
    
    Will: I can't take them on, so I need to fall back. There's a good spot.
    
    *****moved*****
    
    Will: Ok! What's next?
    
    *****If a unit is damaged*****
    
    The Beast: Gwar har har! That's what I'm talkin' about! It's blood-and-guts
    time! We just keep killing 'til there's no one left to kill!
    
    =====Tactics War Room=====
    
    Will: ...Huh? Where am I? What's this room doing here?
    
    Lin: This is the war room, Will. You can come here to learn tactics for
    the current battle.
    
    Will: Oh, that makes sen... Wait a minute! How do you know my name? And how
    did you pull me off the battlefield like that? And who are you anyway?!
    
    Lin: Please. Now is not the time to worry about minor details. You don't need
    to know my name. You just need to take my advice.
    
    Will: Um... OK?
    
    Lin: Now, let's get down to brass tacks. It's tactics time!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: Position your units next to the enemy and attack them. That's it.
    
    Will: ...What do you mean, that's it?!
    
    Lin: What? It's a perfectly good strategy. ...Oh fine, I'll tell you more.
    The more damage you do to an enemy, the weaker its counterstrike will be.
    Striking first is very important Make your first hit count.
    
    Will: I think I understand. Thank you. 
    
    Lin: We'll take care of this battle for you, but remember these tips in the
    future.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to War Room~~~~~
    
    Lin: ...That's it. You can go now. Oh, and try not to get killed, all right?
    
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****Day two*****
    
    Brenner: Give me tactical, Lin.
    
    Lin: I've got a single solder being pursued by a pack of raiders. The soldier
    appears to be one of ours. Shall we intervene?
    
    Brenner: Do it.
    
    Lin: Yes, sir, Captain.
    
    Will: Who are you guys?
    
    Brenner: Skip the introductions. Fall back, and let us handle this.
    
    Will: Umm... OK.
    
    *****Bike leaves*****
    
    The Beast: What's the big idea, dogface? This got nothin' to do with you!
    
    Brenner: It's got everything to do with me. I'm a soldier. It's my duty. You
    remember what duty is, don't you? I think you used to be soldiers.
    
    The Beast: Duty? Gwar har har! Don't make me laugh! This world's dead,
    soldier boy, and so is your precious duty!! We stopped being soldiers when
    the meteors hit. We're survivors! This is our time, and there is no law! We
    rob! We kill! We're kings!
    
    Brenner: Not anymore.
    
    The Beast: And who's going to stop us? You?
    
    Brenner: That's right. Your days of preying on survivors are over. We're
    going to put you down like the rabid dogs you are. You may have forgotten
    your duty, but we have not.
    
    The Beast: Gwar har har! Keep talking loser! I need a place to aim!
    
    Brenner: Move out, Lin. Let's end this quickly.
    
    Lin: Yes, sir. 
    
    *****First enemy unit destroyed*****
    
    Will: This... this isn't like training at all! This is the real thing!
    
    *****Day three*****
    
    Lin: All units have unique specs. Make sure to check the intel on each one.
    
    *****Attacking a 2nd unit*****
    
    Lin: Familiarizing yourself with the different terrain types is essential
    as well.
    
    *****Day four*****
    
    Lin: Battlefields can be chaotic, confusing places. If you are at a loss for
    your next move, there's a way to get advice.
    
    (Open the menu, select Mission info, then choose the Tactis option to
    receive strategy for the current battle.)
    
    *****Brenner's Wolves win*****
    
    The Beast: GYAAAA! Stinkin' soldiers! Head for the hills, roaches! We're
    outmanned!
    
    
    *****If Brenner's Wolves lose*****
    
    Will: Oh no... After all I've been through?
    
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    ~~~~~Victory Page~~~~~
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    Brenner: This will teach them to prey on survivors.
    
    ~~~~~A ruined City in Northwest Rubinelle~~~~~
    
    Brenner: You all right, kid?
    
    Will: Yeah, I... I am now. Thank you. My name's Will. I'm a cadet at the
    academy. ...I mean, I was. Before the meteors.
    
    Brenner: A cadet, huh? Thought I recognizd that jacket. So what happened?
    
    Will: The academy is gone. One minute I was eating lunch and then... 
    Everyone died. Instructors and friends... everybody. I was buried in the
    mess hall. I've been digging myself out for... I don't know. Weeks, I
    guess. I looked for survivors, but I only found rubble and bodies. ...I
    thought I was the only one left.
    
    Brenner: You did well to stay alive. I'm impressed.
    
    Will: I didn't want to die.
    
    Brenner: I'm captain Brenner. I command the 12th Battalion, pride of the
    Rubinelle Army. And this is my second in command... 
    
    Lin:First Lieutenant Lin. Welcome to Brenner's Wolves.
    
    Brenner: We've made it our mission to seek out and aid survivors of the
    disaster. The world is a dangerous place now. I suggest you come with us.
    
    Will: Yes, sir! That would be fantastic! You won't be sorry about...
    Uuurrrr...
    
    Brenner: Are you all right?
    
    Will: Sorry. I haven't eaten in a long time.
    
    Brenner: That was your stomach rumbling? I thought we were under attack.
    Come on. We'll get you some spare rations. Just don't get too excited. All
    we have is canned bread.
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-01*****
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    *****Chapter-02*****
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    A single Life
    
    ~~~~~12th Battallion Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Brenner: You've got permission to leave camp, Will. Don't wander too far
    away.
    
    Will: Sure thing, Captain Brenner.
    
    Brenner: I'm glad you've recovered enough to be up and about.
    
    Will: I've got you to thank for it, sir.
    
    Brenner: Well, don't push yorself too hard. And be careful. This area's not
    safe.
    
    Will: Yeah, I... I know.
    
    Brenner: What's wrong?
    
    Will: The world really has changed, has it? This ash is everywhere. The sky
    is dark. It's like a never-ending twilight has fallen. Even the ground
    is coated in it. I've never seen so much gray.
    
    Brenner: Ashes to ashes...
    
    Lin: When the meteors struck, huge clouds of dust and ash filled the sky
    and blocked out the sun. We've haven't seen a single ray since.
    
    Will: When will the sky return to normal?
    
    Lin: Years? Decades? Who can say?
    
    Will: Decades?
    
    Brenner: Don't make that face, Will. We'll be OK. As long as there's life,
    there's hope.
    
    Will: As long as there's life...
    
    Brenner: Right. The world we know is gone, but we can't give in to despair.
    Someday things will be set to right. We'll have peace, and the life we had
    will return. That's what I believe. That's why we must help everyone we can.
    
    Will: Um...
    
    Brenner: Keep it simple--never give up. If you can do that, anything is
    possible. Got it?
    
    Will: Got it!
    
    Brenner: That's the spirit! Now let's get to work. Lin, I want recon units
    canvassing the area.
    
    Lin: Yes, sir.
    
    Will: Captain! I want to help too!
    
    Brenner: No, I don't think so, Will. It's too dangerous.
    
    Will: Oh, c'mon! Look, I know I'm still just a cadet, but that doesn't
    matter! I can drive or search or wash dishes or whatever. I just want to help.
    
    Brenner: ...You've got spirit, I'll give you that. OK, you're in. But if
    anything happens, get your tail back here. You're too weak to fight yet.
    
    Will: Yes, sir!
    
    ~~~~~
    
    Will: Hey! Are you alright? Can you hear me?
    
    Rubinelle: Hang it up kid. We're too late. He's dead. They're all dead.
    
    Will: No...
    
    Rubinelle: All these towns are the same. No survivors anywhere.
    
    Will: That can't be true! There have to be people out there who need our
    help. What is captain Brenner had given up on me? We have to keep looking.
    
    
    ~~~~~Flash to field~~~~~
    
    Will: Hello? Is anyone there?
    
    Rubinelle: Move it, kid! Mission's over! We got raiders coming. Let Captain
    Brenner step in and take care of the hostiles. we stay out here any longer,
    and they'll be sizing us for body bags.
    
    Will: Just a little more time. I've got a feeling about this. Captain Brenner
    always says to never give up.
    
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    Brenner: All nonmilitary personnel, fall back! This is now a combat zone! Get
    that tank up there and block the road! Keep that artillery safe!
    
    
    =====Tactics War Room=====
    
    
    Will: This is...?
    
    Lin: This is the war room. It's a place to learn battle tactics and
    strategies. If you've already been here, then welcome back. If it's your
    first time, I hope it's useful.
    
    Will: So...you give me hints on how to defeat enemies and win battles?
    
    Lin: Smart kid. Now listen up.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to field~~~~~
    
    Lin: Artillery has a long range, which makes it very useful. However, it
    can't attack adjacent enemies. Block the road with your tank, and pound
    enemies with the artillery. Don't allow the tank and artillery to get
    separated.
    
    Will: OK. Got it.
    
    Lin: You seem like a fast learner. I hope that translates to battlefield
    success.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to War Room~~~~~
    
    Lin: Feel free to visit the war room anytime. Now get out there and do good.
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****Tank is selected*****
    
    Lin: Captain, the tank's main cannon is out of ammunition. We can attack with
    the tank's machine gun, but it's far less powerful.
    
    Brenner: Then that's what we do. Get up there and open fire!
    
    
    *****Enemy unit is attacked*****
    
    Brenner: Be sure to check the attack range of both enemy forces and your
    own.
    
    *****Artillery unit is selected*****
    
    Lin: That's an artillery unit, a power indirect-attack unit. Take care of it.
    
    *****Day one, The Raiders*****
    
    The Beast: Gwar har har! You ain't getting away this time! You hear me,
    solder boy? You and tht punk kid are gonna pay!
    
    *****End of Day one, Raiders*****
    
    Will: Hey! There's someone over there! Hold on! I'm coming!
    
    
    *****Day two*****
    
    
    *****Infantry moves to highlighted circle*****
    
    Will: Can you hear me? Hold on!
    
    Rubinelle: Is she alive?
    
    Will: I... I think so. Her breathing is really faint. Come on! We've got to
    get her back to camp!
    
    Rubinelle: It ain't worth the trouble, kid. I doubt she's long for this world.
    
    Will: I'm not giving up! If you won't help, I'll carry her myself!
    
    Rubinelle: Are you serious?
    
    Will: Hey! Can you hear me? Give me a sign, will you?
    
    Rubinelle: That's it! I ain't sticking around to rescue a corpse!
    
    Will: Open your eyes... I know there's not much to see, but you can't give
    up. You're alive, you know? And where there's life, there's hope.
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene of Will, holding a girl~~~~~
    
    ???: ...  Who... Who are you?
    
    Will: Yes! You heard me! You're alive!
    
    ???: P-please tell me... Who are you?
    
    Will: I'm Will. I'm with Brenner's Wolves. What's your name?
    
    ???: I... I don't know.
    
    Will: What do you mean?
    
    ???: I... I don'tremember. I don't remember anything.
    
    Will: OK, OK, don't worry. You've been through a lot. Everything's going
    to be fine. Just come with me.
    
    ???: ...All right.
    
    
    ~~~~~Flash to field~~~~~
    
    
    *****End of Day two, the Raiders*****
    
    ???: What's happening?
    
    Will: Don't worry, you're safe. You're with the Rubinelle Army now.
    
    ???: Rubinelle... Rubinelle is one of the two main countries on this
    continent. At the last known date, the army employed 1,296,973 men.
    
    Will: What the... How do you know that?
    
    ???: Rubinelle and its neighbor have been at war for a century. Despite
    several armistices, the fighting has never truly ended. Ten percent of
    Rubinelle's GDP is expended on weaponry and research. The last recorded
    assessment of its military strength was "Excellent"
    
    Will: Where did you learn that?
    
    ???: I...I don't know. I don't understand.
    
    Will: Yeah, OK... Let's talk about it later. Right now we have to get back
    to camp in one piece.
    
    ???: All right. 
    
    
    *****Day three*****
    
    Lin: All units! Study the terrain, and use it to your advantage.
    
    
    *****End of Day three, the Raiders*****
    
    Lin: Like ammo and food and everything else in this world, fuel is scarce.
    Avoid unnecessary movement, and keep an eye on your fuel gauge.
    
    
    *****Brenner's Wolves win*****
    
    The Beast: GYAAAAA! NOT AGAIN! How did those dirtballs survive? This ain't
    over, ladies! You ain't seen the last of The Beast!
    
    
    *****If Brenner's Wolves lose*****
    
    Will: I'm sorry, Captain. You saved me...and I've let you down...
    
    
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    ~~~~~Victory Page~~~~~
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    Brenner: Make sure the civilians are cared for.
    
    
    ~~~~~12th Battalion Base Camp~~~~~
    
    
    Brenner: You OK, Will?
    
    Will: I'm fine, sir. But the girl we found...
    
    Brenner: Who is she?
    
    Will: I don't know. I fond her unconscious near some ruined buildings.
    
    Brenner: Good work bringing her in.
    
    ???: ...
    
    Brenner: What's your name, sweetie?
    
    ???: Umm... I don't know.
    
    Brenner: You don't know? Listen, kid I--
    
    Will: Captain Brenner! Let me explain...
    
    ---
    
    Brenner: She lost her memory? Is that what you're saying? It's not
    surprising, with all that's happened to this world. Sometimes I wish mine
    was gone too.
    
    Lin: There's more, sir. It seems the girl has detailed knowledge of our army.
    I would be interested to know where she obtained her information. ...Very
    interested, sir.
    
    Brenner: Easy, Lin. She's a survivor who needs our help, not an enemy
    combatant. Will saved her, and we're going to see that she gets someplace
    safe. Clear?
    
    Lin: Sir.
    
    Brenner: She's your responsibility now, Will. Stay with her, and see that
    she's taken care of.
    
    Will: Understood!
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-02*****
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    ====================
    *****Chapter-03*****
    ====================
    
    Freehaven
    
    
    ~~~~~12th Battalion HQ~~~~~~
    
    Brenner: OK. See this spot on the map? That's our next destination. It's a
    small village.
    
    Will: A village? With people?
    
    Brenner: That's right. The earthquakes and tidal waves destroyed most of the
    cities, but... In some places, survivors have begun banding together. This
    village is one such area. Admist the anarchy and chaos, they've come together
    to reestablish laws and government.
    
    Will: Laws? Why do they have laws? The world's been destroyed. There's no one
    left to help them enforce their laws. 
    
    Brenner: That's why they're doing it on their own. They need some way to
    create order. No one forced them to do it. It's just natural to try to
    prevent murder and other crimes. You see, Will? Even in the most unexpected
    places, humanity shows its inherent virtue.
    
    Lin: Permission to disagree, Captain? It's not proof of virtue. It's simply
    a survival strategy. A society that doesn't punish murderers is a society
    where anyone can be murdered. A society of sleepless nights, where people
    live in fear of everyone around them. When faced with tht, it only makes
    sense to band together and agree to prohibit murder. People are motivated
    by their own interests. The meteors didn't change that at all. 
    
    Brenner: They certainly didn't change you, did they Lin? I see you still
    don't factor in human decency. As for you, Will, you and the girl will be
    safe once we get you to the village. You're civilians, so they'll welcome you
    with open arms.
    
    
    ~~~~~Freehaven~~~~~~
    
    Civilian: Hold it right there! Identify yourselves!
    
    Youth: D-don't try anything funny! We've got snipers watching you!
    
    Brenner: My name's Brenner. I'm captain of the 12th Battalion of the 
    Rubinelle Army. I need to talk to your mayor. Tell him I'm here.
    
    Civilian: What if you're with those raiders? What if you're here to attack
    us?
    
    Youth: Yeah, I bet that's it! You came back to kill us all, didn't you?
    
    Brenner: Listen, we don't want trouble. Your mayor owes me his life. Tell
    him my name, and I'm sure he'll agree to see us.
    
    Will: C'mon guys! Help us out, will you?
    
    Civilian: Hey... You're too young to be one of them raiders. Maybe you're
    OK after all. Wait here! We'll go get the mayor.
    
    Brenner: About time...
    
    
    ~~~~~Freehaven~~~~~
    
    
    Mayor: So it really is you. Your weapons and uniforms have my people scared
    half to death. What do you want, Brenner? we're trying to live in peace. We
    don't need your kind here.
    
    Brenner: So it seems. Don't worry, we'll move out as soon as we finish what
    we ame here for. We rescued some civilians a few clicks back, including an
    injured girl. I want you to take them.
    
    Mayor: I hope you're not marching in here and giving us orders. I truly don't.
    Things aren't that simple, friend. My village is barely getting by as is.
    
    Brenner: No one's giving orders. I'm asking for your help. They're just a
    couple of kids. They're not going to make it out there alone.
    
    Mayor: And that's not our fault! We didn't make this world, but we have to
    live in it. That's reality.
    
    Brenner: Reality? The reality is that there's nothing out there but
    cockroaches and corpses. These people survived. They're alive, and it's up
    to us to keep them that way.
    
    Mayor: Maybe that was true before, but now? I don't think so. Millions and
    millions of people are dead. I don't think a couple more is such a tragedy.
    The more people we have living here, the more mouths we have to feed. We
    can't afford it.
    
    Brenner: So you think they're not worth saving?
    
    Mayor: That's not what I'm saying! We don't want to see anyone die, Brenner.
    You know that. But you don't know what you're asking. We simply don't have
    the means to take them in. I'm sorry.
    
    Brenner: I see.
    
    Mayor: You're soldiers. You can use your weapons to take what you need. All
    we want is to be left in peace. Now do us a favor, and take your troubles
    elsewhere.
    
    Civilian: You heard the mayor! Hit the road! We don't need warmongers in our
    lives! You read me?
    
    Brenner: I read you. Sorry, Will, but it looks like you're going to be
    traveling with us until we find another village.
    
    Will: Don't worry, Captain, that's fine with--
    
    Youth: Head for cover! Those raiders are back! Where's the mayor?!
    
    Mayor: The raiders? Are you sure?
    
    
    ~~~~~Flash to map~~~~~~
    
    The Beast: Look at this, roaches! Soldier boy's visiting OUR village! Nothing
    like a nice day of raiding, murder, and revenge! Gwar har har!
    
    Brenner: Of all the luck...
    
    Mayor: Dear mother of mercy! Look at those savages You've got to help us,
    Brenner! They've destroyed every village in the region, and now they've come
    for us!
    
    Brenner: All those innocent lives...
    
    Mayor: They have tanks! We have sticks and rocks! Please! You have to help
    us.
    
    Brenner: All right. Leave them to us. You get your people out of here. Start
    evacuating!
    
    Mayor: In regards to payment...
    
    Brenner: There's no time for that now! Get moving!
    
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    Lin: Captain, we have only five units at our disposal, while the enemy has
    nine. They enjoy a significant advantage in firepower.
    
    Brenner: Bullets don't win wars. Soldiers do. And I'm  bettingours are
    smarter!
    
    =====Tactics War Room=====
    
    Lin: Oh. Hello again. I was wondering when you were going to drop by. Ahem.
    Welcome to the war room, the place to come for tactical advice and strategy.
    
    Will: You're going to help me with this battle, right? I'm still kinda new
    at this...
    
    Lin: Patience, grasshopper. All will become clear...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to map~~~~~
    
    Lin: There's a narrow pass through the mountains at the top of the map. 
    Position a tank and artillery there, but watch out for the enemy artillery.
    Place your mechs in the mountains to make their attacks more effective.
    
    Will: Got it.
    
    Lin: Are you sure? That's a lot to absorb.
    
    Will: I'm sure!
    
    Lin: All right! Well, if you forget something, feel free to ask.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to War room~~~~~
    
    Lin: I'm chock-full of helpful advice, so come back anytime.
    
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    *****Mountain mech unit attacked*****
    
    Lin: The enemy has units in the mountains. That terrain weakens our attacks.
    
    Brenner: We can use the woods and mountain, too. I want casualties at a
    minimum.
    
    
    *****Day one, The raiders*****
    
    
    The Beast: Gwar har har! Is that all ya got? We're gonna slaughter you! Move!
    I want that dogface's head on a plate!
    
    
    *****Day two*****
    
    Brenner: We're still outnumbered, and these scum will fight to the last man.
    
    Lin: That's right, sir. I think we'll have to eliminate them all.
    
    
    *****A mech unit is damaged*****
    
    Will: One of the mech units has been hit. It's not looking too good.
    
    Lin: There's another mech unit. Units of the same type can be joined together.
    Combining two damaged units will give you one stronger unit. See how the
    battle unfolds, and join units if you feel it necessary.
    
    *****End of Day four, The Raiders*****
    
    The Beast: What are you waiting for? Kill 'em! Kill 'em all!
    
    Brenner: I'm going to wipe you out if it's the last thing I do.
    
    
    *****Brenner's Wolves win*****
    
    The Beast: NOOO! Yer gonna pay for this! Head for home, roaches! We'll feast
    on these fools another day!
    
    
    *****If Brenner's Wolves lose*****
    
    Brenner: Sorry, Will... I guess this old soldier wasn't able to find a safe
    place for you...after all...
    
    Will: No! Captain Brenner! I just wanted to stay with you...
    
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    ~~~~~Victory Page~~~~~
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    Brenner: That's how the 12th Battalion fights!
    
    
    ~~~~~12th Battalion Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Lin: We're awaiting confirmation on the enemy withdrawal. 
    
    Will: Sir, they're gone! There's not a raider to be seen for miles!
    
    Brenner: Good work, everyone.
    
    Mayor: Captain, Brenner, I'd like to revisit our earlier conversation. I'm not
    above reconsidering my position on your refugees.
    
    Brenner: Is that so?
    
    Mayor: It is. However, there is one...condition.
    
    Brenner: Go on.
    
    Mayor: As you've seen, we live in constant danger from those raiders. They
    may well regroup and attack us again tomorrow. Do you really think it's a
    good idea to leave your kids in such a situation?
    
    Will: Kids? Hey, I can look after--
    
    Mayor: We know where the raiders' camp is. They've taken over an old army
    base east of here. Unfortunately, we don't have the weapons or training
    to go after them.
    
    Brenner: I get it. So we wipe out the raiders, and you'll agree to take in--
    
    Mayor: Something like that, yes. If you agree to my proposal, I'll consider
    your request.
    
    
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    *****Chapter-04*****
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    Moving On
    
    
    ~~~~~Raiders'Base Camp~~~~~
    
    The Beast: Listen up, roaches! We're low on supplies, so it's time to swarm a
    village! Take what ya want! Steal what ya want! Kill who ya want! There's no
    law but The Beast's law! No prisoners! No mercy! Gwar har har har!
    
    
    ~~~~~12th Battalion Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Lin: Sir, the mayor was right. Those raiders are camped at an old army base.
    That's probably where they scavenged their weapons and vehicles.
    
    Brenner: They lack the discipline of a comptent army unit, but not the
    fighting skill. 
    
    Lin: Agreed. And we know there are former soldiers and mercenaries among
    their number.
    
    Brenner: They may have been fellow soldiers once, but they're just a pack
    of dogs now. Let's put them down before they do any more harm to the
    survivors.
    
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~~
    
    Will: Captain Brenner! All units have been deployed, sir!
    
    Brenner: Good. Still no sign of the enemy?
    
    Will: No, sir. But this dust prevents us from seeing much of anything. Of
    course, it keeps us hidden too, so I guess it's not all bad!
    
    Lin: My training was in reconnaissance and intelligence. Leave this to me.
    All units, move out!
    
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    Rubinelle: Scount unit Bravo reporting. Visibility is poor, and we've lost
    visual contact with the enemy. I can hear something out there... I think they
    know we're here, sir.
    
    Lin: Understood, Bravo. Get somewhere safe. We're on our way.
    
    Rubinelle: Watch the woods, sir. I think the raiders are hiding there.
    
    
    *****Selecting the Flare*****
    
    Lin: The flare unit is ready to fire.
    
    Will: Oh! We studied this at the academy! Flares can help reveal enemy
    positions in poor-visibility conditions.
    
    Lin: Smart kid. Maybe you'll be some help to us after all. Aim the flare
    anywhere you think the raiders may be hiding. This unit could be the key to
    our victory today.
    
    
    *****Select an infantry******
    
    Lin: Get those foot soldiers into the mountains, now!
    
    Will: Into the mountains? Why?
    
    Lin: Did they stop teaching basic recon tactics at the academy? Infantry and
    mech units can see farther when stationed on mountains. 
    
    
    =====Tactics War Room=====
    
    
    Will: Lin? Uh, I mean, sir? Hello? ...Lin, is that you?
    
    The Beast: Gwar har har! Guess again, loser!
    
    Will: Eep! ...Wait, what are you doing here?
    
    The Beast: Givin' tactical advice! What does it look like I'm doin'?
    
    Will: You're giving me... Wait, is this a trick? Where's Lin?
    
    The Beast: GWAR HAR HAR! So ya want yer mommy, huh? Well, tough beans!
    This is Beast country, and no one knows it better than me! So listen up!
    
    
    ~~~~~Flash to field~~~~~
    
    The Beast: If there's one thing I love, it's ambusing little chumps like you!
    So don't move without thinkin'! Use yer flares to see what's up ahead. And
    get foot soldiers into the mountains to give yerself a better view. Now do as
    I say!
    
    ~~~~~War Room~~~~~~
    
    The Beast: Gwar har har! I'm The Beast, and I love me a good tactics session!
    Later, little man!
    
    Will: ...OK, that was kind of weird.
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****Get surprised*****
    
    The Beast: Surprise, little man! The Beast is coming out of his cave!
    
    
    *****Day one, The Raiders*****
    
    The Beast: No one attacks The Beast in his own home! No one! Swarm, roaches!
    Show no mercy!
    
    
    *****If Bravo unit is destroyed*****
    
    Will: Scout unit Bravo has been hit!
    
    Lin: I'm trying to raise them on the radio... Bravo, do you read? Over.
    
    Rubinelle: Scout unit Bravo reporting! We're taking heavy fire! We can't
    continue the mission! We have to retreat!
    
    Lin: Understood. Double-time it back to base, soldier.
    
    Rubinelle: Roger that, sir!
    
    Lin: Pay attention, Will. Remember that soldiers are a precious resource.
    We know there is risk in war, and some casualties are inevitable. But it's
    our duty to get as many of them home as possible.
    
    
    *****Brenner's Wolves win*****
    
    The Beast: GYYYAAAAA! They defeated me! This ain't happenin'! The world is
    over! Why do these do-gooders care what we do?! I'm The Beast! No one says no
    to me! Not even a bunch of soldier boys! I'll be back, losers! And I'm gonna
    kill every last one of ya!
    
    *****If Brenner's Wolves lose*****
    
    Lin: Fall back! All units, fall back! Captain Brenner... I failed. I'm
    sorry...
    
    Brenner: Lin? Are you there? ...Lieutenant Lin, respond! LIIIIIIN!
    
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    ~~~~~Victory page~~~~~
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    Lin: I never miss a thing.
    
    ~~~~~Freehaven~~~~~~
    
    Mayor: You did it! You drove off those savages!
    
    Brenner: I don't think they'll bother you again.
    
    Mayor: Thank you, Captain Brenner! I think my village can sleep soundly
    tonight.
    
    Brenner: I'm glad. Now let's talk about your side of the bargain. We drove
    them off. Now you need to provide Will and the other civilians with shelter.
    
    Mayor: I didn't agree to that.
    
    Brenner: ...What are you doing? We saved your village. You promised to take in
    the civilians.
    
    Mayor: I said nothing of the sort, Captain. All I said was that if you scared
    off those savages, then I would CONSIDER it. Isn't that right, people? That's
    what I said! Your mayor is a man of his word!
    
    Civilian: Yeah! That's right! That's what he said!
    
    Brenner: I don't believe this!
    
    Mayor: Captain, please! Control yourself! Even you can see that this
    "bargain" of yours affects my entire village. I may be the mayor, but I do
    not rule by fiat. We are civilized men, after all. We will come to a decision
    in due course. Until then...you must be patient.
    
    Brenner: Why, you double-crossing--
    
    Mayor: You have only yourself to blame for your anger, Captain. If you
    misunderstood my words, then the fault is yours alone. I have done nothing
    wrong.
    
    Brenner: I see.
    
    Mayor: Will you threaten us now? Will you let your guns take the place of
    your honor? Perhaps we should have taken our chances with the savages!
    
    Brenner: ...No, Mayor. I won't threaten you. I won't do anything to
    unnerve these people that you pretend to care for.
    
    Mayor: Wh-what? How dare you!
    
    Brenner: I remember you. I remember how you were. Scared. Alone. On the verge
    of death. Do you remember your words to me when my men gave you food and
    shelter? "I will save others as you have saved me, Brenner." "I will
    construct a village where all can live in peace and rebuild their lives."
    Do you remember that? Or did I misunderstand your words again?
    
    Mayor: Who are you to say such? You're a killer! A soldier! A relic of the
    past! I give these people peace. I give them hope. You give nothing but
    horror and death!
    
    Will: Captain Brenner!
    
    Brenner: ...Will?
    
    Will: Sir, I know you have our best interests at heart, but it's OK. Look,
    I know it might be safer here in this village, but I don't want to stay. I
    want to serve with you, Captain. You and the battalion.
    
    Brenner: Out of the question, Will. It's too dangerous. People who truck with
    us don't live very long. You're young. Your life is ahead of you.
    
    Will: Please, Captain. Please. Let me stay. Let me fight with you.
    
    Brenner: Honestly, I don't seem to have much choice. And I admire your 
    courage... All right. Lin! Will! Prepare to move out! ...Good luck, Mayor.
    I think you'll need it.
    
    ~~~~~12th Battalion Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Will: Hey. How's she doing?
    
    Woman: Oh, Will! Thanks for coming again today! She's going to be very
    pleased.
    
    Will: I hope so. Sometimes, I... I just don't know if she even gets it.
    You know?
    
    Woman: She looks forward to your visits, Will. When you're here, she is
    bright and cheerful. Otherwise, she seems a bit...sad.
    
    Will: Really?
    
    Woman: Really. But don't worry about it. We'll take care of her. She's going
    to be OK.
    
    ------
    
    Will: Um... Hi. How's it going today? I... brought you something! I hope you
    like it.
    
    ???: A flower?
    
    Will: Yeah. Well, it's not a real flower. It's plastic. You can't find many
    real flowers anymore. I found it while I was on a recon mission a few miles
    over.
    
    ???: It's... It's beautiful. What do you call it?
    
    Will: Huh? Oh, I don't know. I'm not much of a flower... scientist...guy.
    Let me ask Lin.
    
    ???: No, I wait! I remember... This is a Cattleya isabella. It's a natural
    hybrid of the orchid family. Cattleya... Yes, that's it! That will be my
    name. I will be named after this beautiful flower you brought me. My name is
    Cattleya!
    
    Will: Uh...Cattelya? Wow, that's...that's uh... That's kind of hard to say,
    actually. How about we call you Isabella? That's really pretty. It fits you
    better.
    
    Isabella: Isabella? Oh! I love it, Will! I'm so happy!
    
    Will: Yeah? Oh, good! I think it suits you.
    
    Isabella: Thank you, Will!
    
    Lin: Boy meets girl. Boy gives girl flower. Boy names girl. ...What's wrong
    with this world?
    
    Will: Lieutenant! Um...what are you doing here?
    
    Lin: I've been here. The whole time. Juuuust keeping an eye on you.
    
    
    
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    *****Chapter-05*****
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    New Allies
    
    
    ~~~~~New Wolfington~~~~~
    
    Brenner: We're here.
    
    Will: There are still some buildings standing. Maybe the people survived too.
    
    Lin: At first glance, this city seems extraordinarily well preserved.
    
    Brenner: All right. Spread out and look for survivors. Move slow and easy.
    I don't want anyone to mistake us for raiders.
    
    -----
    
    Dr. Morris: Hello! I say, you there! Can you hear me?
    
    Brenner: Yes, I hear you. Are you hurt? Do you need assistance?
    
    Dr. Morris: Please, my good man! Not one step further! Do you come in peace?
    
    Brenner: I do. I'm Captain Brenner. I lead the 12th Battalion of the
    Rubinelle Army.
    
    Dr. Morris: You don't say! Why, that's simply marvelous! Welcome, Captain
    Brenner, welcome! It is a great honor to have you here!
    
    Brenner: Thank you. Who are you?
    
    Dr. Morris: My name is Dr. Morris. I was elected to speak for the free
    citizens of New Wolfington.
    
    Brenner: Are you in charge here?
    
    Dr. Morris: Oh ho ho! I guess you could say that. I told them I wasn't really
    the man for the job, but they chose me anyway. I used to be a resident...but
    now I'm a PRESIDENT! Oh ho! Oh ho ho ho ho ho!
    
    Brenner: ...
    
    Dr. Morris: Hmm... Perhaps you didn't hear me correctly. I SAID that I used
    to be--
    
    Brenner: I heard you. My unit is desperately short of supplies. Can your
    town spare food, medicine, or weapons? We will repay you however we can.
    
    Dr. Morris: Supplies, eh? Well, you see... Oh ho! Giving yourself a
    twenty-one-gun salute, eh, Brenner?
    
    Brenner: Those weren't my men. I think we're under attack. I suggest you make
    yourself scarce, Doc. This could get ugly.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: Intel reports that the raiders have regrouped to attack this city.
    They're tenacious. I'll give them that. Stupid...but tenacious.
    
    Brenner: Stupid can still kill you, Lin. Let's move out!
    That factory seems undamaged. Can we get it up and running?
    
    Dr. Morris: Oh yes, it works. And that's a FACT! ...Get it? Fact? Factory?
    ...Ahem!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Factory~~~~~
    
    Dr. Morris: Countless automated weapons factories were built during the Great
    War. But I'm sure you are more familiar with that than I am. If you have the
    materials, you can use them to produce units.
    
    Brenner: I've heard of such factories, but I've never operated one.
    
    Dr. Morris: Oh ho! It's easy as pie! We just need someone to capture them. If
    you do so, we will turn control of the factory over to you and your men. We
    will also provide you with what few troops we have.
    
    Brenner: That will help. Thank you.
    
    Dr. Morris: I assume I can leave the military decisions to you, Captain?
    
    Brenner: I think that's for the best. But at the risk of sounding ungrateful,
    why are you doing this?
    
    Dr. Morris: This is no ordinary band of soldiers you command, Captain. Am I
    right? Stories of Brenner's Wolves have spread across this ruined land. This
    world is destroyed, yet you devote yourself to helping survivors. The people
    of New Wolfington saw fit to trust me. I hope I can trust you.
    
    Brenner: I'll do all that I can. Now get to safety. There isn't much time.
    
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    Dr. Morris: I would strongly suggest that you move a foot soldier or bike to
    the factory. Once captured its automated systems will become fully
    operational. This will allow you to produce more units!
    
    Brenner: Got it! Let's capture the factory!
    
    
    *****An infantry is selected*****
    
    Brenner: Infantry, mech, and bike units can capture factories and cities.
    
    
    *****Capture is started*****
    
    
    Will: The capture is under way!
    
    Lin: You can't capture a factory or city in a single day. You have to keep
    at it. Select Capture again on the following day to finish the process.
    
    
    =====Tactics War Room=====
    
    
    Brenner: Hmmmm... Let's see here...
    
    Will: Captain Brenner!
    
    Brenner: Hello, Will.
    
    Will: I'm really looking forward to learning some great strategies from you,
    Captain. I'm sure you'll know how to deal with all of those enemies.
    
    Brenner: Yeah... Look, Will? I'll be honest with you. The thing is... I
    haven't decided on a strategy for this battle quite yet.
    
    Will: Haven't...decided?
    
    Brenner: Don't worry! As long as there is hope, we will prevail!
    
    Will: Ummm... If you say so, Captain.
    
    
    ~~~~~Flash to field~~~~~
    
    
    Brenner: All right. Our first priority is to capture that factory and
    produce new units. We can use the terrain east of the fatory to build a line
    of defense. We'll use tanks and artillery to take out enemies as they
    approach. Then we'll march on their HQ. If units are damaged, they can
    recover in cities or join with other units. And watch out for enemy artillery!
    Got it?
    
    Will: Yes, sir, Captain!
    
    Brenner: If we do that, we should be able to win. ...I think.
    
    Will: Um, you don't sound very confident, Captain.
    
    Brenner: Mmmm... I'm not much for talking and speeches. That's more Lin's
    specialty. 
    
    Will: Never give up hope! Right, Captain?
    
    ~~~~~War Room~~~~~
    
    Brenner: Yes, Will, well said. Never give up hope. Without hope, victory is
    impossible.
    
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****Day one, The Raiders*****
    
    The Beast: Gwar har har! No one makes a fool of The Beast and lives to tell
    about it! Swarm, roaches! Take what you can, and leave no one alive!
    
    
    *****A city is captured*****
    
    Will: The city has been captured!
    
    Dr. Morris: Good! Restoring power to cities will boost your factory
    production. You see, factories use hard resources to generate a recalibrated--
    
    Will: Whoa, wait. What? I'm sorry, I... I didn't understand a thing you just
    said.
    
    Dr. Morris: Funds! Capture more cities, get more funds, build more things!
    Sometimes I'm a bit too clever for my own good. Oh ho ho!
    
    
    *****Factory is captured*****
    
    Will: The factory has been captured! Now we can produce more units.
    
    Dr. Morris: Yes, although the kinds of units you can produce are limited at
    the moment. But I'm sure you'll take what you can get, eh? You can begin
    production the day after you capture a factory.
    
    
    *****A unit is damaged*****
    
    Lin: This unit has taken damage, but it can be repaired. Position a damaged
    unit on a friendly city or factory so it can recover. Be smart. Don't push
    your units too hard.
    
    
    *****Factory has no unit covering it*****
    
    Dr. Morris: Ah ha! Success! Now you can produce units in this factory.
    Select a factory to see what units it can produce.
    
    (To produce units, move the cursor onto the factory with the +Control Pad and
    press the A button, or just touch it with the stylus.)
    
    
    *****Brenner's Wolves win*****
    
    The Beast: No! Not again! GYYYAAAAAAA! The Beast is invincible!
    
    Brenner: Your road ends here, Beast.
    
    Dr. Morris: Captain Brenner? I'm afraid you'll have to return the units
    you produced. Automated units only function near the factory where they were
    made. Stay too far, and you'll be left with useless lumps of metal!
    
    Brenner: Thanks, Doc. This is a huge help.
    
    *****If Brenner's Wolves lose*****
    
    Brenner: No! I failed...
    
    Dr. Morris: No! Captain Brenner! Please don't give up!
    
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    Brenner: Now, where were we...?
    
    ~~~~~New Wolfington~~~~~
    
    Dr. Morris: Before all this, I worked as a medical researcher. My days were
    spent running small rats through large mazes. When the world was destroyed,
    I dug out of my ruined lab and made my way here. There were so many sick and
    injured people... I just did what I could.
    
    Youth: We owe our lives to Dr. Morris! He saved us.
    
    Dr. Morris: And I didn't even run them through a maze! Oh ho! Oh ho ho ho ho
    ho!
    
    Will: ...
    
    Dr. Morris: Laughter is good for you, you know. You should try it sometime.
    
    Will: Um...Heh?
    
    Youth: He's an amazing man, but his jokes are TERRIBLE!
    
    Will: Dr. Morris, you remind me a bit of Captain Brenner. I was near death
    when he found me. He saved my life. It's good that there are still people
    like you and him in this world.
    
    Brenner: ...Yes, but my sense of humor still works...
    
    Dr. Morris: Well you shouldn't make me out to be some kind of hero, Will. I
    was a selfish man. I entered medicine to satisfy my curiosity, not help
    people. I'd never even seen a patient before the meteors struck. I guess
    such situations teach you what really matters, eh, Captain?
    
    Brenner: I know what you mean.
    
    Dr. Morris: Yes! Exactly! But I fear we have other, more pressing issues to
    discuss. With your people and my people combined, we have several hundred
    mouths to feed. However, our supplies are running lower than a snake in a
    wheel rut!
    
    Brenner: A shortage of food is hardly a joking matter, Doctor.
    
    Dr. Morris: Huh? Did I make a joke? Anyway, I think I know how to solve our
    little problem. But I will need your help...
    
    
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    *****Chapter-06*****
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    Fear Experiment
    
    
    ~~~~~Near Automated Crop Factory~~~~~
    
    Dr. Morris: Tell me, my boy, do you know why it is dinosaurs became extinct?
    
    Will: Huh? No, but I bet Captain Brenner does.
    
    Brenner: Not likely. Lin! Front and center.
    
    Lin: There are many possible explanations. I assume you're referring to the
    meteor theory?
    
    Dr. Morris: Oh ho! Right you are. The theory states a meteor struck the
    planet millions of years ago. The impact caused megatsunamis upward of
    300 feet in height to sweep the globe. The shock waves spawn earthquakes
    reaching 12.0 and 13.0 on the Richter scale. Pieces of the meteor ignited
    global wildfires, causing enormous devastation... Dinosars, without the
    benefit of fireproof surfboards, were ill equipped to survive.
    
    Lin: Fireproof surfboards? Whatever. The point is, most dinosaurs prished.
    One day they ruled the world, and the next, they were a few pages in our
    history books.
    
    Will: But we survived our meteors.
    
    Dr. Morris: So we did, so we did. Cockroaches aren't nature's only durable
    creature, are they? Three cheers for mankind, and for much smaller meteors
    too! Ho ho!
    
    Brenner: Can we move this along, Doc? What is it you want to tell us?
    
    Dr. Morris: Yes, of course. Meteors...dinosaurs...cockroaches... Oh yes! The
    clouds of ash! That's it. The ash blocks out the sun, which of course means
    that plant life withers and dies. Some may say the fate of the dinosaurs was
    sealed by similar sunlight-blocking clouds.
    
    Brenner: So you're saying we're going to share their fate? Is that it?
    
    Dr. Morris: No need to panic, Captain. Unlike the luckless dinosaurs, we
    possess knowledge and science. If we can get the automated crop factory
    running, we'll have as much grain as we want.
    
    Brenner: Automated what?
    
    Dr. Morris: A factory with an environmental system designed for the
    cyclic cultivation of genetically...
    
    Brenner: Whoa! Spare me the scientific mumbo jumbo. You're giving me a
    headache. Cut to the chase, and tell me what I need to know--no jokes, no
    science. Clear?
    
    Dr. Morris: Yes, of course. Ahem. If we can get the systems running, we can
    produce food. We won't be able to sustain a population of millions, but
    we'll be able to feed New Wolfington. I trust that was clear enough. Oh, but
    there is one thing I worry about...
    
    Will: What's that, Dr. Morris?
    
    Dr. Morris: Hmm, I wonder... Yes. Let me ask you a question, young man. Do you
    believe in evil? The kind that revels in the destruction of the world and
    of mankind with it? The kind of evil that thrives on the pain, suffering, and
    sorrow of innocents?
    
    Will: Uh...what are you talking about?
    
    Dr. Morris: Oh, I'm just thinking out loud. Pay me no mind at all. I've
    actually forgotten what it is I asked you. Ho ho!
    
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Brenner: Status report, Lin.
    
    Lin: Unidentified units in the field, sir. They're ignoring all
    communications. 
    
    Brenner: They're advancing on our positions! Move out!
    
    
    
    =====Tactics War Room=====
    
    Brenner: Oh, Will. Come in. 
    
    Will: Captain Brenner? Can you give me any tips for the upcoming battle?
    
    Brenner: Of course. I'd be glad to. Hold on one second... ...Blast! Now where
    did I put those...
    
    Will: Did you lose something, Captain?
    
    Brenner: Lin gave me some notes for this tactics session, but I can't seem
    to find them. Ah ha! Here they are! ...Oh, wait. That's just a drawing of a
    tank I made when I was bored...
    
    Will: Um...Captain? Are you really getting all your strategy from Lin? Maybe
    you should keep that a secret from the rest of the troops...
    
    Brenner: She's a natural teacher, Will. I'm just not much for that kind of
    thing. Yes! Here they are! OK, let's see what she has to say...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Brenner: "Captain. Tell Will to quickly capture factories and cities. He
    needs to defend his foot soldiers with other units as they do so. The area
    southeast of the factory will make an ideal defensive perimeter. If the enemy
    swarms you, retreat to this area and regroup. And have him build an anti-tank
    unit for the enemy's war tank." That's it.
    
    Will: Is that all?
    
    Brenner: Yes, that's... Oh, wait a second. "P.S. Don't just read this to 
    Will. Pretend you thought of it yourself."  ...Damn. 
    
    ~~~~War Room~~~~~
    
    Brenner: Let's just keep this to ourselves, all right?
    
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****Day one, IDS*****
    
    [Paranthesized names are unknown at the time]
    
    (Penny): Tee hee hee! Is it OK, Daddy?
    
    (Caulder): Of course, little one. Play to your heart's desire. Do remember to
    record the battle, though. I must know how each soldier fights... and how each
    one dies.
    
    (Cyrus): Father, I cannot condone this. I can see no reason for us to attack
    these people. It is meaningless--
    
    (Caulder): Meaningless? Whatever are you babbling about? Is there a more
    meaningless expenditure of energy than life itself? I think not!
    
    (Penny): Get 'em! Get 'em! Boooom! Tee hee!
    
    
    *****All enemy units destroyed*****
    
    
    (Caulder): What's wrong, pumpkin? Did those bad people blow up alll your
    toys? I suppose you'll be wanting more. Well, what's the magic word?
    
    (Penny): PLEEEEEEEASE! I wanna big BOOOOOM!
    
    (Caulder): How could I deny such a well-mannered little girl? I look forward
    to seeing how they respond to the world's mightiest tank. This should prove
    to be most enlightening.
    
    Will: Look! Reinforcements! And... Ohmygosh! Th-that tank! It's enormous!
    
    Brenner: Bring us to speed, Lin! Give us what you have on that monster.
    
    Lin: I'm sorry, sir. Our database has no intel on that tank.
    
    Isabella: That is a...war tank.
    
    Dr. Morris: A war tank?
    
    Isaballa: Compared with standard tanks, it has vastly superior armor and
    firepower. It is currently the most powerful ground unit in the world today.
    
    Dr. Morris: And how are we supposed to stand against it? It's too darn big!
    
    Isabella: ...I don't know.
    
    
    *****The Day after the reinforcements arrive*****
    
    Isabella: Oh...
    
    Will: Isabella! What is it? What's wrong?
    
    Isabella: It's...nothing. I'm fine. The factory... Its systems have been
    updated. It can now produce anti-tank units.
    
    Will: What?
    
    Dr. Morris: She's right. The system just rebooted.
    
    Isabella: Anti-tank units will prove to be very effective against the war
    tank.
    
    Dr. Morris: I think she may be right. Amazing! We may have a chance after all!
    
    Lin: Isabella, I want an explanation. Now. How in--
    
    Brenner: Later, Lin. We've got a battle to fight. Anti-tank units, huh? Let's
    see how tough that war tank really is.
    
    Isabella: yes...
    
    
    *****Brenner's Wolves win*****
    
    Will: That's it! All enemy units have been defeated. We won!
    
    Brenner: It wasn't a walk in the park, but you're right. We won.
    
    Will: And it was all thanks to Isabella! If it hadn't been for her...
    
    Isabella: No...I didn't do anything.
    
    Dr. Morris: Don't be modest, dear. Now let's check on those crop-growing
    systems!
    
    
    *****If Brenner's Wolves lose*****
    
    Will: They're too strong. Who are they?
    
    (Caulder): This will never do. I'll get no useful data from such paltry foes.
    Come now! I require an enemy that will satisfy my intellectual curiosity.
    
    
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    ~~~~~Victory Page~~~~~~
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    Will: Now if we can just find that factory...
    
    ~~~~~Near automated Crop Factory~~~~~
    
    Brenner: What's the word, Doc? You and Lin give that system the once-over?
    
    Dr. Morris: Yes, well, hmm... I've got some good news, and I've got some
    bad news...
    
    Lin: The system's useless. The factory has been destroyed.
    
    Dr. Morris: What are you doing, Lin? I had a joke I wanted to tell first!
    
    Brenner: Save your jokes for when I'm not around. What do you mean,
    destroyed? Do you mean we can't repair it?
    
    Dr. Morris: That would be quite difficult, I'm afraid. The factory was
    extremely sophisticated. The components needed to repair it are not likely
    to be found at the corner grocery. Not that we have one anymore! Oh ho! Oh
    ho ho... You're not laughing.
    
    Will: That's terrible, Dr. Morris. What are we supposed to do now?
    
    Dr. Morris: I'm afraid I don't know. And to tell the truth, there's something
    else that truly disturbs me...
    
    Will: There is? What?
    
    Dr. Morris: It appears the enemy's goal was to destroy the factory all
    along. If we had gotten the factory up and running, we could have solved our
    food-shortage problem. We could have lived here peacefully. What did they
    gain by destroying our factory? It's as if...
    
    Lin: It's as if they wanted us all to die.
    
    ~~~~~Near Automated Crop Factory~~~~~
    
    Will: Well, look at this...
    
    Lin: Flowers. They're quite beautiful, aren't they? But there's something
    odd about them...
    
    Dr. Morris: Whatever you do, don't touch those flowers!
    
    Will: Dr. Morris?
    
    Dr. Morris: Pardon me, Lin, but I must ask you a personal question. Are you
    over twenty years of age?
    
    Lin: ...Maybe. I'm not as young as Isabella, but... Are you implying
    something, Doctor?
    
    Dr. Morris: No, of course not! And there's no need to glare at me so. It's
    quite unsettling! I only ask because these flowers have yet to infect anyone
    over the age of twenty, and...
    
    Lin: Infect? What are you talking about?
    
    Dr. Morris: Have you heard of Endoflorescens terrbilis virus? It's common
    name is Creeping Derangea.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Photo~~~~~
    
    Lin: Oh. Look at that. How pretty.
    
    Dr. Morris: This young man was about your age, Will.
    
    Will: ...He WAS my age?
    
    Dr. Morris: The flowers aren't decorative. They're the result of a
    parasitic virus. And there is nothing beautiful about them, Lin. This boy
    is dead.
    
    Lin: Wait, so the flowers...came out of his body?
    
    Dr. Morris: It acts like a parasite, but it spreads like a virus. I don't
    claim to know how it works, I just know that it does. Since the meteors fell,
    I've buried many victims of this scourge.
    
    Lin: He had roots and leaves growing under his skin... In his ears... In his
    eyes... Little roots creeping behind the eyes... ...What if you could hear
    them...?
    
    Dr. Morris: Lin, please! Stop talking about it! Curiously, the virus seems
    to only infect young people. You're in the right age range, Will, which means
    you're at risk. If you meet anyone suffering from this, you must stay away!
    Is that clear?
    
    Will: Oh yeah. It's clear...
    
    ~~~~~Near Automated Crop Factory~~~~~
    
    Lin: Starvation, raiders, and flowers that kill you. Gotta love this place.
    
    Brenner: The world's certainly not making it easy for us, is it? But we
    can't give up.
    
    Will: As long as there's life, there's hope.
    
    Brenner: Exactly.
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-06*****
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    ====================
    *****Chapter-07*****
    ====================
    
    A Kind of Home
    
    
    ~~~~~12th Battalion Base Camp~~~~~
    
    
    Brenner: So we've hit a snag in our supply-procurement plan. Got any
    suggestions what we do now, Doc?
    
    Dr. Morris: Oh ho! Yes...um...no. No, I don't. We're in trouble, no doubt
    about it.
    
    Lin: Are there any other factories with the systems we need?
    
    Dr. Morris: No, not to my knowledge.
    
    Isabella: Automated...crop factories?
    
    Will: Do you know something, Isabella?
    
    Isabella: Yes...I do.
    
    Will: What is it?
    
    ~~~~~12th Battalion HQ~~~~~
    
    Brenner: You're absolutely certain about this?
    
    Isabella: Yes.
    
    Dr. Morris: This is no joking matter, young lady! I...I can't believe I just
    said that. You're saying you know the location of another factory, is that
    correct?
    
    Isabella: Yes. It is located at latitude 25.345 degrees north and longitude
    131.035 degrees west.
    
    Dr. Morris: Oh...um... Well, as long as you're sure!
    
    Lin: That's in the Seratta mountain range.
    
    Isabella: There is an underground nuclear shelter at the coordinates I have
    given you. It contains a subterranean farm and small-scale factory capable
    of feeding 1,000 people.
    
    Dr. Morris: Do you really expect us to believe that? I've never heard of such
    a place!
    
    Lin: Nor have I.
    
    Isabella: It was constructed or Rubinelle's senior cabinet ministers and
    captains of industry. In the even of an all-out nuclear war, they would be
    able to live in the shelter for decades. Its existence is not known to the
    general public. Access requires a grade 4 security clearance.
    
    Dr. Morris: Oh ho! Now we know! You must be the president's secret daughter!
    Oh ho! Oh ho ho ho!
    
    Isabella: The construction contract for the shelter was awarded to a private
    military firm...IDS...IDS...IDS... IDS... IDS... ID...
    
    Will: What is it, Isabella? What's wrong?
    
    Isabella: I'm sorry... It's my head. It's pounding so hard... I can't think.
    
    Will: Captain Brenner! I'll take care of Isabella.
    
    Brenner: You do that, Will.
    
    Dr. Morris: That girl may be a complete mystery, but I feel strangely
    confident she's not lying. Perhaps those coordinates will lead us to the
    answer to our dilemma, hmmm?
    
    Brenner: Could be, Doc. It's worth checking out, that's for sure.
    
    Rubinelle: Captain, sir! One of our recon units just pulled in. It's
    reporting a firefight in progress! There's a lone unit running or its life.
    It's a Rubinelle unit, sir!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Waylon: Would somebody tell me why these Lazurians are up in my business? Did
    they not see the meteors? The fires, the floods, the dead people? They act
    like there's still a damn war goin' on, and... Hey! Who are you?
    
    Brenner: This is captain Brenner of the 12th Battalion.
    
    Waylon: Aw, yeah! Now, we're talkin'! The cavalry arrives!
    
    Brenner: Name and rank, soldier. Where's the rest of your company?
    
    Waylon: Name and rank? Listen up, brother man. That's all ancient history!
    I ain't heard a peep from the big brass since the sky fell in. How 'bout you?
    Nothin', right? Yeah, I thought so.
    
    Brenner: You're right. We've been operating on our own. It seems Rubinelle's
    government is gone for good.
    
    Waylon: Cheer up, Brenner! Ain't nothing wrong with that. The name's Waylon.
    Oh, right... Captain Waylon of the 13th Airborne! Ha ha ha! Lighten up, will
    ya? We're survivors! We're like lottery winners! Ain't much left of the old
    world. Least we can do is enjoy the new one.
    
    Lin: Captain! The enemy has spotted us and is moving to engage.
    
    Brenner: Understood. Get 'em ready, Lin.
    
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    Lin: Attention, all units! The yellow fighter is a friendly. Do not, repeat,
    DO NOT use it for target practice.
    
    Waylon: Right kindly of you, baby. I owe you one!
    
    
    
    
    =====Tactics War Room=====
    
    Lin: Welcome back to the war room. Today, we have a...special guest.
    
    Dr. Morris: Oh ho ho! At last, it's my chance to share some pearls of wisdom
    with you! But first, let me entertain you with some of my trademark wit!
    
    Lin: That's not necessary. Can we just hear your tactical analysis?
    
    Dr. Morris: So! A priest, a Lazurian, and a chicken walk into... Wait, that's
    not it. Oh! Right! A chicken and a Lazurian are crossing the road--
    
    Lin: Fine. I'll do it myself.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: If an enemy planes attack, strike back with anti-air units and missiles.
    Keep other units nearby to defend them from ground-based attacks. Once you're
    settled, head for the enemy HQ, taking cities as you go. That rocket could be
    trouble. Use multiple units to take it out. 
    
    ~~~~~Flash to War Room~~~~~
    
    Dr. Morris: Oh ho! Now I remember! It wasn't a chicken at all! It was a pony!
    
    Lin: Dr. Morris? We will pursue the issue of the pony another time.
    Understood? 
    
    Dr. Morris: Honestly! Where is your sense of humor?
    
    Lin: It was shot off in the war. Very sad. Thanks for listening, everyone. 
    Come back again if you need more tips.
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****Day one, Lazurians*****
    
    Tasha: More Rube forces... My prayers have been answered! Rejoice, brothers
    and sisters of Lazuria! Our enemy is before us! In the names of our ancestors,
    let us sow the soil with their bones!
    
    
    *****Brenner's Wolves win*****
    
    Tasha: Gya! Those Rubes may have won the day, but we shall fight again!
    Retreat!
    
    *****If Brenner's Wolves lose*****
    
    Brenner: So this is the end... There's so much left to do. Ah...
    
    Waylon: Hold on now, brother man! You can't leave me hanging! You hear me?
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~Victory page~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    Brenner: We drove them away. For now...
    
    ~~~~~12th Battalion Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Brenner: The enemy's been routed. Will, I want you to make sure the wounded
    are taken care of. 
    
    Will: Yes, sir!
    
    Waylon: Thanks for the assist, brother! Who's the runt? You got yourself some
    sort of cabin boy?
    
    Will: Cabin boy?
    
    Brenner: He's one of us. We've been patrolling the region looking for
    survivors who might need our help.
    
    Waylon: "Helping" survivors? Helping yourself to their money, I hope! Ha ha ha
    ...whew... Wait, you serious?
    
    Brenner: Of course. We'd be more effective with air support, though. Why
    don't we join forces and--
    
    Waylon: Time out, Captain Courageous! You want Waylon to join forces with
    YOU? Listen to me now. I think you're a good man. I'll even give you a
    standing ovation. Clap, clap. But if you think I'm going to do charity work,
    you need to think again! I didn't survive the meteors just to risk myself for
    a bunch of chumps!
    
    Brenner: What in the hell are you babbling about?
    
    Waylon: Are you truly so blind, Brenner? There is no more central command!
    No orders, no missions... I do what I want! Got it?
    
    Brenner: No, I don't think I do. And you've got it wrong. The world's been
    broken. But that doesn't mean you're free to do whatever you want. The ties
    that bind people together can be reestablished. We have to do that.
    
    Waylon: And why would I want to do that? You want to clip my wings, brother?
    That it? I won't live in a cage! You can do what you want, but just leave me
    be. By the way, you know a fat cat named Greyfield?
    
    Brenner: Admiral Greyfield? Yes, I served under him for a while. What about
    him?
    
    Waylon: He's set up shop in the capital. Word is, he wants all surviving
    Rubinelle soldiers to come join him. Wants to start what he's calling the
    "New Rubinelle Army." Creative genius, he ain't. Now I ain't hip on takin'
    orders, but I could make a pretty penny as a mercenary. I'd have all the food
    I could eat, and the ladies love a man in uniform. Know what I'm saying?
    
    Brenner: There's no accounting for taste.
    
    Waylon: Aww, that's just cold, brother man. Ain't no call for that. Looks
    like you and I ain't gonna be friends. And with that, the sky calls. Good
    luck with the charity work.
    
    Brenner: Wait a minute! What about your wounded?
    
    Waylon: What's done is done. Wounded ain't dead, is it? I got places to go,
    things to do. You feel like playing nursemaid, go right ahead.
    
    Brenner: You'd abandon your own men?
    
    Waylon: You think you can guilt-trip me? You got another thing coming,
    brother man. My only responsibility is survivin' to eat, drink, and be merry
    another day.
    
    Brenner: Is that so?
    
    Waylon: Uh-huh. Know what responsibility's gonna get YOU, Brenner? A broken
    heart and an early grave.
    
    Brenner: ... ... ... ...
    
    Lin: Are we letting him go, sir?
    
    Brenner: We can't force him to stay, and we can't force him to care.
    
    Will: Is that guy really a soldier? He's nothing like you, Captain. He's
    nothing like any of us.
    
    Brenner: Soldiers are people, Will. You have to take the good with the bad.
    Each of us has to choose how to make it in this world, and Waylon's made
    his choice. Try not to let it bother you.
    
    ~~~~~12th Battalion Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Lin: We located and extracted Waylon's downed air units. His men are resting
    comfortably, sir. We've also found some airports. Perhaps the men can be
    convinced to join us.
    
    Brenner: What do they want? Have you heard any talk about them rejoining
    their captain?
    
    Lin: Not a peep, sir. Apparently they want nothing more to do with him. It
    seems he's used thm poorly, risking their lives for nothing more than his
    own amusement.
    
    Will: I can't believe him!
    
    Brenner: Let Waylon's men know they're free to join us if they wish. Now let's
    head out for that nuclear shelter. It may give us reason to hope for a better
    day.
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-07*****
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    ====================
    *****Chapter-08*****
    ====================
    
    A New Threat
    
    ~~~~~Raider's Base Camp~~~~~
    
    The Beast: GYAAARRR! The Beast is hurting! I need medicine! What are you
    waiting for, roaches? Swarm and plunder! And don't come back without something
    to ease my pain!
    
    Raider: Um... It's not that easy. We're low on fuel and ammo. And most of our
    weapons were destroyed in the last battle, so--
    
    The Beast: You're THIS close to dying, boy! Whatever you need, you steal!
    UNDERSTOOD?
    
    Raider: Y-yes, sir!
    
    The Beast: My leg's on fire! I can't believe those soldier boys hit ME!
    GYAAARRR! Gotta kill this infection and then kill me some dogfaced
    do-gooders!
    
    Caulder: Do you truly harbor such hatred for Captain Brenner?
    
    The Beast: HEY! Wh-where did you come from, you freakin' ghost?
    
    Caulder: My dear Sergeant... Wait, you have no name now, do you? You're just
    The Beast. How appropiate. Your propensity for violence saw you expelled
    from the military, yes? And these past few years, you've spent each day
    slaking your thirst for blood and mayhem.
    
    The Beast: B-but...how do you...
    
    Caulder: All in good time, my friend. When the meteors came, you knew just
    what to do, didn't you? You stole weapons and access codes, then began
    plundering whatever you could find. For most, the world was a living hell, but
    for a man like you, it was paradise. At least until Captain Brenner and his
    good samaritans arrived...
    
    The Beast: GYAAARRR! I hate him! He ruined everything! When I find him, I'm
    gonna rip--
    
    Caulder: You will have your vengence. I will provide you with supplies and
    weapons. You desire chaos and destruction, yes? I shall see you are equipped
    to sate that desire.
    
    ~~~~~12th Battalion HQ~~~~~
    
    Lin: This is the quickest route to the Seratta mountain range.
    
    Brenner: So we'll be passing by Freehaven again, will we? I doubt they'll be
    happy to see us, but we should check to see if the people are safe.
    
    Lin: Permission to speak out of turn, sir, but I believe you're too forgiving.
    How can you be concerned for their welfare after the way their mayor behaved?
    
    Brenner: That doesn't mean we can abandon them.
    
    Lin: Doesn't it? They insulted you, sir. I for one couldn't care less if they
    were wiped from the earth.
    
    Brenner: That's enough of that, Lin. 
    
    Will: Captain Brenner!
    
    Brenner: What is it, Will? Are we under attack again?
    
    Will: Huh? No, it's those villagers. Remember the ones we met before? They say
    they want to speak with you, sir.
    
    Brenner: Is that so?
    
    _________
    
    Mayor: So this last quake destroyed the remaining buildings, leaving us
    without food or shelter. We can't survive without assistance.
    
    Brenner: And what has this got to do with me?
    
    Mayor: Please, Brenner... Captain. We need your help. You have my apologies
    for any past--
    
    Brenner: Understood. Pack your things. You're coming with us. If we can
    locate that factory, there should be enough food for everyone.
    
    Mayor: Factory?
    
    Brenner: That's right. If you need details, find Dr. Morris. I deal in
    weapons, not test tubes. All I can tell you is, it's key to getting the food
    we need to survive. Clear?
    
    Mayor: Yes, of course. You have my gratitude. Speaking of food, my people
    haven't eaten in days. May I ask--
    
    Brenner: If we'll feed you? Ask away... All right. We're running short
    ourselves, but I'll see to it.
    
    Lin: For someone who hasn't eaten for days, you look pretty well fed to me.
    
    Mayor: I-I beg your pardon?
    
    Lin: I'm rather curious as to what your villagers are carrying in all those
    trucks. It wouldn't happen to be provisions, would it?
    
    Mayor: N-no, it's merely... How dare you? Are you implying that I'm lying?
    
    Lin: I said no such thing. I merely inferred from your robust condition that
    you've been eating--
    
    Mayor: Enough! You...you uppity--
    
    Rubinelle: Attack! We're under attack!
    
    Brenner: Gather your people and take cover in the rear. We'll continue this
    later if we survive.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: It's that same group of raiders. How is it they're still operating?
    And they're using this poor visibility to cover their attack. Someone must be
    helping them... All units, advance! Keep your eyes peeled!
    
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    Lin: Mark that pillar of fire! See how it illuminates the surrounding area?
    Looks like there's an enemy infantry unit on the other side of the river.
    And...there are factories there too. We need to capture them ASAP! Let's use
    our transport helicopters to airlift some infantry up there.
    
    =====Tactics War Room=====
    
    Lin: You know, Will, you should be grateful that I'm such a nice instructor.
    
    Will: Oh?
    
    Lin: Mmm-hmmm. When I was in the Rubinelle military academy, I had very strict
    instructors. If you missed a question, they'd have you doing push-ups and
    running laps. You're practically on vacation in comparison.
    
    Will: Wow. Well...thanks for being so nice.
    
    Lin: Once I forgot how many ball bearings are in a tank thread, and my
    instructor screamed at me. Not nice screaming, either. Nasty stuff. Things
    you're far too young to hear.
    
    Will: Ok, now I'm scared.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: Don't go storming across that bridge. Let the enemy come to you. Build
    some indirect-attack units to weaken them as they approach. Use transport
    copters to move soldiers into distant cities and factories. Then focus on
    producing additional tanks and indirect-attack units. Once your force is
    ready, move east as a group and engage the enemy.
    
    Will: Understood!
    
    Lin: Now give me a thousand push-ups!
    
    Will: Uh...OK? One...two...th-threeeeeee... Ow ow ow...F-f-f-foooourrrr...
    
    Lin: Will? You can stop. I was kidding.
    
    Will: ...Huh? Oh! Oh yeah, I... I knew that.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to War Room~~~~~
    
    Lin: Stop by again if you want more tips. ...Or exercise.
    
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****Select an infantry*****
    
    Lin: Infantry and mech units can be loaded onto transport copters. This is
    the easiest and fastest way to transport troops over long distances.
    
    *****Select a transport copter*****
    
    Brenner: Move 'em out and drop 'em off. Make sure you find someplace safe!
    
    *****Day one, The Raiders*****
    
    The Beast: Gwar har har! They ain't happy to see us, roaches! Let's bury...
    ungh... Ungaah...my head...so dizzy... Must be the medicine that freak gave
    me... But it feels good! My blood's on fire. The rage is burning me up!
    YESSSSS! I am reborn! The Beast will not be denied! GRAAAARRR!!! The Beast
    will hunt! Prepare...to...DIE!
    
    *****Capture a property*****
    
    Lin: Capture successfully completed! This improves visibility in the area
    near the base, giving us an advantage!
    
    *****Brenner's Wolves win*****
    
    The Beast: NOOOOOOO! Must...escape... But this was just a taste, losers! Now
    that I've got a weapons supplier, I'll be making your lives miserable. Sleep
    lightly, soldier boy! The Beast rules the night! GYAAARRR!
    
    Lin: All enemy units have been accounted for. This battle's over.
    
    Brenner: Somebody tell me where those raiders got all that firepower?
    
    Lin: I can't understand it, sir. We destroyed everything they had...
    
    Will: Captain! The raiders' leader managed to get away. Looks like he hid in a
    pile of corpses, then snuck off when it was safe.
    
    Brenner: That doesn't bode well... I'm sure we'll see his ugly face again. But
    we've got our own goal to reach. Let's move out!
    
    *****If Brenner's Wolves lose*****
    
    Lin: I'm sorry, Captain... My mistakes were too great. Please forgive me...
    That's all I need. Your forgiveness...
    
    Brenner: LIN!
    
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    ~~~~~Victory page~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    Lin: That went just as I planned it.
    
    ~~~~~Civilian Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Isabella: Oh...I... What's... Ungh...
    
    Will: Isabella? Is something wrong? Are you feeling all right?
    
    Isabella: I d-don't know...
    
    Will: Isabella! Talk to me! What is it?
    
    Isabella: So...dizzy...my head... 9693872914... 9693872914... I feel...
    funny...
    
    Will: Wait a minute...
    
    ~~~~~Flashback of photo with infected boy~~~~~
    
    Dr. Morris: This young man was a victim of the plant. He was about your age,
    Will. Curiously, the virus seems to infect only young people. You're in the
    right age range, Will, which means you're at risk. If you met anyone suffering
    from this you must stay away! Is that clear?
    
    ~~~~~End Flashback~~~~~
    
    Will: No! It can't be!
    
    Isabella: W-Will?
    
    Will: I'm going to get Dr. Morris! Wait here, Isabella!
    
    Isabella: Please...don't leave...
    
    Brenner: What's all the commotion over here? Oh no... Get the doc over here!
    On the double!
    
    ~~~~~Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Dr. Morris: Captain Brenner... Judging from the symptoms, there's a good
    chance Isabella's infected with Creeping Derangea.
    
    Brenner: The plant virus? 
    
    Dr. Morris: Yes. I've placed her in a quarantine in a temporary laboratory.
    She must stay there for now. There's no danger of us getting sick, but young
    people like Will are at risk.
    
    Brenner: What are you doing for her? How long until she's cured?
    
    Dr. Morris: Will's right about you, Captain. You truly are a caring man. But
    to have any hope of curing her, I would require highly specialized equipment
    and facilities.
    
    Brenner: You've got what you've got, Doc. Do your best.
    
    Lin: If I may, Captain? I have a thought. 
    
    Brenner: Go ahead.
    
    Lin: The shelter the girl told us about. If it truly does exist... Perhaps
    it contains the medical equipment Dr. Morris requires.
    
    Dr. Morris: You may be onto something there. A shelter like that would be
    completely airtight... Which means an infectious disease would spread like
    wildfire... Yes, they must have considered it. It's very possible they would
    have a contingency plan for a situation such as this.
    
    Brenner: I see. Good work, you two. As long as there's a chance, we keep
    moving.
    
    ~~~~~Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Brenner: Will? What are you doing out here all alone?
    
    Will: Nothing. I'm just...
    
    Brenner: I know you're worried about Isabella. That's a normal reaction.
    But listen, I don't want you to lose hope. As long as there's life--
    
    Will: I ran away. I... I ran away from her.
    
    Brenner: What are you talking about?
    
    Will: When I knew...when I knew Isabella was sick. I didn't go to her. I
    didn't want to get sick too. I was only thinking about myself. She was
    really scared, you know? I could see it in her eyes. She wanted me to help
    her, but... ...I ran away.
    
    Brenner: You did the right thing, Will. If you'd gone to her, if you'd come
    into contact with her, you'd be in quarantine too.
    
    Will: But you would have stayed with her, Captain! You help people. That's
    what you do. You're committed. You're not like me...
    
    Brenner: I've spent more time running than you'll ever know, kid. Hell, I'm
    still running.
    
    Will: What do you mean?
    
    Brenner: All the people I couldn't help, all the soldiers who died because
    I wasn't good enough... I've spent many a sleepless night telling myself it
    couldn't be helped, that I did all I could. That's just the sound of me
    running, Will. Running from a past I'll never escape... 
    
    Will: Oh...
    
    Brenner: You disappointed? I was hoping I could protect the illusion for
    you. No matter how I grieve or regret my actions, the men who've died because
    of me will still be dead. But Isabella's still alive. You've got nothing to
    regret. There's plenty you can still do, right? For her?
    
    Will: Sir... Yes, sir!
    
    Brenner: Just remember, Will. Where there's life...
    
    Will: There's hope!
    
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-08*****
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    *****Chapter-09*****
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    The Beast
    
    
    ~~~~~12th Battalion Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Mayor: Brenner! I need to talk to you! Is it true that the girl traveling with
    you is sick?
    
    Brenner: Yes, it's true. It's nothing you need to worry about, though. The
    virus only affects people under a certain age. No one in your group is in
    danger.
    
    Mayor: That's not the point! Sickness and disease make people nervous, and
    nervous people panic. We can't have that! You've got to get rid of her. We
    can't afford the risk.
    
    Brenner: I think you need to stop talking now. We're in this together. All of
    us. Is that clear?
    
    Mayor: No, it's not! Would you put us all in danger to protect one girl? We
    don't know who she is or where she came from! She has to go, Brenner!
    
    Brenner: Listen carefully, because I'm only going to say this once. No one
    gets left behind. Not you, or your people, not Will, and not Isabella. If
    you have a problem with that, you're free to leave whenever you want.
    
    Mayor: You...you fool! You're too soft, Brenner! If this goes wrong, it's on
    your head! I'll hold you personally responsible!
    
    ~~~~~12th Battalion Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Will: How's Isabella doing, Dr. Morris?
    
    Dr. Morris: You're going to worry no matter what I tell you, so here's the
    truth. It's not good, Will. She needs medicine, and she needs it now.
    
    Will: Can I see her?
    
    Dr. Morris: Absolutely not! We've had this conversation before. This virus
    is most dangerous to people of your age. I won't allow you to see her.
    
    Will: But, Dr. Morris, I--
    
    Dr. Morris: Once we get to the shelter, there's a good chance I'll be able to
    treat her. But until then you have to stay away. You don't want to get sick
    too, do you?
    
    Will: I don't care! What would it matter anyway? If I don't see her now, I
    may never get the chance to apologize. So please...
    
    Dr. Morris: Your apology can wait, boy. I'm more concerned with her well-
    being, and you should be too.
    
    Will: What's that supposed to mean?
    
    Dr. Morris: I don't wish to betray doctor-patient confidentiality, but I have
    spoken to her. What's troubling her most is the fear that she's become a
    burden to us. She thinks it would be better if she'd died before you found
    her.
    
    Will: How can she think that?!
    
    Dr. Morris: But she hasn't given up hope. She never even complains about the
    pain. The other Creeper patients I've treated have all begged me to...end
    their suffering. But Isabella has chosen to live. And do you know why? It's
    because she owes that life to you.
    
    Will: ... ... ... ...
    
    Dr. Morris: She believes that if she refuses to give up, we'll find a way
    to cure her. Her first memory is of you telling her she was going to be
    all right. She trusts you implicitly, the way a newly hatched chick trusts
    its mother. She believes everything you told her about having hope. I suggest
    you believe it too.
    
    Will: You...you're right. I'm sorry, Dr. Morris. Thank you.
    
    Dr. Morris: No need to apologize. I can't allow you to see her, but... Oh ho!
    Yes, you could try speaking to her through the door.
    
    Will: Really? Would that be OK? 
    
    Dr. Morris: Certainly. Just for a little while, though.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to field~~~~~
    
    Lin: This route leads directly to the foothills of the Seratta mountain range.
    However, recon reports those raiders are back and blocking the way.
    
    Brenner: Set up an ambush, have they? Seems they really are hell-bent on
    revenge. We're going to have to finish this once and for all. Advance!
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    Dr. Morris: Come in, Captain Brenner! Dr. Morris here, and I've got great
    news! This airport we found is in fine working condition. You can produce
    new air units whenever you need them!
    
    Brenner: Roger that, Doc. Air support will be welcome.
    
    *****Rig is selected*****
    
    Lin: Rigs can be used to build temporary airports. That looks like a good
    spot. Move there and commence construction.
    
    *****Bomber is selected*****
    
    Lin: With bombers, you can attack ground and naval units. Bombers are very
    powerful and can even take out tanks with one strike. Utilize your bombers to
    attack the enemy's ground units.
    
    *****Duster is selected*****
    
    Will: This unit must be...
    
    Lin: It's a duster. It can attack ground units as well as other air units.
    It's not as powerful as a fighter or a bomber, but good to have nonetheless.
    
    Will: Right, I studied them at the academy. They're inexpensive and versatile.
    
    Lin: Good memory, Will. Now use them to attack those nearby ground units.
    
    *****Fighter is selected*****
    
    Lin: With fighters, you can take on other air units. When it comes to air
    combat, fighters are second to none. Now let's take out the enemy's air units!
    
    *****Rig starts construction*****
    
    Lin: Good. The rig crew has gotten started. Select Build on your next turn
    to continue construction.
    
    Dr. Morris: That's right! Keep building! we've all got to do our part!
    
    
    
    =====Tactics War Room=====
    
    Lin: Come on, Will! This one's a cakewalk! You shouldn't need my help! I'm
    disappointed in you.
    
    Brenner: ...I'm not Will.
    
    Lin: C-Captain Brenner? Sir! I'm sorry, sir! I spoke out of turn. I just
    wanted to encourage Will, sir! There are no easy battles, sir! Not even the
    easy ones! ...Sorry, sir.
    
    Will: Hey! You never apologize to me!
    
    Lin: Stuff it, soldier!
    
    Will: SEE?!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: Yes. At any rate, this stage lacks factories. Guard your infantry units
    carefully, or you won't be able to capture cities. Use fighters and dusters to
    strike the enemy early and often. And strike his anti-air and missile units
    as soon as you can. Bombers work well for this purpose, especially against
    missiles.
    
    Brenner: That's solid strategy, Lin.
    
    Lin: Thank you, Captain. My pleasure.
    
    Will: She never tells me it's her pleasure.
    
    Lin: Stop that grumbling, soldier!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to War Room~~~~~
    
    Lin: I hope my tips help you win the day, sir.
    
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****Day one, The raiders*****
    
    The Beast: GYAAARRR! Where the hell am I? Where did all these copters
    and tanks come from? Oh, my head... Wait! It's SOLDIER BOY!!! Time for The
    Beast to hunt! GYAAARRR!
    
    *****Rig finishes construction*****
    
    Dr. Morris: Excellent work! That temporary airport is open for business.
    
    Lin: Temporary airports allow air units to be refueled and repaired.
    
    Brenner: Looks like the rig's run out of building materials...
    
    
    *****Day two, The Raiders*****
    
    The Beast: 'Bout time you showed your ugly mugs!
    
    Will: Why are you doing this? Get out of our way! We have to save Isabella!
    
    The Beast: Isa-whatta? You think I care about what you're doing? I want BLOOD!
    
    Will: You may have tanks and guns and men at your command, but... You're not
    a soldier! You're nothing but a murderer!
    
    The Beast: Gwar har har har! Murderer? ME? And you're a snot-nosed punk!
    
    Will: I...
    
    The Beast: War IS murder! You hear me?! Soldiers are trained to KILL! That's
    battlefield learnin', punk! Your textbooks teach you that? HUH?! You wanna
    learn 'bout war? Fine by me! The Beast'll teach you good!
    
    *****Brenner's Wolves win*****
    
    The Beast: GYAAARRR! You're dead, punk! The Beast will destroy... Destroy...
    I'm...coming for...you... NO! My head...urgh...
    
    *****If Brenner's Wolves lose*****
    
    Brenner: Go on, Will... You can't stop now...
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~Victory Page~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    Brenner: Now, let's investigate the shelter.
    
    ~~~~~Nuclear Shelter Entrance~~~~~
    
    Lin: This is it. These are the coordinates Isabella gave us.
    
    Dr. Morris: Oh ho! There really is a shelter here! What did I tell you, folks?
    That girl hasn't got a lying bone in her body. Knew it right from the start!
    
    Lin: All we need now is a way to open the security doors. Ideas, anyone?
    
    System: Welcome to Fortress. Enter access code.
    
    Lin: The access code is of standard military issue, but I don't have the
    proper security clearance. Captain, do you think your clearance is high
    enough?
    
    Brenner: I doubt it, but we've got to try. I'm only a captain, but here
    goes... Code number 0848124390.
    
    System: Identification error. Access denied. You have one chance remaining to
    enter a valid code.
    
    Brenner: Damn... Guess the politicos never planned on letting grunts into
    their private club. Looks like I should have taken those promotions when I had
    the chance.
    
    Lin: More importantly, Captain, we only have one chance remaining. I think
    we're done.
    
    Will: No! Don't say that! We've come so far... There must be something we can
    do. We have to get inside. We have to! Otherwise, Isabella will...she'll...
    
    Dr. Morris: We need someone with the right clearance, but...
    
    Lin: I don't see any generals or high-ranking government officials in the
    area, Doctor. Did you happen to see the president's corpse on the way here?
    Perhaps he's carrying the code.
    
    Dr. Morris: That's morbid, Lieutenant. And decidely unhelpful. Truth be told,
    we don't have time to go looking for the code. It's not sophisticated, but
    how about starting at 0000000000 and working our way up?
    
    Lin: Now who's being unhelpful? We only have one chance left.
    
    Dr. Morris: I'm merely offering suggestions! There's no need to upbraid me so!
    
    Lin: I'm merely stating the facts. And the fact is, we have no chance of
    guessing the correct access code. We have one more try to get a ten-digit
    code correct. The odds of guessing it right... ...are almost zero.
    
    Dr. Morris: We're talking a probability of one in ten billion. Now, if this
    was just a story and I was the hero, something miraculous would happen...
    
    Brenner: I'd rather try and fail than just walk away. Anyone have a
    favorite ten-digit number?
    
    Will: Ten digits... Wait a second!
    
    Brenner: What is it, Will?
    
    Will: 9693872914... That's ten numbers, right?
    
    Lin: Don't tell me you actually HAVE a favorite ten-digit number.
    
    Will: Um...Not exactly, no. I just have a feeling. I think that may get us
    inside.
    
    Brenner: Well...what have we got to lose? Go ahead, Will.
    
    Will: Right.
    
    System: Welcome to Fortress. Enter access code.
    
    Will: Please let this work... 9693872914...
    
    System: Identification accepted. Security locks disengaging.
    
    ~~~~~Door opens~~~~~
    
    Dr. Morris: What in the world?
    
    Brenner: You did it, Will!
    
    Lin: ...I don't know what to say.
    
    Dr. Morris: Are you some sort of idiot savant? Or wait... Perhaps YOU are the
    president's secret child! Oh ho! Oh ho ho ho ho ho!
    
    Will: What?! No...that's not it. It's the number Isabella was whispering.
    
    Lin: What are you talking about?
    
    Will: She's been saying it randomly ever since she remembered this shelter
    was here. In fact, she said it again just before she got sick.
    
    Brenner: So once again, it's Isabella to the rescue. I feel like we've got
    our own guardian angel. Do you think she really is the daughter of some
    high-ranking official?
    
    Lin: That's the one explanation I would be comfortable with.
    
    Dr. Morris: Well, in any case, we're in! And that's something to celebrate,
    my friends! Oh ho ho ho!
    
    ~~~~~Inside Nuclear shelter~~~~~
    
    Dr. Morris: Now that we're in, we should be able to find the machinery and
    medicine we need.
    
    Will: I'll go back down and get Isabella. 
    
    Dr. Morris: No, you won't You're not allowed to have any contact with the
    patient, remember? I'll take care of Isabella. It'll give me the chance to
    tell the mayor that we're inside.
    
    Brenner: Take some of the men with you. There's no sign of hostiles, but
    we can't let our guard down.
    
    Lin: I'll take charge of reconnoitering the shelter. Will, you're with me.
    
    Will: Yes, sir!
    
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-09*****
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    *****Chapter-10*****
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    Almost Home
    
    
    ~~~~~Nuclear Shelter Control Center~~~~~
    
    Lin: There are ten levels to the shelter. They're all clear.
    
    Brenner: How about the medical facilities?
    
    Will: The medical bay's in D Block, Sector 1, sir!
    
    Lin: It's filled with antiviral medicines and the latest medical equipment.
    The government spared no expense in its preparations to safeguard the
    political elite.
    
    Brenner: I hear you, Lin. Now let's get Isabella and the rest of the civilians
    in here. On the double!
    
    Will: Right away, sir!
    
    Rubinelle: Captain! The rear guard's under attack! Looks like those raiders
    are back again!
    
    Brenner: What? Someone want to explain how they snuck up on us?
    
    Lin: I...I don't know, sir. They didn't appear on radar...
    
    Brenner: That's just great! What are you standing around for? Let's move!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Civilian: It's those raiders! We're done for! They'll kill us all!
    
    Rubinelle: Calm down! Just follow the evacuation procedures we practiced. Do
    as you were told, and you'll get out of this just fine.
    
    Isabella: Unnnhhhh...
    
    Dr. Morris: It's all right, Isabella. Try thinking of something pleasant.
    That should help. When I'm stressed, I think of my lab. And perhaps some nice
    rats or robots!
    
    Isabella: I-I'm OK... If we never give up...
    
    Dr. Morris: Yes, of course. We must never give up. That's the key. Of course,
    some reinforcements would help raise my spirits, but...
    
    The Beast: GYAAARRR! Ungyaahh...graar... Gwar har har! GYAAARRR!
    
    Will: The raiders are closing in on the civilians! They're going to attack!
    
    The Beast: GYAAARRR! Civilians? You're worried about them? Gwar har har! That
    settles it! KILL 'EM ALL!! War lesson number one, punk! NEVER CARE! GYAAARRR!!
    
    Will: Leave them alone! They're not soldiers! THEY'RE CIVILIANS!
    
    The Beast: It doesn't matter! They're weak! They're defenseless! They're the
    perfect prey, and that's why they're gonna bleed!
    
    Will: But why? Why would you... I'm not letting you touch them! We're going
    to stop you!
    
    The Beast: Gwar har har! I'd like to see you try! Do your worst! GYAAARRR!!
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    =====Tactics War Room=====
    
    Lin: ...Iiiiiiit's Lin...
    
    Isabella: ...Aaaaaaand Isabella...
    
    Lin: ...With today's...
    
    Isabella: ...Tactical Tip Show!
    
    Lin: We rehearsed that, you know! Anyway, on with the strategy.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: First, have your frontline units fall back immediately. Strong units
    can build a defensive line near the central mountains. Oh, and keep an eye out
    for enemy aerial attacks. Use planes and anti-air units to keep them busy.
    
    Isabella: Capture the airport and factory, then build indirect-attack units
    and tanks. Once you have a good-sized force, strike for the east. And don't
    worry about the war tanks, your bombers can take care of them.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to War Room~~~~~
    
    Lin: See you next time on...
    
    Isabella: The Taaaaactical Tiiiiip Shooooow! ...Hee hee! That was really fun,
    Lin! Let's do it again!
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****An infantry dies*****
    
    The Beast: GYAAARRR! YES! YES! YES! First blood to The Beast! Take them all!
    Don't let them die easily!
    
    Will: NOOOO! Get out of there! Do you read?! You have to evacuate now!
    Dr. Morris? Isabella? Please, someone answer me! You've got to get out of
    there! Hello? Is anyone there?
    
    The Beast: Gwar har har! They're all dead, punk! Your pretty little
    girlfriend too! You couldn't save 'em. How's it taste? Burns, doesn't it?
    
    Will: WHY? Why did you do that? There was no reason...
    
    The Beast: Reasons? I don't need reasons! I kill because I can! And now I'm
    gonna kill the rest so I can hear you cry some more. How's that sound? What's
    that? I can't HEEEEAAARRR you! C'mon, punk! Don't you have anything to say?
    I wanna hear you beg!
    
    Will: I...I want to kill you.
    
    The Beast: You threatening me, boy?
    
    Will: You were right. I had no idea what war was really about. But I get it
    now. It's about anger and fear. It's about hate! My friends weren't looking
    to fight. They were innocent... You want to live like a beast? Fine! You can
    die like one too!
    
    The Beast: Gwar har har! Now you're talkin', punk! Now you're worth killing!
    GYAAARRR!
    
    
    *****Brenner's Wolves win*****
    
    The Beast: GYAAA... Uuurrrgggh! NOOOOOO!!!
    
    Caulder: It seems my little experiment has come to an untimely end. Oh
    well... You served your purpose well, my savage beast. I am quite satisfied.
    But you are no longer of any use to me. You may continue dying...
    
    
    Will: Hello! Is anyone there? Did anyone manage to survive? Hello? HELLO?
    It's...it's no use. They're dead. I failed them all...
    
    Dr. Morris: Don't be so quick to bury us, Will! We were just lying low until
    we could be sure it was safe.
    
    Will: Dr. Morris!
    
    Dr. Morris: No time for lollygagging! I've got wounded coming out of my ears!
    And Isabella is faring poorly!
    
    *****If Brenner's Wolves lose*****
    
    Will: Isabella... forgive me...
    
    The Beast: Gwar har har har! GYAAARRR!!!
    
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    ~~~~~Victory Page~~~~~
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    Will: We must never give up hope.
    
    ~~~~~Nuclear Shelter Control Center~~~~~
    
    Lin: The wounded are in sick bay, sir. The civilians came through largely
    unharmed. 
    
    Brenner: Where's Will?
    
    Lin: He's with Isabella. Her condition has deteriorated badly. She was hurt
    in the skirmish, and the virus is continuing to develop.
    
    Brenner: Will she make it?
    
    Lin: It's touch and go. She's in Dr. Morris's hands now.
    
    ~~~~~Nuclear Shelter Medical Wing~~~~~
    
    Will: Come on, come on... What's taking so long?
    
    Dr. Morris: Will. You're still here? It's been hours.
    
    Will: How is she, Doctor? Is Isabella all right?
    
    Dr. Morris: I'm...I'm sorry, Will. Try and calm down, all right? I don't know
    if I'm the right person to tell you this, but...
    
    Will: Oh no... Please, Dr. Morris! It can't be! It can't!
    
    Dr. Morris: Listen, I... No, I don't have the words... I think I'll leave it
    to Isabella to tell you how she's made a full recovery! Oh ho! Oh ho ho ho ho
    ho!
    
    Isabella: Will! 
    
    Will: Isabella!
    
    Isabella: I'm going to be OK, Will. I owe it all to Dr. Morris's help and to
    everyone's kindness.
    
    Will: That's great news!
    
    Isabella: It is, isn't it?
    
    ~~~~~Nuclear Shelter Control Center~~~~~
    
    Brenner: You're a real piece of work, Doc. Why didn't you just tell the boy
    she was better?
    
    Dr. Morris: Come now, Captain! Where's the drama in that? Did you see the joy
    on Will's face? I felt like the director in one of those TV medical dramas.
    Oh ho ho!
    
    Brenner: Unbelievable...
    
    Lin: May I assume Isabella's no longer contagious?
    
    Dr. Morris: You may. The virus incorporated the nucleoside analogues into
    its genomes, halting its life--
    
    Brenner: Stop! Is she OK or isn't she?
    
    Dr. Morris: You are a most impatient man, Captain. Yes, yes, she's fine.
    Although I must confess I had my doubts there for a while. She was on the
    verge of death, and then... Something changed within her system. While I was
    recovering from my surprise... Voila! I can offer you no explanation for it.
    
    Brenner: Why not just call it a miracle? Sounds to me like Will's prayers
    were answered. That's all the explanation I need right there.
    
    Dr. Morris: I'm a man of science, Captain. Miracles are not something I deal
    in. However... Truth be told, I feel rather superfluous in that I truly did
    nothing to heal her. The one thing I can say for certain is that she's cured.
    So... Hip hip hoo-rah!
    
    ~~~~~Nuclear Shelter Living Quarters~~~~~
    
    Mayor: Where've you been, Brenner? I've been waiting to hear your report for
    hours!
    
    Brenner: Calm down. Everything's fine. The girl made a full recovery.
    
    Mayor: The girl? Who said anything about her? I want to know about the food!
    Is the factory in working order? Will we be able to grow crops?
    
    Brenner: Yes. That's what I've been told. You'll be happy to learn you don't
    need to worry about food anymore.
    
    Mayor: That...that is good news. Now, we've got some additional business to
    attend to... As the civilian represenative, there's something I need to
    discuss with you.
    
    Brenner: Go on.
    
    Mayor: It's about this shelter. Do you think it can sustain this many people
    living here? We've assessed the situation and feel we need to cut our
    population roughly in half. There's--
    
    Brenner: You can't be serious. Do you realize how big this place is? There is
    more than enough room for all of us.
    
    Mayor: Listen, Brenner. This is the collective opinion of the entire
    civilian population, understand? And having soldiers living here is
    problematic as well. Are we supposed to live in fear of being attacked?
    
    Brenner: Is there a point to all this?
    
    Mayor: You're soldiers. You have the weapons and training to survive
    anywhere. But we civilians are powerless. This shelter is our only chance
    for survival. We believe the solution is clear. Am I right, everyone? Shall
    we vote and decide like civilized men?
    
    Lin: That's not a reasonable proposition. In terms of numbers, you civilians
    have an overwhelming majority. Additionally, a large number of our people
    are incapacitated by their wounds. Would you use that to your advantage? Is
    that the type of people we're dealing with?
    
    Mayor: How disrespectful! I'm not trying to set up a dictatorship! This new
    world should be built on democracy. One person, one vote! That's what I say!
    Or would you rather threaten us with your guns and bully us into submission?
    
    Brenner: ... ... ... ...
    
    Lin: OK, yeah. I'm comfortable with that.
    
    Brenner: Stand down, Lin.
    
    Mayor: Very well, then. We vote, and majority rules. Does that sound fair to
    everyone? All in favor of having the soldiers leave the shelter, raise their
    hands. ...Come on! Lets see hands!
    
    Civilian: I don't think so.
    
    Youth: Me either.
    
    Mayor: Wh-what are you doing? Get your hands up! I gave you the plan! Now do
    as I told you!
    
    Woman: But...they fought for us. They risked their lives for us.
    
    Youth: Some of them...died for us. We can't just throw them out of here.
    
    Woman: I want them to stay. 
    
    Civilian: I'll second that!
    
    Brenner: You listening, Mayor?
    
    Lin: It would appear we have a clear majority.
    
    Mayor: B-b-but, how can you...? Wh-what are you thinking?! Fine! Do as you
    please! I don't care!
    
    Brenner: Thank you, everyone. You have my gratitude. As you know, my people
    and I have been on search and rescue 24-7 since the meteors struck. But most
    of the folks we've "saved" didn't last too long after the fact... To be
    honest, there've been times when I've questioned the value of what we're
    doing. But knowing that you understand makes it all worthwhile. Thank you.
    
    Lin: Well said, Captain.
    
    ~~~~~Nuclear Shelter Medical Wing~~~~~
    
    Will: So we're going to stay here for a while. There's plenty of food, and
    there's safety in numbers.
    
    Isabella: We can stay here together? Me too? I...I had nothing. I didn't
    know where I was or what I should do. I didn't even know my own name. Yet you
    took me in and cared for me, and now you say I can live here with you. Are you
    sure? Is it truly all right?
    
    Will: Of course! And now that you've recovered from the virus, I'm sure you'll
    get your memory back.
    
    Isabella: Perhaps... But I really don't need my memory back. I'm fine not
    knowing what happened before.
    
    Will: Really? But...
    
    Isabella: You've given me all the memories I need. I'll never forget the
    kindness you've shown.
    
    Will: Isabella, listen. I want to... ...Um, Lieutenant? Are you... Lin?
    Hello?
    
    Lin: Yes?
    
    Will: GYAA! How do you do that? And why are you eavesdropping on our
    conversations?
    
    Lin: Are you talking about something you don't want me to hear?
    
    Will: Well, no, but... That's not the point! It was a private conversation,
    and--
    
    Lin: Whatever. Captain Brenner sent me. We're to report to A Block
    immediately. If we're going to be living here, we need to set up rules and
    regulations.
    
    Will: Fine. We'll be right there. C'mon Isabella. It's time to go!
    
    Isabella: Yes, sir!
    
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-10*****
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    *****Chapter-11*****
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    A Storm Brews
    
    ~~~~~Lazurian/Rubinelle Coastline~~~~~
    
    Brenner: Any news, Will?
    
    Will: No, sir. Nobody's here either.
    
    Brenner: I see. We'll just have to keep looking.
    
    Will: It's been a whole year since the meteors came down, and we still
    can't see the sun. How long will it be before we see another blue sky?
    
    Brenner: Don't give up hope. The sun will find a way to break through again.
    However, I think it's time to increase our search radius, even if we have to
    leave the shelter. What's our supply situation, Lin?
    
    Lin: We have enough for another three months. But more and more refugees have
    been coming to the shelter. We're already over capacity, and they are still
    coming. If we keep taking them in...
    
    Brenner: We'll figure something out. We're not turning anyone away. Will,
    what's the current status of the civilian population?
    
    Will: Everyone seems to be getting by, and they're all helping each other.
    But, then again, they don't know just how low our food supplies are...
    
    Lin: There's a growing faction of civilians who follow that idiot mayor. They
    sit around all day waiting for us to feed them and keep them safe. If they
    knew about the supply situation, they would likely turn on the newcomers...
    The situation isn't good. I worry it could deteriorate to infighting at
    any time.
    
    Will: I won't let that happen! We'll just find a new place to live! We can't
    resort to fighting our own people.
    
    Lin: I'm worried that Will is pushing himself too hard. I know he wants to
    help, but he puts a lot of pressure on himself. 
    
    Brenner: He still sees himself as a civilian, not a soldier. That's why he's
    worried that the other civilians might become a burden to us.
    
    Lin: He doesn't make things easy for himself.
    
    Brenner: No, he doesn't.
    
    Lin: Captain... I've started hearing some disturbing rumors from incoming
    refugees. They say there is a war raging in the north.
    
    Brenner: War? The world is in ruins. There's no one left to start a war.
    
    Lin: Regardless, there are rumors that the survivors have been banding
    together. And that someone has dragged them into a full-scale war. However,
    it's only a rumor.
    
    Will: Captain!
    
    Brenner: What is it, Will?
    
    Will: Ships have been sighted off the coast! I can't be sure, but it looks
    like some Rubinelle Army survivors are under attack!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Davis: Aw, man. This ain't good, man... C-Captain Brenner! HELP! They're
    attacking us!
    
    Brenner: Davis?! Is that you?
    
    Will: You know him, Captain?
    
    Brenner: I do. Davis used to be under my command.
    
    Davis: The Lazurians are all over us! We need support now, Captain!
    
    Brenner: Why do the Lazurians have to keep throwing fuel on this damn war?
    
    Davis: Please, Captain! Take 'em out before it's too late! We're gettin'
    torn up!
    
    Brenner: Hang tight, Davis. We're on our way!
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    Lin: Remember, your forces are in red uniforms. The enemy is wearing blue.
    Davis's forces are yellow. Don't forget that they are our allies.
    
    
    =====Tactics War Room=====
    
    Lin: Welcome to the Tactical Tip Show. We have a special guest today...
    
    Davis: Ummm...yeah. Hi. I'm...I'm Davis. I work for Admiral Greyfield. ...And
    I'm not that special. I'm actually just a guy. See, my boss--
    
    Lin: OK, too much info. Let's talk strategy, all right?
    
    Davis: Uh... Look, I thought... I mean, I was just... I thought you were here
    to help! You know, with my problems? Yeah, 'cause I've kinda been thinking
    about a lot of stuff, and I hoped someone would--
    
    Lin: Are you still talking?
    
    Davis: Hey, look, I'm... You could at least pretend to care... See, my boss
    keeps losing his temper and yelling at me and calling me a big--
    
    Lin: Yes, yes. Terribly sad. Now on to tactics!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: A gunboat-and-rocket combo will work wonders on enemy cruisers. Your
    gunboats have only one shot, so you'll need to resupply them. Use the rig
    to build a temporary port on the nearby beach. At the same time, move troops
    to the central peninsula with landers.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to War Room~~~~~
    
    Lin: That's it for today. Thanks for coming.
    
    Davis: Um... Look, can I... Can we talk now? I really need someone to listen
    to me.
    
    Lin: I'm afraid you'll have to keep looking.
    
    Davis: B-but, I thought... I thought you cared.
    
    Lin: Not really, no. Anyway, that's the Tactical Tip Show for today. Thanks
    for the help...um... David? Damon? What was your name again?
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    
    *****Gunboat is selected*****
    
    Isabella: Gunboats can strike other naval units with missile salvos. They
    carry only enough missiles to fire one full salvo, so use it wisely. They can
    also transport one infantry or mech unit.
    
    Lin: ... ... ... ...
    
    Will: Are you OK, sir?
    
    Lin: What, me? Oh yeah, sure. No worries. Now that Isabella is training, I'm
    ...not quite sure what to do with myself. ...Maybe I need a new hobby.
    Like...knitting.
    
    Will: Don't say that!
    
    *****Lander is selected*****
    
    Will: Can you tell me more about this unit?
    
    Lin: It's a lander.
    
    Will: Right. Uh...could you give me a little more information? Sir?
    
    Lin: ...I guess I could. But I think I'll let Isabella talk now. Over to you,
    Isabella.
    
    Isabella: You can load up two ground units onto a lander. Run the lander
    onto a beach to unload or pick up units.
    
    *****Day one, New Rubinelle Army*****
    
    Davis: My forces have taken heavy damage! You're going to have to take over.
    No offense, but my priority right now is gettin' outta here in one piece...
    
    *****Day one, Lazurian forces*****
    
    Tasha: More Rubes joining the fight? Good, keep them coming! Come on,
    Lazurians! Let's wipe 'em off the map!
    
    *****Brenner's Wolves win*****
    
    Gage: Tasha, we have to retreat.
    
    Tasha: What? Why?! Call in reinforcements, Gage! I want to keep fighting!
    
    Gage: Orders from General Forsythe.
    
    Tasha: But...WHY?! Look at them! Those Rubinelle forces are lame ducks!
    
    Gage: Tasha? It was a direct order.
    
    Tasha: Dammit!
    
    Gage: Calm down. There's no place for emotion on the battlefield. Stay cool,
    follow orders, and eliminate the enemy. That is all we have to do.
    
    Tasha: Gya! I'll get revenge on all those Rubes! I swear it!
    
    *****If Brenner's Wolves lose*****
    
    Lin: I don't know anything about naval battles. It costs us lives.
    
    Davis: Oh, man! This is it, man! We're goin' down! Somebody save us, man!
    ...Anyone?
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~Victory Page~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    Lin: That was a success.
    
    ~~~~~12th Battalion HQ~~~~~
    
    Davis: Oh, man! I thought we were goners!
    
    Brenner: Good to see you alive, Davis. What have you been up to?
    
    Davis: Me? Aw, I'm commanding a force for Admiral Greyfield. I've been looking
    all over for you, Captain Brenner! Look, I'll come straight out and say
    it...we want you and your men to join us.
    
    Brenner: Explain.
    
    Davis: A huge war's broken out between Rubinelle and Lazuria. Greyfield took
    command and formed the New Rubinelle Army so we could take it to 'em!
    
    Brenner: This world is a slag heap. What could you possibly be fighting over?
    
    Davis: Well, the... The Lazurians started it! So now we gotta wipe 'em out!
    And the Lazurians are led by the legendary General Forsythe. They rallied
    behind him and hit us but good! Truth be told, we took some lumps...
    
    Brenner: Continue. 
    
    Davis: Look, we...we have tons of supplies! Food, fuel, weapons...everything!
    Join us, and you won't ever have to worry about shortages. They can all live
    easy!
    
    Brenner: "They"? Who are you talking about?
    
    Davis: Captain, we know you've been protecting a big crowd of refugees and
    survivors. But you have to be running low on food and supplies, yeah?
    C'mon! Join us!
    
    Brenner: Our situation is none of Greyfield's concern.
    
    Davis: Look, man... Er, Captain. We need you just as much as you need us,
    and that's no lie. But we're both Rubinelle through and through! Not even
    doomsday can change that. Join us, Captain Brenner!
    
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-11*****
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    *****Chapter-12*****
    ====================
    
    A History of Hate
    
    ~~~~~New Rubinelle Army Headquarters~~~~~
    
    Davis: Admiral Greyfield, the 12th Battalion commander has arrived.
    
    Greyfield: ...WELL?! Don't just stand there like a slack-jawed idiot! Send
    him in!
    
    Brenner: ...Admiral.
    
    Greyfield: So you're the leader of the so-called Brenner's Wolves. Frankly,
    I'm surprised you're still alive.
    
    Brenner: For now.
    
    Greyfield: Yes, I remember you now! An adequate soldier, but crippled by
    ideological limitations! Your lack of patriotism and devotion was an insult
    to your Rubinelle heritage.
    
    Brenner: The 12th Battalion always fought with honor and respect for the
    rules of war.
    
    Greyfield: Rules of war? Ha ha ha! Rules... You really are a relic from
    another age, Captain.
    
    Davis: Hey, uh... Come on, now. We're all soldiers of Rubinelle, yeah? We
    should all pull together against the enemy.
    
    Waylon: I don't think much of Davis, but the chump's got a point. We gotta
    plow the Lazurians into the ground. There's time for dancing when that's
    done.
    
    Brenner: Oh, good. Waylon's here.
    
    Waylon: Oh, you know it ain't a party 'til I arrive, brother man! That's
    straight-up truth! Oh, yeah, and thanks for bailing me out of that jam. The
    ladies of the world thank you.
    
    Brenner: Couldn't resist the draw of the high life, huh, Waylon? This
    paycheck help you sleep at night?
    
    Waylon: Like a baby with a bottle! Only a fool'd miss out on this kind of
    livin'! Round here? They treat me right! Give me anything I ask for. I do
    whatever I want, too, and everyone's too scared to say boo!
    
    Brenner: Typical.
    
    Davis: L-look...Admiral Greyfield has taken over the former military and
    built the New Rubinelle Army. But we need help to beat those crafy Lazurians.
    ...N-not that you need any help, Admiral! Um... Oh Great One...
    
    Greyfield: The Lazurians are an enemy to freedom-loving people everywhere!
    There can be no peace until they are wiped from the face of the planet.
    
    Davis: Yeah, so, it's like a war for peace. Right? The enemy forced us into
    it. Are you with us, Captain?
    
    Brenner: ...I don't want this idiotic war to continue any longer than it
    already has. If my men can end this fighting a day sooner, then we will
    help.
    
    Davis: Yes! I don't believe it!
    
    Greyfield: Hmmm...yes. I suppose you may be a modicum of help. But we will
    have to wait and see... Go to the Rubinelle Sea. The hated Lazurians have
    been seen in the area. Send them a clear signal that you now fight for
    Admiral Greyfield! And show no mercy!
    
    Brenner: ...I hope this is over soon.
    
    Greyfield: For a man of Rubinelle, he lacks moral flexibility and respect
    for power.
    
    Davis: Y-yes, sir! B-but I always remember him as a good fighter...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Brenner: Have all units been deployed?
    
    Lin: Yes, Captain. They are awaiting your orders.
    
    Brenner: One wrong move, and the Lazurians will be all over us. Greyfield
    sent only a handful of units, and this force is formidable.
    
    Will: Captain Brenner?
    
    Brenner: Yes, Will?
    
    Will: Why did the Lazurians start this war? Why would they do that? I don't
    understand what there is to fight over.
    
    Brenner: I imagine they saw this as a chance to settle some unfinished 
    business. Sometimes I can almost understand the feeling.
    
    Will: I still don't get it...
    
    Brenner: Will, I know how you feel. I know this war seems senseless. But the
    Great War caused unspeakable horror for our two countries. We've traded black
    eyes with the Lazurians for over a century. The meteors changed everything but
    the hatred between our nations.
    
    Will: But still...
    
    Brenner: I fear this war won't end until one side secures military victory.
    We have to force them to surrender. We have no other choice. Now let's move!
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    
    *****Submarine is selected*****
    
    Lin: Dive subs after moving them to avoid detection.
    
    *****Battleship is selected*****
    
    Lin: Battleships are the only units that can launch indirect attacks after
    moving. A smart CO can use them to completely change the outcome of a battle.
    
    
    =====Tactics War Room=====
    
    Lin: Welcome back to the Tactical Tip Show. Today we have another special
    guest...
    
    Isabella: Hello! It's me! Isabella!
    
    Lin: She's going to give s a fascinating lecture on how to strip and clean
    a field rifle.
    
    Isabella: Actually, I want you to teach me how to cook. ...I just made that
    other stuff up so you'd invite me here.
    
    Lin: Oh. Well..all right. Sure. Change of plans. We'll talk about cooking.
    It's not tactics, but cooking is still important. A well-fed unit has high
    morale, after all.
    
    Isabella: Yay! OK, I'm taking notes.
    
    Lin: Let's see... Cooking... Well, to master the art of battlefield cuisine,
    you need to use whatever is at hand. ...Oh look! A rat! That's great. Today
    we'll make a rat stew.
    
    Isabella: Rat...stew?
    
    Lin: Yes. Rats are an excellent source of protein and vitamins.
    
    Isabella: Um...OK. Well, I guess I'll try to... Ew! Please don't give that to
    me!
    
    Lin: Now, while our rat is simmering, let's discuss the upcoming battle.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: Subs should dive and focus on torpedoing enemy battleships. And your
    battleship should focus on enemy cruisers or battleships. Lastly, your
    cruisers should hit the enemy subs. Battle copters can be very helpful, but
    keep them away from cruisers! Oh, and use fighters to strike the enemy bomber.
    Aaaaaand, that's it for now. ...Is something burning?
    
    Isabella: Um...maybe?
    
    Lin: Well, it's not bad for a first attempt. Who's for rat stew?
    
    Isabella: Oh! I'm... I'm really full. But maybe next time you could teach me
    other dishes?
    
    Lin: Sure. I can make snake stew, frog stew, roach stew... Oh, and boot stew!
    Which should we try next?
    
    Isabella: ... Can I get back to you later?
    
    ~~~~~War Room~~~~~
    
    Lin: Well, that's enough adventure for today.
    
    Isabella: I don't think the troops are going to enjoy my new recipe...
    
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****Day one, Waylon's forces*****
    
    Waylon: Woo-hoo! Let's hit 'em where it hurts!
    
    *****Day one, Lazurian forces*****
    
    Tasha: Requesting permission to engage the Rubinelle forces, sir.
    
    Forsythe: Granted.
    
    Caulder: General Forsythe? If you like, I can boost your chances of victory.
    I have prepared some special gifts for you and your men.
    
    Forsythe: Gifts?
    
    Caulder: Yes, gifts! Weapons with the power to grant you an effortless
    victory! Such as a device with the power to freeze troops solid? It uses a
    specially developed formula created in my labo--
    
    Forsythe: Good chowder, man! That is enough! I will hear no more talk of
    this! Weapons of that ilk are banned by international and military law.
    
    Caulder: Law? What does that mean now? There is no law in this world! A wise
    man would use all means at his disposal to ensure victory.
    
    Forsythe: I am an old, tired soldier, Caulder, but one who fights with
    honor. I will not sully the proud name of Lazuria with your foul weapons.
    
    Caulder: I don't think that position will prove popular among your troops.
    
    Forsythe: My good man, I am grateful for the aid you have given my army. It is
    thanks to you that we occupy a position of superiority over Rubinelle. But
    I simply will not abide the use of such terrible weapons!
    
    Caulder: That is regrettable.
    
    Tasha: General Forsythe, leave it to me! I'll destroy these filthy Rubes!
    
    *****Day two*****
    
    Will: Um...hello? I mean...attention? Come in, please. I want to speak to
    the Lazurian commander. Can you hear me? Why are we fighting? The war is over.
    None of this matters.
    
    Tasha: Huh? ...John? ...John? Is that you? JOHN?!
    
    Will: ...What?
    
    Tasha: No, that's...that's impossible. John is...
    
    Will: What are you talking about?!
    
    Tasha: This is Wing Commander Tasha of the Lazurian Airborne. Identify
    yourself!
    
    Will: Um...I'm Will. I'm a member of the 12th Battalion. Uh...of Rubinelle.
    But listen! I don't want to fight! The Great War is over!
    
    Tasha: It's not over... It's NEVER over! This is about revenge! We fight and
    fight until Rubinelle is destroyed!
    
    Will: Look, I know our nations have been at war since before we were both
    born. And we've all lost friends and family... But revenge won't bring
    anyone back.
    
    Tasha: It may not bring them back, but it will avenge them! And that matters!
    Could you just forgive and forget! Pah! What a hypocrite!
    
    Will: I'm not a hypocrite!
    
    Tasha: You're a kid! What do you know about war or revenge? You think you
    know right and wrong, but you've never been tested! All you have are your
    words and your false bravado. John was my brother. He was killed by your 
    Rubinelle Army. Revenge! Death to all Rubes! Reveeeeenge!
    
    Will: But wait...!
    
    Tasha: I've said all I'm going to say. I don't want to fight a kid, but if
    you're with the Rubes, you're going down!
    
    *****If Waylon's Forces are destroyed*****
    
    Waylon: Waylon don't like this none, no sir! Let's get out of here! Retreat!
    
    *****Brenner's Wolves win*****
    
    Tasha: No! Those filthy Rubes beat me again! I'm so sorry, General Forsythe!
    I swear we will have revenge!
    
    *****If Brenner's Wolves lose*****
    
    Will: How could I lose...
    
    Tasha: YES! Revenge! Revenge is mine!
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~Victory Page~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    Will: How long must this war go on...?
    
    ~~~~~12th Battalion Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Brenner: Will, Lin. Look to the wounded.
    
    Will: OK. We'll split up and begin searching for survivors...
    
    ~~~~~Rubinelle Seacoast~~~~~
    
    Waylon: Well, look what the cat dragged in! It's Captain Courageous's cabin
    boy. And look at you! Running all over hell and breakfast helpin' the
    wounded.
    
    Will: Captain Waylon?
    
    Waylon: Waylon, kid! Waylon! No need to sound so uppity! I ain't some
    fancy-pants general. So how is the good captain, eh? Still tryin' to save the
    world like a chump?
    
    Will: Captain Brenner is a great man!
    
    Waylon: What?! 
    
    Will: You can call me a kid or chump or whatever, but never speak badly of
    Captain Brenner.
    
    Waylon: Pshaw, kid! I'm just pullin' your chain a little. That's all. But that
    reminds me... Ol' Greyfield himself wants to see you.
    
    Will: He wants to see me?
    
    Waylon: 'Fraid so. And he ain't a fella that likes to wait, if you know what
    I mean. So hit the road, and tell the great man that I said hello. ... What
    are you still doin' here, brother man?! Get going! Go on! Shoo!
    
    ~~~~~New Rubinelle Army HQ~~~~~
    
    Will: You wanted to see me, Admiral?
    
    Greyfield: Hmm? Ah, yes. Will, wasn't it? Yes, yes. Please, do come in. You
    kept a cool head in that battle, my boy. I'm impressed. Commanding an army at
    your age is no mean feat. But you are Rubinelle, and the proud blood of this
    nation flows in your veins!
    
    Will: Umm... Thank you?
    
    Greyfield: What do you think of this life, Will? What do you think of the
    destruction which gave birth to this brave new world?
    
    Will: I... I think it's terrible--
    
    Greyfield: WRONG! You have made a fundamental error! Do not do so again!
    
    Will: An error?
    
    Greyfield: Only the weak view this destruction as terrible. Some defeatists
    may even claim we deserved it... But they are fools! All of this has been but
    a test!
    
    Will: A...test?
    
    Greyfield: Yes, a test. A test to see who has earned the right of survival.
    The weak see it as a catastrophe, but the strong see it as opportunity! You,
    Will! You could be one of the strong! You passed the test with flying colors.
    
    Will: But people died! They lost their lives!
    
    Greyfield: It is natural that the weak should perish! 
    
    Will: I... I don't...
    
    Greyfield: This world as it is now demands strength. It demands the strength
    of Rubinelle. Our long years of war with Lazuria, and the destruction that
    followed, were all tests. Those who cannot cope with the harsh reality of
    today do not deserve to survive.
    
    Will: ...You're wrong!
    
    Greyfield: What did you say? 
    
    Will: My parents were killed in the war! My friends were killed by the
    meteors! You think it is natural that they died? You think they failed some
    crazy test? You're wrong! And I'm not afraid to say it!
    
    Greyfield: How dare you speak to me in such a way! I am Admiral Greyfield! I
    will rule this world!
    
    Will: ...
    
    Greyfield: I thought you were different from that fool Brenner... But I see
    he has brainwashed you with that nonsense about protecting the innocent!
    Begone! Leave my sight! If you dare return, I'll see you hanged for treason!
    
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-12*****
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    *****Chapter-13*****
    ====================
    
    Greyfield Strikes
    
    ~~~~~New Rubinelle Army HQ~~~~~
    
    Greyfield: WELL! Don't just stand there, fool! Give me your report!
    
    Davis: Th-thanks to the brave effort of all our units, we crushed the hated
    Lazurians. Brenner's Wolves fought particularly well. It was only due to
    their--
    
    Greyfield: SILENCE! I did not summon you before me to hear you sing that damn
    fool's praises! Where is the 12th Battalion now?
    
    Davis: On...on the coast, Admiral Greyfield. L-l-looking for the enemy...
    
    Greyfield: Send units to assist them. Make it clear that Admiral Greyfield is
    in command! Brenner will obey my orders to the letter during the next battle!
    
    Davis: B-but, Admiral...
    
    Greyfield: Do you question me, Davis? Armies need discipline and leadership,
    and I provide these things! Rogue elements like these...Wolves of Brenner's...
    must be brought to heel.
    
    Davis: Y-yes, sir! Absolutely right, Admiral. I'll... I'll get right on it.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    Will: Captain, we have completed the capture of the port. We can now produce
    naval units!
    
    Brenner: Well done, Will. But the enemy possesses ports also. This may be a
    long battle.
    
    Lin: Greyfield has sent a token amount of funds and military support. But I
    think it's mostly for show. I doubt he really supports the 12th Battalion.
    We'd better make plans to secure our own source of funds and materials.
    
    Brenner: Got it. Thanks, Lin. All units! Spread out and capture as many
    neutral bases as you can!
    
    *****Select Carrier unit*****
    
    Lin: That's a carrier. We can use carriers to build seaplanes. Seaplanes will
    provide our air force with a significant boost.
    
    =====Tactics War Room=====
    
    Will: Huh? Where's Lieutenant Lin?
    
    Lin: ...Sorry I'm late!
    
    Will: Hmmm... There's something different about you today...
    
    Isabella: Oh! Hey, Will!
    
    Will: Isabella! What are you doing here? And what's that on your eyes?
    
    Lin: It's called mascara. ...What? Don't stare at me like that. Isabella asked
    me for help with her makeup. Poor kid found some in the rubble and thought it
    would be fun to try it on.
    
    Isabella: Hee hee! This is fun! Although Lin doesn't know much about this kind
    of thing. She told me that axle grease makes a fine skin-care product. I'm
    not sure that's true...
    
    Will: Um... Are you sure there's nothing more important you should be doing?
    
    Lin: Please leave the prioritizing of tasks to your superiors.
    
    Will: Oh! Sorry, sir.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: Use gunboats to transport troops and secure the islands. Greyfield's
    bizarre orders are going to immobilize units from time to time. But you can
    plan for that by building a wide variety of units.
    
    Will: Understood!
    
    Lin: Sink the enemy carriers and battle ship with your sub and battleship.
    Then station a carrier, sub, and rig on the western island. That will prevent
    enemy naval units from sailing through these waters. Use battleships and
    seaplanes to pound ground forces near their HQ, then transport a contingent
    of ground forces and capture the enemy HQ.
    Now, if you have no...objections...Isabella and I have more to discuss.
    
    Will: Please! Go right ahead!
    
    ~~~~~War Room~~~~~
    
    Lin: Is there something else I can help you with, Will?
    
    Will: No! No, I think I'll be OK. Thank you.
    
    Lin: So anyway, Isabella, as I was saying before I was so rudely
    interrupted... White is a great color for summer, but never wear it into
    battle. Are you taking notes?
    
    Isabella: I sure am, Lin. Oh, Will! Maybe we can color YOUR hair, too! That
    would be fun!
    
    Will: Time to go...
    
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****Day one, Greyfield's forces*****
    
    Greyfield: Advance, my New Rubinelle Army! Failure will not be tolerated!
    Prove yourselves worthy of my glorious leadership!
    
    *****Day three, (And every three days from now)*****
    
    Greyfield: Report on the units in Brenner's group. Where does their strength
    lie? (Random Unit name)Battleships? Understood. Ensure you relay my
    orders tomorrow!
    
    *****Before Day four*****
    
    NRA Guard: Captain Brenner! We're receiving orders from Admiral Greyfield!
    He says they must be obeyed under penalty of death, sir!
    
    Brenner: What?! This is our battle! What does that idiot think he's doing?
    
    NRA Guard: Sorry, sir! But I'm just the messenger! Please do what he says,
    sir! I have a wife and kids!
    
    Will: Wait...the penalty of death applies to you? An enlisted man?!
    
    Brenner: I think it applies to all of us, Will. There's no choice. The
    admiral clearly doesn't like me very much.
    
    Will: This is my fault, Captain. I was disrespectful to the admiral...
    
    Brenner: Don't blame yourself, Will. Things can't be changed now. I could
    risk my own neck, but I won't endanger the lives of my men. We'll follow his
    orders. ...No matter how crazy they are.
    
    Will: Yes, sir!
    
    *****Day four*****
    
    Greyfield: All (Previously mentioned unit) Battleships, halt! Don't move an
    inch without my leave!
    
    *****Day four, Lazurian forces*****
    
    Gage: The enemy units are behaving oddly.
    
    Tasha: Great! Maybe there's a problem in the ranks!
    
    Gage: I wouldn't want to speculate. Let's just finish the job at hand.
    
    *****Before Day six*****
    
    Will: Attention, Lazurian commanders! Can anyone hear me?
    
    Gage: ...
    
    Will: I just hear static... Is this dumb thing broken?
    
    Gage: ...What do you want?
    
    Will: Hey! You heard me!
    
    Gage: I'm switching the intercom off now.
    
    Will: Wait! Please, hold on! I have to talk to you! I need to know why the
    Lazurians started this war again!
    
    Gage: I obey orders. I don't engage in policy discussions.
    
    Will: Orders? But Lazuria is destroyed! Both of our nations are in ruins, and
    yet we're still at war! Orders don't matter We don't have a reason to fight.
    
    Gage: ... ... ... ...
    
    Will: Surely you thought about this! You must know this war is pointless!
    
    Gage: That's not my concern. Soldiers follow orders, not their hearts. If
    soldiers acted as they pleased, armies would collapse. We're tools of the
    government. They tell us what to do, and we--
    
    Will: But there IS no government now! I mean, not a real one!
    
    Gage: Not my problem.
    
    *****Before Day eight*****
    
    NRA Guard: Captain? I have more orders from Admiral Greyfield.
    
    Brenner: ...Not again! This idiot is risking all of our lives!
    
    Will: Captain, we can do it anyway! Brenner's Wolves won't be beaten by the
    Lazurians OR Greyfield!
    
    Rubinelle: Captain, he's right! We can win this!
    
    
    *****Brenner's Wolves win*****
    
    Gage: Clearly the enemy had a method to their madness. We have no choice. We
    must retreat.
    
    *****If Brenner's Wolves lose*****
    
    Brenner: I let my troops down... I let everyone down...
    
    Gage: This is a hollow victory. The enemy command was in disarray. I take
    no pleasure from this...
    
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    Brenner: Tell Greyfield what happened here...
    
    ~~~~~New Rubinelle Army HQ~~~~~
    
    NRA Guard: Admiral Greyfield! Brenner's Wolves have won the day! Er...I
    mean... It was probably due to your leadership, s-sir!
    
    Greyfield: ...I see.
    
    NRA Guard: A-Admiral? You're not...upset at our victory, are you?
    
    Greyfield: No! Of course not! How dare you! I am merely displeased Brenner
    allowed the Lazurians to escape. Until they are wiped from the face of the
    planet, we will know no peace...
    
    ~~~~~Ruined Coastal City~~~~~
    
    Civilian: Oh! Oh golly, it's you!
    
    Isabella: I'm... I'm sorry. Do you know me?
    
    Civilian: Oh, I doubt you'd be remembering me. I used to run the bakery in
    this city, don'cha know!
    
    Isabella: Oh... I'm...I'm sorry. I can't really remember anything.
    
    Will: Wait! You know Isabella? She's lost her memory. Anything you can tell
    us about her would be a big help.
    
    Civilian: Well, that's just a shame, it is! But I'm afraid I won't be of
    much use t'ya. I only saw this young lady and her family a few times. Never
    bought m'pies, don'cha know!
    
    Will: She has a family?
    
    Civilian: Oh yah! Had herself a couple'a sisters and a brother, if I'm
    rememberin' rightly.
    
    Isabella: ...I had a family?
    
    Will: Do you know their names? Or where they are now?
    
    Civilian: Oh no! I don't think anyone here will be tellin' ya any of that.
    Not quite sure the best way to tell ya this, but... Ya had a bit of a creepy
    family, if I remember rightly. Folks were scared of 'em.
    
    Isabella: Why?
    
    Civilian: Oh, I don't wanna be talkin' poorly about someone's family!
    Wouldn't be right.
    
    Isabella: No! Please tell me! I want to know!
    
    Civilian: Yah well, we had all kinds of strange rumors flying about! Folks
    said your family wasn't human! Said they were monsters and the like! 
    ...Don'cha know.
    
    Isabella: That's...horrible.
    
    Civilian: Oh golly, now I gone and done it! But yah, there were a buncha
    rumors! Folks said that a buncha tough guys caused ya trouble and then
    died all mysterious-like! And some folks said that if ya got near weapons,
    they'd explode and such!
    
    Isabella: ...
    
    Civilian: But they're just rumors, yah? Don'cha be payin' these things no
    mind.
    
    Isabella: Will...
    
    Will: Listen, Isabella, I'm sure that--
    
    Isabella: Who am I? What am I? What if I did terrible things and don't
    remember it...?
    
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-13*****
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    *****Chapter-14*****
    ====================
    
    A Hero's Farewell
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: We are approaching the main Lazurian base. This will not be easy. Their
    forces are led by General Forsythe.
    
    Will: I learned about him the academy. He was the hero of the Lazurian Seige!
    But that was twenty years ago... Is he really still fighting?
    
    Brenner: Forsythe... What are the chances I would be facing him? And here
    of all places...
    
    Will: What do you mean, Captain? ...Captain?
    
    Brenner: Lin, have we heard anything from Greyfield?
    
    Lin: He's on his way here with the main force of the NRA. We have been
    ordered to carry out... active surveillance.
    
    Will: Um...what's active surveillance?
    
    Brenner: It means we push directly into the enemy to assess their strength.
    
    Will: that doesn't sound like a very good strategy.
    
    Lin: It's a horrible strategy. At least for us. It would be better to wait for
    Greyfield to arrive before attacking. I can't figure out if he's a coward
    or he wants us to die. Perhaps it's both.
    
    Brenner: I don't think we can rely on his forces anyway. Lin? I'm going to
    need you at your best. Look sharp and think of a plan.
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    Will: Hey, is that a meteor?
    
    Lin: A fragment of one, yes.
    
    Brenner: If we destroy it, we'll be able to capture that airport. But
    sometimes it's best to leave such fragments to slow the enemy. We'll need to
    be careful about which we destroy and which we leave.
    
    =====Tactics War Room=====
    
    Forsythe: I say, good day to you. I am General Forsythe, an old dog who has
    spent his life fighting for the Lazurian Army. I was asked to share some of
    my tactical knowledge with you. Being all too familiar with this terrain and
    its dangers, I agreed. I shall treat this as a war game and advise you as the
    course of action I would undertake. Smashing! Let us begin.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~~
    
    Forsythe: First, secure the cities and airport to the east with your infantry
    units. Then gather your men just outside the range of the enemy rocket. These
    units should always be backed by indirect-attack units. The rocket unit behind
    the plasma beam is a right nasty piece of work. Destroy the meteorite on the
    right with bombers and long-range units. This will cause the plasma to vanish
    and let you move on the rocket.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to War Room~~~~~
    
    Forsythe: As you were.
    
    Lin: General Forsythe, it has been an honor.
    
    Forsythe: Oh, my dear. The pleasure was all mine.
    
    Lin: I can see why you have gone down in history as a master tactician.
    
    Forsythe: The judgement of history is none of my concern. I wish only to fight
    with honor for my country.
    
    Lin: There should be more like you, General.
    
    Forsythe: And now, I take my leave of you.
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****Day one, Lazurian Army*****
    
    Caulder: Ah, General Forsythe. How goes your little battle?
    
    Forsythe: You again, Caulder?
    
    Caulder: Are you still not tempted to try my exotic weapons? You could alter
    the course of this war with the touch of a button.
    
    Forsythe: Now see here! I told you already--
    
    Caulder: Of course, if you used my weapons now, you would kill scores of your
    own men. But I'm sure that is a sacrifice they would gladly make.
    
    Forsythe: Twenty years ago, I faced Rubinelle in this very spot. Though the
    battle was long and bloody, it was fought with honor on all sides. No
    prisoners were killed. No unlawful weapons were used. And when the enemy
    surrendered, we treated them with dignity! War is cruel and pitiless, but
    soldiers are still men. Your suggestion is an insult to all who lay their
    lives down on this soil.
    
    Caulder: ...You are a strange old man. But it seems clear your mind is made
    up. Farewell, General.
    
    
    *****Before Day ten*****
    
    Brenner: General Forsythe, can you hear me?
    
    Forsythe: I say! Am I speaking to the Rubinelle commander?
    
    Brenner: You are. I want to talk to you about the battle that took place
    tweny years ago. Do you remember who was leading the Rubinelle forces?
    
    Forsythe: I never knew his name, but he was a truly great soldier. The battle
    raged for a hundred days, with neither side willing to yield. Our only pause
    came when we declared a cease-fire to bury our dead. He was a man of honor
    and courage. I feel I almost knew him.
    
    Brenner: He was my father. 
    
    Forsythe: I see... Please know I took no pleasure in his death.
    
    Brenner: You have nothing to apologize for. He understood the path he walked.
    After he died here, our government blamed him for the defeat. It seems only
    his enemies saw him for the good man he was. Thank you for your words,
    General Forsythe. May luck be with you.
    
    Forsythe: I wish it had not come to this. But it cannot be helped now. If you
    are truly your father's son, I"m proud to face you in my final battle.
    
    *****Brenner's Wolves win*****
    
    Forsythe: What an extraordinary display. You are too much for this old
    soldier. The war is over for me...
    
    *****If Brenner's Wolves lose*****
    
    Brenner: You were too strong for my father... And you proved...too strong
    for me.
    
    Forsythe: All I want is for peace to return to this world.
    
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    Brenner: Finally, the war is over.
    
    ~~~~~Near Fort Lazuria~~~~~~
    
    Forsythe: Tasha. Gage. I'm leaving you in command. Protect our troops and
    our people.
    
    Tasha: But, General--
    
    Forsythe: We have no choice. We must surrender or face annihilation. I'll
    tell them I started this war and that it was my responsibility. I'll tell
    them that I forced our people to arms.
    
    Tasha: Never! You fought to protect us all! You can't take the blame for a
    war you didn't want!
    
    Forsythe: Stand down! That's an order, Flight Lieutenant. My final order...
    
    Tasha: General, we can't--
    
    Forsythe: Do not despair. This Captain Brenner is a man of honor. I shall
    speak to him and stop this madness. Gage? Do you hear what I'm saying?
    
    Gage: It is an order, sir. And we will carry it out.
    
    ~~~~~Near Fort Lazuria~~~~~
    
    Brenner: I would ask that you accept defeat and bring this war to an end.
    There is no need for further bloodshed.
    
    Forsythe: You are correct, sir. And I will surrender my forces to you on
    one condition.
    
    Brenner: What is that?
    
    Forsythe: Responsibility and blame for this war rests with me alone. I ask
    that you show mercy to all troops who served under my banner.
    
    Brenner: ...A fair request. I accept your terms.
    
    Forsythe: I'm grateful to you, Captain. I had heard about you, you know?
    Of the battalion know as Brenner's Wolves. ...And now I know that everything
    I heard was true. You are a man of unimpeachable honor.
    
    Brenner: Please, do not praise me. I wish only to end this idiotic war and
    return to helping survivors.
    
    Forsythe: And, Captain? I am grateful that my last opponent was you. Your
    father would be proud.
    
    ~~~~~Near Fort Lazuria~~~~~
    
    Tasha: All right, Rube! I'm ready! Now you'll see how a Lazurian faces death!
    
    Will: Um... I'm sorry, what?
    
    Tasha: Do it! Pull the trigger! I know how cold blooded you Rubes are! What,
    do you want to shoot me in the back? Fine! I'll turn around! Now do it!
    
    Will: Um... Look, I don't know what you think I'm like, but the war is over.
    You surrendered to Captain Brenner, and he's going to honor that. We're not
    going to shoot unarmed prisoners. That would be horrible.
    
    Tasha: Ha! Where were your noble thoughts after the meteor strike?! You
    started this war! You offered peace and then stabbed us in the back! You
    killed CIVILIANS! You and all the other Rubes! I saw it with my own eyes!
    
    Will: What? No! No, we would... Rubinelle would never attack civilian
    targets!
    
    Tasha: Tell that to your beloved Greyfield! He spared no one. Women,
    children...even my own brother, John.
    
    Will: That's...that's not...possible...
    
    Tasha: Oh, really? It's not? You don't sound very convinced of that, kid.
    Listen to me. Greyfield is evil. There is nothing he won't do to seize power.
    I can't forgive him, and I can't forgive you for fighting at his side. That's
    why we fought you. To avenge the deaths of the Lazurian innocents!
    
    ~~~~~Near Fort Lazuria~~~~~
    
    Rubinelle: Captain Brenner? Admiral Greyfield has arrived.
    
    Brenner: ...Too late to help us...
    
    Greyfield: Brenner. ...I suppose you did passably well. Hear me! The New
    Rubinelle Army has won a decisive and historic victory! And now I, Admiral
    Greyfield, would speak to the leader of this Lazurian rabble!
    
    Forsythe: I am General Forsythe, commander of the Lazurian--
    AAAAAARRGGH!
    
    Greyfield: You and your wretched army are a pathetic spectacle! A disgrace!
    
    Brenner: Enough! General Forsythe has surrendered honorably and brought the
    war to an end. Striking a prisoner is against all rules of military law!
    
    Greyfield: Military law? Meaningless pieces of paper! We are the victors! 
    We have crushed our enemies likes flies! The only law of this land is the
    law of Greyfield!
    
    Brenner: ...What?
    
    Greyfield: Now, Captain Brenner!I will usher in the rule of King Greyfield
    the Mighty! Waylon! Dispose of this trash.
    
    Forsythe: Aaargh!
    
    Brenner: General Forsythe!
    
    Forsythe: Captain Brenner.. R-remember... Your p-promise...
    
    Brenner: Damn you, Greyfield! He had surrendered! He was unarmed! Why did
    you shoot him?!
    
    Greyfield: He was a Lazurian, and death is all he deserved.
    
    Brener: You're no leader...you're a coward! And if no one else will stand
    up, I'll stop you--
    
    Waylon: Aw, shucks. I hate to be the bad guy and all, but you're gonna have
    to stop right there. Don't make me shoot you now! It's been a long day,
    and I'm tuckered.
    
    Brenner: You will pay for this, Greyfield...
    
    Waylon: Listen to you! Squawkin' away like a crow on a wire. This is
    Greyfield's world now, brother! Ain't no one going to help you!
    
    Greyfield: Take the Lazurian dogs to the internment center for execution.
    My great victory is almost complete!
    
    
    
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    *****Chapter-15*****
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    Icy Retreat
    
    ~~~~~Internment Center, Northern Ice Plains~~~~~
    
    Tasha: ...General Forsythe has been executed? Are you sure?
    
    Gage: Yes.
    
    Tasha: Those dogs! We must avenge his death!
    
    Gage: I hear that Greyfield has ordered us all to be executed.
    
    Tasha: Rubinelle filth! They were planning this eve as they accepted the
    general's surrender.
    
    Will: You're wrong! Captain Brenner would never allow that! He promised to
    protect you, and that's what he's going to do. I'm sure of it.
    
    Tasha: Like he protected General Forsythe? Ha! You Rubes were killers before
    the meteors, and now your true colors shine again...
    
    Will: You're...you're wrong!
    
    Tasha: What do you know, kid? No one tells you squat. ...Stupid. I should have
    seen this coming.
    
    Will: OK, yeah. You're right. There's a lot of stuff that I don't know. But
    I do know Captain Brenner, and I know he would never betray you!
    
    Gage: Regardless, General Forsythe is still dead. Whatever your feelings for
    Captain Brenner, he's a soldier, and soldiers follow orders.
    
    Will: You're wrong! Both of you! The captain... Th-the captain...
    
    Brenner: That's enough, Will.
    
    Will: Captain Brenner! These people are saying that--
    
    Tasha: I'm only going to ask you this once. If you can't give me a straight
    answer, you might as well shoot me now. Is it true that General Forsythe was
    executed?
    
    Brenner: ...Yes. It's true.
    
    Tasha: I'll kill you!
    
    Gage: Tasha! Stand down! Who was responsible?
    
    Brenner: Greyfield gave the order, and Waylon pulled the trigger. But the
    final responsibility for his death lies with me. I underestimated Greyfield.
    I didn't think he would kill an unarmed man. But I accepted your general's
    surrender, and now he is dead. I can make no excuse. I'm sorry.
    
    Tasha: How do we know you're telling the truth?
    
    Brenner: Believe me or not. I don't care. I'm not here to justify myself.
    We're out of time. The 12th Battalion is leaving, and we're taking the
    Lazurians with us.
    
    Tasha: ..You're doing what?
    
    Brenner: Greyfield is going to execute all of you in about six hours. But
    I've had enough. I'm not going to sit around and wait for his orders to be
    carried out. You need to escape. Now.
    
    Tasha: Why should we trust you?
    
    Brenner: Because if you don't, you'll die. General Forsythe entrusted you
    with the safety of your fellow troops, right?
    
    Tasha: ...I still don't trust you.
    
    Gage: What's your plan?
    
    Brenner: This place is surrounded by Greyfield's men. My battalion can't
    possibly take them all on. We're going to make a break and smash through
    their rear defenses. Once we clear the Northern Ice Plains, you're on your
    own.
    
    Gage: That's a risky plan. Who's going to provide covering fire?
    
    Brenner: We will.
    
    Tasha: You're going to fire on Greyfield's men? Aren't they your own people?
    
    Brenner: I promised your general that I would protect his troops, and I keep
    my word. Besides, Greyfield is mad. I can't accept his command anymore.
    
    Tasha: I... I don't know...
    
    Brenner: Well, you've got about ten minutes to make up your mind. Prepare
    your men.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    NRA Guard: Hey... HEY! Escape! The prisoners are escaping! And Brenner's
    Wolves are with them!
    
    Greyfield: BRENNER! What in the name of Rubinelle do you think you're doing?!
    I order you to turn around and--
    
    Brenner: The 12th Battalion doesn't take orders from you anymore, Greyfield.
    
    Greyfield: This is high treason, and the reward shall be death! Death for you
    and every member of your pathetic battalion!
    
    Brenner: You're a coward, Greyfield. And you don't frighten me.
    
    Greyfield: How dare you!
    
    Brenner: You're a strongman who seized power on the backs of others. I'll die
    before I serve you for another second.
    
    Greyfield: Dog! Prepare for your final hour!
    
    Brenner: All units! Make for the city to the west! Once you clear it, push
    hard and don't look back!
    
    Tasha: I... I...
    
    Gage: Understood, Captain. Tasha! Let's go! Come on!
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    Brenner: Don't worry about me. Save yourself!
    
    *****A unit is destroyed*****
    
    Gage: This snow requires extra caution.
    
    Brenner: Never give up! As long as there is life, there is hope!
    
    =====Tactics War Room=====
    
    Brenner: So you must be Gage, the Lazurian Army CO.
    
    Gage: Yep.
    
    Brenner: No matter what you think of me, we need to leave the past in the
    past. Now we work together or face destruction.
    
    Gage: Agreed.
    
    Brenner: I'm going to outline a strategy that should let your forces escape.
    
    Gage: Understood.
    
    Brenner: You're a man of few words, aren't you?
    
    Gage: ...Yep.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Brenner: Our first task is to eliminate the enemy rocket. Once it's gone,
    concentrate fire on the meteors to clear that plasma. The recon units to the
    west will have to be dealt with as well. Once the plasma is gone, fall back
    and make a defensive stand.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to War Room~~~~~
    
    Brenner: Does that work for you?
    
    Gage: Yep.
    
    Brenner: Good enough. Let's go.
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    *****Before day two*****
    
    Brenner: I'll keep Greyfield busy. Now make for the city! Go!
    
    *****Day two, New Rubinelle Army*****
    
    Will: Captain Brenner! Come on! You have to go now!
    
    Waylon: Brother man, I don't think this little bird's flyin' anywhere. We got
    some business to settle... Ain't that right, Brenner?
    
    Brenner: Why don't you come down here so we can talk that over, Waylon?
    
    Waylon: No thanks, brother man. My mama didn't raise no dummies. Why are you
    sticking your neck out like this anyway, Brenner? You think any of this makes
    a difference? I just don't get it.
    
    Brenner: And you never will.
    
    Waylon: Fine by me, brother man. Fine by me. Say, you remember what I said
    the first time we met? I TOLD you this responsibility gig would lead to an
    early grave.
    
    Brenner: Better early to the grave than late to your own humanity, Waylon.
    
    Waylon: Ain't that a thing. Almost makes me feel bad about what I'm gonna do.
    All units! Target Captain Brenner! Time to bag ourselves a hero!
    
    *****Brenner's CO Unit is destroyed*****
    
    Brenner: Will! Lin! I'm abandoning the tank and continuing on foot!
    
    Will: Captain! Come on! This way!
    
    Brener: I told you to run, Will, and that's a damn order!
    
    Will: But, Captain--
    
    Brenner: Lin! Get him the hell out of here!
    
    Lin: Brenner!
    
    Brenner: Listen, Lin. There's...there's a lot of things I never got a chance
    to say... But I know you. And I know you understand what I'm about to do...
    Now move! MOVE!
    
    Lin: ...Understood, Captain. We're gone. ...Good-bye.
    
    *****Lazurians escape/Brenner's Wolves win*****
    
    Gage: We're clear! Now move! Get out across that ice!
    
    Tasha: Move it! We can't let Brenner's sacrifice go to waste!
    
    Lin: Will! Take command of the left flank! We're getting out of here!
    
    Will: But, Captain Brenner--
    
    Lin: Brenner made his choice. Now move!
    
    
    *****If Brenner's Wolves lose*****
    
    Lin: We lost! I'm sorry, Captain...
    
    Waylon: Hit me! Ungh! It's waylon time!
    
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    ~~~~~Victory page~~~~~
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    Brenner: Keep moving! I'll buy you time!
    
    ~~~~~Brenner's Wolves Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Tasha: I think we lost them. But they're going to be looking for us.
    
    Lin: Probably.
    
    Gage: Any word from Captain Brenner?
    
    Lin: No. Will is trying to establish radio contact, but so far, nothing.
    
    ~~~~~Brenner's Wolves HQ~~~~~
    
    Will: Captain! Captain! Come in! Can you hear me?
    
    ???: ... ... ... ...
    
    Will: Captain Brenner, this is Will! Please respond! Please!
    
    ???: ... ... ... ... ...Will, come... Capt...
    
    Will: Lin! I got him! I got him! Captain, where are you?!
    
    ???: ...126...272... Derelict building in... ...south of ...ice field...
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene to Brenner laying against a wall~~~~~
    
    Brenner: ...I'm surrounded by...enemies... ...They shot me...couple of
    times... ...Things didn't go...quite according to plan...eh, Will...?
    
    ~~~~~New Rubinelle Army HQ~~~~~
    
    Greyfield: Idiots! Mule-brained bumblers! Pathetic, useless, lack-willed
    imbeciles! Brenner cannot be allowed to live! I want him found if you have to
    search every inch of this country!
    
    Davis: W-we think he's somewhere in the ruined city south of the ice, sir!
    We...we're getting close to--
    
    Greyfield: I didn't ask for excuses! I asked for results! Bring me Brenner!
    King Greyfield will brook no disobedience to his supreme rule! If he is not
    found within the hour, I will begin executing commanders! Is that clear?!
    
    caulder: If I may, Admiral... This seems to be a perfect opportunity to test
    the device we discussed earlier...
    
    Greyfield: Yes.. Yes! YES! That is the key! Get me your device! Let nothing
    live! I want not so much as a blade of grass left in that area!
    
    Caulder: YOu will not be disappointed, Admiral. I look forward to seeing the
    results.
    
    Davis: B-but, Admiral... Our forces are surrounding the city. Your...your
    men are there.
    
    Greyfield: ...And your point is?
    
    Davis: It's just that... Well, if we set the device off with all of...your
    troops...they're... Nothing, sir. Nothing. No problem.
    
    Caulder: Tabitha, can you hear me? Are you ready to play with Daddy's new toy?
    
    Greyfield: I can't wait! Do it! Raze the entire area to the ground!
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene to Brenner laying against a wall~~~~~
    
    Will: Captain, we're heading to your position now! You have to hold on!
    
    Brenner: ...No, Will... Don't come...back for me... ...Stay...away...
    ...Greyfield...wants me... I can... ...buy you time... ...That's... an
    order...
    
    Will: We're not leaving you, Captain!
    
    Brenner: ...I'll...join you later... ...Just need to...rest here... ...for
    a while...
    
    Will: Captain!
    
    Brenner: ...Never wanted you to...see me like this... ...It's... up to
    you...Will...
    
    Will: NO! Captain, please! Don't give up! There's still hope, Captain! There's
    still hope!
    
    Greyfield: BATHE HIM IN FIRE!
    
    Brenner: ...Look at that... It's...beautiful... ...It looks...like the
    sun...
    
    ~~~~~White flash and explosion sound~~~~~
    
    Will: Captain! Captain Brenner! CAPTAIN!
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-15*****
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    *****Chapter-16*****
    ====================
    
    Hope Rising
    
    ~~~~~Brenner's Wolves HQ~~~~~
    
    Lin: What's our status?
    
    Rubinelle: Sir, following our escape, some troops have deserted. Also, some
    of the civilians are struggling to keep up with us.
    
    Lin: They'll have to be abandoned. Our priority is to keep moving.
    
    Rubinelle: Sir?!
    
    Dr. Morris: Now see here! I know I'm not a tactician like you, but we can't
    simply--
    
    Lin: Yes. We can. We can and we will. If we stay here, we die. If we wait for
    the civilians to catch up, we die. A commander makes difficult decisions,
    Doctor. That's part of the job. If you don't like it, you're free to leave.
    
    Dr. Morris: ...So it's like that, is it?
    
    Lin: We have Lazurian troops, but no time to assimilate them. We have
    civilians and wounded in our ranks, and no way to keep them safe. We're in a
    bad spot, Doctor. This is far from an optimal fighting force. Right now we
    need time and space to hunker down and reorganize.
    
    Dr. Morris: Lin, I know you're in a difficult position, but I just can't
    stomach abandoning people. Why, if Captain Brenner were here, I think he would
    find a way to...
    
    Lin: ...Go on.
    
    Dr. Morris: I'm sorry. That was thoughtless of me.
    
    Lin: We're all tired, Doctor. Manners are the least of my concerns. Talk to
    me. How are the civilians coping?
    
    Dr. Morris: They're scared and restless. All of this running has worn them
    down to the last nerve. I understand their fear. That Greyfield fellow is a
    complete madman.
    
    Lin: Yet you don't seem frightened, Doctor.
    
    Dr. Morris: Me? I didn't realize I was that good of an actor! Oh ho ho ho! No,
    I'm afraid I'm as scared as I've ever been. But it would do no good to panic.
    As the civilians' representative, I must maintain an air of calm at all times.
    I think they just want to know what is going on.
    
    Lin: ...All right. I'll tell them. 
    
    Dr. Morris: Yes, but... Please, Lin. I know that soft speech is not your
    forte, but do try to tread lightly. With Greyfield's men on our heels, the
    slightest shock could send them into a full panic.
    
    ~~~~~Brenner's Wolves Civilian Camp~~~~~
    
    Lin: ...So that is our current situation. Unfortunately, we are going to be
    low on time, food, and manpower for the foreseeable future. Until we get
    through this crisis, things will be difficult for us all.
    
    Dr. Morris: Please, good people! We must listen to Lieutenant Lin and pull
    together. This is our darkest hour since the meteors, but we can get through
    it if we work as one!
    
    Lin: Your key to survival is following orders. Do what you're told when
    you're told. Your main task is providing support to the combat units. Is
    that clear?
    
    Civilian: Bah! This isn't our war! Why ya have to involve us in your fight?!
    We ain't soldiers! We're victims! Why we gotta follow your orders?!
    
    Civilian: I blame this on Captain Brenner! His ego got in the way of his
    judgement, and now we're on the run! That Greyfield is a lunatic! He'll track
    us down and kill us all!
    
    Lin: Let me ask you a question. Do you value your lives? 
    
    Civilian: What? What kind of question--
    
    Lin: This is not a camp of slaves. This is a camp of free men who can live
    or die as they please. Anyone who doesn't wish to obey my orders can take
    their chances with Greyfield. But know this... I am not Captain Brenner. If
    you can't cut it out there, you're on your own. I won't come back for
    anyone.
    
    Dr. Morris: Lin, please! Must you be so harsh?
    
    Lin: That's reality, Doctor. I won't temper it for them.
    
    Dr. Morris: Well, yes, but pehraps you could be less confrontational? You
    know, throw in some jokes, like I do?
    
    Lin: ...Perhaps you're right. How would you suggest I go about being more...
    gentle?
    
    Dr. Morris: I think it's a bit late for that!
    
    Isabella: I-I...
    
    Dr. Morris: What is it, Isabella?
    
    Isabella: Listen, everyone... Lin is right. We have to work together. We have
    to help each other.
    
    Dr. Morris: Oh ho! Now that's the attitude we need! Come on, everyone! Let's
    pull together!
    
    ~~~~~Brenner's Wolves Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Dr. Morris: I think we just prevented a rebellion.
    
    Lin: The danger's clear to us all, Doctor. It's only a matter of time before
    this all blows up. Will?
    
    Will: ...Mmm?
    
    Dr. Morris: Will! Snap out of it!
    
    Will: B-but...
    
    Dr. Morris: I know how you feel about Brenner, but we've no time to grieve.
    The enemy is closing in. We need a plan to evade them for a little while
    longer.
    
    Will: Y-you're right. I'm sorry.
    
    Lin: If the enemy finds us now, it's all over. We need a way to conceal
    ourselves.
    
    Rubinelle: Sir! We have an emergency!
    
    Dr. Morris: Oh, what now?!
    
    Rubinelle: Some of our rear-guard units have been captured by the enemy!
    
    Lin: ...Damn. I hoped we had more time. We can't worry about them now. We have
    to break camp and get out of here. I want--
    
    Rubinelle: Too late, sir. We're under attack.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: This is bad. The vanguard's surrounded. All right. First, we need to
    pull our infantry back to a safe position.
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    =====Tactics War Room=====
    
    Lin: Welcome to the Tactical Tip Show. Our guest today is...
    
    Tasha: The name's Tasha. The things I love are my brother and my fellow
    Lazurian soldiers. The things I hate are the Rubinelle Army and...er...the
    Rubinelle Army. My hobbies include professing my love for the Lazurian Army
    and vowing revenge.
    
    Lin: A bit surprising that we've ended up on the same side, isn't it?
    
    Tasha: Huh. Yeah, I guess it is.
    
    Lin: To think you once swore death on all who dared to call Rubinelle home.
    
    Tasha: Yeeeeah... Yeah, I seem to remember saying something like that.
    Anywho...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: Station Infantry in the woods or other places where they can hide. Once
    they're safe, fan them out and capture factories and airports. The woods
    around the central mountain range provide good cover. Transport troops to
    the distant cities to gain extra funding. Once you're set, strike by
    ground from the NW and air from the SE.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to War Room~~~~~
    
    Tasha: I changed my mind. I think I'll just vow revenge on Greyfield and not
    you. How's that?
    
    Lin: Tasha? I think you and I are going to get along just fine...
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    *****Day one, New Rubinelle Army*****
    
    Greyfield: You treacherous swine are about to get your punishment. Prepare to
    meet your precious Captain Brenner...in hell!
    
    *****Before day two, Brenner's Wolves*****
    
    Will: We can't give up. We can't!
    
    
    *****Before day three*****
    
    Will: Captain... Why aren't you here? I can't do this without you...
    
    Isabella: Will?
    
    Will: Isabella: Oh, Isabella. Hi.
    
    Isabella: Will, I'm worried about you.
    
    Will: I'm sorry, Isabella. I didn't mean to worry you. I'll pull myself
    together.
    
    Isabella: It's OK...
    
    Will: No, it's not. Dr. Morris is right. I can't afford to act like this.
    It's just that... When Captain Brenner saved my life, everything seemed so
    clear.
    
    Isabella: What do you mean?
    
    Will: I owed my life to him. I knew my role was to help him however I could.
    But now he's dead, and I'm just...lost. I don't know what to do.
    
    Isabella: Will, I... I don't know what you should do either. All I know is
    that... I'm sad. I'm sad because you are.
    
    Will: Isabella, look--
    
    Isabella: I don't know why I feel this way! I don't know anything, and I
    HATE IT! But when you're happy, I am too. And I don't want to be sad anymore.
    
    Will: ...Thanks, Isabella. You've made everything clear.
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene of Will standing talll~~~~~
    
    Will: I have to go.
    
    Isabella: Where?
    
    Will: Captain Brenner saved my life. Now I must use it to save others.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    *****Day three*****
    
    Will: Lin! Everyone! Hold on! I'm coming!
    
    Isabella: If you position a unit in a factory or other place of production,
    then your CO can board it and boost the strength of your forces. Each CO
    boosts the other units in their own unique way.
    
    *****CO Power is charged*****
    
    Will: Greyfield! You will never defeat us!
    
    
    *****Brenner's Wolves Win*****
    
    Davis: Aw, man! No! No, don't do that! Aaaaawwww...crud. We gotta retreat!
    We need reinforcements!
    
    Greyfield: Bah! Unacceptable! You weak-minded, cowardly, pathetic simpletons!
    I took care of that traitor Brenner and yet you cannot finish the job?! I'll
    see you hanged for this! All of you! No one fails Admiral Greyfield!
    
    Will: Shup up, Greyfield!
    
    Greyfield: WHAT?! How dare you address me like that!
    
    Will: YOu'll never defeat us, you bloated gasbag! You hear me? Never! And
    you're going to pay for what you did to Captain Brenner!
    
    Greyfield: What an insolent whelp you are! Davis! Gather all of my forces! I
    want these worms crushed NOW!
    
    *****If Brenner's Wolves lose*****
    
    Will: I can't go on...
    
    Isabella: Will? Are you OK? Will?! ...Please talk to me...
    
    
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    ~~~~~Vicotry page~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    Will: Captain, we won't let you down!
    
    ~~~~~Brenner's Wolves Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Will: Hey, Lin. Um...I mean, sir.
    
    Lin: At ease, Will. I'm glad to see that you're looking better.
    
    Will: Yeah. I know I've been pretty pathetic lately, but I'm pulling it
    together. 
    
    Lin: Don't be too hard on yourself. This is a rough patch for everyone.
    It has only been a few days since Captain Brenner... Well, since...
    
    Will: It's OK, Lin. Really.
    
    Lin: I know you took his death harder than most. To be honest, I wondered if
    you would be able to fight for us again.
    
    Will: Yeah, I was in a bad way. But I thought about what the captain would say
    if he was here, and... Well, that turned it around. I guess I kind of
    idolized him, huh?
    
    Lin: You could do much worse in that department.
    
    Will: He would have told me to stop being such a big baby and get to work!
    Of course, he would have been nice about it... Anyway, that's why I decided
    to fight. I'll make time to mourn the captain later.
    
    Lin: I may have misjudged you, Will. You're stronger than I thought.
    
    Will: Not as strong as you! I saw how you pulled us together after we lost
    Captain Brenner. I know people say you're kind of coldhearted... Well,
    never mind. Whatever they say, you're a great leader.
    
    Lin: Actually, Will, that brings me to my point. I have something to ask of
    you.
    
    Will: Yeah, OK. What is it?
    
    Lin: Let's go inside. I don't want any little birds overhearing this.
    
    ~~~~~Brenner's Wolves HQ~~~~~
    
    Will: YOU WHAT?
    
    Lin: ...You're not filling me with confidence here, Will.
    
    Will: B-but, Lin! You can't be serious! I can't lead an army!
    
    Lin: Brenner's Wolves has lost its commander. We need to find a successor.
    After considering various options, I feel that you are the best choice for
    the job.
    
    Will: That's crazy, Lin! YOU should be the leader, not me! I'm an idiot!
    
    Lin: Will, are you aware of how many people are currently in this camp?
    
    Will: You mean exactly?  Um... Well, let me think...
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene of the camp and its people~~~~~
    
    Will: OK, there are 259 men in the Wolves and 232 civilians in training. Let's
    see... Oh, we've also got 709 noncombatants.
    
    Lin: There's also 613 Lazurian troops waiting to be integrated. Add them up,
    and we're actually larger than a standard battalion. But putting all these
    people together is going to require a delicate touch. And a young man like
    you is more likely to be accepted by the Lazurians.
    
    Will: Yeah, but...
    
    Lin: And there are civilians to think of. They like and trust you. ...They
    don't like me. I left some of them behind. They think I did it out of spite
    or malice. They think I'd leave them all if it was in the best interest of
    the Wolves.
    
    Will: But that's wrong! Listen, I'll talk to them, I'll tell them--
    
    Lin: No, it's not, Will. It's not wrong. If I had to, I'd leave every
    single one of them behind. Brenner didn't abandon anyone, but he wasn't a
    typical soldier.
    
    Will: Lin, I can't believe...
    
    ~~~~~Brenner's Wolves HQ~~~~~
    
    Lin: Do you think me harsh, Will? If so, you should become our leader.
    
    Will: No one will understand why I'm in command instead of you.
    
    Lin: I'll talk to the Rubinelle soldiers. You can talk to the Lazurians. A
    few civilians may gripe, but they'll follow you in the end.
    
    Will: ...I don'tknow, Lin. This seems like a bad idea. I'm just a kid.
    
    Lin: That's right. You're a kid. You're a wholesome, likeable kid, and that's
    what we need. We need someone that all of us can rally around. That's all a
    good leader really is.
    
    Will: Sooooo... I'm in charge, but you're really in charge. Is that it?
    
    Lin: Precisely. I know you lack military knowledge and all but the most basic
    tactial awareness. Right now, I'd only trust you with low-level military
    tasks. Like cleaning.
    
    Will: Ouch! Geez, Lin, don't sugarcoat it for me or anything.
    
    Lin: ...What? Too harsh? OK, hold on a second. OK, imagine that I'm a big
    car, and you're a little car. Now, when the big car--
    
    Will: Stop. Please stop right now. I get it. Please don't talk to me like
    a little kid.
    
    Lin: We have to tread carefully. Between the civilians and the Lazurians
    and the lack of food... Our force should be on the verge of collapsing from
    the inside out.
    
    Will: Really?! You think they might...
    
    Lin: Mutiny? Yes, I think they might. That's why you need to hold them
    together. At least until we can deal with Greyfield.
    
    Will: If it helps to keep our forces together, I'll do whatever I can.
    
    Lin: Good. Thank you, Commander.
    
    Will: Commander...? Huh. It's going to take a bit for me to get used to that.
    
    Lin: You'll get used to it, Commander. You have to. Commander.
    
    Will: OK, OK! I'll get used to it!
    
    Lin: I'm glad, Commander.
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-16*****
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    ====================
    *****Chapter-17*****
    ====================
    
    The Creeper
    
    ~~~~~Brener's Wolves HQ~~~~~
    
    Lin: Commander, tihs is our present location. We're heading toward this
    village in the north.
    
    Will: Do you know the village?
    
    Lin: It's a small trading post. The community has always been friendly
    toward us. We should be able to resupply there.
    
    ~~~~~Outpost~~~~~
    
    Will: I don't get it. There's no one here.
    
    Lin: ...I don't like this. Something's wrong.
    
    Will: Do you think they were attacked? Maybe Greyfield beat us here.
    
    Dr. Morris: Blast it all! Well, whatever happened, we need to look for
    survivors. Let's split up and search the village.
    
    Isabella: I can help too.
    
    ~~~~~Outpost~~~~~
    
    Will: Anything?
    
    Lin: All we found are bodies and traces of small-arms fire. It looks like
    these people tore themselves apart.
    
    Will: Why would they do that?
    
    Lin: Who knows why these kinds of civil wars start? It could have been
    hunger or disease. Or maybe they just couldn't stand each other anymore.
    
    Will: This is terrible...
    
    Isabella: They're all dead. I'm sorry, Will.
    
    ~~~~~Outpost~~~~~
    
    Tabitha: Father! How long must we stay in this wretched place? I'm growing
    weary of all this muck and dust. And my shoes are in a terrible state!
    
    Caulder: My dear, be patient. There is a wealth of information for us to
    discover here. By the way, it seems that we have visitors. They are standing
    in the central square. Tabitha, would you like to test out that new toy of
    yours?
    
    Tabitha: Oh, Father! Can I really?
    
    Caulder: May I, Tabitha! May I! Good grammar is important for a little girl.
    And yes, you may. Nothing is too good for my little Tabitha. But remember,
    this is serious work! I must watch and record the results. I am fascinated
    to see how they will react to this little weapon of mine.
    
    Tabitha: You never tire of your research, do you, Father?
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Tasha: Commander, come in! Commander! ...Dammit, Will, talk to me!
    
    Will: Tasha! What's wrong?
    
    Tasha: Someone's trying to kill me, that's what's wrong! I hate it when
    people do that! I'm going to take command and make 'em pay! Oh, and Will?
    
    Will: Yes?
    
    Tasha: I was... I mean... Look, this ain't easy for me, but... I... I said
    a lot of bad things about Captain Brenner, and I was wrong. You were right.
    He was a good man. ...Sorry.
    
    Will: You don't have to apologize, Tasha. I'm just happy that you know.
    
    Tasha: The captain gave his life for us, so now I'll fight with you. You may
    be Rubinelle, but we're all on the same side now. I will find the people
    who killed your captain, and I will have revenge!
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    Tasha: All right, you devils! I'm gonna come in there and blast every last...
    ...The hell is THAT thing?!
    
    Gage: It looks like a weapon.
    
    Lin: I've never seen anything like it before.
    
    Isabella: It is a Talon Gun. It was developed by the private defense
    contractor IDS.
    
    Will: Isabella?
    
    Isabella: Development began six years ago at the request of the Lazurian
    government. However, the cost of the project quickly spiraled out of control.
    Work has halted after only a few prototypes were constructed. That is one such
    prototype.
    
    Tasha: How the heck do you know that?
    
    Isabella: I...I don't know.
    
    Lin: It is odd that you know about both Rubinelle and Lazurian weaponry. Very
    odd.
    
    Isabella: I-I'm sorry, Lin. I'm sorry. I don't know why I know all these
    things...
    
    
    =====Tactics War Room=====
    
    Tabitha: Finally! It's ABOUT TIME someone invited me to this! Sooooooo...
    Will, is it? Such a common name. Have you come to beg for forgiveness for
    your pitiful weakness?
    
    Will: ...I'm sorry, what?
    
    Tabitha: I totally pity the weak. It must be so sad to be so poor and weak
    and whatnot. But because I'm such a nice person, I'm going to give you a
    few priceless battle tips.
    
    Will: Um...thanks?
    
    Tabitha: And in return, you get to be my servant for the rest of your life.
    
    Will: That's a terrible deal.
    
    Tabitha: You'll clean my room every day, cook for me, do my shopping... It'll
    be wonderful! Don't frown like that! You're not just any servant!. You're
    MY servant!
    
    Will: That's even worse!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Tabitha: Secure the east side of the map and build defenses in the mountain
    pass. You'll want anti-air units and missiles in both the upper and lower
    halves. Once it's safe, build bombers and have them make a run at the Talon
    Gun.
    
    Will: That's...that's actually good advice. Thank you.
    
    Tabitha: Now you're my servant for life!
    
    Will: I did NOT agree to that!
    
    Tabitha: I need my dress ironed and ready for me to wear every morning,
    servant! And I need breakfast in bed. Except on Monday, because that's waffle
    day...
    
    Will: ...My head hurts. 
    
    ~~~~~Flash to War Room~~~~~
    
    Tabitha: And that's the end of Tabitha's Tactics! Until next time, my
    faithful servant!
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****Day one, IDS Forces*****
    
    Tabitha: That's all the enemy has? Pssh! This is too easy! I feel insulted!
    But Father must be obeyed! I will swat them like the puny flies they are.
    
    *****Day two, Brenner's Wolves*****
    
    Gage: This weapon is huge, but structurally similar to regular cannons.
    
    Tasha: Great! If it bleeds, we can hurt it! I mean...if it bleeds oil.
    Or something. Never mind! Can we check its attack range?
    
    Will: We learned how to check attack ranges in the military academy. Um...hold
    on. Lemme get my textbook here... Darn, where is it?
    
    Lin: Ahem. Try page ten, Commander. It was a basic lesson. Of course, I'm not
    suggesting that our commander has forgotten this...
    
    Will: No, of course not! No, I was just... seeing what the textbook said...
    
    *****Day three*****
    
    Isabella: The prototype was never fully armored and contains a weak spot. If
    you focus attacks on the center, it can be destroyed.
    
    Will: Tasha! Focus all attacks at the base of the Talon Gun!
    
    
    *****Talon Gun destroyed, Brenner Wolves win*****
    
    IDS Agent: Sir, the Talon Gun has been destroyed! ...Please don't hurt me.
    
    Tabitha: Drat! They looked so pitifully weak, and yet they broke my toy!
    Hmph! I clearly was going too easy on them. I'll teach them to be so mean!
    Initiate plan Ultra! Let's hit them with something harder!
    
    Caulder: That's enough, Tabitha. Today's experiment is complete. We must
    retreat so I can analyze these new numbers.
    
    Tabitha: But, Faaaaaather! I wanted to crush them like flies!
    
    
    *****If Brenner's Wolves lose*****
    
    Tasha: I wanted to fight... I wanted revenge for Brenner...
    
    Will: Tasha, you're breaking up! Come in! Come in!
    
    
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    Tasha: Fight for Captain Brenner!
    
    ~~~~~Outpost~~~~~
    
    Lin: Commander, we should return to base camp.
    
    Will: Where's Dr. Morris?
    
    Isabella: He's in one of those buildings, looking for survivors.
    
    Will: He really is a good person. Though you wouldn't think so from his
    jokes...
    
    Lin: Agreed.
    
    Dr. Morris: Everyone! Listen up!
    
    Will: Dr. Morris? What's wrong?
    
    Dr. Morris: We have an emergency! Come to my mobile laboratory now!
    
    Isabella: Why?
    
    Dr. Morris: Come on! Come on! There isn't time for this! Don't just stand
    around!
    
    Will: Doctor, please! What's going on?
    
    Lin: This better not be one of your jokes.
    
    Dr. Morris: Look at this picture...
    
    Will: Oh... Oh no.
    
    ~~~~~Picture of infected Person~~~~~
    
    Dr. Morris: I found it in the village's medical center. I think it was taken
    recently.
    
    Will: It's the Creeper. But it looks different...
    
    Dr. Morris: Viruses are capable of mutation, so that's what I thought this
    was. But this is a dramatic change. It's too perfect.
    
    Lin: Explain.
    
    Dr. Morris: A virus needs a long incubation period and mild symptoms to
    thrive. If it kills its host quickly, it has no chance to be passed on. I
    don't think this is a natural mutation. I don't think Endoflorescens
    terribilis is natural at all.
    
    Lin: Then what is it?
    
    Dr. Morris: I think it's a biological weapon.
    
    Will: No, that's... That's impossible! Who would do such a thing?!
    
    Dr. Morris: I haven't even told you the worst part.
    
    Will: There's a worst part?
    
    Dr. Morris: This victim was twenty or thirty years old. He was an adult.
    
    Will: ...That's bad.
    
    Lin: So the new disease is no longer restricted to children.
    
    Dr. Morris: This is a very serious problem. I'll start working on a cure
    right now. But first we should see if anyone else has been infected.
    
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-17*****
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    *****Chapter-18*****
    ====================
    
    Panic in the Ranks
    
    ~~~~~Brenner's Wolves HQ~~~~~
    
    Gage: Greyfield has found us. Recon units report a large enemy force
    approaching from the southeast.
    
    Lin: This is a long way to come just to wipe out our merry little band.
    Will must have really ticked him off.
    
    Tasha: He won't stop until he's destroyed every last Lazurian. I think he's
    kinda crazy.
    
    Lin: Any farther north and we'll be swimming. We're out of places to hide.
    Commander? What are your orders?
    
    Will: What can we do? We make a stand here and hope for the best.
    
    Lin: They have more troops, more experience, and better weaponry. I don't
    think we can win this fight.
    
    Will: I know, Lin. But we don't have a choice.
    
    Tasha: No. There is a choice.
    
    Will: What is it, Tasha?
    
    Tasha: Hand us over to Greyfield.
    
    Will: Out of the question! You're our allies. Our friends. We would never
    do that!
    
    Gage: It's your best option. Greyfield is obsessed with Lazuria. Once he has
    us, he'll likely back down.
    
    Tasha: What about it, Lieutenant? I bet you thought of this a while ago, huh?
    
    Lin: I considered it.
    
    Will: Lin!
    
    Tasha: Look, Will... I mean, Commander. We're grateful for all that you've
    done for us. You taught me that every nation has its flaws. And you taught me
    that there is some good in Rubinelle. Don't worry. I've had a good run.
    
    Gage: I'm ready.
    
    Will: Tasha! Gage! No! This is madness!
    
    Tasha: Will, listen--
    
    Will: No! I won't listen! We're not doing this! Captain Brenner saved your
    lives. He would never hand you over to Greyfield, and I won't do it either.
    We live together and we fight together. And if we die together, so be it.
    
    Gage: Are you sure?
    
    Will: I'm sure. But that's not going to happen. Greyfield isn't going to beat
    us.
    
    Lin: If that is your decision, Commander... Then we will follow you.
    
    Dr. Morris: Oh ho! Sorry to interrpt, but I have to speak to you right now!
    
    Lin: This can't be good.
    
    Dr. Morris: I've finished screening people for the Creeper, and the results
    are disheartening...
    
    ~~~~~Brenner's Wolves HQ~~~~~
    
    Lin: ...Half of us are already infected?
    
    Dr. Morris: I'm afraid so. The virus has spread to civilian, Rubinelle, and
    Lazurian alike. I think the infection started before we even entered the
    trading outpost. ...I can't even think of a joke for this. And I've been
    trying for a while!
    
    Will: But everyone seems fine!
    
    Dr. Morris: It seems the disease now spreads without detectable symptoms
    until it is too late. If we don't find a cure soon, it's going to kill us
    all! Oh ho ho... Wait, that isn't funny.
    
    Will: This is not what we needed...
    
    Rubinelle: Sir, the enemy has mobilized. We are awaiting your orders!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Greyfield: Ho! What a splendid sight! Look at those treacherous dogs who
    dared to betray me! This will be fun! Give my regards to Brenner, swine!
    
    Lin: ...I knew we were outgunned, but this is absurd. First the meteors,
    then the virus, and now this. I've had better years, I'll tell you that much.
    
    Dr. Morris: At least Greyfield's guns will be quick and painless. Unlike the
    Creeper...
    
    Will: No! What's wrong with you! Stop talking like that! We still have hope.
    We will find a way to win.
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    Lin: Commander, remember that the blue forces are on our side. These troops
    are a mix of civilian, Lazurian, and Rubinelle forces. In truth, they could
    use a lot more training, but we have no choice... I just hope they can hold
    it together.
    
    *****Before Day one, mixed forces (Blue)*****
    
    Lin: Commander! We've got a problem. Our western front is in chaos. The units
    are ignoring our orders.
    
    Will: What are they thinking?! We're in the middle of a battle!
    
    Lin: Word of the virus has spread, sir. The people are terrified. I think
    they're looking for someone to blame...
    
    Will: Open a channel! We have to talk to them.
    
    Lin: I already tried, Commander. There is no response. It's utter chaos out
    there. I think they've lost the will to fight.
    
    Will: No! This isn't happening!
    
    *****Day one, Mixed Forces (Blue)*****
    
    Youth: Aaaaaah! It's over, man! It's all over! We're dead meat! If Greyfield
    don't get us, that virus will!
    
    Rubinelle: I heard the Creeper turns you into a plant! A freakin' plant!
    My eye itches! I think I got it! Noooooo! NOOOOOOOO!
    
    Lazurian: We got no chance! We're all gonna die! We're all gonna die!
    
    Youth: We've been tricked! Someone has done this to us!
    
    Rubinelle: It's your fault! You civilians! You brought the Creeper into
    camp!
    
    Youth: No way! It was you soldiers! You brought it from the battlefield! I
    heard you gave it to us to try and keep us in line!
    
    Lin: Our allies are in complete disarray. Our orders can't get through to
    them.
    
    *****Day two, Brenner's Wolves*****
    
    Lin: Our western front won't even fight. I... I'm not sure what to do, sir.
    
    Will: There must be something...
    
    Will: Wait! That communications tower! If I can get to it, I can convince
    them to fight!
    
    =====Tactics War Room=====
    
    Tasha: Who better to talk strategy than a pair of proud Lazurian commanders?
    I'm Tasha! I love fighting, old war movies, and dumpling soup. And this is...
    
    Gage: Gage.
    
    Tasha: Come on! After my great introduction, that's all you can say?! You have
    to win people over, you know? Sell yourself!
    
    Gage: ...That's not my thing.
    
    Tasha: We really have to work on your people skills. But don't worry! I'll
    show you how it's done. Intelligent, fun, and a little bit dangerous... It's
    time for Tasha's Tactics Hour!
    
    Gage: ...Yay.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Tasha: Get your CO to the com tower as fast as possible. That's priority one.
    Then move southwest and join forces with the blue army. Once you meet up,
    protect the anti-air units with your ground forces.
    
    Gage: Good advice.
    
    Tasha: You have nothing to add?
    
    Gage: Nope.
    
    Tasha: Bah! You're hopeless! Anyway, you should let the blue army handle
    the air units and war tank.
    
    ~~~~~War Room~~~~~
    
    Tasha: That's all for today. I hope you enjoyed Tasha's Tactis Hour! I'm
    going to go find something fun to do. Gage is going to go be depressed.
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****CO Unit arrives at the Com tower*****
    
    Rubinelle: My eye! It's watering! I'm gonna turn into a plant any second
    now! I'd rather get shot than have that thing take me!
    
    Youth: It must be the Lazurians! We never should have trusted them!
    
    Lazurian: Ha! You blame us when your own leader is trying to kill you? We
    should never have joined you!
    
    Rubinelle: That's right! You never should have joined us, losers! It was bad
    enough when we had these useless civilians to deal with!
    
    Youth: Don't call us useless, you gun-toting warmongers! You're the ones who
    dragged us into your stupid battles! You should have left us in peace! Now
    I'm gonna catch the Creeper and die!
    
    Will: Listen to me! Everyone! Stop arguing. Stop looking for people to blame.
    
    Rubinelle: ...Huh?
    
    Youth: It's him! It's the commander! He's responsible for this! Who put that
    kid in charge anyway? No wonder we're all gonna die!
    
    Will: I... Wait, listen, just... Just hold on one second...
    
    Rubinelle: Forget this, man! I'm outta here!
    
    Will: What do you mean?
    
    Rubinelle: I mean that I'm gone! I quit! Presto! Poof! See ya later, chumps!
    I ain't letting some kid send me to die. I'll take my chances on my own!
    
    Will: Really? What's your plan? Are you going to walk over to Greyfield and
    tell him how sorry you are?
    
    Rubinelle: ...It's better than staying here.
    
    Will: If you want to leave, that's your choice. Good luck. But I won't
    abandon anyone. I'm tired of running.
    
    Lazurian: Big words from a small man! You think you're noble? Is that it?
    
    Will: This isn't about sounding noble. It's about survival. We either pull
    together and make a stand, or we die here and now.
    
    Youth: ...I don't wanna die!
    
    Will: Look, I won't lie. Greyfield has us outnumbered, and this won't be
    easy. But if we fight among ourselves, we don't have any chance. Fight for
    yourself or fight for your friends. I don't really care. Just fight! Don't
    lie down and die!
    
    Rubinelle: I dunno...
    
    Will: It doesn't matter where you're from or what has happened in the past.
    We're done talking. It's time to stand together and fight!
    
    Lazurian: I... I guess...
    
    Rubinelle: Er... Sorry, Commander. Got a little freaked out there for a
    second... Let's do it! Let's get Greyfield!
    
    Lazurian: Yeah! Let's do it!
    
    Youth: Yeah! We're with you too! Let's take him down!
    
    Will: ...My throat hurts.
    
    Lin: Well done, Commander. ...A bit crazed, but well done.
    
    Will: Sorry. I got a bit carried away there. This would never have happened
    if Captain Brenner was still here...
    
    Lin: Believe it or not, emotion has a place on the battlefield. But that
    time has passed. Your men are ready. Let's finish this.
    
    
    *****Brenner's Wolves win*****
    
    Lin: Enemy reinforcements will be here in thirty seconds.
    
    Will: All units, regroup! Regroup! We're not going to surrender!
    
    Lin: Wait! Commander...
    
    Will: What is it...?
    
    Lin: The enemy appears to be retreating...
    
    ~~~~~New Rubinelle Army Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Greyfield: Traitors! I ordered you to fight to the death! Advance ADVANCE!!
    You spineless cowards! You dishonor the proud name of Greyfield! I'll see you
    all hanged for this!
    
    *****If Brenner's Wolves lose*****
    
    Will: I couldn't do it... Captain... I failed you.
    
    Lin: Commander!
    
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    ~~~~~Victory Page~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    Will: I don't know how we survived...
    
    ~~~~~Brenner's Wolves Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Will: ...What the heck happened? I thought we were done for.
    
    Lin: I may have an idea. We intercepted some enemy communications as they
    were retreating. It seems there was some unforeseen event that demanded their
    full attention. We captured a number of retreating soldiers. Let me talk to
    them. ...And if that doesn't work, I'll have Gage talk to them.
    
    ~~~~~Brenner's Wolves Base Camp~~~~~
    
    NRA Guard: I don't know what happened. Some urgent order came in and told
    everyone to pull back. Bush league, if you ask me. We were about to
    steamroll you guys.
    
    Gage: Save the commentary. Why did you pull back?
    
    NRA Guard: Not sure. I heard rumors that the rear guard had rebelled against
    the admiral. My guess? They sent frontline units back to put down the
    uprising. Last I heard, things were getting out of hand pretty fast.
    
    Gage: You were on the verge of destroying us. That's an odd time for an
    uprising. Your troops seemed to be in high spirits, and their health was
    good--
    
    NRA Guard: Ha! What, you ain't heard about the disease?
    
    Lin: Are you referring to Endoflorescens terribilis?
    
    Will: We call it the Creeper.
    
    NRA Guard: Yeah? We call it the Green Thumb, and it's spreading like wildfire.
    Folks are scared. Panicking. They were starting to desert even before that
    last battle. Greyfield is executing anyone who catches it. He says they're
    weak and they deserve it. High spirits? Ha! We don't know if we're gonna get
    shot or have plants explode outta our heads.
    
    Will: That must be why they withdrew... This shows there is always hope, even
    in the worst situations!
    
    Lin: The same virus that almost caused rebellion in our ranks ended up
    saving us. ...Huh. You know what? Life's a funny thing.
    
    ~~~~~Brenner's Wolves HQ~~~~~
    
    Dr. Morris: I have the final test results. I think it's best to tell everyone
    at once. The infected will be quarantined while we look for a cure. Those
    who aren't infected yet are free to stay or go as they see fit. I hope this
    doesn't plant a...SEED of dissent! Oh ho! Oh ho ho ho ho... What? You're not
    laughing.
    
    Will: ...Thank you, Doctor.
    
    Dr. Morris: But seriously, I am concerned that this could cause much unrest
    among your troops.
    
    Will: We have to take the risk. We can't force healthy people to stay with
    us against their will. Well, I guess I should know. Do I have it?
    
    Dr. Morris: Let's see... Nope! You're as healthy as a horse. Maybe I should
    get you some hay! Oh ho ho ho!
    
    Will: Er...yes. Thanks.
    
    Dr. Morris: What is your plan, Will? If you stay here, you will most likely
    contract this disease.
    
    Will: I'm not going anywhere, Doctor. I command this unit, if in name only.
    I will face the risk along with the troops.
    
    Dr. Morris: Blast! I thought you were going to say that! Under normal
    circumstances, a doctor would never allow a patient to take such risks.
    
    Will: But these are not normal circumstances. We will stick together. Whatever
    problems face us, we will overcome them as one. The clock is ticking, Doctor.
    You must find a cure for the virus. There's no point in my survival if I lose
    all of my friends.
    
    Lin: Are you scared?
    
    Will: Lin?
    
    Lin: Are you scared of the Creeper taking over your body? Of those flowers
    blooming? What if there is no cure? What if we all suffer that fate? I know
    a lot of ways to die, but having flowers burst out of you... If you aren't
    scared, Will, you're a fool.
    
    Will: Of course I'm scared! But that's why I need to find a cure. So no one
    else has to suffer that.
    
    Lin: Will, I... I talked to Dr. Morris. I have the virus.
    
    Will: Oh, Lin! No!
    
    Lin: Are you sure you don't want to leave? No one would think less of you.
    
    Will: No. I won't run away. We will find a cure. I have hope.
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-18*****
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    ====================
    *****Chapter-19*****
    ====================
    
    Salvation
    
    ~~~~~Brenner's Wolves Base Camp~~~~~
    
    NRA Guard: Pssst! Hey, listen! I have some more info for you. The guys that
    deserted Greyfield's army were heading to a town called Salvation.
    
    Will: That's a weird name.
    
    NRA Guard: Yeah, well, this place is special. Seems that someone there has
    learned how to cure the Green Thumb. Someone MAGICAL!
    
    Dr. Morris: What rubbish! What unscientific balderdash! Who would ever believe
    such nonsense?! Our hope lies in science, not some snake-oil-peddling witch
    doctor! Only slow, painstaking researching can hope to present us with a
    cure.
    
    NRA Guard: Easy for you to say, sawbones! You ain't got the Green Thumb! And
    what if ya did have it? Huh? I suppose you'd just sit in your lab and run
    tests, yeah? Maybe read some books or somethin'? Well, nuts to that! I'd do
    anything I could to get cured, even if it sounded crazy.
    
    ~~~~~Salvation~~~~~
    
    Will: I wonder if someone here really can cure the virus?
    
    Lin: Doubtful. 
    
    Dr. Morris: Yes, I am afraid that this is simply a refuge for desperate,
    gullible people... There is no scientific explanation for this. ...Magical
    cures. What rubbish!
    
    ???: Worship him, my children! Praise him, my children!
    
    Dr. Morris: ...What in the world was that?!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Fanatic: Worship him! Worship the Worm!
    
    Will: Where's that voice coming from?!
    
    Lin: There are loudspeakers set up around the village. Although I have no
    idea how they are getting power...
    
    Fanatic: Do you believe in magic, my children? Do you seek a cure for your
    illness? The Worm demands sacrifice! Only then will you be cured! You must
    spill blood in the name of the Worm! Only then will you be free!
    
    Will: ...Ooooookay. I could be wrong, but I think this guy's crazy.
    
    Dr. Morris: I don't like this one bit. This kind of fanaticism is completely
    outside my field of expertise.
    
    Lin: There's something on the radar... Something big. It's coming this way.
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    Gage: I'll deal with this.
    
    Tasha: What's worng, Gage? Feeling  jealous of my awesome commanding skills?
    
    Gage: I think that mob is going to attack us.
    
    Tasha: Poor guys. That disease is driving them insane. This is going to be a
    weird battle. Is that why you want command?
    
    Gage: We can't afford to hesitate. It could give the enemy a chance. Will and
    his men may have concerns about fighting armed civilians. But I do not. I am
    a soldier, and I will do what is necessary. Brenner's Wolves saved us. I will
    take command to repay my debt.
    
    Gage: All units! There are missile silos. Foot soldiers and bikes can use
    them. Launch the missiles to damage the initial target and the surrounding
    area. Silos can only be used once. Reach them before the enemy does.
    
    =====Tactics War Room=====
    
    Tasha: Aaaaand now... Get ready for the finest commanders in the whole
    Lazurian Army... Taaaaaaasha and Gaaaaaaaage! Whooooooooooooooo!
    Unfortunately for all our fans, this is the final episode of Tasha's Tactics
    Hour.
    
    Gage: Yep.
    
    Tasha: Come on, Gage! Everyone's watching! This is your chance to shine!
    Show them some of that famous Lazurian pride! Gooooooo Lazuria!
    
    Gage: ...I don't get you.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Tasha: Move your infantry down to the missile silos as fast as you can!
    Then unload the missiles on those enemy tanks.
    
    Gage: That's good advice.
    
    Tasha: Anything to add? Something witty, perhaps?
    
    Gage: No, I think you got it.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to War Room~~~~~
    
    Tasha: Come on, Gage! Please? ...For me? This is our last moment in the
    spotlight! Always leave 'em wowed, right? C'mon! Say something awesome!
    
    Gage: Um... ...This has been Tasha's Tactical...show. Thanks for watching.
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****Day one, Fanatics*****
    
    Davis: I dont't wanna die! I don't wanna die! I always sided with the
    winning team! I did my best to protect myself! But look at me now! LOOK AT ME!
    
    Will: Davis?!
    
    Davis: There's no hope for me now! I've seen what the Green Thumb does to
    people! I've seen the flowers! I got the mark, man! I got the damn mark!
    
    Will: Wait! What mark?!
    
    Davis: I saw it! With my own eyes! Once the mark appears on your flesh, the
    flowers start to blossom... They're gonna burst, man! Gonna burst right outta
    me!
    
    Will: Davis! Calm down! We're here to help you!
    
    Davis: I don't wanna die! I don't wanna die! 
    Dontwannadiedontwannadiedontwannadiedontwannadie GYYAYAAGGHHAA!
    
    *****Before day three*****
    
    Fanatic: Go, my children! Destroy the intruders! The Worm demands it!
    
    Will: Stop it! You're insane! None of this will cure the virus!
    
    Fanatic: You say it will do nothing... But who will believe you? NO ONE! My
    children need a cure! They need their precious hope! Would you steal that
    from them? My children need hope to live! They need my lies to live!
    
    Will: ...Wait. So you don't believe what you're saying? Why would you fool
    people?
    
    Fanatic: I fool no one! They want to believe! This world is cold and hard! I
    give them peace! In truth, they cannot be cured. But if I told them that,
    they would despair. So I gave them hope! I gave them... Salvation! Who would
    not choose to live in a dream over this cruel world?
    
    Will: B-but...
    
    Fanatic: Without my Worm, all these people would have perished from grief. I
    give them hope! Without hope, there is nothing!
    
    Will: But it's wrong!
    
    Fanatic: No! It is YOU who are wrong! You demand that people face reality!
    That's why you must be wiped out... You know the truth. Take up your weapons,
    my children! The Worm demands it!
    
    
    *****Brenner's Wolves Win*****
    
    Fanatic: Nooooooooooo!!!
    
    
    *****If Brenner's Wolves lose*****
    
    Gage: Go! GO! Save yourselves! Don't worry about me! No! NO! Get off me!
    Noooooo!
    
    Fanatic: Praise him, my children! PRAAAIIIIISE HIIIIIIM!!
    
    
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    ~~~~~Victory Page~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    
    Gage: We don't need that kind of salvation.
    
    ~~~~~Salvation Village~~~~~
    
    Lin: The rest of the mob has lost the will to fight. And we have located this
    worm that they claimed would save them.
    
    Will: Is he the one behind all of this?
    
    Lin: Actually, it's... it's... Just come with me.
    
    ~~~~~Salvation~~~~~
    
    Will: ...There's no one here. Where is he? Where is the Worm?
    
    Lin: Right there. In the corner.
    
    Will: Wait, but that's...
    
    Lin: According to the villagers, this is the one and only Worm. The one that
    was supposed to save them from the Creeper.
    
    Will: But it's... It's just... It's an earthworm.
    
    Lin: Yep.
    
    Will: They were prepared to kill for that?!
    
    Lin: Once people lose all hope, they become willing to believe anything. Let's
    go. There's nothing here for us.
    
    ~~~~~Salvation~~~~~
    
    Civilian: It was a lie... All a lie...
    
    Youth: Who will save us now? Who can we believe in? What's the use of going
    on?
    
    Dr. Morris: Oh ho ho! My friends, please! You mustn't give up so easily!
    After all, there's no "you" in surrender! Oh ho! Oh ho ho ho!
    
    Youth: What's that supposed to mean? You were lied to! The mark has appeared
    on skin, and now the flowers will blossom!
    
    Dr. Morris: Wait! Wait, listen to me! I'm a doctor! I will find a cure for
    this plague! I need you to hold on to your hope!
    
    Youth: You're a doctor...?
    
    Civilian: He can cure us!
    
    Youth: Hurry up! Cure me! Cure me! I don't want to die! Cure me!
    
    Dr. Morris: I'm sorry, but it's not that simple. I am looking for a cure.
    I haven't found one yet. You'll have to be patient.
    
    Youth: How can we be patient?!
    
    Dr. Morris: I am just a human being. I don't perform magic, and I can't cure
    you instantly. I won't tell you what you want to hear or make false promises
    I can't keep. I offer no guarantees. Only hope. In truth, some of you will
    perish before I am able to find a cure.
    
    Civilian: That's no good!
    
    Dr. Morris: But I do promise you this! I promise that I will never give up.
    As long as there is breath in my body, I will work to heal as many as I can.
    
    Youth: But...
    
    Dr. Morris: Trust me. Be patient. Try to hold on until I can find a care.
    
    Will: It's OK, Doctor. Go to your work. I'll make sure these people are
    comfortable.
    
    ~~~~~Brenner's Wolves HQ~~~~~
    
    Lin: Say... Will? You remember when Davis talked about "the mark"? I think
    I know what he was talking about.
    
    Will: Oh yeah?
    
    Lin: There's a diamond-shaped mark on my left shoulder.
    
    Will: ...What?
    
    Lin: I think this mark is the only visible symptom of the virus. And if I'm
    right, my flowers will bloom soon. Not very comforting, huh?
    
    Will: Oh, Lin.
    
    Lin: We'll find this mark on some of the infected. But it probably doesn't
    appear until late... I'm running out of time.
    
    Will: OK, so we work harder! We help Dr. Morris, and we work to--
    
    Lin: Why won't you leave, Will? Why won't you go? Are you trying to prove
    something? I know I asked you to be our commander, but this is beyond duty.
    It's suicide. No one doubts your commitment or your courage. Go, Will. Go.
    Walk away and don't look back. We'll be OK.
    
    Will: No. Not after all this. I'm not staying here to sacrifice myself, Lin,
    or to be...noble or make a point or something. I'm staying here to help.
    Where there's life, there's hope. I believe that. And if I run, I... I take
    that hope from everyone. Does that make sense?
    
    Lin: ...Brenner had you pegged from the start. OK, Will. I get it. I won't
    ask again. And I'll try to pretend that there's still hope.
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-19*****
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    *****Chapter-20*****
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    Waylon Flies Again
    
    ~~~~~Brenner's Wolves HQ~~~~~
    
    Dr. Morris: We have made a small breakthrough and slowed the progress of the
    virus. By using a few common materials, we've managed to create a vaccine of
    sorts.
    
    Will: That's great news, Doctor!
    
    Dr. Morris: Unfortunately, we are running low on materials to create more of
    it. The nearby medical facilities have all been looted, most likely by
    raiders.
    
    Lin: Greyfield.
    
    Dr. Morris: Hmmm? What do you mean?
    
    Lin: Admiral Greyfield's number-one priority is his own safety and well-being.
    I'm sure he is behind the looting of those facilities you mentioned. And I
    have no doubt he possesses huge quantities of the vaccine.
    
    Will: First Captain Brenner, and now this?! I'll kill him!
    
    Lin: Remember how I said emotion had a time a place, Will? This isn't it.
    
    Will: Sorry! Sorry. You're right. Let's just track down Greyfield and finish
    this once and for all.
    
    ~~~~~Flashback of Will and Brenner~~~~~
    
    Brenner: Keep it simple--never give up. If you can do that, anything is
    possible.
    
    Will: Got it!
    
    Brenner: That's the spirit.
    
    ~~~~~Brenner's Wolves Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Will: I understand, Captain.
    
    Isabella: Will? Are you all right? You seem distant.
    
    Will: ...Huh? Oh, sorry, Isabella. I was just remembering what Captain
    Brenner said after he rescued me. Whenever things are at their darkest, I
    try to think about those words. I owe my life to Captain Brenner, so it's
    just... It's my way of remembering him.
    
    Isabella: Can I... Can I help, Will?
    
    Will: No. Don't worry about me. I know what I need to do. Greyfield and
    Waylon are responsible for Captain Brenner's death, and it's time for them
    to pay. I'm going to end this war.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: Lazurian recon units... I mean, OUR recon units have spotted the
    enemy. ...Wow, that's going to take a little getting used to... Commander!
    Enemy units are attacking from the rear.
    
    Will: Ground or aerial?
    
    Lin: Aerial.
    
    Will: Is it Waylon?
    
    Lin: Looks like it.
    
    Will: Let's go! All units, move out! And show no mercy!
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    
    =====Tactics War Room=====
    
    Waylon: Laaadiiieees and gentlemen! Put your hands together, 'cause the
    travelin' Waylon show is in the house! Are you ready to rooooooooock?!
    
    Will: Waylon!
    
    Waylon: Easy, brother man! I paid a lot for this haircut, and you're spittin'
    all over it. So how goes the charity work? Keeping busy making soup and
    handing out blankets?
    
    Will: Get out of here, traitor!
    
    Waylon: Easy, brother man! The war room's neutral ground! No need to yell at
    little ol' me. No? Still angry? All right, I get it. I can dig where you're
    coming from. Guess I'll make like a bakery truck and haul buns! Later!
    Whoooooooo!
    
    Will: Wait!
    
    Isabella: Will? Who are you yelling at?
    
    Will: Huh? I was... He was just here...
    
    Isabella: OK. Well... If you're done being crazy, I think I know how to win
    this battle.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Isabella: First, capture both factories, then the airports. Build anti-air
    and ground units in the lower factory, then take them to the center of the
    map and defend the pass. Build foot soldiers at the top factory and send
    them over the mountains. Once you take and hold the center, pound the enemy
    with air units. ...I hope that helped.
    
    Will: Thanks, Isabella. I really appreciate it.
    
    Isabella: Hee! My pleasure!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to War Room~~~~~
    
    Isabella: That's all for now! Bye!
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    *****Day one, Waylon's Forces*****
    
    Waylon: One more mission and I can retire to my burned-out mansion! Life of
    luxury, here I come! Now hit me! Whooooo!
    
    *****Before day three*****
    
    Waylon: Well, I'll be dipped in nacho cheese... Someone put the damn kid in
    charge! You think you got a chance against me, brother man? Think again!
    I'm gonna get you like I got Brenner! Whoooooo!
    
    Will: Keep talking, Waylon! It'll be the last thing you ever do!
    
    Waylon: Aw, don't sound so hostile, kid! I know you missed me! You gotta live
    my life, brother man! Food, drink, girls... I got it all! I'm living the
    high life while you're out there eatin' bugs and whatnot. So how about it?
    Make things easy on your old selves... Just hand over the Lazurians, and I'll
    see that Greyfield rewards you. What do you say, brother man?
    
    Will: Save it, Waylon! We're going to fight and we're going to win!
    
    Waylon: Aw, hell! You're as bad as ol' Brenner! All ready to die just to
    defend a buncha damn Lazurians. Well, nothing for it! Looks like I'm gonna
    have to teach you a lesson!
    
    Will: I don't need your lessons, Waylon.
    
    Waylon: Stuff it junior! You and your little toy soldiers make me sick! All
    self-righteous... Struttin' around like you own the damn joint... You ain't
    helpin' people because you care! You do it to feel important! You're a
    hypocrite, and you ain't better than me! Least I'm honest! Least ol' Waylon's
    honest about who and what I am.
    
    Will: ...Maybe you're right.
    
    Waylon: Praise Greyfield! The boy sees the light!
    
    Will: Maybe we are the same. You do what you want to do, and so do I. You
    fly around and act like a jerk because it's what you want to do. And I help
    people because it's what I want to do.
    
    Waylon: ...Why, you little sack of crap.
    
    Will: Does that make me a hypocrite? If I do nothing, people will suffer.
    People will die. You say I do this to feel important, and maybe you're right.
    But if that saves even one life, then it's worth it. Understand?
    
    Waylon: Aw, nuts! I heard enough! Folks like you never live very long,
    anyway. I'm gonna bury you, kid. Give my regards to Captain Courageous!
    
    
    *****Brenner's Wolves win*****
    
    Waylon: I just don't get it! I just don't get people like you! The world's
    gone, brother! Ain't nothing out there worth fighting for! And yet here you
    are with your friends and your...hope! I don't get it! You oughta worry about
    YOU! Just like me!
    
    Will: We'll need our hope when we rebuild this world. That's what you'll
    never understand.
    
    *****If Brenner's Wolves lose*****
    
    Will: No! Not Waylon! Not like this... I wanted to avenge Captain Brenner...
    
    Waylon: Sorry, kid. Ya got hopes and dreams, and then life kicks ya in the
    butt. Now it's my time! Whoooo! Hit me!
    
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    ~~~~~Victory Page~~~~~
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    Will: It's time to take down Greyfield!
    
    ~~~~~Brenner's Wolves Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Lin: We got the wounded off the battlefield... Is everyone accounted for?
    
    Isabella: Um...Will?
    
    Will: What is it?
    
    Isabella: Over there... There's someone in that building...
    
    Will: OK. Let's check it out.
    
    ~~~~~Ruined Building~~~~~
    
    Will: ...Sorry, Isabella, but I just don't see anybody. And I can't imagine
    anyone would be here during a battle--
    
    Caulder: Good day. Please, don't mind me. I'm just conducting a little
    research.
    
    Will: Um... Hi there.
    
    Caulder: Ah, Will. It is so very good to finally meet you. I believe you are
    the new commander of Brenner's Wolves. Congratulations are in order.
    
    Will: What in the... How do you know that? Who are you? And why are you
    taking notes in the middle of a war?
    
    Caulder: My name is Dr. Caulder. And as for my copious note taking... Well,
    I am researching the effects of warfare of the human spirit.
    
    Will: You're doing what now?
    
    Caulder: Ever since the meteors, I have traveled this world observing and
    recording. Those falling stars were a true boon for men of science like
    myself! I have always wanted to observe man in a world reduced to utter chaos
    and destruction. In truth, I have never been so happy!
    
    Will: You're...researching us?
    
    Caulder: I have been able to witness and documents the true nature of
    humankind! I have watched people fight among themselves as their food
    supplies ran dry... I have seen villages panic at mere rumors of disease
    and famine... I have observed it all. And I have found it to be FASCINATING!
    
    Will: You're disgusting!
    
    Caulder: No! Merely curious. At first, I allied myself with the Lazurian
    Army. I wanted to see how war would be conducted in a world without law. But
    that Forsythe had a misplaced chivalrous spirit and was of little use to me.
    I offered him all manner of terrible new weapons, but he denied me at every
    turn. Little men such as he have always stood in the way of human progress.
    
    Will: General Forsythe was a decent, honorable man.
    
    Caulder: Qualities that I hope will no longer be respected in this new world
    of ours! At any rate, I had no use for him. So I turned instead to one
    devoid of all morality...Admiral Greyfield. He embraced my weapons! Even now,
    he prepares to use my masterpiece!
    
    Will: You... You're evil!
    
    Caulder: Eh?
    
    Will: Dr. Morris once asked me if I believed in evil. In people who felt glad
    the world was destroyed. Now I know they exist. I'm looking at one.
    
    Caulder: Were I a more emotional man, I might be hurt by such words! I have
    done nothing wrong, Will. I am the very model of an objective, scientific
    observer! Like all men of science, I have merely followed my heart and studied
    what interested me. But I see you will never understand that. A pity!
    
    Will: Wait!
    
    Caulder: Oh, before I forget... I must recognize all the hard work my
    daughters have been putting in...
    
    Isabella: ... ... ... ...
    
    Caulder: We are making steady progress. Do carry on.
    
    Isabella: Aah... AAAAAAAAAAA!!!
    
    Will: Isabella! What did you do to her?
    
    Caulder: I suggest you speak to her instead of me. She doesn't have much
    time left.
    
    Will: You!
    
    Caulder: Greyfield is on his way with my masterpiece in his hands. Whatever
    will happen...? Hmmm... I think I will need more notepads.
    
    ~~~~~Ruined Building~~~~~
    
    Isabella: ...Ungh...
    
    Will: Isabella! Can you hear me! Are you OK?
    
    Isabella: Y-yes... I'm s-sorry, Will.
    
    Will: I was so worried.
    
    Isabella: That man... I've seen him before.
    
    Will: Where?
    
    Isabella: I don't know. I don't know who he is or where I met him. But I know
    him. He is a very, very frightening man...
    
    ~~~~~Brenner's Wolves HQ~~~~~
    
    Dr. Morris: Good heavens! Dr. Caulder is alive?!
    
    Will: You know him?
    
    Dr. Morris: I know of him! And more than I'd like... Caulder is an infamous
    figure in the medical world. A mad genius despised by all his contemporaries.
    He was thrown out of the medical academy for conducting bizarre, unethical
    expermients. A year later, he sustained terrible injuries in a suspicious
    plane crash. But this is only emboldened him to continue his horrible 
    research. This world is a much more dangerous place with him in it.
    
    Lin: Wait. Are we talking about the same Caulder? The one in charge of IDS?
    
    Will: IDS?
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene to Picture of an Owl~~~~~
    
    Lin: IDS stands for Intelligent Defense Systems. Before the meteors, they
    were the world's largest military contractor. They had connections at the
    highest levels of Rubinelle government, with contracts in everything from
    weapons to medicine to food. The war between Rubinelle and Lazuria was
    especially profitable for them.
    
    Dr. Morris: Why, he's nothing more than a common war profiteer!
    
    Will: Caulder said he gave Greyfield all of his new weapons. He was happy
    too. Like a kid with a new toy. He said he wanted to study the results when
    Greyfield used his masterpiece.
    
    Dr. Morris: Oh dear! I don't even want to know what that is.
    
    Lin: Isabella? Something tells me you know about this.
    
    Isabella: His masterpiece... It must be the Caulder Missile.
    
    Will: That doesn't sound good.
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene of Explosion and Flamed Buildings~~~~~
    
    Isabella: Both nations possessed enough missiles to destroy the other ten
    times over. Caulder Missiles were developed by IDS and located in Rubinelle
    and Lazuria. They were designed to launch at the same time. All of them. In
    theory, they functioned as deterrents. But now...
    
    ~~~~~Brenner's Wolves HQ~~~~~
    
    Will: Greyfield, you madman...
    
    Dr. Morris: If those missiles launch, it's going to make the meteors look
    like...like FUN-teors! ...Sorry. Even I thought that was bad.
    
    Will: We have to stop him.
    
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-20*****
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    *****Chapter-21*****
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    Lin's Gambit
    
    ~~~~~New Rubinelle Army HQ~~~~~
    
    Caulder: Ah. Admiral Greyfield. How can I help you?
    
    Greyfield: Caulder! What in the name of Rubinelle do you think you're doing?!
    
    Caulder: Whatever do you mean?
    
    Greyfield: Don't play the fool with me! That virus is tearing through my
    troops! Where is my cure? I ordered you to find one!
    
    Caulder: Ah yes. The Creeper. The Green Thumb. I hear it is causing...problems
    in the ranks. It seems your policy of executing the infected has actually
    worsened morale. Fascinating...
    
    Greyfield: How dare you question me?! Who are you? Just some pathetic man in
    a lab coat!
    
    Caulder: Treating your infected troops in such a manner has sowed the seeds
    of discontent. Rather than seek help, infected soldiers conceal the truth
    for fear of the firing squad. This has allowed the disease to spread almost
    unimpaired through your army.
    
    Greyfield: S-silence! I will hear no more of this! I am not a man to be
    taken lightly, Caulder! If you had done your job, none of this would be a
    problem. Get me a cure by the end of the week, or I will have you executed!
    
    Caulder: Hmmm... Is everything all right, Admiral? You look somewhat unwell.
    
    Greyfield: Wh-what do you mean?! How... How dare you mock the mighty
    Greyfield!
    
    Caulder: Ah ha! Not another word, Admiral! Your eyes tell me all I need to
    know. You too are infected with the virus! And that vaccine of yours can
    only hold it off for so long...
    
    Greyfield: B-bah. Bah! Admiral Greyfield will not be brought low by some
    common virus! Only the weak succumb to this disease, and I am not among
    their number! I am strong!
    
    Caulder: Your fear is palpable! If word spread that you had been infected,
    your army would crumble. You said yourself that this virus affects only
    the weak, did you not? I wonder, Admiral... Will you order your own firing
    squad to execute you as well?
    
    Greyfield: Insolence! I'll see you hanged for this!
    
    Caulder: Tsk tsk, Admiral. If you set me to swing, you will never find your
    cure. But worry not. Your little secret will be safe with me. And as we speak,
    I am but hours away from perfecting a cure.
    
    Greyfield: ...T-truly?
    
    Caulder: Truly.
    
    Greyfield: Then all is forigven! Ha ha ha! Oh, Caulder, you devil! I was right
    to trust you! I want this cure delivered to all of my troops without delay.
    ...But first, give it to me! N-not that a man of my strength will need it! 
    It's just to show the men that I am one of them.
    
    Caulder: Yes, yes. You and your troops will get your medicine in due time.
    But first, we must discuss my masterpiece. The preparations are almost
    complete.
    
    Greyfield: Ha ha! My time of destiny is at hand! Admiral Greyfield shall
    rule the world as king! Show me how to operate it! Show me your masterpiece...
    
    ~~~~~Caulder Missile Command Center~~~~~
    
    Caulder: From this room, you can control the launch systems for the Caulder
    Missiles. You will rain destruction down upon the entire world.
    
    Greyfield: You outdo yourself, Caulder! No leader has ever wielded the power
    I now possess. With this button, my destiny is fulfilled. I will become
    King Greyfield the Mighty! Now where are those miserable traitors cowering?
    They shall get the first taste...
    
    Caulder: Do calm yourself, Admiral. The launch system was heavily damaged by
    the meteor strikes. There are a number of locking mechanisms that must be
    bypassed before it can be used. My staff estimates that it will be forty
    days before the launch can commence.
    
    Greyfield: That is unacceptable! Tell them to hurry! I want those wretched
    traitors to feel the full force of my wrath! Make them hurry! Tell them
    King Greyfield orders it to be so!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: Commander? Greyfield's army is here. ...All of them.
    
    Will: That force is huge. Maybe we should retreat and plan a strategy.
    
    Lin: There isn't time. We must strike them now and find Greyfield. We need
    to learn the status of those Caulder Missiles.
    
    Isabella: I... I can help. The launch system was damaged but is being restored
    as we speak. The process will be complete in forty days. Once launched, the
    missiles will cause anyone in the blast range to suffer--
    
    Lin: Thank you, Isabella. Don't think I need to hear all the details.
    
    Will: All right. We have to stop him. I'll take the troops and--
    
    Lin: No. I'll do it. I mean... Permission to lead the troops, Commander?
    
    Will: Why?
    
    Lin: I know you and Brenner were close, but he was my...my captain. I failed
    him. I owe him this. Plus, I have the virus and you don't. ...I have
    nothing to lose.
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    Lin: Greyfield's strength lies with his navy. Move your ground forces with
    care. We must gain control of the seas. Use rigs to build temporary ports.
    
    
    =====Tactics War Room=====
    
    Greyfield: All hail! You stand in the presence of Admiral Greyfield, the
    world's one true king! My grand plan to bring this pathetic planet under my
    boot heel is nearly complete. The sad remnants of Brenner's Wolves will be
    put down like the dogs they are! Then all will bend the knee to the awesome
    might of me! Greyfield!
    
    Lin: Hello.
    
    Greyfield: Ahhh! Who are you?! What do you want? Guards? Guards! ...Where
    are my blasted guards?! Ahem! I must...um...retreat! Yes, a strategic retreat
    to consolidate my men! ...All hail Greyfield!
    
    Lin: Keep running, little man. I'm coming for you. I have come up with a
    strategy to defeat you and your forces.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: Shore up your defenses in the east and take the central island. Take the
    western island at some point, but don't make it a top priority. Build subs
    and carriers, then start producing seaplanes ASAP. When you finally storm the
    HQ, have battleships support you from the inlet. 
    
    Will: You seem kind of serious today, Lin.
    
    Lin: I'm always serious.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to War Room~~~~~
    
    Lin: That's all. Make it happen.
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    *****Day one, New Rubinelle Army*****
    
    IDS Agent: Restoration of the Caulder Missile launch system is now 2.5%
    complete. It will be fully operational in 39 days.
    
    Greyfield: Splendid! I can hardly wait! My glorious reign as king is about
    to begin! Those traitors will serve as an example for all the world!
    
    *****Before Day three*****
    
    Greyfield: Treacherous swine! Inglorious, backstabbing vermin!
    
    Lin: You are one charming fellow, Greyfield.
    
    Greyfield: You pathetic traitors understand nothing! You can't see that war
    is caused by the fact that other nations exist. I shall be the man to unite
    all the world into one nation! I will be the man to end all war forever!
    
    Lin: And humble too. I like it.
    
    Greyfield: Save the sarcastic asides for your tombstone, dog! That meteor
    strike and all that followed was a test! The situation demands that a natural
    leader unite the survivors below him. And I, King Greyfield, shall be that
    leader!
    
    Lin: That is a great plan. Let me ask you something. Once everyone is below
    you, will you stop being such a coward?
    
    Greyfield: Wh-what...?! You dare to--
    
    Lin: I've seen your records. I know you were a subpar commander at best. And
    you know it too. That's why you strut around like a playground bully. You
    hid your shame by faking results and taking credit for the work of--
    
    Greyfield: Silence! Enough of your loathsome falsehoods, you treasonous
    hound!
    
    Lin: No! That's enough of YOU, you lying, sniveling, fat man! You're a coward
    and a liar and I have had enough of it! You started this fight. Now I'm
    going to end it.
    
    *****Day ten, New Rubinelle Army*****
    
    IDS Agent: Restoration of the Caulder Missile launch system is 25% complete.
    It will be fully operational in 30 days.
    
    Greyfield: Music to my ears! Now work harder!
    
    *****Day twenty, New Rubinelle Army*****
    
    IDS Agent: Restoration of the Caulder Missile launch system is 50% complete.
    It will be fully operational in 20 days.
    
    Greyfield: Did you hear that, you treacherous rabble? I shall rule as your
    king!
    
    
    *****Day thirty, New Rubinelle Army*****
    
    IDS Agent: Restoration of the Caulder Missile launch system is 75% complete.
    It will be fully operational in 10 days.
    
    Greyfield: Soon! Soon all will bend the knee to the glory of King Greyfield!
    
    *****Day thirty-nine, New Rubinelle Army*****
    
    IDS Agent: Restoration of the Caulder Missile launch system is 97.5% complete.
    It will be fully operational in 1 day.
    
    Greyfield: Did you hear that?! Tomorrow, I will rule the world! My time has
    arrived!
    
    *****Day forty, New Rubinelle Army*****
    
    IDS Agent: Restoration of the Caulder Missile launch system complete.
    System fully operational.
    
    Greyfield: Launch! Launch them now! Aaaaaah ha ha ha! I have done it! I am
    KING!
    
    
    *****Brenner's Wolves win*****
    
    Greyfield: No, no, no, no, no! Idiots! Wretched, lousy, foul, incompetent
    idiots! All my dreams...
    
    Rubinelle: We did it! We actually did it!
    
    *****If Brenner's Wolves lose*****
    
    Lin: No! No... I'm sorry, Captain. I couldn't make it right...
    
    Dr. Morris: ...What hope is there now? What hope is there for any of us?
    
    
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    ~~~~~Victory Page~~~~~
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    Lin: Defeat is not an option.
    
    ~~~~~New Rubinelle Army Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Greyfield: Retreat! Retreat! All units, retreat! When I find out who is
    responsible, I will have them executed immediately! I am the supreme leader
    of the world! I am the strongest of all men! Defeat is only for the weak!
    
    Lin: You're right.
    
    Greyfield: EEEEEK!
    
    Lin: Defeat is for the weak. You were defeated because you were weak. And now
    you're going to die.
    
    Greyfield: Y-you wouldn't dare!
    
    Lin: Actually, I would. Will wouldn't. Will would try to put you on trial
    or something.
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene of Lin aiming a gun towards the viewer~~~~~
    
    Lin: But Will isn't here. Is he?
    
    Greyfield: You wouldn't dare...! Y-you can't...! You can't do this!
    
    Lin: You are responsible for the death of Captain Brenner. You killed him,
    and now I'm going to kill you. Will and the others won't like it... But it's
    what needs to be done.
    
    Greyfield: Stop! I... I... I surrender! I surrender my forces to you!
    Th-there! You can't hurt me now! I am a prisoner of war! C-C-Captain Brenner
    would never hurt a prisoner! It's murder! If you kill me, you're as bad as
    me! You'll be just the same as me!
    
    Lin: ...Huh. I guess you're right.
    
    *****Gunshot is heard*****
    
    ~~~~~New Rubinelle Army Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Lin: That was for you, Brenner. ...I think I'll see you soon.
    
    ~~~~~Brenner's Wolves Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Rubinelle: We did it! We won!
    
    Youth: The war is over! You did it! Hurrah for Brenner's Wolves!
    
    Dr. Morris: Will! Everyone! Listen up! I just discovered huge stocks of
    the vaccine we need in Greyfield's headquarters! I think we can keep the
    infected alive long enough for me to find a cure. We did it! We did it!
    Oh ho ho ho!
    
    Will: Yeah, we... We did.
    
    Dr. Morris: Oh ho! This is no time for frowns. It's over! We won! It's time
    for the biggest celebration this world has ever seen!
    
    Isabella: Dr. Morris? I don't think Will...
    
    Dr. Morris: He should turn that frown upside down! Oh ho! Oh ho ho ho ho...
    ...I'm sorry, Will. What is it?
    
    Will: We... We lost so many. So many people. A better commander could have
    prevented such losses. I'm just...not in the mood for a party. I'm sorry.
    
    Lin: Typical. If you were bigger and had better hair, I'd swear you were
    actually Brenner.
    
    Will: Lin, I...
    
    Lin: We all love ya, Will, but please... Stop feeling sorry for yourself.
    You're the cadet who defeated an admiral. I think that's good enough.
    
    Will: But without you and Isabella and--
    
    Lin: What you lacked in talent, you made up for with heart and guts. And
    you inspired every soldier to do the same, even those who never came home.
    That's what led us to victory. Not my tactics. Not Isabella's...whatever she
    does. It was you, and you should be proud. So let's go have a party.
    
    Will: ...Yeah, all right.
    
    Dr. Morris: Oh ho ho ho! Now THAT'S the spirit! Let's party! I've got a few
    classic jokes that I save for special occasions...
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-21*****
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    *****Chapter-22*****
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    The Great Owl
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene of Cyrus, Penny and Tabitha~~~~~
    
    Caulder: How odd. The war is over.
    
    Penny: Who wins, Daddy?
    
    Caulder: The side that lacked military might but had superior tactics. I am
    surprised. They may prove worthy specimens for further research.
    
    Tabitha: May I play with them, Father? Please? I promise to be ever so good!
    
    Caulder: Oh, Tabitha. You know I can't say no to you. Of course you can play
    with them! Cyrus, Tabitha, Penny... Daddy has a present for you! It's a new
    toy. I think you will enjoy it very much.
    
    Tabitha: Oh, Father! I do love you so! I just hope it doesn't break like the
    last one...
    
    Caulder: You must treat this one more carefully than you do your other toys.
    I want you to take your time and really enjoy it! Have fun!
    
    Penny: Tee hee hee! BOOOOOM!
    
    Cyrus: ... ... ... ...
    
    Caulder: Now, my children, let us prepare the next experiment.
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene of the Great Owl plane~~~~~
    
    Rubinelle: Unidentified plane inbound!
    
    Dr. Morris: I say! Is it one of ours?
    
    Lin: I don't think so. It looks like a bomber, but... This is impossible...
    No plane is this big.
    
    Rubinelle: The plane is parachuting troops! They've taken up battle positions.
    They have twice our numbers, sir. And they're still coming!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: ...I don't get it. Where did an army of this size come from?
    
    Caulder: Why, from me, of course! My new automated troops are on the front
    line of military technology. With them, a single commander can give orders to
    every unit at once!
    
    Will: You!
    
    Caulder: I took the liberty of recording your previous battle. It was a fierce
    fight, and you sustained a great deal of damage. Now I wish to see if your
    decimated forces can rally.
    
    Will: No! You can't!
    
    Caulder: But first, I hoped to have a talk with you, Will.
    
    Will: ...A talk? Are you serious?
    
    Caulder: Oh, yes. I have something important that I need to discuss with you.
    I will tell you the location now, and you will come to me. Alone. If you do
    not agree to meet me, I will attack immediately.
    
    ~~~~~Brenner's Wolves Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Will: I'm going.
    
    Lin: Caulder isn't a man you can reason with. Or one that you can trust. This
    meeting of his is all wrong.
    
    Will: I know. But I'm going anyway.
    
    Lin: I thought you'd say that. But I'm afraid I can't allow it.
    
    Will: Well, I don't think it's up to you. If I go, it buys us time to prepare
    our troops. It gives us hope.
    
    Lin: It does that, yes. But I don't think it matters. He's toying with us.
    
    Will: Probably. But it's still going to buy us time.
    
    Lin: Will, if he takes you hostage, if he starts making demands... I won't
    rescue you. You know that. Right?
    
    Will: I know. But I've made up my mind. I'm going.
    
    ~~~~~The Southwest Lazurian Mountains~~~~~
    
    Caulder: Ah, Will! Please, come. Sit down. You truly are a wonder. I don't
    know how you managed to defeat Greyfield.
    
    Will: What do you want?
    
    Caulder: Patience, Will, patience. I just have a favor to ask of you.
    
    Will: Really.
    
    Caulder: I need to observe your troops, but my current equipment is somewhat
    lacking. Would you mind if I attach these small devices to your men? They
    allow me to monitor heart rates, perspiration, and fear levels.
    
    Will: ...You can't be serious.
    
    Caulder: They won't affect your fighting capability in any way, I assure you.
    Doing so would compromise my position as an impartial observer. I will
    attack you regardless, but this way science can benefit. Do you see?
    
    Lin: That's a great offer, but I think we'll have to pass.
    
    Will: Lin!
    
    Caulder: I thought we agreed that you would come alone.
    
    Lin: I don't give a damn what you thought. Will, this man is a psychopath.
    Don't listen to another word he says.
    
    Caulder: Please! I am a scientist! I seek only to learn! But it seems you
    don't want to cooprate. Very well.
    
    Lin: Are you really just walking away?
    
    Caulder: That was my intention, yes. Will and I had an arrangement.
    
    Lin: I'm not Will. And I'm not letting you leave this mountain.
    
    Caulder: Ah, yes. I figured that something like this might happen.
    
    Tabitha: Hello, Father.
    
    Will: Um... Who are you?
    
    Caulder: This is Tabitha, my first daughter. ...First daughter? Third? I've
    lost track. Her reflexes are far superior to yours. If you reach for your
    weapon, she will kill you. Oh! I almost forgot. I have one more request...
    The girl you call Isabella. I want you to give her to me.
    
    Will: I don't believe this!
    
    Caulder: Will you hand her over to me? Yes or no? It's a simple question.
    If you give her to me, I will guarantee the survival of your people.
    
    Lin: How's that?
    
    Caulder: I will call off my forces. I can also provide a cure for the virus
    you call the Creeper. All at the cost of a small girl who can't even lift
    a rifle. It is a very generous offer.
    
    Will: Isabella stays with us.
    
    Caulder: Such a fascinating little man... I thought you might say something
    like that. But I think you will reconsider once I introduce you to the
    Great Owl.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: All units, prepare for battle! We still don't know the size of the enemy
    forces, so be careful.
    
    Caulder: The Great Owl is ready... Let the bombing commence!
    
    Rubinelle: Sir! That huge plane is bombing the hell out of us! The entire
    center of the battlefield was devastated!
    
    Will: Proceed with caution! All units, avoid the impact area!
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    
    
    =====Tactics War Room=====
    
    Penny: Tee hee hee!
    
    Will: Um...hey there. Are you lost or something?
    
    Penny: What's your name?
    
    Will: I'm Will. Who are--
    
    Penny: Penny is a good girl. She will tell you what you need to know. Tee hee!
    Penny likes you. ...But Mr. Bear HATES YOU!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Penny: The Great Owl drops big, bad, scary bombs! BOOM! Don't touch the bombs!
    Go around! Move ground units on the bottom! Shoot down planes with anti-air
    units and missiles! Get the SE factory! Shoot down enemy bombers! Hit anti-
    tank units with bombers or rockets. Pchew! Pchew! Boooooooooooooom! Tee hee
    hee!
    
    Will: Um...thanks. But why exactly are you telling me all this?
    
    Penny: ...'Cause Mr. Bear told me to.
    
    Will: Penny, you are one weird kid.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to War Room~~~~~
    
    Will: Aaaaand she's gone. Of course she is. Well, that's it. I hope you're as
    creeped out by that as I was.
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****Day one, IDS Forces*****
    
    Penny: We bomb now? BOOOOOOOOM! Tee hee hee!!!
    
    
    *****Brenner's Wolves win*****
    
    Lin: Reinforcements have been sighted.
    
    Will: Pull back! Pull back! We need more time to prepare our forces!
    
    Caulder: Yes, you probably do.
    
    Will: You...!
    
    Caulder: We are readying another attack, but I will ask you once more... Will
    you give me the girl? In exchange for the safety of your troops?
    
    Will: Why do you want her?
    
    Caulder: I don't want her. I own her. She is one of my products, and I need
    her back.
    
    Will: One of your products?
    
    Caulder: Why, yes. Surely you sensed something strange about her? That girl
    is my daughter, though not in the sense that you imagine. I built her. I
    created her.
    
    Will: Oh no...
    
    Caulder: My daughters are clones. I created them in my laboratory. They were
    the final step in building an army of low-cost, cloned soldiers.
    
    ~~~~~Special IDS Screen~~~~~
    
    Caulder: IDS specializes in products that give generals control during battle.
    Armies have long been ungainly things with many communication problems. Even
    modern armies suffer from late or misunderstood communications. But my
    products--my children--can control entire armies single-handedly. Like a giant
    with a hundred arms, they can wield innumerable weapons! ...Although I must
    admit, they have been abject failures as humans.
    
    Will: Isabella is a clone...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Caulder: Whyever did you give her that insufferable name? And yes, she is a
    clone. A mere doll designed and controlled by me. But one day she went...
    haywire and fled my laboratory. This was highly unusual, and I must discover
    its cause. I need to disassemble her and locate the source of the malfunction.
    
    Will: ...You can't!
    
    Caulder: I can and will, and you will give her to me, or I will take her by
    force. It seems you have developed a certain attachment to my daughter. You
    are being too emotional. She is a product! An experiment! A nothing. And
    she belongs to me!
    
    Will: Enough!
    
    Caulder: I await your answer.
    
    
    *****If Brenner's Wolves lose*****
    
    Lin: Too much... It was too much... Cheer up, Brenner... You're about to
    have...company...
    
    Will: Lin! Lin, come in! LIN!
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~Vicotry page~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    Lin: We need to assess our damage.
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-22*****
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    ====================
    *****Chapter-23*****
    ====================
    
    Sacrificial Lamb
    
    ~~~~~Brenner's Wolves Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Dr. Morris: ...She's a clone?!
    
    Will: According to Caulder, yes. She's one of group of mass-produced clones.
    And his daughter. I guess that makes her a clone of Caulder...
    
    Dr. Morris: Hmmm... I'm not sure that is completely accurate.
    
    Will: What do you mean?
    
    Dr. Morris: Technically, it is possible to create human clones. But even if
    you duplicate the DNA... The clones are not perfect copies. They're more like
    a set of twins. We don't know if he used recombinant DNA or an
    extrachromosomal--
    
    Will: Wait, stop. Small words, please.
    
    Dr. Morris: Well, if I were to make a clone of myself, I would have a baby
    with my DNA. But we would have different ages, different environmental
    influences, and so on. It would not be possible to engineer a perfect copy
    of my adult self. That's why I think each Isabella is a unique, individual
    person.
    
    Will: But Caulder talked about them like they were interchangeable.
    
    Lin: There is another possibility. What if you took those cloned babies you
    were talking abouut and isolated them? Completely cut them off from the
    outside world, like rats in a maze. By eliminating all outside influence,
    you could theoretically mass-produce identical clones.
    
    Dr. Morris: Well... I suppose... In theory, that might work, yes. But such
    an existence would likely shatter the mind of anyone who had to undergo it!
    Only an unethical monster would think of doing such a thing!
    
    Lin: We're talking about Caulder, Dr. Morris. I don't think he's ever been
    concerned with ethics.
    
    Dr. Morris: Yes, but...
    
    Lin: Never mind. We're getting distracted. Isabella is what she is. That's not
    the problem requiring our attention right now. We need to figure out how we're
    going to survive.
    
    ~~~~~Brenner's Wolves HQ~~~~~
    
    Gage: Caulder is threatening to bomb us again. If we don't hand over the girl
    by tomorrow, they will launch an all-out assault.
    
    Dr. Morris: I know I'm not a military man, but I don't see how we can survive
    another assault!
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene of the Great Owl~~~~~
    
    Lin: As long as the Great Owl flies, we have no chance of victory.
    
    Dr. Morris: But we won the last battle!
    
    Lin: True, but in that battle, bombs were dropped on a fixed area only. They
    weren't trying to win. They just wanted to display their power. If they
    decide to start bombing our forces directly... Well, like I said. Victory
    would be impossible.
    
    ~~~~~Brenner's Wolves HQ~~~~~
    
    Tasha: I can't stand this! That man is simply toying with us! He can just
    bide his time until we surrender Isabella to him!
    
    Lin: Commander? What are we going to do?
    
    Will: Isabella stays with us. We aren't going to abandon anyone.
    
    Gage: Perhaps you think it is noble to die for your principles, but I
    disagree.
    
    Tasha: Gage!
    
    Gage: I am not going to lead my people on a suicide mission. The life of one
    girl against the lives of all of us seems an easy choice.
    
    Tasha: What's wrong with you, Gage? How can you think of handing her over to
    that monster?
    
    Gage: General Forsythe ordered us to protect the lives of his troops. That is
    our only duty. Or has your newfound love of Rubinelle clouded your judgement?
    
    Tasha: You're a jerk. You know that? And did you forget what happened to
    Forsythe? He surrendered with honor and got a bullet in the back for his
    troubles. Caulder isn't going to take the girl and just walk away to let us
    live in peace! He'll take her and then bomb us all into the ground! I say we
    fight to the last man!
    
    Lin: Commander? We need a decision.
    
    Will: I made my decision. She stays. We all stay. Things looked bleak before,
    and yet we managed to come around. Right? As long as there is life, there's
    hope.
    
    Mayor: That's enough! The civilians are tired of your fighting and your lies!
    
    Lin: ...Who let him in here?
    
    Mayor: The civilians are agreed! We should hand over that stupid girl and end
    this! Then all our problems will be over!
    
    Lin: Get him out of here.
    
    Mayor: What?! Hey now, stop... Get your hands off me! Don't you know who I
    am?!
    
    Lin: Ready yourselves. I think Caulder is coming.
    
    ~~~~~Brenner's Wolves Civilian Camp~~~~~
    
    Woman: ...It's her.
    
    Isabella: ...Mary? Why are you looking at me like that?
    
    Woman: Like you don't know.
    
    Mayor: There she is! Go! Get out of here! Shoo!
    
    Isabella: Wh-what?!
    
    Mayor: You heard me! You're not wanted here anymore! You're going to get us
    all killed! Now get out of our sight!
    
    Isabella: But... I don't understand!
    
    Mayor: Everyone agrees with me! You're useless baggage! What are you still
    doing here?! Get out of here! We can't stand the sight of you!
    
    Isabella: But I... I didn't...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: The Great Owl is approaching.
    
    Will: I know. I can hear it.
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    
    =====Tactics War Room=====
    
    Tabitha: It's me again! Thank you, thank you. Please, hold all applause until
    the end.
    
    Will: Not again...
    
    Tabitha: I just came by to see how my faithful servant is doing.
    
    Will: I was fine until you showed up.
    
    Tabitha: Quiet, servant! I have a list of complaints about you! My dresses
    aren't ironed, my bed isn't made, my room is covered with dust... My breakfast
    isn't prepared, my floors aren't washed, my windows aren't cleaned...
    My tub isn't grouted, my shower is covered in mildew, the septic tank needs
    a good scrubbing...
    
    Will: STOP! Please, just...just stop. I really have a lot of other things to
    be thinking about right now.
    
    Tabitha: I gave you wonderful advice, and still you refuse to be my servant!
    It's not a dead-end job, you know. There are career-advancement opportunities.
    If I like you, you might become my Chauffeur. Or my scullery maid!
    
    Will: That's really OK.
    
    Tabitha: Well, I'll give you one more chance. I'm going to give you some great
    battle tips, and if you think they're useful... You agree to enter a lifetime
    of servitude! Totally fair, right?
    
    Will: Please stop talking.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Tabitha: Transport your infantry to the missile silos in the NW and SE, then
    fire missiles at the rockets to reduce the risk of indirect attacks. Oh,
    and keep your units separated until the Great Owl has finished attacking.
    When you're ready, take the enemy's west port and head toward their HQ.
    So, are you my servant now?
    
    Will: Look, I appreciate the advice, but...
    
    Tabitha: Great! You'll do it! I'm so happy, I'll even give you a little shed
    to sleep in.
    
    Will: Maybe she'll stop talking if I pretend to fall asleep...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to War Room~~~~~
    
    Tabitha: And that's all for today! Now, servant go get my shoes!
    
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    *****Day one, IDS Forces*****
    
    Tabitha: Oh, this is so exciting! I can't wait!
    
    *****Day two*****
    
    Lin: The Great Owl will be in attack range within minutes.
    
    *****Day three*****
    
    Lin: The Great Owl is starting its bombing run ... It's targeting our troops.
    
    Will: All units, disperse! Large groups are an easy target!
    
    *****Before day six*****
    
    Isabella: I... I am here. Can you hear me?
    
    Caulder: Ah! It's you! So you remembered how to make emergency communications!
    
    Don't push yourself too hard, dear. You know how fragile you are.
    
    Isabella: Promise me.
    
    Caulder: Hmmm? Promise you what, sweetie?
    
    Isabella: I don't care what you do to me... I just want you to leave them
    alone.
    
    Caulder: You're a curious specimen aren't you? Your sisters love chaos and
    death, whereas you embrace mercy. This is a worse design flaw than I
    anticipated...
    
    Isabella: I'm... I'm not like them.
    
    Caulder: Listen to me, Isabella. ...Bah! What an absurd name... I want you
    to join us on the Great Owl. I'm sure we can find something for you to do.
    Some experiment or other...
    
    Isabella: What?
    
    Cauler: You seem confused.
    
    Isabella: You said you wanted to dissect me! To analyze my malfunction!
    ...Isn't that why you want me?
    
    Caulder: Hmmm... I did say that, didn't I? Well, I'm afraid that was a lie.
    
    Caulder: You are not important to me in the least. I have countless identical
    copies of you! What's another, more or less?
    
    Isabella: Th-then why...?
    
    Caulder: Dear girl... I was interested in THEM! I contrived a moral dilemma
    to make those people fight among themselves. I was curious how they would
    react. That is all.
    
    Isabella: You're terrible!
    
    Caulder: Don't take that tone with your father, young lady! ...You're an odd
    one, aren't you? What did those people do to you? But we can experiment on
    such things later! Cyrus! Turn about! Secure the product and fly to the
    nearest base.
    
    Cyrus: Father... When will your madness end?
    
    Caulder: Eh? Do you have something to say, Son?
    
    Cyrus: I know I am not human. I know that you made me in a lab. But I will
    no longer stand idly by and let you do this! You treat us like puppets! Toys
    to be used and broken and then discarded.
    
    Caulder: My my, Cyrus, you are a perceptive boy. That's exactly what you are
    to me! A puppet! A plaything!
    
    Cyrus: No! I am a person! I am real!
    
    Caulder: Hmmm... I don't much care for this line of reasoning. I may need to
    get another model.
    
    Lin: I don't understand why, but it seems the Great Owl is retreating.
    
    Will: Who cares why! Let's take our chance and finish this!
    
    
    *****Brenner's Wolves win*****
    
    Tabitha: No no no! This is so unfair! I let my guard down for an instant,
    and you go and smash all my nice soldiers! Poo! If I had reinforcements, I
    would squash you like bugs! But Father wants me to spare you. So I guess I
    will this time!
    
    
    *****If Brenner's Wolves lose*****
    
    Will: Aaargh... I refuse to...
    
    Caulder: Yes, yes. You refuse to abandon anyone. I know this story well. You
    suffer from a regrettable human affliction...the concern for others. You
    think this is an admirable trait, but you are mistaken. Excessive empathy
    is an illness. And I am afraid that both you and Captain Brenner were
    terminal cases.
    
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~Victory Page~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    Will: That was a costly victory...
    
    ~~~~~Brenner's Wolves Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Will: What do you mean, she's gone?
    
    Dr. Morris: I'm sorry, Will. I guess I should have kept an eye on her.
    
    Lin: There is no evidence that our camp has been infiltrated. It looks like
    she left of her own volition.
    
    Will: But why?
    
    Tasha: Perhaps she thought she was saving us.
    
    Will: Dammit! This isn't the way it was supposed to happen! I didn't want
    to abandon anyone, and now Isabella abandoned us!
    
    Mayor: You! You are to blame for all this! It's all your fault!
    
    Will: You again?
    
    Mayor: Look around you! Look at the wounded and dead! Look at the civilians
    on the brink of starvation! No one had to fight. No one had to die. If you
    had just surrendered and handed that girl over, this would never have
    happened!
    
    Will: ... ... ... ...
    
    Lin: You are a sad little man with no idea what he is talking about.
    
    Mayor: Save your words! All I know is that we can't trust this brat with our
    troops anymore! Why, if I had been in command, none of this would have
    happened! Even without training, I would be a far superior commander to
    this one! No one wants you in command, Will. I speak with the voice of all
    the people on this matter!
    
    ~~~~~Brenner's Wolves HQ~~~~~
    
    Lin: ...Packing up, huh?
    
    Will: That's right.
    
    Lin: ...I see. You know, a long time ago, I advised you to walk away and
    not look back. So I guess it would be hypocritical of me to make you stay
    now, huh? Just tell me you're doing this for the right reasons. Tell me it
    isn't because of that idiot who calls himself a mayor.
    
    Will: No, it's not that. It's just... I've learned some things about me, Lin.
    I don't think I"m the kind of person who should be in charge. I want
    everyone to be safe, but I'm unwilling to sacrifice even a single person. I
    fought a needless battle where many people were hurt and killed, and...
    And I think it was wrog. I should have sided with the group istead of the
    individual.
    
    Lin: I never expected to hear that from you, Will.
    
    Will: I wanted to be like Captain Brenner, you know? Strong and generous
    and...well, perfect. But I kinda made a mess of the whole thing. I'm
    appointing you as our new commander, Lin. These people need your logic and
    good sense.
    
    Lin: Where will you go?
    
    Will: I'm going to save Isabella.
    
    Lin: By yourself? I thought you had seen enough needless deaths. Are you
    really so eager to check out?
    
    Will: No, Lin. I'm not. But I know it's a possibility. But at least this time,
    I'm the only one being put at risk.
    
    Lin: OK. I won't get in your way. You're free to decide your own path.
    But for what it's worth... I'm sad to see you go, Will.
    
    ~~~~~Great Owl Hangar~~~~~
    
    Isabella: Father...
    
    Caulder: Please don't call me that. I regard you as an object, not as family.
    
    Isabella: So I am a clone?
    
    Caulder: Yes, you are. And you served your purpose well. I am satisfied with
    what I have been able to learn from you.
    
    Isabella: But... Why did you create me?
    
    Caulder: I needed someone to experiment on.
    
    Isabella: Th-that's the only reason?
    
    Caulder: That isn't enough?
    
    Isabella: So that's... That's all I am.
    
    ~~~~~Southwest Lazuria~~~~~
    
    Will: OK... If I was Isabella, where would I be?
    
    Cyrus: Where are you going?
    
    Will: Gyaaa! Who are you?
    
    Cyrus: You should be careful. What if the enemy were to find you here? You
    are William. You are their commander.
    
    Will: OK, let me ask this again. Who are you?
    
    Cyrus: I was given the name Cyrus. I am a creation of Dr. Caulder.
    
    Will: You're one of his clones?!
    
    Cyrus: Wait! Please do not be afraid! I want to help you.
    
    Will: ...Why would you want to do that?
    
    Cyrus: The girl you call Isabella... I don't know her, but she is my sister.
    I know how you can save her.
    
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-23*****
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    *****Chapter-24*****
    ====================
    
    Crash Landing
    
    ~~~~~Great Owl Hangar~~~~~
    
    Cyrus: ...We knew her as Lutaria. She lacked emotion or subtleness of any
    kind. She was a walking library with every conceivable military fact
    downloaded into her.
    
    Will: Well, she's different now. Where can I find her?
    
    Cyrus: She is presently inside the Great Owl. I can get you on board.
    
    Will: Why should I trust you? Why would you betray your own father?
    
    Cyrus: How to explain... Let me ask a question of you. What is it that makes
    a human being?
    
    Will: Huh?
    
    Cyrus: Is it blood? Emotions? DNA? Is it heredity or memories or just their
    very environment? What decides if a human is good or evil?
    
    Will: I'm sorry, I'm a bit lost.
    
    Cyrus: I am a clone of Dr. Caulder. He conducted experiments to see if he
    could transplant his mind into a younger body. I was created to aid his quest
    for immortality. Nothing more. And yet, I feel that there is more to me than
    that. And I will prove it to him. Come. Time grows short, and we must hurry.
    
    ~~~~~Great Owl Hangar~~~~~
    
    Cyrus: The Great Owl is repaired and refueled by machines. There are no
    people here. All security systems and surveillance are computer operated.
    
    Will: Why is that?
    
    Cyrus: My father does not trust other humans. But machines, too, have their
    drawbacks. If I can hack into the system, we can board the Great Owl
    without detection.
    
    Will: I see.
    
    Cyrus: We are close. I ask that you follow me.
    
    Will: ...I hope you're right about this.
    
    Lin: Me too.
    
    Will: Lin! What are you doing here?
    
    Lin: Oh, just...you know. Hanging around.
    
    Will: You followed me!
    
    Lin: Not just me. I brought a few units along for the ride. It's not an
    overwhelming force, but it should be enough.
    
    Will: I told you! I don't want your help! I don't want to risk anyone else.
    
    Lin: Too late, Will. You resigned, remember? You don't give the orders
    anymore. Everyone made the choice to come with me. They want to be here.
    
    Will: I... I can't...
    
    Cyrus: I am envious of you. Such companionship is an experience that will
    forever elude me. Enough. We have no more time to waste. Follow me, and
    quickly.
    
    ~~~~~Great Owl Hangar~~~~~
    
    Tabitha: And how are we doing today?
    
    Isabella: ... ... ... ...
    
    Tabitha: I hear from Father that you will spend the rest of your life on
    board this plane! If you are lucky, he will find a use for you in one of his
    experiments. I can't wait to find out what it will be... Maybe he'll
    drop you out of the Great Owl with no parachute! How about that, hmmm?
    
    Isabella: ... ... ... ...
    
    Tabitha: Poo! You're so boring! Haven't you got anything to say after all
    this time? Are you even awake? Hellooooooo! Hello in there!
    
    Isabella: Y-you are... Tabitha... You are my sister.
    
    Tabitha: Sister?! Your SISTER?! Me?! Ha ha ha! Oh, you do make me laugh!
    
    Isabella: Why do you laugh? We are sisters.
    
    Tabitha: You are so very naive! You have no concept of how the world really
    works.
    
    Isabella: But you are my sister. We even look alike.
    
    Tabitha: People are so funny sometimes... You see someone who looks
    familiar, and you say to yourself, "Hey! She looks like me!" But did
    you ever stop to consider another possibility? Like, YOU look like HER! Get
    it? Like SHE'S the original, and you're nothing but a copy? A fake?
    
    Isabella: I-I don't understand...
    
    Tabitha: SIIIIIGH! All right, let me try to explain this to you. I'll use
    small words, OK? Father had four children. Cyrus, Penny, Lutaria, and Tabitha.
    ...That would be me! Then Lutaria died when I went too hard on her in a
    training battle. All terribly sad... But it was fine, because there were
    lots of spare Lutaria clones stored on the Great Owl. Just another lab rat,
    which is what you are! A lab rat!
    
    Isabella: That was... That was me?
    
    Tabitha: That's why you have no memories, little rat. Because you were
    nothing! You have no life, no name, no feelings, no nothing! Just another
    rat raised in a tank of goo by Father.
    
    Isabella: I always...wondered who I was. And now I know. I am nothing.
    
    Tabitha: Oh, little rat! This is too much! Tell me, does someone who is no one
    feel sad? Do they fear death?
    
    Isabella: I... I don't know.
    
    Tabitha: Psh! You're so boring, it's not even worth the trouble of picking
    on you. ...PENNY!
    
    Penny: Tee hee hee!
    
    Tabitha: ...Must you insist on giggling like a crazy person all the time?
    Really! Did you understand Father's instructions? He wants you to put
    little rat on board and then prepare for takeoff.
    
    Penny: Penny knows! Penny is good! Tee hee hee! Sister is coming?
    
    Tabitha: No! Sister is not coming! Sister is helping Father with very
    important experiments.
    
    Penny: Tee hee hee! Sister is smart!
    
    Isabella: ...Will.
    
    Tabitha: Hmmm? Was that a squeak, little rat?
    
    Isabella: Will.
    
    Tabitha: ...Will? Penny, is there anyone else in this hangar?
    
    Penny: Hold on! Let Penny ask Mr. Bear! ... ... ... ... Mr. Bear says no!
    Mr. Bear says we are all alone. ...He also hates you.
    
    Tabitha: You better be right. About the people, I mean. ...I couldn't care
    less about your stupid bear. I'm sure little rat is just seeing things. And
    take a bath, why don't you! That dirty old uniform really smells!
    
    Isabella: ...Will...
    
    ~~~~~Inside the Great Owl~~~~~
    
    IDS Agent: Commander, all systems are go. Takeoff has been successflly
    completed. The Great Owl will now be switched to autopilot.
    
    Penny: Goody goody! Mr. Bear is sleepy.
    
    IDS Agent: What in the...? Commander! We have an emergency! There are
    intruders on board! There's a firefight in progress in Sector C! ...Oh good
    gravy, they have TANKS! The fighting has damaged the fuselage of the Great
    Owl!
    
    Penny: Mr. Bear said no one was here! Mr. Bear is a big liar! ...Daddy is
    going to be mad.
    
    IDS Agent: Sweet corn casserole! They have freakin' ROCKETS! Permission to
    engage, sir!
    
    Penny: Tee hee hee! Playtime! Playtime! Yaaaaaay!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Inside the Great Owl~~~~~
    
    Lin: Our units shifted during takeoff. Now they're spread all over the place.
    It may be difficult to bring our forces back together. Every man for himself!
    Fight your way to a better defensive position!
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    =====Tactics War Room=====
    
    Cyrus: William. We meet again.
    
    Will: Cyrus! Hey, what are you--
    
    Cyrus: I will now explain the optimum strategy for this stage. Your attention,
    please.
    
    Will: Wait, hold on. How did you get on board the Great Owl? And why is there
    a big war room inside a plane?
    
    Cyrus: William, please. You must not ask such questions.
    
    Will: Why not?
    
    Cyrus: The war room is a place of strategy. We would do well not to get bogged
    down in details.
    
    Lin: He's right, Will. Listen to him.
    
    Tabitha: Yes, servant! Act your age!
    
    Will: Why's everyone ganging up on me?! What did I do? And why is SHE here?!
    
    Cyrus: In the war room, things are not quite as...strict as they are in
    the rest of the world.
    
    Will: Yeah, but...
    
    Cyrus: I am glad that you understand. Now we must discuss the strategy for the
    battle.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Cyrus: Your initial attack is crucial. Minimize damage by thinking about which
    units work best together. Indirect-attack units can be ignored until you are
    in range. The enemy will send reinforcements, so be ready. Time your attacks
    so it's still your turn when they arrive. And try to take out one whole side
    before the enemy can strike!
    
    Will: Understood!
    
    Cyrus: And as Lin said, try not to worry too much. Let your instincts take
    over.
    
    Will: Got it!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to War Room~~~~~
    
    Cyrus: That is all. Good luck, William.
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****Day one, IDS Forces*****
    
    Penny: Tee hee, Mr. Bear! It's a Great Owl fight! Pschew! Boooooom!
    
    
    *****Most enemy units destroyed*****
    
    IDS Agent: Er... The enemy has wiped out almost all of our units, sir.
    This isn't good.
    
    Penny: Boo! Get more units!
    
    IDS Agent: We're preparing more units to enter from the left and right
    sides, sir! But I fear that continued fighting may result in the plane
    losing--
    
    Penny: Yaaaaaaaay! More units! Mr. Bear loves units!
    
    
    *****First wave of enemies destroyed*****
    
    Lin: The enemy is sending reinforcements! Engage them immediately!
    
    *****Half of the second wave destroyed*****
    
    IDS Agent: Er... Our reinforcements are being destroyed, sir.
    
    Penny: MORE! MORE!
    
    *****second wave destroyed*****
    
    Lin: More reinforcements arriving! Assume defensive positions!
    
    *****Third wave half destroyed*****
    
    IDS Agent: OH NO! The second wave is going down, sir! And the Great Owl is
    barely holding together!
    
    Penny: More more more! Mooooooooore!!
    
    *****Third wave destroyed*****
    
    Lin: More? ...Are you kidding me?
    
    *****Fourth wave destroyed, Brenner's Wolves win*****
    
    Rubinelle: All enemy units destroyed!
    
    Lin: All units, to the cockpit! We have to seize control now!
    
    
    *****If Brenner's Wolves lose*****
    
    Lin: ...I hate flying.
    
    IDS Agent: The enemy has been exterminated.
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~Victory page~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    Lin: ...I hate flying.
    
    ~~~~~The Great Owl~~~~~
    
    IDS Agent: Sir, Sector C sustained severe damage during the fight. Um...yeah,
    we're in trouble. I don't think we're gonna reach the airfield. Suggest
    emergency landing procedures, sir.
    
    Penny: NO! NO NO NO! Mr. Bear doesn't want to land here! Mr. Bear hates it
    here! Fly more! Fly more!
    
    IDS Agent: Um... But, sir, I reeeeeally think... Oh dear...
    
    ~~~~~Great Owl Laboratory~~~~~
    
    Isabella: ... ... ... ...
    
    Will: Isabella!
    
    Isabella: Will? Why did you come...?
    
    Will: We're here to rescue you! Come on!
    
    Isabella: ...No. You must leave me. I am not a human being. I am a clone. A
    thing. A little rat. I don't deserve to be rescued.
    
    Will: What? No, you're one of us, and we're getting out of here now.
    
    Isabella: I don't even have a name...
    
    Will: Your name is Isabella!
    
    Isabella: Since I came back, I... I remembered things. We were raised in this
    laboratory. All the Isabellas. All the same. Caulder created lots and lots of
    us and experimented on us. I saw...horrible things... I always knew it would
    be me someday.
    
    Will: Listen, I know things were really bad, but you have to--
    
    Isabella: They meant nothing to me. They were spare parts, just like me.
    That's why I exist. I have no memory. I have no soul. I am nothing. You must
    leave--
    
    Will: NO! STOP IT! STOP IT RIGHT NOW! Your name is Isabella! You are the first
    person I ever saved! You joined us and traveled with us and fought with us!
    You are one of us! I know you remember that!
    
    Isabella: I-I remember... But...why do you help me? You know--
    
    Will: What, that you're a clone? So what? I don't care if you come from a
    mother or a tank! Isabella, you're a person! A real living person with ideas
    and dreams and...and stuff like that! You have meaning and strength and
    beauty and...and I... I...
    
    Isabella: ...Will... Oh, Will...
    
    Will: Come on. Don't let that freak Caulder decide how your life plays out.
    You decide. Right now! What do you want? Come or go, you gotta decide.
    
    Isabella: I...I want... I want to live! I want to live with you, Will!
    Forever!
    
    Will: YES! I knew it! I mean... I hoped you would say that, but part of me
    really knew, and... Listen, never mind. We gotta run. Come on!
    
    Isabella: I... I can't believe it!
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene of Isabella tearing a bit~~~~~
    
    Isabella: No one has ever wanted me before...
    
    Will: Yeah? Well, I do. Now come on!
    
    Isabella: Oh, Will...
    
    ~~~~~Great Owl~~~~~
    
    IDS Agent: We're losing altitude! Oh man, I knew this wasn't going to end
    well... 7,500 feet... 7,000 feet... 6,500 feet...
    
    Penny: Tee hee hee! Daddy will be happy! Daddy gets to watch the BOOOM!
    
    Isabella: Penny!
    
    Penny: Who's there! I don't like you!
    
    Isabella: Penny, listen to me! I know you think you have to do what Daddy
    tells you. But you mustn't obey him anymore! He is evil! Do you understand?
    
    Penny: What is the strange girl saying? Mr. Bear doesn't understand.
    
    IDS Agent: Um... 4,500 feet! 4,000 feet! 3,500 feet! ...Screw this, I'm
    getting a parachute.
    
    Isabella: I understand you, Penny. We're the same. I want you to come live
    with us.
    
    Penny: You're weird! Mr. Bear doesn't like you! ...And your jacket smells
    bad! Why are you saying these things to Penny? ...P-Penny? Mr. B-B-Bear?
    ...EEEEEEEEE! No one understands anything! I HATE ALL OF YOU!
    
    IDS Agent: 2,500 feet! 2,000 feet! 1,500 feet! ISN'T ANYONE ELSE WORRIED
    ABOUT THIS?!
    
    Isabella: Please, Penny! Listen to me! I want to help you!
    
    Penny: B-but Daddy told me to...
    
    IDS Agent: Wait, this isn't a parachute! It's a sleeping bag! ...Ah, crap.
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene of Great Owl exploding~~~~~
    
    
    
    ========================
    *****End Chapter-24*****
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    ====================
    *****Chapter-25*****
    ====================
    
    Lab Rats
    
    ~~~~~IDS Research Facility~~~~~
    
    Mayor: I'm here as the civilian representative. We fulfilled our side of the
    bargain, Dr. Caulder. Now we expect you to be true to your word and give us
    what we need.
    
    Caulder: Of course, of course! I am a man of science, not some kind of despot.
    
    Mayor: We need medicine! We need the antidote to that wretched virus.
    
    Caulder: Yes, I understand. Without this antidote, you will surely die. But
    this is not easy to mass-produce. It will take time until I have enough for
    all of you. Right now I have just this single dose, which is surely--
    
    Mayor: Give it to me!
    
    Caulder: But, Mr. Mayor, this is only enough for one person. And without it,
    I may have trouble producing enough for the rest of your people.
    
    Mayor: That's fine, that's fine! Just give it to me!
    
    Caulder: Very well. Just press this against your skin to inject it.
    
    Mayor: That's it, right? Now I won't die from that terrible virus?
    
    Caulder: That is correct. Congratulations.
    
    Mayor: Now, about food supplies. We require a large quantity of... Ho, there!
    Where do you think you're going?
    
    Caulder: I'm sorry, I have an experiment that is about to begin. It involves
    those remaining soldiers from your battalion.
    
    Mayor: Wait a second! What do you mean by that! You said that if we handed
    over the girl, you would give us what we needed!
    
    Caulder: Hmmm? Oh, yes, that. I'm afraid I was lying.
    
    Mayor: B-but...you promised! We gave you the girl! You have to help us! Help
    me at least! This will not... Not... UUUURRRGGGGHHHH!
    
    Caulder: Oh, and that medicine you took was not the antidote. Hello? Can you
    hear me? Mr. Mayor? ...Fascinating.
    
    Cyrus: ... ... ... ...
    
    Caulder: So, young Cyrus. It is your turn to die. Does my treacherous son
    have any final words? An apology perhaps?
    
    Cyrus: I do not fear death. And I do not fear you. My death will not be in
    vain. They will defeat you.
    
    Caulder: It is too late, Son. Your champions perished when the Great Owl
    crashed.
    
    Cyrus: I do not believe you! You are capable of nothing but falsehoods and
    lies.
    
    Caulder: No, I speak the truth. Your pitiful attempt at a rebellion was
    entirely meaningless. I will live on, Cyrus. But this represents the end of
    days for you. Have you no desire to apologize for all the trouble you've
    caused me?
    
    Cyrus: I'll never...urgh...apologize to you. They are...alive. And they...will
    defeat you...
    
    Caulder: Are those truly your final words? Oh, how you disappoint me. The end
    will not come quickly. That's not how this particular poison works, you see?
    You will suffer terrible pain, and death will be long in coming. I must record
    it all, you see.
    
    Cyrus: ...They will...defeat you...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to field~~~~~
    
    Tasha: Gage!
    
    Gage: Tasha, the enemy forces are mobilizing. It seems the girl was not all
    they wanted.
    
    Tasha: I told you we couldn't trust Caulder! We never had a chance.
    
    Gage: So it seems.
    
    Tasha: Everyone criticized Will, but I knew it would end like this. Oh well!
    What are you going to do? Let's go down swinging, eh, Gage?
    
    Gage: Agreed.
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    Gage: All units...you're on your own. Try to hang on as long as you can.
    
    Tasha: Don't give up! There still might be a way for us to pull this out!
    ...And if not, let's give 'em holy hell!
    
    
    =====Tactics War Room=====
    
    Tabitha: I'm baaaaaaaaack! Yay for me! Oh, my adoring fans must be so
    happy to see me again.
    
    Will: Not really, no.
    
    Tabitha: Hey now! YOu're supposed to be my servant!
    
    Will: I remember you saying something about that...
    
    Tabitha: Well, you have been a poor, inattentive servant! In fact, you are the
    worst servant ever! For that reason, this is the very last time I will
    grace you with my fabulous advice!
    
    Will: I can live with that.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Tabitha: Leave the meteor fragments to slow down the enemy. Destroy the
    missiles and take the central cities and airport. When you get the chance,
    use bombers to take out the war tanks. This will be a long battle. Be patient,
    and let the enemy come to you. 
    
    Will: Mmmm.
    
    Tabitha: That's it? That's all you have to say?
    
    Will: I appreciate the advice, but I don't think we have much in common.
    Maybe you could find someone else to talk to?
    
    Tabitha: Such a rude servant!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to War Room~~~~~
    
    Tabitha: That's the end on the Tabitha's Tactics! I hope to see all you
    again. Except for my rude servant!
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****Day one, IDS Forces*****
    
    Tabitha: Once you are out of the way, Father's experiments will be over.
    Then the world will belong to Father and me, with no one around to bother us!
    
    *****Before day three*****
    
    Tabitha: Oh, poo! Father!
    
    Caulder: What is it, my dear?
    
    Tabitha: I just heard that additional enemy forces are heading this way.
    
    Caulder: Sweetheart, you must be mistaken. There are no soldiers left to...
    
    Will: Tasha!
    
    Tasha: Will! Holy cow, is it really you?
    
    Will: The Great Owl has been destroyed, and we're here to help! Let's take
    down Caulder and end this thing right now!
    
    Caulder: But this... This is impossible! I ordered Penny to crash the plane
    and kill everyone on board!
    
    Isabella: Thank you, Penny! Thank you for listening to me!
    
    Penny: ...Penny doesn't understand! Daddy told Penny to die, but you told
    Penny to live! But then Mr. Bear said he didn't to die and Daddy was stupid!
    Penny is confused...
    
    Isabella: It's OK, Sister. Everything is going to be OK.
    
    *****Before Day five*****
    
    Tabitha: Why do you care so much about her, little boy?
    
    Will: You must be Isabella's--
    
    Tabitha: My name is Tabitha, and I am a true little girl! The one you call
    Isabella is nothing but a lab rat.
    
    Will: You're wrong. She's a human being.
    
    Tabitha: She is nothing more than a mass-produced imitation. A cheap toy! She
    was created as a subject for my father's experiments. Nothing more. I
    suppose I should feel sorry for her, but that was her fate.
    
    Will: You never had a chance, did you Tabitha?
    
    Tabitha: Quiet, you! Such experiments benefit all mankind. Sometimes sacrifice
    is necessary in the name of progress. My father says so.
    
    Will: Isabella is one of us.
    
    Tabitha: Ha! I could make ten more tomorrow and you would never know
    the difference.
    
    Will: Wrong. I would know. There is only one Isabella. She is unique.
    
    Tabitha: Psh! This is like trying to reason with an infant. I grow weary
    of talking to you!
    
    
    *****Brenner's Wolves win*****
    
    Tabitha: Father, do something! This can't be happening!
    
    Caulder: Failures... FAILURES! All of my children... Abject, useless
    FAILURES! I must retreat to The Nest and plan my next move...
    
    
    *****If Brenner's Wolves lose*****
    
    Tabitha: This was too easy! Why are the weak and stupid so weak and stupid?!
    
    Gage: I thought...there was hope...
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~Victory Page~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    Will: Is everyone OK?
    
    ~~~~~IDS Research Facility~~~~~
    
    Cyrus: ...William... Good to s-see you again...
    
    Will: Cyrus!
    
    Cyrus: ...Knew you would...survive...
    
    Will: Help! Medic! Someone get Dr. Morris right now!
    
    Cyrus: Don't worry... T-too... Too late for me. ...You survived. That
    is...enough...
    
    Will: No, Cyrus, don't give up! You have to hope! There's a doctor on the way
    right now!
    
    Cyrus: ...Have one...request. Please listen...
    
    Will: We owe you everything, Cyrus. I will do whatever you ask.
    
    Cyrus: ...Live.
    
    Will: What?
    
    Cyrus: ...I'm dying. Death should...should mean something. Defeat...Caulder.
    L-live in...in peace... That is my wish...
    
    Will: We will defeat him, Cyrus. I swear it.
    
    Cyrus: ...Good. He is...north of here. His main lab...called...The Nest...
    Antidote...there... Enough for...for all...
    
    Will: Cyrus, hold on!
    
    Cyrus: ...My life has...meaning...now. That was all I ever wanted.
    
    Will: ...He's gone. Cyrus, I will keep my promise to you. We will live. Your
    death will have purpose.
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-25*****
    ========================
    
    
    
    
    
    ====================
    *****Chapter-26*****
    ====================
    
    Sunrise
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Will: Caulder! We've come for you!
    
    Caulder: Hmmm... I did not expect you to find my nest so quickly. Perhaps
    you were not the ideal test specimens after all...
    
    Will: What is this place?
    
    Caulder: This is the central research facility for Intelligent Defense
    Systems. It is my playground. A place where I can satisfy my insatiable
    curiosity. Perhaps you would like to come in and...take a look around?
    
    Will: Ha! It's time to close up shop, Caulder! Your clones are human beings,
    not property. You have no right to experiment on them.
    
    Caulder: The man in the armored tank speaks of rights! How very tiresome...
    Whatever you may think of me, I have always been faithful to my curiosity. I
    am not motivated by greed, or fame, or the interests of society. If my
    research causes suffering or moral quandaries, I care not. I seek only to
    learn. In that sense, I am a pure and simple man.
    
    Will: Your curiosity comes at the cost of people's lives! You have no concept
    of what it means to be human.
    
    Caulder: Pah! Spare me your overworn lectures and tired morality. You have
    simply been conditioned to accept the values of society. And now you
    unthinkingly spout those same values to me. Do you not fight? Do you not
    kill? Is this not for selfish reasons? You cannot justify your war while
    condemning my research!
    
    Will: I fight to help others, and I take no joy from it. It's not because
    I've been conditioned... It's because I am a human being!
    
    Caulder: Merely the ideals of a selfish society has imprinted on your
    young mind! Such ideals were constructed by society to ensure its survival.
    They serve only to channel people's energies away from killing each other.
    Did you not lose both of your parents in the Great War?
    
    Will: ... ... ... ...
    
    Caulder: With no one to care for you, you joined the Rubinelle military
    academy. They clothed you, fed you, and taught you to fight for your country.
    
    Will: ...That's right. What of it?
    
    Caulder: Such a life has turned you into a foolish, naive young man. You were
    conditioned to believe the greatest of lies... That a soldier's role is to
    protect people. When you were saved by Brenner, this ideal was only further
    cemented. None of your ideas are your own! You are simply conditioned to
    believe.
    
    Will: Are you done yet?
    
    Caulder: Listen to yourself! Then look about you! How can you possibly believe
    in hope? You think yourself the heroic successor to this Captain Brenner,
    yet--
    
    Will: No. I don't. I'm not a hero, and I'll never be the man Captain Brenner
    was. But the lessons he taught mean everything to me. He proved that hope is
    good. He taught me to leave no one behind. If those ideas aren't my own?
    If he conditioned me? Then that's fine. Keep your theories, Caulder. What's
    important is that I help people. I have no other ambitions. That is what my
    heart tells me to do, and my heart is my own.
    
    Caulder: You are clearly no logician, so I will speak with simple words.
    Morals or values that impede the march or progress must be stamped out!
    Otherwise we end up with hideous, self-righteous people like you!
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    Tasha: Ha! That's the best you can do? We're not scared of that thing!
    
    Gage: We will achieve victory.
    
    Lin: Brenner's Wolves fight hardest when pressed against the wall.
    
    Isabella: We can do it! I know it!
    
    Will: This is it! We win this battle and end the war!
    
    
    =====Tactics War Room=====
    
    Lin: This is it. Our very last tactics session...
    
    Will: Really?
    
    Lin: It's almost sad. I've had a good time making fun of you. Sometimes it was
    the only thing that got me through the day.
    
    Will: Yeah, I'm going to miss you-- Hey! What do you mean, you enjoyed
    making fun of me?!
    
    Lin: I can't be the reality-check girl all the time, now can I?
    
    Will: You surprise me, Lin.
    
    Lin: All right, enough mushy stuff. Let's talk tactics.
    
    Will: I'd appreciate it.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: Capture cities with infantry and bikes, but watch those lasers. Attack
    The Nest from the west, ignoring the enemies to the east. Bombers are the best
    way to destroy the lasers, but keep them protected. The enemy has a ton of
    units, so keep cranking yours out. Try to plug those holes The Nest uses to
    build units. That'll be a big help.
    
    Will: I've got it!
    
    Lin: You're sure?
    
    Will: I'm sure!
    
    Lin: YOu're sure you're sure?
    
    Will: Stop making fun of me!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to War Room~~~~~
    
    Lin: Thus ends our final tactical briefing. It's been a pleasure, Will.
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    *****Day one, IDS Forces*****
    
    Caulder: Welcome to The Nest! She is my crowning achievement... I've armed
    her with five powerful lasers and two mortar launchers. And she possesses
    the ability to produce any new units I wish. Good-bye, my self-righteous
    friends! This world grows weary of you.
    
    *****Before Day two*****
    
    Isabella: The Nest channels all of its energy into those five laser
    cannons. If you can destroy all five, it should overload the system.
    
    Will: Isabella, you shouldn't be here. It's dangerous.
    
    Isabella: I want to live together with you and the others, Will. That is
    my dream. But if everything ends here for me... I'm OK with that.
    
    *****Left laser cannon destroyed*****
    
    Lin: The laser cannon on the far left has been destroyed.
    
    
    *****Before day four*****
    
    Will: I was on the Great Owl, Caulder. I know about your experiments. You
    think you're a man of science, but you're just a selfish monster.
    
    Caulder: You didn't have to journey there to see the fruits of my labors!
    You can find evidence of my work far closer to home. In fact, you can even
    look... inside yourselves!
    
    Will: What did you say?
    
    Caulder: I told you that all my dreams came true when the meteors struck. I
    had designed a virus that I thought to be a colossal failure. It had a
    fragile genetic structure and was unable to survive direct sunlight. But then
    the wonderful meteors fell to earth and choked the world in dust. It created
    the perfect conditions for my delicate virus to thrive!
    
    Will: The Creeper! It was you!
    
    Caulder: Temperatures plummeted. The sun was lost. Lives died out by the
    millions. But my flowers bloomed! I seized the chance to refine my virus,
    and now you have seen the results! I no longer need a laboratory! I have all
    of you!
    
    Will: You're worse than I thought...
    
    Caulder: In its original form, my virus affected only the young. But with a
    bit of fine-tuning, I learned how to target anyone. It has been a tremendous
    boon to my research. And so fascinating...
    
    Will: Without respect for life, your science is pointless!
    
    Caulder: What is life? Merely a protein-based mechanism for energy
    consumption. It is really nothing special.
    
    Will: Enough! Stop talking! I can't stand hearing you anymore! You look like
    a human, but you're not! I don't know what you are...
    
    Caulder: What you think I am is the least of my concerns. I care only about
    how you face your imminent demise.
    
    *****Before Day eight*****
    
    Caulder: In my youth, enormous progress had been made in the field of
    cloning. But while technically feasible, there was ethical resistance to the
    idea.
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene of a grinning Caulder~~~~~
    
    Caulder: I rejected such pretty concerns and chose to clone myself!
    
    Will: Y-you cloned yourself?
    
    Caulder: After countless failed experiments, I finally realized my ambition.
    I then used my own clones to further my research! Do you know what it is like
    to watch yourself die? ...It is FASCINATING!
    
    Will: You're insane!
    
    Caulder: Do not interrupt! These clones were used to grow organs that could be
    transplanted into me. But then something went wrong... The clones began
    to...feel. They resented being used in such a way...and they fought back.
    After a brief, fierce war, only one cloned survived... AND I AM THAT
    SURVIVOR!
    
    Will: But that means... Wait, you're--
    
    Caulder: Yes. I am a clone. And I killed my creator!
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene end~~~~~
    
    *****Before Day twelve*****
    
    Caulder: Yet you still fight on! You can take a lot of punishment... I think
    it is time for you to accept the inevitable. This planet no longer needs
    weak, mortal people like you.
    
    Will: We won't surrender! 
    
    Caulder: I have important research to do, and you continue to disturb me! This
    planet is not yours anymore! It belongs to me! It has evolved! There is no
    place for selfish, naive humans in this new world.
    
    Will: You don't know the first thing about humans. We are not selfish. We
    simply want to live in peace with our fellow human beings. No matter what
    happens, I will always believe this. People like you, people who see only
    evil... You are the minority.
    
    Caulder: Even by your standards, such a position is absurd!
    
    Will: Your research interests no one but yourself. But my dream is shared!
    That is why you will never win!
    
    
    *****Far right laser destroyed*****
    
    Isabella: The laser cannon on the far right has been destroyed.
    
    *****Left middle cannon destroyed*****
    
    Tasha: The left laser cannon has been destroyed.
    
    *****Right Middle laser cannon destroyed*****
    
    Gage: The right laser cannon has been destroyed.
    
    *****Middle laser cannon destroyed*****
    
    Will: The central laser cannon has been destroyed.
    
    *****All 5 lasers destroyed, Brenner's Wolves win*****
    
    Caulder: N-no... NO! What have you done?! I'm...I'm dying... I'm DYING! I
    have killed so many clones, but I am different! I am unique! I am ALIVE!
    Help me! Please! Someone! Help me! I don't want...to die...
    
    
    
    *****If Brenner's Wolves lose*****
    
    Will: We've come so far... We can't give up... There is still hope...
    
    Caulder: What an absurd set of final words. You really are beyond help! You
    were an interesting specimen, but... Farewell!
    
    
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    ~~~~~White flash to Victory Page: Grand Finale~~~~~
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    Will: Finally... We did it!
    
    
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    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~One year later~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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    ~~~~~New Hope~~~~~
    
    Will: Another cloudy day... Let's see how everyone is.
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene of farms and windmills~~~~~
    
    Youth: Hey, Will! Take a look!
    
    Woman: We finally got some crops to grow! It's not much, but still...
    
    Will: Are you kidding? That's wonderful! I know it wasn't easy.
    
    Civilian: Those meteors actually fertilized the soil somehow. The plants
    love it. But without sunlight, I just don't know...
    
    Will: Don't give up! Keep at it! Remember, where there's life--
    
    Woman: ...There's hope! Don't worry, Will. We'll keep at it!
    
    ~~~~~Outskirts of New Hope~~~~~
    
    Penny: Mr. Bear loves the fields! Mr. Bear wants to play hide-and-seek.
    
    Will: Heya, Penny.
    
    Penny: Who are you? How do you know Penny's name? ...Did Mr. Bear tell you?
    
    Will: I'm Will. We talked yesterday. Remember?
    
    Penny: No! Remembering is hard. And you smell like cheese. Come on, Mr. Bear.
    Let's go away from the stinky cheese man.
    
    Will: Don't worry, Penny. You'll remember someday.
    
    Penny: Daddy went BOOM! Cyrus went BOOM! Sister went... Sister went... No
    good! Mr. Bear doesn't know. Do you know?
    
    Will: We think Tabitha's still alive. We just aren't sure where she is.
    
    Penny: She IS alive! We can feel her. Sister and Penny and Mr. Bear! All one
    big system! Whrrrr! Cliiick! Booom! Tee hee hee!
    
    Will: ...Really? Huh. That must be what Caulder meant by one person
    controlling an entire army.
    
    Penny: Sky!
    
    Will: What?
    
    Penny: Sky! Black! Black sky! Other sister wanted to look at the sky! We
    looked! ...It's dirty. Mr. Bear hates it. Then Mr. Bear was bored, so we
    left. How much is that sandwich? Trees! Big Trees! Tee hee!
    
    Will: ...Sorry, Penny. You lost me.
    
    Penny: Tee hee! Stinky cheese man is funny. Come on, Mr. Bear!
    
    Will: Well, at least she seems happy.
    
    ~~~~~New Hope Medical Center~~~~~
    
    Dr. Morris: The last infected person has just tested clean. Caulder's antidote
    worked. It seems we've...uprooted this flower! Oh ho! Oh ho ho ho!
    
    Will: Hey, Doctor! That's actually kind of funny! And I'm glad the cure has
    worked. We owe a lot to Cyrus, don't we?
    
    Dr. Morris: It's hard to believe that upstanding young man was a clone of
    Caulder. He was created to be a killer, but he ended up having a true and
    good heart. I think it proves that there is more to a human than their DNA.
    
    Will: You're right, Doctor.
    
    Dr. Morris: And now that we have a moment, Will... I've been meaning to talk
    to you about Isabella and her sister.
    
    Will: What is it?
    
    Dr. Morris: Well, you see, it is common for clones to have shorter life spans
    than the original organism. In the case of cloned mammals such as sheep,
    the aging process is usually accelerated. There are sections of DNA called
    telomeres that act as buffers during cellular... Hmmm... I can see I'm losing
    you. Let me try again. Basically, clones have genetic problems that cause
    them to have shortened lives. And clones made from other clones have even
    shorter life spans. Were this true with Isabella, she would even now be at
    the end of her life span.
    
    Will: No! You have to do something! You have to--
    
    Dr. Morris: Will, Will! Please! Let me finish... There have been cases with
    certain mammals, like cows, where cloned genes function better. If the
    same quirk occurs in cloned humans... Then Isabella may outlive all of us!
    Oh ho! Oh ho ho ho... Wait, that's not funny.
    
    Will: OK. That's all a bit weird, but I think I understand.
    
    Dr. Morris: I don't know how well Caulder's clones will function, or how
    their genes are faring. But that means Isabella is just like us. Her future
    is uncertain. And in the end, perhaps that's for the best.
    
    Will: I agree. I think Isabella has many happy years ahead of her. And she
    believes it too.
    
    Dr. Morris: That is good to hear.
    
    ~~~~~New Hope Dairy Farm~~~~~
    
    Tasha: Status report, Gage.
    
    Gage: Critical. I think this is...dammit... Hold still, you!
    
    Tasha: Aw! My two favorite big, dumb animals are together at last!
    
    Gage: I'm a soldier, Tasha. I wasn't trained to milk cows.
    
    Tasha: Are you worried it might ruin your image?
    
    Lin: Good morning. Is there enough milk for everyone?
    
    Gage: I'm...working...on it... Stupid cow! I think it hates me.
    
    ~~~~~New Hope~~~~~
    
    Will: Isabella!
    
    Isabella: Will! Good morning!
    
    Will: Lin and the others are on their way, but I think we can wait for them
    here.
    
    Isabella: Yes, sir! What's wrong? You look upset.
    
    Will: No, it's just... The war is over, and the virus has been eliminated.
    But this doesn't mean that our work is done, you know? This world is still
    full of people who need our help, and... we may never find them all.
    
    Isabella: You're right, Will. We may not. But we will keep trying, and that
    is what matters.
    
    Will: ...You're right. We can't give up. After all, where there's life,
    there's hope.
    
    Isabella: Yes, Will. There is always hope.
    
    Will: Hey, enough about me. How about you? Are you doing OK?
    
    Isabella: Oh, I'm fine! You know me! Just...one day at a time. As long as
    I'm here with all of you, I'll be all right. I mean...as long as you are here
    with me. Then I can be happy.
    
    Will: ...Me too.
    
    Isabella: Oh! Oh my gosh, Will! Look!
    
    Will: What? What's wrong?!
    
    Isabella: Look! It's... It's the sun! You were right, Will! There IS hope!
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene of Will and Isabella laying down looking up at the sunlight~~~~~
    
    Isabella: I think we're going to be OK.
    
    
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    The END!
    
    Thanks for playing!
    
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    Prologue:
    
    Our world is destroyed...
    
    After the meteors struck...
    ...the land blazed...
    ...the earth shook...
    ...the oceans boiled...
    
    90% of mankind is gone...
    
    
    Dust covers the earth,
    blotting out all traces
    of sunlight...
    
    What will come next?
    No one can answer that...
    
    But among the destruction,
    there are survivors...
    
    ====================
    *****Chapter-01*****
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    Destroyed World
    
    
    Ed: H-Hello? Can anyone hear me?
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene of Ed, dirty and shocked~~~~~
    
    Ed: There's no one here either... Maybe no one else survived... Hello!
    Can anyone hear me?!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Ed: Over there! There's someone there... If I can just get this radio
    working... Can you hear me? My name is Ed. I'm a cadet at the Laurentian
    Military Academy...
    
    Drakov: Har-har-har!!!
    
    Ed: Wh-What?!
    
    Drakov: We've found our next victim! Looks like it's our lucky day! Take his
    supplies and weapons - they belong to us now! And while we're at it, we'll
    take his life! Har-har-har!!!
    
    Ed: W-Wait!
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    Ed: I can't take on that many enemies. I need to escape... Okay, focus.
    Remember your training at the Academy... The first thing to do in a battle
    situation is to... ...take stock of your surroundings and gauge what you're
    up against.
    
    *****select Bike unit*****
    
    Ed: Okay, I need to move over there!
    
    *****moved*****
    
    Ed: But what should I do next?
    
    *****If a unit is damaged*****
    
    Drakov: Har-har-har!!! Direct hit! How'd you like that?! This battle's not
    going to end until one side crushes the other!
    
    =====Tactics Briefing Room=====
    
    Ed: Where am I?! What is this room?!
    
    Lin: This is our Briefing Room, Ed. You can come here for tips on tactics for
    the current battle.
    
    Ed: Wait! How do you know my name?! And I was just in the middle of a battle,
    you know! I don't even know your name!
    
    Lin: Please don't concern yourself with such minor details here. You don't
    have to know my name. Suffice it to say that you will find my advice useful.
    
    Will: Okay...
    
    Lin: Now, let's get down to business. I have some tips on tactics for you.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: Position your units beside the enemy and attack them. That is all.
    
    Ed: Th-That's all you're telling me?!
    
    Lin: I thought it perfectly clear and concise. Well, if you insist on knowing
    more... The greater damage you do to an enemy, the weaker its countstrike. So
    make those attacks count!
    
    Ed: I got it! Thanks!
    
    Lin: You don't have to do this battle right now, but this will be useful in
    the future.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Briefing Room~~~~~
    
    Lin: Okay, that's all from the Briefing Room for now. Good luck out there!
    
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****Day two*****
    
    O'Brian: Lin, talk to me...
    
    Lin: It appears a fellow Laurentian soldier is under attack by a gang of
    bandits. Shall we prepare to intervene?
    
    O'Brian: Do it.
    
    Lin: Yes, Captain.
    
    Ed: Who are you?
    
    O'Brian: Let's skip the introductions. Fall back and let us handle this.
    
    Ed: Okay, I understand.
    
    *****Bike leaves*****
    
    Drakov: Who do you think you are?! This isn't your fight!
    
    O'Brian: You made it my fight when you decided to prey on the weak and
    helpless... You must be former soldiers... Where's your pride?
    
    Drakov: Pride? Har-har-har!!! Don't make me laugh! Look at the world. It's
    destroyed! And you talk to me about pride?! We're not soldiers anymore. We're
    survivors. We obey no laws! We rob, we kill - we live as we want!
    Har-har-har!!!
    
    O'Brian: Not anymore, you don't...
    
    Drakov: Try and stop me!
    
    O'Brian: You attack the weak, steal their possessions, take their lives...
    ...and all you can do is laugh?! You disgust me! Where's your pride? Your
    pride as soldiers... And your pride as human beings...
    
    Drakov: Har-har-har!!! Have you said enough? They'll be your last words!
    
    O'Brian: Lin, advance and bring the fight to the enemy.
    
    Lin: Preparing to begin the assault on the enemy's forces...
    
    *****First enemy unit destroyed*****
    
    Ed: This is the real thing! This is no training exercise!
    
    *****Day three*****
    
    Lin: Each unit has its own unique features. Ensure you check each one's data.
    
    *****Attacking a 2nd unit*****
    
    Lin: Pay attention to the info about each type of terrain.
    
    *****Day four*****
    
    Lin: When you are at a loss as to how to proceed in battle... ...there is a
    way to pick up valuable tactical tips.
    
    (Select Mission from the Menu, and choose the Tactics option. You'll get
    useful advice there.)
    
    *****Independent Legion wins*****
    
    Drakov: No!!! This can't be happening... Retreat! They've taken out my units!
    
    
    *****If Independent Legion loses*****
    
    Ed: Darn it! How did that happen?!
    
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    ~~~~~Victory Page~~~~~
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    O'Brian: This will teach them to prey on the innocent!
    
    ~~~~~A ruined city in Northern Laurentia~~~~~
    
    O'Brian: Are you okay?
    
    Ed: Yes, thanks to you! My name is Ed. I was a cadet at the Laurentian
    Military Academy...
    
    O'Brian: You were a cadet at the Academy?
    
    Ed: That's right. When the meteors struck, the Academy was destroyed. I was
    the sole survivor. I crawled inside a food storage room in the kitchen and
    somehow kept myself alive... I don't know how long I was there for, but when
    I finally ventured outside... ...I found only destruction. I thought that no
    one else had pulled through.
    
    O'Brian: I see. You did well to stay alive...
    
    Ed: It was all I could do...
    
    O'Brian: My name is Captain O'Brian. I command the 12th Laurentian
    Independent Legion. And this is my second-in-command...
    
    Lin: ...First Lieutenant Lin.
    
    O'Brian: We come to the assistance of survivors of the meteor strike. If you
    haven't got anywhere else to be, you should consider joining us.
    
    Ed: I would be happy to! Thank you! But it's just...
    
    O'Brian: What's the matter?
    
    Ed: It's just that I haven't eaten in so long...
    
    O'Brian: So that's the noise I heard? It was your stomach rumbling! I think
    we can find some spare rations for you. Just don't expect too much from the
    flavour! You'll get used to it...
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-01*****
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    *****Chapter-02*****
    ====================
    
    
    One Life
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Base Camp~~~~~
    
    O'Brian: Ed, take care when you leave the camp. I don't think you should
    wander too far.
    
    Ed: Yes, Captain!
    
    O'Brian: You think you've recovered enough to travel?
    
    Ed: Yes, thanks to you and everyone in the Legion.
    
    O'Brian: Still, you should take it easy. Don't overdo it.
    
    Ed: It's just...
    
    O'Brian: What is it?
    
    Ed: The world has changed so much. I can't get used to it... The sky is full
    of ash, and it's always dark...
    
    O'Brian: Ah yes, the ash...
    
    Lin: When the meteors struck, a vast cloud of dust and ash filled the 
    atmosphere. It blocked the sun, and even now no rays of sunlight can break
    through it.
    
    Ed: When will the sky return to normal?
    
    Lin: It will take a number of years. Perhaps even decades...
    
    Ed: Decades?!
    
    O'Brian: Don't make that face, Ed! As long as there is life, there is hope...
    
    Ed: There is hope...
    
    O'Brian: That's right. The world we knew is gone, but we must not give in to
    despair. Peace will return. The sun will return. The life we had will return.
    This faith is what drives me to continue seeking survivors to help.
    
    Ed: I think I understand...
    
    O'Brian: Don't give up and one day all your hopes will be realised. Never
    forget that.
    
    Ed: Never give up...
    
    O'Brian: You've got it! Now we have work to do. Lin, begin preparing to search
    the surrounding area.
    
    Lin: Yes, Captain.
    
    Ed: Captain! I want to help too!
    
    O'Brian: No, it's too dangerous out there. Stay here in the base camp...
    
    Ed: Please take me with you! I know I didn't even complete my cadet
    training... ...but I still want to do whatever I can to help you.
    
    O'Brian: You're determined, I'll give you that. Okay, you're in. But if things
    look dangerous, you'd better run. Don't think about fighting.
    
    Ed: Yes, Captain!
    
    ~~~~~A ruined city of Northern Laurentia~~~~~
    
    Ed: Did you find anyone?
    
    Laurentian: There's no one here... They're all...dead.
    
    Ed: Not again!
    
    Laurentian: This town is the same as all the others. There's no trace of any
    survivors.
    
    Ed: But there must be people out there who need our help... People struggling
    to hold on, just like I did. That's why we hve to keep looking...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to field~~~~~
    
    Ed: Is anyone there?
    
    Laurentian: The search has been called off. Those bandits have regrouped. We
    have to get out of here and let Captain O'Brian deal with them. It's not safe
    to stay here any longer. Let's move!
    
    Ed: No, let's keep searching for a little while longer. Remember what the
    Captain said: "Never give up hope".
    
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    O'Brian: All civilians are to fall back! We'll deal with this... Block the
    enemy with the Tank and defend it with the Mech Gun!
    
    
    =====Tactics Briefing Room=====
    
    Ed: This is...?
    
    Lin: This is the Briefing Room, the place to come for tips on tactics for the
    current battle. If you've already been here, then welcome back. If it's your
    first time, I hope it's useful.
    
    Ed: Tips on tactics? So you'll give me hints on how to defeat enemies and
    win battles?
    
    Lin: That's right. Now listen carefully...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to field~~~~~
    
    Lin: Block the road with the Tank and use the Mech Gun to attack. It's a
    good plan to move the Mech Gun in tandem with the Tank to support it. Don't
    allow your Tank and Mech Gun to become separated!
    
    Ed: Understood!
    
    Lin: You're a fast learner. Now let's see you put it into practice on the
    battlefield.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Briefing Room~~~~~
    
    Lin: Come and visit the Briefing Room again when you want more tips.
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****Tank is selected*****
    
    Lin: Captain, the Tank's main cannon is out of ammunition. It has a secondary
    gun but it is much less powerful...
    
    O'Brian: We have no choice. We'll have to use the secondary gun to attack.
    
    *****Enemy unit is attacked*****
    
    O'Brian: Be sure to check the strike range of both enemy forces and your own.
    
    *****Mech Gun unit is selected*****
    
    Lin: The Mech Gun is an indirect attack unit. Learn how to employ it.
    
    *****Day one, The Bandits*****
    
    Drakov: Har-har-har!!! Get ready for payback time! We're going to take no
    prisoners!
    
    *****End of Day one, Bandits*****
    
    Ed: Look! Over there! Someone needs our help!
    
    
    *****Day two*****
    
    
    *****Infantry moves to highlighted circle*****
    
    Ed: Can you hear me? Are you okay?
    
    Laurentian: It looks like a young girl...
    
    Ed: Her breathing is very faint, but she's still alive. Let's take her back
    to the camp.
    
    Laurentian: Is it worth the trouble? I doubt she's going to pull through...
    
    Ed: We hve to help her! We can't just give up on her!
    
    Laurentian: But...!
    
    Ed: Can you hear me? Answer me!
    
    Laurentian: We've been here too long already! I'm going to get back to base.
    
    Ed: Open your eyes... I don't think you'll like what you see. Things aren't
    looking too good... But you're alive. And where there's life, there's hope...
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene of Ed, holding a girl~~~~~
    
    ???: ... ... ... ... Who... Who are you?
    
    Ed: You're alive!
    
    ???: P-Please tell me... Who are you?
    
    Ed: My name is Ed. I'm a cadet in the Laurentian Army. Who are you?
    
    ???: I-I... I don't know...
    
    Ed: You don't know?!
    
    ???: I don't know... I don't know who I am... I don't remember anything...
    
    Ed: You've been through a lot. I'm sure your memory will return. But until
    then, you should stay with us.
    
    ???: Stay with you? Are you sure? I understand.
    
    
    ~~~~~Flash to field~~~~~
    
    
    *****End of Day two, the Bandits*****
    
    ???: Wh-What's going on?
    
    Ed: Don't worry. You're safe. You're with the Laurentian Army.
    
    ???: The Laurentian Army... One of the armies of the two main nations of this
    continent... It is an army of 1,296,000 recruits.
    
    Ed: ...How do you know that?!
    
    ???: Since the last century, Laurentia and Zephyrus have been at war...
    Despite several armistices, the war was never brought to a conclusion...
    Expenditure on new weaponry rose as high as 7% of Laurentian GDP... Laurentian
    military strength was rated as A-Grade at the last assessment...
    
    Ed: How do you know these things?!
    
    ???: I-I don't know. I d-don't understand...
    
    Ed: We'll talk about it later. For now, our priority is surviving the enemy's
    onslaught...
    
    ???: Okay...
    
    
    *****Day three*****
    
    Lin: All units, check the surroudning terrain. You can use it to your
    advantage.
    
    *****End of Day three, the Bandits*****
    
    Lin: Just like ammunition, fuel is limited. All units, avoid unnecessary
    movement. Watch the fuel gauge!
    
    
    *****Independent Legion wins*****
    
    Drakov: Gaaargh! Not again! How can this be happening...?! I will have my
    revenge! I will destroy you all!
    
    
    *****Independent Legion loses*****
    
    Ed: I'm sorry, Captain O'Brian. You saved my life, and now it's come to
    this...
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~Victory Page~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    O'Brian: Check that no civilians were harmed.
    
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Base Camp~~~~~
    
    
    O'Brian: Ed, are you okay?
    
    Ed: Yes, Captain. I'm fine. But I'm a bit worried about her...
    
    O'Brian: Who is she?
    
    Ed: We found her in a ruined building. She was unconscious.
    
    O'Brian: You did well to bring her back alive.
    
    ???: ... ... ... ...
    
    O'Brian: What's your name?
    
    ???: I-I don't know...
    
    O'Brian: What do you mean, you don't know?!
    
    Ed: Captain O'Brian, let me explain...
    
    ---
    
    O'Brian: I see. So she's lost her memory. With the shock of all that's
    happened in the world, it doesn't surprise me...
    
    Lin: According to Ed, she has detailed knowledge of the Laurentian Army. I
    would be interested to know how she obtained this knowledge...
    
    O'Brian: All I know is that she is a survivor and she needs our help. Ed saved
    her life. Now take her somewhere safe.
    
    Lin: Yes, Captain.
    
    O'Brian: Look after her, Ed. She's been through a lot.
    
    Ed: Yes, Captain!
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-02*****
    ========================
    
    
    
    
    ====================
    *****Chapter-03*****
    ====================
    
    The Closed Village
    
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Headquarters~~~~~~
    
    O'Brian: We've arrived. This is the village we've been heading towards.
    
    Ed: Village? 
    
    O'Brian: After the earthquakes and tidal waves, most cities were completely
    destroyed. The survivors banded together and formed small villages. Among the
    chaos and anarchy, they established laws and systems of self-government.
    
    Ed: Laws?! Are there really still laws?! But there are no police left to go
    around making sure everyone obeys the law.
    
    O'Brian: That's precisely why the villages have had to establish and
    enforce their own laws. No one forced them to do it, but laws against theft
    and murder emerged completely naturally. That shows that human beings are
    fundamentally moral creatures...
    
    Lin: No, it's simply a sensible tactic for survival. In a world where murder
    goes unpunished, everyone ends up fearing that they're next. People wouldn't
    even be able to sleep - they'd spend their time wathing their neighbours.
    That's why they agreed on a law to forbid murder and to punish any
    transgressors. Human beings are motivated by their own selfish interests. They
    will never change...
    
    O'Brian: You're as rational as ever, Lin. But you never let human goodness
    enter the equation... Anyway, you'll be safe in this village, Ed. The 
    villagers will be sure to welcome civilians like you warmly.
    
    
    ~~~~~Sundown Village~~~~~~
    
    Civilian: Stop! Stop right there! Who are you?
    
    Youth: Don't move another inch! We're armed, you know!
    
    O'Brian: My name is Captain O'Brian of the 12th Independent Legion of the
    Laurentian Army. I want to talk to your Mayor. Tell him I'm here.
    
    Civilian: Maybe they're with the bandits who attacked our village!
    
    Youth: Yeah, they've come back for more! They want to wipe us all out...
    
    O'Brian: Listen to me! I'm not here to cause trouble! I once save your Mayor's
    life. Tell him my name - he'll know me.
    
    Ed: Please do as he asked you!
    
    Civilian: Look - there's a kid with them! It's not those bandits after all.
    Wait there! We'll get the Mayor...
    
    O'Brian: About time...
    
    
    ~~~~~Sundown Village~~~~~
    
    
    Mayor: O'Brian, what do you want? You scared our villagers witless. We only
    want to be left alone to live in peace.
    
    O'Brian: I know. We won't be hanging around any longer than necessary. We
    rescued some civilians, including an injured girl, and I want you to look
    after them.
    
    Mayor: Do you think it's as simple as that? We're struggling to get by as it
    is...
    
    O'Brian: I'm asking you to help me. These civilians include children. They
    won't survive unless you are prepared to take them in.
    
    Mayor: O'Brian, that isn't how the world works. Look around you! Stop ignoring
    reality!
    
    O'Brian: I know reality all too well. All I see are death and destruction...
    But if there are people in trouble, we must do what we can to save their
    lives.
    
    Mayor: Saving lives? That was important once, but not now. Millions of people
    have lost their lives already. Why worry about a few more? The more people
    who join the village, the more mouths we have to feed...
    
    O'Brian: You think these lives aren't worth saving?
    
    Mayor: That's not what I'm saying! We've taken in people in trouble before...
    But there are limits! This village is bursting at the seams...
    
    O'Brian: ... ... ... ...
    
    Mayor: You have weapons. You can look after yourselves... All we want is to
    be left in peace. So don't come here causing trouble again!
    
    Civilian: You heard him! Get out of here! Let us live our lives in peace! We
    don't need you warmongers here!
    
    O'Brian: ...I see. I'm sorry, Ed. It looks like you and the others will have
    to wait till we get to another village.
    
    Ed: Captain, I will stay with you as long as...
    
    Youth: It's th-them! Th-They're back! Mayor, it's them!
    
    Mayor: What?!
    
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~~
    
    Drakov: Am I dreaming?! We go out on another village raid and look who we
    find! Revenge is going to be sweet! Leave no one alive! Har-har-har!!!
    
    O'Brian: They're back...
    
    Mayor: B-B-But what c-c-can we do?! They'll kill us all! C-Captain O'Brian,
    you've got to do something! Help us! They've attacked all the villages in
    the area, and they're back for us!
    
    O'Brian: They keep attacking the innocent...
    
    Mayor: P-P-Please help! They've got tanks and we've got nothing! Do something!
    
    O'Brian: Okay, we'll deal with them. Begin evacuating the villagers!
    
    Mayor: Concerning repayment for helping us...
    
    O'Brian: There's no time for that now! We'll discuss it afterwards!
    
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    Lin: Captain, we have only 5 units on the battlefield. The enemy has 9 units,
    so we are at a significant disadvantage.
    
    O'Brian: Victory is not decided by who has the most units. We have to use our
    heads.
    
    =====Tactics Briefing Room=====
    
    Lin: I was wondering when yo were going to drop by here. Welcome to the
    Briefing Room, the place to come for tips on tactics for the current battle.
    
    Ed: Tips on tactics? So you'll give me hints on how to defeat enemies and
    win battles?
    
    Lin: Be patient. All will become clear...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to map~~~~~
    
    Lin: At the top of the map, there's a thin pass through the mountains.
    Position a Tank and Mech Gun here and try to avoid the enemy Mech Gun. Use the
    mountainous terrain to make Bazooka unit attacks more effective.
    
    Ed: I've got it!
    
    Lin: You're quite sure you understood?
    
    Ed: I'm sure!
    
    Lin: Well, in case you forget what I told you, feel free to come back again.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Briefing Room~~~~~
    
    Lin: Come and visit the Briefing Room again when you want more tips.
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****Mountain Bazooka unit attacked*****
    
    Lin: Enemy units are in the mountains. That makes our attacks less effective.
    
    O'Brian: We'll use the woods and mountains too! Avoid all needless loss of
    life!
    
    
    *****Day one, The Bandits*****
    
    
    Drakov: Har-har-har!!! Is that all you've got?! This is going to be a lot of
    fun! Destroy them! Destroy them all! Har-har-har!!!
    
    
    *****Day two*****
    
    O'Brian: They still have superior firepower and these bandits will fight to
    the death! 
    
    Lin: Agreed. Our only choice is to wipe out all of the enemy units.
    
    *****A Bazooka unit is damaged*****
    
    Ed: A Bazooka unit has been hit. Their condition is critical.
    
    Lin: There is another Bazooka unit. You can join units of the same type. By
    combining forces, you can help damaged units to recover. When you judge it to
    be necessary, experiment with joining units.
    
    *****End of Day four, The Bandits*****
    
    Drakov: What are you waiting for?! Destroy them! Don't let them win!
    
    O'Brian: You haven't got a chance. Your days of preying on the weak are over.
    
    
    *****Independent Legion wins*****
    
    Drakov: Gaaargh! I can't believe this! You will pay for this! All units get
    back to the base! You haven't seen the last of us!
    
    
    *****Independent Legion loses*****
    
    O'Brian: I'm sorry, Ed... I wasn't able to find a safe place for you and the
    others...
    
    Ed: Captain O'Brian, you have nothing to apologise for! I just wanted to
    stay with you and the rest of the Legion...
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~Victory Page~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    O'Brian: The Independent Legion fights with honour.
    
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Lin: We're awaiting confirmation that the enemy has completely withdrawn...
    
    Ed: They're gone! We did it!
    
    O'Brian: Good work, everyone!
    
    ~~~~~Sundown Village~~~~~
    
    Mayor: Captain, O'Brian. About the issue of allowing those civilians to stay
    here... I may have been too hasty in refusing to give you a fair hearing...
    
    O'Brian: I see...
    
    Mayor: However, there is one condition...
    
    O'Brian: Condition?
    
    Mayor: As you've seen, we live with the constant threat of raids by bandits.
    They may be back tomorrow. We can't guarantee the safety of anyone staying in
    the village. Do you really think this is the best place to leave the
    civilians?
    
    Ed: Don't worry about me...
    
    Mayor: We know that the bandits are staying in the former Laurentian Army
    base to the east. But we haven't got the weapons or training to take them
    on...
    
    O'Brian: I get it. We take out the bandits, and in exchange for that you'll...
    
    Mayor: Right... I will reconsider my decision concerning the matter we
    discussed earlier...
    
    
    ========================
    *****End Chapter-03*****
    ========================
    
    
    
    
    ====================
    *****Chapter-04*****
    ====================
    
    Next Destination
    
    
    ~~~~~Bandit's Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Drakov: Listen to me! We need to steal more! We need to attack more villages!
    Whatever you want to take, it's yours! Har-har-har!!! And remember - we take
    no prisoners!
    
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Lin: The bandits' base is where the Laurentian Northern Legion used to be
    stationed. The bandits must have armed themselves with the weapons which were
    stored there.
    
    O'Brian: Seeing how they do battle, it's obvious that they know what they're
    doing.
    
    Lin: Right. There must be former soldiers or mercenaries among their number...
    
    O'Brian: Whoever they once were, they are mere bandits now. It's time to get
    them!
    
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~~
    
    Ed: Captain! All units have been deployed!
    
    O'Brian: Good. But still no sight of the enemy?
    
    Ed: No. But with this cloud of dust, the enemy won't be able to see us
    either.
    
    Lin: My training was in reconnaissance, so leave locating the enemy to me.
    Now, let battle commence.
    
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    Laurentian: This is the Advance Infantry unit reporting... Visibility is
    very poor. We have lost all sight of the enemy. But there is a real danger
    that the enemy knows our position...
    
    Lin: Understood. Time is not on our side. We will begin our advance.
    
    Laurentian: Roger that. The enemy is hidden in the woods. We need to stay
    alert...
    
    
    *****Selecting the Flare*****
    
    Lin: Is the Flare unit ready to launch the flare rocket?
    
    Ed: Flare rocket? We studied this at the Laurentian Military Academy! When
    visibility is limited, firing flares can help reveal enemy positions.
    
    Lin: Right. Locating hidden enemies with flares gives us a huge advantage. Aim
    the flares at where you judge the enemy to be hidden. Mastering the use of the
    Flare unit could be the key to victory here.
    
    
    *****Select an infantry******
    
    Lin: Position units on the surrounding mountains.
    
    Ed: On mountains? But why?
    
    Lin: They didn't teach you this? It's one of the basics of reconnaissance
    work. Infantry and Bazooka units can see further if stationed on mountains.
    
    
    =====Tactics Briefing Room=====
    
    
    Ed: First Lieutenant Lin...?
    
    Drakov: Har-har-har!!! Guess again!
    
    Ed: It's you! What are you doing here?!
    
    Drakov: I'm here to give you advice, of course!
    
    Ed: You?! Advice?! What do you really want?
    
    Drakov: Har-har-har!!! Prefer Lin would you? Well, tough! This is my turf,
    and no one knows it better than me. So listen up!
    
    
    ~~~~~Flash to field~~~~~
    
    Drakov: Don't move without thinking first! Use flares to see what's up ahead.
    Use the terrain to your advantage, but watch out for hidden enemies! You'd
    better do as I say!
    
    ~~~~~Briefing Room~~~~~~
    
    Drakov: Har-har-har!!! Till next time!
    
    Ed: ...Wait! Too late! He's gone...
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****Get surprised*****
    
    Drakov: Har-har-har!!! They didn't see that coming! Wipe them out!
    
    
    *****Day one, The Bandits*****
    
    Drakov: Gaaargh! They think they can attack our base, do they?! Let's give our
    visitors a welcome they'll remember! Show no mercy!
    
    
    *****If Advance Infantry unit is destroyed*****
    
    Ed: The Advance Infantry unit has been hit...
    
    Lin: I'm trying to get in radio contact. Can you hear me?
    
    Laurentian: This is the Advance Infantry unit. No fatalities, but we've taken
    heavy damage. Cannot continue mission...
    
    Lin: Understood. Return to the base by the route we decided on.
    
    Laurentian: Roger that. We're heading back...
    
    Lin: Ed, always remember that your soldiers are a precious resource. Of course
    you must send troops into harm's way and risk is unavoidable... But we have a
    duty to get everyone we can back alive and earn their trust. Now, let's get
    on with the battle!
    
    
    *****Independent Legion wins*****
    
    Drakov: Gaaargh! They defeated us... This can't be happening! Why did they
    attack us?! With the world destroyed, we did what we wanted... We stole what
    we wanted, we attacked who we wanted... And then those do-gooders came
    along... But I won't let them win! Gaaargh!
    
    *****Independent Legion loses*****
    
    Lin: Captain O'Brian, I'm so sorry... I'm so sorry I failed you...
    
    O'Brian: Lin! Are you there?! Lin, respond if you can hear me! Are you
    there...?!
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~Victory page~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    Lin: On the battlefield, I never miss a thing.
    
    ~~~~~Sundown Village~~~~~~
    
    Mayor: You did it?! You defeated them?! Can it be true?!
    
    O'Brian: Mission accomplished. Those bandits won't be troubling you again.
    
    Mayor: Thank you, Captain O'Brian! Thanks to you, we can sleep soundly
    again...
    
    O'Brian: Now, about our agreement... We fulfilled our side of the bargain.
    So make sure Ed and the other civilians hve adequate food and shelter...
    
    Mayor: ...Agreement? I don't recall agreeing to anything.
    
    O'Brian: ...What?! You said that if we accepted your one condition, you would
    give shelter to Ed and the others.
    
    Mayor: I think you jumped to the wrong conclusion. I said nothing of the
    sort. All I said ws that if you took care of those bandits, I would think
    about it again. Am I right, everyone? I'm not a liar, am I?
    
    Civilian: That's right! That's all he said!
    
    O'Brian: ... ... ... ...
    
    Mayor: You must understand, Captain O'Brian, that this is an issue that
    affects the whole village. It's not something that we can decide on without
    proper consultation of every villager. We will decide in due course. Please
    be patient until then.
    
    O'Brian: Why, you...!
    
    Mayor: Why are you reacting like this? What have you got to be angry about?
    You simply misunderstood my words. I have done nothing in the least wrong...
    
    O'Brian: ... ... ... ...
    
    Mayor: Don't tell me you are threatening me! So you are letting your guns do
    the talking? You're no different from those bandits...
    
    O'Brian: I am not angry. And I am not threatening you. It's just that I'm
    remembering you as you were only a short time ago.
    
    Mayor: Wh-what?
    
    O'Brian: You were on the verge of starvation. I can still recall your words
    when I gave you food... "I will save others as you have saved me. I will
    build a village where we can live in peace." Do you still remember that? Or
    have you decided to forget?
    
    Mayor: How dare you speak to me like that?! I am the Mayor of this village!
    Who do you think you are?!
    
    Ed: Captain, it's okay.
    
    O'Brian: Ed...?
    
    Ed: I know you have our best interests at heart. But you don't have to worry
    anymore. I am sure that if we were to stay here, it might as well be safer
    for us... But I want to stay with you, Captain O'Brian. You and everyone in
    the Legion.
    
    O'Brian: Ed, that's not an option. It's just too dangerous. Stay with us and
    you'll be caught up in battles again. You have your whole life ahead of
    you...
    
    Ed: Captain O'Brian, I am a soldier just like you. Let me fight alongside you.
    
    O'Brian: But... It looks like I have no choice. You're brave, I'll give you
    that. Sorry for the trouble, Mayor. Lin, prepare to move out!
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Civilian Camp~~~~~
    
    Ed: Hello. I'm here to see how she's doing.
    
    Woman: Ed, thanks for coming again today! I know she'll be very pleased.
    
    Ed: I hope you're right. It's still so hard to communicate with her.
    
    Woman: But I know she looks forward to your visits. When you stop by to see
    her, she seems to brighten up a bit. The rest of the time, she looks a little
    lost and lonely.
    
    Ed: Really? Is that true?
    
    Woman: Yes, it is true. Ed, I know that you are a soldier... ...and you need
    to keep your mind on the job. Please don't worry too much about her...
    
    ------
    
    Ed: Ummm... I brought you something for today. I hope you like it...
    
    ???: A flower?
    
    Ed: It's not a real flower. It's just plastic... I picked it up during a
    routine scouting mission...
    
    ???: A flower... It's beautiful... What type of flower is it?
    
    Ed: I think it's called a Catleia. That's what First Lieutenant Lin said.
    
    ???: Catleia... Catleia... I will be Catleia! That will be my name! I'll
    be named after the flower you brought me...
    
    Ed: Catleia? That's a great name!
    
    Catleia: Do you really think so? I'm so happy!
    
    Ed: Catleia! It really suits you!
    
    Catleia: Thank you!
    
    Lin: It sounds like you two are having fun.
    
    Ed: Yes... ...First Lieutenant Lin?! What are you doing here?
    
    Lin: I've been here all along. I'm just keeping an eye on you...
    
    
    ========================
    *****End Chapter-04*****
    ========================
    
    
    
    
    ====================
    *****Chapter-05*****
    ====================
    
    A New Ally
    
    
    ~~~~~Lotra City Industrial Zone~~~~~
    
    O'Brian: We're here.
    
    Ed: There are buildings still standing... There must be people who survived
    too...
    
    Lin: At first sight, this city seems to be extraordinarily well-preserved...
    
    O'Brian: We'll find the local inhabitants. Let's hope that no one misjudges
    us from our appearance and thinks we're bandits.
    
    -----
    
    Dr. Moritz: Hello! Can you hear me? You over there! Can you hear me?
    
    O'Brian: ???
    
    Dr. Moritz: I represent the inhabitants of Lotra City. Do you come in peace?
    
    O'Brian: I am Captain O'Brian, and I lead the 12th Independent Legion of
    the Laurentian Army.
    
    Dr. Moritz: Really? That's simply marvellous! Captain O'Brian, you are very
    welcome! It is our very great honour to have you here!
    
    O'Brian: And who are you?
    
    Dr. Moritz: My name is Dr. Moritz. I act as a kind of representative for the
    citizens of Lotra.
    
    O'Brian: Which makes you their leader?
    
    Dr. Moritz: I suppose you coul say that! I don't know if I'm really up to the
    job, but they chose me! I suppose the main reason I was chosen is obvious!
    Because I'm just so good looking! Ha ha ha!!!
    
    O'Brian: ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
    
    Dr. Moritz: So you don't appreciate my brand of Laurentian humour then? Or
    perhaps you didn't hear me properly! I'll tell you once more I was chosen...
    
    O'Brian: We can discuss your reasons for election later. First of all, we
    need to discuss supplies. Of course, we don't expect this for free. We will
    repay you in whatever way we can.
    
    Dr. Moritz: That should be no problem. We'll... What was that?! I didn't ask
    for a cannon salute to welcome you!
    
    O'Brian: We're under attack. Find somewhere safe. This is going to turn into
    a battlefield...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: Initial reports say it is the bandits. We believed we had destroyed them
    as a fighting force, but they're back...
    
    O'Brian: Let's move! That factory looks to still be in good condition. Can
    we use it?
    
    Dr. Moritz: Yes, it is fully functional.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Factory~~~~~
    
    Dr. Moritz: Countless automated weapons factories were built during Zephyrian
    wars. I'm sure you are much more familiar with their workings than I am...
    Although it will cost you, you should be able to produce weapons and units.
    
    O'Brian: Really? You're sure we'll be able to control the production?
    
    Dr. Moritz: Engineers from the city have repaired the automated systems. In
    the factories in this area, you should be able to control production. We can
    also provide you with fully trained, battle-ready troops...
    
    O'Brian: That's a big help...
    
    Dr. Moritz: Captain O'Brian, can I leave all of the military decisions to
    you?
    
    O'Brian: I think that's best. Excuse this question, but do you really trust
    us that much?
    
    Dr. Moritz: Captain O'Brian, I have heard a lot about you and your Legion...
    With the world devastated, you still devote yourself to helping people... In
    this world where it is no longer safe to fully trust anyone... ...I want to
    put my trust in you. I hope that is okay.
    
    O'Brian: I appreciate the cooperation. Now, we have work to do!
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    Dr. Moritz: I would strongly suggest that you move an infantry unit to the
    factory. Once captured, its automated systems will become operational. Then
    you can produce more units!
    
    O'Brian: Got it! Let's capture the factory!
    
    
    *****An infantry is selected*****
    
    O'Brian: Infantry, Bazooka, and Motorbike units can capture factories and
    cities.
    
    
    *****Capture is started*****
    
    
    Ed: Capture has commenced!
    
    Lin: You cannot completely capture assets in one day. Continue in subsequent
    turns. Select Capture again the following day to progress in capturing assets.
    
    
    
    =====Tactics Briefing Room=====
    
    
    O'Brian: Hmmmm... Let me think...
    
    Ed: Captain!
    
    O'Brian: Ah, it's you, Ed.
    
    Ed: I'm really looking forward to picking up some great tips from you,
    Captain O'Brian. Let me know how to deal with all the enemies back there on
    the battlefield...
    
    O'Brian: Look, Ed, I've got to be honest with you. You see, the thing is...
    I still haven't decided on a strategy for this battle yet.
    
    Ed: You haven't decided yet?
    
    O'Brian: But don't worry. As long as we don't give up hope, I know we'll be
    just fine...
    
    Ed: Hmmm... I've started to feel a little worried about this battle,
    Captain...
    
    
    ~~~~~Flash to field~~~~~
    
    
    O'Brian: Our first priority must be to capture that factory and produce new
    units. We can use the terrain to the east of the factory to build a line of
    defence. With the Tank and Mech Gun, take out enemies as they approach that
    line. Then we'll march on their HQ. If any units become damaged in the
    the battle... ...they can recover in our cities or we can join units. And
    always stay out of range of the Mech Gun! Got it?
    
    Ed: I've got it, Captain O'Brian!
    
    O'Brian: I think if we do that, we can win...
    
    Ed: But Captain O'Brian, you don't sound too confident...
    
    O'Brian: It's just that I prefer action to words... I'll leave the tactical
    talks to Lin...
    
    Ed: Whatever you say, Captain!
    
    ~~~~~Briefing Room~~~~~
    
    O'Brian: The main thing is to not give up hope. Without hope, victory is
    impossible.
    
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****Day one, The Raiders*****
    
    Drakov: They think they can make fools of us! But their luck has run out!
    Show no mercy! Destroy them all!
    
    
    *****A city is captured*****
    
    Ed: The city has been captured!
    
    Dr. Moritz: Good! By restoring power to cities, factory production is
    boosted. By utilising physical resources obtained in the city, the operational
    status...
    
    Ed: Sorry, Doctor. Could you use simple words?
    
    Dr. Moritz: I'm talking about military funds. Capture more cities, get more
    funds!
    
    
    *****Factory is captured*****
    
    Ed: The factory has been captured! So now we can produce more units?
    
    Dr. Moritz: That's right. But the range of units you can produce is limited
    right now. But even so, the factory will no doubt give your forces a major
    boost. You are able to begin production on the day after capturing factories.
    
    
    *****A unit is damaged*****
    
    Lin: A unit has been hit. But it can be repaired. Position the unit on your
    cities or factories and it will recover. Don't push your units too hard. Give
    them the chance to recover.
    
    
    *****Factory has no unit covering it*****
    
    Dr. Moritz: At long last, you can produce units in the factory! Select the
    factory to see the units which you can produce.
    
    (To produce units, move the cursor on to the factory or alternatively touch
    it with the stylus.)
    
    
    *****Independent Legion wins*****
    
    Drakov: Why?! How?! Not again...
    
    O'Brian: This is the end of the road for you.
    
    Dr. Moritz: Captain O'Brian, I'm afraid you'll have to return the units
    you produced. The unit can only be used in ranged of the factory where they
    were made. Go too far from area, and you're left with useless lumps of metal.
    
    O'Brian: Yes, I am aware of that. Now we just need to resupply and repair
    our units.
    
    *****Independent Legion loses*****
    
    O'Brian: I'm sorry! My strategy failed...
    
    Dr. Moritz: C-Captain O'Brian! D-Don't give up!
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~Victory Page~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    O'Brian: Now, where were we...?
    
    ~~~~~Lotra City Industrial Zone~~~~~
    
    Dr. Moritz: Before the meteor strike, I worked as a medical researcher, mostly
    with lab rats! But when the world was destroyed, I made my way to this city...
    There were so many sick and injured people. I did what I could...
    
    Youth: We owe our lives to Dr. Moritz! If he hadn't helped me, I wouldn't
    be here today...
    
    Dr. Moritz: Well, humans are easier to deal with than rats! At least I speak
    their language! Ha ha ha!!!
    
    Ed: ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
    
    Dr. Moritz: What's wrong? Don't appreciate my Laurentian humour? Feel free to
    laugh as much as you like!
    
    Ed: Er... Thank you...
    
    Youth: If only he didn't insist on telling those awful jokes all the time...
    
    Ed: You are like Captain O'Brian... If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be here.
    He saved my life. Even with the world in this state... ...there are still
    those like you and the Captain who want to help other people.
    
    O'Brian: I may have something in common with Dr Moritz, but at least I don't
    tell terrible jokes. I have some pride, after all...
    
    Dr. Moritz: Ha ha ha!!! Well, you shouldn't make me out to be some kind of
    hero, Ed. I entered medicine not to help people, but to satisfy my own
    interests i research. I held medical qualifications, but I'd never even seen
    a patient before the meteors struck. But I suppose that in extreme situations,
    you learn what is truly important... Do you know what I mean, Captain O'Brian?
    
    O'Brian: I know exactly what you mean.
    
    Dr. Moritz: It's good that we see things the same way! Now, there's an
    issue I need to discuss with you. Your Legion and the citizens of this city
    combine to make a group of several hundred people. Each of these people
    requires food in order to live. Which means we have a problem...
    
    O'Brian: A shortage of food is a very serious matter...
    
    Dr. Moritz: But I know the perfect place to go in order to solve this
    problem... Captain O'Brian, I want to ask you for your help.
    
    
    ========================
    *****End Chapter-05*****
    ========================
    
    
    
    
    ====================
    *****Chapter-06*****
    ====================
    
    Observer of Fear
    
    
    ~~~~~Outside the Bio-Corp Research Facility~~~~~
    
    Dr. Moritz: Do you know why the dinosaurs became extinct?
    
    Ed: Ummm... Captain O'Brian, do you know?
    
    O'Brian: Don't ask me things like that! Lin, tell us!
    
    Lin: There are a number of theories, one of which is that there was a
    meteor strike...
    
    Dr. Moritz: Right. The dinosaurs may have witnessed the same destruction
    which we saw. According to this theory, a meteor hit Earth some 65 million
    years ago. It set fire to huge areas of the planet's surface, causing
    enormous devastation. Earthquakes of 12 or 13 on the Richter Scale caused
    tidal waves 100 metres in height. It seems that surfing was not one of 
    the strong points of the dinosaurs...
    
    Lin: Most dinosaurs are believed to have perished because of that
    catastrophic event. Although they had ruled the Earth up to then, their
    reign came to a sudden, brutal end.
    
    Ed: But humans managed to survive.
    
    Dr. Moritz: That's right. We have survived. Let's hear it for mankind!
    Ha ha ha!!! But I still think we've got nothing on cockroaches when it
    comes to survival skills!
    
    O'Brian: And what exactly was your point again?
    
    Dr. Moritz: Let's get serious for a moment. As you know, there is a huge
    dust cloud above us. Without sunlight, humans cannot grow crops. Plants
    wither and die with no energy source. It may be that it was the cloud of
    dust and ash which actually caused the end of the dinosaurs.
    
    O'Brian: So what can we do?
    
    Dr. Moritz: There's no need to panic. We are humans and are blessed with
    knowledge and science. We are nearing completion of our research into
    Bio-Crops. They will give us plenty of food.
    
    O'Brian: Bio-Crops?
    
    Dr. Moritz: Bio-Crops were developed after research into anaerobic and
    non-photosynthetic catalytic...
    
    O'Brian: Dr Moritz, I'm starting to get a headache. Your explanations are
    worse than your jokes. Could you get straight to the point?
    
    Dr. Moritz: If we can grow Bio-Crops successfully, we will have enough
    to eat. Simple, right? We won't be able to feed millions of people, but
    we can produce food for Lotra's citizens. But there is one thing I worry
    about...
    
    Ed: What's that, Dr Moritz? What are you worried about?
    
    Dr. Moritz: Let me ask you a question, young man. Do you believe in demons?
    Do you believe there are those who are glad that our world - our way of
    life - was destroyed? Do you think there are people who thrive in this
    devastation and chaos?
    
    Ed: Wh-What do you mean?
    
    Dr. Moritz: No, it doesn't matter. Forget I said anything! In fact, I've
    forgotten what I was saying myself! Ha ha ha!!!
    
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    O'Brian: Lin, talk to me!
    
    Lin: This is strange. There is no response to our calls to identify
    themselves...
    
    O'Brian: They don't look friendly... Let's move!
    
    
    
    =====Tactics Briefing Room=====
    
    O'Brian: Ed, come in. 
    
    Ed: Captain O'Brian! Can you give me any tips on how to handle this battle?
    
    O'Brian: Yes, that should be no problem... Er, one moment... Gah, where's
    it gone?
    
    Ed: Captain? Have you lost something?
    
    O'Brian: Er, yes. Lin made me some notes on tactics tips. But I've lost them
    somewhere...
    
    Ed: Captain O'Brian? I didn't realise that you were getting tips from
    First Lieutenant Lin! Maybe you should keep that a secret from the rest of
    the troops...
    
    O'Brian: I guess I just prefer to let my actions do the talking. I'm not a
    natural teacher like Lin... Ah, I've found her notes! Let's see what she
    has to say...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    O'Brian: "Capture factories and cities. Defend Infantry units with other units
    while they are capturing these assets. The terrain south-east of the factory
    is ideal or setting up defences. If the enemy produces more units, retreat
    to the area by the factory. Produce Anti-Tank units to take on the enemy's
    Mega Tank." That's it.
    
    Ed: But Captain, you just repeated what First Lieutenant Lin wrote!
    
    O'Brian: I guess words aren't my strong point!
    
    ~~~~Briefing Room~~~~~
    
    O'Brian: That's it for now.
    
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****Day one, IDS*****
    
    [Paranthesized names are unknown at the time]
    
    (Lili): Tee he he!!! Daddy, is it really okay?
    
    (Stolos): Of course it's okay! Enjoy yourself! But remember to record the
    battle. I want to see how the soldiers fought... ...and how they died!
    
    (Cyrus): ...I am sorry to speak out of turn, but I simply cannot agree,
    Father... Why must we start this fight? What meaning does it have? What
    necessity is there to inflict this suffering? It's a terrible waste...
    
    (Stolos): Waste? You talk to me about waste? What greater waste of resources
    is there than people themselves?
    
    (Lili): Tee he he!!! Here I go!
    
    
    *****All enemy units destroyed*****
    
    
    (Stolos): What's wrong, sweetheart? They blew up your toys already? It would
    be a shame to end the battle so soon. Let's spice things up a bit!
    
    (Lili): Daddy, can I use that new toy now? Tee he he!!! This is so fun!
    
    (Stolos): Anything you want, my dear! Let's observe how they respond to the
    world's most powerful tank... This is most interesting!
    
    Ed: The enemy has sent in reinforcements! Th-That tank...it's enormous!
    
    O'Brian: What is it?! Lin, any information?
    
    Lin: No, that tank is not listed in the database...
    
    Catleia: That is known as a... Mega Tank.
    
    Dr. Mortiz: A Mega Tank?
    
    Catleia: It has vastly superior armour and weaponry compared to regular tanks.
    It is the most powerful ground force unit in the world today...
    
    Dr. Moritz: What are we supposed to do gainst it? It's too big!
    
    Catleia: I-I don't know...
    
    
    *****The Day after the reinforcements arrive*****
    
    Catleia: ... ... ... ...
    
    Will: Catleia! What's wrong? What's the matter?
    
    Catleia: My head hurts... The factory systems have been refined and can now
    produce Anti-Tank units.
    
    Ed: B-But how did you know...?!
    
    Dr. Moritz: She's right! The Error Message is gone from the factory
    computer...
    
    Catleia: Anti-tank units will prove extremely effective against the Mega
    Tank.
    
    Dr. Moritz: She's right! She's right! We can do it!
    
    Lin: Catleia, I want you to explain right away...
    
    O'Brian: Lin, we need to focus on the battle. We'll use Anti-Tank units to
    destroy that Mega Tank.
    
    Catleia: Yes...
    
    
    *****Independent Legion wins*****
    
    Ed: We did it! We won!
    
    O'Brian: That wasn't easy... But we did it.
    
    Ed: It was all thanks to Catleia! We owe it to her!
    
    Catleia: No, no! I didn't do anything...
    
    Dr. Moritz: We did it! Now let's check on things at the Bio-Crop Research
    Facility...
    
    
    *****Independent Legion loses*****
    
    Ed: The enemy is too strong... Wh-Who can they be...?
    
    (Stolos): I am afraid this enemy is far too weak to even arouse my
    curiousity. At least put up a fight, will you!
    
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~Victory Page~~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    Ed: Now we just need those Bio-Crops...
    
    ~~~~~Outside the Bio-Crop Research Facility~~~~~
    
    O'Brian: Dr Moritz, Lin - how are you progressing with the Bio-Crops? Do you
    think we can grow them?
    
    Dr. Moritz: Captain O'Brian, I have some good news and I have some
    bad news...
    
    Lin: The Bio-Crop Research Facility is destroyed.
    
    Dr. Moritz: Wait! I had a joke I wanted to tell first!
    
    O'Brian: Save your jokes for when I'm not around. What do you mean
    destroyed? Can't we repair it?
    
    Dr. Moritz: That will be quite difficult, I'm afraid. The factory was
    extremely sophisticated. Its components are not the kind of things you can
    just pick up at the supermarket
    
    Ed: What are we going to do, Dr Moritz?
    
    Dr. Moritz: I really don't know. This is a most alarming development...
    
    Ed: Alarming?
    
    Dr. Moritz: The enemy did not come to invade this city. Rather, they came
    to destroy the Bio-Crops. If we had successfully grown the Bio-Crops, we
    could have lived in peace with ample food. What did they have to gain by
    destroying them? It's almost as if...
    
    Lin: It's almost as if there is someone who desires the complete destruction
    of mankind...
    
    ~~~~~Outside the Bio-Crop Research Facility~~~~~
    
    Ed: What is this?
    
    Lin: It's a field of flowers. They're beautiful. But there's something
    strange about them...
    
    Dr. Moritz: Whatever you do, don't touch those flowers!
    
    Ed: Dr Moritz?
    
    Dr. Moritz: Lin, I will have to ask you a personal question. Are you over
    20 years old?
    
    Lin: I beg your pardon! Why are you asking me that? I may not be as young
    as Catleia but... What business is it of yours anyway?!
    
    Dr. Moritz: Don't look at me like that! You're scaring me! I didn't mean
    to sound rude... The thing is, these flowers have only ever infected
    people under the age of 20...
    
    Lin: Infected? What do you mean?
    
    Dr. Morris: Have you heard of Parasiticum Floritis, more commonly known as
    the Floral Virus?
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Photo~~~~~
    
    Lin: ...Flowers?
    
    Dr. Moritz: This is a victim of the Floral Virus. He was around your age,
    Ed.
    
    Ed: B-But... This can't be!
    
    Dr. Moritz: The flowers are not for decoration. They take root in the human
    body. The flowers then bloom, leaving the victim in this pitiful state...
    
    Lin: Flowers...? Growing from a person...? But how can this be possible?
    
    Dr. Moritz: I would love to tell you it's impossible. Parasitic growth of
    plants on mammals is very rare. This is quite exceptional. I have seen too
    many young people fall victim to this since the meteor strike.
    
    Ed: This is too much!
    
    Dr. Moritz: Curiously, this virus only seems to spread among young people.
    You are still young, Ed. Which means you are still at risk. If you meet
    anyone suffering from this sickness, stay away from them.
    
    Ed: I understand...
    
    
    ~~~~~Outside the Bio-Crop Research Facility~~~~~
    
    Lin: So we aren't only threatened by starvation, but also by a mysterious
    virus?
    
    O'Brian: Sometimes it is hard to remain positive about things... But we
    cannot give up...
    
    Ed: Where there is life, there is hope...
    
    O'Brian: Exactly.
    
    
    ========================
    *****End Chapter-06*****
    ========================
    
    
    
    
    ====================
    *****Chapter-07*****
    ====================
    
    A Place to Live
    
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Base Camp~~~~~
    
    
    O'Brian: So it seems we're short of food. What do you suggest we do, Doctor?
    
    Dr. Moritz: I'm afraid I'm out of ideas... We're in trouble, I can't deny it.
    
    Lin: Were Bio-Crops grown in any other location?
    
    Dr. Moritz: Not to my knowledge...
    
    Catleia: Bio-Crops?
    
    Ed: Catleia, do you know something?
    
    Catleia: I-I might.
    
    Ed: Tell us!
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Headquarters~~~~~
    
    O'Brian: You're absolutely certain about this?
    
    Catleia: Yes, I am.
    
    Dr. Moritz: Listen up, you enigmatic young lady, this is no time for jokes...
    You are really saying there are Bio-Crops located elsewhere?
    
    Catleia: I think... The latitude is 25.345 degrees north and the longitude
    is 131.035 degrees west.
    
    Dr. Moritz: Those are fairly precise coordinates!
    
    Lin: That's in the Seratta mountain range...
    
    Catleia: If you go to that location, you will find an underground nuclear
    shelter... It contains a small-scale Bio-Crops plantation which could
    feed approximately 1000 people.
    
    Dr. Moritz: Do you really expect us to believe that? I've never heard of such
    a place!
    
    Lin: Neither have I...
    
    Catleia: The senior ministers of the Laurentian Cabinet had it built for
    themselves and their families. In the event of an all-out nuclear war, they
    would be able to live in the shelter for decades. It was constructed
    covertly - its existence was an official Grade 4 Laurentian state secret.
    
    Dr. Moritz: I've worked it out! You're the Prime Minister's secret daughter,
    aren't you?! Ha ha ha!!!
    
    Catleia: The construction of the shelter was carried out by the private
    military company, IDS... They cooperated in...
    
    Ed: Catleia, what's wrong?
    
    Catleia: I'm sorry! My head hurts! I can't think...
    
    Ed: Captain, I'll look after Catleia.
    
    O'Brian: You do that, Ed.
    
    Dr. Moritz: I've no idea who that strange young lady is, but she certainly
    doesn't appear to be a liar. I have a feeling that we may find what we're
    looking for at those coordinates...
    
    O'Brian: It has to be worth checking out.
    
    Laurentian: Captain, we have a report in from a Recon unit! There is a battle
    in progress involving a former Laurentian army unit!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Finn: These darned Zephyrians! They just don't give up! The world ends and
    they still want to keep the war going! ...Eh? Who's that?
    
    O'Brian: This is captain O'Brian of the 12th Independent Laurentian Legion.
    
    Finn: Ah, the cavalry has arrived! Just in the nick of time!
    
    O'Brian: Identify yourself - name and rank...
    
    Finn: Do things by the book, don't you? You want my name and rank?! Ever
    since the meteors crash-landed, no one's been giving me orders... Not a
    single word from High Command. You heard anything from them?
    
    O'Brian: I've received no communication either. It seems that our nation was
    wiped out. We have to accept that...
    
    Finn: You sound so unhappy about it! I'm Captain Finn of the 13th Airborne.
    We survived the meteors - I feel like I've won the lottery or something! The
    least we can do is enjoy this wreck of a world we've been left with!
    
    Lin: Captain, the enemy has spotted us...
    
    O'Brian: Roger. Prepare to engage.
    
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    Lin: Remember, the yellow unit is on our side. Be sure to defend it from
    the enemy...
    
    Finn: I owe you one!
    
    
    
    
    =====Tactics Briefing Room=====
    
    Lin: Welcome back to the Briefing room. Today, we have a very special guest...
    
    Dr. Moritz: Ha ha ha!!! At last, it's my chance to share some pearls of wisdom
    with you! And I'm going to spice it up with some of my trademark wit...
    
    Lin: That will not be necessary.
    
    Dr. Moritz: So, why did the Zephyrian cross the road? This is a good one...
    
    Lin: Another time, Dr Mortiz. Let's talk tactics.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: If enemy air units attack your forces, meet them with Anti-Air tanks. Be
    sure to defend Anti-Air tanks and Missiles from ground force attacks. While
    defending our allies, move forward to take the enemy HQ. Beware the range of
    the enemy Rocket unit. Use multiple units to take it out.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Briefing Room~~~~~
    
    Dr. Moritz: But wait! I didn't tell you why the Zephyrian crossed the road...
    What?! You aren't interested?! This is comedy gold...
    
    Lin: We will pursue the issue of Zephyrian road-crossing at a later date...
    Is that understood?
    
    Dr. Moritz: Honestly! Some people have no sense of humour! You have to
    lighten up a bit!
    
    Lin: Humour has no place on the battlefield. Come back to the Briefing Room
    again when you next need some hints.
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****Day one, Zephyrians*****
    
    Zadia: This is turning into a great day! More Laurentian Army dregs joined
    in the fight! Let's wipe them out! Come on, my Zephyrian brothers and sisters.
    Let's do this!
    
    *****Independent Legion wins*****
    
    Zadia: That Laurentian rabble have won the battle, but they won't win the
    war! All units, retreat...
    
    *****Independent Legion loses*****
    
    O'Brian: So this is the end? Can it really be all over?
    
    Finn: Hey, stop your whining, O'Brian! You just couldn't cut it...
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~Victory page~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    O'Brian: We drove them away. For now...
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Base Camp~~~~~
    
    O'Brian: We saw them off, but now our priority is to attend to the wounded...
    
    Ed: Yes, Captain!
    
    Finn: Hey, that was a big help! But who's that kid with you? You keeping him
    as a pet?!
    
    Ed: Pet...?!
    
    O'Brian: He's with us. My Legion has been rescuing civilians who survived the
    catastrophe...
    
    Finn: Are you serious?! You're helping people?! You deserve some kind of
    medal, O'Brian!
    
    O'Brian: We would like to ask for your cooperation. An air force would really
    help us out...
    
    Finn: Cooperation, you say? How can I put this...? I admire you, O'Brian.
    In fact, you deserve some kind of standing ovation. But the thing is... I'm
    going to have toleave the charity work to you and your fine bunch of soldiers.
    I'm not going to get tied down with anything that limits my freedom. You see
    what I'm saying?
    
    O'Brian: Your freedom?
    
    Finn: That's right. I've never been so free! No orders from High Command, no
    missions, no nothing! I do whatever I please!
    
    O'Brian: I think you've got things wrong. In a world like this, there is no
    freedom. All law and order have disappeared... The bonds that tied people
    together have been severed. We need to repair them...
    
    Finn: I never heard such... Whatever. You're free to think what you like.
    And so am I! By the way, you heard of Admiral Sigismundo?
    
    O'Brian: Yes, I once served under him. Why, what about him?
    
    Finn: He's installed himself in the Laurentian capital. I heard a rumour that
    says he's gathering troops from across the country... ...to form what he calls
    the New Laurentian Army. Catchy name, huh? I'm not keen on starting to take
    orders again, but maybe I'll sell him my services... As a mercenary, I'll
    be able to do whatever I like! And the ladies love a guy in uniform!
    
    O'Brian: ... ... ... ...
    
    Finn: What are you looking at me like that for? It seems we just don't see
    things eye to eye, do we? I guess we ain't going to be friends... Anyway,
    good luck with all the charity work. I'll leave that stuff to you!
    
    O'Brian: Wait! What about your troops? Were any of them wounded in the battle
    just now?
    
    Finn: Huh? Why should I care? If they survived, good for them. If they
    didn't, oh well... You think I've got time to look after them all? I'm not
    their mother, O'Brian...
    
    O'Brian: You'd just abandon the men who serve you?
    
    Finn: Look around you, O'Brian. The way things are, it's each man for himself.
    Seems like you're stuck in the past...
    
    O'Brian: Stuck in the past?
    
    Finn: You're like some kind of dinosaur. And I think you'll be extinct before
    long...
    
    O'Brian: ... ... ... ...
    
    Lin: Shall we just let him go?
    
    O'Brian: Yes. We can't force him to help us...
    
    Ed: Is that man really a soldier? He's nothing like the troops in the
    Legion...
    
    Brenner: An army is simply a collection of people. You'll always find a few
    like Finn. Everyone has to make their choice about how to live in this world.
    He has made his... Try to not let him bother you. Now, let's attend to the
    wounded.
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Lin: We were successful in aiding that airborne squadron led by Captain
    Finn. There are airports in this area, and with luck we will be able to
    receive air support.
    
    O'Brian: What do members of the squadron think? Do they want to rejoin
    Captain Finn?
    
    Lin: Apparently they want nothing more to do with him. They say he seemed
    to enjoy risking their lives by sending them on reckless missions.
    
    Ed: He really is nothing like you, Captain.
    
    O'Brian: Anyone in Finn's squadron who wants to join us is free to do so.
    Now, we head to the nuclear shelter. That could be the answer to our prayers.
    
    
    ========================
    *****End Chapter-07*****
    ========================
    
    
    
    
    ====================
    *****Chapter-08*****
    ====================
    
    Flowers of Evil
    
    ~~~~~Bandits' Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Drakov: Gaargh! Don't tell me we're out of supplies! What are you waiting
    for?! Go and steal more! Gaaargh!
    
    Bandit: Umm... It's not that easy... We're low on fuel and ammo... And most
    of our weapons were destroyed in the last battle...
    
    Drakov: Gaargh! Steal whatever we need! Do you understand?!
    
    Bandit: Y-yes, sir...
    
    Drakov: No food! No drink! No fuel! No ammo! Gaargh! And I've got a wounded
    leg! I need medicine! Once I find them, I'll tear them limb from limb!
    They're going to pay for this! Gaargh!
    
    Stolos: Do you really harbour such hostility towards Captain O'Brian and
    his Independent Legion?
    
    Drakov: Gaargh! Who the hell are you?! What do you want?!
    
    Stolos: Sergeant Drakov, I know all about you. I know how you were expelled
    from the armed forces due to your propensity for violence. I know that
    despite your struggle to rebuild your life, no one would give you a chance.
    
    Drakov: Wh-Who...?! How...?!
    
    Stolos: And I know that when the meteors struck the Earth, you got the chance
    you'd waited for. You stole Commander Access Codes to gather weapons and
    former soldiers to fight for you... You did whatever you pleased. For most,
    the world was a living hell. For you, it was paradise. Then that do-gooder
    Captain O'Brian appeared with his Independent Legion...
    
    Drakov: Gaargh! He ruined everything! When I find him...
    
    Stolos: Good! I can feel your desire for vengeance. I can help you, Sergeant.
    You will have medicine... But more importantly, you will have weapons to keep
    living a life dedicated to pure destruction...
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Headquarters~~~~~
    
    Lin: This is the quickest route to the Seratta mountain range.
    
    O'Brian: This route will take us by Sundown Village once again. I'm not sure
    they'll be pleased to see us, but we should check that they're safe.
    
    Lin: I don't mean to speak out of turn, but I think you are far too forgiving,
    Captain O'Brian. Even after the Mayor's dishonourable behavior, you remain
    concerned for his village's welfare?
    
    O'Brian: I won't lie. I was angry with him. But we should still check if
    they're okay.
    
    Lin: Do you really think so? I believe that they insulted you, Captain. I
    really have no interest in whether their village prospers or is destroyed...
    
    O'Brian: Lin, please don't get angry.
    
    Ed: Captain O'Brian, I've got news...
    
    O'Brian: Enemy activity?
    
    Ed: No, it's from Sundown Village. The villagers want to speak to you...
    
    O'Brian: What do they want?
    
    _________
    
    Mayor: ...and because of the earthquake, our village was destroyed and our
    supplies ruined... Without your help, we are doomed. Captain O'Brian, please
    help us!
    
    O'Brian: ... ... ... ...
    
    Mayor: I'm begging you, Captain O'Brian. Help us! I'm sorry for everything
    I did...
    
    O'Brian: Okay. All of you, come with me. Once we locate the Bio-Crops, there
    will be enough food for all of us.
    
    Mayor: Bio-Crops?
    
    O'Brian: If you want details, ask Dr Moritz. Science isn't really my thing.
    But basically our goal is to find those Bio-Crops. Then everyone will be
    able to eat.
    
    Mayor: I understand. I am deeply grateful, Captain O'Brian. Ummm... We
    haven't eaten for days. I wonder if you could see fit to...
    
    O'Brian: ...Okay. We are running short of supplies too, but we will find food
    for you and the villagers...
    
    Lin: Hmmm... For someone who says he hasn't eaten in days, you look pretty
    well-fed to me...
    
    Mayor: Wh-What did you say?!
    
    Lin: The villagers have a convoy of trucks which seem to contain a lot
    of sacks... They wouldn't happen to contain food supplies, would they?
    
    Mayor: N-No, that's just... How dare you?! Are you calling m a liar?!
    
    Lin: I don't remember calling you anything...
    
    Mayor: Don't you know who I am?!
    
    Laurentian: We're under attack!
    
    O'Brian: Gather the other villagers and hide in the rear. We'll talk later,
    if we're both still alive...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: Reports suggest that it is the same bandits we defeated previously.
    The poor visibility can be used to our advantage. All units, advance! But
    be careful out there!
    
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    Lin: This pillar of fire illuminates the area surrounding it. It's revealing
    an enemy unit on the other side of the water... It also looks like there are
    factories in that area. Capture them ASAP! You can use Transport
    Helicopters - load infantry units onto them.
    
    =====Tactics Briefing Room=====
    
    Lin: You know, you should be grateful that I am acting as your teacher, Ed.
    
    Ed: Why do you say that?
    
    Lin: When I was in the Laurentian Military Academy, I had much stricter
    teachers. If you didn't pay attention when they spoke, they'd have you doing
    push-ups... Really, you have it very easy.
    
    Ed: I'm very grateful, First Lieutenant Lin.
    
    Lin: Why, once when I got a question wrong in class, I was screamed at for
    ten minutes. Those teachers didn't mince their words either. My ears were
    ringing for days...
    
    Will: I really do appreciate your teaching methods!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: There's no need to rush to cross the bridge. Wait for oncoming enemy
    units. It would be a good idea to produce indirect attack units for this
    job. Use Helicopters to transport Infantry units to capture cities and
    factories. Focus on producing additional Tanks and indirect attack units.
    Then go east and engage the enemy!
    
    Ed: Understood!
    
    Lin: Now give me twenty push-ups!
    
    Ed: Wh-What?!
    
    Lin: Just my little joke...
    
    Ed: I was worried for a second...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Briefing Room~~~~~
    
    Lin: Come and visit the Briefing Room again when you want more tips.
    
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****Select an infantry*****
    
    Lin: Infantry and Bazooka units can be loaded onto Transport Helicopters. 
    This is the easiest way to transport your troops over long distances.
    
    *****Select a transport copter*****
    
    O'Brian: After moving the Transport Helicopter, find somewhere to drop
    your troops!
    
    *****Day one, The Raiders*****
    
    Drakov: Har-har-har!!! They must be pleased to see us! Gaargh! I feel
    strange... That medicine Stolos made me take... My heart's pounding... I
    can't control my rage... Gaargh! Things will be different this time! I have
    been reborn! First O'Brian will pay. Then I'll make everyoe in his Legion
    pay too...
    
    *****Capture a property*****
    
    Lin: Capture successfully completed! This improves visibility in the area
    near the base, giving us an advantage!
    
    *****Independent Legion wins*****
    
    Drakov: Gaargh! I've got to escape! But this was just a sneak preview - we've
    got tonnes more weapons... And we're going to enjoy using them all on you!
    Har-har-har!!!
    
    Lin: There are no signs of enemy activity. Our mission has been successful.
    
    O'Brian: But how could those bandits still have had that amount of weaponry
    left?
    
    Lin: I can't understand it. We completely destroyed most of their forces...
    
    Ed: Captain! It seems that the commander of the bandits managed to escape...
    Apparently, he played dead to avoid detection and then fled...
    
    O'Brian: So, he's still at large... I doubt we've seen the last of him. But
    for now, we have achieved our goal. Let's advance!
    
    *****Independent Legion loses*****
    
    Lin: I am sorry, Captain. My strategy failed us all... I hope you can find
    it in your heart to forgive me...
    
    O'Brian: ...First Lieutenant Lin!
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~Victory page~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    Lin: That went perfectly according to plan.
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Civilian Camp~~~~~
    
    Catleia: ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... I-I... ... ... ... ... ... ...
    
    Ed: Catleia? What's the matter?
    
    Catleia: I-I feel...
    
    Ed: Catleia...! Be strong! Tell me what the matter is...
    
    Catleia: I-I... 
    
    Ed: What is it?
    
    ~~~~~Flashback of photo with infected boy~~~~~
    
    Dr. Moritz: This victim... He was around your age, Ed. Curiously, this virus
    only seems to spread among young people. You are still young, Ed. Which means
    you are still at risk. If you meet anyone suffering from this sickness, stay
    away from them.
    
    ~~~~~End Flashback~~~~~
    
    Ed: No! It can't be...!
    
    Catleia: E-Ed...
    
    Ed: I'll get Dr Moritz right away! Wait here, Catleia!
    
    Catleia: ... ... ... ...
    
    O'Brian: What's going on here? What's the matter? ... ... ... ... Someone
    get a doctor! Right now!
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Headquarters~~~~~
    
    Dr. Moritz: Captain O'Brian... I am afraid that judging from her symptoms,
    there is a high possibility that it is the Floral Virus.
    
    O'Brian: The Floral Virus...? 
    
    Dr. Moritz: She has been placed in quarantine in my mobile laboratory. For
    now, she should remain there. There is no risk of adults contracting the
    virus, but young people like Ed are at risk...
    
    O'Brian: Is there any way to cure her?
    
    Dr. Moritz: Captain, you are an honourable man and I know your concern is
    genuine. But what can we do? To have any hopes of curing her, I would require
    highly-specialised equipment and facilities...
    
    O'Brian: There must be a way!
    
    Lin: Captain, I don't know if it will work, but I have an idea... 
    
    O'Brian: What is it?
    
    Lin: If we do locate the Laurentian government's nuclear shelter which Catleia
    spoke of... Perhaps it contains the medical equipment we need.
    
    Dr. Moritz: You're right. The nuclear shelter would be a completely sealed
    off space... If one person was infected with a disease, it would spread to
    everyone in no time. That means they may well have prepared for that
    eventually. It's highly possible!
    
    O'Brian: As long as thre is some slim hope, we can't give up. Let's find that
    shelter!
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Base Camp~~~~~
    
    O'Brian: Ed? What are you doing here, all alone?
    
    Ed: I'm j-just...
    
    O'Brian: I understand that you are worried about Catleia. That's normal... But
    don't look so downhearted. As long as you don't give up...
    
    Ed: That's not it! Captain O'Brian... I ran away...
    
    O'Brian: You ran away?
    
    Ed: As soon as I realised she was ill, I stayed away from Catleia. I ran away
    because I wanted to save myself. I didn't think about her feelings. She was
    suffering so much, and all I could think about was myself. I'm gutless,
    Captain O'Brian. I ran away.
    
    O'Brian: Ed, what you did was right. If you had tried to comfort her, you
    could have ended up infected too.
    
    Ed: But... I know you would have stayed with her, Captain. You always
    try to help people, whatever it takes. I haven't got guts like you...
    
    O'Brian: If I were you, I would have run away too. I've spent my life running
    away...
    
    Ed: C-Captain?
    
    O'Brian: There have been countless people I couldn't help. My mistakes have
    sent troops to their deaths. "It couldn't be helped..." "I did everything
    I could..." Every night, I tell myself that. I'm running away from the
    past, Ed...
    
    Ed: Captain O'Brian...
    
    O'Brian: You're disappointed, aren't you? You thought I was better than this,
    right? But it's too late. However much I regret it, that won't bring my
    troops back... But Catleia is still alive. So what have you got to regret?
    There are still things we can do for her. There is still hope...
    
    Ed: Yes, Captain!
    
    O'Brian: That's more like it...
    
    Ed: There is still hope!
    
    
    
    ========================
    *****End Chapter-08*****
    ========================
    
    
    
    
    ====================
    *****Chapter-09*****
    ====================
    
    Gate of Steel
    
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Mayor: O'Brian! I've been hearing worrying rumours... I heard that one of
    the civilians traveling with you is infected with something...
    
    O'Brian: Yes, she is... But don't worry. It can only affect children, and
    you have no children with you, right?
    
    Mayor: That's supposed to make it okay?! We don't want to be around any sick
    people! Kick her out of the camp! Let her fend for herself! We don't want her
    near us!
    
    O'Brian: I think you've said enough. We are all in this together.
    
    Mayor: All in this together?! Don't talk such nonsense! We're just trying
    to survive. If some girl is sick, we have to get rid of her fast!
    
    O'Brian: Listen to me very carefully. No one gets left behind. Not you,
    the villagers, Ed, Catleia, or anyone. We are in this together. And if you
    really have a problem with that, you are free to leave whenever you want.
    
    Mayor: You're too soft, O'Brian! Okay, I get it. You're not going to budge.
    But if the virus spreads, it's on your head!
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Ed: Doctor, how is Catleia doing?
    
    Dr. Moritz: You're going to make yourself sick worrying about that girl...
    I'll tell you straight - things aren't looking too good. We need medicine,
    and we need it now.
    
    Ed: Can I see her?
    
    Dr. Moritz: Absolutely not. You can't go in there. I told you that already.
    Young people are at risk of infection, and you cannot be in the same room.
    
    Ed: But...!
    
    Dr. Moritz: Once we arrive at the nuclear shelter, there is a good chance
    we can treat her... But until then, you stay away unless you want to catch
    the same disease...
    
    Ed: What does it matter even if I do catch the same disease? If I don't
    meet her now, I might never be able to apologise to her for not doing
    more... I need to see her...
    
    Dr. Moritz: It sounds like you're thinking of yourself more than you're
    thinking about her.
    
    Ed: What do you mean?!
    
    Dr. Moritz: Without wanting to betray doctor-patient confidentiality, I have
    spoken to her. What is troubling her most of all is the fear that she has
    become a burden to you all. She keeps saying that mybe it would have been
    better if you had never rescued her...
    
    Ed: How can she think that?!
    
    Dr. Moritz: But she has not given up hope. She never complains about the pain. 
    All of the other victims of this virus that I have seen were begging me to
    end their misery... But she has chosen to live. Do you know why? Because
    she owes that life to you.
    
    Ed: ... ... ... ...
    
    Dr. Moritz: She believes that if she refuses to give in to despair, we will
    find a way to cure her. After losing her memory, the first thing she was aware
    of was you reaching out to rescue her. She trust you implicitly, the way a
    newly-hatched chick trusts its mother. She believes everything you told her
    about not giving up, about having hope. So you'd better believe it too.
    
    Ed: D-Dr Moritz... I-I'm sorry. Thank you...
    
    Dr. Moritz: You've got nothing to apologise to me about! Look, you can't
    meet her directly, but if you were to speak to her through the door..
    
    Will: Really? Would that be okay? 
    
    Dr. Moritz: Just for a little while, you understand?
    
    ~~~~~Flash to field~~~~~
    
    Lin: This route leads directly to the foothills of the Seratta mountain
    range... But advance troops are reporting that those bandits have regrouped.
    
    O'Brian: So it's an ambush, is it? It seems they're hell-bent on revenge.
    We're going to have to settle this once and for all...Advance!
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    Dr. Moritz: Captain O'Brian! I've got some great news for you! This airport
    is all ready to use! You can produce new air units whenever you need them!
    
    O'Brian: Thanks for letting me know. This will be a ground and air battle.
    
    *****Mobile Workshop is selected*****
    
    Lin: Mobile Workshops can be used to build Temporary Airports. 
    That looks like a good spot. Move there and commence construction.
    
    *****Bomber is selected*****
    
    Lin: With Bombers, you can attack ground and sea units. Bombers are very
    powerful and can even take out Tanks with one strike. Utilise your Bombers to
    attack the enemy's ground units.
    
    *****Duster is selected*****
    
    Ed: This unit must be...
    
    Lin: It's a Fighter. It can attack ground units as well as other air units.
    But its attacks are not as powerful as those of the Bomber or Interceptor.
    
    Ed: Yes, I studied them at Military academy. They're cheap and versatile...
    
    Lin: Or jacks-of-all-trades, masters of none. Attack near-by ground units.
    
    *****Interceptor is selected*****
    
    Lin: With Interceptors, you can take on other air units. In an aerial battle,
    Interceptors are your most powerful weapon. Take out the enemy's aerial units!
    
    *****Mobile Workshop starts construction*****
    
    Lin: The Mobile Workshop has begun construction. Select Build on your next
    turn to continue construction.
    
    Dr. Moritz: Keep building! we'll do our bit too!
    
    
    
    =====Tactics Briefing Room=====
    
    Lin: Come on, Ed! You can win this one! You shouldn't need my help! I'm
    surprised and disappointed..
    
    O'Brian: I'm not Ed...
    
    Lin: C-Captain O'Brian? I'm sorry. I spoke out of line. I just wanted to
    encourage Ed... There are no easy battles, and I shouldn't have spoken as
    I did...
    
    Ed: She never apologises like that to me!
    
    Lin: Ed, that's quite enough!
    
    Ed: You see how she speaks to me?!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: This stage has no factories. Be careful to not lose Infantry units - 
    without them you can't capture cities. Strike early against enemy air units
    with Fighters and Battle Helicopters. The enemy has no factories, so try to
    destroy its Anti-Air and Missile units. Use Bombers to reduce the enemy's
    capacity to strike your aerial units.
    
    O'Brian: Thanks for your advice, First Lieutenant Lin.
    
    Lin: It's my pleasure, Captain O'Brian.
    
    Ed: She never talks to me like that...
    
    Lin: Stop that grumbling, soldier!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Briefing Room~~~~~
    
    Lin: That's all. I hope those tips help you in the battle.
    
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****Day one, The Bandits*****
    
    Drakov: Gaargh! What am I doing here?! Where did I get all these Tanks and
    Helicopters from...?! Who cares anyway?! Har-har-har!!! It's payback time!
    
    *****Mobile Workshop finishes construction*****
    
    Dr. Moritz: That's quite an airport you've come up with! I'm impressed!
    
    Lin: Temporary Airports allow air units to refue and recover.
    
    Brenner: Looks like the Mobile Workshop has run out of building materials...
    
    
    *****Day two, The Raiders*****
    
    Drakov: We've been waiting for you!
    
    Ed: Why are standing in our way? Let us through! We have to save Catleia!
    
    Drakov: You think I care who you have to save?! Har-har-har!!!
    
    Ed: You command an army, but you're not a soldier! You're nothing but a thief,
    a bandit and a murderer!
    
    Drakov: Har-har-har!!! Don't make me laugh! What do you know about war?
    
    Ed: ... ... ... ...
    
    Drakov: Listen up, brat! Whatever you read in comic books isn't the real
    world! Soldiers aren't heroes! War isn't honourable! It's about destruction!
    I'm going to teach you the real meaning of war!
    
    *****Independent Legion wins*****
    
    Drakov: Gaargh! This can't be happening! All those beautiful weapons trashed!
    Gaargh! I can't take it!
    
    *****Independent Legion loses*****
    
    O'Brian: Ed, I won't make it... You have to go on. Don't give up...
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~Victory Page~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    O'Brian: Now, let's investigate the shelter!
    
    ~~~~~Nuclear Shelter Entrance~~~~~
    
    Lin: This is it. This is the place Catleia spoke of.
    
    Dr. Moritz: Well, I never! There really is a nuclear shelter! I mean, I
    never doubted her for a second... Anyway, that mysterious young lady has
    really come up with the goods this time!
    
    Lin: Now if we can open this gate, we can gain access to the nuclear shelter.
    But...
    
    System: Welcome to the Fortress. Please enter your Laurentian Military Code.
    You have two chances to enter a valid code, otherwise all access will be
    denied.
    
    Lin: I am sure my rank is not high enough for my code to be valid. Captain,
    do you think yours will work?
    
    O'Brian: I doubt it, but it has to be worth a try. Captain O'Brian, 12th
    Independent Legion. Code number 08481-24390.
    
    System: ID error. Access denied.
    
    O'Brian: My rank obviously isn't high enough... I never thought I'd survive
    the apocalypse and still regret my lack of career ambition...
    
    Lin: It looks like we will have to accept defeat.
    
    Ed: No! We've come so far! We can't just give up! There must be a way! If we
    don't get in then C-Catleia w-will...
    
    Dr. Moritz: But who can we get to open it?
    
    Lin: You would need to be an admiral, general or senior government minister
    to gain access... But it's not like we can just call the former Laurentian
    Prime Minister!
    
    Dr. Morris: Unfortunately, he's not one of my close friends! And we just
    haven't got time to head to the capital and try to locate important people...
    How about just starting at 0000000000 and then working our way up?
    
    Lin: Don't be absurd. After a certain number of attempts, access will be
    permanently denied.
    
    Dr. Moritz: Don't be so negative! You can't just give up!
    
    Lin: I don't mean to sound negative. I am simply stating the facts. And the
    fact is, we have no chance of guessing the correct access code. We have one
    more try to get a 10 digit code correct. The odds of guessing it right...
    ...are almost zero.
    
    Dr. Morris: We're talking a probability of one in 10 billion. I don't like
    those odds... Now if this was just a story and I was the hero, something
    miraculous might just happen...
    
    O'Brian: But surely it's best to enter something? Some 10 digit number...
    
    Ed: A 10 digit number? Wait a second...
    
    O'Brian: What is it, Ed?
    
    Ed: 96938-72914...
    
    Lin: What is that number?! What are you basing this guess on?!
    
    Ed: I just have a feeling. I have a feeling that this number will get us
    inside...
    
    O'Brian: Okay, Ed. We've got nothing to lose. Enter the number...
    
    Ed: Yes, Captain.
    
    System: Welcome to the Fortress. Please enter your Laurentian Military Code.
    You have one chance to enter a valid code, otherwise all access will be
    denied.
    
    Ed: Okay, here goes nothing... 96938-72914...
    
    System: ... ID Accepted. Doors opening.
    
    ~~~~~Door opens~~~~~
    
    Dr. Moritz: Well, I never!
    
    O'Brian: You did it!
    
    Lin: I must confess, I am surprised.
    
    Dr. Moritz: Are you a genius?! Or are you the Prime Minister's secret son...?
    
    Ed: No, that's not it. It was the number Catleia was whispering...
    
    Lin: ... ... ... ...
    
    Ed: She was telling me the words she remembered, and then she just said this
    number...
    
    O'Brian: It's all thanks to her again! She must be our guardian angel! Does
    that mean that she is actually from a high-ranking government family in
    Laurentia?
    
    Lin: That would explain a lot. But I don't think so...
    
    Dr. Moritz: Well, in any case, the point is that we're in! Ha ha ha!!!
    
    ~~~~~Nuclear Shelter Interior~~~~~
    
    Dr. Moritz: So in here we should find Bio-Crops and medicine for our
    guardian angel...
    
    Ed: I'm going to go and fetch Catleia 
    
    Dr. Moritz: Wait! You know you're not allowed to have any contact with the
    patient! Leave it to me. I'll let the civilians waiting at the foot of the
    mountain know we're in.
    
    O'Brian: Bring some soldiers with you for protection. We can't let our guard
    down.
    
    Lin: First, we must thoroughly investigate the shelter's interior. Ed, come
    with me.
    
    Ed: Yes, First Lieutenant Lin!
    
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-09*****
    ========================
    
    
    
    
    ====================
    *****Chapter-10*****
    ====================
    
    Day of Rest
    
    
    ~~~~~Nuclear Shelter Control Centre~~~~~
    
    Lin: All ten levels of the nuclear shelter are clear. No sign of the enemy.
    
    O'Brian: And how are the medical facilities looking?
    
    Ed: Sector 1 Block D is a dedicated medical bay!
    
    Lin: It is well-stocked with anti-viral vaccines and a wide range of other
    medicies. The Laurentian government spared no expense in equipping this
    place...
    
    O'Brian: Then let's get the rear-guard units to bring Catleia and the other
    civilians here.
    
    Ed: Yes, Captain!
    
    Laurentian: Captain, we have received a report from the rear-guard units.
    Those bandits are attacking again!
    
    O'Brian: Again?! How did they sneak up on us without us noticing?
    
    Lin: We don't know. The radars showed nothing...
    
    O'Brian: All units prepare for battle!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Civilian: Th-They're back! We're done for! They'll kill us all!
    
    Laurentian: Calm down! Just follow the evacuation procedures we showed you...
    In the event of a serious attack, you will be able to escape safely.
    
    Catleia: ... ... ... ...
    
    Dr. Moritz: Catleia, you've been through a lot. Try to think of something
    you enjoy. For me, thinking of being in my lab with my rats always calms
    me down.
    
    Catleia: I-I'm okay. We must never give up...
    
    Dr. Moritz: You're right, of course. We can't give up hope. But I must
    confess, I'm not exactly optimistic about things right now...
    
    Drakov: Gaargh! Grrraaah! Har-har-har!!! Gaaaaaarrrrgh!
    
    Ed: The bandits are closing in on the civilians! They're going to attack!
    
    Drakov: Gaaaaaarrrgh! You're worried about those civilians? Any friend of
    yours is an enemy of mine! We'll show no mercy! Har-har-har!!! Prepare for
    the end! Gaaaaaarrrrgh!
    
    Ed: Stop! They're not involved in this! Leave the civilians in peace!
    
    Drakov: Do you thik we're following  rule book here? Har-har-har!!! Those
    civilians helped you and they are going to pay for it! Gaargh!
    
    Ed: Why...you... I won't let it happen! We're going to stop you!
    
    Drakov: Har-har-har!!! I'd like to see you try! Gaaaaaarrrrgh! Come on!
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    =====Tactics Briefing Room=====
    
    Lin: First Lieutenant Lin...
    
    Catleia: ...and Catleia present...
    
    Lin: ...the Top Tactical...
    
    Catleia: ...Tip Corner!
    
    Lin: We rehearsed that, you know! Anyway, on with the tactics talk...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: Firstly, you need to get your frontline units to fall back immediately.
    Use units with firepower to build a line of defence by the central mountains.
    All the while, you should watch out for enemy aerial units. Keep them away
    from your ground units by using planes and Anti-Air units... ...to attack
    them and keep them pinned down.
    
    Catleia: Capture the airport and factory to make indirect attack units
    and Tanks. Once you have built up your forces, head east... You'll find
    Bombers are effective against the enemy Mega Tank.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Briefing Room~~~~~
    
    Lin: See you again next time.
    
    Catleia: Good luck!
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****An infantry dies*****
    
    Drakov: Har-har-har!!! How'd you like that? There's more where that came
    from! The civilians don't have a hope! It's all over for them! Gaaaarrrrgh!
    
    Ed: They have to get out of there! Can you hear me? Begin evacuation
    procedures! I repeat... Begin evacuation procedures! Dr Mortiz! Catleia!
    Answer me! You have to get out of there!
    
    Drakov: Har-har-har!!! It's too late for them! You're wasting your breath!
    And now that we've taken care of them, it's your turn!
    
    Ed: B-But how? How could you do something like that?
    
    Drakov: Har-har-har!!! Because we can! They helped you out and we made them
    pay the price for it! And you couldn't do a thing to protect them!
    Har-har-har!!! How do you like that, boy?
    
    Ed: Y-You will pay for this! I'll make sure of that!
    
    Drakov: Are you threatening me?!
    
    Ed: Everything you said was true. I didn't know what war really was... But
    now I do! You took innocent lives, and I will make you pay for it! I never
    wanted to fight before, but now I do - to rid the world of you. You must
    be punished!
    
    Drakov: Gaaaaaarrrrgh! You're all talk! Show me what you've got!
    
    
    *****Independent Legion wins*****
    
    Drakov: Gaaaaaarrrrgh! Noooooo!!!
    
    Stolos: It seems my little experiment has come to an untimely end. Oh
    well... Sergeant Drakov, you have served your purpose well... But you are no 
    longer of any use to me. Your life is of no consequence...
    
    Ed: Is there anyone there? Did anyone manage to escape? There's no
    response... It's no use! I couldn't save anyone!
    
    Dr. Moritz: Don't be so negative, Ed! We saw all that you did to defeat
    the bandits...
    
    Ed: Dr. Moritz!
    
    Dr. Moritz: Now, come and get us right away! There are many casualties. And
    I'm afraid that Catleia is not in good shape...
    
    *****Independent Legion loses*****
    
    Ed: Catleia... I'm so sorry...
    
    Drakov: Gaargh! Grrraaah! Har-har-har!!!
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~Victory Page~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    Ed: We must never give up hope.
    
    ~~~~~Nuclear Shelter Control Centre~~~~~
    
    Lin: The casualties are currently being treated. The civilians came through
    largely unharmed. 
    
    O'Brian: Where's Ed?
    
    Lin: He's with Catleia. Her condition has deteriorated badly. She was hurt
    in the battle, and the Floral Virus is continuing to develop.
    
    O'Brian: Will she pull through?
    
    Lin: She has a 50/50 chance of surviving. We have to leave her to Dr Moritz.
    
    ~~~~~Nuclear Shelter Medical Bay~~~~~
    
    Ed: ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
    
    Dr. Moritz: Ed, you've been waiting there for hours...
    
    Ed: Doctor, is Catleia okay?
    
    Dr. Moritz: I'm sorry, Ed... I don't know if I'm the right person to tell
    this to you...
    
    Ed: What?! You mean?! No! It's not possible!
    
    Dr. Moritz: I don't think I'm the best person to say this... I just think
    you'd rather hear the news from Catleia herself! Ha ha ha!!!
    
    Catleia: Ed... 
    
    Ed: Catleia!
    
    Catleia: I made a full recovery! I owe it all to the doctor's help and
    everyone's kindness.
    
    Ed: That's great news!
    
    Catleia: I'm going to be fine...
    
    ~~~~~Nuclear Shelter Control Centre~~~~~
    
    O'Brian: Dr Moritz, you should have just come straight out and told Ed she
    was better.
    
    Dr. Moritz: Oh come on! I just wanted to make it a bit more dramatic, that's
    all! You have to admit that I really built up the suspense!
    
    O'Brian: You're really unbelievable...
    
    Lin: So there is no risk of infection from her?
    
    Dr. Moritz: Right. All malignant traces of the virus have left the patient's
    system, meaning...
    
    O'Brian: Meaning she's okay?
    
    Dr. Moritz: Yes, to put it simply! I must confess, it was touch and go there
    for a while. I thought she might not make it. But her body fought back
    against the virus. It was almost as if she chose life... I was astonished
    by the speed of her recovery. Truly extraordinary...
    
    O'Brian: Sounds like a miraculous recovery! I guess Ed's prayers were
    answered...
    
    Dr. Moritz: Well, as a doctor I can't accept such explanations, but who
    knows? I certainly can't take credit for her recovery. She did that herself.
    Anyway, all's well that ends well, right? Ha ha ha!!!
    
    ~~~~~Nuclear Shelter Living Quarters~~~~~
    
    Mayor: What have you been doing, O'Brian? Why didn't you report to me
    sooner?
    
    O'Brian: Don't worry. Everything's fine. The girl made a full recovery...
    
    Mayor: I couldn't care less about that! Tell us about the food situation!
    Have you found the Bio-Crops yet?
    
    O'Brian: Yes, they have been located. You'll be happy to learn that they
    will be able to provide enough food for all of us.
    
    Mayor: Ah, I see... But actually, O'Brian... As the civilians' representative,
    I need to discuss something with you...
    
    O'Brian: What's that?
    
    Mayor: It's about this shelter. Can it really support this many people
    living here? We were thinking that half of the people currently here
    need to leave...
    
    O'Brian: What?! That won't be necessary. This shelter has enough space for
    all of us.
    
    Mayor: O'Brian, you don't understand. I am speaking on behalf of the entire
    civilian population. And on top of that, we feel that having soldiers here
    causes a lot of problems... We don't want to get caught up in your fighting
    anymore. We've all had enough.
    
    O'Brian: Get to the point, Mayor!
    
    Mayor: O'Brian, your Legion has weapons and military training. You can
    survive anywhere. But we are helpless. We won't be able to survive outside
    the safety of the shelter. The question is, who should remain here? We believe
    the answer is clear... What do you think, everyone? How about putting it
    to the vote and deciding democratically?
    
    Lin: That's not reasonable. You and the other civilians form the overwhelming
    majority. You must also factor in those troops who are too injured to be
    involved in any vote. To make use of that to boost your majority is
    dishonourable in the extreme.
    
    Mayor: Are you not listening to me? I am not deciding anything... I am merely
    saying that the only way to decide is democratically. One person, one vote!
    What is your alternative? You think because you are armed, you can push us
    around?
    
    O'Brian: ... ... ... ...
    
    Lin: Who is pushing who around?!
    
    O'Brian: Lin, calm down.
    
    Mayor: So, it's decided. We vote and the majority rules. Does that sound fair
    to everyone? Hands up who wants the soldiers to leave the shelter! Come on,
    let's see your hands!
    
    Civilian: ... ... ... ...
    
    Youth: ... ... ... ...
    
    Mayor: Come on! What's the matter?! Why...?! Come on! Do as I told you!
    
    Woman: These people fought for us! They risked their lives for us!
    
    Youth: Some of their comrades didn't make it back from the battle. And you
    want us to throw them out?
    
    Woman: I want to live here alongside these soldiers!
    
    Civilian: Me too!
    
    O'Brian: Are you listening, Mayor?
    
    Lin: It looks like we have a clear result...
    
    Mayor: B-B-But how can you...? Wh-What are you thinking?! Alright! Do as you
    please! I don't care!
    
    O'Brian: I am grateful to all of you. Since the meteor strikes, I have devoted
    myself to helping the survivors. Perhaps most of the people we helped did
    not survive for long after that... ...and there have been times I have
    questioned the value of what I am doing. But listening to all of you, I now
    know that it was worth it. Thank you all.
    
    Lin: Captain O'Brian...
    
    ~~~~~Nuclear Shelter Medical Bay~~~~~
    
    Ed: So we'll be able to stay here together for the time being. There is plenty
    of food. We are safe...
    
    Catleia: We can stay here together...? I had nothing... I didn't who I was...
    I didn't know where I had been... And yet, you let me join you and now you say
    I can live together with all of you. Is it really okay?
    
    Ed: Of course. You recovered from the virus, and you will get your memory
    back soon!
    
    Catleia: I believe you. But I don't need my memory back... All I need to
    know is that I am here, with all of you...
    
    Ed: But without memories...
    
    Catleia: You have already given me so many wonderful memories. I will
    treasure them. I will never forget all you have done, and all you have taught
    me.
    
    Ed: Catleia... Er... First Lieutenant Lin, are you here by any chance?
    
    Lin: How did you know?
    
    Ed: I just had this feeling you were here. Why did you feel the need to
    eavesdrop?
    
    Lin: Do you have a problem with that? Is there something I shouldn't hear?
    
    Ed: No, of course not... But it was a private conversation...
    
    Lin: I've got orders from Captain O'Brian. Everyone must report to Block A
    immediately. If we're going to live here, there's a lot that needs to be
    discussed...
    
    Ed: Understood! I'm on my way. Let's go Catleia!
    
    Catleia: Yes, sir!
    
    
    
    ========================
    *****End Chapter-10*****
    ========================
    
    
    
    
    ====================
    *****Chapter-11*****
    ====================
    
    Storm Clouds
    
    ~~~~~Coast - Former Laurentia-Zephyrus Border~~~~~
    
    O'Brian: Any news, Ed?
    
    Ed: No. We found no one in the port...
    
    O'Brian: I see. So there's no one here either... But we must keep looking...
    
    Ed: It's been a whole year since the meteors struck, and still we can't
    see the sun. How long is it going to take before the clouds clear and it
    returns to normal?
    
    O'Brian: Never give up hope, Ed. The sun will break through again. We need
    to increase the range of our search, even if it takes us away from the
    shelter. Lin, how is the supply situation looking?
    
    Lin: We have enough for another three months. But recently, more and more
    refugees have been coming to the shelter. It's already occupied far beyond
    its capacity and yet they keep on coming... If we continue taking them
    all in, the burden will become too great.
    
    O'Brian: But we can't turn them away. Ed, how are things among the civilian
    population?
    
    Ed: Everyone seems to be getting along well and they're all helping each
    other. But they don't know how low food supplies are running...
    
    Lin: There is a faction among the civilians centred on the village mayor. They
    lounge around doing nothing, relying on us for their food and safety. If they
    knew that we are short of supplies, they would no doubt turn on the
    new-comers... The more people that come, the smaller their share will
    inevitably become... There are already severe tensions and this situation
    could deteriorate...
    
    Ed: I'll do whatever I can to prevent that! We will find a new place to
    live... We don't need to fight among ourselves. I'll continue searching the
    area!
    
    Lin: I'm concerned that Ed is pushing himself too hard. I appreciate that
    he wants to help, but he puts himself under a lot of pressure.
    
    O'Brian: He still sees himself more as a civilian than as a soldier. That's
    why he is so concerned that the other civilians might become a burden to us.
    
    Lin: He doesn't make things easy for himself...
    
    O'Brian: He certainly doesn't.
    
    Lin: Captain, I forgot to ask you. Have you heard the rumours from the
    refugees... ...about the huge war raging in the north?
    
    O'Brian: War? But there are no nations anymore. Who would have started a
    war?
    
    Lin: As you say, after the meteors struck, our nations and their armies
    collapsed. But rumour has it the survivors have been gathering... And that
    they have been brought together into a large-scale army. But this remains
    an unconfirmed rumour.
    
    Ed: Captain!
    
    O'Brian: What is it, Ed?
    
    Ed: Ships have been sighted off the coast! It seems that former Laurentian
    units are under enemy attack!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Cole: H-H-Help! Captain O'Brian!
    
    O'Brian: Cole?! Can that really be you?!
    
    Ed: You know him, Captain?
    
    O'Brian: Yes, he used to be under my command.
    
    Cole: We're under attack by the Zephyrians! Captain O'Brian, you have to
    help!
    
    O'Brian: Why do the Zephyrians insist on keeping this futile war going?
    
    Cole: P-Please, Captain O'Brian! Do something before it's too late!
    
    O'Brian: Hang on, Cole. We're going in!
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    Lin: Remember that on the map we are the red force, while our enemies are
    blue. Cole's forces are yellow. Don't forget that they are our allies.
    
    
    =====Tactics Briefing Room=====
    
    Lin: Welcome to Lin's Counseling Corner. I have a special guest today...
    
    Cole: Ummm... Hello. My name is Cole. I work for Admiral Sigismundo.
    
    Lin: So, let's discuss battle strategy.
    
    Cole: Ummm... I thought that you would listen to my problems... You see,
    I've had a lot on my mind recently and I wanted someone to...
    
    Lin: If you want to talk, I won't stop you...
    
    Cole: Hey! I'm opening my heart up here! You don't sound that interested!
    Anyway, my boss keeps losing his temper with me, and I'm not sure why...
    
    Lin: Now, moving on to battle tactics...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: Mobile Workshops can build Temporary Ports on Shoals. Missile Boats have
    1 shot - so resupply using Mobile Workshops or at ports. Transport ground
    units to the central peninsula using Landers. Combine Missile Boats and
    Rockets for powerful attacks on enemy Cruisers.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Briefing Room~~~~~
    
    Lin: That's all for today.
    
    Cole: Ummm... Can I tell you about my problems now? I need to find someone
    who'll share my burden...
    
    Lin: I'm afraid you'll have to keep looking.
    
    Cole: B-But, I thought you were different...
    
    Lin: I'm afraid there are limits to my patience. The tactic talk is over for
    today!
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    
    *****Missile Boat is selected*****
    
    Catleia: Missile Boats can attack other naval units. They are armed with
    just one missile, so think carefully before you use it... They can also
    transport one Infantry or Bazooka unit.
    
    Lin: ... ... ... ...
    
    Ed: Are you okay, First Lieutenant Lin?
    
    Lin: I'm fine... It's just that with Catleia taking over as teacher, I feel
    like a spare part...
    
    Ed: Don't say that!
    
    *****Lander is selected*****
    
    Ed: Tell me more about this unit...
    
    Lin: This is a Lander.
    
    Ed: Ummm... First Lieutenant Lin, could you give me a few more details
    please?
    
    Lin: Of course, I am well-versed in naval units as I am in ground forces...
    But I'll give Catleia a chance to explain further. Over to you...
    
    Catleia: You can load up two ground units onto a Lander at any one time. If
    you move the Lander to a Shoal, you can load and drop units.
    
    *****Day one, New Laurentian Army*****
    
    Cole: My forces have been heavily damaged! It's up to you to engage the
    enemy! My priority is to protect my forces and keep them out of harm's way...
    
    *****Day one, Zephyrian forces*****
    
    Zadia: More Laurentians joining the fight? That's great news! Come on, my
    fellow Zephyrians! Let's wipe them all out!
    
    *****Independent Legion wins*****
    
    Trak: Zadia, we have to retreat.
    
    Zadia: Why, Trak, why?! We could call for reinforcements! I want to fight on!
    
    Trak: Those are General Carter's orders.
    
    Zadia: But...why?! The dregs of the Laurentian army are sitting ducks! We must
    destroy them!
    
    Trak: Zadia, are you disobeying a direct order from General Carter?
    
    Zadia: No, of course not...
    
    Trak: You're too emotional. Feelings have no place on the battlefield. Stay
    calm, follow orders and wipe the enemy out. That is our only task.
    
    Zadia: Y-You're right... But mark my words! I will have my revenge on the
    Laurentians!
    
    *****Independent Legion loses*****
    
    Lin: I don't know anything about naval battles. It costs us lives.
    
    Davis: Oh, man! This is it, man! We're goin' down! Somebody save us, man!
    ...Anyone?
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~Victory Page~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    Lin: In naval battles too, the best mind wins.
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Headquarters~~~~~
    
    Cole: It's been a while, hasn't it, Captain?
    
    O'Brian: Cole, it's good to see you alive and well.
    
    Cole: I now have a force under the leadership of Admiral Sigismundo. I have
    been looking for you, Captain O'Brian. I heard that your Legion was in this
    area. I'll come straight out and say it - we want you and your Legion to
    join us.
    
    O'Brian: Explain.
    
    Cole: A major war has begun between the remnants of the Laurentian and
    Zephyrian armies. We have formed the New Laurentian Army, and are battling
    against our old enemy.
    
    O'Brian: ...War?! You are still at war?! Why?! Who started it?! To what
    ends are you fighting it?!
    
    Cole: Needless to say, it was the Zephyrians who started it. We must defeat
    them. The Zephyrian forces are led by the legendary General Carter, their
    foremost military hero. They have united around him and their morale is
    high. We are in a bad position...
    
    O'Brian: Continue. 
    
    Cole: Captain, we have ample supplies. We have food, fuel, weaponry... If you
    join us, we can guarantee that you will face no more shortages. They can
    all live in comfort.
    
    O'Brian: "They"? Who do you mean?
    
    Cole: Captain, it is well known that you have been aiding large numbers of
    refugees and survivors. But you can't have unlimited supplies of food. For
    their sake, join us!
    
    O'Brian: It's true that we are concerned by our dwindling supplies of food.
    But...
    
    Cole: Captain, we need your help just as you need ours... We are fellow
    Laurentians. All that has happened has not altered that fact. Please, join us
    Captain O'Brian.
    
    
    
    ========================
    *****End Chapter-11*****
    ========================
    
    
    
    
    
    ====================
    *****Chapter-12*****
    ====================
    
    History of Hatred
    
    ~~~~~New Laurentian Army Headquarters~~~~~
    
    Cole: Admiral Sigismundo, the Independent Legion has arrived.
    
    Sigismundo: Good. Send in O'Brian.
    
    O'Brian: ... ... ... ...
    
    Sigismundo: Captain O'Brian, leader of the 12th Independent Laurentian
    Legion. So you're still alive...
    
    O'Brian: So it seems...
    
    Sigismundo: I remember you well. A brave soldier, let down by severe
    ideological problems... You always seemed to lack patriotism and devotion
    to the Laurentian cause...
    
    O'Brian: The Independent Legion always fought with honour and respect for the
    rules of war...
    
    Sigismundo: The rules of war? Truly, you belong to another age, Captain
    O'Brian...
    
    Cole: Is everything okay? You both seem a little tense. We're all Laurentians.
    We have to pull together against the common enemy...
    
    Finn: He's right! This isn't the place for high-falutin' talk about
    ideology and patriotism... First we wipe out the Zephyrians, then we can
    talk all we want. Right, Captain?
    
    O'Brian: It's you...
    
    Finn: The one and only! I'm sure you haven't forgotten your pal, Finn.
    Thanks for getting me out of a fix that time...
    
    O'Brian: So you joined Sigismundo's forces after all? I thought you might...
    
    Finn: It was just too tempting. I'm living in the lap of luxury now! The
    military top brass are treated like royalty. I've got all I want! I can do
    what I want, and the weak are too frightened of me to complain.
    
    O'Brian: I expected nothing more from you...
    
    Cole: The Admiral has gathered the former army and forged the New Laurentian
    Army... In order to stand up to the enemy, we needed a hero to take charge...
    
    Sigismundo: Our only enemy is the Zephyrians. The world will not be at peace
    until they are wiped from the face of the planet.
    
    Cole: Until we deal with the threat posed by the Zephyrians, war will not
    end. This war is for peace. It was forced upon us by our enemies... Captain,
    will you join us?
    
    O'Brian: Okay, Cole. I understand. I don't want this war to go on any longer
    than necessary. And if my joining you will hasten the end of the fighting,
    then I agree.
    
    Cole: Thank you, Captain O'Brian!
    
    Sigismundo: Your first mission is to head to the Barum Sea, where enemy units
    have been spotted. Send them a clear signal that you are now fighting on our
    side.
    
    O'Brian: Let's bring this war to an end...
    
    Sigismundo: He remains insolent and severely lacking in Laurentian moral
    fibre...
    
    Cole: But he still knows how to fight. For now, let's make use of him...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    O'Brian: Have all units been deployed?
    
    Lin: Yes, they are awaiting orders.
    
    O'Brian: The Zephyrian forces will be unforgiving if we make any wrong moves.
    Admiral Sigismundo has lent us troops, but we still face a formidable foe.
    
    Ed: Captain O'Brian.
    
    O'Brian: What is it, Ed?
    
    Ed: Why did the Zephyrians start this war again? What do they want? The
    world we knew has been destroyed! What reason is there for more war?
    
    O'Brian: I'm sure they saw the war as unfinished business... As a soldier,
    I must confess that I can understand that feeling...
    
    Ed: But I still don't get it...
    
    O'Brian: Ed, I sympathise with you. I know that this war seems futile... We
    already fought on and off with the Zephyrians for over a century. The meteors
    changed so much - but not the hatred between the two nations. Our words
    along cannot end wars, or the world would be at peace.
    
    Ed: I know. But still...
    
    O'Brian: Look, in order to bring this war to an end, one side must emerge
    victorious. We must force the enemy to surrender. As soldiers, what else can
    we do? Now, let's move!
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    
    *****Submarine is selected*****
    
    Lin: Avoid enemy detection by ensuring you dive straight after moving your
    sub.
    
    *****Battleship is selected*****
    
    Lin: Battleships are the only units that can launch indirect attacks after
    moving. Utilise them well and you can completely change the outcome of a
    battle.
    
    
    =====Tactics Briefing Room=====
    
    Lin: Welcome to Lin's Counseling Corner. I have a special guest today...
    
    Catleia: Hello! It's me, Catleia!
    
    Lin: So, tell us what's on your mind at the moment.
    
    Catleia: I just want to be helpful so I was wondering if you could teach
    me... ...how to cook.
    
    Lin: I see. You want to make delicious meals to keep our troops happy. Okay,
    let's see what advice I can give you...
    
    Catleia: Thank you so much!
    
    Lin: To master the art of battlefield cuisine... ...you need to learn how to
    cook a good mouse stew...
    
    Catleia: M-Mouse stew?!
    
    Lin: That's right! Mice are an excellent source of protein and vitamins.
    
    Catleia: I-I'll do my best...
    
    Lin: Now, while the mouse is cooking, let's discuss some battlefield
    tactics...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: Submarines should dive and aim to take out enemy Battleships. Your
    Battleship should focus first on enemy Cruisers and Battleships. Your
    Cruiser should aim their fire on Submarines to begin with. Battle Helicopters
    make good walls, but should avoid attacking Cruisers. Use Fighters to attack
    the enemy Bomber. That's it for now. Is something burning...?
    
    Catleia: Er...
    
    Lin: Well, it's not bad for a first attempt, I suppose. Who's for mouse stew?
    
    Catleia: Thank you very much! But maybe next time you could teach me
    some other dishes?
    
    Lin: Certainly. Snake, frog, bear... Which one do you prefer?
    
    Catleia: ... ... ... ... Can I get back to you later?
    
    ~~~~~Briefing Room~~~~~
    
    Lin: That's enough for today.
    
    Catleia: I'm not sure the troops are going to enjoy my new recipe...
    
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****Day one, Finn's forces*****
    
    Finn: Woo-hoo! Let's hit them where it hurts!
    
    *****Day one, Zephyrian forces*****
    
    Zadia: Requesting permission to engage the Laurentian forces.
    
    Carter: Permission granted.
    
    Stolos: General Carter, if you like I can boost your chances of victory...
    I have prepared some extra-special gifts for you...
    
    Carter: Gifts?
    
    Stolos: How does this one tempt you? A weapon with the power to freeze troops
    solid on the battlefield. It uses a specially developed formula created in
    my laboratories...
    
    Carter: No more of this! Weapons of that type are banned under international
    law.
    
    Stolos: International law? What does that mean now? There is no law in this
    world! Anything that increases your chances of victory is permitted!
    
    Carter: I am a soldier, Stolos. You clearly are not. A soldier fights with
    honour. I will not sully the proud name of Zephyrus with your foul
    weapons...
    
    Stolos: Perhaps the time for these weapons has not yet come...
    
    Carter: Doctor, I am grateful for the aid you have given my army. Thanks to
    you, we now occupy a position of superiority over Laurentia. But I simply
    will not countenance the use of the weapons you speak of...
    
    Stolos: That is deeply regrettable...
    
    Zadia: General Carter, leave it to me! I'll wipe out these filthy Laurentians!
    Just watch me...
    
    *****Day two*****
    
    Ed: I want to speak to the Zephyrian Commander. Can you hear me? Why are we
    fighting? The war is over. Victory and defeat don't matter.
    
    Zadia: Huh?! Wait a second...! Is that you, Jonathan?!
    
    Ed: Who?!
    
    Zadia: No, no - that's impossible. Jonathan is...
    
    Ed: What are you talking about?!
    
    Zadia: This is Flight Lieutenant Zadia of the Zephyrian Airborne. Identify
    yourself!
    
    Ed: I am Ed, a member of the 12th Independent Laurentian Legion. But I didn't
    come here to fight! The war is over!
    
    Zadia: It's not over... This is about revenge. We fight until Laurentia is
    destroyed.
    
    Ed: I know our two nations have been at war since before we were both born.
    We have all lost friends and family... It's not easy to simply stop fighting.
    But to fight for revenge? That won't bring back the people we've lost.
    
    Zadia: You think revenge is meaningless...? You think we can just let it
    go...? Wake up! As if you could just forgive and forget! You hypocrite!
    
    Ed: I'm not a hypocrite!
    
    Zadia: You're just a kid. What do you know about war or revenge? You were
    taught right from wrong, but have those beliefs been tested? Those shallow,
    pretty words of yours are completely worthless! Jonathan was my brother.
    He was killed by the Laurentian Army! I cannot forgive the Laurentian Army.
    Revenge will be mine!
    
    Ed: But wait...!
    
    Zadia: I've said all I have to say. I've no time to talk to a kid! Prepare
    for annihilation!
    
    *****If Finn's Forces are destroyed*****
    
    Finn: Woo-hoo! Looks like my goose is cooked! Let's get out of here! Retreat!
    
    *****Independent Legion wins*****
    
    Zadia: Lost! To the filthy Laurentians! I'm so sorry, General Carter. I will
    make this up to you...
    
    *****Independent Legion loses*****
    
    Ed: How could I lose this battle...?
    
    Zadia: I feel no sympathy for your plight. You are my enemy, and I have taken
    my revenge on you...
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~Victory Page~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    Ed: How long must this war go on...?
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Base Camp~~~~~
    
    O'Brian: The battle is over. Our priority is attending to the casualties...
    
    Ed: Okay, let's split up into gropus and begin searching for casualties...
    
    ~~~~~Barum Coast~~~~~
    
    Finn: So, it looks like the good Captain is still keeping you as a pet. I
    was impressed to see you running around helping the casualties.
    
    Ed: Captain Finn?
    
    Finn: No need to sound so unfriendly! How is the good Captain? Still think
    he can save the world?
    
    Ed: Never speak badly of Captain O'Brian!
    
    Finn: What?! 
    
    Ed: You can say what you like about me, but never speak badly of Captain
    O'Brian.
    
    Finn: Sorry, kid! I was just fooling around! Don't take it so seriously! I've
    come to tell you that Admiral Sigismundo wants to see you...
    
    Ed: Admiral Sigismundo wants to see me?!
    
    Finn: Apparently so. And he's not a man you want to keep waiting... So hit
    the road and send the great man my regards... What?! Are you still here?!
    
    ~~~~~New Laurentian Army Headquarters~~~~~
    
    Ed: You wanted to see me, Admiral.
    
    Sigismundo: Ah, yes. Ed, wasn't it? You kept a cool head in that battle.
    Commanding an army at your age is no mean feat. I must say, I'm impressed.
    But then, you are Laurentian and the proud blood of our nation flows in your
    veins.
    
    Ed: Umm... Th-Thank you...
    
    Sigismundo: But I didn't summon you here just to praise you. What do you
    think of the world as it is now, Ed? What do you think of the destruction
    which gave birth to this new world we live in?
    
    Ed: I think everything that's happened is terrible...
    
    Sigismundo: Wrong. You've made a fundamental error.
    
    Ed: An error?
    
    Sigismundo: The weak view this destruction as a terrible event. Some
    defeatists even think we deserved it... But they are all wrong. Everything
    that has happened has been a test...
    
    Ed: A test...?
    
    Sigismundo: Yes, a test to see who is worthy of survival. The weak see it
    as a catastrophe. The strong see it as an opportunity. And you, Ed, are one
    of the strong. You passed the test with flying colours.
    
    Ed: B-But, all those people who lost their lives! All of the destruction
    and chaos...
    
    Sigismundo: It is natural that the weak should perish... 
    
    Ed: H-How can you...?
    
    Sigismundo: The world as it is now demands strength. It demands the strength
    of the Laurentians. The long years of war with the Zephyrians and the
    destruction that followed were tests. Those who cannot cope with the harsh
    reality of today will not survive. We will...
    
    Ed: ...No! You're wrong!
    
    Sigismundo: What did you say?! 
    
    Ed: Both of my parents lost their lives in the war. None of my instructors
    or fellow students at the Military Academy survived the meteors... You
    think it is natural that they died?! You're wrong! I'm not afraid to
    say it! You can't say it was a test!
    
    Sigismundo: W-Why you insolent, wretched...! How dare you address a superior
    like that?!
    
    Ed: ... ... ... ...
    
    Sigismundo: It looks like I was wrong about you. I thought you were different
    from O'Brian... It looks like he has brainwashed you to believe that nonsense
    about protecting the innocent. Get out of my sight!
    
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-12*****
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    *****Chapter-13*****
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    Rearguard Action
    
    ~~~~~New Laurentian Army Headquarters~~~~~
    
    Sigismundo: How are things on the battlefront?
    
    Cole: Thanks to the efforts of all our units, we are managing to repel the
    Zephyrian threat. Captain O'Brian and his Legion have fought bravely and
    we couldn't have done it without...
    
    Sigismundo: I didn't call you here to listen to you sing O'Brian's praises!
    Where are the 12th Independent Legion now?
    
    Cole: The Shard Coast, looking for the enemy...
    
    Sigismundo: Send units to assist them. But I want to make it clear to O'Brian
    that I am in control. He will obey my orders to the letter during the next
    battle...
    
    Cole: B-but, Admiral...
    
    Sigismundo: An army needs discipline. Don't you agree, Cole? Rogue elements
    like O'Brians Legion must be brought under our tight control.
    
    Cole: Y-yes, sir! You're absolutely right...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    Ed: Captain, we have completed the capture of the port. Now we can produce
    naval units here!
    
    O'Brian: Good work. But the enemy possesses ports too. This will be a
    long battle.
    
    Lin: We have received military support and some funds from Admiral
    Sigismundo... But I think it is mostly for show. I doubt he really supports
    the Legion... That's why we can't rely on hand-outs. We need to secure our
    own funds...
    
    O'Brian: Right. Capture neutral bases and don't let the enemy take them from
    us!
    
    *****Select Carrier unit*****
    
    Lin: Carriers can produce Ship Planes. Produce Ship Planes to give your air
    force a significant boost.
    
    =====Tactics Briefing Room=====
    
    Ed: Huh? Where's First Lieutenant Lin?
    
    Lin: ...Sorry I'm late!
    
    Ed: Where did you go? You know, there's something different about you today...
    
    Catleia: Oh, Ed! It's you!
    
    Ed: Catleia! What are you two up to?
    
    Lin: We may be in the middle of a war, but it's not good to neglect your
    appearance. We were just exchanging some make-up tips, to look good on the
    battlefield...
    
    Catleia: I have forgotten so much. First Lieutenant Lin was just showing me
    the basics... Make-up, hair, nails - I'm very grateful to her!
    
    Ed: Make-up?! Are you sure there's nothing more important you should be doing?
    
    Lin: Please leave the prioritising of tasks to your superiors.
    
    Ed: I understand! My apologies!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: Missile Boats can transport troops. Use them to secure the islands.
    Who knows which units that devious Sigismundo will target next? To counteract
    his orders, we need to produce a wide variety of unit types.
    
    Ed: Understood!
    
    Lin: Sink the enemy Carriers and Battleship with your Sub and Battleship...
    Then station your Carrier, Sub, and Mob. Workshop on the western island.
    That will prevent enemy naval units from sailing through these waters.
    Your Battleship and Ship Planes can hit enemy ground units near their HQ.
    Transport your ground forces and focus on capturing the enemy HQ. That is all.
    Now back to our make-up...
    
    Ed: I'm saying nothing!
    
    ~~~~~Briefing Room~~~~~
    
    Lin: So don't you have something you should be doing? Or did you want some
    make-up tips?
    
    Ed: No! No! I'll be okay...
    
    Lin: So anyway, Catleia, as I was saying before I was so rudely
    interrupted... If you want to look cool-headed and collected in the heat
    of battle...
    
    Catleia: Wait, I'm going to take notes...
    
    Ed: I'm going to leave now! You're right. This isn't the place for me.
    
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****Day one, Greyfield's forces*****
    
    Sigismundo: New Laurentian Army, advance! Failure will not be tolerated!
    Prove yourselves worthy of my glorious leadership!
    
    *****Day three, (And every three days from now)*****
    
    Sigismundo: Report on the units in O'Brian's Legion. In which units does their
    strength lie? (Random Unit name)Infantry units? Understood. Ensure you relay
    my orders tomorrow...
    
    *****Before Day four*****
    
    NLA Guard: Captain O'Brian! Orders from Admiral Sigismundo... Your Independent
    Legion must obey all of his orders during the battle...
    
    O'Brian: What?! This is our battle! Why is he interfering?!
    
    NLA Guard: I am simply communicating the Admiral's express wishes... If you
    don't obey his orders, he will blame me for neglecting my duty...
    
    Ed: So what you're saying is that if we don't follow his orders, you will
    be...
    
    O'Brian: ...Executed. It looks like we don't have a choice. The Admiral
    clearly doesn't like me...
    
    Ed: No, Captain. It's all my fault! I showed disloyalty to the Admiral...
    
    O'Brian: Ed, don't blame yourself. We must accept things as they are. We must
    obey Sigismundo's orders, and ensure the safety of our troops!
    
    Ed: Yes, Captain!
    
    *****Day four*****
    
    Sigismundo: (Previously mentioned unit) Infantry units remain stationary!
    Don't move an inch without my say so!
    
    *****Day four, Lazurian forces*****
    
    Trak: Some of the enemy units are behaving in an odd manner...
    
    Zadia: Does that mean there is disunity in the enemy ranks?
    
    Trak: It's difficult to say. But our job is not to speculate about this or
    that... We simply have to carry out the orders we have been given...
    
    *****Before Day six*****
    
    Ed: I want to speak to the Zephyrian Commander. Can you hear me?
    
    Trak: ... ... ... ...
    
    Ed: I can't hear anything... But the lines of communication should be open...
    
    Trak: ... ... ... ... What do you want?
    
    Ed: Y-You're there! You heard me!
    
    Trak: I'm switching the intercom off now...
    
    Ed: Wait a second! I have to talk to you! Why did the Zephyrians start this
    war again? I have to know!
    
    Trak: I am a soldier. My job is to obey orders.
    
    Ed: Orders? But Zephyrus is destroyed! Neither of our nations exist now, yet
    we are still at war?! Whatever orders you are following there is still no
    reason to fight.
    
    Trak: ... ... ... ...
    
    Ed: You must have thought about this! You must know this war is pointless!
    
    Trak: It's not my job to decide whether something is or isn't pointless.
    We are not paid to think... If every soldier did what they thought was best,
    an army would collapse... An army is nothing more than a tool which the
    government uses...
    
    Ed: But there is no government now! Why are you obeying orders?!
    
    Trak: It is not my job to think about that.
    
    *****Before Day eight*****
    
    NLA Guard: I have been given a new order from Admiral Sigismundo to relay
    to you...
    
    O'Brian: ...Not again! Why is he telling us not to move units during a battle.
    He's risking our lives!
    
    Ed: Captain, we can do it! Our Legion will not be beaten by the Zephyrians.
    Or by Sigismundo...
    
    Laurentian: Captain, he's right! We can win this!
    
    
    *****Independent Legion wins*****
    
    Trak: The Laurentians seemed to be moving their troops in an odd manner...
    Keeping certain units stationary seemed futile, but clearly it was their
    plan... We have no chance against this enemy. We should retreat immediately...
    
    *****Independent Legion loses*****
    
    O'Brian: I let my troops down... I let everyone down...
    
    Trak: This is a hollow victory. The enemy command was in disarray. At full
    strength, this enemy may well have overcome our forces...
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~Victory page~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    O'Brian: Tell Sigismundo what has happened here...
    
    ~~~~~New Laurentian Army Headquarters~~~~~
    
    NLA Guard: Admiral Sigismundo, the Independent Legion were again victorious.
    They obeyed your orders and were able to repel the Zephyrian forces...
    
    Sigismundo: Grrrr... I see...
    
    NLA Guard: Admiral? You seem displeased...
    
    Sigismundo: Er... No, no - I am only displeased that the Zephyrians remain
    at large. Until they are wiped from the face of the planet, we will know
    no peace...
    
    ~~~~~A village on the coast~~~~~
    
    Civilian: It's you! You've returned!
    
    Catleia: What do you mean?! Wh-Who are you?
    
    Civilian: Ah, perhaps you don't remember me. I used to run the bakery in the
    city that once stood near here...
    
    Catleia: I-I'm sorry... I am afraid I don't remember anything...
    
    Ed: Wait! You know her?! You know Catleia?! Tell me! She has lost her memory.
    Maybe you could tell us who she is...
    
    Civilian: She lost her memory? I'm sorry to hear that. But I'm afraid I won't
    be much use to you... I just saw this girl and her family a few times in
    the street...
    
    Ed: Family...?
    
    Civilian: I seem to remember you had an older sister, a younger sister...and
    a brother!
    
    Catleia: Brother...? Sisters...? Can it be true?
    
    Ed: Do you know anything about her brother and sisters - their names or
    whereabouts?
    
    Civilian: I don't think anyone here will know that. I'm not sure what the best
    way to tell you this is but... Everyone was... Everyone was frightened of
    your family...
    
    Catleia: Frightened?! But why?
    
    Civilian: Ummm... It's difficult to say this to your face, but it's just...
    
    Catleia: Tell me! I want to know! I remember nothing! You have to tell me...
    
    Civilian: Well, there were all sorts of strange rumours flying about...
    People said that the four of you were... ...not human! They said you were
    monsters!
    
    Catleia: ...Monsters?!
    
    Civilian: Please don't take it to heart! But there were other rumours... I
    heard that a bunch of tough guys caused you trouble...and they all died
    mysteriously. I heard that if you came close to weapons, they might be
    accidently triggered...
    
    Catleia: ... ... ... ...
    
    Civilian: Look, these are only rumours... I'm sure there's no truth in
    them!
    
    Catleia: ... ... ... ...
    
    Ed: Catleia...
    
    Catleia: Ed! Tell me! Who on Earth am I?!
    
    
    
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    *****Chapter-14*****
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    A Hero's Farewell
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: We are approaching the base of the Zephyrian forces - Darret Fortress.
    The Commander-In-Chief of the forces is General Carter...
    
    Ed: General Carter? I learned about him in the Academy... The famous hero of
    the Seige of Darret. That must be 20 years ago...
    
    O'Brian: Carter? I never imagined I'd ever hear that name again...
    
    Ed: Captain O'Brian?
    
    O'Brian: What did Sigismundo have to say?
    
    Lin: Admiral Sigismundo is on his way here as we speak with his main army
    units... We are to attack the enemy fortress and carry out active
    surveillance...
    
    Ed: What exactly is active surveillance?
    
    O'Brian: It means we push into the midst of the enemy to assess their
    strength.
    
    Ed: But that means we're just...?
    
    Lin: Yes, I feel as if he's asking us to sacrifice ourselves... Why can't
    we wait until he arrives before beginning the attack? Is Sigismundo a coward?
    Or does he want us to be destroyed? Perhaps it's both...
    
    O'Brian: We don't even know if we can rely on his forces when they do arrive
    here... We must attack the fortress alone. But we need to think of a sound
    strategy.
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    Ed: What is that huge rock?
    
    Lin: It is a fragment of one of the meteors which struck the Earth.
    
    O'Brian: If we attack it, it can be destroyed and the airport can then be
    captured. But there are times it's best to leave these fragments to slow the
    enemy. We have to think about which ones to destroy and which ones to
    keep...
    
    =====Tactics Briefing Room=====
    
    Carter: I am General Carter, an old soldier who has spent his life fighting 
    for the Zephyrian Army. Asked to share some of my tactical knowledge, I 
    agreed. I am all too familiar with this terrain. I will treat this like a
    war-game and advise you what I would do in your position. Now, let me 
    begin...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~~
    
    Carter: First, secure the cities and airport to the east with your Infantry
    units. Then gather your units just outside the range of the enemy Rocket unit.
    These units should always be backed up by indirect attack units. The Rocket
    unit behind the wall of Plasma needs to be watched. Destroy the meteor on
    the right with Bombers and indirect attack units. If you do that, the Plasma
    will vanish, making it easier to attack.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Briefing Room~~~~~
    
    Carter: That is all.
    
    Lin: General Carter, it has been an honour.
    
    Carter: Why no, the pleasure was all mine.
    
    Lin: Truly, I can see why you have gone down in history as a master tactician.
    
    Carter: How history judges me is not my concern. I have always done my best
    by my country.
    
    Lin: It has truly been an honour.
    
    Carter: And now I must take my leave...
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****Day one, Lazurian Army*****
    
    Stolos: General Carter, how are things looking out there?
    
    Carter: Stolos?
    
    Stolos: So you're still not tempted to try out any of those exotic weapons
    of mine? You could change the course of the battle with just the touch of
    a button.
    
    Carter: Stolos, I told you...
    
    Stolos: If you used my weapons now, you will wipe out scores of your own
    troops... But to defeat the Laurentians, I'm sure they would gladly sacrifice
    their lives.
    
    Carter: 20 years ago, I faced the Laurentians in this exact same location.
    Both sides upheld the rules of warfare which we had agreed upon. When the
    enemy surrendered, we did not do anything dishonourable... War is cruel and
    pitiless, but we are all soldiers. For me to use your despicable weapons would
    be an insult... ...to the memory of all those who laid down their lives
    here.
    
    Stolos: I regard your sentiments as eccentric, but I know I cannot change
    your mind... I will take my leave. Farewell, General Carter.
    
    
    *****Before Day ten*****
    
    O'Brian: General Carter, can you hear me?
    
    Carter: So this is the Commander of the Laurentian forces?
    
    O'Brian: 20 years ago, when you fought here to hold the Darrett Fortress...
    Do you remember who was leading the Laurentian forces?
    
    Carter: I never knew his name, but he was a truly great soldier. For a 
    Laurentian. For 100 days, the battle raged... The only pause was when both
    sides agreed to a ceasefire to bury our dead. He was truly a man of honour.
    He feels almost like an old friend.
    
    O'Brian: He was my father. 
    
    Carter: I see... I am truly sorry...
    
    O'Brian: You have nothing to apologise for. You were both soldiers. My
    father died here... Our government blamed him for the defeat. The only ones
    to see him as a good and honest soldier were his enemies... I am grateful,
    General Carter. My father would be too...
    
    Carter: I wish things hadn't come to this... But it can't be helped. I'm
    glad I am facing you in my final battle...
    
    *****Independent Legion wins*****
    
    Carter: An extraordinary display. This old soldier couldn't defeat you. The
    war is over for me...
    
    *****Independent Legion loses*****
    
    O'Brian: You were too strong for my father... And you proved too strong
    for me. So it ends like this...
    
    Carter: You fought honourably. Now all I want is for peace to return to the
    world.
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~Victory page~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    O'Brian: At long last, the war is at an end...
    
    ~~~~~In Front of Darrett Fortress~~~~~~
    
    Carter: The war is over for me. Zadia, Trak - you must take over. Protect
    our troops and our people.
    
    Zadia: But General Carter...!
    
    Carter: Tell them that I started this war. Tell them it was all my
    responsibility. Say that you had no choice, that I forced you to fight...
    After you have surrendered to the Laurentians, tell them that...
    
    Zadia: Never! I can't do it! You fought to protect all of us! You can't
    take the blame for a war you didn't start!
    
    Carter: I am giving you an order, Flight Lieutenant. This is my final order...
    
    Zadia: But General...
    
    Carter: Do not despair. I know Captain O'Brian. I know he is a man of honour.
    You can speak to him. You can bring this war to an end. Trak, do you
    understand?
    
    Trak: If it is an order, then I understand.
    
    ~~~~~In Front of Darrett Fortress~~~~~
    
    O'Brian: We want you to accept defeat and to bring this war to an end. There
    is no need for any more lives to be lost needlessly.
    
    Carter: ... ... ... ... My name is Carter, Commander-In-Chief of the
    Zephyrian Army. I accept defeat. Our forces will surrender to you
    peacefully. But I want you to promise me one thing.
    
    O'Brian: What's that?
    
    Carter: Responsibility for this war rests with me. I am the only one to be
    blamed. I want you to show mercy to all of the troops who served under me.
    
    O'Brian: I understand. All I want is for this war to be brought to an end,
    once and for all.
    
    Carter: I'm grateful to you, Captain O'Brian. I had heard about you before.
    But now that I actually have the chance to speak to you... ...I know that
    everything I heard was true. You are a man of unimpeachable honour.
    
    O'Brian: Please, there is no need to praise me. I want this war to end,
    that is all...
    
    Carter: I am truly grateful that my last opponent on the battlefield was
    you, Captain.
    
    ~~~~~In Front of Darrett Fortress~~~~~
    
    Zadia: What are you waiting for?!
    
    Ed: But Flight Lieutenant Zadia...!
    
    Zadia: Do it! If you want to execute me, go ahead and do it! I know how
    cold-blooded Laurentians are, so just get it over with! Come on, just like
    you always do!
    
    Ed: Flight Lieutenant Zadia, the war is over now. You surrendered. We are
    fellow soldiers. You are safe now. The Laurentian Army prides itself on
    always treating its prisoners well...
    
    Zadia: I've never heard such nonsense! You are the ones who said that the war
    was over after the meteors struck... Then you stabbed us in the back! You
    attacked civilians...
    
    Ed: What?! What are you talking about?! The Laurentian Army wouldn't attack
    civilians...
    
    Zadia: Admiral Sigismundo's forces were merciless. They spared no one. I lost
    my only brother, Jonathan...
    
    Ed: I don't believe you!
    
    Zadia: Listen to me. Sigismundo is evil. I cannot forgive him, and I cannot
    forgive you for fighting alonside him! That's why our army is fighting - to
    avenge the deaths of the innocent...
    
    ~~~~~In Front of Darrett Fortress~~~~~
    
    Laurentian: Captain O'Brian. Admiral Sigismundo has arrived.
    
    O'Brian: Too late to help us...
    
    Sigismundo: You did well, Captain O'Brian. The New Laurentian Army has won
    a decisive and historic victory! And you must be the Commander of that
    Zephyrian rabble...
    
    Carter: I am General Carter, Commander-In-Chief of the Zephyrian Arm...
    Aaargh!
    
    Sigismundo: You and your wretched army are a pathetic spectacle! A disgrace!
    
    O'Brian: Enough! General Carter has surrendered honourably and brought the
    war to an end. Striking a prisoner is against international treaties...
    
    Sigismundo: International treaties?! They are meaningless pieces of paper...
    The Zephyrian nation has been destroyed. Laurentia is victorious. Now the
    world will be run by us alone, with no other law but our own!
    
    O'Brian: What?!
    
    Sigismundo: Now, Captain O'Brian - I will show you how things work now that
    I am Supreme Leader... Finn! Fire when ready...
    
    Carter: Aaargh!
    
    O'Brian: General Carter!
    
    Carter: Captain O'Brian... R-Remember... Your p-promise...
    
    O'Brian: Why?! Why did you shoot him? He had already surrendered! He was
    unarmed!
    
    Sigismundo: He was a Zephyrian and he got what he deserved...
    
    O'Brian: Sigismundo, you are insane! You are out of control!
    
    Finn: Don't move an inch, O'Brian, or you'll meet the same fate as your
    beloved Carter.
    
    O'Brian: Y-You...!!!
    
    Finn: You make me laugh, O'Brian! On the battlefields you're so powerful...
    But now you are completely at my mercy! Who's going to help you now?
    
    Sigismundo: Take the Zephyrian prisoners to the internment centre in
    Kisella. There they shall all be executed! The Laurentian victory is almost
    complete!
    
    
    
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    *****Chapter-15*****
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    Escape on Ice
    
    ~~~~~Kisella Ice Plains - Internment Centre~~~~~
    
    Zadia: General Carter has been executed by the Laurentians... No! It can't
    be...!
    
    Trak: It is true.
    
    Zadia: But how could such a hero meet his end like this? We must avenge his
    death!
    
    Trak: I hear reports that the Laurentian High Command has ordered us all to
    be executed...
    
    Zadia: Those filthy Laurentians! They tricked us! Made us surrender... They
    planned this all along!
    
    Ed: Wait a second! Captain O'Brian would never allow that! There's been some
    kind of mistake! The Captain promised he would protect you all. What you're
    saying can't be true.
    
    Zadia: The Laurentians have always been merciless. They were the same before
    the meteors struck - they've revealed their true colours yet again...
    
    Ed: You're wrong!
    
    Zadia: Am I? What do you know anyway? Everyone keeps you in the dark, don't
    they? But I'm not stupid. I know the Laurentians' true nature. I should
    have seen this coming.
    
    Ed: You're right. There are many things I don't know. About the Laurentian
    Army, about the war... But I do know Captain O'Brian, and I know that he
    would never betray you!
    
    Trak: But the fact is, General Carter was executed. Whatever O'Brian may have
    promised, he is still only a Laurentian...
    
    Ed: You're wrong! Both of you! The captain... Th-The Captain...
    
    O'Brian: I'm back. Hope you haven't been too worried about me...
    
    Ed: Captain O'Brian!
    
    Zadia: O'Brian, I'm only going to ask you this once. How you answer will
    determine whether we can ever believe a word you say again... Is it true
    that General Carter has been executed?
    
    O'Brian: ... ... ... ... Yes, it's true.
    
    Zadia: And you knew it! And you're to blame!
    
    Trak: Flight Lieutenant Zadia, hold on. Who was responsible, O'Brian?
    
    O'Brian: Admiral Sigismundo gave the order, but it was Captain Finn who
    pulled the trigger... But if you are asking who is responsible for General
    Carter's death... It is me... I was there, but I could do nothing to help
    him.
    
    Zadia: You just expect us to believe whatever you tell us?! "You were
    there but you couldn't help him." How do we know you're telling the truth?!
    
    O'Brian: It's up to you whether you believe me or not. I'm not here to justify
    myself. There is no time for that. Ed, the Independent Legion is preparing
    to leave. And we're taking the Zephyrian troops with us.
    
    Zadia: But you don't mean...?!
    
    O'Brian: Sigismundo is planning to have you all executed first thing tomorrow
    morning. I am not going to just sit here and wait for his orders to be carried
    out. You need to escape. You need to go now.
    
    Zadia: Why do you think we should we trust you?
    
    O'Brian: It's up to you. You just have to decide whether you want to live
    or die... General Carter entrusted you with the safety of your fellow
    Zephyrians, didn't he?
    
    Zadia: ... ... ... ...
    
    Trak: What's your plan?
    
    O'Brian: This place is surrounded by North Laurentian Army units. We can't
    possible take them all on... Our only hope is to make a sudden break for it
    and try to burst through their defences. You troops should go first. Once
    you're out, you're on your own...
    
    Trak: We're going first? Who's going to provide covering fire?
    
    O'Brian: We will.
    
    Zadia: You will? But you're a Laurentian Commander. You're going to fire on
    your own people?
    
    O'Brian: I made a promise to General Carter. I said I would protect his
    troops. If I make a promise, I keep it. It doesn't matter much to me whether
    you believe me or not. But it's the truth.
    
    Zadia: I-I-I don't...
    
    O'Brian: Look, we don't have time for this. Start preparing. Then we make
    a break for it...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    NLA Guard: The prisoners are escaping! And they are being aided by Captain
    O'Brian and the Independent Legion!
    
    Sigismundo: O'Brian, What in the name of Laurentia do you think you're doing?!
    
    O'Brian: The Independent Legion doesn't take orders from you anymore,
    Sigismundo. I won't let you execute the prisoners. Too many people have
    died already...
    
    Sigismundo: Disobeying me is tantamount to high treason against Laurentia!
    You will be rewarded with death! You and everyone in your Legion...
    
    O'Brian: You're a coward, Sigismundo. And you don't frighten me...
    
    Sigismundo: ...H-How dare you...?!
    
    O'Brian: You are not the leader of Laurentia. That great nation deserves
    better! Your childish fantasies of ruling the world make me sick. You're
    pathetic...
    
    Sigismundo: You would thumb your nose at the Laurentian Supreme Leader?!
    
    O'Brian: All Zephyrian units should head to this city in the west...
    
    Zadia: I-I...
    
    Trak: ... ... ... ... Understood, Captain...
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    O'Brian: I must remain on the front line... Don't concern yourself with me!
    
    *****A unit is destroyed*****
    
    Trak: This snow requires extra caution.
    
    O'Brian: Never give up hope! The fight continues!
    
    =====Tactics Briefing Room=====
    
    O'Brian: So you must be Trak, from the Zephyrian Army.
    
    Trak: Correct.
    
    O'Brian: Doubtless, your harbour ill will towards me, but we must cooperate
    now or face destruction.
    
    Trak: Right.
    
    O'Brian: I'm going to outline the strategy for allowing your forces to escape.
    
    Trak: Understood.
    
    O'Brian: You're a man of few words, aren't you?
    
    Trak: So people say...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    O'Brian: We need to get rid of the enemy Rocket unit fast. Then we can
    concentrate fire on the meteors to destroy the Plasma wall. To protect the
    Zephyrian forces, take out the Recon units to the west. Then utilise the
    terrain and mop up the units coming from the east.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Briefing Room~~~~~
    
    O'Brian: Does that sound like a plan to you?
    
    Trak: Yes.
    
    O'Brian: Well, if that's all I'm going to get out of you... Fine, tactic talk
    over.
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****Before day two*****
    
    O'Brian: Now move! I'll keep Sigismundo's forces busy...
    
    *****Day two, New Laurentian Army*****
    
    Ed: Captain O'Brian, you've done enough! You need to escape too!
    
    Finn: No, he won't be going anywhere. We have business to settle...
    
    O'Brian: Finn...
    
    Finn: I can't work you out, O'Brian... Risking your life to let others
    escape... What does it mean to help others? What good does it do?
    
    O'Brian: You'll never understand, Finn...
    
    Finn: And I'm happy to keep it that way. Captain, O'Brian, do you remember
    what I said the first time I met you? I said you were a dinosaur and you're
    going to be extinct before too long.
    
    O'Brian: If I want your opinion, I'll ask...
    
    Finn: All units, target O'Brian! Let's bag ourselves a dinosaur!
    
    *****O'Brian's CO Unit is destroyed*****
    
    O'Brian: No!
    
    Ed: Captain, escape! Quick, this way!
    
    O'Brian: Don't worry about me. Move! All units focus on escaping. I'll remain
    here for now...
    
    Ed: But, Captain...!
    
    O'Brian: Don't worry about me. I'll come later. Lin, hurry!
    
    Lin: Captain...
    
    O'Brian: Lin, you of all people should understand. We have to get as many
    people to safety as possible. I have to do this... I can buy the rest of you
    time to escape. So move!
    
    Lin: I-I understand, Captain...
    
    *****Zephyrians escape/Independent Legion wins*****
    
    Trak: We have escaped the enemy encirclement. Now let's move!
    
    Zadia: The Zephyrian forces have all managed to escape! We cannot allow
    Captain O'Brian's sacrifice to go to waste. Let's go!
    
    Lin: Our units will escape too...
    
    Ed: Captain O'Brian!
    
    Lin: I know the Captain will be okay... I know it...
    
    
    *****Independent Legion loses*****
    
    Lin: The 12th Independent Legion has been defeated. I'm sorry, Captain...
    
    Finn: Woo-hoo! I told you that you and your Legion would soon be extinct...
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~Victory page~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    O'Brian: Keep moving! I've bought you time...
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Zadia: No sign of the enemy. It looks like we lost them... They'll be looking
    for us, but the danger has passed for now...
    
    Lin: I wonder...
    
    Trak: No word from Captain O'Brian?
    
    Lin: Not at present. Ed is trying to establish radio contact but so far,
    nothing...
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Headquarters~~~~~
    
    Ed: Captain! Captain! Can you hear me...?
    
    ???: ... ... ... ...
    
    Ed: Captain O'Brian, this is Ed! Please respond!
    
    ???: ... ... ... ... ...Ed... ... ...
    
    Ed: Captain! Is it really you?! What is your present location?
    
    ???: ...126...272... In a derelict building... To the south of the Kisella
    ice fields.
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene to O'Brian laying against a wall~~~~~
    
    O'Brian: I'm surrounded by enemies... Things didn't go quite according to
    plan...
    
    ~~~~~New Laurentian Army Headquarters~~~~~
    
    Sigismundo: What's taking so long?! O'Brian cannot be allowed to live! 
    I want him found, even if you have to search every inch of this country!
    
    Cole: We have completely surrounded the ruined city in Kisella where we
    believe O'Brian to be. We are getting close to him. In a matter of hours,
    we will find him.
    
    Sigismundo: Curse your insolence! I didn't ask for excuses! I asked for
    results. Bring me O'Brian! I want that traitor caught and dealt with
    in the only way he deserves - with execution! I will tolerate no disobedience!
    I am the Laurentian Supreme Leader! Bring him to me! Do not make me tell
    you again...
    
    Stolos: Admiral, I believe your forces are certain that the intended target
    is somewhere in that area. This would be a perfect opportunity to test
    the new device I discussed with you earlier...
    
    Sigismundo: I see... Yes, I believe it would prove useful. Do it. Leave not
    a single blade of grass in that area! Let nothing live!
    
    Stolos: You will not be disappointed, Admiral. I am looking forward to
    seeing the results.
    
    Cole: B-But, Admiral... Our forces have surrounded that ruin city. The area
    is full of our troops...
    
    Sigismundo: And what is your point...?
    
    Cole: It's just that... No, nothing. There is no problem.
    
    Stolos: Larissa, can you hear me? Are you ready to play with that new toy?
    
    Sigismundo: I can't wait to witness this devastation! Raze the entire area
    to the ground!
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene to O'Brian laying against a wall~~~~~
    
    Ed: Captain, we are heading that way now! Try to hold on till we arrive...
    
    O'Brian: No, Ed. Don't come back for me. Get as far away as you can. It's
    me Sigismundo is looking for. As long as I'm here, I can buy you time. Get
    away while you can! Have you got it?
    
    Ed: But Captain, we can't just leave you!
    
    O'Brian: Ed, I have given you my orders. I will do my best to join you
    later... I just need to rest here for a while...
    
    Ed: Captain!
    
    O'Brian: I never wanted you to see me like this, Ed. I always wanted to
    appear strong and in control. I'm sorry...
    
    Ed: But Captain...
    
    Sigismundo: Now! Bathe that area in fire!
    
    O'Brian: Ed... From now on, it's up to you...
    
    ~~~~~White flash and explosion sound~~~~~
    
    Ed: Captain O'Brian! Captain! Can you hear me?!
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-15*****
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    ====================
    *****Chapter-16*****
    ====================
    
    Hope Never Dies
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Headquarters~~~~~
    
    Lin: What is the latest status report?
    
    Laurentian: Since escaping from Kisella, some troops have deserted... There
    are also a number of civilians whose whereabouts we are unsure of...
    
    Lin: I see. They will have to be abandoned. Our priority is to keep moving...
    
    Laurentian: Y-Yes, First Lieutenant...
    
    Dr. Moritz: Wait a moment! I know I'm not in a position to say this, but
    your attitude seems a little...
    
    Lin: If we remain here, we will be annihilated. Your reservations about
    my strategy can wait. I am commanding this Legion, and that sometimes means
    making difficult decisions...
    
    Dr. Moritz: If you say so...
    
    Lin: We are not in a position of strength. We may now have Zephyrian troops
    with us, but we haven't had time to assimilate them. The most important thing
    now is to find the time and space to reorganise our forces...
    
    Dr. Moritz: I know you're in a difficult position... But I just feel that if
    Captain O'Brian were here now...
    
    Lin: ... ... ... ...
    
    Dr. Moritz: I'm sorry. That was thoughtless...
    
    Lin: How are the civilians coping?
    
    Dr. Moritz: They are very frightened. You need to do something to calm them
    down... I understand their fear, being pursued by Sigismundo and his troops...
    
    Lin: You don't seem frightened, Dr Moritz...
    
    Dr. Moritz: Well, I obviously conceal it well... I'm as frightened as anyone
    else. But what good would it do to panic? I act as a kind of leader to
    the civilians, so I have to maintain an air of calm.
    
    Lin: Hmmm... I think it would be best if I explained exactly what is happening
    to the civilians. 
    
    Dr. Moritz: I agree. But please try not to say anything that will frighten
    them unduly. With Sigismundo's forces on our heels, the slightest shock
    could send them into a panic. So go gently with them...
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Civilian Camp~~~~~
    
    Lin: ...So that is our current situation. Please understand that we are
    short of time, food and manpower... Until we get through this crisis, I am
    afraid things will be tough for us all...
    
    Dr. Moritz: I would implore you to listen to First Lieutenant Lin's words
    and all pull together. This is the worst crisis any of us have ever faced,
    but we can get through it...
    
    Lin: It is imperative that all of you obey our orders to the letter. You must
    do everything you can to support our troops on the front line.
    
    Civilian: This isn't our war! Why do you have to involve us in your fight?!
    We aren't soldiers! We shouldn't have to follow your orders. We are the
    victims!
    
    Civilian: This is all O'Brian's fault! If he hadn't picked this fight, we
    would be safe! Now we're on the run, with a huge army after us. It's not
    fair!
    
    Lin: I understand. Now tell me, do you value your lives? 
    
    Civilian: Wh-What?!
    
    Lin: Anyone with a problem obeying my orders is free to leave us and fend
    for themselves. I am afraid that I am not Captain O'Brian. If you get in
    trouble, I won't help you... If you won't obey orders and support the
    Legion, you are free to live or die as you see fit.
    
    Dr. Moritz: First Lieutenant Lin, that sounds a little bit harsh...
    
    Lin: It's how things are...
    
    Dr. Moritz: But pehraps you could be a little less confrontational? You
    know, throw in some little jokes, like I do...
    
    Lin: Perhaps you're right. I apologise. I will try to put it a bit more
    gently... Now, what exactly should I say...?
    
    Dr. Moritz: Well, I think it's a little late now. They've got the message,
    loud and clear...
    
    Catleia: I-I...
    
    Dr. Moritz: What is it, Catleia?
    
    Catleia: I will do as First Lieutenant Lin says. We have to work together
    to help each other. I will do everything I can to help us get through this
    crisis!
    
    Dr. Moritz: Did you hear her, everyone? That's exactly the attitude we should
    have! Let's all pull together!
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Dr. Moritz: That was a close one... We just about managed to prevent an
    outright rebellion...
    
    Lin: But I fear that before long, the tensions among us could tear our forces
    apart... Ed...
    
    Ed: ... ... ... ...
    
    Dr. Moritz: Ed! Snap out of it!
    
    Ed: B-But...
    
    Dr. Moritz: I understand how sad you feel about Captain O'Brian, but this
    isn't the time to mope... The enemy is closing in. We need to think about how
    we are going to evade them.
    
    Ed: Y-You're right... I-I'm sorry.
    
    Lin: We have no time to lose! We must decide on our strategy from now on.
    If the enemy finds us, it's all over. We need to conceal ourselves...
    
    Laurentian: I have news to report...
    
    Dr. Moritz: What is it this time?!
    
    Laurentian: Our rearguard units are being surrounded by the enemy!
    
    Lin: ... ... ... ... In that case, tell them to pull out without engaging
    in battle...
    
    Laurentian: It's too late! The enemy has already begun attacking them!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: The enemy has surrounded our forces. First, we need to ensure the
    Infantry units withdraw to a safe position...
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    =====Tactics Briefing Room=====
    
    Lin: Welcome to Lin's Counseling Corner. My guest today is...
    
    Zadia: The name's Zadia. The things I love are my brother and my fellow
    Zephyrian soldiers. The things I hate are the Laurentian army and...er...the
    Laurentian army. My hobbies include talking passionately about my love for
    the Zephyrian army...
    
    Lin: It's a bit surprising that we've ended up on the same side, isn't it?
    
    Zadia: It certainly is.
    
    Lin: To think, you used to swear you'd take revenge on all Laurentians...
    
    Zadia: ...Did I really say that? Well, anyway...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: Position Infantry units out of sight of the enemy - in woods, for
    instance. Once they are safe, aim to capture factories and airports with
    them. The woods around the central mountains provide good cover. Transport
    troops near to your HQ and secure extra military funds. Attack with ground
    units from the NW and air units from the SE.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Briefing Room~~~~~
    
    Zadia: How about I change my ambition to taking revenge on Sigismundo?
    
    Lin: Zadia, I think you and I are going to get along just fine... That's
    all for today.
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    *****Day one, New Laurentian Army*****
    
    Sigismundo: Your treacherous forces are about to get the punishment they
    deserve. They will meet the same fate as O'Brian. Prepare to be obliterated!
    
    *****Before day two, Independent Legion*****
    
    Ed: ... ... ... ...
    
    
    *****Before day three*****
    
    Ed: ... ... ... ... Captain O'Brian, if only...
    
    Catleia: Ed...?
    
    Ed: What is it, Catleia?
    
    Catleia: Ed, I'm worried about you...
    
    Ed: I'm sorry, Catleia. I didn't mean to worry you. I need to pull myself
    together...
    
    Catleia: It's okay...
    
    Ed: I have to snap out of it... After Captain O'Brian saved my life, I knew
    what I had to do...
    
    Catleia: What do you mean?
    
    Ed: I owe my life to him. I knew my role was to help him in his work...
    But now Captain O'Brian is dead... Without him, I feel lost. I feel so
    confused... I don't know what I should do now...
    
    Catleia: Ed... Ed, I'm afraid I don't know what you should do either. But,
    all I know is... When you feel sad, I feel sad too...
    
    Ed: Catleia...
    
    Catleia: I don't know why I feel this way. I don't know anything...
    But when you're smile, I smile. When you are happy, I am happy... I don't
    want you to be sad anymore...
    
    Ed: ... ... ... ... Thanks you, Catleia. You've made everything clear...
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene of Will standing talll~~~~~
    
    Ed: I have to go.
    
    Catleia: Where?
    
    Ed: Captain O'Brian saved my life... I have to use it to save others.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    *****Day three*****
    
    Ed: I am heading to the battlefront! Captain O'Brian saved my life, and I
    now understand how I must use it!
    
    Catleia: Position a unit in a factory or other place of production... ...and
    the Commander can board the unit, boosting your forces' strength. Each
    Commander boosts the other units in their own unique way...
    
    *****CO Power is charged*****
    
    Ed: Sigismundo, you will never defeat us!
    
    
    *****Independent Legion Wins*****
    
    Cole: It's n-no g-good... We must retreat and call in reinforcements.
    
    Sigismundo: What's the problem?! We took care of that traitor, Captain
    O'Brian... ...and yet you cannot finish the job?! Pathetic, all of you...
    
    Ed: Sigismundo! Listen up!
    
    Sigismundo: How dare you address me like that?!
    
    Ed: YOu'll never defeat us, Sigismundo! Do you hear me? Never! You will pay
    for what you did to Captain O'Brian. I'll make sure of that...
    
    Sigismundo: Why you insolent, treacherous little... Cole! Gather more troops!
    Next time, we must destroy them all!
    
    *****Independent Legion loses*****
    
    Ed: I can't go on...
    
    Catleia: Ed! Are you okay?! Ed?!
    
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~Vicotry page~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    Ed: Captain, we won't let you down!
    
    ~~~~~Indepedent Legion Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Ed: First Lieutenant Lin!
    
    Lin: You're looking much better, Ed...
    
    Ed: I'm sorry I've been so down recently. But I'm feeling much better now.
    
    Lin: Ed, don't be too hard on yourself. This is a a tough time for us all.
    It has only been a few days since Captain O'Brian...left us...
    
    Ed: ...I'm fine, First Lieutenant Lin!
    
    Lin: I saw how hard you took the news of Captain O'Brian's death... To be
    honest, I wondered if you would be able to fight for the Legion again.
    
    Ed: I was in a bad way. But I thought about what the Captain would say
    if he was here... I lived by the Captain's words... I saw him as my
    role-model...
    
    Lin: I know, Ed.
    
    Ed: He would have told me not to cry. He would have told me there was work
    still to do. So I decided to be strong... Only once I have done everything
    I must do... ...will I have time to mourn Captain O'Brian... 
    
    Lin: Ed, I misjudged you... I see now that you have great strength.
    
    Ed: Not as much as you, First Lieutenant Lin! I saw the way you pulled
    the Legion together after we lost Captain O'Brian. There are people who say
    you are too cold and calculating, but I know it's not true. Whatever people
    say, I know you are a worthy successor to Captain O'Brian...
    
    Lin: Actually, Ed... I have been meaning to discuss something with you.
    
    Ed: Of course. Whatever you want me to do, I will do it!
    
    Lin: Understand that what I am going to discuss with you is for your ears
    only... First, let's go inside...
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Headquarters~~~~~
    
    Ed: ...Leader?! Me?!
    
    Lin: Please keep it down, Ed! I told you this was for your ears only!
    
    Ed: B-But... Are you serious?!
    
    Lin: The Independent Legion has lost its Commander, Captain O'Brian... We
    need to find a successor. After considering various options, my conclusion
    is that you should be our next leader.
    
    Ed: B-But why?! Surely you are the Captain's natural successor...
    
    Lin: Ed, are you aware of the precise current number of people in this camp?
    
    Ed: The precise number of people? Hmmm... Let me think...
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene of the camp and its people~~~~~
    
    Ed: There are 259 troops in the Legion, 232 civilians training to join us...
    Add that to 709 non-combatant civilians. And not forgetting...
    
    Lin: ...the 613 Zephyrian troops we have to integrate into our forces. Add
    these troops together and it is much larger than a regular battalion.
    But enmity remains between Laurentian troops and the Zephyrians. A young
    man like you is much more likely to be accepted by the Zephyrians.
    
    Ed: I understand, but...
    
    Lin: Also, the civilians relate to you better than to a career soldier like
    me. I know they regard me with suspicion after I had to abandon some of
    them. They think that I would abandon them all if it was in our troops'
    interest.
    
    Ed: But they are wrong! I will explain to them that you had no choice...
    
    Lin: Ed, they are not wrong... If I felt I had no choice but to abandon them,
    I would do it without hesitation. Captain O'Brian left no one behind, but he
    was not a typical soldier.
    
    Ed: But First Lieutenant Lin...
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Headquarters~~~~~
    
    Lin: Do you think me harsh, Ed? If so, you should become leader.
    
    Ed: But First Lieutenant Lin... If I became leader, no one would understand
    why...
    
    Lin: As for the Legion, I will make them understand. You will have to explain
    to the Zephyrians. The civilians will complain, but what choice do they have
    but to follow you?
    
    Ed: But I still don't understand. Why me? I'm just a kid...
    
    Lin: I agree with you absolutely. You are just a kid. You are a wholesome,
    likeable kid, and that's what we need. To be honest, we just need a figure
    who can rebuild our forces around. Do you remember the Laurentian Prime
    Minster? He was untalented, but he was popular. That is all a leader has
    to be...
    
    Ed: So what you are saying is that you want me to act as some kind of
    figurehead?
    
    Lin: Precisely. I know you lack military knowledge and all but the most basic
    tactial awareness. Now, you can only be entrusted with low-level routine
    military tasks...
    
    Ed: Th-That's true. I admit it. But you really don't pull any punches! I feel
    a bit hurt...
    
    Lin: I see. Should I have found a less direct way of saying it to you? Let
    me think. Imagine there is a hare and a tortoise...
    
    Ed: Please don't talk to me like I'm a child. You've made clear your opinion
    of my abilities. But I understand what you are thinking perfectly well...
    
    Lin: To sum up, we have grown beyond simply being the Independent Legion.
    The number of civilians has grown, with many of them undergoing military
    training. Add the Zephyrians to the equation, and our forces are in danger
    of dissolving. It is a volatile mix, and difficult to control. Factor in the
    shortage of food...
    
    Ed: Really?! You think they might...?
    
    Lin: I believe that the threat of mutiny in the ranks is an all too real one.
    This is why I want you to act as someone who ties everyone together as one.
    At least until the enemy threat has passed...
    
    Ed: ... ... ... ... I understand, First Lieutenant Lin. If it helps to keep
    our forces together, I will do whatever I can...
    
    Lin: Good. Thank you, Commander.
    
    Ed: Commander...? It's going to take a while to get used to being addressed
    like that...
    
    Lin: You will get used to it, Commander. You will have to. Commander...
    
    Ed: okay, okay! I will get used to it!
    
    Lin: I'm glad, Commander...
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-16*****
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    ====================
    *****Chapter-17*****
    ====================
    
    Sudden Mutation
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Headquarters~~~~~
    
    Lin: Commander, tihs is our present position. We are currently heading north.
    
    Ed: Do you know this village?
    
    Lin: This village is a trading post. The community have always been friendly
    toward us. We should be able to resupply there.
    
    ~~~~~Trading Village~~~~~
    
    Ed: Th-There's no one here...
    
    Lin: ...It is very strange... It's so silent...
    
    Ed: Do you think it has been attacked?
    
    Dr. Moritz: Whatever happened, we need to look for any survivors that might
    still be here. Let's go! We'll split up and search the village.
    
    Catleia: Okay, I will help too...
    
    ~~~~~Trading Village~~~~~
    
    Ed: What did you find?
    
    Lin: Ed, it looks like the local community fell apart for some reason... We
    have found bodies. They seem to have been fighting among themselves...
    
    Ed: But why?! What happened here?!
    
    Lin: I'm not sure, but I think I can imagine. The members of the local
    community turned on each other and a sort of civil war ensued... As for the
    reason, it may have been hunger or disease. I can only guess...
    
    Ed: This is terrible!
    
    Catleia: We found no one alive...
    
    ~~~~~Trading village~~~~~
    
    Larissa: Daddy, how long must we stay in this wretched place? I am growing
    weary of all this mud and dust. My shoes are in a terrible state!
    
    Stolos: Mud and dust? My dear, for me this is a real treasure trove. By the
    way, it seems like we have visitors. They are over there, in the main street.
    Larissa, would you like to test out that new toy of yours?
    
    Larissa: Daddy, do you really mean it?!
    
    Stolos: It was incredibly expensive to develop, but nothing is too good for
    my little girl! But remember, we are not just doing this for fun. I must
    record the results... I am fascinated to see how they will enjoy this little
    weapon of mine...
    
    Tabitha: Oh Daddy! You never grow tired of your research, do you?
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Zadia: Ed, can you hear me?
    
    Ed: Zadia, what's the matter? 
    
    Zadia: We are under attack! I will assume command of both of our forces...
    And there's one more thing, Ed. Sorry to bring this up now...
    
    Ed: What is it, Zadia?
    
    Zadia: I said a lot of bad things about Captain O'Brian, but I was wrong. You
    were right. He was a good man. Please accept my apologies for judging him
    so unfairly.
    
    Ed: You don't have to apologise. I'm just glad you realised the truth...
    
    Zadia: We are proud to join you in battle, after all the Captain did for us.
    You may be Laurentians, but we are all on the same side. I realise that now.
    We will support you. You can trust us!
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    Zadia: What is that thing?! It looks like some kind of weapon...
    
    Trak: I don't know. It may be a Laurentian weapon we are unfamiliar with...
    
    Lin: No, I've never seen anything like it before either...
    
    Catleia: I know what it is... It is a Strix Gun. It was developed by the
    private military company, IDS.
    
    Ed: Catleia...?
    
    Catleia: Development began 7 years ago, at the request of the Zephyrian
    government. Due to its enormous cost, it was never mass-produced or used in
    battle... The development was halted, leaving only a number of prototypes.
    That is one of them...
    
    Zadia: How did you know that?!
    
    Catleia: I-I don't know...
    
    Lin: You know as much about Zephyrian weapons as Laurentian ones. I wonder
    why...? Do you not think this is strange?
    
    Catleia: I-I'm sorry. I don't know why I know these things...
    
    
    =====Tactics Briefing Room=====
    
    Larissa: At last, it's my turn! Thank you, thank you! So, Ed, have you come to
    beg my forgiveness for your pitiful weakness?
    
    Ed: What are you talking about?!
    
    Larissa: I pity the weak. You have such a hard time, don't you? It must be
    terrible! Anyway, because I feel so sorry for you, I'm going to give you some
    priceless tips.
    
    Ed: Okay...
    
    Larissa: But in return, I want you to be my servant for the rest of your life!
    
    Ed: That doesn't sound like much of a deal to me...
    
    Larissa: You'll clean my room every day, cook for me, do my shopping. It'll
    be wonderful!
    
    Ed: I'm trying my best to be patient here...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Larissa: First secure the upper and lower parts of the map and build defences.
    I would position Anti-Air Missiles in both areas. Produce Bombers in the upper
    area and focus on attacking the Strix Gun.
    
    Ed: I see...
    
    Larissa: Now you're my servant for life!
    
    Ed: I don't recall agreeing to that!
    
    Larissa: So I want my dresses ironed and ready for me to wear every morning...
    And I'll have breakfast in bed, except on Tuesdays when I'll eat...
    
    Ed: I'm starting to get a headache... 
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Briefing Room~~~~~
    
    Larissa: That's the tactic talk over. Until next time, my faithful servant!
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****Day one, IDS Forces*****
    
    Larissa: Is that all the enemy has?! I feel rather let down by their puny
    force. But Daddy must be obeyed! I will swat them like flies...
    
    *****Day two, Independent Legion*****
    
    Trak: This weapon is huge, but doesn't differ structurally from regular
    cannons.
    
    Zadia: In that case, we should be able to check its attack range.
    
    Ed: We learned how to check attack ranges in the Military Academy... I'm sure
    it was right at the start of the first year textbook...
    
    Lin: I believe it was on page 10. This is very basic, Commander. Of course,
    I'm not suggesting that our great Commander has forgotten this...
    
    Ed: No, of course not! Look, I've got my textbook right here!
    
    *****Day three*****
    
    Catleia: The Strix gun has a weak point. Here, in the centre at the bottom...
    If you focus attacks on this point, it can be destroyed.
    
    Ed: Zadia, did you hear that? The Strix Gun has a weak point!
    
    
    *****Talon Gun destroyed, Independent Legion wins*****
    
    IDS Agent: The Strix Gun is no longer operational, Commander...
    
    Larissa: Drat! They looked so pitifully weak and yet they broke my toy!
    I was going easy on them. I'll teach them to be so mean! Initiate system.
    Let's hit them with something a little harder...
    
    Stolos: Don't be so hasty, my dear! Today's little experiment is over. I'm
    sure you wanted to have more fun, but let's retreat for the time being...
    
    Larissa: Yes, Daddy! Whatever you say, Daddy!
    
    
    *****Independent Legion loses*****
    
    Zadia: I wanted to fight... and win as... a tribute to... O'Brian...
    
    Ed: Zadia, you're breaking up!
    
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~Victory page~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    
    Zadia: We will fight! For Captain O'Brian!
    
    ~~~~~Trading Village~~~~~
    
    Lin: Commander, the battle is over. Let's get back to base.
    
    Ed: Understood. But where's Dr Moritz?
    
    Catleia: He's in one of those buildings. He said he was looking to see if
    there were any survivors.
    
    Ed: He really is a good person. Though you wouldn't think so from his
    jokes...
    
    Lin: I completely agree...
    
    Dr. Moritz: This isn't good...
    
    Ed: Dr Moritz! What's the matter?
    
    Dr. Moritz: This is a Code Red emergency. Come to my mobile laboratory now!
    
    Catleia: Why?
    
    Dr. Moritz: Come on! Come on! There isn't time for this! Don't just stand
    around! This is urgent! Just come with me!
    
    Ed: Doctor, please tell us what's going on.
    
    Lin: I really must insist that you explain.
    
    Dr. Moritz: Look at this picture...
    
    Ed: Oh no!
    
    ~~~~~Picture of infected Person~~~~~
    
    Dr. Moritz: I found it in the village's medical centre. I looks like it was
    taken recently.
    
    Ed: The Floral Virus... But it seems different somehow... Compared to the
    other pictures...
    
    Dr. Moritz: The influenza virus is also capable of mutation in a short
    space of time... But this change is something much more dramatic. It seems
    almost too perfect.
    
    Lin: "Too perfect"? What do you mean by that?
    
    Dr. Moritz: For a virus to spread, it ideally has a long incubation and mild
    symptoms. Rather than killing its host quickly, it has ample time to be
    passed on. This change does not seem to be a natural one. It seems to be
    man-made. This Floral Virus may not be a natural disease at all...
    
    Lin: But if it is not a disease, what is it?!
    
    Dr. Moritz: It may be a man-made weapon!
    
    Ed: B-But, it can't be! Who would do such a thing?! If someone made this...No!
    No human is capable of this!
    
    Dr. Moritz: Only some kind of demon... But even more alarming is this fact...
    
    Ed: What is it, Doctor?
    
    Dr. Moritz: This victim appears to be in his twenties or thirties. He was an
    adult...
    
    Ed: An adult!
    
    Lin: That means the disease in its new form is no longer restricted to
    children...
    
    Dr. Moritz: This is a very serious situation. I will work on a way to counter
    it. But first we should see if anyone in the Legion has been infected...
    
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-17*****
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    ====================
    *****Chapter-18*****
    ====================
    
    Survival Chances
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Headquarters~~~~~
    
    Trak: It looks like Sigismundo has tracked us down. Recon units are reporting
    a large enemy force approaching from the south-east.
    
    Lin: So he's come all this way just to find us? He seems to have become
    obsessed with the hunt for us...
    
    Zadia: He won't rest until he has tracked down all of the Zephyrian army.
    Until we are destroyed, none of you are safe...
    
    Lin: Ed, any further north and we'll be swimming. We have nowhere else to run
    to. What should we do? You must decide...
    
    Ed: All we can do is fight...
    
    Lin: If we fight, we will most likely lose. The gap in troops and weaponry
    is enormous.
    
    Ed: I know it won't be an easy fight... But what other choice do we have?
    
    Zadia: There is one other option...
    
    Ed: What is it, Zadia?
    
    Zadia: Hand us over to Sigismundo.
    
    Ed: You can't be serious! We could never do that!
    
    Trak: If it allows the others to survive, I think it is a realistic option.
    Once he has the Zephyrians, Sigismundo will not to fight on...
    
    Zadia: First Lieutenant Lin, I know you must have thought of this too...
    
    Lin: Yes. I had considered it.
    
    Ed: First Lieutenant Lin!
    
    Zadia: Ed, we are truly grateful for all that you have done for us up to now.
    Thanks to you, I have realised that not all Laurentians are bad people. I
    learned that every nation has both good and bad people in it. I thank you.
    
    Trak: I am prepared to do what is required.
    
    Ed: Zadia! Trak! This is madness!
    
    Zadia: Ed, listen to me...
    
    Ed: No! I won't allow this! Captain O'Brian saved your lives, just as he saved
    mine. That is why we can't give up or hand ourselves over to Sigismundo!
    Captain O'Brian wouldn't have allowed it! We are all in this together!
    
    Trak: Even if it means we are destroyed?
    
    Ed: ... ... ... ... I will not let Sigismundo win. I will not allow it...
    
    Lin: Understood, Commander. But the odds are stacked against us...
    
    Dr. Moritz: Ed! Lin! Sorry to interrupt, but I've got to talk to you...
    
    Lin: This doesn't sound like it's good news...
    
    Dr. Moritz: I have just got the results of the screening for the Floral
    Virus we conducted. It's not good.
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Headquarters~~~~~
    
    Lin: Can this be true? Half of us are already infected?
    
    Dr. Moritz: I'm afraid so. The virus has spread to civilians, Laurentian and
    Zephyrians troops alike. It seems that even before we entered the trading
    village, the virus was spreading...
    
    Ed: But everyone seems fine!
    
    Dr. Moritz: It seems the disease now spreads without detectable symptoms.
    Until it is too late... If we don't find a cure before it develops, it will
    wipe most of us out!
    
    Ed: On top of everything else, a virus!
    
    Laurentian: The enemy has mobilised. We are awaiting your orders!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Sigismundo: Isn't this a splendid sight? Look at those treacherous dogs who
    dared to betray me! This will be fun! I have gathered an overwhelming force.
    Give my regards to O'Brian!
    
    Lin: The enemy has an enormous advantage. And the virus continues to spread.
    It's almost as if the end of the world just wasn't bad enough... Victory
    in a head-on fight is impossible. Curing the virus also seems impossible.
    
    Dr. Moritz: Things are looking truly bleak. The best we can hope for is that
    it will be painless and quick...
    
    Ed: No! You mustn't think like that! There is still hope! Don't give up!
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    Lin: Commander, remember that the blue forces are on our side. These troops
    The troops are a mix of Laurentians, Zephyrians and former civilians...
    In truth, not all of them are battle-ready, but we have no choice... With
    luck, they will fight alongside us in the battle ahead...
    
    *****Before Day one, mixed forces (Blue)*****
    
    Lin: Commander, I'm afraid there is another problem to add to the list. The
    army made up of Laurentians, Zephyrians and civilians is in chaos. They
    are ignoring our orders...
    
    Ed: Why?! What are they thinking?! We're in the middle of a battle!
    
    Lin: It seems rumours that many people are infected by the virus are
    spreading. There are arguments raging among the troops. A witch-hunt may be
    starting...
    
    Ed: Can't we communicate with them?
    
    Lin: They are not responsding. With no hope in sight, it looks like they
    have descended into full-blown panic.
    
    Ed: But why now, of all times?!
    
    *****Day one, Mixed Forces (Blue)*****
    
    Youth: It's all over! We're done for! This is the end for all of us! If we
    don't die in the battle, the virus will get us...
    
    Laurentian: I've heard what that virus does to people! That's no way to
    go...
    
    Zephyrian: How can it have come to this?! What's the point of fighting?!
    We've got no chance anyway!
    
    Youth: Whose fault is it? There must be someone to blame!
    
    Laurentian: It's your fault! The civilians! You brought this virus into the
    camp!
    
    Youth: Nonsense! It was you! You must have picked it up on the battlefield!
    You soldiers were keeping the truth about the virus a secret from us!
    
    Lin: Our allies are in complete disarray... Our orders can't get through to
    them.
    
    *****Day two, Independent Legion*****
    
    Lin: Our forces are still not responding to any of our orders...
    
    Ed: What can we do?!
    
    Ed: That's it! That Com Tower! If I can get to it, I can persuade them to
    fight!
    
    =====Tactics Briefing Room=====
    
    Zadia: Who better to talk strategy than a proud Zephyrian Commander?
    I'm Zadia, and I'll be giving you some sound advice about the battle ahead.
    
    Trak: And I'm Trak.
    
    Zadia: Come on! After my great introduction, that's all you can say?! You have
    to win people over, you know? Really sell yourself...
    
    Trak: That's not really my style.
    
    Zadia: We're really going to have to work on your presentation skills, aren't
    we? Don't worry - I'll show you how it's done, and you can learn from the
    master...
    
    Trak: Well, I'll try...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Zadia: You need to head south-west to join forces with the blue army... With
    the blue army mobilised, protect Anti-Air units and hit ground forces.
    
    Trak: That's right.
    
    Zadia: You have nothing to add?
    
    Trak: No, I think you said it all.
    
    Zadia: You're hopeless! You should let the blue army handle the air units and
    Mega Tank.
    
    ~~~~~War Room~~~~~
    
    Zadia: That's all for today! Now, Trak, you're going to have to make a lot
    more effort next time...
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****CO Unit arrives at the Com tower*****
    
    Laurentian: There's no cure for the virus! The situation is hopeless! You
    can't expect us to fight! It's all over...
    
    Youth: Who is responsible for this?! How has this happened?! It must be
    the Zephyrians! We never should have trusted them!
    
    Zephyrian: How dare you blame us just because we are Zephyrian?! But why have
    we ended up fighting alongside Laurentians?! We should never have joined you!
    
    Laurentian: That's right! You never should have joined us! You've caused us
    nothing but trouble! It was bad enough when we just had those useless
    civilians to deal with...
    
    Youth: You're calling us useless?! We agreed to fight alongside you! You've
    dragged us into all of your battles, and we've paid the price! You should
    have left us in peace!
    
    Ed: I've heard enough! Listen to me! Stop arguing! Stop looking for people
    to blame!
    
    Laurentian: ... ... ... ...
    
    Youth: If we're going to blame anyone, shouldn't we blame you? Whose idea
    was it to have a kid like you as our Commander anyway?! No wonder we've
    ended up in this mess!
    
    Ed: ... ... ... ...
    
    Laurentian: I can't stand this anymore! I'm going... I've had enough...
    
    Ed: What do you mean you're going?
    
    Laurentian: I mean that I'm refusing to fight. I'm leaving. I won't obey
    your orders anymore. I'd rather fend for myself.
    
    Ed: Fend for yourself?! Against Sigismundo's forces?! You won't last a
    second...
    
    Laurentian: It's better than staying here...
    
    Ed: If you want to leave, that's your choice. But I won't abandon anyone...
    
    Zephyrian: Ha! You sound so noble...
    
    Ed: I don't care what you think I sound like. It's not about sounding noble.
    It's about survival... If we don't all pull together, none of us has a hope
    of surviving.
    
    Youth: B-But...!
    
    Ed: We are heavily outnumbered by Sigismundo's forces. Even if we all pull
    together, this will not be an easy battle. But if we fight among ourselves,
    we don't have a chance... So even if all you are about is your own survival...
    ...you will have to fight alongside everyone else!
    
    Laurentian: ... ... ... ...
    
    Ed: Whether you are a soldier or civilian, Laurentian or Zephyrian... Whoever
    you love or hate, or blame, or think is a burden... This isn't the time for
    words! This is the time for action! We must all fight! Together!
    
    Zephyrian: ... ... ... ...
    
    Laurentian: I apologise, Commander... I will return to my post. Let's get
    Sigismundo!
    
    Zephyrian: Agreed. We will return to our posts straight away.
    
    Youth: Wait! Wait! I'll go with you!
    
    Ed: Phew...
    
    Lin: Well, Commander... They seem to have listened to you...
    
    Ed: I'm sorry. I got a bit carried away there. I know this would never have
    happened if Captain O'Brian was in charge...
    
    Lin: There are times when getting emotional is actually a useful strategy...
    But the enemy is still here. We must continue the battle.
    
    
    *****Independent Legion wins*****
    
    Lin: Enemy reinforcements spotted.
    
    Ed: But... No! I refuse to give in! We can do this! I know it!
    
    Lin: Wait! Commander, look!
    
    Ed: What is it...?
    
    Lin: Can it be true?! The enemy appears to be retreating...
    
    ~~~~~New Laurentian Army Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Sigismundo: This is intolerable! How has this calamity occurred?! You didn't
    obey my orders! Traitors! Listen to me! I don't forgive failure! Retreat!
    All units retreat! You spineless stains on the name of Laurentia!
    
    *****Independent Legion loses*****
    
    Ed: I couldn't do it... I don't have Captain O'Brian's strength...
    
    Lin: Commander! Ed...
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~Victory Page~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    Ed: I don't know how we survived...
    
    ~~~~~Brenner's Wolves Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Ed: How did we manage that victory? With the sheer number of Sigismundo's
    forces, it seemed we didn't have a chance...
    
    Lin: I am not entirely sure. But based on what we overheard of the enemy's
    communication... It seems like there was some unforeseen event that demanded
    the enemy's full attention... We have captured a number of retreating
    soldiers. We will interrogate them...
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Base Camp~~~~~
    
    NLA Guard: ...So then an urgent order came in. We were told to pull out
    immediately...
    
    Trak: What reason was given?
    
    NLA Guard: I heard that units in the rear guard of the army rebelled and
    ignored the Admiral's orders. It seems a large number of troops were
    involved so frontline units were sent to suppress them. The last I heard,
    the uprising was continuing to spread throughout the ranks...
    
    Trak: Why would Sigismundo's forces choose that moment to rebel? It seemed
    they could have defeated our forces easily...
    
    NLA Guard: Haven't you heard? About that virus...?
    
    Lin: Virus? Are you referring to Parasiticum Floritis? More commonly known
    as the Floral Virus?
    
    Ed: Has your army been infected by the same virus?
    
    NLA Guard: It seems so. It is spreading rapidly through the New Laurentian
    Army. It's creating a lot of tension. There are more and more deserters...
    Sigismundo is executing anyone with the virus. He says they are wea, and
    they deserve it. Because of that, morale among the troops has plummeted. We
    don't know whether we'll be next... It feels like your body is a time bomb,
    waiting to explode...
    
    Ed: So that's why Sigismundo's forces withdrew... I really thought it was
    all over this time... But this shows that there is always hope, even in the
    worst situations.
    
    Lin: It is ironic that the same terrible virus which almost caused rebellion
    in our ranks... ...actually ended up saving us.
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Headquarters~~~~~
    
    Dr. Moritz: I have got all the test results back, and will announce them
    to everyone... Those infected by the virus will be quarantined while we look
    for a cure. Those not infected by the virus are free to leave or stay with us
    as they please. Does that sound okay?
    
    Ed: Yes. Thank you, Doctor.
    
    Dr. Moritz: Of course, there is the risk that this could lead to the
    dissolution of our forces...
    
    Ed: We have to accept that risk. We cannot force people unaffected by the
    virus to stay with us against their will. Dr Mortiz, I have to ask... Have
    you got my results...?
    
    Dr. Moritz: Yes, I do... Ed, you've got no trace of the virus. You're going
    to be fine.
    
    Ed: I see. Thank you, Doctor.
    
    Dr. Moritz: I have decided that those infected by the virus should be informed
    in person, one-to-one. But Ed, what is your plan? What are you going to do
    now? You are still young and healthy. If you stay here, you are at a risk
    of contracting the virus.
    
    Ed: I'm not going anywhere, Doctor. I am the Commander of our forces. I will
    face the risk together with my troops.
    
    Dr. Moritz: I thought you were going to say that! Under normal circumstances,
    a doctor would not allow their patient to take such risks...
    
    Ed: But I think you'll agree, these are hardly normal circumstances... We must
    all stick together. Whatever problems face us, we must overcome them as one.
    And our problem now is finding a cure for the virus. The clock is ticking.
    I may be one of the lucky ones for now, but what's the use of surviving
    if the others don't make it...
    
    Lin: Aren't you frightened?
    
    Ed: First Lieutenant Lin...
    
    Lin: Aren't you frightened of that virus taking hold of your body, of those
    flowers blooming... Aren't you frightened of no one being able to cure you?
    Of the terrible pain?
    
    Ed: Of course I'm frightened! That's why I need to make sure that no one has
    to suffer that fate. We need to find a cure!
    
    Lin: Ed, I got my test results back. The test results were positive...
    
    Ed: No! You've contracted the virus?!
    
    Lin: But you still don't want to leave?
    
    Ed: No, I want to stay here with everyone. I won't run away from this
    responsibility. We need to find the cure...
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-18*****
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    ====================
    *****Chapter-19*****
    ====================
    
    The Saved Village
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Base Camp~~~~~
    
    NLA Guard: Deserting units from the New Laurentian Army have been heading
    east to Salvation Village.
    
    Ed: Salvation Village?
    
    NLA Guard: That's what it's become known as. Rumours spread about a miraculous
    place where the virus can be cured by mysterious powers...
    
    Dr. Moritz: I never heard such unscientific gobbledegook! Who on Earth would
    believe such nonsense?! Anyone promising miracle cures should be ignored.
    Our only hope lies in science. We have to conduct painstaking research until
    we find a cure. There are no quick-fixes...
    
    NLA Guard: That's easy for you to say! You haven't got the virus! Imagine
    you knew that if you didn't do something, you would face a painful death.
    You would cling to any hope you had of being cured. I know I would...
    
    ~~~~~Salvation Village~~~~~
    
    Ed: So this is Salvation Village? I wonder if the virus can really be cured
    here.
    
    Lin: I don't hold out too much hope. 
    
    Dr. Moritz: I am afraid that this is simply a refuge for desperate,
    gullible people... No scientific evidence exists of miracle cures for
    infectious viruses.
    
    ???: Worship him! Worship him! Praise him, my children!
    
    Dr. Moritz: Wh-What was that?! Wh-What's going on?!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Fanatic: Worship him, my children! Worship the mighty Araeolaimida!
    
    Ed: Where's that voice coming from?!
    
    Lin: It appears that there are loudspeakers set up around the village. 
    
    Fanatic: Do you seek a miracle, my children? Do you seek a cure for your
    illness? Araeolaimida demands sacrifice! Only then will you be cured! You
    must spill blood in the name of Araeolaimida to be reborn! He demands the
    sacrifice of 999 people! Only then will you be saved!
    
    Ed: What is he talking about?!
    
    Dr. Moritz: I've got a bad feeling about this... This kind of fanaticism lies
    completely outside my field of expertise...
    
    Lin: There's something on the radar... It's coming this way...
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    Trak: Zadia, let me take command. I'll deal with this...
    
    Zadia: Why are you so keen to take the helm all of a sudden, Trak?
    
    Trak: It seems that most of the hostile force is made up of armed
    civilians...
    
    Zadia: So it seems. It looks like the virus has driven them out of their
    minds. This won't be a conventional battle...
    
    Trak: We can't afford to hesitate. It could give the enemy a chance... The
    Laurentians may have concerns about taking on a civilian force. But I do not
    share those concerns. I am a soldier. I do what is necessary. The Independent
    Legion saved us. To repay them, I will take command.
    
    Trak: Attention all units! These are Missile Silos. Infantry units can use
    them. Launch the missiles to cause damage to the target and the surrounding
    area. But Missile Silos can only be used once. Get to them before the enemy
    does!
    
    =====Tactics Briefing Room=====
    
    Zadia: Representing all 100 million proud Zephyrians, it's Zadia and Trak!
    We're here to talk tactics and give you a helping hand... And this is our
    final appearance! That's right - this is our last hurrah!
    
    Trak: That's right.
    
    Zadia: Come on, Trak! Everyone's watching! This is your chance to shine!
    Show some of that famous Zephyrian spirit!
    
    Trak: Look, I really don't understand why it's so important to you that
    we put on a good show...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Zadia: Get your infantry units down to those 5 missile silos as fast as you
    can! I recommend firing those missiles at those enemy tanks.
    
    Trak: That's good advice.
    
    Zadia: Anything to add?
    
    Trak: No, I think you took care of it.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Briefing Room~~~~~
    
    Zadia: Come on! Please! For me!!! This is our last time in the limelight!
    Let's leave everyone with some words of wisdom from Trak...
    
    Trak: This has been our tactic talk. How was that...?
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****Day one, Fanatics*****
    
    Cole: I dont't want to die! I don't want to die! I always sided with the
    winning team! I did my best to protect myself! B-But look at me now...!
    
    Ed: Captain Cole!
    
    Cole: Th-There's no hope for me now! I've seen what that virus does to people.
    Th-Those flowers... Once the mark appears on your body, the end is close...
    
    Ed: Wait! What mark?!
    
    Cole: I saw it with my own eyes! Once the mark appears on your flesh, the
    flowers start to blossom... I-I don't want to happen to me! I'll do anything
    to stop it!
    
    Ed: Captain Cole, calm down!
    
    Cole: I don't want to die! I don't want to die!
    
    *****Before day three*****
    
    Fanatic: Worship him, my children!
    
    Ed: Stop it! What you are saying is wrong! This won't cure the virus!
    
    Fanatic: You say it won't cure the virus...? But who will believe you? No one!
    These people are clinging for dear life to their one remaining hope of a
    cure. Do you think they're going to listen to you, trying to steal their
    last hope? These people need hope ot go on living! They need my lies to go
    on living!
    
    Ed: You don't believe what you're saying? So you know it's nonsense but you
    fool people into believing you?!
    
    Fanatic: I'm not fooling anyone! They want to believe! I am making people
    happy. Reality is too hard to take... If you told them the truth, that they
    can't be cured, they would despair. I gave them Salvation Village! I gave
    them something to believe in! Who wants to live in this cruel reality when
    you can live in a dream?
    
    Ed: B-But...
    
    Fanatic: Without their beloved Araeolaimida, many of them would not be
    alive... Without hope, they would have stood no chance against the virus...
    
    Ed: But it's wrong!
    
    Fanatic: No, what you are doing is wrong! You want people to face reality!
    That's why you must be wiped out! You know the truth... Take up your
    weapons, my children!
    
    
    *****Independent Legion Wins*****
    
    Fanatic: Nooooooooooo!!!
    
    
    *****Independent Legion loses*****
    
    Trak: I'm sorry. I let you all down... You have to save yourselves... Don't
    worry about me...
    
    Fanatic: Praise him, my children!
    
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~Victory Page~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    
    Trak: We don't need that kind of salvation...
    
    ~~~~~Salvation Village~~~~~
    
    Lin: The remains of the enemy force has completely lost any will to fight.
    And we have located this Araeolaimida which they claimed to worship...
    
    Ed: He's the one who fooled everyone?
    
    Lin: It's not that simple... You'd better come with me...
    
    ~~~~~Salvation Village~~~~~
    
    Ed: But First Lieutenant Lin, I can't see anyone in there. Where's
    Araeolaimida?!
    
    Lin: Araeolaimida is there. Perhaps you didn't see it. Look, in that
    corner...
    
    Ed: What?!
    
    Lin: According to the villagers, this is the might Araeolaimida which they
    worshipped. It seems they believed Araeolaimida would save all of them
    from the Floral Virus...
    
    Ed: That's Araeolaimida?! B-But, it's nothing but... It's nothing but...
    It's nothing but a little insect!
    
    Lin: So it would appear.
    
    Ed: They were prepared to kill for an insect?!
    
    Lin: It seems that once people lose all hope, they become willing to believe
    anything. Let's get out of here.
    
    ~~~~~Salvation Village~~~~~
    
    Civilian: All our hope is gone... It was all a lie...
    
    Youth: Who will save us now? Who can we believe in? What's the use of going
    on?
    
    Dr. Moritz: Wait! Don't give in so easily!
    
    Youth: It's all over. We were lied to... The mark has appeared on my skin
    too. The flowers will blossom soon...
    
    Dr. Moritz: Listen to me! I am a doctor! I will find a cure for this virus!
    I'm asking you to not give up hope!
    
    Youth: You are a doctor...?
    
    Civilian: Really?! You can cure us?!
    
    Youth: Hurry up! Cure me! Cure me! I don't want to die! Cure me!
    
    Dr. Moritz: I'm sorry but it's not that simple! I said I was looking for a
    cure. You will have to be patient!
    
    Youth: How can we be patient...?!
    
    Dr. Moritz: I am just a human. I can't perform miracles and cure you
    instantly. I won't tell you what you want to hear or make promises I can't
    keep. I offer no guarantees. In fact, hopes of a cure remain slim... Even
    if we find a cure, for some of you it will already be too late...
    
    Civilian: That's no use!
    
    Dr. Moritz: But I can promise you one thing! I promise that I will never
    give up. I will do everything I can to find a cure. As long as there is
    breath in my body, I will work around the clock.
    
    Youth: But...
    
    Dr. Moritz: I'm asking you to trust me and to be patient. Try to hold on
    until I can find the cure for the virus. Please...
    
    Ed: ... ... ... ... Dr Moritz...
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Headquarters~~~~~
    
    Lin: Ed, do you remember when Captain Cole referred to something he called
    "the mark"... I know what he was talking about...
    
    Ed: What is it?
    
    Lin: A diamond-shaped mark has appeared on my left shoulder.
    
    Ed: What?!
    
    Lin: It seems this is the first visible symptom of the Floral Virus... If
    what we have heard is correct, the flowers will bloom before long...
    
    Ed: But...!
    
    Lin: Perhaps they are concealing it... ...but this mark may well have
    appeared on the arms of the other infected people. It looks like we are
    running out of time...
    
    Ed: But that doesn't change the plan. We are going to do everything to find
    a cure for the virus...
    
    Lin: I'm going to ask you one more time... Why don't you take the chance to
    escape? I know that I pushed for you to be our new Commander, but this is
    beyond the call of duty! You have shown yourself to be courageous and
    commited to maintaining unity in our forces. But this is too much. Why
    don't you escape?
    
    Ed: First Lieutenant Lin, that is not an option. I am not staying here to
    sacrifice myself for the benefit of others. I am staying here because I may
    be able to help. I believe that where there's life, there's hope. We can
    get through this. By running away, I would be giving up on everyone. That's
    why I must stay.
    
    Lin: Where there's life, there's hope? Those are Captain O'Brian's words.
    It seems you are still living by them. I understand. I will not ask you again.
    I will learn from your example and try to believe that there is still hope...
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-19*****
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    ====================
    *****Chapter-20*****
    ====================
    
    Counter-Attack
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Headquarters~~~~~
    
    Dr. Moritz: We have made a small breakthrough and have been able to slow the
    progress of the virus.
    
    Ed: That's great news, Doctor...
    
    Dr. Moritz: Unfortunately, we are running perilously low on the necessary
    vaccine. Near-by medical facilities have all been looted, most likely by
    bandits. I don't know where we could locate large quantities of the vaccine...
    
    Lin: Sigismundo...
    
    Dr. Moritz: What do you mean?
    
    Lin: Admiral Sigismundo's number-one priority is his own safety and well-being.
    I wouldn't be surprised if he was behind the looting of those medical
    facilities. I have no doubt that he possesses huge quantities of the vaccine
    we require.
    
    Ed: Admiral Sigismundo?! The man who ordered Captain O'Brian's death?!
    
    Lin: Ed, calm down!
    
    Ed: Sorry... You're right. Let's track down Sigismundo and finish this, once
    and for all.
    
    ~~~~~Flashback of Ed and O'Brian~~~~~
    
    O'Brian: Don't give up and one day all your hopes will be realised. Never
    forget that.
    
    Ed: Never give up...
    
    O'Brian: You've got it.
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Ed: Yes, Captain...
    
    Catleia: Ed? Are you alright? You seem distant...
    
    Ed: Sorry, Catleia. I was just remembering what Captain O'Brian said to me
    soon after he rescued me... "Don't give up and one day all your hopes will
    be realised." Thanks to those words, I have been able to survive up to now.
    However hopeless things seem, I keep those words close to my heart. I owe
    it all to Captain O'Brian...
    
    Catleia: Ed...
    
    Ed: Don't worry about me. I know what I must do... Admiral Sigismundo and
    Finn... They are responsible for the captain's death. It's time for them to
    pay for what they did. It's time to bring this war to an end.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: Zephyrian Recon units... I mean, our Recon units have spotted the
    enemy. Commaner, enemy units are attacking us from the rear...
    
    Ed: From the rear...?
    
    Lin: We are under fire from hostile aerial units... It's Captain Finn...
    
    Ed: Finn!
    
    Lin: It seems that he is still fighting for Admiral Sigismundo's forces.
    
    Ed: Prepare for battle! Let's go!
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    
    =====Tactics Briefing Room=====
    
    Finn: Woo-hoo!!! Yes, ladies and gentlemen - it's the one and only Finn to
    the rescue!
    
    Ed: Finn?!
    
    Finn: You've got it! It's Finn! The hero of the hour!
    
    Ed: Why you...
    
    Finn: Whoa there! The Briefing Room is neutral territory. Let's forgive and
    forget! No, that doesn't look like it's working for you. Well, I've got
    better places to be! I'm out of here.
    
    Ed: Wait!
    
    Catleia: Ed!
    
    Ed: Catleia!
    
    Catleia: I think I've come up with a way for you to win this battle... Let me
    explain...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Catleia: First capture the factories near your allies' HQ. They'll back you
    up. In the lower factory, get Anti-Air and ground units to defend the
    centre. In the upper factory, make Infantry cross the mountains and aid
    defence. Once the battle in the centre is over, attack using air units
    primarily. I hope that was helpful.
    
    Ed: Thank you, Catleia. I really appreciate it.
    
    Catleia: My pleasure!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Briefing Room~~~~~
    
    Catleia: That's all for now!
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    *****Day one, Finn's Forces*****
    
    Finn: Woo-hoo! The one and only Finn is back again! Let's finish this thing!
    
    *****Before day three*****
    
    Finn: So they've put O'Brian's pet in charge! Whose idea was that?! Do you
    think you have a chance? You really make me laugh!
    
    Ed: I recognise that voice anywhere...
    
    Finn: Don't sound so hostile, kid! I know you've missed me! I'm still living
    in the lap of luxury. Don't you feel a little jealous? So how about it? Make
    things easy on yourselves! You could hand over the Zephyrians and surrender
    before it's too late.
    
    Ed: You won't get your hands on the Zephyrians or anyone else... Save your
    breath, Finn. We're going to fight and we're going to win!
    
    Finn: So you're prepared to die to defend a bunch of Zephyrians?! You're as
    bad as O'Brian! It looks like I'm going to have to teach you a little lesson!
    
    Ed: I don't need your lessons, Finn.
    
    Finn: You and your army make me sick! You're so self-righteous! You think
    you're better than everyone else! Why do you want to help people? It just
    makes you feel good about your worthless self, doesn't it? You're no better
    than me! At least I'm honest about what I am!
    
    Ed: Perhaps you're right...
    
    Finn: ...What?!
    
    Ed: Maybe we are the same. You do what you want to do, and so do I. I help
    people because it's what I want to do.
    
    Finn: Grrr...
    
    Ed: If I did nothing, more people would suffer or lose their lives... I
    cannot bear to see that, so I live my life as I do. You can say that I'm just
    doing it to feel good... ...but if that saves even one person's life, then
    it was worth it. Do you understand?
    
    Finn: Grrr! I've heard enough! People like you never live long! You're going
    to end up the same was as O'Brian!
    
    
    *****Independent Legion wins*****
    
    Finn: Grrr... I just don't get it! I just don't get people like you! The
    world has been destroyed, and yet you still have hope! Why do you cling on
    to the hope that things will get better? I just don't get it! You never give
    up!
    
    Ed: That's right, Finn. We never give up. The world we knew may be gone, but
    we must keep hope alive... People like you will never get it. And you'll
    never defeat us...
    
    *****Independent Legion loses*****
    
    Ed: Finn...! I wanted to avenge Captain O'Brian's death...!
    
    Finn: Whatever hopes and dreams you have, you eventually have to accept
    reality. Life is harsh, isn't it...?
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~Victory Page~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    
    Ed: Now to take care of Sigismundo.
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Lin: These are all the injured troops? Is anyone still unaccounted for?
    
    Catleia: E-Ed...
    
    Ed: What is it, Catleia?
    
    Catleia: Over there... There's someone in that building...
    
    Ed: Let's check it out!
    
    ~~~~~Ruins~~~~~
    
    Ed: I can't see anyone... Surely no one was here during that fierce battle!
    
    Stolos: Please don't be concerned about me. I was making notes to aid my
    research...
    
    Ed: Wh-What?
    
    Stolos: Pleased to meet you, Ed. I believe you have been promoted to
    Commander of the Independent Legion. Congratulations!
    
    Ed: H-How do you know my name? W-Who... Who are you?
    
    Stolos: I go by the name of Stolos.  I am motivated by simple curiosity to
    observe warfare first-hand...
    
    Ed: Observe warfare?
    
    Stolos: Ever since the meteors struck, I have travelled around the world
    making detailed observations. All my wishes came true thanks to those falling
    stars! I have never been so happy! I have always wanted to observe man in a
    world reduced to utter chaos and destruction.
    
    Ed: What're you talking about?!
    
    Stolos: I have been able to witness man's true nature. I have seen people
    fight among themselves as their food supplies ran out. I have seen whole
    villages panic at rumours of disease and famine... I have observed it all.
    Out of a simple, pure curiosity...
    
    Ed: You...!
    
    Stolos: I allied myself with the Zephyrian amy. I wanted to see how war would
    be conducted in a world where all laws have disappeared. But Carter had a
    misplaced chivalrous spirit, and was of little use to me... I offered him
    all manner of powerful new weapons, but he turned them all down. No
    matter how much I explained the effectiveness of these weapons, he refused.
    Confused men like Carter have always stood in the way of human progress...
    
    Ed: General Carter was an honourable man...
    
    Stolos: I had no use for him. So I turned instead to a man entirely devoid
    of morality - Sigismundo. He had no qualms about using my weapons, and now
    he has my masterpiece - the ultimate weapon!
    
    Ed: You... You are evil...
    
    Stolos: Evil, you say?
    
    Ed: Dr Moritz once asked me if I believed in demons, in people who felt glad
    the world was destroyed. Now I know they exist. I am looking at one...
    
    Stolos: Please do not misunderstand me. I have done nothing wrong. I am merely
    the very model of an objective, scientific observer. Like any scholar, I have
    merely followed my heart and studied what interested me.
    
    Ed: Wait!
    
    Stolos: Oh, before I forget... I should pay tribute to all the hard work
    my daughters have been putting in...
    
    Catleia: ... ... ... ...
    
    Stolos: We are making steady progress... Carry on the good work...
    
    Catleia: A-Ah...! Argh...!
    
    Ed: Catleia! Wait! Stolos! What have you done to her?
    
    Stolos: Trust me, you don't have time to talk to me. She hasn't got long to
    live...
    
    Ed: Y-You...!
    
    Stolos: As I mentioned, Admiral Sigismundo is in possession of my masterpiece,
    the weapon to end them all! I wonder what will become of the world once he
    uses it. I cannot wait to find out!
    
    ~~~~~Ruined Building~~~~~
    
    Catleia: ... ... ... ...
    
    Ed: Catleia! Can you hear me!
    
    Catleia: Y-Yes... I'm s-sorry...
    
    Ed: You had me worried there! I'm so glad you're okay!
    
    Catleia: There was something about that man... I've seen him somewhere
    before...
    
    Ed: Really? Where?
    
    Catleia: I don't know who he is or where I met him... But I remember him.
    He is a very, very frightening man...
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Headquarters~~~~~
    
    Dr. Moritz: Stolos? You met Dr stolos?
    
    Ed: You know him?
    
    Dr. Moritz: In the medical world, Stolos is a legendary - or should I say
    infamous - figure... He is despised by everyone in the profession, and called
    by all sorts of choice names... He was thrown out of the Medical Academy
    for repeatedly conducting unethical experiments. I seem to remember that
    he sustained severe injuries in an aeroplane crash... After that, he became
    ever more crazed and devoted to his hideous research... It is unfortunate
    indeed that he survived the meteors...
    
    Lin: Stolos, you say? I have heard that name before. He was the head of the
    private military company known as IDS.
    
    Ed: IDS...?
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene to Picture of an Owl~~~~~
    
    Lin: Intelligent Defence Systems - A very well-known private military company.
    IDS had connections with the upper echelons of the Laurentian army. Our
    government was siphoning vast sums of money to fund IDS research. As a result,
    the company grew rapidly to become the leader in the field. No one profited
    more than Stolos from Zephyrus and Laurentia's war.
    
    Dr. Moritz: A warmonger, a merchant of death...
    
    Ed: Stolos said he had given Sigismundo all his weapons to use. His eyes were
    shining like a kid playing with a toy... He said he wanted to see the results
    when Sigismundo used his masterpiece.
    
    Dr. Moritz: His masterpiece? What did he mean?
    
    Lin: I have a vague idea... But Catleia, perhaps you have some knowledge of
    this?
    
    Catleia: His masterpiece...? It must be...The Nemesis Missiles paid for by
    both the Laurentians and Zephyrians.
    
    Ed: Nemesis Missiles?!
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene of Explosion and Flamed Buildings~~~~~
    
    Catleia: Both nations possessed enough missiles to wipe the other out
    sevenfold. The Nemesis Missiles developed by IDS were located throughout
    both nations. In theory, all of the Nemesis Missiles could be launched at
    the same time. This would cause catastrophic damage to the entire
    continent...
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Headquarters~~~~~
    
    Ed: But he wouldn't go that far! Would he...?
    
    Dr. Moritz: If all of the Nemesis Missiles were launched, it could equal the
    chaos caused by the meteors. Ed, what are we going to do?
    
    Ed: We have to stop him...
    
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-20*****
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    ====================
    *****Chapter-21*****
    ====================
    
    Countdown
    
    ~~~~~New Laurentian Army Headquarters~~~~~
    
    Stolos: Admiral Sigismundo, you wanted to see me.
    
    Sigismundo: Stolos! What in the name of Laurentia do you think you're doing?!
    
    Stolos: What do you mean, Admiral?
    
    Sigismundo: Don't play innocent with me! That virus is running rife among my
    troops! I ordered you to find a cure and my patience is wearing thin!
    
    Stolos: Ah yes, the so-called Floral Virus. I hear it is causing disarray
    in the ranks. I warned you that your policy of executing the infected
    would drain morale!
    
    Sigismundo: How dare you question me?! Who do you think you are?!
    
    Stolos: Treating the infected troops in such a cruel manner has sowed the
    seeds of discord. Infected soldiers are desperate to conceal the truth
    for fear of the firing squad. As a result, the disease is silently spreading
    through the army undetected.
    
    Sigismundo: S-Silence! I warn you, do not anger me, Stolos! If you had done
    your job and found a cure, things would not be in this parlous state. If I
    see your face again before you have found the cure, you will be summarily
    executed!
    
    Stolos: Admiral? Is something wrong? You look rather unwell.
    
    Sigismundo: Wh-What do you mean?! D-Do you mean to mock the mighty
    Sigismundo?
    
    Stolos: You don't have to hide it from me, Admiral. I know the virus has
    already infected you. I'm not wrong, am I? You have stockpiled countless
    vaccines, but you still can't find a cure...
    
    Sigismundo: D-Don't talk such nonsense, Stolos! I will not be brought low
    by a common virus! Only the weak succumb to this disease! I am not among
    their number! I am strong!
    
    Stolos: I understand your fear. If word spread that you had been infected,
    your army would crumble. You said yourself that this virus affects only
    the weak, who do not deserve to live. If you were to be subjected to your own
    orders, you would have to face execution.
    
    Sigismundo: Insolence! Despicable! How dare you...
    
    Stolos: You don't have to worry, Admiral. Your secret is safe with me.
    In fact, I have already got an antidote for the virus. It will eliminate it
    in no time.
    
    Sigismundo: Do you mean it, Stolos?
    
    Stolos: Yes, I do.
    
    Sigismundo: Then I forigve your insolence! I was right to trust you to
    deliver... I want you to distribute the medicine to my troops without delay.
    A man of my superior strength won't need it, but just in case...
    
    Stolos: Yes, you and your troops will get your medicine. But more
    importantly... I want to discuss my masterpiece with you... Preparations
    are almost complete. Please accompany me...
    
    Sigismundo: Really? It's ready! The time of destiny is at hand! I shall rule
    both nations as king! Show me how to operate it! Show me your masterpiece...
    
    ~~~~~Nemesis Missile Command Centre~~~~~
    
    Stolos: In this room, you can control the launch systems for every Nemesis
    Missile silo. You will be able to hit every corner of the world with the
    ultimate weapon!
    
    Sigismundo: You have really excelled yourself, Stolos! The leaders of
    Laurentia and Zephyrus never held the power I now possess... With this
    button, my destiny will be fulfilled. I will become King Sigismundo the
    Mighty! Stolos, where are those miserable traitors cowering? They will get
    the first taste...
    
    Stolos: Please calm down, Admiral. Regrettably the launch system was damaged
    in the meteor strikes. There are a number of locking mechanisms which need
    to be bypassed before it can be used. My company's staff are working on it
    and estimate it will take another 40 days...
    
    Sigismundo: No! This will simply not do! Tell them to hurry up!
    I want the wretched traitors in the Independent Legion to feel the force of
    my wrath! That is the order of King Sigismundo!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: Confirming a large build-up of enemy troops. It is Sigismundo's main
    army...
    
    Ed: Shall we lie in wait for them?
    
    Lin: There isn't time for that. We need to attack them and locate Sigismundo.
    We still don't know the whereabouts of the Nemesis Missile launch system.
    
    Catleia: Maybe I can help... The launch system was damaged but is being
    restored as we speak... Once restored, those missiles could turn the world
    to ash. Restoring the system will take a total of 40 days...
    
    Lin: I see. I won't ask you how you know this, but I have learned to trust
    you.
    
    Ed: We need to stop Sigismundo before his evil plan comes to fruition.
    
    Lin: Please let me take control of the forces for this battle.
    
    Ed: Why, First Lieutenant Lin?
    
    Lin: I want to destroy Sigismundo. I want to make him pay...
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    Lin: Sigismundo's strength is his navy. Move ground forces with care.
    You'll have to win this at sea so get Mobile Workshops to build ports.
    
    
    =====Tactics Briefing Room=====
    
    Sigismundo: Welcome. You are in the presence of the future Supreme Ruler
    of the world, Admiral Sigismundo. My plan to bring the planet under my total
    control is crystallising as we speak. The pathetic remnants of the Independent
    Legion will be brought to heel like the dogs they are!
    
    Lin: ... ... ... ...
    
    Sigismundo: Who are you?! Wh-What do you want?! Guards?! Where are you?!
    I must run. I mean, make a tactical retreat in order to consolidate my
    forces...
    
    Lin: You can run, but we will track you down. I have come up with a strategy
    to defeat you and your forces...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: Strengthen the defences in the east and take the small central island.
    The western island can be left for the time being. Make Carriers which can
    produce Ship Planes and Battleship-sinking Subs. Finally, assault the enemy
    HQ with Battleship support.
    
    Ed: You seem very serious today, First Lieutenant Lin.
    
    Lin: Aren't I always serious?
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Briefing Room~~~~~
    
    Lin: That is all from the Briefing Room until next time.
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    *****Day one, New Laurentian Army*****
    
    IDS Agent: Restoration of the Nemesis Missile launch system is now 2.5%
    complete. In 39 days, it will be fully operational.
    
    Sigismundo: Splendid news! I can hardly wait! My reign as king is about
    to begin! Those traitors will be first to be vaporised by the Nemesis
    Missiles!
    
    *****Before Day three*****
    
    Sigismundo: You treacherous swine! You back-stabbing vermin!
    
    Lin: Sigismundo. Charming as ever...
    
    Sigismundo: You traitors understand nothing! You don't see that war is
    caused by the fact that other nations exist. I shall be the first person in
    history to unite the world into one nation! It is natural that rival nations
    fight. I will be the one to end all war.
    
    Lin: ... ... ... ...
    
    Sigismundo: That meteor strike and all that followed was an incredible
    stroke of luck. The balance of power was destroyed and gave us the chance
    to strike! The situation demanded a born leader like me to unite everyone
    under them!
    
    Lin: That's the only way you'll stop being afraid? Once everyone is below
    you?
    
    Sigismundo: Wh-What...?! Insolent, treacherous...!
    
    Lin: Since Military Academy, your prospects of advancement were seen as dim.
    This made you deeply insecure. It's why you now belittle and bully others.
    You hid your mediocrity by faking exam results and took credit for others'...
    
    Sigismundo: Silence! Enough of your loathsome falsehoods, you treasonous
    hound!
    
    Lin: You are nothing more than a weakling. No, you're a cowardly weakling.
    You picked this fight. I will end it!
    
    *****Day ten, New Laurentian Army*****
    
    IDS Agent: Restoration of the Nemesis Missile launch system is now 25%
    complete. In 30 days, it will be fully operational.
    
    Sigismundo: Excellent! That is music to my ears! Now work harder!
    
    *****Day twenty, New Laurentian Army*****
    
    IDS Agent: Restoration of the Nemesis Missile launch system is now 50%
    complete. In 20 days, it will be fully operational.
    
    Sigismundo: Did you hear that, you treacherous rabble?  I will rule the world
    as king!
    
    
    *****Day thirty, New Laurentian Army*****
    
    IDS Agent: Restoration of the Nemesis Missile launch system is now 75%
    complete. In 10 days, it will be fully operational.
    
    Sigismundo: In just 10 days, everyone on this planet will obey only me!
    
    *****Day thirty-nine, New Laurentian Army*****
    
    IDS Agent: Restoration of the Nemesis Missile launch system is now 97.5%
    complete. In 1 day, it will be fully operational 
    
    Sigismundo: Did you hear that?! Tomorrow, I will rule the world! My time has
    arrived!
    
    *****Day forty, New Laurentian Army*****
    
    IDS Agent: Restoration of the Nemesis Missile launch system has been
    completed. It is now fully operational.
    
    Sigismundo: Launch the missiles now!!! Don't wait another second!!!
    
    
    *****Independent Legion wins*****
    
    Sigismundo: No! No!! No!!! You idiots! You wretched, lousy, foul,
    incompetent idiots!!! All my dreams...!
    
    Laurentian: Total silence from the enemy... It looks like we've won!
    
    *****Independent Legion loses*****
    
    Lin: I was so close... I had the chance to avenge the Captain's death, and
    I blew it...
    
    Dr. Moritz: First Lieutenant Lin...! What hope is there for any of us?!
    What chance do we have...?
    
    
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    Lin: Defeat is not an option.
    
    ~~~~~New Laurentian Army Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Sigismundo: Retreat! Retreat! All units retreat! When I find out who is
    responsible, I will have them executed immediately! I am the Supreme Leader
    of the world! I am the strongest of all men! How could my army be defeated?!
    Defeat is only for the week!
    
    Lin: You're absolutely right...
    
    Sigismundo: What?!
    
    Lin: Defeat is for the weak. You were defeated because you were weak. And now
    you will die...
    
    Sigismundo: B-But, you wouldn't dare...!
    
    Lin: ...I take sole responsibility for what I am about to do. I know Ed
    would try to stop me... That's why I didn't tell him what I was planning.
    But I must do this...
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene of Lin aiming a gun towards the viewer~~~~~
    
    Lin: Do you have any final words, Admiral Sigismundo?
    
    Sigismundo: You wouldn't dare...! Y-You can't...!
    
    Lin: You are responsible for the death of Captain O'Brian. From that
    moment, I swore that I would avenge his death. Whatever Ed or the others
    think, this is what I have to do...
    
    Sigismundo: Stop! How can you even contemplate shooting an unarmed prisoner?!
    Do you think Captain O'Brian would possibly condone your behavior? If you
    kill me, you will be as bad as me! You'll be the same as me!
    
    Lin: You're not wrong, Admiral... You're not wrong...
    
    *****Gunshot is heard*****
    
    ~~~~~New Laurentian Army Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Lin: That was for... That was for Captain O'Brian...
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Laurentian: We did it! We won!
    
    Youth: The war is over! You did it! Three cheers for the Independent Legion!
    
    Dr. Moritz: We discovered huge stocks of the vaccine we need in Sigismundo's
    headquarters. We will be able to keep all the patients alive until we can
    find a cure. At long last, this war is over! Ha ha ha!!!
    
    Ed: At long last...
    
    Dr. Moritz: What's wrong? You should be celebrating! It looks like something's
    on your mind. It'stime to forget all your worries and get ready to party!
    Come on!
    
    Catleia: Dr Moritz? I think that Ed is...
    
    Dr. Moritz: What is it?
    
    Ed: The war is over, but at what cost? Many did not make it back... if I had
    been a better Commander, I could have prevented so many losses. Somehow
    I don't feel in the mood for a party.
    
    Lin: I have heard Captain O'Brian say the very same thing.
    
    Ed: First Lieutenant Lin...
    
    Lin: Do you not think you sound a little arrogant? You don't have Captain
    O'Brian's experience. You have no particular talent as a military leader,
    yet yo seem to expect perfection!
    
    Ed: You're right...
    
    Lin: But what you lacked in talent, you made up for by giving it your all!
    Every soldier did the same, including those who weren't able to make it back.
    That was what led us to victory. You should feel proud. So let's celebrate!
    
    Ed: Y-Yes, First Lieutenant Lin!
    
    Dr. Moritz: Ha ha ha!!! You heard her, Ed! Let's party! I've got a few
    classic jokes I save for special occasions!
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-21*****
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    *****Chapter-22*****
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    Pulsatrix Assault
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene of Cyrus, Lili and Larissa~~~~~
    
    Stolos: It seems war is over...
    
    Lili: Tell us, Daddy! Who won? Who won?
    
    Stolos: The side which lacked military might but which was superior
    tactically. I was surprised. But they are worthy specimens for further
    research.
    
    Larissa: Please, Daddy, can I play with them? I promise I'll be good!
    
    Stolos: Anything for my little girl! Of course you can play with them!
    Cyrus, Larissa, Lili - my dear children. I have a present for you! I've
    got you a new toy to play with. I know you're going to enjoy it!
    
    Larissa: Oh thank you, Daddy! You're the best! But what if we play too hard
    again, and end up breaking it like before?
    
    Stolos: You must treat this one more carefully than you usually do your
    other toys. Take your time and really enjoy this one! Have fun!
    
    Lili: Tee he he!!
    
    Cyrus: ... ... ... ...
    
    Stolos: Now, my children, let us prepare ourselves for a fun experiment.
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene of the Pulsatrix~~~~~
    
    Laurentian: Incoming unidentified aeroplane!
    
    Dr. Moritz: What?! But the war is over...
    
    Lin: It looks like a bomber... But no bomber is that big...
    
    Laurentian: The enemy planes have dropped troops who have taken up battle
    positions. The strength of their forces is around double ours. And they're
    still coming...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: But how...?! Where did an army of this size come from?!
    
    Stolos: Improved automation technology has made possible war with minimal
    troops. A Commander can control almost all unit movement directly.
    
    Ed: It's you...!
    
    Stolos: I took the liberty of recording your previous battle. It was a fierce
    fight and you sustained a great deal of damage. I thought it would be
    interesting to see how you coped with another attack...
    
    Ed: You monster!
    
    Stolos: But before that, I wanted to have a little chat with you, Ed.
    
    Ed: ...A chat?!
    
    Stolos: That's right. I have something that I want to discuss with you.
    I will tell you the location now. I want it to be just the two of us. If you
    do not agree to meet me, I will commence attacking immediately.
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Ed: ...What does he want?!
    
    Lin: Stolos is not a man you can bargain with. In many ways, he is not a
    normal person. I don't think you can take his word for anything.
    
    Ed: ... ... ... ... I have thought about it and made my decision. I will
    meet with Stolos as he asked.
    
    Lin: I cannot allow you do that.
    
    Ed: If I go, it will buy us time to prepare our troops and get ready for
    battle.
    
    Lin: It is true that we require more time before our force is battle-ready...
    But I believe Stolos is toying with us. I just don't trust him...
    
    Ed: He may not be a trust-worthy negotiating partner, but it will still
    buy us time.
    
    Lin: If he takes you hostage, I will not rescue you. Do you still want to
    meet him?
    
    Ed: I understand. I have made up my mind. I am going to meet him.
    
    ~~~~~Mountain range in South-West Zephyrus~~~~~
    
    Stolos: So, we meet again. You've managed to keep yourself alive against
    all the odds. I'm impressed.
    
    Ed: What do you want?
    
    Stolos: Be patient, Ed. I didn't come here to surrender. But I do
    have a favour to ask of you.
    
    Ed: A favour?
    
    Stolos: I want you to let me observe all of you. I would like to attach
    measurement apparatus to troops in all of your units. I am interested to
    see how battle conditions affect the troops physically.
    
    Ed: Are you serious?! Why do you want to know that?!
    
    Stolos: Out of simple curiosity. I am planning to attack you in order to
    conduct this particular experiment. Will you cooperate?
    
    Lin: ...Absolutely not!
    
    Ed: First Lieutenant Lin! What are you doing here?!
    
    Stolos: I told you to come alone. That was the agreement.
    
    Lin: I have no interest in what you agreed. Ed, do not listen ot another word
    this man says. It's a trap...
    
    Stolos: A trap? I merely have a scientific interest in observing troops in
    the heat of battle. But since you will not cooperate, I have no choice but
    to give up.
    
    Lin: Wait! You're just going to walk away?
    
    Stolos: That was my intention, yes...
    
    Lin: I'm not the same as Ed. Haven't you considered that I could shoot you?
    
    Stolos: It has crossed my mind. That's why I made sure that I took out
    some...insurance.
    
    Larissa: Hello, Daddy.
    
    Ed: Who is she?
    
    Stolos: This is Larissa, one of my daughters. I've lost track of how many I
    have... Their tactical ability is far superior to any of you. If you doubt
    me, take one of them on. Now, moving on to my second request... The girl
    you call Catleia... I want you to hand her over to me.
    
    Ed: Catleia?! But why?!
    
    Stolos: Will you hand her over to me? Yes or no? It's a simple question.
    If you give her to me, I will guarantee the continued survival of your
    Legion.
    
    Lin: Continued survival?
    
    Stolos: I will call off my forces. And as for what you call the Floral
    Virus... I have the medicine you need to cure it. And all for the cost of
    handing over that one girl. This is a very generous offer.
    
    Ed: I refuse. We abandon no one. Catleia stays with us.
    
    Stolos: I thought you might say something like that. But I think you
    will reconsider once the battle gets under way...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: All units, prepare for battle! We still don't know the size of the enemy
    forces so we must be cautious.
    
    Stolos: The Pulsatrix is ready... Let the bombing commence!
    
    Laurentian: That huge plane has commenced bombing. The force of the blast
    was incredible. The whole area has been devastated.
    
    Ed: Proceed with extreme caution! All units avoid the area of impact!
    
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    
    =====Tactics Briefing Room=====
    
    Lili: Tee he he!!!
    
    Ed: Hey!
    
    Lili: Hello! What's your name?
    
    Ed: My name's Ed. But who...
    
    Lili: I'm called Lili! Nice to meet you! Lili is a good girl. She'll tell you
    what you need to know...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lili: The Pulsatrix drops big, bad scary bombs! Tee he he!!! Avoid the area
    where the bombs land! Move ground units round the bottom! Fend off planes
    with anti-air units and capture the factory in the SE! Hit enemy Bombers with
    Interceptors. Hit Anti-Tank units with bombs or rockets.
    
    Ed: That's for that. But why exactly are you telling me all this?
    
    Lili: Tee he he!!!
    
    Ed: Lili, I just can't work you out...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Briefing Room~~~~~
    
    Ed: Well, it looks like it's just me... That's the tactic talk over for today!
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****Day one, IDS Forces*****
    
    Lili: Time to begin? How fun! Tee he he!!!
    
    
    *****Independent Legion wins*****
    
    Lin: The enemy is deploying more forces. Reinforcements have been sighted.
    
    Ed: We need to pull out! We need more time to prepare our forces!
    
    Stolos: Yes, I think that would be wise.
    
    Ed: You...!
    
    Stolos: We are preparing another attack. Don't you think you've had enough?
    I am going to ask you again... Will you give me the girl, in exchange for the
    safety of your troops?
    
    Ed: Wait! Why do you want Catleia?
    
    Stolos: She is my property, and I am her rightful owner. She is one of my
    products and I can do with her whatever I please.
    
    Ed: One of your products?!
    
    Stolos: Correct. Haven't you sensed that there is something strange about
    her? She is my daughter, though perhaps not in the sense that you imagine.
    Biologically, she resembles an identical twin. Except, I created her
    myself...
    
    Ed: You mean...
    
    Stolos:I think you've guessed it. My daughters are clones I produced in the
    lab. They were born out of my hugely costly research into creating clone
    soldiers.
    
    ~~~~~Special IDS Screen~~~~~
    
    Stolos: The unique selling point of my products is their ability to control
    whole armies. Armies of the past were vast, causing all manner of
    communication problems. The faster communication methods of modern armies
    are far from perfect. But my products - my children - can control entire
    armies single-handedly. Like a giant with a hundred arms, they can wield
    innumerable weapons... ...though the burden on them means they do not make
    adequate human beings...
    
    Ed: ... ... ... ... Y-You mean that C-Catleia is...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Stolos: The girl you have with you, who you insist on referring to as
    Catleia... ...was a mere doll I controlled. But one day she went haywire
    and fled. This was most unusual, and I am very intrigued to find out why
    it happened. To be precise, I plan to dissect her and locate the precise
    malfunction...
    
    Ed: ...You can't!
    
    Stolos: Is that a fact? And how are you going to stop me? It seems you have
    developed a certain attachment to my daughter. You are being too emotional.
    She is a clone. She is a product. She belongs to me!
    
    Ed: Enough!
    
    Stolos: I trust you will think about this further. I await your answer...
    
    
    *****Independent Legion loses*****
    
    Lin: The enemy force was too much for us. I did not want it to end like this,
    but I do not fear death...
    
    Ed: ...First Lieutenant Lin!
    
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    Lin: Firstly, we need to assess the damage.
    
    
    
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    *****Chapter-23*****
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    Sacrificial Lamb
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Dr. Moritz: A clone?!
    
    Ed: That's what Stolos said. Catleia is just one of many identical clones
    mass-produced by Stolos.
    
    Dr. Moritz: No... I don't think that can be right.
    
    Ed: What do you mean?
    
    Dr. Moritz: Technically, making clones of human beings is possible...
    However, these clones are not perfect copies. They are like twins, born at
    different times. So even if clones were made from Catleia, they would not be
    the same person. They would be different ages, and would have had different
    environmental influences.
    
    Ed: I see...
    
    Dr. Moritz: If I were to make a clone of myself... It would end up being a
    baby with the same DNA as me. It would not be possible to engineer a carbon
    copy of my adult self.
    
    Ed: But the impression I got from Stolos was that Catleia was one of many
    clones...
    
    Lin: Doctor, allow me to suggest a possibility... Suppose that one were to
    produce clones using the DNA from a new-born baby. Or alternatively, using
    DNA from a recently produced clone. And then, just like the rats in your lab,
    isolate the clones from the outside world. They would be the same age, share
    the same environment - you could mass-produce clones.
    
    Dr. Moritz: Well... I won't deny that this is possible in theory... But that
    is no way to treat human beings! As you said, that is how you treat lab
    rats! It is unethical and completely indefensible!
    
    Lin: But to a scientist who obeys no ethical constraints, it is entirely
    conceivable, is it not?
    
    Dr. Moritz: Yes, but...
    
    Lin: How many exact replicas of Catleia exist in the world is not our most
    pressing concern. What we really need to think about is how we are going to
    survive...
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Headquarters~~~~~
    
    Trak: The enemy has threatened a renewed assault, including strikes by that
    giant bomber. If we don't hand over that girl by tomorrow, they will launch
    an all-out assault.
    
    Dr. Moritz: We need to be honest with ourselves... Do you think we can
    survive another attack?
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene of the Pulsatrix~~~~~
    
    Lin: While the enemy has that huge bomber, victory will remain virtually
    impossible.
    
    Dr. Moritz: But we won the last battle!
    
    Lin: True, but in that battle bombs were only dropped on one fixed area. 
    Their intention was not to destroy us, but to put on a display of their
    power. If they wanted to, they could drop their bombs on our forces at
    will... Which, as I said, would make victory virtually impossible.
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Headquarters~~~~~
    
    Zadia: So you think Stolos is just toying with us? That he's biding his time
    until we hand over Catleia?
    
    Lin: It looks that way. Commander, what are you going to do?
    
    Ed: My answer is still the same. We are not going to abandon anyone. Catleia
    stays with us.
    
    Trak: But do you think we have a chance of winning? You may think it is noble
    to die sticking to your principles, but I disagree.
    
    Zadia: Trak!
    
    Trak: I am not going to lead my troops into a battle that I know they cannot
    win. None of the soldiers understand why you don't hand over one girl to
    save everyone's life...
    
    Zadia: We can't do it, Trak! How can we hand over an innocent girl to that
    monster?! What are you thinking?!
    
    Trak: Zadia, maybe you have forgotten. General Carter ordered us to protect
    the lives of his troops. That is our first duty...
    
    Zadia: And what makes you think that Stolos will even keep his promise?! Trak,
    it's you who is forgetting! Remember what happened to General Carter? He
    surrendered honourably but was killed. Do you really think Stolos will spare
    us? He will break his promise and then turn on us. If their leaders are
    tricked by Stolos, how will that affect our troops' morale? Stolos is toying
    with us, Trak!
    
    Lin: Commander, you must make a decision.
    
    Ed: We abandon no one. We have been backed into a corner before, and we did
    not give in to despair. That is why we are still here. If we don't give up,
    there is hope...
    
    Mayor: You darned soldiers may want to fight again, but we've had enough,
    you hear me?
    
    Lin: How did he get in here?
    
    Mayor: All we need to do is get rid of that girl and everything will be fine.
    The civilians all agree!
    
    Lin: Remove him from the room...
    
    Mayor: Get your hands off me! Don't you know who I am?! I am the civilians'
    representative...
    
    Lin: We must prepare for battle.
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Civilian Camp~~~~~
    
    Woman: ... ... ... ...
    
    Catleia: Why are you looking at me like that...?
    
    Woman: ... ... ... ...
    
    Mayor: Get out of here!
    
    Catleia: Wh-What?!
    
    Mayor: You heard me! Get out of here! You cause us nothing but trouble. We've
    had enough of you! Get out of our sight!
    
    Catleia: B-But...
    
    Mayor: Everyone here agrees with me. You're no use to anyone... So what are
    you still doing here?! Get out of here! We're sick of the sight of you!
    
    Catleia: B-But I-I...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: That huge bomber is approaching...
    
    Ed: Not again...
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    
    =====Tactics Briefing Room=====
    
    Larissa: It's me again! Thank you, thank you! 
    
    Ed: Oh no, my head is starting to hurt again...
    
    Larissa: I was just checking up on how my faithful servant was doing...
    
    Ed: I was doing fine 'til you came along...
    
    Larissa: It's just that I have a list of complaints... For one thing, my
    dresses aren't ironed every morning, my bed isn't made... ...my breakfast
    isn't prepared, my floors aren't washed, my windows aren't cleaned...
    
    Ed: Can you please stop this now? I really have a lot of other things to
    be thinking about...
    
    Larissa: I gave you wonderful advice and you still refuse to be my servant!
    It's such a great job opportunity that I'm going to give you one more
    chance...
    
    Ed: Please, it's quite alright.
    
    Larissa: I'll give you some more great battle hints and if you think they're
    useful... ...you will agree to enter a lifetime of servitude. Does that sound
    fair?
    
    Ed: I'm not sure how to deal with this...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Larissa: Transport your Infantry to the silos in the NW and SE of the map.
    Fire the missiles at the Rocket units to reduce the risk of indirect attacks.
    Fan your units out until Pulsatrix has finished attacking. Focus on taking
    the enemy's western port and head towards the HQ.
    So, are you my servant now?
    
    Ed: Look, I appreciate the advice but...
    
    Larissa: Great! You'll do it! I'm so happy. I'll give you a little shed
    to sleep in...
    
    Ed: If I say nothing, maybe she'll go away...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Briefing Room~~~~~
    
    Larissa: And that's all for today!
    
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    *****Day one, IDS Forces*****
    
    Larissa: Oh, this is so exciting! I can't wait!
    
    *****Day two*****
    
    Lin: The bomber is almost here... It will soon come within attacking range...
    
    *****Day three*****
    
    Lin: The enormous bomber is about to begin its attack. As expected, last time
    its attacks limited. This time it will target us.
    
    Ed: Units disperse! Staying too close together makes us a bigger target!
    
    *****Before day six*****
    
    Catleia: I-I am here. Can you hear me?
    
    Stolos: It's you! So you remembered how to make emergency communications!
    Don't push yourself too hard. You know how fragile you are...
    
    Catleia: ...Your promise...
    
    Stolos: And what might that have been?
    
    Catleia: I don't care what you do to me... I just want you to leave them
    alone...
    
    Stolos: You're a curious specimen, aren't you? Your sisters love destruction.
    Whereas you seem to have a design flaw that makes you averse to it.
    
    Catleia: I-I'm not like them...
    
    Stolos: Catleia, if I can use that absurd name... I want you on board the
    Pulsatrix. I have no real use for you, but I'll find some experiment or
    other...
    
    Catleia: What?!
    
    Stolos: You seem confused...
    
    Catleia: You said you wanted to dissect me to analyze my malfunction...
    I thought that was why you wanted them to hand me over to you.
    
    Stolos: I did say that, didn't I? I am afraid that was a lie. I attach no
    special importance to your retrieval. I have countless identical copies of
    you, should I need them.
    
    Catleia: Th-Then why...?
    
    Stolos: What I was really interested in was not you but rather them... I
    contrived a moral dilemma to make them fight among themselves. I was curious
    as to what the outcoe would be. That was all...
    
    Catleia: Y-You...!
    
    Stolos: Don't speak to your father in that way! You are an odd girl, aren't
    you? There is nothing more endlessly fascinating to study than humans. Now,
    it's time for you to come back to the Pulsatrix, young lady. Cyrus! Prepare
    to pick up the specimen. Fly the Pulsatrix to the nearest base.
    
    Cyrus: ... ... ... ... Father, do you not grow weary of this? When will
    your experiments end?
    
    Stolos: Do you have something to say, son?
    
    Cyrus: I know I am not human. I know that you made me in the lab... But I
    have emotions, and I can no longer stand idly by and let you do this! You
    treat us as if we are mere puppets, to be toyed with and then discarded.
    
    Stolos: Cyrus, you are a perceptive boy. That's exactly what you are
    to me! A puppet! A plaything!
    
    Cyrus: B-But I am...
    
    Stolos: It sounds like you might need to be replaced. There's plenty more of
    you...
    
    Lin: The giant bomber is heading away from the battlefield...
    
    Ed: I wonder why...? But this is our chance to fight back!
    
    
    *****Independent Legion wins*****
    
    Larissa: This is so unfair! I let my guard down for an instant, and you go
    and smash all my nice soldiers! You really have very bad manners, you know
    that? I wanted reinforcements, but Daddy ordered me to spare you... Bye now!
    
    
    *****Independent Legion loses*****
    
    Ed: Aaargh... I refuse to...
    
    Stolos: You refuse to abandon anyone... I know, I know... You suffer from a
    very human affliction - concern for others. But actually this is not an
    admirable trait if taken to extremes... You value self-sacrifice and put
    others before yourself... Excessive empathy is an illness... And I'm afraid
    that both you and Captain O'Brian were terminal cases...
    
    
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    Ed: We won! B-B-But how...?
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Base Camp~~~~~
    
    Ed: ...What?! Catleia is gone...?! Where is she?!
    
    Dr. Moritz: I'm sorry, Ed. I should have been keeping an eye on her but...
    
    Lin: There is no evidence that the camp has been infiltrated by the enemy...
    It looks as if she went of her own volition.
    
    Ed: B-But why...?
    
    Zadia: Maybe she went in order to save us.
    
    Ed: No! How could she do that?! I didn't want to abandon anyone, and now
    she's left us!
    
    Mayor: You are to blame for all this! It's all your fault!
    
    Ed: ... ... ... ...
    
    Mayor: Just look around you! Look at everyone wounded in battle! It's all
    your fault! None of these troops had to fight... If you had just surrendered
    and handed over the girl, this wouldn't have happened!
    
    Ed: ... ... ... ...
    
    Lin: That is not a fair description of what happened. In the middle of a
    battle, a Commander must...
    
    Mayor: Save your excuses! All I know is that we can't trust this brat with our
    troops anymore! If I had been in command, none of this would have
    happened... I would make a far better leader than this kid ever did...
    Ed, no one wants you to lead them anymore. I speak for us all when I say you
    should go!
    
    ~~~~~Independent Legion Headquarters~~~~~
    
    Lin: ...You're leaving?
    
    Ed: That's right.
    
    Lin: ...I see. I once advised you to leave the Legion, so I can hardly blame
    you for making this decision. No one has the right to criticise you except
    those who know what it is to command an army. But I do want to know the
    reason. Surely it is not because of the Mayor's words?
    
    Ed: No, it's not that. I learned something about myself... I learned that I
    don't cut it as a leader. I shouldn't be entrusted with people's lives. I
    wanted to make sure everyone was safe. I didn't want to abandon anyone. But,
    because of my ideals, I fought a battle in which people were needlessly
    hurt...
    
    Lin: I-I don't know what to say, Ed...
    
    Ed: I wanted to be like Captain O'Brian, To be strong... To be generous...
    But I just couldn't cut it... First Lieutenant Lin, you're in charge now. Your
    logic and good sense are what we need.
    
    Lin: Where are you planning on going?
    
    Ed: I am going to rescue Catleia.
    
    Lin: You're going alone?! Won't that just be another needless death? But
    this time it will be yours... Is that what you really want?
    
    Ed: Perhaps you're right. Perhaps my ideals will cause yet more loss of life.
    But this time I will not involve anyone else. I will be the only one at
    risk...
    
    Lin: You are free to do as you see fit. You are free to decide which path
    you want to follow. But I am sad to see you go, Ed...
    
    ~~~~~Pulsatrix Hangar~~~~~
    
    Catleia: Father...
    
    Stolos: Please don't call me that. I regard you as an object, not as family.
    
    Catleia: So... So, I am a clone...
    
    Stolos: Yes, you are. And you served your purpose well. I am satisfied with
    what I have been able to learn from you.
    
    Catleia: But I want you to tell me one thing. Why did you create me?
    
    Stolos: Because you were useful for experimention.
    
    Catleia: Th-That's the only reason?
    
    Stolos: That's reason enough, is it not?
    
    Catleia: I understand... That's all I am...
    
    ~~~~~South-West Zephyrus~~~~~
    
    Ed: I need to find Catleia...
    
    Cyrus: Where are you going all alone?
    
    Ed: Who are you?!
    
    Cyrus: You must be careful. What if the enemy were to locate you? You
    are Ed... You are their Commander...
    
    Ed: I asked you once already. Who are you?
    
    Cyrus: I was given the name Cyrus. I was created by Dr Stolos...
    
    Ed: ...Stolos?!
    
    Cyrus: Wait! Please do not be afraid. I want to help you.
    
    Ed: You want to help me?! Why?!
    
    Cyrus: The girl you call Catleia... I know how you can save her...
    
    
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-23*****
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    ====================
    *****Chapter-24*****
    ====================
    
    Inside Pulsatrix
    
    ~~~~~Pulsatrix Hangar~~~~~
    
    Cyrus: ...We always knew her as Lutia... She was a walking library. Every
    conceivable military fact had been downloaded into her. She was without
    emotion, a mere doll.
    
    Ed: But Catleia..!
    
    Cyrus: She is presently inside the Pulsatrix, that enormous bomber you
    know so well. I want to help you. I must betray my father. I can get you
    on board...
    
    Ed: Hold on one second... Why should I trust you? Why would you betray Stolos?
    
    Cyrus: How should I explain...? What makes a human being?
    
    Ed: What do you mean?
    
    Cyrus: Is it blood? Their emotions? DNA? Their heredity or their environment?
    What decides whether a person is good or bad?
    
    Ed: I'm sorry, I'm a bit lost...
    
    Cyrus: I am a clone of my father. Of Stolos... He conducted experiments to
    see if he could transplant his brain into a younger body... I am merely a
    vessel, created during his research into achieving a form of eternal life...
    
    ~~~~~Pulsatrix Hangar~~~~~
    
    Cyrus: Please come this way. Refuelling of the Pulsatrix is carried out
    automatically. There are no people here. The security systems and
    surveillance are all entirely computer-operated...
    
    Ed: Computer-operated?
    
    Cyrus: Yes. My father does not trust other human beings... But machines
    too have their drawbacks. If I can hack into the system... ...we can get on
    board the Pulsatrix without dealing with a single person. 
    
    Ed: I see...
    
    Cyrus: I will take care of the system. I ask that you follow me.
    
    Ed: Understood.
    
    Lin: Okay, let's go!
    
    Ed: ...?! First Lieutenant Lin?! What are you doing here?!
    
    Lin: I have been here all along. I have been tracking your movements.
    
    Ed: You followed me?!
    
    Lin: Some units from the Legion and I decided to follow you. We don't
    have a huge force, but it should be enough.
    
    Ed: I'm sorry, but I don't want your help. I don't want to involve anyone
    else in this.
    
    Lin: We're going to assist you whether you like it or not, Ed. You aren't
    our leader anymore. You don't give the orders. We want to help you. We have
    come of our own free will.
    
    Ed: First Lieutenant Lin...
    
    Cyrus: I feel envious of you. This must be what it's like to have a real
    family that cares for each other... Now, let us go. We have no time to lose.
    
    ~~~~~Pulsatrix Hangar~~~~~
    
    Larissa: And how are you today?
    
    Catleia: ... ... ... ...
    
    Larissa: I hear from Daddy that you will spend the rest of your life on
    board the Pulsatrix. If you are lucky, Daddy will find a use for you in one
    of his experiments. What kind of experiment will it be, I wonder? I can't
    wait to find out! Maybe he'll decide to drop you out of the Pulsatrix with
    no parachute!
    
    Catleia: ... ... ... ...
    
    Larissa: You're so boring! Haven't you got anything to say after all
    this time? Are you even awake?
    
    Catleia: Y-You are... Larissa... You are...m-my sister...
    
    Larissa: Sister?! Sister?! Me?! Ha ha ha!!! You do make me laugh!
    
    Catleia: Why are you laughing? We are sisters...
    
    Larissa: You are so innocent... You have no idea how the world really
    works...
    
    Catleia: But it's true! You are my sister!
    
    Larissa: People are so funny sometimes... If they see someone identical to
    themselves, they assume it is a fake version of them. But they never stop
    to consider the other possibility... ...that the other person is the
    original, and that they are the fake.
    
    Catleia: I-I don't understand...
    
    Larissa: Let me explain. Daddy had four children. Cyrus, Lili, Lutia and
    Larissa. That's me! But Lutia died when I defeated her in a training battle.
    All terribly sad... Anyway, there were lots of spare Lutias stored on board
    the Pulsatrix. They were clones, just like lab rats. That's what you are.
    A lab rat.
    
    Catleia: I-I...
    
    Larissa: That's why you have no memories... It's because you were nothing!
    You had no life, no name, no nothing! You were just another lab rat raised
    by Daddy on board the Pulsatrix...
    
    Catleia: I see... I always wondered who I was... And now I know. I am no
    one...
    
    Larissa: Tell me, tell me! Does someone who is no one feel sad? Do they fear
    death?
    
    Catleia: I-I don't know...
    
    Catleia: You're so boring, it's not even worth the trouble of picking
    on you. Lili!
    
    Lili: Tee he he!!! What is it, sister?
    
    Larissa: Did you understand Daddy's instructions? He wants you to put this
    labrat on board, and then prepare for take off as planned.
    
    Lili: Lili remembers! Tee he he!!! What about you, sister?
    
    Larissa: I am going to help Daddy with his experiments! I can't wait!
    
    Lili: Tee he he!!! That sounds nice!
    
    Catleia: I-It's...!
    
    Larissa: What did you say?
    
    Catleia: Ed...
    
    Larissa: ...Ed? Lili, is there anyone else in this hangar?
    
    Lili: No! Just us!
    
    Larissa: I hope you're right... I'm sure the lab rat is just seeing things.
    And maybe you should take a bath! That dirty old uniform really smells!
    
    Catleia: ... ... ... ...
    
    ~~~~~On board the Pulsatrix~~~~~
    
    IDS Agent: Commander, all systems green. Take-off has been successflly
    completed. The Pulsatrix will now be switched to auto-pilot.
    
    Lili: Tee he he!!! Good! Lili is sleepy...
    
    IDS Agent: Commander! It's an emergency! There are intruders on board!
    There is a battle in progress in Sector C. Enemy fire has already caused
    damage to the fuselage of the Pulsatrix.
    
    Lili: How did they get on board?! Lili didn't see anything! Daddy won't be
    happy...
    
    IDS Agent: The intruders gained access to the automated security system and
    overrode it. This allowed them to manoeuvre a number of units inside the
    Pulsatrix cargo hold. Dispersed enemy units have been engaged by our
    forces and are presently in a stand-off.
    
    Lili: Tee he he!!! It's time to play!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Inside the Pulsatrix~~~~~
    
    Lin: Smuggling the units on board meant that they ended up very spread out.
    It will be difficult to get our forces to combine and work together. As
    things stand, it's each unit for itself. They must judge how to attack.
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    =====Tactics Briefing Room=====
    
    Cyrus: Ed! We meet again.
    
    Ed: Cyrus!
    
    Cyrus: I will now explain to you the optimum strategy for this stage.
    Your attention please.
    
    Ed: I appreciate it. But I've got a question. How come you're on board the
    Pulsatrix now? And how come there's a room like this inside an aircraft?!
    
    Cyrus: Ed, you must not think like that.
    
    Ed: What do you mean?
    
    Cyrus: In the Briefing Room, it is important that you don't worry about
    these details.
    
    Lin: He's right, Ed. Listen to him.
    
    Larissa: Ed, you've really got to start acting your age!
    
    Ed: Why's everyone ganging up on me?! What have I done wrong?!
    
    Cyrus: In the Briefing Room, things are not quite as strict as they are in
    the rest of the world.
    
    Ed: I see.
    
    Cyrus: I am glad that you understand. Now we must discuss the strategy for
    the battle.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Cyrus: Your initial attack is crucial. Minimise damage to your forces - think
    about which units work best together. Enemy indirect attack units can be
    ignored if you're out of their range. If you wipe out the enemy, you will
    face reinforcements - be ready... ...and strike first. Time it so it is
    still your turn when they arrive. Focus on clearing either the left or right
    side before the enemy attacks.
    
    Ed: Understood!
    
    Cyrus: And don't worry too much about details in here, okay?
    
    Ed: I've got it!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Briefing Room~~~~~
    
    Cyrus: That's all from the Briefing Room.
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****Day one, IDS Forces*****
    
    Lili: Tee he he!!! It's the first time there's been a battle on the
    Pulsatrix!
    
    
    *****Most enemy units destroyed*****
    
    IDS Agent: The enemy has wiped out almost all of our units. It's not looking
    good...
    
    Lili: Boo! Can't we get more units?
    
    IDS Agent: We are preparing 6 additional units, to enter from the left and
    right side.
    
    Lili: Yay!!!
    
    
    *****Half of the second wave destroyed*****
    
    IDS Agent: Our reinforcement units are being destroyed...
    
    Lili: Then get some more!!!
    
    *****Second wave destroyed*****
    
    Lin: They have got further reinforcements. Concentrate our remaining forces!
    
    *****Half of third wave destroyed*****
    
    IDS Agent: Our second wave of reinforcements look like they're facing defeat!
    
    Lili: Then we need even more!!!
    
    *****Third wave destroyed*****
    
    Lin: Here come even more reinforcements! Is there no end to this...?!
    
    *****Fourth wave destroyed, Independent Legion wins*****
    
    Laurentian: All enemy units destroyed!
    
    Lin: We need to gain control of this plane. All units, let's go!
    
    
    *****Independent Legion loses*****
    
    Lin: So this is where it all ends? I always hated flying...
    
    IDS Agent: The enemy has been exterminated.
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~Victory page~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    Lin: I'm not good with heights...
    
    ~~~~~On board the Pulsatrix~~~~~
    
    IDS Agent: Cargo Hold Sector C sustained severe damage during the exchange
    of fire. We may not make it to our destination. Should we prepare for an
    emergency landing?
    
    Lili: No!!! No one would survive if we landed here. We have to keep flying!
    Tee he he!!! 
    
    IDS Agent: Roger, Commander!
    
    ~~~~~Pulsatrix Laboratory~~~~~
    
    Catleia: ... ... ... ...
    
    Ed: Catleia!
    
    Catleia: Ed! Why are you here?
    
    Ed: I came to rescue you, of course!
    
    Catleia: B-But why...? You must already know the truth. I am not a human
    being. I am a clone, made in this lab. Why would you want to rescue me?
    
    Ed: Catleia, you are one of us. Now, let's get out of here...
    
    Catleia: I can't leave... I am just a fake human... I don't even have a
    name...
    
    Ed: Your name is Catleia!
    
    Catleia: Some of my memories have come back to me... I was born and raised
    in this laboratory. I was one of many. All of us the same... We all lived
    here together. I was created to be used in experiments and then discarded...
    My father used many identical copies of me in all kinds of experiments. I saw
    it all happen. And I just waited my turn...
    
    Ed: ... ... ... ...
    
    Catleia: They were no different to me... I saw what happened to them...
    That was why I was created... I have no memory. No soul. I am no one...
    
    Ed: You're wrong! Listen to me! Your name is Catleia... You are the first
    person I ever rescued. You joined us, travelled with us, fought with us...
    You are one of us! I remember it all. And you must remember it too!
    
    Catleia: I-I remember... But why, Ed? Why are you so kind...? Why me...?
    
    Will: What, that you're a clone? So what? I don't care if you come from a
    mother or a tank! Isabella, you're a person! A real living person with ideas
    and dreams and...and stuff like that! You have meaning and strength and
    beauty and...and I... I...
    
    Isabella: ...Will... Oh, Will...
    
    Ed: We have been through so much together. We spoke together, laughed,
    cried... We have experienced so much! You're not a fake, Catleia! You're
    the real thing!
    
    Catleia: ...Ed... I-I...
    
    Ed: What are your dreams, Catleia? What do you want to do with your life?
    
    Catleia: I-I want to... I want to...live... I want to live together with you,
    Ed!
    
    Ed: Then let's go! Together!
    
    Catleia: B-But... A-Are you sure it's okay? Can I really come with you...?
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene of Catleia tearing a bit~~~~~
    
    Catleia: Are you sure I am allowed to live...? Are you sure I am allowed
    to live together with you?
    
    Ed: Catleia! Of course you are!
    
    Catleia: Oh, Ed...
    
    ~~~~~On board the Pulsatrix~~~~~
    
    IDS Agent: We are losing altitude rapidly... 7500 feet... 7000 feet...
    6500 feet...
    
    Lili: Tee he he!!! Daddy will be happy...
    
    Catleia: Wait!
    
    Lili: Who is it?
    
    Catleia: Lili, listen to me! You have been raised to obey orders from
    Dr Stolos, your father... But you mustn't obey him any more! He is evil, Lili.
    Do you understand?
    
    Lili: What is the strange girl saying? Lili doesn't understand...!
    
    IDS Agent: 4500 feet... 4000 feet... 3500 feet...
    
    Catleia: I understand you, Lili. We are the same... I want you to come
    with us. I want you to live with us.
    
    Lili: You're weird! Lili doesn't like you! And that jacket smells funny...
    Why are you saying these things to Lili? Lili doesn't understand
    anything! Lili doesn't like you!
    
    IDS Agent: 2500 feet... 2000 feet... 1500 feet...
    
    Catleia: Please, Lili! Listen to me! I want to help you!
    
    Lili: B-But Daddy told me to...
    
    IDS Agent: 1000 feet... 500 feet...
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene of Pulsatrix exploding~~~~~
    
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-24*****
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    ====================
    *****Chapter-25*****
    ====================
    
    Final Experiment
    
    ~~~~~IDS Research Facility~~~~~
    
    Mayor: I'm here as the representative of the civilians. We fulfilled our
    side of the bargain, Dr Stolos. Now we want you to be true to your word.
    Will you give us what we need?
    
    Stolos: Of course, of course. I will help you. That's why I invited you
    here.
    
    Mayor: We need medicine... We need the antidote to that wretched virus.
    
    Stolos: Ah, yes... The antidote... You have no hope of surviving without
    it... But it is not easy to mass-produce. It will take time until I have
    enough for all of you. However, if you want a single dose as a sample,
    I can provide it...
    
    Mayor: G-Give it to me!
    
    Stolos: Be patient! This is only enough for one person...
    
    Mayor: That's fine, that's fine! Just give it to me, quick!
    
    Stolos: Well, since you asked so nicely... There you go. Just press it against
    your skin and the antidote will be injected into your body.
    
    Mayor: Is that it? Now this means that I won't die from that Floral Virus?
    
    Stolos: That is correct. Congratulations.
    
    Mayor: Now, about food supplies... We require a large quantity of...
    Hey! Wait! Where do you think you're going?
    
    Stolos: I'm sorry, I have an experiment that is about to begin. Using the
    remnants of your Legion...
    
    Mayor: Wait a second! What do you mean by that, Stolos? You said that if we
    handed over the girl, you would give us what we needed...
    
    Stolos: I really must apologise. I'm afraid I was lying.
    
    Mayor: B-But...you promised! We gave you the girl! You have to help us! Help
    me at least!
    
    Stolos: Since I seem to be in the mood for making confessions, I must tell
    you... ...that medicine you took was not the antidote. Hello. Can you hear
    me? Oh well...
    
    ~~~~~IDS Research Facility~~~~~
    
    Cyrus: ... ... ... ...
    
    Stolos: So, young Cyrus. Are you ready? It's your turn to die... Does my
    treacherous son have any final words? An apology perhaps?
    
    Cyrus: ... ... ... ...
    I do not fear death. I do not fear you anymore. My death will not be in
    vain. They will defeat you, I know it.
    
    Stolos: It is too late, son. They all died when the Pulsatrix crashed...
    
    Cyrus: I do not believe you! You are lying!
    
    Stolos: I'm afraid I speak the truth. So your pitiful attempt at rebellion was
    entirely meaningless. I will live on, Cyrus. But for you, this is the end of
    the road. You have no desire to apologise for all the trouble you've caused
    me?
    
    Cyrus: I'll never apologise to you! They are alive. I know it! You will not
    win! They will defeat you! I know it...
    
    Stolos: So those were your final words?! How utterly preposterous... Now,
    prepare for the end...
    
    Cyrus: They will defeat you...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to field~~~~~
    
    Zadia: Trak!
    
    Trak: Zadia, the enemy forces are starting to mobilise... It seems they are
    no longer willing to keep their promise...
    
    Zadia: I told you we couldn't trust Stolos! But in the end, whether we handed
    over the girl or not, we had no chance...
    
    Trak: So it seems.
    
    Zadia: Everyone criticised Ed, but if we had known that it would end like
    this... No! This isn't the time for whining! We must do all we can do! Fight
    with all our strength.
    
    Trak: Agreed.
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    Trak: All units, the top priority is to protect yourselves and survive.
    Don't put yourself at risk. Our chances are slim, but they are not zero...
    
    Zadia: Never give up! If we lose hope, it's all over... We can do it, but
    only if we believe!
    
    
    =====Tactics Briefing Room=====
    
    Larissa: Once again, it's my turn! Thank you, thank you! I know you wanted
    to see me again!
    
    Ed: No comment.
    
    Larissa: Now, weren't you supposed to be my servant?
    
    Ed: I remember you saying something about that...
    
    Larissa: Well, since you've been such a poor and inattentive servant...
    I will make this is the very last time I generously give you my advice!
    
    Ed: I think I can live with that...
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Larissa: Leave the meteor fragments to slow down the enemy. Destroy the
    Missile launchers and take the central cities and airport. Use Bombers to
    take out Mega Tanks.
    
    Ed: ... ... ... ...
    
    Larissa: You've got nothing to say for yourself?!
    
    Ed: I appreciate the advice, but I don't think we have much in common.
    Maybe you could find someone else to talk to now?
    
    Larissa: Such a rude servant!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Briefing Room~~~~~
    
    Larissa: That's the tactic talk finished. Hope to see you again!
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    
    *****Day one, IDS Forces*****
    
    Larissa: Once you are out of the way, Daddy's experiment will be over.
    Then the world will belong to Daddy and me, with no one else to bother us!
    
    *****Before day three*****
    
    Larissa: Daddy!
    
    Stolos: What is it, my dear?
    
    Larissa: I just heard that additional enemy forces are heading this way.
    
    Stolos: More of them? That is impossible. Who can it be...?
    
    Ed: Zadia!
    
    Zadia: ...Ed?! Is it really you?!
    
    Ed: We're here to help you. The Pulsatrix has been destroyed. We are safe
    from its attacks now. Let's bring the fight to the enemy! It's time to deal
    with Stolos!
    
    Stolos: But how can this be...?! How did they survive the crash?! I ordered
    Lili to crash the plane and kill everyone on board...
    
    Catleia: Lili, thank you! Thank you for listening to me!
    
    Lili: Lili doesn't understand! Daddy told Lili to die. But you told Lili she
    should live!... Lili doesn't understand... Why did Lili listen to you...?
    
    Catleia: Lili, it's all right...
    
    *****Before Day five*****
    
    Larissa: Why do you care so much about her?
    
    Ed: You must be Catleia's...
    
    Larissa: My name is Larissa. The one you call Catleia is nothing but a lab
    rat.
    
    Ed: You're wrong. Catleia is a human being.
    
    Larissa: She is nothing more than a mass-produced imitation human. She
    was created for use in my father's experiments. That's all. I can't help but
    feel a little sorry for her, but that was her fate.
    
    Ed: ... ... ... ...
    
    Larissa: I also feel sorry for lab rats, but such experiments benefit all
    mankind. Sometimes sacrifice is necessary in the name of progress. My father
    says so.
    
    Ed: Catleia is one of us.
    
    Larissa: You don't get it. You could easily make another one of her...
    
    Ed: It's you who doesn't get it. There is only one Catleia. She is 
    totally unique.
    
    Larissa: You were never top of the class at school, were you?! I grow weary
    of talking to you!
    
    
    *****Independent Legion wins*****
    
    Larissa: Daddy, do something! This can't be happening!
    
    Stolos: You have failed me again... All of you are utterly useless. I have
    no choice but to retreat to the safety of the Owl Nest...
    
    
    *****Independent Legion loses*****
    
    Larissa: This was too easy! I pity the weak!
    
    Trak: It's all over for us. But no matter how faint it is... ...there is
    always hope...
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~Victory Page~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    Ed: Is everyone okay?
    
    ~~~~~IDS Research Facility~~~~~
    
    Cyrus: Ugh...
    
    Ed: ...Cyrus!
    
    Cyrus: Ed, I knew you would survive...
    
    Ed: But what's the matter with you...?! Someone get Dr Moritz!
    
    Cyrus: Don't worry about me... It is too late for me... If you survived,
    then I am content. That is enough...
    
    Ed: Cyrus, don't give up! You will make it! A doctor on his way...
    
    Cyrus: Ed, I have one final request... Please listen to me...
    
    Ed: We owe you so much, Cyrus! Whatever I can do, I will.
    
    Cyrus: I want you to...live.
    
    Ed: ...!
    
    Cyrus: I don't have long left. But that is not important... I just want to
    know that my sacrifice was not in vain... I want you to defeat Stolos.
    And I want you all to live together in peace... That is my final wish...
    
    Ed: ... ... ... ... I promise you we will defeat Stolos.
    
    Cyrus: Th-Thank you... His headquarters lies to the north of here. The main
    IDS research centre is known as... ...the Owl Nest... You will find the
    antidote to the virus there. There is enough for everyone...
    
    Ed: Cyrus, hold on!
    
    Cyrus: My life had meaning. That is all I wanted...
    
    Ed: He's gone... Cyrus, I will keep my promise to you. We will live. Your
    sacrifice was not in vain.
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-25*****
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    ====================
    *****Chapter-26*****
    ====================
    
    Beam of Light
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Ed: Stolos!
    
    Stolos: Who would hav thought that you would make it all the way to the Owl
    Nest? Perhaps you were not the ideal test specimens after all...
    
    Ed: What is this place?
    
    Stolos: This is the central research facility. In other words, it is my
    playground. This is where I can do anything and everything to satisfy my
    curiosity.
    
    Ed: You have done your final experiment, Stolos. It's time to shut up shop.
    You may think you can do what you want with the clones you created...
    ...but they are human beings, and you have no right to experiment on them.
    
    Stolos: You want to talk about rights? How very tiresome... Whatever
    you think of me, I have always been faithful to my curiosity. My only
    motive is to continue doing the research which I want to do. Money does
    not interest me, nor does the thought of benefiting society. Whether my
    research causes suffering to others is entirely irrelevant. In that sense,
    I am a pure, simple man - though I accept that I am somewhat selfish.
    
    Ed: Those are your reasons?! All that suffering for...what?! Do you think
    people's lives are worth less than your curiosity?! Don't you know
    what it feels like to be a human being?!
    
    Stolos: This is a truly marvelous lecture, and it's an honour to hear it.
    But you've been brainwashed to believe in the values of your society. You
    are just doltishly repeating what society has taught you to think.
    
    Ed: You're wrong, Stolos. I do everything I can to help people and to avoid
    hurting them... It's not because I've been brainwashed. It's because I am
    a human being...
    
    Stolos: Those are merely the ideals society has imprinted on your young
    mind. Those ideals were constructed to ensure that society functioned.
    They served to channel people's energy away from killing each other. Now
    Ed, I hear that you lost both your parents in the war...
    
    Ed: ...!
    
    Stolos: Lacking parental guidance, you enrolled in the Laurentian Military
    Academy. That's where you were clothed, fed and taught to fight for your
    country.
    
    Ed: ...That's right. What of it?
    
    Stolos: Life in the Academy turned you into a foolish, hopelessly naive boy.
    You were taught the classic lie that a soldier's role is to protect people...
    Then when you were saved by O'Brian, you elevated him to be a role model.
    None of your thoughts or ideas are your own. You are simply brainwashed.
    
    Ed: ... ... ... ...
    
    Stolos: Have you heard yourself?! All of the nonsense you spout about hope...
    
    Ed: I don't claim to be a hero... And I am not Captain O'Brian... But what
    the Captain taught me means everything to me. I learned from him never to
    give up. I learned never to abandon anyone. If those ideas are not original,
    if that is brainwashing, that's fine by me... You can keep your theories.
    What is important is whether I can help people. If I can do that, then that
    is enough for me. I have no other ambitions. That is what my heart tells me
    to do. And my heart is my own...
    
    Stolos: You are clearly no logician. I will have to speak in simple words.
    Any morals or values which impede progress must be done away with.
    Otherwise we end up with hideous, self-righteous people like you...
    
    *****Day one*****
    
    Zadia: We have already been through so much. That thing doesn't scare us!
    
    Trak: Nothing can deter us. We will achieve victory.
    
    Lin: We fight best when our backs are against the wall.
    
    Catleia: I will do anything I can to help. I believe we can do it!
    
    Ed: Let's show Stolos what we've got! We'll win this battle and end the war!
    
    
    =====Tactics Briefing Room=====
    
    Lin: This is the very last battle tactics session...
    
    Ed: Really?
    
    Lin: I feel a little sad. I did so much enjoy making fun of you, Ed! Sometimes
    it was the only thing that got me through the day!
    
    Ed: But battle tactics is a serious business! Wait! What do you mean you
    enjoyed making fun of me?!
    
    Lin: I take making fun of you very seriously!
    
    Ed: I'm surprised at you, First Lieutenant Lin!
    
    Lin: Now, I suppose I'll have to give you some useful hints for the battle
    ahead...
    
    Ed: I would appreciate it.
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Field~~~~~
    
    Lin: Capture cities with your Infantry, watching out for the lasers' range.
    Attack the Owl Nest from the west, avoiding the enemies in the east. Attack
    the Owl Nest's lasers with Bombers to destroy them.  Enemy reinforcements
    appear daily, so keep producing more units.
    
    Ed: I've got it!
    
    Lin: You're sure?
    
    Ed: I'm sure!
    
    Lin: YOu're sure you're sure?
    
    Ed: Stop making fun of me!
    
    ~~~~~Flash to Briefing Room~~~~~
    
    Lin: That is the end of the final tactical briefing. It's been a pleasure...
    
    =====End Tactics=====
    
    *****Day one, IDS Forces*****
    
    Stolos: Allow me to introduce my beloved Owl Nest. An awesome achievement...
    Along with five super-powerful lasers, it is equipped with poison bombs. It
    can even produce new units! Let me show you what it can do...
    
    *****Before Day two*****
    
    Catleia: The Owl Nest has a weakness... The five laser cannons... If you
    can just destroy all five of them...
    
    Ed: Catleia!
    
    Catleia: I'm fine, Ed. I will try to help you... I want to live together
    with you and the others. That is my dream...
    
    *****Left laser cannon destroyed*****
    
    Lin: The rotating laser cannon on the left has been destroyed.
    
    
    *****Before day four*****
    
    Ed: Stolos! I was on the Pulsatrix. I saw your lab. I know the experiments
    you are doing. You will never be able to do anything like that again!
    
    Stolos: You didn't have to go all the way there to see the fruits of my
    labours. You could have found evidence of my experiments far closer to
    home... For instance... ...inside your own bodies...
    You can find evidence of my work far closer to home. In fact, you can even
    look... inside yourselves!
    
    Ed: What did you say?!
    
    Stolos: I told you before that all my dreams came true when the meteors
    struck. I had created a virus, but it turned out to be an expensive mistake.
    It was fragile unable to survive direct sunlight. It was useless... But then
    that wonderful night, meteors threw clouds of dust into the air... ...and
    created the perfect conditions for my delicate virus to thrive.
    
    Ed: It was you!
    
    Stolos: With millions of tonnes of dust in the atmosphere, temperatures
    plummeted. Without direct sunlight, most plants withered. But my flowers
    bloomed! I seized the chance to refine my virus, and you have seen the
    results! Your bodies became my laboratory!
    
    Ed: You created that virus?!
    
    Stolos: In its original form, it affected only young people... But with a
    bit of fine-tuning, it could target anyone. It has aided my research
    enormously. Absolutely fascinating...
    
    Ed: Why do you think you can toy with other people's lives?
    
    Stolos: What is life? Merely a protein-based energy conservation mechanism...
    It is really nothing special.
    
    Ed: You are wrong! I can't listen to this anymore! You are not like us!
    You are not like other humans! You look like a human being but that is not
    what you are...
    
    Stolos: What you think I am is the least of my concerns... I am more
    interested in seeing how you deal with your imminent demise.
    
    *****Before Day eight*****
    
    Stolos: In my youth, enormous progress had been made in the field of
    cloning. It was the era when human cloning first became technically
    feasible. But there was enormous resistance to the idea of cloning humans...
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene of a grinning Stolos~~~~~
    
    Stolos: But I turned my back on such ethical concerns, and chose to clone
    myself.
    
    Ed: Y-You cloned yourself?!
    
    Stolos: After countless botched experiments, I finally realised my ambition.
    I used my own clones in experiments and was able to make enormous progress...
    
    Ed: You're insane!
    
    Stolos: Please don't interrupt me... Now where was I...? Ah yes, I used the
    clones to grow new organs to transplant to my body. But I am not the
    original Stolos. He created me to harvest my organs. But why should we let
    ourselves be used in such a frightful manner? The clones fought back, but
    only one was able to survive... I am that sole survivor...
    
    Ed: Wait! You cannot be serious... That means you're...
    
    Stolos: It seems like the truth is slowly dawning on you. Yes, I am a clone.
    And I killed the original Dr Stolos...
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene end~~~~~
    
    *****Before Day twelve*****
    
    Stolos: So still you fight on...? You can take a lot of punishment... I think
    it's about time you accepted the inevitable and gave up the ghost. What this
    planet needs is not people like you. I am the future... Why do you even try
    to fight it? You're making it hard on yourselves.
    
    Ed: We won't give in, Stolos! 
    
    Stolos: And yet still you persist! I have important research to do, and you
    come to disturb my peace! This planet is not yours anymore. It belongs to
    me. This is evolution...
    
    Ed: Stolos, you yourself said that humans are driven by selfish motives.
    Whether it's your desire to do research or my desire to help people... But
    you don't seem to understand that people also have dreams. We want to live in
    peace with our fellow human beings. However harsh reality is, humans
    still have that desire... No matter how badly your faith in humanity gets
    shaken, this remains. You warmongers are the minority. People want to live
    in peace...
    
    Stolos: That is absurd, even by your standards...!
    
    Ed: Your research interests no one but yourself. But my dream is not mine
    alone! That is why you can never win!
    
    
    *****Far right laser destroyed*****
    
    Catleia: The rotating laser cannon on the right has been destroyed.
    
    *****Left middle cannon destroyed*****
    
    Zadia: The central laser cannon located on the left has been destroyed.
    
    *****Right Middle laser cannon destroyed*****
    
    Trak: The central laser cannon located on the right has been destroyed.
    
    *****Middle laser cannon destroyed*****
    
    Ed: The laser cannon in the middle has been destroyed.
    
    *****All 5 lasers destroyed, Independent Legion wins*****
    
    Stolos: My precious Owl Nest! What have you done to it...?! Is this the
    end? I have terminated so many of my clones but still... This is different!
    I am irreplaceable! Unique! The only one... Help me please! I don't want
    to die...!
    
    
    
    *****Independent Legion loses*****
    
    Ed: We've come so far... We can't give up... There is still hope...
    
    Stolos: What an absurd setiment to make your final words! You really are
    beyond help! Well, you were an interesting specimen. Farewell!
    
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~White flash to Victory Page: Grand Finale~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    Ed: Finally... We did it!
    
    
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~One year On~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
    
    ~~~~~Hope Village~~~~~
    
    Ed: It's another cloudy day... Let's see how everyone is...
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene of farms and windmills~~~~~
    
    Youth: Ed! Look!
    
    Woman: Take a look at the fields! There are crops growing! All that hard work
    paid off!
    
    Ed: Well done! I know it wasn't easy.
    
    Civilian: It was worth the effort. The soil is even better than we had hoped!
    Now all we need is for the sun to break through the clouds...
    
    Ed: Don't worry! As long as we don't give up...
    
    Woman: ...There is hope! You are right. Where there's life, there's hope...
    
    ~~~~~Outskirts of Hope Village~~~~~
    
    Lili: Hey Mr Teddy, look at the fields! Let's play hide-and-seek...
    
    Ed: Lili!
    
    Lili: Who are you? How do you know Lili's name?
    
    Ed: My name is Ed. I spoke to you here yesterday.
    
    Lili: Lili doesn't remember! Lili doesn't know anything! Come on, Mr Teddy!
    
    Ed: We've been through this before...
    
    Lili: Daddy is gone... Cyrus is gone... Where is Larissa?
    
    Ed: We believe she is still alive, though we aren't sure where she is.
    
    Lili: Lili knows Larissa is alive! All of us are connected, you know! We
    are part of the same system.
    
    Ed: System? Is this what Stolos was talking about when he said one person
    could operate entire armies?
    
    Lili: The sky!
    
    Ed: What?
    
    Lili: Catleia said she wanted to look at the sky. So we've been walking
    around here together. We went over there, near the doctor's house. What will
    we do next, Mr Teddy?
    
    Ed: I'm sorry, Lili. I really don't understand...
    
    Lili: That's okay! Come on Mr Teddy!
    
    Ed: Wait, Lili... Ummm... I'm not sure how to handle this.
    
    ~~~~~Hope Village Medical Centre~~~~~
    
    Dr. Moritz: Everyone infected by the virus has recovered fully. No one has
    relapsed... Thanks to the antidote, those particular flowers have been
    successfully uprooted!
    
    Ed: Ah, I see... Very witty! We owe a lot to Cyrus...
    
    Dr. Moritz: It's hard to believe that upstanding young man was a clone of
    Stolos. It just goes to show how the same DNA does not mean the same
    personality. Cyrus was created to be a merciless killer, but it turns out
    that he had a good heart. All manner of influences go to make a person.
    Environment, personal relations... Even someone born in the most promising
    situation can still redeem themselves.
    
    Ed: You're right, Doctor.
    
    Dr. Moritz: By the way, Ed - I've been meaning to talk to you about Catleia
    and her sister.
    
    Ed: What is it?
    
    Dr. Moritz: It is common for clones to have shorter life spans than the
    original organism. In the case of cloned sheep, the ageing process of the
    clone was accelerated. There are sections of DNA called telomeres which
    actually determine lifespan. The telomeres in cloned sheep are much shorter
    than in the DNA of normal sheep. Clone a 10-year old animal and the life
    expectancy of the clone is cut by 10 years. If you use this clone to produce
    other clones, life expectancy will be shortened further. If the same thing
    occurs in cloned humans... Then I am afraid that Catleia is most likely
    nearing the end of her life...
    
    Ed: ...What?!
    
    Dr. Moritz: Don't panic, Ed! Let me finish... In other cloned animals, such
    as cows, the telomeres do not become shorter. There are even cases where
    longer telomeres in the clone meant they outlived the original. If the same
    quirk occurs in cloned humans... ...Catleia may have longer life expectancy
    than you do!
    
    Ed: I see...
    
    Dr. Moritz: I have no idea how long the telomeres are in Catleia or other
    cloned humans. I have no idea how long Catleia still has to live... But
    sometimes I think it's better not to know...
    
    Ed: I agree. I believe that Catleia still has many happy years ahead of her.
    She believes that too.
    
    Dr. Moritz: That is good to hear.
    
    ~~~~~Hope Village Dairy Farm~~~~~
    
    Zadia: Trak, what is the current situation?
    
    Trak: It is critical...
    
    Zadia: This is not like you, Trak. You normally keep a cool head...
    
    Trak: Yes, in battle. I'm a soldier, Zadia. I wasn't trained to milk cows...
    
    Zadia: You have to loosen up a little bit. Are you worried it might ruin
    your image?
    
    Lin: Good morning! Is there enough milk for everyone?
    
    Trak: I'm working on it... I'm sure that cow doesn't like me... Have you
    seen the way it's looking at me?!
    
    ~~~~~Hill overlooking Hope Village~~~~~
    
    Ed: Catleia!
    
    Catleia: Ed! Good morning!
    
    Ed: Lin and the others are on their way. Let's wait for them here.
    
    Catleia: Yes, sir!
    
    Ed: The war is over, and the Floral Virus has been completely eliminated.
    But this doesn't mean that our work is done. This world is still full of
    people in trouble, people who need our help. And then there are the people
    who we are not able to help...
    
    Catleia: Yes...
    
    Ed: But we must keep trying. There are lives we can still save. We can't
    give up. Where there is life, there is hope.
    
    Catleia: Yes... There is always hope...
    
    Ed: But Catleia, I worry about you sometimes. You've been through so much...
    Are you sure you're okay?
    
    Catleia: I'm fine! It doesn't matter how I was born... Whatever the future
    holds... ...I know I want to be here with everyone. I want to be with you
    Ed... I know we can all be happy. I am sure of it.
    
    Ed: I am too.
    
    Catleia: Oh! Ed!
    
    Ed: What is it, Catleia?
    
    Catleia: Look up there! You were right, Ed! Where there is life, there is
    hope!
    
    ~~~~~Cutscene of Ed and Catleia laying down looking up at the sunlight~~~~~
    
    Catleia: The future is looking bright!
    
    
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    *****End Chapter-26*****
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