Baldr Force: Walkthrough

<<Spoiler Warning>>
There will be a lot of spoilers in this walkthrough, so
read it at your own risk.
<<Spoiler Warning>>

Version: 0.9 - July 18 2006

- Bachelor's branch completed.

Version: 0.81 - July 31 2006

- A major correction on Ayane's chapter VENGEANCE was
made.  Bachelor's starting chapter HACKING is also
completed.

Version: 0.8 - July 28 2006

- Ayane's branch completed, A Very Simple Combo added for
those who wants to use a combo that doesn't require too
much timing and finger tackle.

Version: 0.7 - July 3 2006

- Ryang's branch completed.

Version: 0.61 - June 4 2006

- Edits and corrections by fruitymuffin and Delin have
been completed.

Version: 0.6 - May 20 2006

- Tukina's branch completed.

Version: 0.52 - May 17 2006

- Contents have been revised.  Also, a huge mistake
regarding the character name Yuuya that was spelled
Youya instead is now fixed.

Version: 0.51 - May 05 2006

- The word cockpit is now replaced by console, which is
the word used in the official Japanese text.

Version: 0.50 - May 04 2006

- Minori story walkthough complated.  Most of the other
sections of the walkthrough is either completed or
finished structuring.

Contents:

A. Game Information

B. Menu
	- New Game
	- Load Game
	- Survival Mode
	- Hell Mode
	- CG Mode
	- Scene Mode
	- Sound Mode
	- Config
	- Exit Game

C. Game Control

D. Story Background
	- World
	- Cyber Space
	- FLAK
	- V.S.S
	- I.V.S
	- Antihips
	- Fei-Tao
	- Steppen Wolf
	- Shmicram
	- Willis
	- Neuro-jack
	- D.O.S
	- Leviathan

E. Character Data
	a. Toru Souma
	b. Minori Segawa
	c. Ayane Shido
	d. Tsukina Sasagiri
	e. Ryang
	f. Bachelor
	g. Renn Mizusaka
	h. Yuuya
	i. Akira
	j. Yosuke Kashiwagi
	k. Kaira Kilstin
	l. Souji Yagisawa
	m. Genha
	n. QuWong
	o. Reika Tajibana
	P. Genjo Gondo
	Q. Big Spoilers
	R. Extra Information Regarding Members of the Project

F. Story Summary
	a. Common Introduction
	b. Minori's Branch
	c. Ayane's Branch
	d. Tukina's Branch
	e. Ryang's Branch
	f. Bachelor's Branch
	g. Renn's Branch
	h. Bad Endings
	i. Bosses
	j. A Very Simple Combo

G. Shmicram and Willis Information

H. About Baldrhead

	- Previous Baldr Series
		a. Baldrhead, The Armed Financial Gaiden
		b. Baldr Fist
		c. Baldr Bullet
	- Other Games by Baldrhead

I. Author and Legal stuff

<<A. Game Information>>

Baldr Force
2 CD
Developed by Team Baldrhead, published by Giga
Copyright 2002

Expansions: Baldr Force Expansion: Baldr Force EXE (PC),
Baldr Force EXE (DC, PS2), Baldr Neko Force (PC, a joint
production with NekoNeko Productions)

System Requirements (The below are from the official site):

OS: Windows 98/2000/ME/XP Japanese Version, or Japanese Codec
CPU: Pentium 2 300 MHz minimum requirement.  Pentium 3 600 MHz
for best performance.
Memory: 128 MB, best be 256 MB or above.
Screen: 640*480 with DirectX support.
Video Ram: 4 MB, 8 MB or above at best.
Hard Drive: 8X speed, 16X speed at best.
Sound: PCM playable soundcard, seriously, even the integrated
stuff work, so this requirement isn't really needed for computers
nowadays.
Preferable Joypad: Microsoft Sidewinder GamePad, although it is
not required to play the game.

Character Design: Seiji Kikuchi

Scenario: Murasaki Hiei

Themesong: Face of Fact (I've Sound, Kotoko, PC), Love.EXE (PS2)

Movie: Yashiro Kanzuki

Rating: 18+

Genre: Mecha, Digital Novel, Romance

Official Website: http://www.web-giga.com/baldrforce/bf_top.htm

<<B. Menu>>

New Game: Start a new game.

Load Game: Load a saved game.

Survival Mode: Only unlocks after Renn's storyline is completed.
It is basically an unlimitted (maybe to 9999, but no player has
officially reached there yet) battle mania where you sole purpose
is to fight.  You can select weapons and when you start, these
weapons will be reduced to 0 exp (just for this mode).  Each level,
different enemies will be present to fight the player.  Just clear
those enemies and go to the next level.  Weapon will only gain exp
up to the amount in the original weapon.  Press the ESC key to
perform a temporary save and can be continued later.  There can only
be one of such save on the saved file been used to play this mode.

Hell Mode: Only exists in Baldr Force EXE (not in Baldr Force).
Unlocked after Renn's path is completed. It's basically 35 missions
of what can seem like Hell. You fight battles ranging difficulty
from D, the lowest, to S, the highest. Some battles consist of
fighting things you would normally only have on your side, like Toru.
Others may have multiple Leviathans (dang). Some fights also have
SD forms of characters from other games by Giga to battle as though
they are shmicrams. Some items are only unlocked here.

CG Mode: Player can view previously obtained CGs in the story mode.

Scene Mode: Player can replay H-Scenes in this mode.  This mode has
an error which can be corrected with Patch Ver 1.03.

Sound Mode: Player can listen to game music previously heard in the
story mode.

Config: Opens the configuration of the game.  Many things can be set
here, including difficulty, voice, text colour, game item, and etc.
Also, player can check the very bottom of the config to see how to
obtain Force Crash moves that was not obtained when playing story
mode.

Exit Game: Leave the game to go to Windows.

<<C. Game Control>>

This is only the default keyboard control for the game.  It can be
editted in the Config Menu.

Mouse: Mouse movement.

Mouse Left Click: Selects an option.

Mouse Right Click: Opens the menu, cancel, or load the description
of a weapon.

Number Pad: Controls shmicram movement or control menu selection.
shmicram can dash if these keys are double clicked and holded.

5: Short dash in battle, or hold in story mode to skip messages.

Z: Executes left column weapons or select an option.

X: Executes central column weapons, opens in game menu, or cancel.

C: Executes right column weapons or hide the dialog box.

F4: Changes between window mode and full screen mode.

<<D. Story Background>>

World: Baldr Force takes place in the future.  We do not know
how far, but far enough to develope cyber space technologies.

Cyber Space: The net is now a cyber space.  People have these
chips on the back of their neck which can be used to connect to
the cyber space.  Similar to Matrix, if you get killed in cyber
space, you're dead.  Some people, however, can transform into
shmicrams and fight each other.  If a mech is destroyed, there
is a possibility of dying or just get heavily damaged.  There is
no say which may occur.

FLAK: The military department specialized in dealing with cyber
crimes.

V.S.S: Its full name is the Virtual Sphere Security.  It is a
security company which designs chips and act as guards
for corporations.  They have the newest cyber technologies
available, including their own A.I. support.  They are also
known as the net mercenaries.

I.V.S: A cyber chip manufacturing company.

Antihips: An alliance of terrorists who fight against V.S.S.

Fei-Tao: A terrorist group vowed to reveal the true intentions
of V.S.S regarding the chip with the coded name: 666.

Steppen Wolf: A team of cyber pilots who hack data and sabotage
institutes.

Shmicram: The name of the humanoid cyber mech units used by
people in world of Baldr Force.

Willis: Non-humanoid cyber mech units.  Some are piloted by people,
but most of the ones seen are A.I. controlled.

Neuro-jack: The plug used to connect to the brain chips to allow
people to connect to the cyber world.

D.O.S: Disconnect of Silvercode.  It cuts the user's brain wave
from cyber space, causing the user to be brain dead.

Leviathan: Demon of the cyber space.  Can cause attacks similar to
D.O.S.

<<E. Character Data>>

If anyone thinks that some of the personal data is made up, please
check the intro movie of Baldr Force and Baldr Force EXE (EXE has
better resolution).  Other information are found in game.

If anyone is wondering about the nickname, those are not official
nicknames, just how some people are called by others in the game.
I even posted the character name of who said that nickname in
brackets right beside each nickname, so if you wonder about them
try looking at in game dialogs (of course, assuming there's some
knowledge on Chinese or Japanese)

[a. Toru Souma]

Nickname: Wolf or dog (Genha)

Background: Toru was one of the former members of Steppen Wolf,
a net thief group.  After his friend was mistakened as a terrorist
and killed by a soldier, Toru seeks revenge and ends up digging
the dark secrets of cyber space.

Status: Main character of the game.

Birthday: October 7th

Blood Type: A

[b. Minori Segawa]

Age: 21

Height: 166 cm

Horoscope: Cancer

Background: Minori wanted to be a teacher, but the accident that
had happened a few years ago causing the death of several of her
students during her co-op put her into agony.  She dropped out of
univeristy and joined the army, FLAK, as a support.

Status: One of the main female characters in the game.

Birthday: June 28th

Blood Type: A

[c. Ayane Shido]

Age: 20

Height: 169 cm

Horoscope: Scorpio

Nickname: Berserker, battle maniac (Toru, Yosuke, Kaira)

Background: Formerly working for a company with her brother, Ayane
used to have a wonderful life.  However, after a terrorist attack
that murdered her brother, she seeks revenge and joins FLAK.
Because of her rage, she becomes a battle maniac when fighting.

Status: One of the main female characters, currently a FLAK soldier.

Birthday: November 27th

Blood Type: AB

[d. Tsukina Sasagiri]

Age: 19

Height: 160 cm

Horoscope: Virgo

Background: Toru's step-sister.  She used to be the support of Steppen
Wolf, but after the breakdown of the team she joins V.S.S as a pilot.

Status: One of the main female characters, Toru's step-sister.

Blood Type: B

[e. Ryang]

Age: 21

Height: 155 cm

Horoscope: Sagittarius

Nickname: Wild Cat (Toru, Genha)

Background: One of the three testing subjects in the early developments
of the brain-washing chip.  She has superhuman memory, yet she is plagued
with memory-loss from time to time.  She was raised by the terrorist
leader, QuWong.  She is quite good with martial arts.

Status: One of the main female characters, terrorist from the group Antihips.

Blood Type: B

[f. Bachelor]

Background: Genius hacker who travels through cyber space.  Seems to
be able to alter some laws of cyber space.  Former Steppen Wolf member,
yet no one knows what Bachelor looks like nor who Bachelor is.

Status: One of the main characters, genius hacker.

[g. Renn Mizusaka]

Height: 152 cm

Horoscope: Pisces

Nickname: Wired Ghost (Yuuya, Toru)

Background: No one knows where she came from, yet she exists in
cyber space.  She seems to have some unknown relationship with Toru.

Status: One of the main female characters, a digital spirit.

Blood Type: O

[h. Yuuya]

Background: Friend of Toru and member of Steppen Wolf.  He was mistaken
to be a terrorist on the battle field and was killed.

Status: Member of Steppen Wolf, dead.

Words before Death: Wait, we are not terrorists! (And then, kaboom.)

[i. Akira]

Background: Friend of Toru and the member of Steppen Wolf.  He was
taken into custody and was implanted a brain-wash chip.  He was rescued
by Antihips and joined the terrorists.

Status: Member of Steppen Wolf, currently work with Antihips.

[j. Yosuke Kashiwagi]

Nickname: Nutscracker's Yosuke (Yosuke, Tukina)

Background: Used to be in a group similar to Steppen Wolf, but joined
FLAK after being caught.  A playboy type of guy.  Currently a pilot of
platoon 1.

Status: Soldier at FLAK.

Birthday: May 23rd

Blood Type: O

[k. Kaira Kilstin]

Nickname: Cherry Bomb - In kanji it says Virgin Killer (Tukina)

Background: Her background is similar to Yosuke.  As for personality,
her nickname said it all.

Status: Soldier at FLAK.

Birthday: December 3rd.

Blood Type: B

[l. Souji Yagisawa]

Background: Captain of the first platoon at FLAK.  His past seems
to be a mystery.  He is, however, a master at martial arts and it
reflects on his digital battle style.  He seems to have a history
with QuWong and Bachelor.

Status: Captain at FLAK.

Birthday: February 13th

Blood Type: A

[m. Genha]

Background: One of the three testing subjects in the early developments
of the brain-washing chip.  Unlike Ryang, he does not suffer from memory
loss, but he seems to have an evil consciousness inside him telling him
to do evil.  What he did gain eight years ago is a strengthened right
brain, making him far more athletic than others.

Status: Best digital fighter in Antihips.

[n. QuWong]

Background: Not much is known about him except he is the leader of the
terrorist group Fei-Tao and leads the people of the underground city
Level 7.  He is good with martial arts, and may have been the teacher
of Ryang.

Status: Leader of Fei-Tao.

[o. Reika Tajibana]

Nickname: Female Fox (Ryang, QuWong, Bachelor)

Background: She is the president of V.S.S.  

[P. Genjo Gondo]

Background: The commander of FLAK.  He seems to be in some shady deals
with .

Status: Commander of FLAK.

[Q. Big Spoilers]

- Ayane was the one who killed Yuuya.

- Bachelor is really Hikaru Asakura, who was the third testing subject
in the incident eight years ago.  She was the successful test subject
in the experiment in expanding the left brain, making her smarter than
ordinary people in data processing.  Her age is a mystery.  It should
be around 18.

- In Ryang and Renn's branch, both Yosuke and Kaida dies.  They are
killed by Genha.  In Renn's, they got swallowed by Leviathan.

- In Ryang's branch, Akira committed suicide to escape the control of
the brainwash chip.  In Renn's branch, he was swallowed by Leviathan.

- There were actually five kids used as test subjects for a test on
strengthening the brain using digital techniques.  This ended up being
the research before the brain-washing chip.  So, instead of just Ryang,
Genha, and Hikaru, Toru and Renn were the remaining two test subjects.

- Souma Toru's real name is Xinichi Mizusaka.  His special ability gained
from the experiment eight years ago is the ability to recover lost
memories.  This is why after he was brainwashed numerous times he has
this "Overturn" sign when he regains his memory.  He is immune to complete
brainwash.  As for his relationship with Renn, Toru is Renn's half brother.
Same father, but born of a different mother.

- Renn's other self, or rather say, inner self, is actually Leviathan.

- The first experiment was about memory increasing and memory erasing.
It ended up making the subject suffer from memory loss from time to time.
The second experiment was to increase the ability of the brain.  The male
subject got his right brain enhanced and the female subject got her left
brain expanded.  The third experiment was on how to extend the amount of
time a person can stay in cyber space.  It ended up killing the subject's
physical body.  The last experiment was on memory recovery.

[R. Extra Information Regarding Members of the Project]

Genjo Gondo: Project director, formerly a staff officer in the central.
After the project halted eight years ago, he was demoted.  He is now
the commander in FLAK's east Asian region.

Reika Tajibana: Project planner and main scientist.  She once belonged
to the army but resigned right after the incident eight years ago.  After
resigning, Reika created the company V.S.S.  She obtained many patents
regarding brain chips after V.S.S was established.  She was suspected
of stealing technologies from the army (decision from headquarters
in pending).

QuWong: One of the main engineers of the project.  Entered the project
from an invitation from Reika.  Former colleague of Reika in bio related
researches in university.  Took cared of the experiment subjects aside
from his research.  After the project halted, he escaped with some of
the subjects and now is the commander of Fei-Tao, a group belonging to
Antihips.  Most likely had a relationship wtih Reika (in ANOTHER SIDE
by visiting Reika's office twice a little scoop about his former
relationship with Reika can be picked up) before he became a terrorist.

Yagisawa: Commander of the squads tracking down the escaped subjects
after the project halted.  Eight years ago, he was wounded in a fight
with one of the subjects and was hospitalized.  His squads were
annihilated when he was in hospital.  Afterwards, he asked for a
demotion and was approved.  Now Yagisawa is the captain of the first
platoon in FLAK's east Asian region.

<<F. Story Summary>>

For choices, I will often have {Choice 1: Description of choice.}
and {Choice 2: Description of choice.} (number depends on number
of choice present), then at the end of all choices I will have
another {} to indicate how these choices will affect the direction
in the game storyline.

Another format is just one {} indicating which choice to pick to
stay on the story path.

To skip to a certain character's branch, please press ctrl + F
and type in "name's branch" without the "" and replace name with
the character name.  Click search to skip to the start of the
selected character's story branch.

To skip chapters, please press Ctrl + F and type in "next chapter"
without the "".  Click search to skip chapters.

To skip to a certain character's ending, please use the above
method to skip to the start of the character's story branch.
Now, type "<endings>" in the search box without the "" and click
search to skip to the start of the list of endings for that
character.

[a. Common Introduction]

[INTRO. STEPPEN WOLF]

Toru and the rest of the Steppen Wolf team invades into this institute.
After getting into the data room, they found some independant guards in
place and engaged in combat.  After beating the guards into scraps and
getting what they needed, they started their escape.

The team decided to split.  Toru headed for the roof and called in Akira
to graffiti the commercial boards.  Afterwards, Toru found himself
surrounded by guards.  Suddenly, Yuuya and Bachelor both kicked in and
the combat started.  After the fight, the team jumped roof and right
before they crashed into the ground they ejected from cyber space.

Afterwards, they went to a cyber room to celebrate.  Yuuya decided that
it was time to disband Steppen Wolf.  However, they will not go without
a big bang.  The team decided to invade the net institute of FLAK, the
cyber military cooporation.

NEXT CHAPTER

[1. WIRED GHOST]

As Yuuya, Akira, and Toru entered the institute under the help of their
support, Tukina, they found out that the terrorist group Antihips had
entered right after them, triggering the alarm.  Akira, who went in first
to scout, was caught.  Yuuya and Toru tried their best to run, but then
suddenly Toru stepped on Black Ice, a cyber trap used for military
purposes.  To save Toru, Yuuya charged right into him and pushed Toru
out of the trap's effect.

Just when they thought they are safe, they saw one of the terrorist in
this big red and black shmicram fighting with a FLAK soldier.  The FLAK
soldier was defeated, but suddenly transformed itself into a shmicram
with huge claws.  However, even under this form the soldier was finished
off by the terrorist with a Force Crash.  Yuuya and Toru passed the fallen
FLAK soldier and tried to exit north.  They, however, saw the infamous
digital ghost.  Just when they have dosed off, they did not realize the
FLAK soldier was getting back up.  And just suddenly, the FLAK shmicram
charged forward with its big claws.  Yuuya yelled out saying they
were not terrorists, but the soldier's shmicram did not slow down.  In the
split second, Yuuya pushed Toru out of the way and took the blow by
himself.  His cyber body was completely crushed, causing his real
brain to cease function, or in otherwords, brain dead.  Toru stood
up, but was then surrounded by FLAK soldiers and was forced to
leave cyber space.

After leaving cyber space, Toru found himself surrounded by the police.
Taken into custody, he was questioned by an officer.  However, a strange
man Toru saw the day before came in, telling the officer to release Toru.
The man told Toru he is from FLAK and asked him to join the military.
He told Toru to think about it and left.

[b. Minori's Branch]

[1. WIRED GHOST]

{Choose 2nd option if choice comes up}

As Toru entered the base of Steppen Wolf, he saw something on Yuuya's
seat.  It was Yuuya's pendant.  He grabbed it and vowed to avenge for
Yuuya.  Tukina came in and Toru told her he is going to Join FLAK to
find the killer.

NEXT CHAPTER

[2. FLAK]

The next day, Toru was standing outside the base of FLAK.  Suddenly,
he bumped into a female officer.  She is Minori Segawa.  Minori took
Toru in to see the Yagisawa, captain of the first platoon, and Gondo,
the commander of the base.

Minori leads Toru to the cafeteria, where they met the other three
members of the first platoon: Yosuke, Kaira, and Ayane Shido.

Not long afterwards, Toru recieved his first mission.  Some thieves
are coming out of a building in cyber space, and their job is to
arrest them or do the obvious thing.  Toru was paired with Kaira.
As they went forward, Minori informed them three shmicrams are coming
out from the entrance.  A combat was engaged.  After the fighting,
Yosuke lead a criminal out of the building, and then Toru logged out.

After the battle, Toru went outside for a stretch.  He recalled what
the criminal said before taken away, "You beast, I am going to revenge
for my friends... Be aware of that!"  As Toru was thinking, Minori came
by and congradulated him for his good work.  They talked about the
criminals today, three brain dead and one ran away leaving a ten year
old child behind.  Minori tried to cheer TOru up, saying that she and
the others are his comrades now.  Yosuke and Kaira suddenly appeared
and confirmed their partnership as a team together.  It made Toru thought
about how Yuuya called him 'partner'.  Toru made some more thoughts,
and eventually went with the others back to their dorms to celebrate.

NEXT CHAPTER

[3. FEMALE SOLDIER]

Several weeks had passed since Toru joined FLAK.  As Toru woke up, he
felt something sharp stabbing his chest.  He looked down and saw a
small wound.  It was caused by Yuuya's pendant.  Toru realized how
he is getting farther away from his path for revenge, so he grasped
the pendant hard so he would not forget the purpose for joining FLAK
in the first place.

After waking up, Toru took a walk in the base.  He met Minori and she
asked Toru what is he going to do in the free day tomorrow.  However,
because Toru remembered about his vow of revenge, he did not give
Minori a pleasant answer.  Minori got mad and just ran off.  

{Choose second choice to go to Minori's room}

Toru walked up to Minori's room and knocked.  Minori wondered why Toru
came over.  Toru told Minori he was sorry for his recklace talk just
a while before and she forgave him.  Toru asked Minori what she is
going to do tomorrow and made her blush.  She told Toru she doesn't
have anything really planned, so Toru asked her out for a meal together.
Minori accepted the offer and they agreed to meet at the street square
at ten in the morning.  What Minori did not know, is that Toru asked
her out just to get more information on the person who murdered his
friend.

The next day, Toru arrived to the meeting place.  The time is now 15
minutes passed the scheduled meeting time, and Minori still hadn't
arrived yet.  Suddenly, Toru heard Minori's voice.  He leaned over
to look and found her talking to two kids, brother and sister.  She
seemed to be very comfortable getting into their small circle.  Minori
saw Toru and appologized for being late.  She asked Toru if he liked
her personal dress, and Toru said it looked well on her.  However, the
true purpose of this lunch came into Toru's mind, and he suggested to
Minori that they should be heading to the cafe.

Minor was quite surprised of the wildness of the cafe, Toru explained
how it was a common place for him back in the days of Steppen Wolf.
The waitress suddenly came over and acted very close to Toru and asked
if they wanted drugs inside their drinks.  Toru yelled at the waitress
asking for normal meals, because he thinks this is giving Minori a bad
impression of himself.  Toru tried to explain to Minori, but Minori just
said she believed it's safe because it's Toru's old territory.  They
started eating and opened the conversation between them.  Toru first
asked some simple questions to lighten things up, then asked a couple
of military and terrorist related questions.  Eventually, Toru asked
about the launch list of the first platoon.  The question made Minori
uncomfortable.  Not much came out of it, but Minori did tell Toru that
there may be an insider in FLAK considering the abnormal usage of the
database room.  She told him that all members have access to Level 1.
Toru then asked Minori a couple of sharp questions about the database
and made her panick.  Even though Toru was happy about the information
he gathered, Minori seemed a little upset.  Minori's sad face made
Toru's chest hurt, so......

{Choice 1: Return to base.}

Toru tells Minori that he has something hurry to do in the base.  Minori
returned to the base with him.  Along the way, Toru tried to explain his
actions, but Minori just halts him before he could say it out.

{Choice 2: Talk a bit more.}

Toru tried to explain, but Minori said it was alright.  Minori then told
Toru that she is going to head back to base saying she has something
to do in a hurry.  As Minori walked out, Toru felt guilt in his heart.
Toru then calmed down and thought over the information in his head.  He
left the cafe and returned to the base alone.

{Either way will not affect the route.}

After returning to base (if it's choice 2, then it will say at night),
Toru gave the database room a visit.  He looked through the Level 1
information and found them to be just some regular personal data.  Toru
then tried to access Level 2 data, but his access number failed.  He then
took out his portable wire, Toru's personal favorite hacking tool.  As
Toru was just about to dive in, he heard this voice in his back.  He
turned back and saw Ayane standing there.  Toru told Ayane that he was
just curious of the military's station and tried to cover his actions.
Ayane just told him not to forget to log out afterwards another station.
With Ayane here, Toru felt it was not good for him to continue his search.
He then left the room leaving Ayane behind.

NEXT CHAPTER

[4. MOP UP]

Toru was having a nightmare.  In his dream, he recalls the events that
had happened when Steppen Wolf fell.  He saw this mysterious girl,
the girl who leads the people who saw her to the lands of the dead, the
wired ghost...  Then Toru heard warnings from Tukina and Yuuya yelled out
as well.  This time, however, instead of Yuuya the white shmicram charged
towards Toru.  Just when the claws broke through Toru's shmicram's chest,
Toru woke up covered in sweat.  He realized it was a dream and held up
Yuuya's pendent, and vows again to avenge for Yuuya.

Toru was walking outside and saw some V.S.S vehicles parked in the base.
Yosuke told Toru that in this mission the army is working with V.S.S.
It seemed like their enemy this time is the famed terrorist group in
the region.  Just when they're talking, an announcement was made to
order the first platoon to their battle stations.  The group leaves and
head towards the station.

After reaching the battle station, Commander Gondo and a woman were
standing in front of the rest of the platoon.  Toru poked Yosuke and
asked about who the woman was.  Yosuke told him she is Tajibana Reika,
the president of V.S.S.  Yosuke made a joke about Reika, then Commander
Gondo started talking about the joint mission.  Reika also talked a bit
about the terrorists and their recent attacks on military facilities.
Commander Gondo then said that they will be assualting one of the
terrorists' military stations and assigned the main task to FLAK and
the runaways to V.S.S.  Reika then said that they will be sending in
willis troops first to bombard the place.  The shmicram platoons should
not have too much hard time with the remaining terrorists.  She then
assigned the mission start time and ordered the mission to begin.

As Toru sat infront of his console, he saw Minori came in with a
sulked face.  He wondered if what had happened before made a bad impact
on her.  As Toru tried to talk to her, Minori avoided claiming that
they should not be talking about this during a mission.  Kaira tried
to cheer her up, but Minori avoided again and left to do something
else.  Yosuke was worried about Minori loosing her cool and not being
able to provide the best support.  Kaira asked Toru what was happening,
and Toru tried to change the direction of the question to something
else.  Ayane was the last one to came in and was silent even when
Kaira talked to her.  She just walked to her console and started
connecting.  Minori came over and asked Toru to hurry, so Toru
plugged himself into the console and dived in.

When Toru and the others dived in, what they saw were what was left
from the bombarding.  Captain Yagisawa ordered the attack to start
and warned Toru about the dangers.  After travelling for some distance,
Minori warned the platoon about jamming in some areas and possible
enemy hideouts.  She told the team to be careful.  Suddenly, Ayane
spotted an enemy and rushed towards the battlefield on her own.  Minori
warned her about acting alone, but it seemed like she didn't take a
single word in.  Kaira told Toru and Yosuke to go where they were
heading and she left to chase Ayane.

Toru and Yosuke kept on going east and eventually met up with a
group of terrorists.  After scrapping them into digital bits, Toru
asked Minori if there were any enemies left around them.  Minori
replied negative so Toru started calling the others.  Both Kaira
and Ayane replied back and seemed to be alright.  Captain Yagisawa
called in and ordered the platoon to stay put.  Captain Yagisawa
saw that Yosuke's shmicram was heavily damaged, so he order him
to return for repairs.  As Yosuke logged off, Toru turned on the
personal channels and began talking to other team members.  Toru
asked Minori about Ayane's weird actions today, and Minori replied
saying that she had done that several times in the past already.
Minori asked Toru why he cared so much about Ayane, and Toru just
said that it's only because she's a co-worker.

Suddenly, a personal call was made from outside sources.  Toru
was shocked since their call number changes every time a mission
starts.  It would be unlikely for an outside source to call in.
With care, Toru accepted the call.  After it was connected, Toru
heard the mechanical voice of Bachelor.  Toru was surprised why
his old comrade would be calling him on the battlefield.  Bachelor
made a joke on Toru about him joining FLAK, and then taunted him
for a fight.  Bachelor brought out a bet, and waited for Toru to
reply.

{Choice 1: Fight.}

Toru yelled to Bachelor to come out and stop hiding.  His rage
is at maximum from the taunting.  As Bachelor's shmicram came
in, the area was completely jammed from outside connections.
After a few sentences, they began the fight.

{Lose very badly.}

Bachelor is disappointed with Toru's skills.  Bachelor then
says it was worthless coming and disappears.  The outside
communication is then restored and Minori calls in.  She
asked if Toru was alright, and Toru replied that he is alright.
Minori wondered what happened because his connection was jammed.
Toru just said it was some hacker.  Captain Yagisawa made a
comment then orders Toru to log off.  Then logs off from cyber
space.

{Get Bachelor's HP down to 3 or less bar.}

Bachelor will laugh at Toru about the win and tells Toru to
practice more often.  Bachelor then leaves and Minori calls
in.  Captain Yagisawa says something about the hacker then
calls Toru back.  Toru then logs off from cyber space.

{Win.}

Bachelor will compliment on Toru's skills then leaves.  Captain
Yagisawa will also compliment Toru when Minori calls in.  Toru
logs off from cyber space right after.

{Outcome of this fight does not affect Minori's story branch.}

{Choice 2: Refuse to fight.}

Toru said to Bachelor that the taunt was useless and he has no
time to play around.  Bachelor seemed to be quite angry when
Toru used the word 'play' and Toru came up with an image of
bachelor in his head.  Nevertheless, Toru refused to fight and
Bachelor just cuts off the connection.  The regular connection
was returned and Minori seemed to be quite worried.  Toru found
out that Minori did not catch anything he said to Bachelor due
to his connection being jammed from others, so he said that it
was just some hacker.  Captain Yagisawa suddenly came in and
told Toru to return.  TOru then logs off from cyber space.

{This choice will not affect Minori's story branch.}

After returning, Toru leaves his console.  Minori seems
to be quite worried about what happened.  Toru asked if she
was mad at him for what happened at the cafe.  Minori was a
little surprised that Toru thought she was angry.  Minori
seemed to be a little nervous and asked Toru something about
hackers and made the conversation really stiff.  When they
couldn't say anything, Ayane leaves her console and comes over,
looking tired and sighing.  As she walked pass, Toru called out.
Ayane stops and looks at Toru.  He asked if she was tired and
Ayane replied positive.  She then started walking again. 

{Choice 1: Ask about what happened in the database room.}

Toru thought a bit and decided to ask why Ayane was in the
database room.  Just when he asked, Minori halted him.  She
said it was enough.  She then went on about how Toru was
making a joke of her and stuff.  The conversation became
very heated and Toru decides to cool her down.

{Choice 2:Do not ask about what happened in the database room.}

Toru watch Ayane leave the room.  Minori then called out Toru's
name.  She said that it was enough and he wouldn't like a girl
who leaves in the middle of a date (Aside from Toru calling
out to Ayane this part is exactly the same as the other choice.
As for why some parts are different in the walkthrough, it's
more like just whichever part I decide to translate in the
dialogs that's all.  Main point is still the same).  She
then says not to joke around and was quite angry.  Toru tried
to calm her down.

{Either choice is fine.}

{Choice 1: Ask Minori to eat at a restaurant.}

Toru asks Minori to have a date at a restaurant as an apology.
Minori was surprised that Toru would ask her out on a date and
her face was blushing.  Minori accepts the offer even though
she still has some doubts.

In their spare time, Toru and Minori went to a restaurant
near the base.  Minori seemed happy with the meals here.
Toru felt bad for his actions before, trying to use Minori
to achieve his goals.  Minori looked concerned about TOru
and asked him about what might be going on.  Just when Toru
was about to tell Minori the truth, she stopped him and said
it was alright.  She then grabs Toru's hand and held on
tightly.  She said that she believed that Toru is not a bad
person.  Toru asked how come and she said that she saw Toru's
reaction after his first battle.  Minori tells Toru that
often people became numb after doing it several times (killing
people digitally), but Toru was able to feel bad about it.
Just when Toru was thinking about those words, a voice
yelled out Toru's name.

Toru wondered who it was talking behind him and looked back
to see Tukina standing there.  Toru was surprised that she
is here.  Tukina then walked over and hugged Toru.  After
Tukina moved away, Toru coughed a bit and adjusted his
breathing.  He looked at Minori and found her puzzled, so
he introduced Tukina, his childhood friend, to Minori.
Tukina asked Toru to introduce Minori to her, and made fun
of Toru asking if she's Toru's girlfriend.  Toru found out
her trick after telling Tukina Minori was the platoon support.
He then redirected the topic to why Tukina was here.  Tukina
tells Toru to look at her uniform.  He looked at it and saw
that it was a V.S.S uniform.  Toru then asked Tukina if she
had bought it in some strange store.  Tukina tells Toru he
is an idiot to forget that she was hired by a security
company.  She tells Toru that after testing she was found
to have pilot potential.  Toru could not believe it, then
Tukina got mad and started saying some embarrasing things
Toru did in the past.  Toru then argued back to Tukina.
Minori was left out of the conversation and just said
sorry to Toru and excused herself and left.  Tukina was
saying sorry in a joking way about how she interrupted
their date.  Suddenly, a cold voice cuts through the
heated conversation.  It was President Reika calling to
Tukina.  Tukina said sorry to Reika then told Toru to
wait for her in the cyber chat room.  She then joins the
rest of the V.S.S team and left.

{Choice 2: Repeatedly apologize.}

Toru kept on apologizing to Minori.  He even used the dogeza
pose (bowing 90 degrees down from normal standing position).
Minori was quite surprised and she forgave him, but only for
this time.  She then tell Toru that he should give Ayane some
privacy.  She says that as a support, she will support him
when difficulties arise.  Just when Toru felt that there were
a lot of misunderstandings to clear, a voice cried out calling
Toru.

Toru looked back and saw Tukina.  Tukina then came over
and hugged Toru.  Toru was a little shy, then introduced Tukina
to Minori.  Tukina then asked Toru to introduce Minori to her,
and asked if she's Toru's girlfriend.  Toru introduced Minori
as the platoon support, and had a face as red as a monkey's butt
when he heard Tukina's second half of her sentence.  He then
asked about how Tukina's doing.  Tukina shows Toru her uniform,
it was that of an pilot in V.S.S.  Toru asked that if she
bought this at some weird store.  Tukina calls Toru anidiot
reminding him that she was hired by a security company.
Toru was surprised that she joined V.S.S as a shmicram pilot.
Toru can't believe she passed V.S.S's pilot test and Tukina
became very angry.  She then pulled out some old story of Toru
forgetting to wash his underwear and she being the one doing
it in the end.  Toru told her that this has nothing to do with
what they're talking about.  Minori was left out of the
conversation and decided to leave.

After Minori leaves, Tukina joked around about she interrupting
their date.  Suddenly, a voice with cold chill sounded.  It was
President Reika.  Tukina said sorry to President Reika, then she
tells Toru to meet her in the cyber chat room afterwards.  After
hearing Toru's confirmation, Tukina left with other V.S.S
members.

{Must pick choice 1 to continue in Minori's path.}

In the chat room, Toru asked Tukina about how she's been doing.
She told Toru that there's fancy residences, great pay, delicious
food, and etc.  She then asked the question back to Toru about
how was he doing in the army.  Toru replied back saying that
the residence was rough, the pay was so so, and the food is just
edible.  Tukina then asked if Toru wants to get hired by V.S.S,
but Toru declined.  Her smile faded and asked Toru if he just
can't forget the revenge.  She then asked Toru if he had
found who the culprit was.  He replied negative and explained
to her the restrictions in his priviledges.  Tukina handed
Toru an cyber equipment saying that it was the databse key
to level 2 information.  Toru asked how she got the key,
and Tukina replied that it was given to her when they decided
for FLAK and V.S.S to have a joint mission, especially when
she's in the elite group.  She tells Toru to take it and
he did.  She tells Toru to hurry, so Toru placed the key on
his cord and stored its data inside.  Afterwards, Toru logged
off from the chat room.

In the middle of the night, Toru once again stepped into the
database room.  He began to think of some of the things he
should take into mind.  First, there was something strange
about Captain Yagisawa, and it might be good to check him
out.  Second, Ayane have been acting weird lately and there
are lots of strange points in her behavior.  Lastly, it
would be good to look at data on Antihips because it was due
to their interference that Steppen Wolf got into all this
mess.  

{In the database, pick the second file from the top.  That is
Ayane's file.}

Toru looked at Ayane's level 2 data and found that she used
to work for I.V.S.  She was trained on the topic of
communication between age 15 to 17 and became a low leve
technician at I.V.S at the age of 18.  However, she resigned
at the age of 19 and joined the army.  Toru thought that
this change in her life may be the key.  When Toru was still
searching, the door suddenly opened.  Toru turned his head
to see who it was and found Ayane standing there.  Ayane
walked to a different machine and logged on.  Suddenly, Toru
heard a small noise coming out from Ayane's mouth.

{Choice 1: Yell out.}

Toru called out Ayane's name.  He looked at her and saw
her crying.  Her face suddenly turned back to normal, what
was different from her usual self are the tears falling
from her face onto the machine below.  Ayane then stormed
out of the database room.  Toru realized that there are
no more time for him to search either, so he left as well.

{Choice 2: Wait until she leaves.}

Toru stayed silent until Ayane left the database room. He
realized that he had no more time today and left the room.

{Either choice will not affect the path.}

NEXT CHAPTER

[5. HACKING]

{At the beginning of this chapter, if you see two choices pop up
then you are on the right path for Minori.  As for what these
choices are, that's way out of the rating for this walkthrough.}

After bribing Kaira to be quite about this morning, Toru met
Yosuke in the halls for morning practice.  There they met up
with Minori.  When Minori asked Toru why he wasn't looking well,
Kaira suddenly came up and tried to say something to Minori
but was intercepted by Toru.  Minori then just left and head
over to the training room.  When Toru tried to explain, Minori
had already left.  Ayane then walked over and asked Toru to step
aside.  Toru then followed and entered the training room.

Toru and Yosuke were both transfered into the cyber training
ground.  Yosuke and Toru exchanged a few remarks and started
the fight.

{The fight will not affect anything in this route, so the various
outcomes will not be specified.}

After the fight, they both logged out.  Ayane and Kaira are still
fighting, with Kaira being obviously weaker.  Yosuke told Toru
that he would not want to fight with Ayane because it would
shorten his life.  Toru asked if she was really that strong,
and Yosuke replied positive, espeically her killing aura.  Yosuke
told Toru that Ayane is a battle maniac and also the trouble
maker in the team.  When she gets into battle, blood gets into
her head and she just goes wild.  After a bit of chatting Kaira
was defeated.  Ayane's fighting style triggered something in Toru.
The image of the changeable shmicram appeared.  However, without
proof he could not assume the suspect was Ayane.  Ayane and Kaira
walked over with Kaira complaining to Ayane.  Ayane didn't say
much, just something about that's the only way she knows how to
fight and left.

At night, Toru appeared again in the database.  Being the third
time in there, Toru promised himself to find something useful
this time.  Tonight Toru brought in some tools he used for
hacking.  Suddenly, a voice called out his name.  It was Minori.
Minori said that she was getting some data for the captain and
asked Toru what he was doing.  Toru responded with something like
it's none of your business, and Minori became very emotional.
Minori realized her weird behavior and tried to apologize.  Just
then, they heard the noise of the door opening and closing.
Toru grabbed Minori by the hand and hid under the console.  Toru
looked out and found it was Ayane.  While still observing, Toru
heard Minori's quite voice.  He saw his left hand was groping
Minori's ****** (sorry, out of the walkthrough's rating level)!
Just when he let go of his hands, he heard the sound of door
opening and footsteps heading outside.

Toru stood up while Minori also stood up but with both her hands
in front protecting.  Minori asked Toru what was going on, and
Toru told her about how Ayane always comes when he comes to the
database room.  Toru walked over and went to the machine Ayane
was just using.  He tried to track down what Ayane was doing
with his tools.  Minori was curious about what he was doing,
and he told her what he was going to do.  He found out that Ayane
was looking into something about Antihips.  It was a highly
restricted file and Toru could not open it.  Minori looked over
the code number and found that it was a level 3 file!  Toru
asked Minori who would have such access, and Minori said that
only Captain or above could access that.  She was wondering
how Ayane was able to access those files.  Toru wondered if
she did this by hacking into the system, but Minori replied claiming
it would not be possible since the army's database is protected
by black ice.  Suddenly, Toru tried to plug into the system.
Minori asked what he was doing, and he replied trying to hack
into the level 3 data Ayane was just looking at.  Minori tried
to get Toru to leave it alone.  Toru didn't listen and just
said he's good at it and he will be fine.  Minori stepped in
and knocked the connection off to stop the data processing.
Minori looked into Toru with angry eyes.  She told him to leave
other people's past alone.  Toru told her that Ayane was looking
into military secrets.  To see what she was doing, this was all
he could do.  Minori replied that he would be doing the same
thing Ayane was doing.  She told Toru that it would a great
crime to hack into military's secrets and why would he do
something that would be risking his life.  Minori then went
on and tried to convice Toru to stop what he was doing.

{Choice 1: Continue hacking.}

Toru turned to the machine and started again.  Suddnely, Minori
slapped Toru in the face and said that he was the lowest.  She
then walked out without looking at Toru.  Toru felt ashamed, but
he now got his target locked onto Ayane.  He felt that he could
do it some other time and left the room.

{Choice 2: Stop.}

Toru told Minori that he'll stop.  Minori was quite glad to see
this.  As he was packing up to leave, Toru asked Minori if they
should cover this up for Ayane.  Minori replied that it was
obvious they should cover it up because Ayane is their teammate.
She then said that Toru and Ayane are very alike.  She said that
it would be better to wait for Ayane to tell about herself.
They walked out of the room together and continued talking.  Minori
asked Toru a question about herself (sorry, couldn't understand
what she was asking), and Toru may have comforted her in some
way.  She said thanks and headed over to the residence.

{Choice 2 must be selected to stay on Minori's path.}

That night, Toru logged into the chat room where Tukina was waiting.
Tukina asked how did it go and Toru told her about everything
that had happened.  Tukina looked a little sad about her level 2
access key not being much of a help.  As they lie on the grass,
Tukina leaned over Toru and looked straight at him from top.  She
told Toru it was alright and told him that hacking the military's
database would be suicide.  Toru said that it had to be done.
Tukina suddenly said that Yuuya would probably not want Toru to
get revenge for him.  Toru said that Yuuya would do the same
thing if the situation was reversed.  Tukina asked Toru, was
his desire to avenge Yuuya that strong?  She said that they
now all have new partners, would Yuuya be happy if they really
revenged for him.  Toru thought over the matter and replied a
bit harshly.  Tukina suddenly looked tired.  She told Toru it
was just her training lately and he does not need to worry about
it.  She told Toru that after entering V.S.S she had already
killed numerous people in cyber space.  Toru agreed that he, too,
had killed many people in the military.  Tukina asked Toru, do
they still have the right to take revenge even when they themselves
had killed?  Toru replied that he at least need to know who killed
Yuuya.  At this point, both Toru and Tukina became silent.

NEXT CHAPTER

[6. ANTIHIPS]

Several days passed.  Toru hung out on the outskirts of the base
thinking about what had happened in the database room.  Suddenly,
he heard footsteps walking towards him.  He was then greeted by
Minori.  They talked about weather and then a place for them
to go together.  They then talked about the recent actions by
the terrorists, about how they may be planning on a massive
revenge after having taken heavy damages from the joint force of V.S.S
and the military.  Minori also brought up the talk about an
insider leaking data to the terrorists.  Toru joked around about
Ayane being the insider, and Minori got mad at him.  Toru calmed
her down and told her he's not going to do that.  Just when Minori
was going to say something else, the alarm came up.  It seemed like
the terrorists are launching another attack.  Hearing the alarm,
Toru and Minori rushed back to the battle station.

After reaching the battle station, Captain Yagisawa told the team
what was going on.  The terrorist group Fei-Tao is attacking a
military supply base both in the cyber and the real world.  Minori
then cried out after seeing a scene on her monitor.  Many control
room pilots are showing signs of brain dead as their cyber body was
destroyed.  It was a scene of living hell.  Toru and Ayane were
ordered to dive in first since Yosuke and Kaira haven't returned yet.
Toru tried to talk to Ayane, but she just told him to dive in quickly.
After finishing the preperations, Toru dove into the cyber world.

After diving in, after a few remarks Ayane left immediately after
detecting a terrorist.  Toru called her a battle maniac and tried to
catch up to her but some terrorists appeared and blocked his way.
After the fight, Toru asked Minori for Ayane's position.  However,
she was not able to catch up with Ayane.  So, Toru went towards
where Ayane had gone to find her.

{The following will only occur after beating Tukina's route.}

After Toru enetered a room, Minori detected an unknown shmicram.
The shmicram came up to Toru and he found that it was Akira!  He
talked to Toru a bit and they got into an argument because Akira
joined with the terrorists.  Toru accused the terrorists for killing
all those people in the control room, but Akira defended saying
that it was a government program that caused those deaths.  Toru
said that Akira must have been brainwashed by the terrorists.  Akira
then called Toru a dog of the military.  He asked Toru where his
hot blooded spirit went.  Toru told Akira to stop being on the same
side of the terrorists, and Aira fought back yelling at Toru to stop
being on the side of FLAK.  Just then, Ayane came over and started
chasing Akira.  Toru tried to step between them and Akira used the
time to escape.  Ayane tried to chase after him but was stopped by
Toru.  Ayane told Toru to step aside.  Toru told her that Akira
was a friend of his, but she just that Akira is now an enemy.  Toru
kept on trying to stop her, and then Ayane raised her machine gun and
told Toru to step aside or else she will shoot.

{Choice 1: Stop her with force.}

Ayane fights Toru.  After taking heavy damage, Ayane transforms into
the white shmicram.  Toru fought and destroyed it.  Toru then was
arrested for attacking his own teammates but then was rescued
by the terrorists.  The rest of this will be in Ryang's path.

{Choice 2: Talk her out of it.}

Toru told Ayane he really can't kill his old friend.  Ayane gave
him some cold words and left.  Minori called in asking what had
happened.  She told Toru that the communication was cut half way
and she wasn't able to hear anything.  Toru told her that he will
tell her about it later.  He then asked where Ayane went and headed
towards there.

{Choice 2 must be selected to stay on Minori's path.}

After several battles, Minori contacted Toru telling him that Ayane's
heartbeat was abnormally fast.  It seemed as if she was in a tough
battle.  When Toru finally caught up with her, Minori reported
that Ayane had just been defeated.  Her cyber body was forced
to eject but was there was interference preventing her from aborting.
When Toru was going to charge in, Minori warned him about several
shmicrams hiding and told him to becareful.

{The remaining scene is out of the rating of this walkthrough, so
details will not be mentioned.}

Toru found Ayane captured by Genha (and what he's doing to her, I
will not say, other than that he broke her arm).  Genha ordered
his men to attack Toru, but they were defeated.  When Genha was
going to call in his shmicram, a load of shmicrams just suddenly
logged into the room, including a giant orange shmicram.  The
pilot of the giant shmicram, QuWong, told Genha to retreat.  When
Toru saw all these enemies, he was prepared to die.  However, QuWong
said that it would be pointless to kill him and all the terrorists
aborted.  After they left, Minori called in to Toru to tell him
that the interference seemed to have disappeared after the terrorists
all left.  Captain Yagisawa then called in to order Toru to come back.
Toru followed his orders and logged off.

Air seemed dense in the battle station.  Yosuke said sorry to Toru
for not coming earlier.  The medics were all over Ayane's console
trying to treat her.  The same feeling came up in Toru's chest when
Yuuya died.  Minori went into shock with her face all white over
what had happened.  Toru asked if she was ok and she calmed down.
As the medics took Ayane out to the medical room, Toru saw that
her arm that was bent by Genha suffered the same damage in the physical
world.  He was amazed how the damages in the mind could affect the
body.  Captain Yagisawa saw Toru's face not being so well, so he
ordered him to stay in his room.  Toru followed the order and left
the battle station.

In the dark, Toru could not sleep.  When he closed his eyes, he would
see Genha's face again and the scene where Ayane was tortured appeared
in his mind.  Toru was scared that Genha viewed breaking Ayane's body
as something fun.  A scary chill rose from the bottom of his heart.
He then thought about what the mysterious girl said in the conversation
of the terrorists and thought about his own actions in FLAK.  Toru then
reviewed all the things that had happened recently and his chest started
to hurt.  When he chose to avenge Yuuya, he had chosen the blood stained
road.  There was no point to his life other than getting revenge.

When he was thinking, Toru heard a knock on his door.  He asked
who it was, then Minori replied.  As the door opened, Toru saw Minori's
still face.  It was already 1 am and the time when most people sleep.
Toru asked what she was doing here at this hour, and Minori told Toru
about Ayane's injuries.  It seemed that she wasn't hurt that badly and
would be returning to the team soon.  They talked a bit about Ayane,
then Toru asked Minori who attacked Ayane.  She told Toru he was
Fei-Tao's number 2 in charge.  She said how cruel it was to capture
the injured pilots.  Toru then said that it was what the terrorists do.
Toru then talked about himself (I think) and Minori couldn't believe
some of the things he said.  She yelled at Toru, with tears in her eyes.
She could not believe Toru would say something so cruel and started
crying.  Toru felt guilty of torturing himself (the stuff around here
is quite theological and I don't have enough understanding to do a
good summary).

After some conversation, Minori asked Toru if she was a good support.
He replied that her support was accurate and helps alot, and she was
glad to hear it.  Minori's smile finally appeared.  She told him
that he is not alone in times of trouble.  She will be supporting him.
After saying that, Minori left the room.  Toru thought over everything
again and decided hold those thoughts for later.  He fell asleep soon
afterwards.

NEXT CHAPTER

[7. MELT DOWN]

Yet another few days has passed.  The guilt Toru had before was now
gone.  Toru grabbed Yuuya's pendant and realized that his heart for
revenged had became dull.  However, when Toru thought about how he
might meet the murderer's shmicram in the front lines his heart became
excited again.  Just then, an alert interrupted Toru's thoughts.  He
realized that he hasn't eaten any breakfast yet.  So, Toru put on his
clothes and headed to the battle station.

When he arrived he was greeted by Captain Yagisawa.  He said to the team
that an I.V.S chip factory was attacked by the terrorists this morning.
Toru recalled that I.V.S was one of the largest brain chip providers in
the region.  Right now, the factory was invaded both in the real and
cyber world and has already taken over the control room.  He pointed
at the console screen that was transmitting video, only to see the
leader of the terrorists speaking.  Captain Yagisawa explained that
it was a crime notification from the terrorists.  On the screen, Toru
saw QuWong saying that he is forced to use extreme measures to expose
the crimes of a large government organization to the people.  He
warned the government to tell the people about the black box area of
the brain chip within 12 hours from now.  If the government don't follow
this then they will destroy the factory.  Any casualties resulted from
this would be the responsibility of the government.

Yosuke was starting to get mad due to QuWong's words, so Toru changed
the screen to see the image of the factory.  It looked like a large
industrial region built with features of a city.  Minori told everyone
that I.V.S uses a city-like construction to build their factories.
Other than the factory itself, a living quarters for a hundred thousand
people and various shopping malls and other stores are constructed.
This includes an atomic fusion power plant underground.  Toru was shocked
by how the terrorists capture the contorl room so that they would have a
literal atomic bomb to have over a hundred thousand hostages.  Toru asked
Captain Yagisawa about the government's responce, and was told that there
are none.  The black box stuff in the brain chip doesn't exist.  Kaira
asked if the residences had been evacuated yet.  Captain Yagisawa said
that road blockage was formed and literally all of the residences have
become hostages.   The army had already stationed soldiers around the
target.  The maps displayed the position of the FLAK soldiers.  A whole
army of soldiers were scattered around.  Yosuke said that a hundred
terrorists against ten thousand soldiers, it looked like they are not
going to be needed today.  However, Captain Yagisawa said that to avoid
casualties in the people, the net platoons are ordered to assualt the
terrorists.  Kaira said that it seems like they are taking a huge
amount of responsibility.  Captain Yagisawa told the team that the
V.V.S pilots stationed there are currently still defending and told
everyone to hurry up and help them.  Just when everyone was preparing,
a surprising person appeared at the door.  It was Ayane!  She greated
everyone and headed to her console.  Captain Yagisawa asked if she was
alright, and Ayane replied positive.  So, Captain Yagisawa told everyone
that the plan has changed.  The platoon will split into two teams, Ayane
and Toru in the first and Kaira and Yosuke in the second.  Before diving
in, Toru asked if Ayane was alright.  Even though Ayane said she was ok,
Toru saw her face twitching when she was plugging in the cable.  Seemed
like her arm hasn't fully recovered yet.  He asked again, and Ayane said
it's none of his business.  Ayane then said thanks for before but she
has her own things she has to do.  After Minori told everyone to wait
for the timing to dive in, Toru thought about the reason behind Ayane
being the battle maniac she is right now.  What was the point to her
battles?  Just when he was thinking, Minori told Toru his heart beat
is getting faster and he should calm down.  Suddenly, Toru asked Minori
what would she do if someone in the military murdered someone close to
her.  She replied saying that she would expose the muderer with legal
means.  Toru had a smirk on his face hearing Minori's standard answer
from the textbooks.  They talked a bit more and Minori said that it
would be pointless to throw one's life all into revenge.  She then
asked Toru what was the point behind all these questions, but Toru
said forget about it.  She then asked if something bothering him,
but was interrupted by Captain Yagisawa.  He told the two to stop
chatting during missions.  Kaira then joked about Toru being the
weakness of Minori.  Yosuke joked to Toru about getting Minori
excited before the battle.  Minori got embarrased and asked if
everyone was ready.  The platoon then dived into cyber space.

Soon after entering, Toru and Ayane met their first wave of
terrorists.  After the fight, Captain Yagisawa ordered
Ayane and Toru to head to the reactor.  Along the way, they
met another wave of terrorists.  When the next wave appeared,
Ayane left Toru to fight them off and headed to the reactor first
herself.  After Toru finished them all off, he headed towards
the reactor and asked Minori about Ayane's current position.
At first Minori said that she lost Ayane's signal, but just
then she found out that Ayane was starting to get excited
in her brain wave and heartbeating.  Just when Toru was making
a comment, Minori warned about shmicrams coming up front.  A
group of terrorist shmicrams came in from the east and headed
straight for the reactor.  Toru saw that the leading shmicram
was the one who fought the white shmicram when Yuuya was killed.
Toru chased after them despite Minori's warning.  He was intercepted
by two terrorist shmicrams but they were defeated quickly.  When
Toru saw another terrorist, before he was able to respond the white
shmicram that killed Yuuya suddenly popped up out of nowhere and
smashed the terrorist shmicrams into scrap metal.  Toru was
shocked to see the murderer on the battle field, but he did not
attack immediately.  He tried to contact the pilot but his
communication was rejected.  The white shmicram then went to
the south, ignoring Toru.  Toru chased after it, but was intercepted
again by two terrorists.  After the fight, Toru lost sight of the
white shmicram.  Just then, Minori warned Toru about the terrorists
retreating and leaving behind willis in the reactor.  Even though
he wanted to look for the murderer against the order, Toru was
unable to do so due to the responsibility he was placed with.  He
swore and then headed to the reactor room.

After reaching the reactor, Minori contacted Toru and linked him
with an I.V.S technician.  According to the technician, the willis
are taking over the controls of the reactor.  He also said that
the reactor is unstable and would explode in 2 minutes.  He begged
Toru to disable these willis as soon as possible.  So, Toru charged
into the group of willis and started to take them apart.

After the willis are all disabled, the technician said that the safety
program is reactivated.  Toru was already full of sweat when he finished
the fight.  Captain Yagisawa ordered Toru to return.  Toru thought about
the unknown shmicram that tear enemies apart without emotion.  Cold
sweat came down his spine when he thought of it.  Minori called in to
ask Toru why he hasn't returned yet.  When Toru was about to log off,
he saw this door with black and yellow seal around it.  For the cyber
space, this only means one thing: black ice!  Toru wondered why such
a thing would exist in a commercial company.  The only thing this means
is that there are some military secrets behind the door.  Despite the
curiosity, he thought about the other things that had happened today
and put it aside.  Toru then logged off from cyber space.

When he logged off, he saw Minori standing by his side.  She
congratulated Toru's performance today.  Toru asked Minori if any
of the team members approached him after Ayane rushed off, but Minori
replied negative.  Toru then went into deep thought about who the
white shmicram could be.  While he was thinking, Minori said that
Toru seemed to be different today.  Toru asked how so, and she said
that he seemed to be too quiet.  She held his hands and asked if she
could know what was bothering him.  Even though Toru said nothing
was wrong, Minori seemed to see through him and tried to get
into his heart.  Just then, Minori realized she was getting too
close.  She covered her mouth with both hands and ran off.

Yosuke came up and asked Toru why Minori's face was all red.  He
asked if Toru was teasing her.  Toru said those are stupid words
and nothing like that was happening.  A smirk came over Yosuke
and he said it's alright for Toru to show his real intentions.
Kaira also came into the conversation saying that he must've
realized that Minori likes him.  Toru was confused, and both Yosuke
and Kaira sighed.  Yosuke said that he's taking his words back and
Toru is just too dull.  It took quite some time before Toru figured
out what they were talking about.  When he did Kaira and Yosuke both
gave him a smile.  They soon left Toru to think about it himself.
After a few thoughts he put the thought off and left the battle
station.

That night, Toru called Tukina and secretly entered the chat room.
Tukina asked Toru why he called her out, and he told him about seeing
the murderer of Yuuya.  After hearing about it, Tukina asked Toru what
he was going to do about it.  Toru told her that was why he called her
out.  Tukina then asked Toru if he knew any specific targets, but
he said he hasn't, at least according to what Minori said.  Tukina
asked about Minori, and the words Yosuke said today popped up in TOru's
mind.  Tukina joked about how Toru went into FLAK for revenge but
instead got his hands on some woman.  Toru tried to tell her it's not
like that, but Tukina told him that when she saw them in the restaurant
Minori acted like a woman in love.  Toru got angry and told Tukina he
has no time to get into some romance.  All that he can do now is to
get further data on who the murderer was and everything else should go
aside.  Hearing this, Tukina decided to give Toru a hand.  She told
Toru that the military had recorded all the shmicrams launched in all the
missions.  She told Toru to check those when he has time.  Toru told
her that this data is listed as level 3 military secrets and cannot
be accessed.  Tukina told Toru that speical grants are given in emergency
times to access military secrets.  He will be fine if he ask a support
to help him access these records.  Minori's image came into Toru's mind.
He thought about it and the urge for revenge came over him.  He then
asked Tukina if it was alright to get help from Minori, but Tukina
said he shouldn't do that because it would be the lowest use someone's
kindness to do something like this.  They got into an argument and
Toru decided to leave.  Tukina called him and ask what is he going
to do when he finished the revenge.  Toru did not reply and left the
room.

NEXT CHAPTER

[8. SECURITY CORE]

A night had passed.  Toru had been thinking about whether he should
ask Minori to help him find the true identity of the murderer.  Just
when Toru was still deciding, Minori came up and ask him why he was
troubled.  Toru recalled that Kaira and Yosuke said that Minori likes
him, but would asking help from Minori really just be stepping on her
heart?  When Minori asked again, Toru replied with some sharp words.
He immediately apologized, but Minori said it was alright.  Toru told
Minori he did not want to drag her into his own business.  Minori was
glad when she heard this and was happy to hear that he was concerning
about her.  When she was about to leave, Toru stopped her and decided
to get help from her.  What will come later will come later.  So, Toru
asked Minori out to eat at 7pm that night to discuss about his problems.
Minori agreed and left.

During the meal, Minori asked Toru what was he going to tell her.  He
told her that he will answer her questions.  First, Minori asked why
Toru joined the army.  Toru answered that he was told by the Captain
that he can avoid criminal charges if he joined.  Toru then asked about
Minori, and she said that she joined by her own will.  She joked that
she must've had gotten interested in the military during her studies.
From her self-teasing voice Toru knew this was not true.  Minori told
Toru she used to be aiming to be a teacher.  Toru asked why did she
decided to become a soldier then.  Minori said that last year she was
still at an educational university.  When she finally finished her
third year, she was asked to participate in an internship at an
elementary school.  She then talked about how the kids were and
stuff.  Suddenly, Minori's face became sad and said that she was
not able to protect the kids.  She said that during the diving
exercise for the upper years, the students dived into the school
database using willis and then...  Toru began to understand what
had happened.  They must have been attacked by wild hounds (hackers) of
the cyber world.  Minori said that after investigation, she was found to
be at fault.  She couldn't believe how she ended the future of these
kids by her own hands.  Toru said that was why she joined the army.
Minori answered positive and said that she withdrew from university.
She joined the army hating the hackers who killed her kids.  However,
when she thought of it, the face of those hackers became herself.
She said that she was glad that she could tell this to someone. She
asked Toru his reason for joining.  Toru didn't say much, and suddenly
Minori said that was it for revenge.  Toru was surprised that she
would know such a thing, and she said that she figured it out when
he was always looking for something.  She said that seeing how Toru
was suffering by himself made her sad as well.  Toru then realized
that Minori was truly caring about him.  However, he realized that
if he really accepted Minori's kindness then he would be drowned
in it.  What would he do for Yuuya's revenge if that happened?  He
then recalled what Ayane said about doing two things at once.  Trying
to judge love and Yuuya's revenge on a scale made his heart ache.
In the end, Toru asked Minori for her help to access the database
and search for Yuuya's murderer.  Minori couldn't believe what he
said and kept asking why.  Getting a hold of herself, Minori refused
Toru and tried to get him out of the path for revenge.  In the end
Minori stood up and left.  Toru looked back and realized that every
single time he asked Minori out to eat he hurted her in one way or
another.  He called himself an idiot and left the restaurant.

Several unrelated battles have occurred since then.  One day, as
Toru was entering the battle station, Toru complained about battle
and battles day after day.  Many of the seats in the battle station
were empty because over half of the soldiers are not on duty right
now.  Yosuke and Kaira complained about some people getting long
vacation times.  Minori was in the room as well, but she avoided
Toru and he could only see her back.  Yosuke and Kaira tried to
talk to Toru, but before he could properly respond Captain Yagisawa
and Commander Gondo appeared.  The commander talked about the recent
frequent behavior by the terrorists and talked about how the
situations in the net world had become urgent.  There have been
some abnormal use of the database room lately.  Kaira and Yosuke joked
a bit about the commander's speech.  Then, Commander Gondo said that
the person will be trialed on military courts.  Captain Yagisawa popped
in and told everyone that someone had been leaking information to the
terrorists.  He then asked Minori did she see anyone suspicious going
into the database room.  A chill went up Toru's back fearing that he
would be sold out by Minori, but she just replied saying that she
saw no abnormal use with the database room.  Commander Gondo gave
a final warning about spies always getting the worst punishment when
caught, and left the room.  Captain Yagisawa asked everyone to be
dismissed, and the stiffened air finally went back to normal.  Kaira
and Yosuke both made their own remarks about this situation and went
back to their own rooms.  Only Toru and Minori are left in the battle
station.  Minori silently walked passed Toru, and he heard her say
that she believes what Toru had said about himself.  Toru turned
around and was facing Minori, then Captain Yagisawa came in and called
to them.  He ordered them to take something to the analysis depeartment
and left after hearing their confirmation.

In the analysis department, Toru was doing something on the computer.
Minori walked over and they got into a discussion of things.  After
a bit of chatting, Minori asked asked Toru if she was only someone
who was useful for his own purposes?  She begged Toru to answer the
question.  Just when he was about to say something, the alarm
sounded.  A voice announced that the base is currently under level 1
security alert.  The terrorists are trying to take over the security
core of the base from the net space.  Minori was surprised to see
that the someone had invaded so far into the system.  Just then
a communications line was estabilished.  Captain Yagisawa called in
and told them Fei-Tao is attacking the base both in the cyber and
the real world.  Another screen showed how the terrorists are fighting
the security troops in the real world.  Captain Yagisawa said that
they attacked the base when most of the soldiers weren't at their
station.  He told them that Ayane already dove in from the battle
station.  The remaining troops will also participate in the
battle.  Toru asked if they should head to the battle station, but
Captain Yagisawa said that the road there had already been sealed
and they should stay where they are.  The terrorists are after the
database room, so they should guard there no matter what.  When
the captain finished talking, Toru could hear gun shots in the
background.  Captain Yagisawa told them to guard the database until
help arrive.  In the worst case, they should guard themselves as first
priority.

The communications went dead afterwards.  Toru calmed down and found
that they are barely armed.  He thought things over a bit and told
Minori that he is going to dive in from here.  Minori was surprised.
Toru yelled at her saying that Ayane can't do it alone and he will
be supporting her as backup.  Minori looked at the screen and told
Toru that the security core is already swarmed by willis, and it
is only a matter of time before they take it over.  It hurts Toru's
mind to think when all the black ice traps are under enemy control.
Toru told Minori to hurry, but she was worried about him.  He told her
not to worry and ask Minori to take care of everything when he's gone.
Minori agreed and Toru dove into cyber space.

When Toru opened his eyes again, he saw that he is now in the cyber
military base.  Minori called in to ask if everything was ok, and Toru
replied positive.  He then asked how far the security core had been
hacked, and Minori said 77%.  Toru said there was no more time and asked
Minori to guide him to the security core.  Minori agreed.  After going
east for a few steps, Minori warned Toru about enemies coming from behind.
A few willis appeared, but Toru made short work of them.  When he was
done, the hacking was 80% complete and the second hatch was opened.
Toru headed east and bumped into more terrorist willis and shmicrams.
After they were defeated, Minori called in saying that the hacking is
now 83% and the third hatch was opened.  He asked if she was alright, and
she replied that there are 4 more hatches before the terrorists can reach
them, so he should not worry.  Along the way, Toru met three terrorist
shmicrams.  Afterwards, Minori called in saying that the hacking is 88%
and number 4 hatch was opened.  Toru asked how Ayane was, and Minori
said that she is currently disarmed from her shmicram.  Toru wondered
what was going on.  After entering another room, Toru was greeted by
three shmicrams then two willis.  Of course, we all know what happened
to them.  Minori called in warning Toru that hacking is 90% complete
and hatch number 5 was just opened.  Toru told Minori to hurry up,
because if the last hatch was opened the terrorists would reach the
database room and his physical body would be under no protection.  Minori
begged Toru to abort, but Toru said it was too late to do that.  It
shows that the enemy had begun their interruption to prevent pilots from
aborting.  He told Minori to run away when the 7th hatch was opened.
She asked where she could go, and he said either the washroom or the
storage is fine.  The database room is too dangerous to stay.  It was
not possible for Toru to escape because if his physical body was moved
and the connection was cut he would be brain dead.  Minori tried to tell
Toru to stop, but Toru did not listen.

After another fight, Toru finally made it to the outside of the
security core.  Suddenly, a few military willis appeared, and Toru
realized that the terrorists have gone so far as they had already taken
the control of military willis.  After taking care of them, Toru
entered the security core.  Minori called in to tell him to be
careful.

When Toru stepped inside, Minori suddenly called in and warned him
about black ice in front.  Toru immediately stopped and 5 black ice
was triggered just right in front of him.  One more step and Toru
would become scrap metal.  Taking out his sub-machinegun, Toru
fired at the traps and disabled them.  Toru thanked Minori for her
support.  Suddenly, another man's voice appeared.  It was Genha!
In the middle of the room, Genha was standing there with chains
chaining 5 to 6 females.  Collars were placed over their neck and
Toru could see their helpless faces.  Behind him, Toru could see
the security core that was being hacked.  Minori noticed that
Ayane was among one of the captured.  Toru asked Genha what he
did to Ayane.  He told Toru that these collars prevent the
captured from logging out.  Minori was angry and yelled at Genha
for not following the regulations regarding the captured.  Genha
replied saying that whatever he caught is his to own.  Minori
couldn't believe what was said.  Looking at how Genha was treating
Ayane, Toru was starting to get angry.  Genha then said to Toru
he's bringing these girls to his own cyber torture room.  The
captured girls started to scream after hearing this.  Toru asked Genha
if he is even human.  Genha just said that it is the law for those
who had lost.  Ayane told Toru to run away.  Genha was too much
for him to handle.  Genha then asked Toru if he wishes to be
disarmed as well, and ordered his men to go after Toru.

After Toru took care of most of them, Minori called in saying that
the hacking is 95% complete and hatch number 6 had opened.  Genha
laughed and said that their men will be with Minori shortly.  Toru
told Minori to hide right now before the last hatch opens.  However,
Minori could not leave Toru behind.  Then, Genha displayed this
screen to Toru showing him the progress of the terrorists.  The
terrorists are almost ready to breakthrough the last hatch.  Toru
kept on telling Minori to run away, but Minori kept saying she can't
leave him behind.  Genha laughed at Toru telling him he will see
himself being shot.  However, Genha suggested Toru a bet.  If Toru
can prevent Genha's men from breaking through in two minutes, he will
order the terrorists to retreat.  One of Genha's underling said that
QuWOng won't be happy about htis, but Genha yelled at him saying it
is his battle and he can do anything he wishes for his pleasure.  Toru
accepted the offer, and Genha ordered his men to start the attack.

After Toru wasted those underlings, he noticed that the willis have
stopped hacking.  When Genha was saying something, a mysterious girl
called in and rebuked Genha.  He got mad and yelled back.  Genha then
pointed his finger and said to Toru he is not going to forget Toru's
name.  Genha and his men disappeared right after, including Ayane and
the other girls.  The interruptions have all stopped as well.  Minori
called in informing Toru that the security system is recovering.  Toru
said good job to Minori and logged off.

After logging off, Toru first felt cold water falling from his face.
He also heard Minori calling his name.  When he opened his eyes, he
saw Minori leaning towards him with tears in her eyes.  Minori leaned
onto Toru's chest and he could feel her cold tears soaking through his
uniform.  Toru placed his hands on Minori's head to comfort her.  They
hugged together and Minori ceased her tears in Toru's chest.

The security alert had been removed.  Toru and Minori exitted the base
together.  They looked around the outside of the base and found bullet
holes and blood stains here and there, showing signs that a large gun
fight occurred here.  Toru felt lucky that he was still alive.  He
took a large breath and found how sweet the air was.  Minori told him
that the building took the most damage.  Luckly only a few personnel
had been lost.  They talked a bit, and then they heard Yosuke called out
to them.  They then saw Yosuke and Kaira who walked over wearing casual
clothes.  Yosuke said that they were captured in their residences.
He thought they were going to shoot them.  Kaira said that she couldn't
believe she survived this.  Toru asked if they were released without
terms.  Yosuke said that they were going to be shot, but a girl wearing
a kung fu dress came over and stopped the terrorists.  Kaira said that
she heard the girl's name was Ryang.  Toru recalled the mysterious
voice he heard rebuking Genha.  He then said to Yosuke and Kaira
he was glad that nothing had happened to them.  Kaira said that it
seemed like everyone was alright.  Toru's face went down and told
them about Ayane's digital body being caught by the terrorists.  Toru
thought over about this matter in his head.  Ayane's body is now a
mere corpse and if her digital body is gone for too long her real body
will die or go insane.  Just when everyone was silent, Yosuke said that
he knows a way to help Ayane.  He said that the military had found out
where the terrorists are hiding and are prepared for an assualt.
Minori asked Yosuke where he heard this, and he said that he heard it
from the daughter of the secretary of Commander Gondo.  However, he
does not know of the details.  They talked for a bit, and headed
towards the base to help repairs.  Just then, Yosuke turned around
and told Toru that Toru has some other repair work he should do.
Toru wondered about this other repair he should be doing.  Kaira popped
in and explained it pretty bluntly.  Minori was blushing, then Yosuke
told Toru he will be waiting at the battle station.  He told Toru to
remember to come in around 2 to 3 hours.  Kaira made a last comment,
and they both left leaving Toru and Minori behind blushing.  Toru
thought it over, and decided to tell Minori about everything.  After
telling her everything, Toru thanked her and said that he will not
bring her into his action for revenge.  Just when he was about to
leave, Minori asked if she could come with him.  Minori started to
cry, and said that she wanted to change Toru.  By taking him into
her, she wishes to heal his heart for revenge.  She wiped her tears
and smiled.  When Toru saw that very smile, his last barrier melted.
He then hugged Minori.  Minori quitely said to Toru that at first
she didn't pay much attention to him.  However, when she saw his
tired face her heart began to move.  Eventually, day and night all
she could think about was about Toru.  Minori then proclaimed her
love to him and Toru replied back the same.  They then stood there
and kissed.  She then said that she will not leave him, and Toru
replied back saying he too will not leave her.  They talked a bit
(I know what's happening here, but it's a little mature rating so
I'm avoiding it) and headed towards Toru's room.

After entering, Minori looked around as if she saw a new world.
Toru asked if she's ready, and Minori said yes.

{The following scene is for mature audience only.  This walkthrough
will not cover these parts.}

Afterwards, Minori told Toru what had happened during her internship.
In the elementary school, there was a rule about teachers diving in
first before the students.  She broke this rule and allowed the
students to dive in first.  When the students dove in, they fainted.
Toru hugged Minori strongly.  Minori continued.  She said that when
she realized it, over half of the students were already brain dead.
Toru asked Minori that if she dove in first, wouldn't she become the
victim instead.  Minori replied that it's her responsibility.  Minori
leaned onto Toru, and Toru brushed her hair with his hand.  Then,
Minori asked Toru what he will do with his revenge.  Toru was silent,
and then...

{Choice 1: Think about it more.}

Toru felt that his heart had been healed, but putting the happiness
he had with Minori on a balance with revenge, he could not forget
about it.  Toru said something to Minori (can't understand), and
Minori called Toru's name.

{Choice 2: Remove the judgement.}

Toru felt that his revengeful heart had been healed.  It would be
dangerous to seek revenge and Minori is waiting for him.  He told
Minori what he thought of, and she was glad.

{This choice will not affect the ending of Minori's path.  Also
I'm not sure if this part is correct.  Anyone who has a better
idea please correct me if I'm wrong.}

They hugged each other silently.  Then, Minori asked if it was time
for Toru to meet Yosuke in the battle station.  Toru asked Minori
if he could stay for five more minutes, and she agreed.  To Toru
the five minutes felt like only 30 seconds.

NEXT CHAPTER

[9. BOOBY TRAP]

Toru noticed the old consoles were replaced by V.S.S portable
consoles.  Toru complained that he has to be using V.S.S property.
Yosuke explained that the army does not have enough funding to privide
their own, so they had to borrow these instead.  Today, the team had
gone away from the base and entered the deserted zone of the old
city area.  Both the army and V.S.S participated in this operation.
The target is Fei-Tao's base, which was found to be located in this
area.  Both physical and cyber troops will be deployed.  Both real
and net world communications were cut as well.  Such operation had
never happened before in history.  Suddenly, a broadcast was made
to inform all net troops to dive into their selected coordinates.
As Toru sat on the console, he thought of his childhood friend Tukina.
He had not been contacted by her since the last meeting.  Toru
thought that she must have been busy lately.  Minori asked Toru if
he was alright.  Toru answered back and said that he will return,
alive, for sure.  While they were talking, Kaira joined in making
jokes on them.  Captain Yagisawa seemed to think it had gone too
far and ordered them to start diving in.  Before Toru dove in,
Yosuke whispered to him asking him a question.  Toru replied and
dove in.

After entering, the team was greeted by several willis.  After
eliminating them, the team was ordered to head towards the central
control.  After heading north for a bit, they were greeted again
by terrorist shmicrams and willis.  Minori called in after the
fight was over to inform Toru that she had detected Ayane's brain
wave and it is very unstable.  The team was again
ordered to continue, and Toru told the rest of the team to go
first and he will look for Ayane alone.  Toru then asked Minori
to support him.  After encountering another wave of attack, Minori
gave Toru Ayane's location and informed him of sighted enemies along
the way.  After several fierce battles, Toru finally made it to
where Ayane was.  Minori told Toru several cyber bodies are inside.
Toru then entered the room.

Upon entering, Toru was shocked to see several girls chained by
collars.  Their body show signs of tortue.  Among them, Toru
saw Ayane.  Toru called out to her, but she showed no sign of
responce.  Suddenly, a voice called out to Toru.  It was Genha,
and he was carrying a large blade on his right hand.  Toru ordered
him to release the captives, but Genha refused saying they are his
collections.  He then walked over beside Ayane and poked the front
of his blade into Ayane's thigh.  Ayane cried out in pain.  Toru
couldn't believe Genha would do such a thing.  Genha then asked Toru
if blood coming out when cyber body is hurt is bad, then why was
it included in the cyber rules?  Hearing this, Toru charged in
and aimed his gun at Genha.  Just then, his shmicram halted.  Toru
felt as if something caught his leg.  He looked back and saw this
cyber snare trapping his shmicram's left foot.  Minori called in
and warned Toru about the trap.  Genha laughted at Toru saying that
Toru just doesn't learn.  Why would Genha be standing there without
a shmicram if he hadn't laid some traps around?  He then asked
Minori about it and she replied..  Minori told Toru that it was
an ankle snare tied to a logic bomb.  Hearing Minori's painful
voice, Genha clapped his hand and told Toru she was correct.  Any
wrong moves and the bomb will make everyone in the room brain dead.
Then, Genha poked Ayane's other thigh.  Minori screamed when she
saw this.  Toru asked Genha to have a one on one fight with him,
but Genha refused, saying that killing him in shmicram battle is
not enough. (I'm not going to explain what Genha's doing in the
next line, because it is out of this walkthrough's rating) Genha
told Toru Ayane was the best, since normal people would have gone
insane by now.  Toru asked Minori if backup was arriving.  She said
that she already asked but they are being blocked by the enemy.

Genha laughed at Toru and they talked for a bit.  When Toru decided
to self destruct, he saw the wired ghost appear in front of him!  Toru
thought about the time when Tukina told him about souls existing in
the cyber world and were seen by hackers.  Toru thought that he had
seen the grim reaper.  Was he going to die here just like how Yuuya
died after seeing the wired ghost?  Suddenly, Yuuya's voice called
out saying that Toru is not going to die like this.  He opened his
eyes again, and the wired ghost is nowhere to be found.  After thinking
about all the things that had happened, Toru made up his mind and
turned on his analysis device.  He then scanned the structure with
the tools and analyzed with the fastest speed he had ever used in
his life.  He then realized that the trap was made of binary numbers.
Because he was never properly educated, Toru couldn't know how to
solve this.  He then recalled that Minori had taken proper education
up until she dropped out of university.  He then called Minori and
asked her to help him.  Minori was concerned that she might not get
it right, and Toru told her he trusts her.  Minori then agreed and
started her own analysis.  She replied that the number is 0.

{Choice 1: Trusts Minori's answer.}

Toru trusted Minori's answer, and he used that information to
de-activate the trap.  He then charged at Genha.  Genha ran away
and activated his own shmicram, and the duel began.

{Genha's HP is reduced to below 25%.}

Genha pointed his gun at the captives.  He ordered Toru to get out
of his shmicram.  Just then, Genha's body started to act weird.  He
then lied on the ground and started twitching.  Genha yelled out
saying that someone is doing something to his plug.  He disappeared
right after he made his last remark.

{Toru's HP is reduced to below 25%.}

Genha laughed at Toru for being weak.  When he was about to finish
Toru off, he started to swirl around going in circles.  His shmicram
then lies on the ground and started twitching.  After yelling out
that someone is doing something to his plug, Genha disappeared.

{The outcome of this fight will not affect Minori's ending.}

Minori reported to Toru that Genha was brain dead.  Toru asked what
was going on, and Minori said that someone unplugged Genha's
neuro-jack.  Toru stared at where Genha disappeared and was glad that
he was still alive.  Suddenly, an alarm sounded, showing that someone
else was diving in.  QuWong then dove in and told Toru his underling's
doing was his responsibility.  Because of this, he had already punished
Genha for those crimes.  Toru pointed his gun at QuWong, but QuWong
asked Toru to join him.  Toru pointed at Ayane and criticized QuWong
for what they have done to her.  QuWong explained that it was Genha's
own doings and asked Toru if he wants to become a comrade.  He explained
that they have taken heavy damage in this attack and would need ot hide
and regroup for awhile.  They would greatly appreciate it if Toru could
lend a hand.  Toru laughed and called QuWong a crazy believer.  QuWong
replied saying he is indeed a crazy believer of his own ideas, but
isn't Toru loyal to revenge himself.  Toru was even able to join the
organization that was his enemy in order to proceed his revenge.  They
would need someone like him with such strong will.  He told Toru that
he had heard about what happened.  He said that they have met the
tranformable shmicram several times as well.  Instead of a single
person, Toru should aim his revenge at the army instead.  Minori
called in telling Toru that QuWong is just using him.  QuWong then
continued to lure Toru into the path for revenge.  In responce...

{Choice 1: Accept QuWong's offer.}

Toru accepted QuWong's offer, and went into an argument with Minori.
Minori eventually closed their communication.  Ryang called in
informing Toru they will be retrieving his physical body.  QuWong
congratuated him for choosing this path, and Ryang asked Toru to
abort.  Toru aborted, it was his last time as a soldier.

ENDING: LAST DANCE.

{Choice 2: Refuse QuWong's offer.}

Toru said to Minori not to worry.  He had no intentions to continue
his revenge.  Minori was quite happy to see this.  QuWong said it's
too bad, he will have to eliminate Toru in this case.  Toru could
feel pressure coming from QuWong.  He knew QuWong must be an expert.
Toru yelled at QuWong under this pressure, and QuWong said it was
too bad he has to kill such a good pilot.  QuWong made a martial art
stand, and the fight began.

After defeat, QuWong made a last remark about his mission and
then his shmicram exploded.  Minori asked if Toru was alright, and
he replied yes.  She then informed him that the terrorists have been
eliminated and they have won the battle.  Even though the battle with
Fei-Tao is now over, Toru did not feel triumphant.  Toru told Minori
he was tired and can now be called back.  Toru closed his eyes and
logged off.

ENDING: MINORI.

{Choice 2: Does not trust the answer.}

Toru did not trust Minori's answer and decided to use reverse analysis.
Toru started to charge, and suddenly he heard a loud bang.  Several
seconds later, his brain ceased function, forever.

BAD END

<ENDINGS>

[10. MINORI]

Condition: Refuse QuWong's offer to join the terrorists in BOOBY TRAP.

It is now a few days after the battle.  After the death of the leader
of Fei-Tao, most of the terrorists were arrested and only a few
had escaped.  Later, some confusion occurred within Antihips due to
this assualt on Fei-Tao.  It had been the first time of peace since
Toru's entry into FLAK.  As Toru holds his letter of resignation,
Minori came up and told him about Yosuke's party.  Toru was thinking
about his hatred being over now that everything had settled, and he
no longer had the reason to battle.  Minori cried out that if he is
resigning, then she will follow him as well.  Toru was moved by her
actions.  As they both had their own wounds, they helped each other
to cease their pain.  They hugged as they agreed to protect each
other, and left for the party so Yosuke wouldn't be kept waiting.

END

[10. LAST DANCE]

Condition: Accepts QuWong's offer to join the terrorists in BOOBY TRAP.

It has been some time since Toru joined the terrorists.  He had killed
many soldiers and V.S.S members since he joined.  During a mission
invading into FLAK's base, Toru's team was surrounded.  Toru told his
comrades to leave first and he shall block the army for them.  After
they left, Toru recieved a call.  It was from Minori.  She told Toru
her partner is heading towards Toru.  She said that this is her last
support for him.  She said goodbye and cut the communication.  Then,
the white shmicram who killed Yuuya appeared.  Toru could feel the
stare of the wired ghost looking at him from the side.  With a cry
like a beast, Toru charged head on.  Wired ghost, seen when his life
is burned to the fullest, in the last dance of Toru's life.  Minori
had prepared the best stage for him, and nothing will be left when
it is over.

END

[c. Ayane's Branch]

{Choose choice 2 in WIRED GHOST to not stray to Tukina or Renn's
branch.}

{Any choice between WIRED GHOST and HACKING is fine if the
below condition is met.}

{When Toru uses the computer the second time select Ayane.}

[5. HACKING]

{In the last choice in this chapter, if Minori is present
then select choice 1 to enter Ayane's path.  Please refer to
Minori's storyline for more detail.}

NEXT CHAPTER

[6. BERSERKER]

Toru sat outside the base thinking about Ayane.  He believe
that she was hiding some kind of secret.  When he finally
finished his thoughts and was about to close his eyes, Minori
came over and told Toru that Yosuke and Kaira are off duty
while Ayane stayed in the battle station.  Toru asked Minori
about why Ayane would be in the battle station during a normal
day like today, but she replied that she did not know.  Toru
then stood up and headed to the battle station to see what
Ayane was doing.

When Toru arrived at the battle station, he found that Ayane
was standing in front of her console.  She asked Toru's reason
for coming.  At first Toru couldn't think of a good reason,
but an idea flashed in his mind so he told her that he was
just going to tune his console.  She said, "Oh," then turned
around and continued with what she was doing.  Toru asked
Ayane why she would be here during a holiday, and she gave
Toru the same answer as his.

Facing her back, Toru tried to ask Ayane some questions.  He
asked her about why was she in the database room.  Ayane
turned around and asked Toru what he wishes to know about.
However, when Toru tried to pressure her into telling him
more, Ayane got angry and told Toru that he is not related
to her so why is he picking into her business.  When Toru
told her that it was dangerous to look at level 3 information
regarding the terrorists, Ayane was surprised.  She asked
Toru how he found out about it, then Toru said that
snakes have their own ways in finding information (hacking).
Ayane calmed down and asked Toru what was he going to do
next.  Toru wondered what she was talking about, then Ayane
asked Toru if he was going to tell the superiors or
threaten her with this.  Toru said that he was not going
to do anything, and Ayane said that if so then he should
not be saying those things.  Once again, Ayane turned her
back to Toru.  When Toru was mumbling to himself, the
alarm sounded and a broadcast was made about an emergency
in area 2B.  Ayane said that it was an enemy invasion and
sat on her console.  Toru thought about it and though
something fishy was going on.  He wondered how Ayane knew
that there was going to be an enemy attack.  When Toru
was going to ask Ayane more questions, he found that Ayane
already dove in.  Just then, Captain Yagisawa appeared
and said that Toru was fast in getting here.  Minori came
in right after the captain, and she was surprised to find
Toru already in the room.  He told them that he was just
tuning the console.  Minori wondered why would Toru be
tuning the console on a holiday, but her doubt was cut
short when Captain Yagisawa said that there was an
emergency scramble and they can talk about those other
things later.  Minori asked Captain Yagisawa for the
reason of the emergency scramble, and he told her that
it was caused by the terrorist group Fei-Tao.  He then
explained that the terrorists are attacking one of their
supply bases in both the real and the cyber world.  When
Captain Yagisawa spoke, an image appeared showing
the dead bodies of the personnel in the supply base.
Captain Yagisawa explained that it was the work of willis.
Toru asked Minori if she was alright, and even though
she look as if she was about to puke Minori said that
she was fine.  When Toru sat on his console, Captain
Yagisawa explained their current mission.  Toru looked
at Ayane on his screen, but only to have her tell him
to dive in quickly.  Hearing this and a confirmation
from Minori, Toru dove into cyber space.

Toru and Ayane dove into the cyber facility.  Minori
called in and warned them about the jamming, which made
it difficult to detect the terrorists.  Ayane ignored
Minori's warning and dashed out towards the enemy she
detected.  Toru called her a battle maniac, but when
he tried to catch up a few terrorist shmicrams and willis
appeared before him.  After taking care of them, Toru
asked Minori about Ayane's current location.  Minori said
that she lost Ayane's signal, so Toru went out and searched
for her.

{The following will only occur after the player unlocks
Ryang's story branch.}

When Toru searching for Ayane, he met his old friend Akira.
Akira was now one of the terrorists and tried to persuade
Toru to join them.  When they were arguing, Ayane appeared
and attacked Akira.  Akira ran away and Ayane tried to
chase after him.  However, Toru stopped her and...

{Choice 1: Stop Ayane by force.}

(This leads to Ryang's path, so I'm not going to cover this.)

{Choice 2: Talk Ayane out of it.}

Toru told Ayane that he does not wish to see his friend die.
Ayane calmed down and lowered her gun.  She then dashed away
looking for other terrorists.  Minori called in and told Toru
that her communication line was blocked for some reason.
Before she could ask more, Toru asked Minori about locating
Ayane's location.  She said that she found where Ayane was
heading, so Toru followed her instructions and chased after
Ayane.

Toru met two terroirst willis and took them out easily.
Minori then told him that Ayane was heading south.  He
then bumped into Ayane and helped her eliminate two
enemy shmicrams.  When he tried to tell Ayane to not wander
by herself, Ayane didn't listen and just headed south.
Toru caught up to her and helped her eliminate another
group of terrorists.  After the fight, Ayane told Toru
to not follow her.  Of course, Toru did not back down
and continued to follow her.  When Toru arrived at the
next room, he heard Minori warn Ayane not to go into the
room she was heading because there are multiple enemy
shmicrams in there.  Toru tried to chase after her but
was blocked by terrorist shmicrams.  After taking care
of those, he bumped into yet another wave of terrorists.
Just then Minori told Toru that Ayane was having some
hard fights since her heart beat was increasing.  Toru
took out those terrorists as fast as he could, but Minori
told him that Ayane's shmicram was destroyed and she could
not log out due to interference.  When Toru headed towards
the gate, Minori told Toru that the enemy had also changed
into cyber body mode.  Toru didn't pay much attention and
charged into the room.

As Toru entered the room, he found a tall, skinny guy
standing in the middle with Ayane disarmed at his feet.
******************The following part is cut off due to
mature content****************************************
When the guy was about to do it (as for what he was
doing, I think everyone playing the game can guess it),
Toru charged forward with his shmicram but the guy
jumped away.  He swore at Toru for interrupting him
and ordered his men to attack Toru.  Of course, Toru
took those guys out easily.  The guy saw that his men
were defeated, so he asked for his shmicram to be shipped
immediately.  However, a bunch of shmicrams dove in and
surrounded Toru.  Finally, a huge orange heavyweight
shmicram dove in front of Toru.  When Toru thought that
it was his end, that guy before yelled at the operator
for not sending him his shmicram.  The operator told him
not to fool around, then the leader of Fei-Tao, QuWong,
told the guy, whose name was Genha, to retreat.  Toru
finally knew that the shmicram standing before him was
the leader of the terrorists, so he got himself prepared
for his last battle.  However, QuWong told Toru that
they will not do pointless killing and asked Toru to put
down his gun.  QuWong then apologized for what happened
to Ayane, then he and his men all logged out.  Minori
then called in and asked Toru if he was alright.  Toru
asked about the current situation, and Minori told him
that all of the terrorists seemed to have left the base.
She also told him that the interference had been cleared.
Captain Yagisawa told Toru that he did well and asked
him to return.  Toru said that he understood and logged
off.

After the battle ended, Yosuke apologized to Toru for
being late.  The medics surrounded Ayane's console, trying
to see if she was wounded.  However, Ayane told them
that she's alright.  Seeing this, Toru's chest ached like
when Yuuya died.  Ayane then tried to get up but the medics
told her that she should rest for a few days.  She then
stood up and walked towards the exit.  When she walked
past Toru, she told him something, but then her knees
weakened and was about to collapse.  Toru immediately
grabbed her by her arms and prevented Ayane from falling.
Ayane got away from Toru and tried to walk, but Captain
Yagisawa ordered her to go to the medical room.  He also
told her to go see the commander tomorrow.  Ayane said
that she understood and collapsed on the medical bed
the medics were carrying.  Captain Yagisawa then told
Toru to go back to his room.  Toru said that he understood
and left the battle station.

The next day, Toru and Ayane went to the commander's office
and was scolded by Commander Gondo for trying to be heroes.
Commander Gondo then turned to Captain Yagisawa and asked
him about proper training for his men.  Captain Yagisawa
said that he had been trying.  Commander Gondo scolded
Captain Yagisawa and then said that all were dismissed
except for Ayane.

After they left the room, Toru and Captain Yagisawa talked
for a bit and then Captain Yagisawa walked away.  Just then
Toru heard something fall on the ground in the commander's
office so he decided to take a peek inside from the door.
As he looked inside, he saw Commander Gondo molesting Ayane.
Seeing this, Toru.....

{Choice 1: Help Ayane and break into the room.}

Toru opened the door and called out to the commander.

{Choice 2: Walk away.}

Toru said that it was not of his business and was about
to walk away.  Suddenly, he heard Ayane cry out.  Toru
went back and peeked again.  Commander Gondo threatened
Ayane and forced her to do as he wanted.  Toru recalled
what Ayane said yesturday and made up his mind.  Just
when Commander Gondo was about to *********, Toru opened
the door and called out to the Commander.

{This choice will not affect the ending.}

Commander Gondo was surprised and tried to hide what he
was doing to Ayane.  Toru asked the commander about what
he was just doing, but Commander Gondo told him that it
was none of his business.  Commander Gondo then said that
it was something he and Ayane were both willing to do.
He even asked Ayane if what he said was true, but Ayane
did not reply.  Toru looked at Commander Gondo with a
strange look that pretty much meant he did not believe
what Commander Gondo said.  This pissed Commander Gondo
off and he yelled at Toru.  Ayane then said that it was
her own business, but Toru told her that he was trying
to help her.  Ayane was surprised, but Commander Gondo
smirked and said that it seemed that Toru was trying to
be a hero again.  Suddenly, Ayane confirmed that it was
not of her will to do what she and Commander Gondo was
doing, and this made Commander Gondo very angry.  Just
then, Captain Yagisawa apologized for barging in and
walked in.  Commander Gondo asked Captain Yagisawa for
his business here, and Captain Yagisawa told him that
he was just wondering about Ayane's punishment and
walked over then saw the door opened.  Seeing this,
Commander Gondo ceased his anger and ordered that
both Ayane and Toru to stay in the cell for
the night.  He then told them to get out of his
sight.  Captain Yagisawa then took the two out of
the commander's office.  After they walked out, Commander
Yagisawa told them to not be so hasty next time, and
said that they should spend the night thinking of
improving themselves.  They then walked to the cell,
as Toru and Ayane would be staying there for the
night.

During the night, Ayane asked Toru about his reason for
helping her.  Toru told her that there was no reason and
asked her if she did not like him helping her.  Ayane
said that she did not think that way and then apologized
to Toru for getting him into trouble.  Toru then asked
Ayane about why was she a berserker on the battlefield.
She told Toru that it was because of something she could
not forget, something her hatred would not cease for.
Toru tried to ask more details, but Ayane did not reply.
Then, Toru asked her if it was for revenge.  Ayane looked
up and asked Toru how he knew about it.  Toru told
her that it was because she acts just like him in certain
ways.  Ayane asked Toru about the person he was trying to
get revenge for, but Toru said no.  In the end, Ayane
still thanked Toru for helping her and told Toru that
they should sleep now.  As Toru leaned onto the wall,
he wondered about the person Ayane was trying to get
revenge for.  As time passed, Toru closed his eyes
and fell asleep.

NEXT CHAPTER

[7. BATTLE MANIA]

Several days had passed.  As Toru woke up, he grabbed Yuuya's
pendant and reminded himself to get revenge for Yuuya.  His
thoughts, however, were interrupted by the emergency alarm.
Toru immediately put on his uniform and headed to the battle
station.

As Toru arrived at the battle station, he was greeted by
Captain Yagisawa.  Captain Yagisawa told him that they
recieved a call from I.V.S Industries about an attack from
the terrorists.  He said that the terrorists are attacking
the chip factory from both the real and the cyber world.
He then pointed to the screen on the wall and said that
it was the broadcast of the terrorists.  On the screen, the
terrorist leader, QuWong, warned the government to show
the people the black box area of the new brain chip or they
will blow the factory up instead.  Minori told everyone that
there is a huge nuclear fusion plant under the factory to
supply the factory with power, and if it blew up it would
kill the hundred thousand workers and their families living
right on the factory.  Toru asked Captain Yagisawa about
the responce from government officials.  Captain Yagisawa
said that they obviously refused since there was no black
box in the first place.  Minori told Captain Yagisawa that
the troops had arrived near the target and are currently
standing by.  Yosuke looked at the screen and said that
since there were only a hundred terrorists versus ten
thousand soldiers it looked like they didn't need FLAK's
help this time.  However, Captain Yagisawa said that
they are called in to help supress the terrorists from
the net and also support the remaining V.S.S members
who are still fighting the terrorists.  Toru said that
he understood and walked towards his console.  When he
arrived, he saw Ayane already there.  Ayane greeted Toru
and they talked for a bit.  As Toru plugged in his
neuro-jack, he got a call from Kaira and Yosuke about
him being close to Ayane lately.  Toru argued that
nothing happened, but the two didn't believe him.
Eventually, even Minori got into the conversation.
They were suddenly interrupted by Captain Yagisawa,
who told them not to chitchat in battle.  Kaira then
teased about Minori but was interrupted by Yosuke.
Minori then asked everyone if they were ready to dive
in.  Toru said he understood and then he and the rest
of the first platoon dove in.

Upon entering, Captain Yagisawa ordered Toru and Ayane
to get control of the reactor room.  After wiping out
several waves of enemies, they finally arrived in front
of the reactor room.  However, they encountered Genha
and his men and had a little not so friendly conversation
with Genha.  Ryang called in to call Genha to retreat
immediately.  He did, but he left two of his underlings
to fight Toru and Ayane.  After defeating those terrorists,
Toru and Ayane entered the reactor room to find a bunch of
willis trying to overload the reactor.  To prevent the
reactor from blowing up, Toru and Ayane destroyed all the
willis.  Afterwards, the I.V.S technicians restored the
safety program of the reactor.  Captain Yagisawa congradulated
Toru and Ayane then told them to return.  Before Toru logged
off, he looked at the door with the danger sign attached.
It clearly showed signs of the presence of Black Ice, which
was a top military cyber trap Toru and Yuuya encountered
in their last dive together.  Toru wondered why would
such security exist in a commerical company.  Toru didn't
bother to think deeper into the subject so he and Ayane
logged out.

After the mission was complete, Toru stood in front of
Ayane's console and told her that she acted a lot better
than before.  Ayane said that it was nothing, and Toru
tried to ask more questions regarding Ayane's past.
However, Ayane did not say much and left the room.
After Ayane left, Minori walked over and told Toru that
from what she heard from Captain Yagisawa, there could
be a traitor in the military providing the terrorists
with information, which explained why the terrorists
were able to break into places so easily.  Toru asked
Minori if because he was asking things about Ayane,
did she think he was the betrayer.  However, Minori got
angry and said that it was not what she meant and that
she trusted in her comrades in the platoon.  Toru then
calmed her down and she became happy again.  After Minori
left the battle station, Toru left the room as well.

On that very night, Toru called Tukina for a talk.  When
Tukina entered, she asked Toru what he wants to talk
about since she was tired from all the missions she had
lately.  Toru told Tukina that he found the fighter in
Fei-Tao who fought the white shmicram when Yuuya was
killed.  After Toru told Tukina what had happened during
these past few days, Tukina showed a troubled look and
asked Toru what he was going to do.  Toru said that he
did not know and was going to see what kind of ideas
Tukina could think up.  Tukina wasn't happy about how
Toru asked about something, then asked Toru if he knew
who killed Yuuya.  Toru said that he had not found the
killer yet.  Toru and Tukina then talked for a bit, then
Tukina suggested Toru to look at the sortie logs on the
day that Yuuya was killed to find out who might be the
killer.  Toru said that these logs are top secrets in
the army and Tukina said that she has access keys.  Toru
said that it was too risky, but Tukina insisted Toru to
use it.  In the end, Toru still refused Tukina to not
get her in trouble.  They then lied down and talked for
a bit.  When they finished, Toru closed his eyes and
felt the breeze as he falls asleep.

NEXT CHAPTER

[8. BETRAYER]

It has been some time and Toru had fought some pointless
fights with the terrorists.  In the battle station, Yosuke,
Kaira, and Toru were talking to each other, complaining about
not getting any time off due to the terrorists and being short
troops.  Then, Yosuke and Kaira started joking about Toru's
close relationship with Ayane.  Kaira said that Toru had
glared his eyes at Ayane several times and asked Minori if
she thought so as well.  Minori said she knew nothing about it.
They talked for some more until Captain Yagisawa and Commander
Gondo entered the room.  Commander Gondo talked about the recent
increase of terrorist attacks in the cyber world and some
improper activities in the database room.  Captain Yagisawa took
over and told everyone that some top secret information had
been leaked to the terrorists, so they believe there could be
a betrayer in FLAK.  He then asked Minori is she had seen anyone
misbehaving in the database room lately.  Minori replied that
everyone was using the machines properly.  Commander Gondo
warned everyone about how spies get the worst punishment in
military courts and left the room.  Captain Yagisawa told them
they are dismissed and left the room as well.  The members of
the platoon started talking again and Kaira told Ayane to
thank Minori for covering her up.  Ayane thanked Minori and
Minori said that it was fine since they are partners.  Yosuke
then suggested it was time to eat and everyone started heading
towards the cafeteria.  Toru noticed that Ayane looked nervous
so he asked her why she wasn't going to eat.  Ayane was about
to say something, then her stomach growled.  Toru told her to
come with him, and she followed.

In the cafeteria, Toru brought up the talk about the terrorists.
Yosuke and Kaira talked about Genha and how he had a bad
reputation among the terrorists.  Kaira then talked about
Genha having the largest bounty on his head.  Yosuke then
talked about Genha acting like a demon, a berserker.  Toru
thought about the time he faced Genha and how he was able to
dodge bullets.  Kaira then told Toru not to try to go after
him for Toru's own safety.  Toru then asked about the possibility
for a shmicram to transform.  Yosuke told him that with the net
it could be possible, but the pilot would suffer severe pain during
the transformation.  Kaira then started making some bathroom
jokes.  Minori halted her and told Kaira that they're eating right
now.  Ayane then stood up and said that she was done eating.
Minori tried to see if she could stay longer, but Ayane insisted
on leaving and headed towards the exit.  Before she could leave,
however, she was blocked by Captain Yagisawa and Commander Gondo.
Several military police stood behind them, ready to take action.
Commander Gondo then started asking questions about where Ayane
was several days before one of the terrorist attacks.  He then
said that there were traces of level 3 data being hacked that
night.  Commander Gondo then pressured Ayane by saying that
there were eye witnesses seeing her going to the database room
that night and asked what was she doing inside.  Ayane did not
answer and looked troubled.  Seeing that she could not answer,
Commander Gondo told Ayane to come to his office for a talk.
Toru knew that Commander Gondo must be trying to get Ayane's
body again, so he stood out and called to the commander.  Both
Commander Gondo and Ayane looked towards Toru.  Commander Gondo
asked Toru what he was going to say, and Toru replied
saying that Ayane was not the spy since he was with her that
night.  Commander Gondo then asked Toru what were they doing,
and Toru replied that they were ********* inside the database
room.  Everyone in the cafeteria started laughing, and the
commander's face started getting red from anger.  Commander
Gondo then asked Ayane if they were in that kind of relationship.
Ayane paused for a sec, then blushed and admitted their
relationship.  The people started laughing again, but they
were silence by Commander Gondo.  Commander Gondo then said
that Toru and Ayane could be both lying, but Minori stood up
saying that she saw Toru and Ayane plugging their neuro-jackes
together on that night in the database room.  Commander GOndo
asked Minori if what she said true, and Minori replied that
she was typing up a report for Captain Yagisawa that night in
the database room.  Captain Yagisawa then confirmed what
Minori said about writing the report.  Commander Gondo then
told Captain Yagisawa that Toru and Ayane are both grounded
for a month and left the room.  Captain Yagisawa then told
Toru and Ayane that they are prohibitted from leaving the
base for now and left the room as well.  Toru thanked Minori
for covering him up, and Minori said that she did it because
she trusted Ayane.  Toru then walked over to Ayane and
started talking.  Ayane then asked Toru why he helped
cover for her.  Toru said that he did not doubt Ayane,
then Ayane asked Toru why he trusts in her without question.
After saying that, Ayane left the cafeteria.

That very night, Toru lay on his bed and thought about Ayane.
He thought about Ayane possibly being the betrayer and what
would he say.  He then thought about what Ayane said about
why he covered up for her.  He believed that he helped Ayane
because she was in a similar situation as him, wanting revenge
for a friend or family, and also the friendship of a comrade.
Toru couldn't sleep, so he decided to take a walk to cool his
head.

As Toru walked down the hallway, he heard some footsteps.  He
decided to chase after that person and turned to the corner
where the mysterious person came from.  He then noticed that it
was Ayane's room.  The door was open so he decided to take a
look inside.  Toru found no one inside, so he wondered where
could Ayane be at this hour.  Toru thought for a bit, then
concluded that Ayane could be in the database room and headed
towards there.

Inside the database room, Toru found Ayane searching for
information.  Ayane was surprised to see Toru there.  Toru came
over and found that the data Ayane was looking at belonged to
some military maintenance schedule of the black ice defence
system.  He then looked at the directory and noticed the document
belonged in the military secret section.  Toru asked Ayane what
she was doing, and Ayane just told him that what he saw was the
latest report of the military security system.  She then confirmed
herself as the betrayer.  Toru was shocked and...

{Choice 1: Yell at Ayane.}

Toru yelled and grabbed Ayane.  Just when he was about to hit her,
he saw Ayane's tears.  Toru immediately cooled down and Ayane asked
Toru why he didn't hit her.  She told Toru that she was the betrayer,
so why did he stop.  As she yelled out, Ayane's tears came rushing
down her cheek, and she covered her face with her hands.  She then
started to cry.

{Choice 2: Ask Ayane her reason.}

Toru asked Ayane why she did it, and Ayane asked him why wasn't
he angry at all.  Tears then started flowing down her cheek.  She
asked Toru why wasn't he angry even though she was the betrayer.
She then covered her face with her hands and started crying.

{Choice 1 can lead to REPATRIATE and NEMESIS, while choice 2 leads
to all three endings.}

Toru then comforted her and asked Ayane her reason.  He told her
that he knew she was not a terrorist.  Ayane then told Toru that
she leaked information to the terrorists so she could get her
revenge.  She told Toru that there was someone among the terrorists
she must defeat.  Toru then asked Ayane if that person is Genha.
Ayane confirmed Toru's guess and told Toru that she must defeat
Genha to avenge her brother.  She told Toru that her brother
was the only remaining relative she had.  Ayane then told Toru
that after entering the army, in order to get more chances she
leaked the information to the terrorists so they could attack
the base.  Ayane then told Toru that she must be evil, since
she would go so far for revenge.  She said that she was just a
cruel woman who would sell her comrades for her own gain.  Ayane
then turned around to not let Toru see her face, but Toru told
her that it was not true.  He then tried to comfort Ayane but
Ayane told him to stop.  Ayane then told Toru that when she
first entered the army she had already decided that she would
quit after she killed Genha.  She then asked Toru why he
would help her and support her even though it was like
this.  She told Toru that all she had remaining was revenge
and she was already very tired of being a traitor.  Toru
then thought about himself, about what he would do if he was
in Ayane's shoes.

After Ayane calmed down, she asked Toru what he would do to
her.  Ayane then said that she will stop what she was doing.
When she was about to leave, Toru asked Ayane if she could
answer some of his questions.  Toru then asked Ayane if she
wasable to hack level 3 data on her own.  She said that she
can't alone, but she was helped by someone for half a year
already.  Toru then showed Ayane his modified neuro-jack to
prevent black ice from being activated.  He then helped Ayane
send the information out to the terrorists.  Ayane asked Toru
why he would be helping her, but Toru did not answer her
question.  Instead he helped Ayane erase her tracks so they
would not be noticed.  After everything was done, they left
the database room.

As they walked down the hallway, Toru told Ayane to sleep
early.  Before Toru left, Ayane called to him and asked
Toru why he helped her.  Toru told Ayane that he joined
the army because he, too, was trying to avenge someone.
Toru told Ayane that he could see himself in her.  He helped
Ayane so that she would not be alone on this.  Toru patted
on Ayane's shoulders and said that they should sleep.  Ayane
blushed and agreed.  They then head towards their own rooms.

The holidays finally arrived.  Minori told Toru that it was
too bad they were prohibitted from leaving the base.  Toru
smiled and said that it was lucky to get this kind of
punishment.  Minori was surprised and asked Toru why was
there a change in his attitude.  They then talked for a
bit and Minori left the cafeteria to enjoy her holidays.
Ayane arrived at the cafeteria and said good morning to
Toru.  She told Toru to come to the battle station afterwards
and left.  Yosuke and Kaira then arrived and joked about
Toru and Ayane.  Yosuke then handed Toru a pill and told
him its use (as for what it is for, just imagine it).  When
Toru heard it, he got mad and yelled at Yosuke.  Yosuke
and Kaira then left the cafeteria as well.

Toru arrived at the battle station and found Ayane inside
by herself.  They greeted each other, then Ayane thanked
Toru for what he did last night.  Toru said it was not
needed and asked Ayane if the terrorists would really come.
Ayane said that it would be most likely because her data
was highly trustworthy.  They then talked about things regarding
how the data was transmitted into the hands of the terrorists,
and Ayane told Toru that the terrorists would most likely come
because today was a holiday.  After Toru said that it was good
for their comrades since most of them are off duty right now,
Ayane said sorry to Toru.  Toru told her it was nothing.  Ayane
then said that she dragged Toru into this mess so it was her
responsibility.  She grabbed Toru's hands and told him some of
her own feelings.  She said that with Toru's help she could
finally end all of this.  Just then, Ayane's call machine
rang, and Ayane explained that the terrorists had broken in.
Toru already wanted to dive in, but Ayane stopped him and
told him to wait.  They then saw that the terrorists headed
towards the security control center, so Toru asked Ayane
if she knew what they were doing.  Ayane replied saying that
she doesn't, and then Toru realized that if the terrorists
took control of the security then the security in the real
world would be controlled by the terrorists as well.  Toru
then decided to speed things up and forced the terrorists
to trigger the alarm.  Just then, Toru's call machine
sounded and Captain Yagisawa's face appeared on it.  Toru
told Captain Yagisawa that he and Ayane are in the battle
station.  Captain Yagisawa was a little troubled by Toru's
responce, but he immediately told Toru the current situation
and Fei-Tao's invasion from both the real and the cyber
world.  Ayane opened a window and it showed the location of
the intruders in the base.  Captain Yagisawa then said that
since most people are off duty, only the defence system in
the real world is defending against these terrorists.  He
then ordered Toru and Ayane to destroy the terrorist willis
that are trying to take over the security core of the base.
He then explained that if the security core was taken over,
then the defence in the real world would fail as well.
After Captain Yagisawa humg up, Toru and Ayane both prepared
themselves and dove into the cyber world.

Upon entering, Toru and Ayane bumped into a terrorist willis
and they disarmed it immediately.  Afterwards, they talked
about how Genha would probably be in the security core so
Toru suggested that they head seperate ways to the security
core and destroy the terrorists along the way.  Ayane agreed
and they headed different paths.  After eliminating four groups
of terrorists, Toru finally arrived in front of the security
core.  A few seconds later, Ayane arrived as well.  There, they
disposed the last group of terrorist willis and entered the
security core.

Just when they entered, Minori called and warned them of the
black ice defence system in front of them.  They immediately
stopped and fired at the traps and disabled them.  When Ayane
asked Minori how she was able to find them, Minori told her
that when she came back to the base the captain told her to
go and support Toru and Ayane.  Just then, Genha swore because
his traps didn't work.  He then dispatched his men to get TOru
and Ayane but they were quickly defeated.  Ryang called in to
tell Genha to retreat, but he ignored the call.  He told Ayane
that he will ********* and do ********** to her.  Toru told
Ayane that he will help her and defeat Genha.  Genha then
fought with Toru and Ayane and lost.  His shmicram exploded
from the damage, erasing his existence from the cyber world.
Ayane couldn't believe that she had defeated Genha.  Toru
confirmed it and told Minori to log them out.

After returning to the real world, Toru stood up and headed
straight to Ayane's console.  He then saw Ayane doing the
same thing.  Ayane started crying and thanked Toru for lending
her his strength.  As she cried, Ayane leaned herself onto
Toru.

After the alarm was turned off, Toru and the team headed
outside to see the base heavily damaged.  Toru and Ayane
talked and then Minori walked over and congradulated them
as heroes for guarding the security core.  Yosuke and Kaira
then walked over as well.  They too, said that Toru and Ayane
did a good job.  Toru wasn't showing a very happy face, so
Yosuke suggested that after the clean up they should go out
and have some drinks.  Kaira agreed and said that Ayane
took major part in this mission.  When Ayane was about to
say something, Toru said that Ayane sure did.  Ayane blushed
and admitted it.  However, she walked towards Toru and
asked Toru if it was really alright for them not to know that
she was the insider.  Toru said that it was alright and took
her hand.  They then followed Kaira to help clean up.

NEXT CHAPTER

[9. WANTED]

After the attack on the base, both Toru and Ayane were lifted
from their punishment and were given some free time for vacation.
The two false heroes used this time and went back to Ayane's
hometown to visit her brother's grave.  In front of the grave,
Ayane told Toru that at the age of 12, she and her brother
went to the city.  She told Toru that they sold their land after
their parents died.  Ayane held an old neuro-jack in her hand.
It belonged to her deceased brother.  She then told Toru how
she entered I.V.S and how her life was fine back then.  Her
face suddenly changed mood and told Toru that one day the
terrorists attacked and killed everyone except her.  Genha
killed her brother right in front of her face.  Ayane then
started crying and Toru hugged her to comfort her.  He told
her that everything had ended.

Afterwards, Ayane thanked Toru after she had calmed down.  She
then told Toru that he was really similar to her brother.  It
was because of this she suppressed her feelings when she first
met Toru.  Toru asked her what she thinks of him now, and
Ayane blushed as she smiled.  She then asked Toru if there was
something wrong, and Toru told her that he didn't know her
face could be so emotional.  She glared at him and told him
that she can cry and smile, just like an ordinary person.
Seeing Ayane's smile, Toru believed that Ayane was once a
very emotional person.  However, her cruel experience made
her emotions wither away.  Now, it has returned like the
spring after a long winter.  Ayane told Toru she was alright,
but then mentioned about Toru's revenge.  She then told
Toru that she will help him in his revenge.  Toru looked
troubled, but Ayane told him that no matter what she will
be on his side.  Toru then told Ayane about what had happened
one year ago.  Afterwards, Ayane said that it was truly sad.
Toru was going to say something to Ayane, but she said that
she understood.  She told Toru that she will do her best.  As
Toru held onto Ayane's hands, it was the first time his heart
was at ease after Yuuya's incident.

In the database room, Ayane helped Toru get access to the
level 3 sortie log.  After Ayane logged in, she asked Toru
what he was going to do after he got his revenge.  Toru
told her that he had not thought of it yet.  After some
searching, they found that the shmicram who was fighting
Genha at the time was regarded as unknown.  Toru could not
believe what he saw.  Ayane asked Toru about more information
regarding the killer, and Toru told her its description.  Ayane
searched again, but the result was once again unknown.  Toru
was about to punch the machine, but he calmed down and told
Ayane to log off.  She then erased her trace on the machine
and they retreated from the database room.

As they walked down the halls, Toru was very angry about how
useless the army data log was.  Ayane said sorry to Toru for
not beling able to help.  Toru told her that she didn't have
to say that since it wasn't her fault.  She continued to say
sorry and Toru calmed down.  Ayane then told Toru that there
was another way.  Toru asked her what it was and she told
him that if they could not get information from the army's
database then they could try the terrorists' database.  Toru
told her that it couldn't be possible, but then Ayane told
him that they may have a chance.  Toru was wondering why
she said that, then she told Toru that the army had found
the location of Fei-Tao's hideout and are planning for an
attack.  Toru asked her about the credibility of the
information, and Ayane told him that it should be quite
credible since Yosuke heard it from the commander's secretary.
Ayane then told Toru that she was on his side no matter what,
and Toru agreed.  She then said something about the result
after Toru found the truth, and Toru asked her why he
felt as if Ayane changed for some reason.  Ayane then
told Toru that she was just a little tired from being nervous.
Ayane then left and walked down the hall.

The day before the mission, several portable consoles custom
made by V.S.S were taken, with the platoons, to the outskirts of
the city.  Toru complained asking why they have to use the
equipment of the archenemy of the army.  Yosuke explained that
the army doesn't have budget to support their own portable
equipment, and Kaira agreed with that statement as well.  Toru
asked Yosuke why the army assigned so much men to this
area, and Yosuke answered that they wanted to blockade the
terrorist base both in the real and the cyber world.  To put
it simply, all of the lines and wires connected to the area
from the outside were cut and there was no way to escape.

Toru looked at Ayane and found her to be troubled.  She had
been like this ever since their search in the database room.
Yosuke then told Toru that he should do some things that he
did not do while he still can before the mission starts.  Toru
asked him what kind of things, and Yosuke glared at Toru and
said that it was obvious.  Kaira then said that it was about
Ayane and then they both left, leaving Toru and Ayane alone
in the portable battle station.  Toru walked over to Ayane
and after calling her name, Ayane asked Toru if he was going
to ask about the database.  Toru and Ayane talked for a while,
then Toru told Ayane he loves her.  Ayane then started crying
and kissed Toru............*Alright, what's happening next is
not for kiddies, so turn the monitor off and press 5 on the
number pad until the next dive point if you're underage*.....
.............................................................

Afterwards, Toru asked Ayane that after he avenged his friend if
she would resign with him and be with him.  Ayane looked troubled
and Toru told her that she doesn't have to answer.  Ayane then
told Toru that if she was still alive after Toru completed his
revenge, she will then be with him.  Toru then told her, "Don't
say things like that."  He then told her that she will not be
killed since she will be by his side.  Ayane then told Toru that
she loves him, and they both fell asleep.

The next day, the battle had begun.  A mechanical voice announced
the countdown before diving in and asked all troops to be in their
consoles.  Toru tried to make contact with his old childhood friend
Tukina, but it seemed as if she was too busy lately.  When Toru
was about to plug in his neuro-jack, the door opened and Ayane
walked in.  Captain Yagisawa told Ayane to hurry up since the
ountdown had already started.  She answered back and walked to her
console.  Ayane then whispered to Toru and told him to leave the main
troops after diving in and head to the terrorists' database room.
When Toru plugged in his neuro-jack, he heard a call from Kaira saying
that Ayane finally looked better and that the portable battle station
was shaking for two hours last night.  Toru blushed, then Minori asked
what they were talking about.  Kaira laughed and asked Ayane how her
her first diving experience was.  This statement made Ayane blush as
well. Toru immediately told Ayane not to answer the question.  Just
when things were getting out of hand, Captain Yagisawa asked them what
they were doing and told them that it was about time to dive in.  After
cutting off the connection to the captain, Toru prepared himself to
dive in and heard Yosuke's whisper.  Yosuke asked Toru if would
peace really would exist after this battle.  Toru replied and
dove in.

After entering the cyber world, Toru immediately wanted to go
find the database room.  However, Ayane called him to wait and
asked him that after he found the true identity of the killer if he
would kill the person for revenge.  Toru wondered why Ayane asked
this, but she insisted Toru to answer.

{Choice 1: Of course.}

After hearing Toru's answer, Ayane seemed to be down and said to
herself, "Of course that would be the answer."

{Choice 2: Depending on the circumstances.}

Toru told her his answer, and she said nothing.

{Choice 2 is required to obtain the ending Ayane, assuming that
in Betrayer the second choice was made.}

Toru asked her if there was something she was mumbling, but Ayane
said it was nothing and left.  Before Toru could go after Ayane,
Minori called in and asked him what were they talking about in
their private channels during the mission.  Toru answered back
saying it was nothing.  Minori then warned Toru of the enemy
ahead and he took them out easily.  Toru then disobeyed the
orders and headed towards another direction.  Minori called in
asking him where he was going.  Toru replied saying that he found
a trace of the enemy heading that direction.  Minori said to
herself saying that she didn't see anything, and Toru used this
gap to move out of her sight.

After taking out two groups of terrorists, Ayane called and
informed Toru that she had found the database room.  She
told him to follow the beacon.  Toru said he understood and
moved towards the beacon on his radar.  After wiping out two
terrorists, Toru arrived at the gate.  When he called Ayane
to inform her that he had arrived, she told Toru to run away.
Toru asked her what was going on, and before Ayane could tell
Toru who was inside their communication was cut off.  Toru
asked Minori if she could hear him, and she complained to
Toru about him and Ayane not following the orders.  He then
told the current situation to Minori and she became quite
worried.  He then told her that he will save Ayane and headed
inside.

Upon entering, Toru could see countless data pillars piled
up in front of him.  In the corner of the room, he could see
Ayane fainted on the ground.  Toru disarmed from his shmicram
and ran towards Ayane.  He asked her if she was alright, and
she told him that he was an idiot for coming.  Suddenly, a
voice said something to Toru.  Toru looked behind him and found
a man standing there.  He asked him who he was and Ayane told
Toru that the man was QuWong.  Toru recalled QuWong as the leader
of Fei-Tao.  QuWong then told Toru that this has nothing to do with
Toru and only wanted Ayane for revenge.  Seeing Toru puzzled,
QuWong explained that Ayane killed many of his comrades so he has
the right to get revenge from her.  Toru yelled at QuWong, and
QuWong asked Toru why was he covering for Ayane.  He then told
Toru that Ayane was a traitor who sold the army for her own good.
toru then said that he would not let Ayane die in front of him.
Hearing this, QuWong laughed.  QuWong then told Toru that at one
time he asked Toru to think about something.  Toru wondered what
he was talking about, so QuWong explained that he once asked if
Toru wanted to join them.  However, he then said that he now
know Toru was just a traitor who longs for women.  Toru then
yelled at QuWong and sked how QuWong could twist what he
said.  QuWong then said that if Toru wasn't a traitor then
he must be a blinded teen and said something about Toru's
dear friend.  Toru asked QuWong how did he knew about Yuuya,
but QuWong did not answer.  He just told Toru to prepare
himself.  After a flash, a giant, orange shmicram appeared.
Toru then cut open the collar with Yuuya's pendant to release
Ayane.  Toru asked her if she could still fight.  Ayane
replied positive and warned Toru of QuWong being very skilled.
After they went into their shmicrams, Minori finally got
their connection and asked them what was going on.  Toru
said that they will explain later since they will be fighting
against QuWong.  Minori was quite shocked to hear that name.
QuWong then told Toru that he still has lots to learn in the
life of a man, but then Toru yelled back and started the
fight.

After a fierce fight, Toru and Ayane finally defeated QuWong.
However, QuWong survived and said to Toru that the heaven
was not on his side.  Toru pointed his gun at QuWong but
could not pull the trigger.  QuWong said that it was the
destiny of the losers to die and wondered why Toru hesitated.
Toru then saw a call and opened the communication line.  He
then saw a teenage girl's face telling Toru not to kill
QuWong.  QuWong told Ryang to stop and said that it was the
right of the winners.  Ryang said that QuWong was an idiot
and warned Toru that if he shot QuWong she will be haunting
him for revenge for the rest of her life.

{Choice 1 was chosen at the start of the battle.}

Toru pulled the trigger regardless what Ryang said.  Ryang
screamed as the gunshot was fired, erasing QuWong's existance.
Toru remained silent, but Ryang yelled at him and said how
could he do such a cruel thing.  She then called Toru a demon.
Toru could hear Ryang crying through the communication line.
Ryang then said that she would surely get revenge on Toru
and cut off the communication.  Toru then asked Ayane about
what he did, and she said that she would probably choose the
same option.

{Choice 2 was chosen at the start of the battle.}

Seeing the girl's face, Toru's heart felt tired and moved his
gun away.  QuWong asked Toru why Toru stopped, and he said
that it was stupid for one to kill another and have another
revenge for the deceased.  He told QuWong that it would just
repeat and be a very stupid thing to do.  QuWong then asked
Toru what he would do with the revenge of his friend, and Toru
did not reply.  QuWOng then said that since that was the choice
of the winner then he has nothing to say as the loser.  QuWOng
then logged out of the cyber world.

{Branch end.}

Minori then called and asked them if they were alright.  Toru
said that they were fine.  Minori then told them that the
mission had ended and they were victorious.  Toru looked
down since he did not feel victorious after the war against
Fei-Tao ended.  Toru then asked Ayane if they should head
back to the real world.  Ayane then asked Minori to retrieve
them.  Minori said she understood and logged them off.

NEXT CHAPTER

[10. VENGEANCE]

{QuWong dead.}

The case regarding the terrorists ended with the leader
of the terrorists, QuWong, dead.  Returning to Toru's room,
the platoon celebrated Toru for defeating both Genha and
QuWong.

{QuWong escaped.}

The case regarding the terrorists ended with the leader
of the terrorists, QuWong, escaping.  After returning to the
base, the platoon celebrated in Toru's room.  Yosuke said that
even though QuWong escaped Toru still did a great job.

{Branch ended.}

However, Toru could not feel the sweet taste of the wine called
victory.  It tasted quite bitter in his mouth.  He recalled
what QuWong said about him and couldn't get it out of his mind.
Kaira, who was drunk, asked Toru where his partner was.  Toru
then wondered where Ayane went to.  He thought that she was
just avoiding him because the search on the killer failed.  Just
then, the door opened and Ayane came in wearing casual clothing.
Yosuke immediately welcomed Ayane and asked her to come and
drink.  Ayane refused and said that she has something important
to say to Toru.  She then asked Toru if they could be alone for
a while.  The room went silent for a while, then Kaira, who obviously
thought of the wrong thing, told Toru to enjoy their time together.
Minori at first told Kaira not to say that, but Kaira jumped at
her when Toru was leaving the room.

In the hallway, Ayane said that everyone looked as if they were
having fun.  She then apologized Toru for asking him out.  Toru
said that it was alright and asked Ayane what the important
thing she has to say is.  Just then, Ayane walked over and hugged
Toru.  She then kissed him and asked him to come to the battle
station........................................................
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Well, folks, just skip until the music returns to normal.......
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Afterwards, Toru asked Ayane if she still recalls what she said
after his revenge ends.  Toru then said that it looked
like his revenge is over since it looked as if destiny did not
want him to find the killer.  Ayane then pondered on the word
'destiny' and told Toru that she had found the one he wanted
in the terrorist database.  She told Toru that she saw some
very important information.  Toru asked her who the killer was.
Ayane pondered at first and didn't say anything.  She then
asked Toru if he oculd dive in with her.  Toru wondered why
she asked him to do that, but Ayane pleaded him to come.  Toru
then said that he will since he trusted Ayane.  They then
grabbed their clothes and started dressing themselves.

When they finished, Ayane asked Toru if he could dive in
using his shmicram.  Toru wondered why at first but ended
up agreeing.  Ayane thanked Toru and they both dove in.

Upon logging in, they entered the practice room in the cyber
base.  Toru then asked Ayane what was she going to tell him.
She then told Toru that the one he was looking for is in this
room right now.  Toru scanned his radar and did not find anyone
else inside the room.  He then asked Ayane if she was just fooling
him.  Ayane asked him if did he still not understand and pointed
her gun at him.  Toru asked what was she doing, and Ayane, with
a sad tone, told Toru that she did not want to say more.  Just
then, a bad feeling appeared in Toru's mind.  They talked for
a bit, then Ayane told Toru to look at her.  She then transformed
into the white shmicram.  While she was crying, Ayane admitted
that she was the one who killed Toru's dear friend.  Toru then
yelled at Ayane saying that she must be joking.  He told her
that he did not believe that she would kill a helpless enemy
who was asking for mercy.  Ayane then apologized to Toru and
Toru kept on asking her why.  After some more talking, Ayane
made up her mind and started attacking Toru.  Toru then asked
Ayane what was she doing, and Ayane asked Toru for a deathmatch.

{Choice 1: Fight!}

Toru asked Ayane if she really want to fight with him.  Ayane
answered positive and they started fighting each other.

{Choice 2: Try to avoid fighting.}

Toru asked Ayane if she was really going to fight.  She
answered positive and started shooting at Toru.  Toru avoided
it and asked again.  Ayane confirmed it a second time and
asked Toru to prepare himself.  They then started fighting
each other.

{Choice 2 is needed to obtain the ending AYANE.  Both choices
could lead to REPATRIATE or NEMESIS.}

{If Toru was defeated.}

Toru's shmicram exploded and he fell on the ground.  He looked
up at Ayane and said that it was the end.  Just then, Ayane's
shmicram self-destructed.  After Toru's eyes returned to normal,
he rushed to where Ayane's shmicram was and found Ayane's body
heavily wounded.  Toru asked her why did she did it, and she
just said that she was glad and closed her eyes.  Toru cried
out Ayane's name as her body faded away.

Ending: NEMESIS

{If Toru won, it would lead to two possibilities.}

{Possibility 1.}

Toru exitted his shmicram and headed to where Ayane was defeated.
He saw Ayane heavily wounded and asked her why did she did it.  She
just said that she was glad and closed her eyes.  Her body disappeared,
just the way the rules stated for those who are dead.

Ending: NEMESIS

{Possibility 2.}

Toru exitted his shmicram and searched for Ayane.  He found Ayane
lightly wounded and asked her why did she did it.  She just said
that death is what awaits for those who had done wrong.  Ayane then
said that she had a feeling that she was the one.  She then said
a bunch of stuff to Toru, then said that when she transformed into
the white shmicram she had chose a lonely path.  Toru recalled
what Yosuke said about the pain one would suffer when transforming
a shmicram, so he tried to comfort Ayane.  He then said that he
did not want to love Ayane and hugged her strongly.  Ayane said
how sad it was, then they both heard someone behind them
clapping his hand and saying something.  Ayane noticed that the
voice was Genha.  Before they could react, Genha trapped both
Toru and Ayane with the collar preventing them from using the
shmicram and logging off.....................................
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Alright, I'm not going to say how Ayane was violated, and
the choices beyond this won't affect the endings anymore.....
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Toru grabbed Yuuya's pendant and attacked Genha.  He stabbed
Genha once but was knocked down.  Genha stabbed back with his
own knife and wounded Toru's legs.  Just when Genha was about to
stab again...

Branch 1: Ayane moved in front of Toru and blocked the attack
for Toru with her own body.  Toru the threw Yuuya's pendant at
Genha and it fly between his legs (well, we all can guess
where that's gonna hit).  With a painful scream, Genha fell
on the ground.  Toru then walked over, grabbed Yuuya's pendant,
and started stabbing Genha.  Genha spit out a steam of blood
and his body perished.  Toru then looked at Ayane and found
her severely wounded.  Toru told her to hang in there, but
she said that she was tired and closed her eyes.  Just then,
Toru's own sight was fading.  Before he fell unconcious, all he
could hear was Ayane saying something about destiny (obviously
not on the good side).

Ending: REPATRIATE

Branch 2: Ayane took the blade Genha dropped and chopped Genha's
***** right off.  She then jumped Genha and continued to stab
him until his carcass disappeared.  She then fell in the
pool of blood.  She told Toru that it was enough and she was
too tired.  Toru called Ayane and idiot and told her not to
say that.  As Ayane closed her eyes, Toru started to faint as
well.

Ending: AYANE

{Please look at the conditions below to find which ending this
possibility would lead to.}

<ENDINGS>

[11. AYANE]

Condition: Choose choice 2 in BETRAYER, choose choice 2 again
in WANTED after diving into the terrorist base, then choose
choice 2 before fighting Ayane in VENGEANCE.

As Toru wakes up from his bed in the hospital, his team members
were around him giving him greetings.  As Toru asked about Ayane
they told him Ayane was fine and had left the hospital before he
did.  However, she is about to leave FLAK.  Toru rushed out and
found Ayane and asked her to stay.  Just as she accepted the offer,
the alarm sounded and they went to the battle station, together.

END

[11. REPATRIATE]

Condition: Choose choice 1 in BETRAYER, choose choice 2 in WANTED
after diving into the terrorist base, then choose choice 2 before
fighting Ayane in VENGEANCE.

OR

Choose choice 2 in BETRAYER, choose choice 1 in WANTED after
diving into the terrorist base, then choose choice 2 before
fighting Ayane in VENGEANCE.

OR

Choose choice 2 in BETRAYER, choose choice 2 in WANTED after
diving into the terrorist base, then choose choice 1 before
fighting Ayane in VENGEANCE.

As Toru wakes up from his bed in the hospital, his team members
were around him giving greetings.  Toru asked about Ayane, but
it was grave news he heard.  He realized that she did not make
it out of the cyber world alive.  Toru resigned his job in FLAK
and for a year stayed in Ayane's country home where she was
buried.  Captain Yagisawa came and asked Toru to rejoin the army.
Toru did not want to do so at first, but as he heard Genha was
still alive, he changed his mind and decided to put this madman
back in his grave.

END

[11. NEMESIS]

Condition: Lose to Ayane in VENGEANCE.

OR

Choose choice 1 in BETRAYER and choose choice 1 in WANTED after
diving into the terrorist base.

OR

Choose choice 1 in BETRAYER, choose choice 2 in WANTED after
diving into the terrorist base, and choose choice 1 before
fighting Ayane in VENGEANCE.

OR

Choose choice 2 in BETRAYER, choose choice 1 in WANTED after
diving into the terrorist base, and choose choice 1 before
fighting Ayane in VENGEANCE.

Toru was sentenced for killing his comrade, Ayane.  He now stays
in the virtual plain where he and his friends in Steppen Wolf used
to be in.  Suddenly, a boy came into the room, wielding a gun.
After calling out vengeance for his brother, he shoots Toru.  The
last thing Toru could think of was how ironic it was as he was going
through the same roads as Ayane.

END

[d. Tukina's Branch]

Condition: Minori and Ayane's story branch must be completed.

[1. WIRED GHOST]

{Jump to the choice when Toru returned to the base of Steppen Wolf.}

{Choice 1: Enter the chat room.}

{Choice 2: Look around.}

{Must choose the first choice to stay on Tukina's path.}

After entering, Toru saw a girl there.

{Choice 1: Call out.}

{Choice 2: Just watch her.}

{Must choose choice 2 to continue Tukina's path, but this part will
not appear unless Renn's path is unlocked.}

Toru stayed there and just watched her.  However, he thought about
what Tukina said before about the wired ghost and made some noise.
The girl was surprised and stood up.  She then walked out and was
gone.  Toru was surprised and chased after her, but was blocked
by the wall.  He wondered if it was just a dream.  Just then, he heard
someone log in.  Toru yelled out, and found that it was Tukina.
Tukina wondered why Toru yelled so loudly and asked why he looked so
pale.  They talked for a bit, then Tukina started crying, apologizing
to Toru for Yuuya's death.  After logging out, it was already evening.
Tukina then noticed something was on Yuuya's console.  Toru looked over
and saw that it was Yuuya's pendant and held it tightly in his hand.
Toru remembered that Yuuya said this pendant was special.  It had been
made so that it can exist as a cyber item.  He then remembered the first
time he dove in and the first time he met Yuuya.  Toru then thought
about how Yuuya was killed, and the fire for revenge started spreading
in his heart.  He told Tukina he will join the army to find who killed
Yuuya.  Tukina tried to stop him, saying that he will regret that choice.
They started to argue, then Toru told Tukina it was either he join FLAK
or he go to jail.  After hearing this, Tukina told Toru that she was
scouted as well.  She then took out an invitation letter from V.S.S.
She then showed him that the letter was from V.S.S president, Tajibana
Reika.  Toru was surprised and wondered if it was a joke.  Tukina said
that it's true and if Toru joins then his criminal charges will be
erased too.  Toru still thought it was some kind of scheme, but Tukina
said that the letter sure came from V.S.S.  They argued for some time,
Tukina then said that could this be a chance given to them by God, but
Toru said something like that can't happen.  Tukina then said that
she wants to take this chance and doesn't want to just let it go like
that.  Toru then thought about himself.  When he was adopted by
Tukina's father at an age of 12, he had no memory of his past.  The
first memory he could remember was that he was surrounded by white
walls in some kind of teenage help center.  Tukina's mother passed
away when she was young.  Her father went to the other world several
years after he was adopted.  Up until now, Toru had been using the
little money he earned to help Tukina and himself to make a living.
Tukina then said that everyone else in Steppen Wolf had some kind
of skill they are good at, except for her.  Now this is her chance
and she can't miss it.  She said to Toru that he is the last of
the Steppen Wolf.  As long as he is alive, Yuuya will not be
forgotten.  Then, Toru replied...

{Choice 1: Follow Tukina and join V.S.S.}

Toru agreed to join V.S.S with Tukina.  Tukina was so happy she
hugged Toru.  Toru got embarrassed and told her she was getting
too close.  Toru could feel that she had touched the deepest
part of his heart.  Tukina said sorry and told Toru she did that
because she was too happy.  She then let go of Toru, and he went
into deep thought thinking about his relationship wtih Tukina.
Tukina thanked Toru for listening to her and told Toru he will
not regret his choice.  As they finished talking, the golden
light of dusk shone in and painted over everything.

NEXT CHAPTER

{Choice 2: Seek revenge and join the army.}

{Choice 1 must be picked to stay on Tukina's path.}

[2. V.S.S]

Several days later, Tukina and Toru stood in front of the V.S.S
main building located downtown.  The letter said that today's
interview will decide if they get hired or not.  Tukina wondered
if she will be accepted.  Toru made a comment and headed towards
the main gate.  Tukina followed him and they both entered the
building.

Several minutes later, they were lead by the receptionist and
headed towards the president's office.  Toru was walking quite
fast and it took Tukina some time to catch up to them.  Tukina
commented on Toru's dress code and attitude, and they went into
a slight argument on things.  Finally, they reached the president's
office and a voice inside told them to come in.

As they entered, Tukina was amazed by what was inside.  Marble floors,
antique furnitures, flowers as decorations, and a pleasant smell
floating in the air.  A women in her late twenties stood there and
greated them.  She asked Tukina and Toru to sit down and introduced
herself as the president of V.S.S, Tajibana Reika.  Toru looked at
Reika and found her to have a cold, commercial smile.  He wondered
why the president would be interview new employees.  Tukina and Toru
introduced themselves, but Tukina sounded a little nervous.  President
Reika told them that they should relax and not get too nervous.
What President Reika said next answered what Toru was wondering.  She
told them that she interviews those potential pilots who may become
upper level pilots who are the core of the compnay.  Toru asked
bluntly if the potential she talked about meant skills.  President
Reika replied saying that it has nothing to do with skills but
rather they are looking for people who are born with a kind of special
ability that would make good potential pilots.  She then asked them
what the first time they used a smicram was and had they taken
proper training before.  Toru answered saying that he used a shmicram
first at the age of 15 and never took any formal training.  Hearing
this, Reika was surprised.  She said that most people would get cyber
bone injury at first if they are not careful.  She then told Tukina
she is execellent as well.  Tukina couldn't believe it, but President
Reika explained to Tukina her reasoning, and confirmed her potential.
Tukina was quite happy to hear it.  She then said that those pilots
without potential may become several times weaker in the end compared
to those who have potential.  Toru wondered if he would be accepted,
and President Reika told them that those personnel confirmed by mail
will be accepted into the company 99% of the time.  She told them that
the company is investing into their gifts, and they will return the
company by following company orders.  Even though the job is dangerous,
they will be rewarded with the greatest reward, money wise, of course.
President Reika turned around after talking and told the two someone
will handle rest and they can go.

As Toru entered his residence, he found it to be a lot better than the
house they have in the slums.  He looked around the room and noticed
that the walls are made of a special material that would project
different scenes depending on the time of the day.  He noticed there
were two beds in the room.  Just then, Toru heard Tukina's voice
call out to him to step aside.  He then watched Tukina bring her
luggage into the room.  Toru asked why Tukina was here, and she told
him that she is living in the same residence as Toru.  She told Toru
they are cohabiting together.  Toru was surprised by what she said.
She laughed at Toru and told him that she didn't expect it either.
She told him that she asked for a residence right beside Toru, but
there were no residences that fit the condition.  So, the president
granted them the usage of a married couple's residence.  Toru took
up the reciever and was about to call the president to change the
rooms.  Tukina told him not to do it, since Toru is not good with
anything related to house work.  Toru remembered that he still needs
Tukina's help on these things, so he asked Tukina again if she really
was ok with cohabiting with him.  Tukina then showed him that there's
a portable wall that can seperate the beds into seperated rooms.
Toru was glad and finally calmed down.  He then helped Tukina unpack
her things.  When they finished, it was already time to sleep.  So,
they said good night to each other and started sleeping.  When the
lights went out, Tukina asked if Toru was still awake.  He replied
back, and she asked if Toru was angry at her for doing things without
asking him.  He said it doesn't bother him.  Tukina thanked him,
and said that this reminded of her when Yuuya first moved in.  Some
flashback flew by in Toru's mind.  After he finished his flashback,
he found Tukina crying for Yuuya.  Toru said to her that they have
to wake up early tomorrow and she should sleep.  Tukina replied back
and they both went to bed.

Several days later, it was the day of their first mission.  Toru
arrived at the battle station.  He greeted other team members, but
none of them responded back.  He thought that they obviously knew he
was once a criminal and don't want to get close to him.  Then, he
heard the door open and Tukina came in.  Toru told Tukina she should
not be in the battle station, but she gave him a weird face and told
him that V.S.S uses AI as pilot support.  She told him that she will
be piloting a shmicram, and Toru was shocked.  He feared that Tukina
was going to kill herself, but she told him that she had already done
simulations in the past few days.  Just then, President Reika's voice
appeared behind Toru and said Tukina's scores on the simulations were
quite good.  Toru turned around and faced both Tukina and President
Reika.  President Reika then explained that normally pilots would be
working individually, but this time they are forming teams called
units from the scouted pilots.  A mechanical voice then informed
everyone to get into position.  Everyone went to their consoles and
plugged in their neuro-jacks.  There was a countdown, and everyone
started diving in.

Everyone entered the cyber world at the same time.  The AI told
everyone the mission objective and told each unit to go to their
assigned locations.  After everyone else had left, Toru asked if
Tukina was ready to go.  She told Toru that it'ss the same as the
simulations, just a bit nervous is all.  Toru told her that it is
ok.  They are only on guarding duties today and battles may not
occur.  However, Toru knew in his heart this may not be true.  Just
when they began pondering, the AI informed them, the A8 unit, to head
toward their assigned locations.  Toru told Tukina to start going
since it's an order.  Tukina replied back nervously, and they headed
towards their assigned post.

Along the way, Tukina wondered why Toru don't use the standard shmicram.
Toru said that he is used to it.  Tukina laughed at him saying he is
still using his toy.  Toru said that he got the permission from the
president, and asked Tukina if she is alright with her "training
walking machine."  Tukina then called Toru idiot, but the AI informed
them that their conversation is going out of mission boundaries.  Tukina
said sorry, but Toru asked her why is she saying sorry to a rock (refering
to the AI).  Suddenly, the AI informed them unidentified shmicrams are
heading their way and told them to be aware.  Tukina and Toru left their
position and headed towards the unknown shmicrams.  When they met the
shmicrams, Toru asked Tukina what she was going to do.  Tukina said that
according to the manual they should give these guys a warning first.
Suddenly, one of them formed a gun on his hand and shot at Tukina.  She
fell forward to avoid the shot.  Toru said to her that he guesses now
they don't have to give out warnings anymore.  The AI informed them that
the intruders have fired weapons and they are granted permission to engage
and destroy.  Toru ask Tukina if she's ready, and after her reply the
battle began.

Toru asked if Tukina was alright, and she said that she thinks so.  The
AI called in telling them that the intruders have escaped from A9 unit
and A8 unit are to capture them.  Destroy them if they cannot be captured.
Before Tukina was able to respond, Toru headed towards them by himself.
When he met these intruders, he ordered them to stop and he will fire if
they resist.  The thieves refused and the AI informed Toru to destroy
them.  Despite the fact he did not want to kill these people, Toru was
forced into another fight.

After the battle, Toru asked Tukina if she's alright.  She said that one
shmicram is here and she is about to destroy it.  Her voice sounded scared.
The AI informed Toru something weird was happening on Tukina's side, so he
started to head back.  He found that a shmicram that was about to explode
headed towards Tukina and she started stepping back as well.  The thief
told Tukina to kill him and not to think too much.  Tukina kept on asking
the thief to disarm, but the thief just told her to kill him.  Toru
stepped forward and initiated the fight.

After they destroyed the thief's shmicram, the AI informed them of their
good work and told them to log off.  It was time for them to change turn
with the reserved troops.  The two followed the order and logged off.
Toru went to Tukina's console and comforted her because her face looked
quite pale.  She felt bad for the thief that committed suicide.  However
Toru told her that he does not want to see her brain dead.  If she did not
destroy the thief, she would have been destroyed instead.  President
Reika came over and congratulated them.  She said that Tukina is a little
weak in spirit and asked her if she needed a counselor.  She agreed.
President Reika left afterwards and Tukina told Toru she will be alright
after getting used to it.  Toru said that he will be her partner to help
her, and Tukina answered back saying that she had always wanted to dive in
beside Toru.  Toru asked Tukina for a drink to celebrate, and she agreed.
Toru joked about her still being a kid, and Tukina fought back saying
that he had gotten drunk a few times too and looked quite bad.  Toru
asked her if she wants to go now since the tasks are done, but she said
that she hasn't changed yet.  Toru then recalled that novices often wear
special underwear (do NOT ask me what this is) the first time they pilot
a shmicram because of *cough* (something to do with urine, and I'm not
going to explain it) issues.

When they returned to the residence, it was already midnight.  Toru said
to Tukina that she drank too much, and she was having a headache.  Toru
carried her inside and placed her onto the bed.  Tukina asked Toru for some
water, and when he returned he found her sound asleep already.  He looked
over and found that she was sleep with her ******* exposed.  Toru commented
to himself that Tukina had really grown up.  He tried to stand up and look
away, but dizziness came over him from the alcohol and he tripped and fell.
When he opened his eyes, he realized that his face was right beside 
Tukina's.
Toru's heart started pounding and he couldn't take his eyes away from 
Tukina.
Toru couldn't stand it and moved his lips over Tukina's.  When he was an
inch away, Tukina spoke out asking her father not to leave.  Toru's lust
disappeared and moved his face away from Tukina.  Toru went into flashback
remembering about Tukina's father and the time when he took her home to
meet Tukina.  Tukina was 11 at the time and welcomed him cheerfully.  Toru
was closed to himself at first, but Tukina eventually opened his heart up.
Tukina's father forbade Toru from diving into cyber space again the first
time he did, and warned him about the dangers inside such as black ice.
However, Tukina's father soon died in a physical world car accident soon
after.  Toru felt guilty for what he tried to do to Tukina.  He covered
Tukina wtih some blankets and went to sleep on his own bed.

NEXT CHAPTER

[3. CHILDHOOD FRIEND]

Tukina woke Toru up in the morning.  Toru looked at her and found that she
had quite a hang over.  Toru told her to go to the medical room because
hang overs are dangerous for shmicram pilots.  A special medicine for 
getting
rid of hang overs was developed because of this.  Tukina asked if anything
happened when he carried her back, and Toru told her she was quite heavy.
She gave him a big knock on the head for saying that.  He said he was just
telling the truth.  Then, Tukina gave Toru a weird look.  Toru asked what
was going on, and she asked if Toru did anything weird to her when she was
asleep.  Toru said he didn't, and then something else that made Tukina
punch him straight in the face.

On the way to the battle station, Tukina told Toru about finishing her new
training.  She said even though she is still far away, she will one day
catch up to Toru.  Toru thought about last night and felt that the little
girl had really grown up.  Tukina then asked Toru what was he thinking.
Toru paused a bit then said that she would probably end up having to chase
after him all her life.  Tukina said something, and they both became quiet.
Tukina broke the silence and told Toru she will be going.  Toru looked at
her and felt turned on (ok, I know it's getting a little out of hand, but
I'm already lowering down the pervertedness in the script).  He then
questioned himself why he was feeling this way.  Toru cut off those thoughts
and headed to headed towards his post.

The true nature of V.S.S is security.  Most battles were against intruders
who hack into the company system V.S.S is guarding.  Toru arrived at his
console and was ready to dive in.  Tukina seemed to have gotten used to
diving.  Toru asked if she was ready, and they dove in together.

The two dove into the grounds of the coorporation "Mercury", the top in
brain chip developing and a partner of V.S.S.  Toru and Tukina started
chatting, and the AI ordered pilot number 1 of the A8 unit to move out
to the assigned post.  Toru wondered what was going on, and Tukina was
also confused why Toru would be ordered to go elsewhere when they were
at their routine post.  Toru said, "Oh well," since it was an order.
Tukina told him to be careful.

After heading out for a bit, Toru was stopped by the AI.  It then
started asking him weird questions about girls and other weird things.
Toru thought that the AI had gone mad, but wondered why would a "rock"
be saying something not in its program.  After the AI told Toru he
will be whipped a hundred times, Toru realized that someone was pulling
a very bad joke on him.  Only one person Toru knew could do this.  He
then asked Bachelor to come out.  Bachelor appeared right after and asked
how things are going for Toru.  Toru asked why Bachelor was here, and
Bachelor replied he (I'll use he for unknown genders) was here just for
fun because he had found an inner opening.  Inner openings are backdoor
entrances that appear due to mistakes.  Toru and Bachelor's conversation
did not go well, and Bachelor left in the end.

Just when Bachelor left, the alarm sounded.  The AI informed Toru there
are invading shmicrams, but was cut off in the middle of transmission.
Tukina came over and told Toru there was a big problem.  When Toru asked
Tukina what was wrong, a transmission from the CEO came in.  President
Reika's worried face appeared on the monitor.  She told Toru that thieves
have invaded into the system and they must be destroyed.  Toru wondered
why he had to destory them.  President Reika explained that they have
hacked the database and the company's credit is at risk.  Toru was ordered
to not let a single thief leave the building.  Toru felt bad when he heard
that he had to shoot the thieves even after capturing them.  President
Reika told Toru more troops are being deployed.  Toru just needs to hold
until reinforcements come.  She then closed the connection.  Toru asked
the AI how many thieves were there.  The AI replied that there are two
groups.  The first were traditional thieves and are 8 in total.  They
are very professional and favor fighting.  The second is a group doing
it for fun.  Probably teenagers in their tens.  They called themselves the
"Black Dog."  Tukina was surprised that there were two groups.  Toru
knew that when Bachelor erased his own traces he exposed the other 
intruders.
Toru asked Tukina is she ready for battle, and she replied that she will
be guarding his back.

As they found their first set of intruders, Toru was a little concerned
about Tukina.  However, she said that it will be ok and she will show him
what she had learned in her training.  After the battle, Toru was surprised
that Tukina had improved a lot.  She told him it was the results of her
training.  The AI then warned him of intruders nearby, and the two headed
towards them.  After eliminating another set of intruders, Toru and Tukina
finally faced the last 4 professional thieves.  They seemed to have been
waiting for them by surrounding them in three sides.  Tukina warned Toru
and the battle began.  After finishing them off, Toru and Tukina left
to search for the dog.  They caught up to the second group and Toru warned
them that the thieves have been destroyed.  They stopped and a young
teenage face appeared on the communication monitor.  The teen told Toru
they understand and not to shoot.  Toru ordered them to disarm from their
shmicrams.  The teenager suddenly said to wait a second.  He said that he
had seen that shmicram before and asked Toru if he was from Steppen Wolf.
The teen then begged Toru to let them escape since they are all hacker
comrades.  Toru said that he can't do that.  Just then, President Reika
appeared in the monitor and asked Toru if he had forgotten the orders.
Tukina asked the President why were they to be shot since they have
already surrendered.  Without replying, President Reika ordered C4 unit
and C7 unit to take care of things.  As President Reika's orders ended,
numerous shmicrams dove in and surrounded the teenagers.  The teens
once again told these people that they have already surrendered.  What
responded were the guns.  Seconds later, they were destroyed.  Both Tukina
and Toru were shocked for what happened.  Toru tried to explain that
these people had surrendered, and the AI informed him of violating their
service contract.  Toru said something back to the AI, and President
Reika ordered to the AI to abort all members of A8 unit.  They were
forced to abort.

After aborting and returning to the real world, President Reika was
already waiting for them.  Toru asked why the teens were shot even
though they surrendered.  The other team members stood up and tried
to hold Toru to his place.  President Reika held her hand up and
they stopped their action.  Tension was building up in the room.
Tukina told Toru to calm down.  President Reika sighed and explained
to Toru why she ordered that.  She told him if that data was leaked
to the public it would cause great trouble and would really hurt the
company.  She told him that in today's society, data is more important
than human lives.  It was legal for them to take such action.  She
then said that today she will overlook it.  She told Toru to cool his
head down when he goes back and left the room.  Toru still tried to
say something, but the guards blocked his way with cold faces.  Tukina
kept on telling Toru to let it go, and he finally did and left the
battle station.

That night, they recieved a notice about being grounded for two days
for disobeying orders.  Tukina told Toru that they have been so busy
lately it would be good to take a break for a bit.  Tukina kept on
trying to comfort Toru, but he wasn't taking it in.  Tukina then
suggested it would be good to watch the TV for a bit.  As she turned
the screen on, a war movie showed up showing how on the battlefield
the soldiers who surrendered were still killed just because it was
on the battlefield and no one cares.  Tukina was shocked and turned
it off (on a side note, the soldiers begging in the video sounded
like Genha's voice, just something interesting).  Toru went into
his own deep thought.  The words of the teens reminded him of the
last words of Yuuya.  Toru then felt that he was on the same side
with Yuuya's murderer.  He stood up suddenly and told Tukina he
is quitting.  Tukina tried to tell him not to do it and not to be
so emotional.  Toru said that he isn't and they started arguing.
Toru said that he no longer wish to continue with these dirty acts,
but Tukina asked what the dirty acts would be compared to the
happiness of others.  When Toru was going to head out, Tukina
stopped him and told him that she will quit too.  Toru told her
not to since it's enough for only him to fall into hell.  Tukina
then started crying and asked Toru why was he leaving her again.
Toru then said some harsh words to her and left the room.  Tukina
tried to stop him again, but he did not look back.

Toru returned to his old home in the darkness of the night.  As
he walked down the street, he thought about Tukina.  To get his
mind cleared up, Toru headed to the shop he used to hang out in.

The waitress seemed to know Toru and asked him if he wants a drink
with drugs added.  He then told her that isn't legal.  As she
left, Akira, another childhood friend of Toru, came over and greeted
Toru.  Toru asked Akira how he got out of jail, and Akira just
said he got his own means.  Akira then asked Toru what he was doing
lately.  Toru did not tell him because he knew Akira hated V.S.S.
Akira then just said they're even since they both got secrets.  Toru
told Akira that he has something to tell him.  Akira said that they'll
chat after they both had some drinks.

After some drinks, Akira asked Toru what was Toru going to ask him
about.  Toru told Akira he is looking for a job.  Akira looked at
Toru and said that he understands.  He then said a few places which
may have been more of a joke.  Akira then asked Toru what about Tukina.
Toru told him she has the same job he has currently.  Akira gave Toru
a smirk, and said to Toru Tukina must have been annoying him so he is
changing his job.  Toru said that was not it and to not say it too
loudly.  Akira then asked, �gTukina has no connection to it then,
isn�ft that right?�h  Toru thought about it and told Akira everything.
Akira was amazed that Toru was working for a security company.  Toru
told him the company is s*** (alright, we all know what this means,
and yes, it is in the game script) and he is quitting.  Akira said to
him that it is ok for him to leave, but Tukina would be stuck in a
hell of a s*** (....don't blame me for this, I'm not the script
writer).  Akira then said he envies Toru for chasing after girls even
when he is working, but why isn't he satisfied?  Toru asked Akira if
he meant Tukina.  Toru and Akira continued talking about Tukina.  When
they were done, Akira turned around and headed out.  He told Toru to
go home for today.  If Toru wants he can come tomorrow night and Akira
will show him the some "dirty" (illegal) jobs.  Akira then made a last
remark and left.

{A day may have passed here, but I'm not sure.}

When Toru returned to his residence in V.S.S it was already quite late.
When he entered, he heard someone crying.  He listened and realized
that it was Tukina's voice.  Toru thought that she must be crying over
Yuuya.  He recalled the time when Tukina's father died and went into
a flashback.  At that time, she heard from the police about her father
and rushed to the hospital.  But by the time she made it he had already
taken his last breath.  At that time, she was crying the same way as
she was now.  Tukina noticed Toru had returned, and she rushed over and
buried her face in Toru's chest.  She cried even harder and told Toru
not to scare her like that again.  She begged Toru not to leave her alone
again.  Toru recalled the time when Tukina's father died, Toru said that
he will be with Tukina since he has no family left either.  Tukina then
said that she is sorry for what she had said and Toru told her not to
cry.  Toru held her head against his chest, and Tukina cried for the
whole night.

When Dawn arrived, Tukina stood up and said that she was sorry.  Toru
told Tukina not to cry anymore.  Tukina then thanked Toru for coming
back.  Toru told her he is leaving, and she told him it'ss alright.
She was already satisfied for him to return once.  She told Toru that
she knows she was the obstacle for Toru.  When he was about to say
something, Tukina said that she knew she said something very cruel
last night.  She told him that when her father brought Toru back, she
was quite happy to have a big brother.  However, that big brother
seemed to be more like a little brother at the time.  As Toru started
to show his talent, her feelings became mixed.  At that time, she feared
that he would go so high he would be far away from her.  At the time,
she always looked up to him.  As Tukina smiled, her eyes started to
become moist.  Toru asked did she doesn't like him since she is crying.
She replied that she is crying from joy.  She told him she is satisfied.
Just then, Tukina once again buried her face in Toru and exposed her
true feelings.  Tukina then asked Toru if it was really alright for her
to be with him.  Toru gave her a positive answer.  They then kissed
and Tukina said that she loves Toru.  They then tripped onto the bed,
and...

{This part is cut out due to improper scenes.}

When Toru was about to **************************, a beep sounded.
Tukina realized that she was late for work.  Just then, President
Reika's face appeared on the wall and greeted the two.  As Toru
rushed for blankets to cover himself, a smirk appeared on President
Reika's face.  She told the two to come to her office at 10 Am and
closed the communication.  Tukina said that she will take a shower,
They bugged each other and kissed, Tukina said that they would be
fine since they are together, and Toru agreed.

NEXT CHAPTER

[4. a-UNIT]

Toru and Tukina entered the president's office right on time.  As
they entered, President Reika handed Toru his discharge papers, or
so he thought.  Toru took it  and President Reika told him to
read it first before he thought otherwise.  Toru was surprised that
this "discharge paper" was actually a transfer paper to the alpha
unit.  Tukina was surprised by the phrase alpha unit as well.
President Reika explained that alpha unit is a shmicram unit under
direct order from her, the president.  She told Toru to not be so
shocked and wondered if he had thought about something else (ie.
quitting).  President Reika then told Toru that the company still
has room for improvement, and it's those who are in charge who
have the responsibility of using the right person in the right
positions.  It would be a disgrace for the pilot she scouted herself
to be discharged so quickly, so she is giving Toru another chance.
Tukina congradulated Toru with a sad face, since she would no longer
be Toru's partner if Toru moves to the alpha unit.  President Reika
then ask Toru to leave the room.  She had something to say to Tukina
privately.

As Toru waited outside, he wondered why would President Reika take
him into the alpha unit.  If it was just for her face it would not
really make sense.  He shrugged and took it off his mind.  Just when
he was thinking why was Tukina taking so long and tried to get close
to the door to hear what was going on inside, the door opened and
Toru was bumped by Tukina and fell on the ground.  Tukina asked him
what was he doing.  He said it was nothing and asked Tukina what were
they talking about.  Tukina was excited and told him that she was also
accepted into the alpha unit and is still Toru's partner.  Toru ask
if it really was true, and it was confirmed by President Reika saying
it was Tukina's wish.  She then said that Tukina's current strength
is not enough to be in the alpha unit, so it would rely solely on
their teamwork.  Tukina thanked President Reika and promised to do
her best.  President Reika then asked Tukina if she understands she
has to do some special training from now on to catch up.  Tukina's
face went pale a bit, but she agreed.  She then turned to Toru, with
her smile, and told him that they will be fighting alongside each
other again.

Their first battle as a member in alpha unit didn't come until
several weeks later.  It was a joint mission with FLAK, the one that
murdered Yuuya.  V.S.S came to the base with their own portable
consoles and set them up outside.  As Toru was configuring, he looked
at the soldiers with amusement, and noticed that they were looking
at him in the same way.  Toru talked to himself saying that the one
who killed Yuuya is among these soldiers.  Tukina didn't seem to like
that thought, and Toru told her he is alright.  However, he wondered
if that he saw the shmicram who had killed Yuuya if he would be able
to stay calm as he is now.  President Reika came over and told the two to
head to the battle station of the army for a briefing.  Toru replied
and headed towards FLAK's battle station.

The soldiers gathered beside members of the alpha unit in the battle
station.  In front, President Reika was standing there along with two
army commanders.  They talked about the current mission to assualt a
terrorist base.  The army will charge in while V.S.S members will
hide outside and eliminate them once they try to escape.  The soldiers
seemed to not look very happy about the order because they get to do
all the hard jobs.  President Reika then explained that they will
bombard the location with willis first, so they only need to take care
of the remaining terrorists who live through the bombarding.  The
soldiers seemed to have calmed down after hearing this.  After telling
the operation time  the captain of each team would tell them about
the details, President Reika dismissed the briefing.

On the way back, President Reika talked to Toru about the army.  She
pointed out the army's problem is with its commanders, especially
Gondo, since he is so obsessed with power.  None of the other alpha
unit members had any responce to what President Reika said.  They
just kept on walking in their stilled face.  Just then, Toru bumped
into someone.  Toru asked the girl he bumped into if she was alright,
and she said yes and said sorry.  Toru helped her get up, and Tukina
apologized for Toru.  She then told Toru not to dose off when he is
walking.  The girl said that she was in a hurry and left after saying
sorry a second time.

Toru finally made it back to the portable consoles.  These consoles
allow V.S.S members to dive into the cyber space at any location, as
long as the console can be transported there.  It was a product of
mass unification.  As Toru was preparing to dive in, he wondered who
the girl was.  Tukina said to Toru that she looked quite pretty while
sounding a little jealous.  He said that it was nothing, and Tukina asked,
�gOh really?�h  It seemed to Toru women have this sixth sense about things
that he really can't understand.  They talked for a bit, then Toru
asked Tukina if she would go on a date with him after the operation ended.
Tukina called Toru an idiot (with a blush) and asked how he could be
thinking of something like that under this situation.  Toru went back
to his console after the conversation ended and dove in.

Toru and Tukina dived in and landed in front of the gate of the base.
The AI informed them of ongoing combat inside.  President Reika ordered
the two to destroy any enemy when they try to escape.  She then told
Tukina her shmicram is a new model and would like her to do some test
data collecting.  Tukina accepted the order, and just then the AI
informed the two enemy units are closing in.  The battle then began.

After clearing the first wave, Toru and Tukina listened to the army's
communication line while waiting for the next wave of enemies.  They
heard that some of the soldiers are getting surrounded.  Then, the
army support asked Toru and Tukina for support, but the AI rejected
it.  Toru then asked the army support where are they located.  She
told him and he found it to be relatively close to where they are
right now.  President Reika called in and told Toru she will allow
Toru to support the soldiers.  The two then started going towards
where the soldiers were located.

While heading there, Toru and Tukina bumped into a few terrorists
shmicrams, and Tukina told Toru to go first and she can take care of
these herself.  Toru asked her if she will be ok, and she said yes.
Toru then went first while Tukina took cared of the terrorists.

The army support informed the two soldiers they have 7000 cyber
meters to go before they can reach a zone without interference.
The male soldier complained about it being too far, while the
female soldier asked where had Ayane went.  Just then, Toru
arrived and told the two soldiers to leave first and he would take
care of the rest.  The soldiers thanked Toru and left.  Toru then
engaged the terrorists.

After he cleared those terrorists out, more terrorists appeared.
Just then, Tukina appeared and they took cared of these terrorists
together.  After two waves of enemies are cleared, Toru commented
on Tukina's improvement.  Tukina was quite happy hearing this.
President Reika called in to tell them to head back to their
original posts.  After heading back, they chatted a bit and Tukina
was warned by the AI about some of her comments.  No more battles
occurred on that day and they eventually logged off.

After logging off, Toru went outside for some fresh air.  Toru
complemented Tukina about her skills using a shmicram, and she
said it was all due to her special training.  Toru thought about
what kind of training Tukina would have to do in order to gain so
much skill in such a short amount of time.  He then wondered, �gCould
this be the so called special talent President Reika said?�h  They
continued talking and was going to kiss.  However, they were
interrupted by some soldiers.  Toru asked who they were, and the
male soldier said to Toru that he saved their lives today and thanked
Toru.  One of the female soldiers told Toru and Tukina her name was
Minori Segawa, and she is the support of their team.  She then asked
for Toru and Tukina's name.  Toru and Tukina told the soldiers their
names, and the male soldier asked Toru if he was originally from Steppen
Wolf.  Toru said yes, and then the soldier said that he is
Nutscracker's Yosuke and said that Toru must have heard his name
before.  Toru told him he had never heard that name.  Yosuke was
a little disappointed, and told Toru his full name and formerly
a hacker.  However, Tukina was surprised to hear Yosuke's name.
It seemed that she knew something about Yosuke's past works as
a hacker.  Toru asked Tukina if she knows about Yosuke and
she said yes, with a blush on her face.  After some chatting,
Yosuke shook Tukina's hand.  She was really surprised that the
hand was fake.  The other female soldier then said that it was
just some trick pulled by Yosuke.  She told Toru her name is
Kaira and shook Toru's hand.  Tukina came over and said that
she had heard of that name before, and usually referred to as
"Cherry Bomb."  Kaira then said those are already history.  Toru
felt that some of his disgust towards soldiers had disappeared
after talking to these soldiers.  Then, he asked Tukina how did
she knows all about these people.  She told him he doesn't know
because he doesn't care about these things.  Yosuke then said
that it was surprising to see Toru being one of the V.S.S pilots.
The air became a little still, and then Kaira broked the silence
by saying that people have their own things to do.  She told
Toru and Tukina that they are going to give them some gratitude.
Toru asked what it was, and Minori answered that they are inviting
the two for a drink.  Toru said that he cannot do that because
he is on duty, but President Reika's voice appeared behind and told
the two they can go.  They have her word and can go have some fun,
for now.  After telling them this, President Reika turned around
and left.  Kaira broke the silence again, but she sounded as if she
was glad that President Reika left.  Toru asked Tukina if she was
coming, but she refused by saying she has something to do.  Kaira
said to Yosuke he must have scared her when he pulled that joke.
Tukina explained it was not about that.  She just had some
training to do and that is all.  Tukina left the group in the
direction of President Reika.  The group chatted for a bit and
left for the pub.

It was very late when TOru returned to the residence.  He was quite
drunk when he returned.  He and the soldiers chatted for so long
they stayed until the pub closed.  When he entered the room, the
first thing he did was jump on Tukina's bed (I think everyone
know what he is thinking), but found out that he landed on a pile
of blankets.  Tukina was nowhere to be found.  Toru wondered if
her training would go this late.  He then recalled that Tukina
always had a tired face when she returned from her training.  He
then noticed a letter addressed to Tukina.  It said that the
room for special training is located at medical facility underground
8th floor at room A-98.  Toru wondered, �gWhy would the training
room be located at the medical facility?�h  He grabbed the paper and
headed out to find Tukina.

Toru arrived at the underground 8th floor.  While he was walking
past different rooms, he heard a girl's moan.  He noticed that it
sounded like Tukina's, so he walked silently towards where the
sound came from.  When Toru arrived, he checked with the paper
and found that it was the same room that Tukina went to for
special training.  He looked at the sign and noticed that it
was the special experiment room and unauthorized personnels are
banned from entering.  Toru could also hear this weird vibration
noise coming from some kind of machine.  Just then, more moaning
noise appeared and Toru was sure it was Tukina's voice.  He tried
to listen to what was going on inside (the stuff is x-rated, so
I'm not going to explaing what was said inside).  Toru was
just going to go in and interrupt, but was held back by a woman's
hand.  President Reika told Toru that the security system is
currently on and very dangerous.  Toru then argued with President
Reika about Tukina, and she told him that she will not harm
Tukina.  Tukina was crying only because the training was hard.
She told him that he can ask Tukina tomorrow what she wishes.
She then explained that most V.S.S pilots have to go through
this stage to increase their ability.  Of course, there are always
exceptions (like Toru) who already have excellent skills.  She
ordered Toru to stay in the residence for now and Toru went back
to his room.

At 3 am, Tukina finally returned.  She look tired with her hair
all messed up.  Her face showed signs of dried tears.  Toru was
going to say something, but Tukina said that she was tired.  She
fell on her bed and went to sleep.  The next day, Toru was woken
up by Tukina.  She shooked him around and woke Toru up.  She
told Toru not to sleep that much.  Toru tried to ask her about
what happened last night, but before he could say it she said
she knew, she knew that Toru had low blood pressure, that was
why he sleeps so much.  Toru thought about it and noticed that
many things have changed about Tukina.  She had gotten real good
at piloting a shmicram, and because of his love for her the
things that happened yesturday really disturbed him.  He shrugged
and took it off his mind, thinking it may not be what he thought
it was.  He then told Tukina he'll ask her out since it's a day
off.  Tukina was really happy when she heard it.

In the restaurant, Toru asked Tukina about her training.  She
said that she always became a bit unconscious during the training.
Toru blurted out what he saw last night, and Tukina's eyes opened
wide and started mumbling to herself.  She continued talking about
what happened, and before she could reach the details she seemed
to have a headache and held her head down in pain.  Toru asked
if she was feeling ok, and she said she really is.  Toru helped
Tukina and left the restaurant.

On the street, Toru asked Tukina if what she was doing really
training.  She replied that it may just be some side effects,
since almost every V.S.S member had to go through the same
thing.  Tukina told Toru not to worry about her.  She was just
a little flipped out due to all the training.  Tukina said that
she is having a good life since she can now battle alongside
Toru.  She then told Toru not to quit since the cooporation
accepted Toru's talent.  Toru said that they should go home
and rest.  Tukina sounded a little disappointed, but they
still agreed to it and they headed back towards their residence.

When they returned, Tukina apologized to Toru for ruining the
day.  However, Toru told her it was actually quite fun.  Toru
then tried to resume what he did not do several weeks ago (I
think everyone know what I'm talking about), but as he tried
to touch Tukina's chest (or more bluntly, b*****) she screamed
and dodged away.  Both were surprised by Tukina's reaction, and
Tukina wondered why would she refuse.  Toru said that she must
have been too tired lately.  Tukina then apologized to Toru,
and he hugged her as she cried.  In the end, nothing happened
that night.

NEXT CHAPTER

[5. FALL DOWN]

Several days have passed.  Today, an emergency alarm sounded and
Toru headed immediately to his console.  However, he was not able
to find Tukina there.  Toru waited until Tukina arrived before
diving in.  She looked quite tired, and Toru asked her if it was
from the training she had.  She admitted it, and Toru told her he
thinks this training is wrong.  Tukina said it is ok and headed
towards her own console.  Just then, President Reika arrived
informing everyone this was an emergency call from the army.  The
terrorist group Fei-Tao have assualted a supply base of the army
both in the physical and the cyber world.  President Reika then
showed everyone an image from the control room.  It showed that all
of the personnel have been made brain dead.  She then told them
the terrorists have used willis to attack these personnel, resulting
in what they see now.  Toru looked around and noticed that everyone
else in the alpha unit looked as if they had no emotion when they saw
this scene, including Tukina.  President Reika made a last remark,
everyone dove into cyber space.

After diving in, Toru asked Tukina if she would be alright, and she
said yes, she will be ok.  The AI informed them of incoming enemies,
so they ended their chatting and engaged the enemy.  After taking out
three terrorists, the AI ordered them to seperate and engage enemies
on different routes.  Tukina told Toru she would be alright and left.
While Toru was wondering if she really will be, the AI told him to
hurry up.  Toru cursed the AI (called it rock again) and headed
another way.  Toru met a group of willis and two groups of
terrorist shmicrams, but he made short work of them.  The AI then
informed Toru to stay where he is and reunite with his partner.  Toru
waited for a short period of time and Tukina arrived.  He asked if
she was ok, and she said the battle went well.  She then said that
she took care of 6 units (this unit means either 1 shmicram or 1
willis).  When Toru heard that, he told her that was amazing.  Just
then, the AI warned them about a combat occuring around here.
Tukina asked what was going on, and Toru said that they are ordered
to support.  They then headed towards the site of battle.

When Toru and Tukina arrived in the battlefield, they were shocked
by the two shmicrams standing there.  Toru's heartbeat increased
as he saw the white shmicram with the giant claw that had killed
Yuuya.  Rage overcame Toru and he charged towards the white shmicram
with his gun pointing straight at it.  Suddenly, Toru's shmicram
stopped moving and the AI informed him it was a friendly unit.  The
freeze only stayed for a few seconds, but when Toru recovered from it
the two shmicrams facing off had both ran away.  Toru tried to chase
after the white shmicram, but he was immediately stopped by the AI
again, this time warning him that this is a huge violation of their
company code and if he continues he will be fired.  Toru said he
did not care and continued.  President Reika then ordered Tukina
to stop Toru, and Tukina followed the order.  She went in front Toru
and blocked his way.  Toru yelled at Tukina telling her that was
Yuuya's murderer, and she responded weakly.  President Reika couldn't
stand it anymore and said it is enough.  She then aborted Toru from
the cyber space.  Toru's nerves felt that a second ago it was
commanding the body to move forward, then was cut off.  Toru fainted.

{Toru described how it felt when being aborted from the net, but it
is out of the walkthrough's limit so I'm not specifying the details.}

When Toru woke up the first thing he heard was teasing words from
President Reika.  She called Toru an idiot for attacking an army
shmicram and asked him why he did that.  Toru did not respond,
and found himself lying on the floor of president's office.  She
then told him that talk is useless now.  The punishment for
violating the contract is getting fired from the job.  Just when Toru 
thought
his new life is now over, President Reika said, "Or so it was."  She
asked Toru was if his action was to avenge a friend.  Just when Toru was
confused, President Reika turned on the screen and showed Toru a
recorded video footage 30 seconds before Yuuya's death.  Toru asked
her how she obtained that video, and she told him she has snakes
(I'm guessing some kind of information spy or an information seller
inside the army) who can bring her mountain loads of information about
the army.  She told Toru she researched all of those assigned into her
control, including how many times they **********.  She then tried to
lure Toru, even telling him she knew who his parents were.  Toru
yelled at her to tell her to shut up.  When Toru was just recovering,
President Reika asked him if he wanted to get revenge for his friend.
This shocked Toru and he just stared at her.  President Reika then
lifted Toru's head up with her fingers under his chin and told him that
if he becomes her loyal pet she will help him get his revenge.  This
hurt Toru's pride and he yelled at her to tell her he is just her
employee and has no right to do such an awful thing.  She told him it
is no need to lose his pride to be her pet.  He can be her fierce
hound, a fierce doberman.  Toru told her he is not dog, and she
replied that he is indeed a first class doberman.  She will make him
know his place. President Reika took off her outer clothes, and inside
is an S&M suit.  She told her that for the success of a company such
as V.S.S, sometimes she will use her body as a tool for advancement.
She then told Toru that members of the Alpha Unit are basically her
cute puppies.  She then tried to lure Toru with her body.  When she
was about to succeed, Toru thought about Tukina.  He then suddenly got
up and asked her what she had done to Tukina.  President Reika told
him it was just love between women (I'm trying not to use out of rating
words).  Toru finally realized why Tukina was moaning and asking for
help.  President Reika continued to lure him and a balance is weighing
the decision in Toru's heart.

{Choice 1: Accepts Reika's offer.}

{A bunch of stuff here that is out of rating, so I'm just going to
cut them out.}

After logging out, Toru asked President Reika if she will really
help him in his revenge.  She said of course she will.  He will
get the help of his loved one.  Toru turned around and found
Tukina standing there.  Tukina now looked just like any other
Alpha Unit pilot.  Her face had no emotion and her eyes were dull.
President Reika asked Tukina if she will help Toru, and she replied,
in a voice without emotion, that she will help Toru get his revenge.

NEXT CHAPTER

{Choice 2: Refuse Reika's offer.}

Toru told President Reika that he will get revenge for Yuuya and bring
a happy life to Tukina all by himself.  He told her it 's none of
her business.  She called him a stupid child and said that he will
fall into the depths of misery if he goes on by himself.  Toru was
silent at first, but then said to President Reika she has to admit
she failed to control him.  President Reika laughed and said that
Toru is an interesting kid.  She told him he is like a bird in a
cage.  No matter what he does, he will not escape.  She then sighed and
told him she will help him get his revenge.  Toru was surprised,
then President Reika said she will create a chance for Toru to
meet the soldier piloting the white shmicram.  Toru was silent,
and President Reika told him her pet would be glad to help as
well.  She then called out Tukina's name.  Toru turned around
and saw Tukina standing behind him.  Tukina looked just as
emotionless as the other Alpha Unit members.  President Reika
asked Tukina if she is wililng to help Toru get his revenge.
She agreed with a voice without emotion.

NEXT CHAPTER

{Choice 2 is required to obtain the ending TUKINA.}

[6. BRAINWASHING]

It has been several days since Toru last saw Tukina.  She had
been away from his sight for some mission.  Toru thought about
what President Reika told him.  She told him that the day for
his revenge is near, so she told Toru to be prepared.  As Toru
thought about Tukina and how they now have a different life than
he had planned, he started swearing.

As Toru stepped into the battle station due to an emergency alarm,
President Reika told everyone that an I.V.S chip factory is being
taken over by the terrorists.  She showed them a video declaration
from the terrorists to the army, with the terrorist leader
giving demands and warnings.  President Reika said to herself
that QuWong is still as hot headed as before.  Toru was surprised
that President Reika seemed to know who the terrorist leader was.
Then, President Reika turned to Toru and told him I.V.S is an
important partner with V.S.S and this mission is very important.
She asked if Toru understood this.  They talked for a bit, then
President Reika told Toru there is a special mission for him.  Just
when he was wondering what it was, Toru saw Tukina standing behind
his console.  Tukina called out Toru's name, and her still face
now looked sad, a rarity after Tukina became like the other Alpha
Unit members.  Toru held his hand with her's and it felt a little
cold.  President Reika then said that Toru will have his revenge
today.  Tukina then said that it will be alright.  With her help
they will surely have their revenge.  Looking at Tukina made Toru's
chest sore.  However, before he was able to make a comment the AI
informed everyone to dive in.  As Tukina was leaving, she told
Toru that she will do anything for Toru's sake.  Before Toru could
respond, the AI automatically dove him in.

As Toru dove in, he noticed that Tukina was not beside him.  Then,
he heard from President Reika Tukina will be meeting him later on.
She told Toru do his best to survive the terrorists.  Toru
then said he will surely survive.  As he left his dive point, he
was informed by the AI he may have encountered the main
terrorist shmicram units and gave him a warning.  Toru realized
that they have placed him into a very dangerous situation.  The
urge to survive made Toru's chest burn with fire as he charged
towards the terrorists.

After several battles, the AI informed Toru of incoming friendly
units and asked for a communication line to be established.  Toru
then saw Tukina coming over in her shmicram.  He asked if she
was ok, but Tukina said to ask later.  What they should do
right now is to go to the special place.  Toru asked what it was,
and Tukina replied that the place is where the revenge for Yuuya
will be fulfilled.  As they have arrived, Toru heard the AI
telling them that according to a special order from the president,
they will now set up an interference to stop communications and
avoid detections.  As Toru tried to talk to her, Tukina said to
him that it's not the right time to be talking to each other.  They
wiped out another wave of terrorists and arrived in front of a
room.  Tukina told Toru his revenge target is inside.  As they
were about to enter, Tukina said that no matter what she will
be on Toru's side.  After she said it, they entered the room.

As Toru and Tukina entered the room, the first thing they saw
was the black shmicram that fought with the white shmicram when
Yuuya died.  Toru pointed his gun at him, but Tukina stopped him,
telling him he is not the one for Toru to get revenge from.
They chatted for a bit and the pilot of the black shmicram said
to Toru it was a shame to leave such a delicious prey to escape
from his hand, but at least he will get a second in line prey
for that.  Tukina then told the pilot that President Reika
will keep her promise and told him not to worry.  Just as the
pilot replied, a terrorist appeared and was trying to tell the
pilot of the black shmicram something.  However, the white
shmicram appeared and destoryed the terrorist shmicram.  Toru
was surprised that the white shmicram really came, and Tukina
woke him up and told him it is the murderer of Yuuya.  As the
battle was about to begin, the pilot of the black shmicram,
Genha, escaped and said he will see them later.  The battle
began immediately afterwards.

After defeating the white shmicram, it exploded and exposed
the pilot inside.  Tukina informed Toru of the pilot's presence,
and he was shocked to see that the pilot was the girl he bumped
into in the army base.  She looked at Toru with angry eyes and
asked Toru and Tukina why they attacked her.  Tukina told her
it was for revenge, it was for Yuuya whom she killed.  The girl
was confused when hearing about Yuuya, and Tukina continued to
yell at her.  Toru told Tukina to stop it and she started
crying.  The girl said to them she only killed terrorists, and
Tukina told her Yuuya isn't a terrorist.  She said she did not
know, then yelled at Tukina telling her she is only trying to
avenge her brother and how would she know who she killed on
the battlefield.  Tukina still tried to get revenge, but Toru
stopped her.  He realized that they are at fault.  He should
not have allowed Yuuya to go to such a dangerous place in the
first place.  He told Tukina the girl's words are right.  Then,
he remembered the words those kids said before they were shot.
He told Tukina it was their own fault to go to the battlefield.
Toru then talked with the girl a bit and said she can leave
and get out of the interference.  She thanked Toru and started
heading out.  However, President Reika called in and told Toru
to not let her leave.  Toru told her it is violating the rules to
attack a friendly unit.  President Reika got very angry, but
she calmed down immediately.

{Accepted Reika's offer in FALL DOWN.}

She then spoke softly and ordered Toru to point his gun at the
girl and aim.  Somehow, Toru's body moved by itself and aimed
the gun at the girl and his mind went numb.  However, when she
ordered Toru to pull the trigger, he did not respond and just
pointed the gun at the girl.  She asked him why he isn�ft following
her orders, and after a few commands Toru's mind starts to clear
up.  Eventually, Toru broke away from President Reika's control.
Now, President Reika was really surprised to see her mind control
being broken.  As Toru heard those words, the phrase brainwashing
popped into his head.  Then, President Reika said to Toru his
mind seemed to be hard as stone.  Toru then asked when she
brainwash him, and she replied that he accepted the brainwash
himself.  The image of President Reika luring him the other day
made sense to Toru.  Before Toru could react, President Reika
ordered Tukina to make Toru shoot the girl by force.  Tukina
was surprised, but as President Reika told Tukina to point her
gun at Toru her eyes became dull and followed the command.
Toru couldn't believe what he saw.  President Reika then gave
him two choices, shoot the girl over there or fight with Tukina.
Then, Tukina told Toru she did not want things this way, but
her body reacted as President Reika said out her command.
Tukina's shmicram started to shake as if she was trying to
get out of this control.  President Reika then said that Tukina
liked Toru and asked him if is he going to test Tukina's will.
Toru thought about all those weird things that had happened
ever since they joined V.S.S, and told President Reika he
now knows she had been brainwashing Tukina all this time.
As Tukina's finger slowly pulls the trigger, she yelled to
Toru to hurry.

{Refused Reika's offer in FALL DOWN.}

President Reika suddenly asked Toru if he wants to fight with
Tukina.  Toru was confused of what she said, but it was all
clear when she ordered Tukina to point her gun at Toru.
Tukina's eyes went dull and did as President Reika said.  She
told Toru it was all due to the commands said by President
Reika.  Toru realized now that Tukina had been brainwashed
as he recalled those weird events that happened after joining
V.S.S.  As Tukina was about to shoot Toru, she was in tears and
asked Toru to make the decision.

{Both will lead to these two choices.}

{Choice 1: Shoot the girl.}

Toru pointed his gun at the girl walking away.  She was shocked
to see this and asked Toru why.  Before Toru could say anything,
he pulled the trigger and the girl was eliminated.  Tukina said
she was sorry to Toru.  After seeing this, President Reika said
that now their revenge is over, it's time to think about
themselves.  They argued for a bit, and President Reika said
to Toru he is still her cute puppy.  Toru was then aborted from
cyber space.

In her office, President Reika thanked Toru for his work.
Toru was angy at Reika for aborting him.  President Reika then
explained how she mind controlled Tukina and used their revenge
to achieve her goals.  Toru realized that he had destroyed two
girls from his choices and asked President Reika how she could do
something so cruel.  President Reika told Toru she will explain
everything.

{This choice will lead to VALHALLA.}

{Choice 2: Trust in Tukina and not shoot the girl.}

Toru said to Tukina that she will not shoot him, and as
Tukina cried out loudly, the gun fired and the bullet
just flew by Toru's head.  Tukina panted, and Toru
told her he trusted her.  Tukina's shmicram stopped and fell
down afterwards.  President Reika could not believe what they
had done, and before she could react Toru informed all units
of the injured pilot.  Minori, the army support Toru met
before, thanked Toru and said Kaira and Yosuke are on their
way.  He told her to hurry up, and she said she will and
hang up.  President Reika looked at Toru with sharp eyes
and said she had underestimated him.  Toru asked her what
she would do to him, and after President Reika replied Toru
was aborted from cyberspace.

In her office, President Reika told Toru it was his second
time getting an abort.  He replied to her that those are nothing
compared to getting brainwashed.  She then said that it
was a pity that Tukina was not completely brainwashed at
the time of the revenge.  Toru asked her what was she was
trying to achieve from this, and President Reika told him
she will explain to him about everything.

{This choice will lead to either TUKINA or RESURRECTION if
Reika's offer in FALL DOWN is refused.  Otherwise, it will
only lead to RESURRECTION.}

She then gave him a brain chip and told him it was the
brain chip developed by I.V.S that will be on the market in the
upcoming Spring.  She asked if Toru knew what it was, and Toru
recalled that it was something installed in most citizens so
they can use the neuro-jack to connect to the cyber space.
President Reika then said the terrorists are doing all they
can to extend the production time of these chips.  She said
that QuWong, who the world thought to be crazy, is actually a
pretty sharp guy.  Toru asked what the relationship is between
all those things.  He then recalled what QuWong said to the
army about delcaring to the people the black box area of the
brain chip.  President Reika then explained that this black box
really exists in the new chips.  To put it simply, they are
brainwashing circuits.  Toru said that it's impossible for that
to happen since there are multiple organizations supervising
over the production.  However, President Reika said to Toru
that it is possible to do so.  Toru touched the part where
they inserted his chip, and President Reika told him not
to worry since his chip is an older version.  They could,
however, still brainwash him with special means.  Toru asked
President Reika why she is doing this, and she explained
that it's always the dream of those in power to be in
total control over the people.  She told him that in
today's world, resources are diminishing, the environment
is polluted, and many politicains are corrupt.  The chip
will create order and unity over everyone.  President
Reika then said that those in power are similar to the
regular people.  The system will create great destruction,
but V.S.S will survive that and be in control over all
people.  This company was the start of her dream.  She then
told Toru V.S.S is just a test playground for her before she
controls the world.  Toru was shocked, but he finally
understood why most of the members of V.S.S are brainwashed.
It's basically a mini-society of a future controlled by
V.S.S.  She said, "As everyone is a sage, it brings all of the
members in V.S.S together."  Toru yelled at her that the
company full of sages is just a group indulged in lust.
However, President Reika told him that V.S.S is a step in
man's evolution and started laughing.  Toru said that she
is crazy and argued with President Reika.  Suddenly, President
Reika brought up something about Tukina, and she walked out
of the office.  Toru followed her and was lead to the room
where Tukina performed her special training.

{The following part is way past the walkthrough's rating, so
I'll just give a very short summary.}

Toru saw what President Reika did to Tukina, and he himself
eventually fell into the trap and got brainwashed in the end.

NEXT CHAPTER

[7. COME DOWN]

When Toru woke up, he looked at the time and found it to be the
usual time he wakes up at.  When he tried to think about what
he dreamed last night, his head started to ache.  Putting that
idea aside, Toru stood up and got changed into his uniform.
Just the regular days everyday with everything all so plain.
Even though everything was so pleasant Toru felt he had forgotten
something very important.  Then Tukina came up to him and said
that it's time to launch.  Toru said he understood.  To Toru, there
is nothing he could do that could fulfill him.  He is a member
of the Alpha Unit, a corner of V.S.S's combat cell.  This title
is only one he could boast for.

In the hallways, President Reika told everyone they are moving
to the battlefield to dive in.  She told them that the army had
completely blockaded Fei-Tao's base both in the physical and
cyber world.  After some talk, President Reika turned to
Toru and asked how was he feeling.  Toru replied saying all
is well.  When President Reika said those words, Toru felt a
little excited.  President Reika then talked to herself about
Toru and Tukina's special treatment and how at least it's not
affecting the combat abilities.  Shen then told Toru he will
be partaking a special mission today.  She told him to retrieve
the insider of the terrorists.  To keep it a secret, some of the
AI's commands can be ignored.  She told him to respond as needed,
and follow Tukina's instructions.  She left right after and
Toru turned to Tukina.  Tukina, the other member in A7.  She is
the few people who were not fit to be in the Alpha Unit.  Toru
said to her he will rely on her, and she said she understood.
Somehow, Tukina made a sad face.  This change in emotion was
not suppose to happen.  When Toru's mind is unstable,
Tukina's emotion is unstable as well.  Toru thought that to be
in the same unit and live together, President Reika must have
her reasons.  Toru told Tukina they should be going, and they
headed towards their consoles.  As they lay on their consoles,
they were shipped to the site of battle.

The AI's voice informing them of their arrival woke Toru.
Before diving in, Tukina asked Toru if he could listen to her
for just a second.  He told her he will, and she thanked Toru.
Tukina said something that confused Toru.  When Toru was wondering
what it was, Tukina asked him if he remembered what had happened
before they joined V.S.S.  When Toru thought about his past, his
emotions became unstable and he stopped thinking about it.  Toru
told her he can't remember the past because it makes him unstable.
Tukina asked Toru if he can just listen to a few words she had to
say.  Toru did not respond and Tukina continued talking.  She told
Toru V.S.S had lured both Toru and her.  It had destroyed both
of their hearts.  Toru still did not respond, so Tukina just
apologized.  Toru told Tukina she should thank V.S.S for luring
her, and his mind has no problems.  He told Tukina she is the
one that is unstable.  Tukina told Toru he is right, and they
continue chatting for a short while before they were informed by
the AI to dive in.  Tukina then thanked Toru and told him she
has no more thinks to remind him about.  In silence, Toru's mind
became unstable again.  He told the AI to inject a mind stablizer.
The AI followed the order and Toru closed his eyes to dive in.

The AI informed Toru and Tukina their unit A7 will follow the
orders of President Reika issued before the battle.  They are now
not controlled by the support.  Tukina said she understood and
Toru asked Tukina for instructions.  Tukina told Toru they will
find the insider and lead him out while repelling any enemy
units.  Toru said he understood and they started moving.  They
were intercepted just a few steps later and engaged in battle.

After the fight, Tukina seemed to be trying to tell Toru something,
but in the end she said it was nothing.  Toru told her not to
say anything unnecessary during the operation.  Tukina said she
understood and they headed south.  After engaging in another
battle, Toru told Tukina he will trust her to lead him.  She said
she understood (again) and lead him east.  They bumped into
a third wave of terrorists but took them out easily.  Tukina
again lead Toru further eastward.  Along the way, they bumped
into Kaira who was fighting terrorists.  After clearing the zone,
Kaira asked Toru if was he doing great.  Toru looked confused and
Kaira asked Toru if he took some medicine that changed him or
something along those lines.  Tukina told Toru it's time to
move, and Toru said he understood.  Kaira told Toru to hold
on for a second, but he and Tukina just kept heading south.

After clearing the enemies, Toru and Tukina finally arrived
outside the room where the insider was located.  Before
entering, Toru asked what they were suppose to do.  Tukina
told him that President Reika will talk to the insider for
a bit, then they will capture the insider's cyber body and
escort it outside army's interference.  Toru said he understood
and they entered the room.  Inside, a weird guy waved at Toru
when they met.  The guy was Genha.  He welcomed Toru but Toru
and Tukina did not respond.  He then told them he had been
waiting for quite some time and asks for his reward (original
text is x-rated, so I'm just changing it into acceptable
language).  Tukina told him that she will get him connected
with President Reika.  After President Reika appeared on
the screen, she congradulated Genha for his hard work.  Genha
asked her if they can get him out of the zone of interference
right now, but President Reika said that he must wait there
for one hour to avoid army's detection.  After that, they will
perform their contract and escort him out.  Genha seemed to
be worried about QuWong interferring, but President Reika said
she will take care of that.  Genha then turned his face to
Tukina's shmicram and said it was time to talk about his reward.
President Reika's face changed and asked Genha, "Didn't they already
go through what he wanted: setting up a new organization,
supply weapons and fundings, and get him a new identity?"  Genha
told her those are what he wants.  He only wanted a little
prize for his lust.  President Reika wondered what this prize
was, and Genha told her he would just like to borrow that girl
from Alpha Unit.  As he said this, Genha stuck out his
snake-like tongue and stared at Tukina's face in the communication
window.  President Reika said she's wondering what is inside of
Genha's brain.  Genha seemed to be at the end of his patience and said
it would only be for an hour.  Hearing this, President Reika looked
at Toru and asked what he thinks.  Toru said he will follow
her decision.  President Reika told Genha he can do whatever he
wants, just don't kill Tukina.  Genha smirked and said that he
won't, but he has many ways to make her half dead.  Tukina called
out to President Reika and seemed to be worried.  However, President
Reika just said sorry to Tukina and that was it.  Tukina said she
understood, then Genha told her to disarm her shmicram (disarm
here refers to shutting down the shmicram and appear in cyber body).
She followed the order, and .............................

{Whatever dialog is in here just hear it from the game since it is
quite obviously x-rated.}

In the middle of *COUGH*, Toru felt a strange emotion in his head.
He shook it out and thought it was nothing.  When Genha was just about
to ********* it with Tukina, she cried out and asked for Toru's help.
After hearing this cry, Toru's body suddenly bent down as if he
was vomitting.  Toru cried out Tukina's name, then he aimed his gun
at Genha and pulled the trigger.  Genha dodged and asked Toru if
he was an idiot and trying to kill him.  He turned himself into the
black shmicram and said Toru would pay for offending him.  Before
Toru could understand what he just did, Genha charged at him and the
battle begun.

After Genha was defeated, he begged Toru to stop.  Before Toru
could reply, Genha's shmicram exploded and nothing was left.  Toru
then heard Tukina calling his name.  He looked at her and past
memories started to pop up in his mind and it was driving him crazy.
He sked himself why this was happening, then he heard a man's
voice explaining what was happening to him (and if anyone want to
know what QuWong said, try a Japanese dictionary or a friend who
knows Japanese).  The mysterious man started walking towards Toru,
and Toru wondered who he was.  Tukina was surprised and called
out the man's name, QuWong.  This name triggered Toru's memory.
It was the name of the leader of Fei-Tao.  QuWong walked over to
Tukina and chopped her on the neck to make her faint.  Toru asked
QuWong what he had done with Tukina, then QuWong replied that he
just made her sleep and wishes to talk to him privately.  QuWong
looked at Tukina, then asked, "How dare that female fox play around
with people's souls?"  Toru targetted his gun at QuWong, fearing
he would use Tukina as a hostage.  Just then, QuWong said that he
had wanted to meet with Toru earlier.  Toru asked QuWong why would
he (QuWong) wanted to meet with him (Toru).  QuWong told Toru he
is here to save Toru, or rather, to help Toru save himself.  After
saything this, QuWong started to walk towards Toru.  Toru could
feel pressure as if he was facing a heavyweight shmicram.  He
told QuWong to stop or else he would shoot.  QuWong seemed to be
calm and said to Toru he will not do that since there is no reason to
do so.  QuWong then said that he will tell Toru about everything
and they have no reason to fight each other.  Toru then thought
about what President Reika said about the chip and said QuWong
must be after the chip in his head.  QuWong then yelled at Toru
saying that it is not possible to brainwash Toru completely.
QuWong then said something that triggered Toru's memory.  It
seemed that he had met another man when he was still young
that had said the very same words.  He then thought about everything
he had gone through with Tukina.  As those memories flew by in
his mind, Toru cried out Tukina's name and he heard a sound
in his mind.  It was saying "overturned" and Toru's fogged up
parts of his mind was immediately cleared up.  The next moment,
Toru became the former Souma Toru before he was brainwashed.
It was as if he just woke up from a dream.  He then called out
Tukina's name and rushed to where she lay.  Toru embraced
her and asked if she was ok.  Tukina opened her eyes and it seemed
to have returned to normal.  She told Toru she was glad that he
was returned to who he was before.  Tukina continued talking about
how stupid she was in the past, and fainted.  Toru asked why this
would be happening to them.  He said that he only wanted to have
a normal life with Tukina.  QuWong said it was because he was a
Steppen Wolf.  It was his destiny during a time of chaos.  QuWong
explained that Tukina's father knew about this, so he forbade Toru
from diving into the net.  Toru asked QuWong who he was and how he
would know Toru's past.  QuWong said Toru knows, he's just a maniac.
That's all.  He then told Toru that Toru had won against the truth
of the brainwashing chip.  QuWong believes that Toru will be able
to win against the whole truth.  Just then, a message was called
in to tell QuWong to log out in 30 seconds or else he may be in
trouble.  QuWong said he will, and when Toru tried to hear more
things from him he had already dived out.

Just when Toru thought it was finished, a call from the outside
was made.  President Reika appeared on the screen and said that
the terrorists had been suppressed, QuWong had escaped, and
asked Toru, "Where the heck is Genha?"  Toru told her Genha seemed
to have been found out and was executed.  As Toru was saying this
he tried to fake his behavior when he was brainwashed.  President
Reika didn't seem to care too much and ordered the two to return.
When the call ended, Toru walked over and carried Tukina in his
chest and stood up.  He swore to himself that he will return and
get revenge for Tukina.  Toru's heart is now filled by a new
revenge.  A revenge for Tukina.  He then logged off from cyber
space.

NEXT CHAPTER

[8. COLLAPSE]

Toru had secretly left his residence in V.S.S.  They will soon
find out he had recovered from the brainwashing, so he had to
act fast to rescue Tukina.  He did not escape with Tukina because
if he did that she would have no way of recovering.  Since Fei-Tao
is now historied, Toru returned to his old hideout.  When he entered,
he could still see Yuuya's old console with Tukina's picture taped
onto it.  He was greeted by Akira, who recently had become unemployed
as well.  However, he is now the only one Toru could rely on to help
him infiltrate V.S.S.  They both reviewed the message QuWong sent to
them about the brainwashing.  It seemed that it was controlled by
a special AI, which is located in the deepest part of the facility.
If they destroyed the AI, then the current brainwashing system will
be completely destroyed.  However, QuWong warned them about a big
problem.  When the AI is destroyed, the people under brainwashing
will suffer brain damage.  In the worst case, it could result in
brain death.  But, if they stay brainwashed, their spirit will
be destroyed instead.  QuWong told Toru to trust in Tukina since
even under heavy brainwashing her emotions still existed.  He also
told them that Reika, that woman who needs divine punishment,
attached her brain with the brainwashing AI.  When the AI is
destroyed, she will be destroyed as well.  QuWong had the smile
of death when he said this, and the message ended.  Akira was
very excited by this and was eager to help out.  Toru had the
same technical excitement and plugged his neuro-jack into the
console.  After laying down, he dove into cyber space.

Instead of going against a whole platoon of 300 people, Toru
used his current identity as a V.S.S member and sneaked in.
After travelling for some distance, Toru was told by the AI
to stop.  He wondered what was going on and the Ai started
saying ******* stuff.  Immediately, Toru knew it was Bachelor
behind this joke.  He told Bachelor to come out.  Bachelor did,
along with a load of willis.  After some general chatting,
Bachelor said he (note, he here refers to both genders, since
in this route we don't know Bachelor's true identity) will
help TOru by interfering with the AI and harassing it with his
willis.  Immediately after, the AI started saying crazy stuff
to every pilot.  Bachelor told him to go ahead, and after
Toru thanked Bachelor, he left the area.

Toru was blocked by several V.S.S members, but he turned them
into junk metal in no time.  Along the way, Bachelor made a
few jokes on Toru with the AI, and Toru got quite angry about
it.  Finally, Toru reached the gate leading to the central
area of V.S.S.  Akira told him to be careful.  Toru said he
will and entered the area.  Immediately, he was intercepted
by Alpha Unit members and got into numerous fights.  After
spending some time taking those guys out, Toru finally reached
the front of the last gate.  He asked Akira if this was the place,
and Akira said yes.  He told Toru that there didn't seem to be
shmicrams inside, so he can now start getting rid of the AI.
Akira warned Toru about possible corruption, and Toru said
he understood.

After going inside, Toru found himself to be in President
Reika's office.  He noticed that he was disarmed from his
shmicram.  President Reika walked over and told him this room
is a cyber version of her office in the real world.  When Toru
was about to attack her, President Reika disappeared.  Toru
realized that in the cyber world things such as teleportion can
become reality.  When President Reika reappeared, she called Toru
an idiot and told him there are other ways to solve things.
They then talked about things like thw AIs and net logics.  President
Reika basically told Toru that a high level AI can even twist
the net logic in favor of the user.  The room changed, and what
Toru saw was Tukina's special training room and he heard Tukina
asking for his help.  Toru asked President Reika if this was
just an illusion, but President Reika said that everything in
the cyber world is an illusion, but what people felt is beyond
illusions.  President Reika then lured Toru to "help" Tukina
(I think we all know what this means).

{Branch 1: Refused Reika's offer in FALL DOWN.}

{Branch 1: Refuse to shoot the white shmicram pilot in BRAINWASHING.}

{Choice 1: Make love with Tukina.}

Toru and Tukina had ****************, ***********, and
************.  However, when Toru was about to do more, a sound
of gun fire woke him up from this nightmare.  He checked his armor
and found that there's not much damage.  He yelled out asking
who was shooting him in the back, and Akira called in telling Toru
what was he doing before.  Just then, the white shmicram appeared
and told Toru that he might have gotten into big trouble if he hadn't
snapped out of it. Toru wiped his eyes and looked around.  The
wallpaper now shows the background of a temple for the AIs.  Akira
told Toru that the army had come and when his pilot knew about Toru's
condition she pulled the trigger.  Toru and the girl talked for a
bit, then the girl warned him about the enemy behind Toru.  As
Toru turned around he was attacked by laser beams falling from the
sky.  A giant shmicram loaded with laser weapons now stood before
Toru.  Toru checked its identity and found that it was Tukina
piloting it!  He tried to talk to Tukina, but President Reika called
in to tell him it's useless.  She told him after continual brainwashing,
Tukina now shuts herself inside and no longer has her own thoughts.
Akira told Toru to defeat Tukina or else when the secuirty system
would go back up they will be trapped.  President Reika laughed and
asked Toru was he really going to fight Tukina.  Toru made up
his mind and said he will do all he can to save Tukina.  Then,
President Reika ordered Tukina to destroy Toru, and the battle
began.

When Toru found Tukina's cyber body fainted at the spot where
her shmicram was destroyed, he felt relieved.  Akira told Toru
to get Tukina out of there as fast as possible.  When he was
leaving, President Reika laughed, with blood coming out of
her mouth.  Toru recalled what QuWong said, and Toru said to
President Reika her plan is a complete failure.  However,
President Reika said her plans are a complete success.  Toru
wondered what she was talking about, then she said that Toru
was her proudest work in her whole life.  He asked what
she meant, but she said he'll understand at the day of
judgement.  After she said those words, her body shattered
into bright shards and became nothing.  Akira then called
to Toru again to tell him to get out of there.

As Toru heads towards the exit, he sees all of the V.S.S
shmicrams lying on the ground twitching.  As he was near
the exit, an earthquake occurred and Akira told Toru the
space is collapsing.  Toru heard a warning from the AI
about the space being deleted.  Akira told Toru to hurry
up and get out of there.  However, as Toru arrived at
the exit, he found that it had already been blocked by
interferrence.  He asked Akira what could he do, but
Akira said that it would require a whole platoon of
shmicrams firing at it for six to seven hours to
break through.  Akira said that Toru needed a vaccine
to get past the interference.  Toru asked Akira if he
could send an abort signal for Tukina.  He said yes, but
it would require her to be outside of the interference.
He then asked Toru what he was trying to do.  Toru told
Akira that he will charge at the interference and Akira
will get Tukina aborted once she is outside.  He will
cover Tukina with his own body to protect her.  As he
finished all the preperations, Toru stepped straight
into the interference.  Akira called Toru an idiot and
said it was too early.  Just when Toru stepped into
the interference, he felt as if countless bacteria were
eating away his skin.  All he could see was a white flash
in his eyes as his body was split apart.  However, he
felt that Tukina had disappeared from his grasp.  It
was the sign of aborting from the cyber world.  After
Toru said his last words, all of his strength is
depleted and his shmicram shattered into pieces as it
fell on the ground.  Then, there was darkness.

ENDING: RESURRECTION

{Choice 2: Do not make love with Tukina.}

Toru hugged Tukina strongly and said some comforting
words.  Tukina's body then disappeared and everything
went white.  Just then, Akira called in and told Toru
to wake up.  As Toru returned to reality (still in
cyber world, it just means the real cyber world), he
saw a giant shmicram loaded with laser weapons.  Toru
checked the shmicram and found it to be Tukina's.
However, instead of a warm welcome a shower of laser
fell from the sky and attacked Toru.  Toru tried to
tell Tukina to snap out of it, but President Reika
told him Tukina is now in darkness from the brainwashing
and he will not be able to reach her.  After some
more chatting, President Reika ordered Tukina to
eliminate Toru.  The two shmicrams clashed and started
fighting each other.

The fight ended with Tukina's defeat.  When Toru found
Tukina's cyber body fainted at the spot where her shmicram
was destroyed, he felt relieved.  Akira told Toru to get
Tukina out of there as fast as possible. When he was leaving,
President Reika laughed, with blood coming out of her mouth.
Toru recalled what QuWong said, and Toru said to President
Reika her plan is a complete failure.  However, President
Reika said her plans are a complete success.  Toru wondered
what she was talking about, then she said that Toru was her
proudest work in her whole life.  He asked what she
meant, but she said he'll understand at the day of judgement.
After she said those words, her body shattered into bright
shards and became nothing.  Akira then called to Toru again
to tell him to get out of there.

As Toru headed to the exit, he saw numerous V.S.S shmicrams,
all fainted.  It was due to the deletion of the brainwashing
AI.  As he gotten near the exit, he noticed that the whole
area was starting to crumble.  He immediately headed towards
the exit, but found himself trapped by the strongest military
interference barrier.  Toru asked Akira if there's there any way
to get out.  Akira replied that it was either blow a way out
or wait and die.  However, it would take a whole platoon of
heavily armed soldiers to fire at it for 6 to 7 hours to make
a way through.  Akira said he really wished he had the vaccine
for the barrier right now (the barrier acts like a bacteria
that would eat away any cyber beings, which was why the word
vaccine is used here).  When Toru was about to act as a
shield for Tukina so she can be aborted and started walking
into the barrier, a call came in and told Toru to wait for
a minute.  He noticed that it was the support girl from the
army.  He looked over and found a whole platoon of soldiers
outside.  Toru heard another call telling him that there
were illegal military activities, which was why the army
was sent over.  Toru looked at the screen and found it to
be the girl who killed Yuuya.  Kaira told Toru they will
get him the vaccine in no time while Yosuke looked over
and said what a s***** hell's inside (refers to V.S.S).
Toru told him it was the worst.  After he said those
words, the vaccine was activated and Toru was sent out
of the cyber world in his dreams.

When he woke up, Toru headed over to the V.S.S building.
As Toru walked through the hallway, he could hear crazy
laughs coming out from some of them (V.S.S members going
crazy after the AI was destroyed).  As Toru entered the
room that held Tukina, he saw Tukina sleeping peacefully.
Slowly, Tukina woke up and found Toru beside her.  She
said good morning to TOru (sweat drop....) and said it
was a good sleep (even bigger sweat drop....).  She told
Toru at first she had a nightmare, but in the end it all
went well.  As Tukina said that her body feels sore due to
staying still, Toru went up to her and hugged her.  Tukina
was surprised and asked Toru what was going on and why
was he crying.  She then realized and asked, "It wasn't a
dream, was it?"  They both hugged each other strongly.

As time passed, Tukina thanked Toru and said she was
alright.  As she stood up, Toru told her there are
army medical teams outside and asked if she needed
a check up.  Tukina said she was alright, and noticed
that she was naked.  She quickly covered herself with
her hands.  Toru joked about it, but it made Tukina
remember some of the bad things that had happened to
her.  Toru realized this and quickly became quiet.
He looked over and found President Reika's dead body.
Her smile was frozen on the face of her dead body.

When Toru and Tukina went outside the building, they
were greated by Toru's friends in the army.  Toru
was glad that Tukina did not suffer from any side
effects like the other V.S.S members.  He thought
that maybe it was because Tukina fainted when the
AI was destroyed.  Toru thanked his friends, but
Minori said that he should thank Ayane.  The girl
who killed Youya walked over and Minori said Ayane
found something was wrong with V.S.S on her routined
patrol.  Toru and Ayane both stepped aside and
talked in private.  Ayane told Toru that she had been
watching his actions ever since he defeated her
brother's murderer, Genha.  In the end, Ayane left,
leaving Toru and Tukina behind.  Toru and Tukina
talked and Toru cheered Tukina up.  And then, Tukina
tried to tell Toru something, but she was too shy
to say it.  Toru kept on asking what she was trying
to say, and she called Toru an idiot.  She then said
the words very quitely (as for what she said, don't
ask me), then Toru took her up in his arms and carried
her to their residence.

{18+ material, so it's not included in his walkthrough.}

Later in the night, Toru and Tukina talked about what
they would do in the future.  After talking for some
time, Toru said it would be good to contact Akira.
Tukina plugged in her neuro-jack and tried to access
the net.  Toru thought a bit more about the future,
but when he looked at Tukina he found her sweating
in pain.  Toru grabbed Tukina, but she started
twitching.  He quickly pressed the abort button and
Tukina's twitching stopped.  Toru asked Tukina if
she was alright.  She replied in tears telling Toru
she's broken.  After she said those words, Tukina
slowly closed her eyes.

ENDING: TUKINA

{Branch 2: Shoot the white shmicram pilot in BRAINWASHING.}

{Choice 1: Make love with Tukina.}

Toru and Tukina both fell into the sea of lust.  As Toru
********************************************************
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(ok, we get the point), he collapsed and fainted.

ENDING: VALHALLA

{The choices below that leads to the ending RESURRECTION is just
a copy and paste of the one above because it 's just too long
to type out a unique translation for each.}

{Choice 2: Do not make love with Tukina.}

Toru and Tukina had ****************, ***********, and
************.  However, when Toru was about to do more, a sound
of gun fire woke him up from this nightmare.  He checked his armor
and found that there's not much damage.  He yelled out asking
who was shooting him in the back, and Akira called in telling Toru
what was he doing before.  Just then, the white shmicram appeared
and told Toru that he might have gotten into big trouble if he hadn't
snapped out of it. Toru wiped his eyes and looked around.  The
wallpaper now shows the background of a temple for the AIs.  Akira
told Toru that the army had come and when his pilot knew about Toru's
condition she pulled the trigger.  Toru and the girl talked for a
bit, then the girl warned him about the enemy behind Toru.  As
Toru turned around he was attacked by laser beams falling from the
sky.  A giant shmicram loaded with laser weapons now stood before
Toru.  Toru checked its identity and found that it was Tukina
piloting it!  He tried to talk to Tukina, but President Reika called
in to tell him it's useless.  She told him after continual brainwashing,
Tukina now shuts herself inside and no longer has her own thoughts.
Akira told Toru to defeat Tukina or else when the secuirty system
would go back up they will be trapped.  President Reika laughed and
asked Toru was he really going to fight Tukina.  Toru made up
his mind and said he will do all he can to save Tukina.  Then,
President Reika ordered Tukina to destroy Toru, and the battle
began.

When Toru found Tukina's cyber body fainted at the spot where
her shmicram was destroyed, he felt relieved.  Akira told Toru
to get Tukina out of there as fast as possible.  When he was
leaving, President Reika laughed, with blood coming out of
her mouth.  Toru recalled what QuWong said, and Toru said to
President Reika her plan is a complete failure.  However,
President Reika said her plans are a complete success.  Toru
wondered what she was talking about, then she said that Toru
was her proudest work in her whole life.  He asked what
she meant, but she said he'll understand at the day of
judgement.  After she said those words, her body shattered
into bright shards and became nothing.  Akira then called
to Toru again to tell him to get out of there.

As Toru heads towards the exit, he sees all of the V.S.S
shmicrams lying on the ground twitching.  As he was near
the exit, an earthquake occurred and Akira told Toru the
space is collapsing.  Toru heard a warning from the AI
about the space being deleted.  Akira told Toru to hurry
up and get out of there.  However, as Toru arrived at
the exit, he found that it had already been blocked by
interferrence.  He asked Akira what could he do, but
Akira said that it would require a whole platoon of
shmicrams firing at it for six to seven hours to
break through.  Akira said that Toru needed a vaccine
to get past the interference.  Toru asked Akira if he
could send an abort signal for Tukina.  He said yes, but
it would require her to be outside of the interference.
He then asked Toru what he was trying to do.  Toru told
Akira that he will charge at the interference and Akira
will get Tukina aborted once she is outside.  He will
cover Tukina with his own body to protect her.  As he
finished all the preperations, Toru stepped straight
into the interference.  Akira called Toru an idiot and
said it was too early.  Just when Toru stepped into
the interference, he felt as if countless bacteria were
eating away his skin.  All he could see was a white flash
in his eyes as his body was split apart.  However, he
felt that Tukina had disappeared from his grasp.  It
was the sign of aborting from the cyber world.  After
Toru said his last words, all of his strength is
depleted and his shmicram shattered into pieces as it
fell on the ground.  Then, there was darkness.

ENDING: RESURRECTION

{Branch 2: Accepted Reika's offer in FALL DOWN.}

{Branch 1: Refuse to shoot the white shmicram pilot in BRAINWASHING.}

Toru and Tukina had ****************, ***********, and
************.  However, when Toru was about to do more, a sound
of gun fire woke him up from this nightmare.  He checked his armor
and found that there's not much damage.  He yelled out asking
who was shooting him in the back, and Akira called in telling Toru
what was he doing before.  Just then, the white shmicram appeared
and told Toru that he might have gotten into big trouble if he hadn't
snapped out of it. Toru wiped his eyes and looked around.  The
wallpaper now shows the background of a temple for the AIs.  Akira
told Toru that the army had come and when his pilot knew about Toru's
condition she pulled the trigger.  Toru and the girl talked for a
bit, then the girl warned him about the enemy behind Toru.  As
Toru turned around he was attacked by laser beams falling from the
sky.  A giant shmicram loaded with laser weapons now stood before
Toru.  Toru checked its identity and found that it was Tukina
piloting it!  He tried to talk to Tukina, but President Reika called
in to tell him it's useless.  She told him after continual brainwashing,
Tukina now shuts herself inside and no longer has her own thoughts.
Akira told Toru to defeat Tukina or else when the secuirty system
would go back up they will be trapped.  President Reika laughed and
asked Toru was he really going to fight Tukina.  Toru made up
his mind and said he will do all he can to save Tukina.  Then,
President Reika ordered Tukina to destroy Toru, and the battle
began.

When Toru found Tukina's cyber body fainted at the spot where
her shmicram was destroyed, he felt relieved.  Akira told Toru
to get Tukina out of there as fast as possible.  When he was
leaving, President Reika laughed, with blood coming out of
her mouth.  Toru recalled what QuWong said, and Toru said to
President Reika her plan is a complete failure.  However,
President Reika said her plans are a complete success.  Toru
wondered what she was talking about, then she said that Toru
was her proudest work in her whole life.  He asked what
she meant, but she said he'll understand at the day of
judgement.  After she said those words, her body shattered
into bright shards and became nothing.  Akira then called
to Toru again to tell him to get out of there.

As Toru heads towards the exit, he sees all of the V.S.S
shmicrams lying on the ground twitching.  As he was near
the exit, an earthquake occurred and Akira told Toru the
space is collapsing.  Toru heard a warning from the AI
about the space being deleted.  Akira told Toru to hurry
up and get out of there.  However, as Toru arrived at
the exit, he found that it had already been blocked by
interferrence.  He asked Akira what could he do, but
Akira said that it would require a whole platoon of
shmicrams firing at it for six to seven hours to
break through.  Akira said that Toru needed a vaccine
to get past the interference.  Toru asked Akira if he
could send an abort signal for Tukina.  He said yes, but
it would require her to be outside of the interference.
He then asked Toru what he was trying to do.  Toru told
Akira that he will charge at the interference and Akira
will get Tukina aborted once she is outside.  He will
cover Tukina with his own body to protect her.  As he
finished all the preperations, Toru stepped straight
into the interference.  Akira called Toru an idiot and
said it was too early.  Just when Toru stepped into
the interference, he felt as if countless bacteria were
eating away his skin.  All he could see was a white flash
in his eyes as his body was split apart.  However, he
felt that Tukina had disappeared from his grasp.  It
was the sign of aborting from the cyber world.  After
Toru said his last words, all of his strength is
depleted and his shmicram shattered into pieces as it
fell on the ground.  Then, there was darkness.

ENDING: RESURRECTION

{Branch 2: Shoot the white shmicram pilot in BRAINWASHING.}

Toru accepted wihtout hesitation.  He and Tukina had ************
and as Toru *************** and ******************** and *******,
he fell down and fainted.

ENDING: VALHALLA

<ENDINGS>

[9. TUKINA]

Condition: Do not accept Reika's offer in FALL Down.  Don't shoot
Ayane in BRAINWASHING.  Refuse Reika's offer in COLLAPSE.

It has been some time already since Tukina's return.  V.S.S and I.V.S
fell apart after Reika's death.  Reika's crimes even made it to the
historical textbooks.  Tukina lost the ability to go to the cyber
world after the brainwashing incident.  Her brain chip fatally damaged
and merged with her brain.  Even though she could no longer enter
the cyber world, she still has Toru in the real world and is hoping
to recover once medical advancements are made.  Just recently, Toru
submitted his marriage agreement with Tukina.  He has now stopped
using shmicrams and started the life of a technician.  Everything
is now just past, everything, even the worst things in memory.
Toru is just going to have a plain life and be at the side of
Tukina.  Even when life is boring and plain it's still as
precious as treasure when you are with the ones you love (err, I kinda
made up the last half of that last statement to kinda justify the
first half XD.  Argh, don't kick me!).

END

[9. RESURRECTION]

Condition: Do not accept Reika's offer in FALL DOWN.  Don't shoot
Ayane in BRAINWASHING.  Accept Reika's offer in COLLAPSE.

OR

Do not accept Reika's offer in FALL DOWN.  Shoot Ayane in BRAINWASHING.
Refuse Reika's offer in COLLAPSE.

OR

Accept Reika's offer in FALL DOWN.  Don't shoot Ayane in BRAINWASHING.

Toru has been in this dark place for a long time, and even he
doesn't know how long it has been.  Suddenly, he opened his eyes
and found that he still has his cyber body and Tukina was staring
right at him.  She told him that his real body had been unconcious
for all that time and even now had no chance of waking up.  Toru
just realized that he became the first official wired ghost in the
cyber world, but even then he was still happy that Tunkina is now
with him.

END

[9. VALHALLA]

Condition: Do not accept Reika's offer in FALL DOWN.  Shoot Ayane in
BRAINWASHING.  Accept Reika's offer in COLLAPSE.

OR

Accept Reika's offer in FALL DOWN.  Shoot Ayane in BRAINWASHING.

Toru has completely fallen to Reika's brainwashing.  Living the
life of battle on the surface and *cough* in the mean time, he and
Tukina had both fallen into the hell of physical enjoyment, the
living valhalla. Toru's last line? "...Heh...heheheh...hahahaha
hahaha...AhhahaHAHAHAHahaha...haha...hahhh..."

END

[e. Ryang's Branch]

Condition: Minori and Ayane's story branch must be completed.

[6. ANTIHIPS OR BERSERKER]

Toru met Akira during his mission and Akira persuaded Toru to
join the terrorists.  Ayane charged in and Akira escaped.  When
Ayane tried to go after him, Toru decided to...

{Choice 1: Stop Ayane by force.}

{Must choose this choice to enter Ryang's path.}

Toru took out his gun and told Ayane he could not watch her kill
his friend.  Hearing this, Ayane taunted Toru and attacked him.
Toru was quite surprised that she would attack him just like
that.  Ayane told Toru why would he be surprised when he already
pointed his weapon at her.  Ending with those words, the two
started fighting each other.  In the middle of the fight, Toru
tried to stop Ayane after he got the upper hand.  However, Ayane
did not take his advice and continued fighting.  After taking
serious damage, Ayane told Toru she cannot lose here and this is
not the place for her to die.  She then said something that
confused Toru and leaped into the air.  After a white flash, Toru
heard Ayane moan and the figure of the white shmicram who had
killed Youya appeared in front of him.  Toru said it can't be and
he yelled at Ayane.  He remembered what he saw that night in the
database room while anger and a feeling of being deceived ran a
cold chill down his heart.  He felt how stupid he was.  Ayane
said to Toru that she was about to start her attack.  Toru got
his focus back at the battlefield and they started fighting once
again.

{There may have been a mistake regarding Ayane's responce.}

Ayane's shmicram fell to the ground as Toru made his last blow.
After exceeding the damage the shmicram could take, it exploded.
However, Ayane survived and Toru aimed his gun once again at her.
He said to Ayane it was for Youya's revenge and tried to pull the
trigger.  However, just when he was about to fire he felt that
something was touching his shmicram's feet.  Toru looked down
and saw this girl dressed in white.  Toru said the term "wire
ghost" after seeing the girl's cyber mass was zero.  She looked
at Toru with very sad eyes.  When Toru thought about why she
looked that way, the wired ghost disappeared.  He wondered if it
was just his imagination, but after shaking his head he turned
his focus back to Ayane.  Ayane had already closed his eyes and
asked Toru why did he not fire at her.  Opening her eyes, Ayane
said to Toru if he is going to kill her then do it quickly.
Toru asked why would she wish to die, and Ayane's feelings
erupted.  Toru's anger left him after he saw Ayane's tears.
Ayane then told Toru she can't die yet, not before she can
avenge her brother.  Toru's heart was forzen by the surprise
responce from Ayane.  Toru realized that this would explain
Ayane's weird actions.  He then wondered if he still has the
stand to take revenge.  Just then, Minori called in and asked
Toru what was he doing.  She asked him why did he fight with
Ayane.  Toru did not reply, so Captain Yagisawa ordered both
of them to return immediately.  Toru said that he understood
and logged out of cyber space.

NEXT CHAPTER

[7. DESERTER]

Toru was jailed after he returned for fighting with a comrade.
Captain Yagisawa entered his cell and asked him what was his
reason for fighting Ayane.  Toru asked why didn't he ask Ayane
instead, and Captain Yagisawa told Toru that Ayane fainted and
had been sent to the hospital.  He said at least Ayane will
eventually recover with no serious issues.  A deep voice echoed
in the cell and Toru saw Commander Gondo entering his cell.
He told Toru Ayane had regained conciousness.  He asked Toru
did he fought Ayane to help a terrrorist escape.  Toru replied
that it was his old friend, someone he viewed as family.
Commander Gondo told Toru what he said fitted with the evidence
they had found.  He told Toru his friend, Akira, escaped from
a police station when it was attacked by Fei-Tao and now a
member of the terrorists.  Commander Gondo then asked wasn't
that guy Toru's friend from Steppen Wolf.  He then said would
it not be too much of a coincidence for old friends to meet
on the battlefield?  Hearing this, Toru understood what the
commander was thinking.  He realized that Commander Gondo
must have thought he was an insider.  Commander Gondo then
said something about the benefactors from this situation.
Toru tried to explain, but he stopped because he knew there
were too much evidence against him.  Commander Gondo said
some final words and left the cell.  Captain Yagisawa did
not say another word and started leaving.  Toru called out
and tried to tell Captain Yagisawa he really is not the
insider.  Captain Yagisawa replied saying that was what
he thought as well but Toru's current situation looks bad.
He told Toru it will have to wait until the investigation
of the insider is complete.  He left the cell after telling
Toru not to make any trouble while he is in here.

In the middle of the night, Toru thought about Ayane.  He
recalled what Ayane said about revenging her brother.  When
he closed his eyes and tried to sleep, he heard a voice
calling out to him.  He opened his eyes and there was Minori.
She told Toru she got a special permission to visit him and
showed him the microphone on her clothes.  Toru asked why was
she here, and Minori told him she came here to ask why did
he do such a thing.  She told him she believed that he was
not the insider.  Toru asked what did the others think.
Minori told him both Kaira and Yosuke did not believe that
either.  However, it seemed that the other teams gave in
to that idea.  Minori asked again why had he fought Ayane,
and Toru explained that Ayane was full of the killing aura
and he had no choice.  He then asked Minori what she would
have done and she told Toru she would ask his friend to
surrender.  Toru said that would never work, and Minori
said she doesn't know of any other way.  After a bit of
silence, Minori notified Toru to come closer so they
would not hear what they are talking about.  She asked
Toru if it was just to cover up his friend, why did he
almost kill Ayane.  Toru notified Minori to put her ear
near the bars and told her everything.  Minori said
that she believed Toru's reason, but Toru had no confidence
if others will believe it.  When Minori was going to
say more things to Toru, a dull alarm sounded.  They were
quite surprised and Minori told Toru this was the alarm
for bio-hazards.  A broadcast was made to inform people
of a bio-hazard attack and told everyone to follow the
orders of medics.  Just then, two medics entered the cell
and ordered evacuation.  Minori asked what was going on
and one of the medics told her that a special bio mutated
bug weapon was leaked in with the food supply.  He then
opened the door and started evacuating Toru.  Minori tried
to help, but was stopped by the medic saying that she
will get infected as well if she touched Toru.  He said
some scary things of what would happen to her and Minori
was frightened.  The medic then asked Minori did she
exchange body fluid with Toru.  Minori said no and acted
very shy.  The medic then told Minori to wash her hands
and go to the medical room.  Minori said she will and
went out.  The medics then escorted Toru out of his cell.

In the hallway, the male medic kept on yelling that they
are coming through with a patient infected by the
bio-weapon and told everyone to stay away.  Toru asked
the medic if he was really infected, and he told Toru
bugs will come flying out of him if things don't get
controlled.  He said that for a male those bugs will
come out of the man's **** (ok, there's like only one
part of the male human body that would be censored,
so take your guess) and that really shocked Toru.  He
immediately asked the medic if there was some special
medicine that would cure him of this bio-weapon.  The
medic said no and it would be too late for him at this
rate.  The two medics did not take Toru to the medical
room.  Instead, they headed outside.  After they left
the base, Toru asked where are they taking him.  The
male medic then said that there are no special medicine
that would cure stupidity and took off his mask.  Toru
realized that the medic was really Akira!  The other
medic gave Akira a chop in the head.  Akira called the
other medic Ryang and asked why did she do that.  She
told him it was because of those bugs he made up made
it really hard for her to not laugh.  The girl took
off her mask and the face of a traditional Chinese
beauty appeared in front of Toru.  They chatted for
a bit and the bio-hazzard alarm stopped and changed
into the general alarm.  A broadcast was made to inform
that a soldier named Souma Toru had escaped from his
cell.  Toru was shocked and Ryang started explaining
their escape route.  Gunshots were heard and Ryang
told Toru to hurry up.  Toru heard Minori calling to
him but Ryang pulled him by his right ear while Akira
pulled him by his left ear and dragged him out.  Even
though Minori tried harder, her voice faded with the
gunfire as they escaped in the car.

They deserted the car after reaching the city streets.
Akira and Ryang changed into their normal clothes.
Toru asked why did they do that, and Akira said he
came to help because Toru was in danger.  Toru said
that was not what he wanted and now he must have been
branded as the insider.  Ryang's face twitched and
asked Toru if he really wasn't the anonymous person
providing them with information.  Akira told Toru
there were always data about the army given to them
by someone and Ryang said they thought the person
was Toru.  Toru explained to them that he has no
interest in Antihips.  They talked for a bit and
Akira asked Toru if he wants to join the terrorists
now that Toru has nowhere to go.  He told Toru since
he was the one that made this loophole then he will
provide Toru a place to hide.  Ryang asked Akira
what would he do if Toru went and tell the army
about their hideout.  Akira assured her if that
happened he would be skinned and get shot.  Ryang
said she understood and went over to make a call
to QuWong.  Akira then asked Toru to come and meet
with QuWong.  Ryang walked over and said it has
been approved.  They then took Toru to the base
of the terrorists.

A few hours later, they arrived at the worst place
in the city.  Akira told Toru these buildings
made up the city a hundred years ago.  They entered
from an abandoned underground metro station.  Along
the way, Toru saw numerous armed guards and Akira
said they will be arriving at the great underground
tomb.  Toru asked Akira was the base of Fei-Tao
located in the abandoned metro lines under the slums,
but Akira said those are only the passages.  The
base itself is something else.  After walking for
some distance, they arrived at a giant steel gate.
After inputting the passwords, the steel gates
opened.  After they all had opened, Akira invited
Toru and they entered this underworld paradise.

What came into Toru's eyes was a circular dome with
artificial lighting.  There seemed to be quite a
number of people living in here, including children.
Toru looked around and found a name carved on the
wall: "Atomic Protection Shelter - Level 7."  When
Toru was amazed by the sight, a voice behind him
told Toru about the history of the shelter.  It
was a tall asian man with long hair wearing glasses.
His height and looks created some kind of pressure
around him.  He addressed himself as the current
leader of this underworld, QuWong.  They shook hands
and Akira introduced Toru to QuWong.  QuWong welcomed
Toru as a new comrade, but Toru didn't want to join
the terrorists.  QuWong then said that destiny had
guided Toru here and continued to persuade Toru in
joining them.  Toru yelled at QuWong saying he can
bypass destiny and called him a wild believer.
Everyone around him became silent and looked at Toru
with eyes of anger.  Ryang said to Toru that how could
he say such a thing to QuWong.  Toru said that Antihips
disagreed with the distribution of brain chips, but
that would be crazy because many of the technology
and services rely on the brain chip.  QuWong said
Toru misunderstood him.  The reason they refuse these
new chips is because they are going to be used to
control the people.  Toru laughed at QuWong and said
he watched too many movies.  QuWong told Toru that
sadly, this is really happening.  Toru argued back
saying that the brain chips have all been approved
by neutral facilities.  Ryang can't take it anymore
and tackled Toru.  QuWong ordered Ryang to stop, then
she let go of Toru.  Ryang then threatened Toru and
stood aside.  QuWong apologized said he's used to
being called crazy believer.  However, he said no
matter if Toru believes or not, what he said is the
truth.

After some chatting, QuWong showed Toru around.  He
asked Toru what does he think about what he saw, then
explained that Level 7 is actually a paradise for those
who were persecuted.  He then told Toru he is free to
go, but he can also join them for now and judge the
truth himself.  Toru said he will take the second option
and they welcomed him once more.  Only Ryang did not
think it was much of a big deal.

The next day, Toru woke up and looked out from his room.
He saw the people crowding around a large pot getting
their first meal of the day.  The scene is just like
a bandit village he saw in a film, except this village
is now deep underground instead of being in the
mountains.  Toru thought about his friends in the
military, but hunger distracted his thoughts.  When he
was doubting if he should go down to get food, Ryang
gave him a bowl of soup.  Toru ate and thanked Ryang.
Ryang said that she doesn't know what QuWong was thinking
and walked out of the room.  Toru told Akira that Ryang
doesn't seem to like him very much, and Akira explained
that Ryang views QuWong like a brother and may even have
a crush.  Akira then told Toru about what had happened to
him at the police station and showed him what they did
to his chip.  He told Toru these chips are being installed
to criminals as an experiment.  Toru asked him are these
new facilities going to be very rough, but Akira said
that it's the opposite.  Toru was confused and sked Akira
why was it so bad.  Akira explained that the new facilities
are intended to be factories of making good mannered people.
He told Toru that if you think about something illegal you
would be lightly shocked and gets strong when you attempt
to do something illegal.  They chatted for quite a bit,
until they heard Ryang telling someone to let go of her.
They went outside to take a look and saw a guy with afro
molesting Ryang.  Akira told Toru the guy is Genha and
those goons around are Genha's men.  Suddenly, in a flash
Ryang kicked Genha in the crouch.  Genha yelled at Ryang
and called her a wild cat.  He then saw Toru and asked
Ryang who was the new guy.  Ryang told him the person
is QuWong's guest, but when she tried to say Toru's name
she seemed to have some difficulty.  Before she could
say it, Toru told Genha his name.  Genha despised Toru
and said some awful things despite Ryang's warnings.
He then took out a knife and asked Toru if Toru has
guts to dance with him.  Toru told Genha it would be
pointless to duel it out in the real world.  However,
he will fulfill Genha's desire to battle in the cyber
world with his shmicram.  Ryang tried to stop Toru
and explained that Genha is one of the best shmicram
pilots in Fei-Tao.  Akira told Ryang it was ok because
Toru's skills is best of the best and had made his name
in Steppen Wolf.  Genha then called Toru a wolf and asked
him if he is satisfied.  Toru told him it is a one on one
duel and ends when one of them can no longer fight in a
training battle.  Genha laughed at Toru and asked if he
was scared to be brain dead.  Toru smirked and replied
that he asked for the training battle so Genha won't be
brain dead after this.  Genha was fired up and called
his men to prepare the equipment.  Genha's men then
set up a projector showing the cyber arena.  Akira
told Toru to tune his shmicram and gave him an old
neuro-jack.  Ryang told Toru to be responsible for what
he said.  Genha yelled to Toru asking if he was ready.
Akira asked Toru to show them the true skill of the
Steppen Wolf and told him many people are watching.
Toru then dove into cyber space.

After entering the arena, Genha asked Toru (calling
him Mr. Wolf, again) if he was ready to dance.  Toru
replied to Genha that they shall dance together.  Genha
seemd to be pleased and asked for a hardcore music.
The music then changed to a fighting tune and the two
started fighting each other.

{Win.}

Genha could not believe that he had lost.  However, he
said he was happy to have the chance of dancing with
Toru.  They then logged out.  Toru was welcomed by Akira
and many others.  They then welcomed Toru to a
celebration for welcoming him into the group.  Toru
drank the beer and his mind faded into darkness.

NEXT CHAPTER

{Lose, but bring Genha's health down to less than 250.}

Genha told Toru that Toru did a good job in lowering his
armor.  He approved Toru's skills.  They then logged out.
Even though Toru lost, the people still gave him a pat on
the back for doing so well against Genha.  They brought
beer and gave Toru a warm welcoming party.  Toru drank
the alcohol and fell asleep after getting drunk.

NEXT CHAPTER

{Lose and Genha's health is still above 250.}

Genha was disappointed and ordered his men to pull out
Toru's neuro-jack.  Toru told them to wait, but his five
senses were split apart when the neuro-jack was pulled.
After a huge shock, Toru's mind entered eternal darkness.

BAD END

[8. LEVEL 7]

Toru had a huge hang over and was pulled out of his bed
by Ryang.  After Toru washed his face, Ryang asked him
about his name.  Toru said he told her that yesturday
already.  Ryang told Toru that she may have forgotten it
and said she thinks it started with the letter t (in the
Japanese it started with a character with the sound t).
Ryang then started guessing Toru's name but kept on getting
it wrong.  Toru then corrected her and told her his name
again.  They then talked about yesturday's battle.  Suddenly,
a teenager came up and asked Toru if he was Toru.  Toru
looked and saw a young girl stood behind the teenager.
The teenager said Toru was amazing in yesturday's battle.
Toru could see the teen's eyes shine.  He then told Toru
Akira told him Toru used to be a member of Steppen Wolf
and told Toru he's a fan of the group.  The girl then
said it is an honour to fight beside members of Steppen
Wolf.  Toru was wondering what that meant and the teenager
explained that he's becoming one of Fei-Tao's fighters.
Toru was surprised and thought about all those terrorists
he killed before.  The thought about one of them being
like the kid he sees in front of him made him sick.  The
teenager then asked Toru if he was feeling alright.  Toru
said he was fine and took a deep breath.

Just then, QuWong came over and asked the two kids if
they could leave while he talk to Toru in private.  After
the two kids left, QuWong asked Ryang if she can go take
care of things at the command room.  After Ryang left,
QuWong asked Toru if that kid had troubled him.  Toru
asked QuWong if he can prevent the kid from fighting,
but QuWong said he can't do that.  QuWong explained that
the teenager volunteered to become a fighter because his
brother was once a fighter but died in shmicram battle.
QuWong asked Toru how he feels being a terrorist.
Toru told QuWong that he still does not believe in what
QuWong said, but he looks forward to find out.  QuWong
told Toru that when Toru finds out about the truth Toru
will surely become one of his comrades.  QuWong told Toru
the truth is a hard thing to bear once it is known.  Just
when Toru was pondering about QuWong's words, Ryang came
yelling to QuWong about something going wrong.  Just then
the alarm sounded.  QuWong asked Ryang what was wrong and
Ryang told him to come quickly to the command room.  QuWong
said he understood and asked Toru to come with them.  Toru
then followed QuWong and Ryang's footsteps to the command
room.

Toru entered the command room and saw that the interface
was from the early 21th century.  Toru looked at QuWong
and found him to be troubled.  He then asked QuWong if
there was an attack.  QuWong told Toru that one of their
checkpoints was found and assaulted by V.S.S.  He
then said that if the access was captured V.S.S would be
able to find where Level 7 is.  Toru asked QuWong what
he was planning to do.  QuWong told Toru that they are
going to delete all the data in that checkpoint but will
require some time to perform.  Ryang told QuWong the
shmicram party is ready and is diving in.  Toru looked
at the pilots and found that they dove in without sitting
on a console.  Instead, these terrorists are just lying
on the ground.  QuWong explained that consoles are too
expensive to have.  After some talking, Akira appeared
on the screen and told QuWong there are some problems.
He told QuWong that he still needs ten minutes to delete
all the data but they can't hold for that long.  He said
that most of the back-up pilots are too young.  Toru
looked out and saw some of those younger pilots showing
signs of brain death.  Ryang then said that Genha was
too far to be reached.  QuWong saw that they are not
going to make it, so he told Ryang to prepare a neuro-
jack for him to dive in.  Ryang said that it is not
wise to do that and Akira supported that idea.  When
all seemed to be hopeless, Ryang asked Toru to look
at what was happening.  Ryang kept on trying to get
Toru to help but Toru didn't seem to respond.  Just
then, Toru walked out and asked Ryang if there was
any spare neuro-jack.  Ryang immediately gave him
one and Toru lied down to prepare to dive in.  Ryang
said to Toru that everything relies on him now.
Toru plugged the neuro-jack in and dove into cyber
space.

When Toru entered cyber space, he met Akira and
asked him about the current situation.  Akira told
Toru that he will be done if Toru could hold for
three more minutes.  Toru immediately went south
towards the gate.  When he exited the gate, he told
the other terrorist pilots to withdraw and he would
take care of everything.  The other terrorists thanked
Toru and left.  Toru then engaged the V.S.S troops
on his own and held the ground for three minutes.
When the time was up, Akira called to Toru to tell
him that the deleting is complete and Toru can
retreat.  Toru said he understood and logged off.

The next day, Level 7 was surrounded with the air
of depression.  QuWong made a speech about those
who died in yesterday's battle.  Toru stood aside
and thought about how many more lives would have
been saved if he had dove in earlier.  When he
looked up, the ceremony had ended and everyone
went about their normal lives with a sad face.
Genha came up to Toru and called him a hero.  Genha
then started complaining about Ryang.  He walked
away after he finished his complaint.  Ryang looked
sad and depressed instead of being a wild cat like
before.  She thanked Toru for what he did, but Toru
said that she doesn't have to do that.  He told
Ryang that if he had dove in earlier then many
people would not have died.  Ryang said it was
alright.  She then asked if Toru had heard QuWong's
speech.  Toru said that he heard a bit of it, but
he missed the last part.  Ryang told him that they
are going to get some revenge for these fallen
comrades.  QuWong then walked over and told Toru
that they will be commencing with an operation to
attack I.V.S from both the physical and cyber world.
He said to Toru that they will try to stop the
production of the new brain chips and show the
people the truth at the same time with this
operation.  He then said to Toru that they will
need his help.  Toru asked if they wanted him to
take part in the shmicram assualt troops and
QuWong confirmed his guess.  QuWong then asked
Toru if he will accept the offer.  Toru refused
because he knows he will be facing his old comrades
from the army.  QuWong urged him to join and told
Toru that he will see the truth if he participates
in the operation.  After some arguments, QuWong
told Toru that it is his choice to join or not.
After he said that, he left with Ryang.

At night, Ryang came and asked if Toru was troubled.
She brought him some soup for dinner.  When Ryang
tried to call Toru, she forgot his name again.  Toru
was surprised that she had already forgotten his
name.  She made a few guesses but they were all wrong.
Toru couldn't take it anymore and just told her his
name.  They talked and Ryang kept on trying to
persuade Toru into joining the attack force.  She
then explained that if he could stop the production
of the brainwashing chip then he would be saving the
lives of his friends.  They kept on arguing, until
Toru called Ryang a wild cat girl.  She got extremely
mad and was about to smash Toru in the head.  Toru
closed his eyes and waited, but there was no responce.
He opened his eyes and saw Ryang's face went pale and
her eyes lost their focus.  She then acted weird as
if she had forgotten what she was doing.  When Toru
asked her what they were just talking about, Ryang
held her head with both hands and cried out, saying
that she can't remember.  Toru wondered what had
happened, only to hear Ryang calling for help.  When
she was about to fall down, Toru caught her and held
her.  He thought about what happened and thought
it could had been a mental illness.  Toru asked Ryang
what was she so afraid of, and she told him that she
had forgotten her memory about everything that had
happened today.  Toru then tried to guide her back
to normal, and it seemed like it worked.  Ryang then
thanked Toru and said she's fine.  Ryang told Toru
she has this illness that makes her lose her memory.
She then lost her strength and fell into Toru's
arms.  Toru told Ryang that she should rest.  In
Toru's arms, Ryang told Toru many things and asked
Toru if he could believe in QuWong.  Toru then told
Ryang that she is cute.  Ryang said that was the
first time someone said that to her.  Just when they
hugged each other deeply, a voice sounded in
their back.  It was QuWong.  Ryang immediatetly
moved away and explained to QuWong it was only
because of her illness.  Toru's face flushed but
still explained.  QuWong then thanked Toru for
suppressing the illness for Ryang.  QuWong then
told Ryang to drink her medicine before she sleeps.
Before they left, Toru asked QuWong what
the cause of Ryang's illness was.  QuWong told Toru
that it was still not the time for him to know
and they left.

NEXT CHAPTER

[9. INTRIGUE]

A few days later, the terrorist party was assembled.
Toru wondered where QuWong gathered all these troops.
QuWong explained that many of them are comrades from
other areas that came to lend them a hand.  QuWong then
thanked Toru for deciding to participate in the mission.
Toru told QuWong he does not need to thank him because
all Toru wanted was to see the truth.  Toru then told
QuWong that he will not participate in fights with the
army.  QuWong said that he will remember it and told
Toru their plan is to capture the security core and
disable the security system.  He said that the troops
in the real world will take control of the controll
room and halt the production of the brainwhasing chip.
Toru and QuWong then talked for a bit. Then Toru
asked QuWong where Ryang would be going.  QuWong said
that Ryang will follow the real world troops.  Toru
was uneased and asked, "Would a girl really need to go
to the front lines?"  QuWong said that it can't be helped
because Ryang requested it herself.  QuWong asked
Toru if he was worried and told him not to be because
Ryang is a trained warrior.  He also said that Ryang
is needed to make contracts between the real and cyber
world.  QuWong then urged Toru to go meet with Ryang
before she leaves and Toru walked out of the control
room searching for Ryang.

When Toru was walking, Ryang called Toru to come over.
Toru walked over and said that Ryang remembered his
name this time.  Ryang called Toru an idiot for saying
that.  She then thanked Toru for helping them, but Toru
said it was just that he thought it would be worthwhile.
Toru then told Ryang he heard that she's going to the
front lines.  Ryang laughed and asked Toru if he was
worrying about her.  She then told Toru most men can't
beat her and did a kung fu pose.  However, she still
thanked Toru for keeping her on his mind.  They talked
for a bit but were interrupted by Genha.  He walked
over and made a few taunts.  Genha finally made Ryang
mad and she kicked at him.  The kick was grabbed and
Ryang was surprised.  Genha then made some more comments
but one of the terrorists came over and tried to settle
things.  Genha eventually let go of Ryang's leg and
called Toru a dog.  He then said things to threaten Toru
but QuWong came over and stopped him.  Genha said that
it was nothing and was just doing some communication
before battle.  He then turned to Toru and made some
warnings and left.  Toru then turned to Ryang and asked
if she was alright.  QuWong asked Toru if he was alright
and Toru said he was fine.  The terrorist from before
asked QuWong why such trash exists in the group, then
Ryang said that he should not say things like that and
Genha has his skills to back him up.  Ryang then told
everyone that it was time for the operation.  Everyone
then left to deal with their preperations.

A few hours have passed since the real world troops had
left.  The shmicram party is now ready to dive in.  Toru
was surprised that QuWong would dive in himself.  QuWong
said that this is a battle of power and it was wrong for
him to stay in the back to support the troops.  As QuWong
and Toru took their neuro-jacks, Akira told them that he's
linking to I.V.S's network and he will be their support for
the day.  QuWong asked Ryang how the real world troops were.
She said that they are all ready.  QuWong then ordered the
command for everyone to dive in.  Toru plugged in his
neuro-jack and dove in.

When Toru and QuWong dove in, the other terrorists were
already waiting for them.  QuWong ordered everyone to
rush in and all of the other terrorists entered the
I.V.S system.  QuWong told Toru that he will show Toru
the truth.  They then both entered the institute.

After wiping out three waves of willis guards, Ryang
contacted QuWong and told him that they have captured the
control room and shut down the security core.  She then
said that the security core inside the cyber world was
captured by Genha and they are penetrating it with willis.
QuWong asked Ryang about the production plant of the
brain chips, and Ryang told him that there will be
fireworks coming from there soon.  QuWong was very pleased
and told Ryang they will broadcast a speech to the public
after the plants are destroyed.  After some time had passed,
Ryang called again and told QuWong it was time for the
speech.  During the broadcast, QuWong said that if the
government won't show the people the black box area in
the brain chip, they will destroy the factory completely.
After the broadcast ended, QuWong asked Akira about the
distribution.  Akira said that it was a failure.  Most
of the broadcast was blocked by the system.  Toru asked
QuWong about how they were going to destroy the factory.
QuWong told him that they will hack into the reactor
using willis to make it self-destruct.  Toru told QuWong
he really didn't like that idea.  QuWong answered that he
did not like it either, but the government chose that
option instead of releasing the truth.  Toru said that
the act is inhuman.  QuWong looked at Toru and said it
was time for him to know the truth.  He opened the chat
box and asked one of the captured researcher if he was
responsible for the production of the new chip.  The guy
looked at the picture of his newly wedded wife with a
sad face.  QuWong told him that they will not kill him
since they don't want to disrupt his life with his new
wife.  The guy then nodded, and QuWong asked him about
the newly made brain chip model 666.  When the man was
about to speak, his eye suddenly rolled upward and his
tongue stucked out.  QuWong immediately ordered Ryang
to stop him, but the guy already started chewing
his tongue.  When Ryang was trying to get the guy to
calm down, Akira called in and told them the army had
blocked all outside transmissions.  After Akira closed
the communication, Ryang told QuWong that all of the
researchers were dead.  QuWong then turned to Toru that
this was the truth.  Toru was completely shocked.  QuWong
continued telling him that the AI controls the thoughts
of these people and if something goes wrong they will use
the brain chip to make these people commit suicide.  Toru
then remembered what Akira said about the new institution
for criminals.  Toru even tried to touch the back of his
head, even though he's using a shmicram body.  QuWong
told Toru that his chip is safe, not unless they changed
it.  QuWong then told Toru that he will lead Toru to
the truth he promised.  He then ordered Ryang to remove
all of the black ice traps guarding the database.  After
some more chatting Toru followed QuWong to the database
room.

When they reached in front of the database room, QuWong
asked Toru a final time about his decision to see the
truth.  Toru said he has decided and he will see it even
if it was like hell.  QuWong called Toru a comrade and
said he understood.  He then lead Toru into the database
room.

In that room, Toru knew about the truth behind the new
brain chips and how it could be used to brainwash people.
It said that their recent experiment was successful and
the chip will be first distributed among the soldiers
and the police before reaching the public.  It also said
that because it was hard to force a large population to
modify their chip, I.V.S produced this new chip model 666
and would be triggered using a special signal.  It then
said that the test on the new chip was made 2 years ago
on a group of children.  It also told Toru that the test
was a success and the possibility of killing people
remotely using the chip was proven to be possible.  The
database provided Toru with a video of the test, and
the crying face of Minori and a group of dead children
appeared in front of Toru's eyes.  Toru finally understood
Minori's past and why she said that she had a sad experience
when he saw those children in the town square.  QuWong
told Toru that Toru was now QuWong's comrade and there
was still hope.  Ryang suddenly called and told QuWong
something was wrong.  QuWong asked Ryang what was wrong,
and she told him that the government had ignored QuWong's
warnings and had surrounded the whole factory with an
army.  Akira then said that both V.S.S and the army had
launched their shmicram troops into action.  QuWong
thought about it and told Toru that the mission was a
failure.  Now it was pointless to ignite the reactor
since the people did not hear their message.  Ryang said
that she understoods and ordered everyone else to retreat.
She then ordered Genha to stop the willis that was making
the reactor self-destruct.  Genha answered that everything
was too late to be stopped.  Ryang asked Genha what he
did and Genha said that V.S.S killed some of his cute men
(yes, he called his men cute) so he's taking revenge.  Genha
then said that he had already started the willis and they
couldn't be stopped.  QuWong yelled at Genha and was very mad,
but Genha argued back.  He said a few more remarks and cut
off the connection.  QuWong immediately ordered everyone
to retreat.  Toru asked if they had warned the army.  Ryang
told Toru that they did but the army had no responce.  Akira
told QuWOng there were only 15 minutes before the reactor
would explode.  Toru asked if there was any way to shut the
willis down remotely, but Akira told him that there is no
way to stop those willis unless they are physically (in this
case physically in the cyber world) destroyed.  QuWong ordered
Toru, Akira, and Ryang to retreat and he will reap what he
sowed.  Ryang asked QuWong what was he going to do, and QuWong
answered back saying that he would go and destroy those
willis.  Akira tried to stop him, but QuWong said that he
was willing to give up his life.  Toru thought about it and
said that QuWong had no responsibility in this.  He then told
QuWong that Fei-Tao still need QuWong's leadership and he
will deal with this himself.  Ryang also said that QuWong was
not responsible and he should let Toru take a try.  QuWong
then told Toru that he understood and he now placed all his
hopes on Toru.  Ryang said to Toru, "Don't die," and Toru
dashed out in his shmicram towards the reactor.

When Toru was heading to the reactor, he met with Genha's
group and started arguing.  Ryang called in and told Toru
to not waste time on pointless things.  After hearing this
message, Genha said farewell and was about to leave.  However,
Akira called and said that the army was coming.  Just then,
Ayane's white shmicram came and started attacking Genha.
While they fought each other, Toru continued heading towards
the reactor room.

After clearing two waves of V.S.S shmicrams, Toru noticed that
there were only ten seconds left on the clock.  Just when Toru
closed his eyes to prepare for his death, nothing happened.
He was surprised, and Ryang called in telling Toru that their
men had delayed the reactor from self-destruct.  Toru asked
Ryang about everyone, and Ryang replied saying that most people
had retreated except for the ones left in the control room.
Genha called in yelling at Ryang to tell her to escape, but it
seemed as if Ryang had made up her mind about staying.  After
chatting for a bit, Toru continued heading towards the reactor
room to disable the reactor.

When Toru arrived outside the reactor room, he heard a message
from Minori.  Toru was quite surprised, but before he could
react Kaira and Yosuke both arrived on their shmicram.  Yosuke
asked Toru to disarm or else he would shoot.  Toru asked Yosuke
to move aside because he was trying to save the people.  He
told them that he was trying to stop the reactor from blowing
up.  Kaira yelled at Toru asking how they could believe
him after he betrayed them.  Toru said that he didn't betray
them. Why else would he be here?  Toru said that they can
shoot him if they want but he has to hurry.  Yosuke tried to
say something, but Toru already headed towards the gate.  Before
Toru enter the room, Minori asked him what he meant by "he's
not the traitor."  Toru then said that he understood the sadness
in Minori and knows how sad she felt about those kids who died.
Minori asked Toru how did he knew.  Toru said something then
Minori said she believed in him.  The connection was then cut
off and Toru charged into the reactor room.

When he entered, Ryang called and told Toru that he only has
two minutes to disarm all of the willis.  Toru said that he
understood and charged at the willis.  After the willis were
all disarmed, Ryang called in saying that Toru succeeded.
Kaira and Yosuke then entered the room asking if the overloading
had stopped.  Toru replied positive, then Yosuke said that
Toru could go.  When Toru was heading out of the facility,
Ryang called and said that she overheard their discussion
and it must be hard on him.  Toru said that it was their own
choice, then Ryang thanked Toru for stopping the reactor.
Toru told Ryang to retreat immediately, but Ryang said it was
too late.  She said that the soldiers had surrounded them and
she decided to surrender.  Toru was shocked, but Ryang just
said that he only had seconds to leave the restricted area
and he should do his best from now on.  Toru called Ryang's
name, but the connection was cut off.  When Toru finally left
the facility, he met up with Genha.  They were both mad at
each other and accused each other for getting Ryang into this
situation.  When Toru looked at Genha, he noticed that Genha
was carrying someone with a collar on her neck.  He looked
closer and saw that it was Ayane.  Genha then said that she
is his toy and just logged off.  QuWong called in when Toru
was still angry at Genha.  He thanked Toru and was glad that he
was able to escape.  He then told Toru to log off immediately
since there are enemies chasing after him.  Toru calmed down
and logged out of cyber space.

NEXT CHAPTER

[10. FORFEIT]

Several days had passed since Ryang was captured.  QuWong
said that it was all his fault.  Genha, however, stared at
Toru with eyes of a predator.  For his plan, Toru logged
into a cyber chatroom and changed it to the grassy field
background he used back in the days of Steppen Wolf.
Someone logged into the room, and it was Minori.  Since the
last operation, Toru secretly hacked into the army and gave
Minori all the data on the truth.  Minori asked Toru if the
data he sent her is true or not.  Toru said that he believes
it after seeing what happened at I.V.S.  Toru then recalled
what QuWong said about how the truth could be something
hard to bear.  Minori then asked Toru why had he called
her here.  Toru told her that he would need her help to
rescue Ryang.  Minori was surprised and said that she
knew nothing about the captives.  She then asked Toru
about his reason for betraying the army.  They talked for
a bit then Minori told Toru that a female captive was
sent to the army base after the operation.  She said that
there had been some weird moaning sounds appearing now
and then.  Toru said that this was the information he needed.
Minori asked Toru if this was for a revolution, but Toru said
that it was because that girl was his benefactor.  Minori
said that Toru sure hasn't changed.  She said goodbye and
logged off.

When Toru logged off, Akira stood in front of him and said
that it was dangerous for him to log on right now with
Genha roaming around looking for the chance to pull Toru's
plug.  Toru said that he met someone on the net and got
some information regarding Ryang.  They went to the control
room and Toru told them everything he heard from Minori.
Genha immediately suggested an all out attack on the army
base.  QuWong refused the suggestion due to the severe loss
they suffered in the last operation.  They started arguing
with each other, until Toru suggested that if they give him
ten trained fighters he can sneak into the base and rescue
Ryang.  Akira immediately volunteered, but Genha still
had some doubts.  Toru said that he wouldn't suggest
something that he had no confidence in and that he was
once a member of FLAK.  After some thoughts, QuWong approved
Toru's plan.  Genha said some harsh words and left the
room.  QuWong asked Toru if it was really ok, and Toru
replied that it would be fine.  After the meeting
finished, Toru started preparing for the rescue.

The next day, Toru arrived at the army base.  Akira called
asking if it was really ok, and Toru said that he has
confidence in himself.  Toru pretend to be captured while
the other terrorists posed as military police.  After
reaching the base, Akira hacked into the database and
deleted the entry records.  Toru then talked with Akira
about Ryang.  Akira told Toru how Ryang could memorize
so many things.  Toru was surprised that she could do
all that but forget his name.  Akira said that she forgot
about what she memorized as well after a month or so due
to her illness.  While Toru was still thinking, one of
the terrorists informed Toru of their entry into the base.
A few minutes later, Toru and the other terrorists were
already inside the base with the lead of Akira from the
net.  Akira directed the rescue team to sneak around in
the blind spots of the security camera.  When they
finally reached the room holding Ryang, Toru and the
terrorists took cared of the two guards stationed
outside.  He then entered his neuro-jack into the lock.
15 seconds later the door was unlocked.  When he
opened the door, he heard a weird moaning voice.

*****************************Blah Blah Blah, there's a
choice in here but it does not affect the ending******
******************************************************

After Toru removed Ryang from the ***BEEP***, he asked
Ryang if she could walk.  She said she could, but when
she tried to she had no strength left in her.  Seeing
this, Toru took Ryang in his arms and carried her.
While they talk quietly to each other, Akira called
and said that it was time to retreat.  Following
Akira's directions, Toru and the rest of the team
carried Ryang and successfully escaped from the army
base.

When they reached the city, Ryang was happy for
everyone who had come to save her.  One of the terrorists
told her that it was all Toru's idea.  Toru blushed and
said that it was to repay her for helping him at I.V.S.
Ryang then thanked Toru for rescuing her.  When they were
all happy, Toru heard a call from Akira asking if they
had retreated without loss.  When Toru told Akira about
their success, Akira said that it was the good thing
among all the bad things.  Hearing this, Toru asked
Akira what had happened.  Akira said that he had failed
to retreat, then Toru immediately took out his device
and found that the shield on Akira's shmicram was about
to run out.  Akira told Toru to leave him there,
but Toru asked him where he was.  Akira said that it
was useless now since by the time Toru gets back to
the base to log in he would already be dead.  Toru
searched around and found a plug to jack in.  He asked
one of the terrorists about the plug and the terrorist
said that it should be fine but it may need some alteration.
He then ordered the terrorists to get everything connected.
When they are done, Toru asked the others to guard him
while he dives in.  One of the terrorists told Toru to
be quick before the police are informed.  Ryang told Toru
to becareful.  Toru plugged in his neuro-jack into this
public plug and dove in.

Toru appeared in front of the cyber army base.  When he
reached where Akira was, Toru found out that Akira was
stuck in a trap that was draining his armor.  Toru took
out his gun and tore the trap apart.  Akira thanked Toru,
then asked why Toru didn't retreat like he was suppose
to.  Toru said that he would not leave Akira behind, but
Akira argued that it would be a fair trade if Ryang was
rescued.  While Toru and Akira were talking, they were
discovered by army personnel and the alarm sounded.
A moment later, army soldiers and willis arrived and
told the two to disarm.  Akira asked Toru what they
should do, and Toru said that they should just run.  However,
they reached a dead end and was forced to fight with
the soldiers.  After scrapping those shmicrams and willis,
Toru and Akira tried to escape from the base.

After some fights, Toru and Akira bumped into a custom
made V.S.S shmicram.  A mysterious woman called in and
asked Toru and Akira a question.  Toru immediately
recognized that she was Reika Tajibana, and she did not
deny it.  Reika then asked Toru if he was the one that
had rescued her important captive.  She then said
something about experiment specimens and if the other
three are all with the terrorists.  Toru was confused
by the question so Reika didn't say much more.  She
ordered the V.S.S pilot to attack and the pilot fought
with Toru.  When the V.S.S shmicram was low on armor,
Reika ordered the pilot to retreat.  She then tried
to invite Toru into V.S.S.  Toru was pissed and so
was Akira, who called her a female fox and asked if
the pilot was one of the victims from her brainwashing.
Just when Reika was saying something, the AI informed
about some kind of device being located and the control
being overtaken.  Reika realized that Akira had
criminal records.  Akira yelled back, but Reika said
a special key sentence.  Akira's eyes went dull and
pointed his gun at Toru.  Toru remembered that Akira
said that he had a chip reimplant from the police
and understood that Akira was also one of the victims
of Reika's brainwashing experiment.  Akira was somehow
able to point his gun at his own head to try to get
out of the control of Reika and pulled the trigger.
Reika was pissed and cut off the connection.  Akira
was disarmed from his shmicram but the wound stayed.
Toru tried to get him out of the base so he could log
out but did not make it.  Akira asked Toru to take
care of Ryang and his body disappeared.  Toru was sad
but he knew his current situation.  When he was about
to leave the base, Captain Yagisawa called and asked
Toru to disarm.  Toru looked up and saw that the exit
was blocked by the soldiers.  Minori and Kaira tried
to get Toru to disarm peacefully, but Commander Gondo
ordered them to shoot Toru on the spot.  Just when
Toru closed his eyes and wait for his death, Genha
and his men suddenly arrived and fought with the
soldiers.  Toru used this opportunity and escaped.

When Toru left the army base, he heard a call from
Minori.  Toru asked how Kaira and Yosuke are, and
she told him that they are both dead.  That was the
last thing Toru heard from Minori before he logged
off.  He knew that this could be the last time he
will ever have contact with Minori.

Toru was welcomed like a hero when he returned,
but he was not happy about the death of his old
partners.  Toru was in the cyber world and thinking
about his own things.  Genha came over and had a
little talk with Toru.  They talked about stuff and
Toru was a little angry about a few things.  In the
end Toru asked how Ayane was doing and Genha gave
him a really sick reply.  Toru then logged out
when Genha said that he was going to pay a little
visit to Ayane.

When Toru arrived back in the real world, he saw
Ryang standing beside him.  Ryang asked Toru why
was he troubled.  They talked for a bit and it
seemed that Ryang had once again forgot Toru's name.
She then made a few guesses but they were wrong.
She even guessed toilet....(cough)  Toru made a
little joke about it and got a big smack in the
head.  Toru eventually made a big enough joke
which made Ryang kick him straight in the face,
sending him falling with his nose bleeding.  After
some more chatting, Ryang eventually thanked Toru
for what he did.  She said that she was so scared
when she was held captive.  She then said that
the moment she saw Toru coming to save her, she
cried with joy.  She said more things, but Toru
just held her with his arms to show her his own
feelings.  Ryang blushed and they eventually
kissed each other.  When Toru brougth Ryang to
his bed and placed her down, something unexpected
happened.  It seemed that Ryang had not recovered
from the whip wounds.  She was in pain when Toru
placed her on the bed because it applied pressure
directly on those wounds.  Ryang cursed Reika and
called her a female fox for inflicting these
wounds on her.  Toru started laughing and Ryang
told him not to laugh.  Ryang could only lie
sideways on the bed and said that if she caught
Reika she will do the same thing she did back to
her.  Toru said that they only had one hour to
rest, then both Toru and Ryang fell asleep.

In his dream, Toru saw himself chatting with a girl
who seemed to be his sister.  When he woke up,
he found Ryang crying.  It seemed that Ryang
had a bad dream and thought that she had forgotten
everything.  Toru talked to her to try to calm
her down.  He then said that since she looked tired
she should rest.  Ryang then asked Toru to never
leave her and fell back to sleep.  Toru recalled
what Reika said about the experiment, and thought
that it could have relations to Ryang's illness.
Removing those thoughts from his mind, Toru went
back to sleep.

NEXT CHAPTER

[11. TRANQUILIZER]

The next day, Toru was awakened by the alarm.  QuWong
came into Toru's room and said that one of their bases
was attacked and required Toru's help again to stall
the enemies while they delete the data inside the base.
Toru said that he understood and dove in.

After Toru dove in, QuWong told him that they only need
him to stall the army for three minutes.  When the three
minutes were up, QuWong told Toru that he did well and
asked him to log out.  Toru said he understood and logged
out.

In the command room, Toru and QuWong discussed
the current situation.  After the talk finished, Toru
left the room.  As he was walking, Toru thought about
what had happened to Akira.  Just when he was thinking
about what Reika and Gondo were doing, Toru found that
Ryang was harassed by Genha.  Ryang kicked Genha but
it was no use.  She had not yet recovered from the events
during her stay in the army base.  Toru immediately
searched for weapons nearby to help Ryang.  He saw a iron
bar nearby and took it in his hand (it has something to
do with high voltage though).  During this time, Genha
tried and did some bad things to Ryang, and Ryang asked
him why was he doing all this.  Genha said that a demon
resides in his brain and kept on telling him to do all
of these things.  Just when Genha was about to cross
the line, Toru stuffed the iron bar right into Genha's
be-hind and shocked him with electricity.  Genha's
eyes rolled up and fainted.  Toru asked Ryang if she was
alright, and then he took her out for a walk.

When they arrived above ground, Ryang thanked Toru for
saving her.  They talked about Genha and his relationship
with Ryang as a childhood friend.  She then told Toru
that she did not know who her parents were, and Toru said
that he was the same.  They both could not remember their
childhood.  Ryang said that all she could remember was
being in a hospital with Genha.  A vision appeared in
Toru's head and it showed some scientists bullying a boy.
Another man tried to stop them but these guys still treated
them poorly.  Toru then heard a soft voice calling Toru
big brother and saying that it was scary.  Toru said to the
young girl that he will protect her, then his vision ended.
Ryang woked him up from his vision and asked Toru why he
was crying.  She said that it was strange for Toru to cry
after hearing about Ryang's past.  Ryang said that she
was scared, then Toru held her in his arms and said that
he would protect her.

When Toru returned to Level 7, he looked around and found
that the population was only 1/3 of the time when he first
arrived.  QuWong said that due to food shortage they had
moved those who could not fight to safer areas.  They talked
for a bit and Toru confirmed his stay in Level 7.  QuWong
then asked him to help them on some equiment maintenance,
and Toru agreed.  When Toru finished his tasks, he dove in
and was greeted by Genha.  Genha then wanted to show Toru
his collection of girls captured from the army and V.S.S.
Toru was disguested.  Genha then talked about how strong
Ayane's spirit was and how most people would have gone
crazy by now.  They then entered a room that looked like
one of those middle ages torture halls.

*******************Ok, this part was cut out of the
walkthrough because I don't like it and I know most
people don't either.  Whatever happened here I think
we can all guess, so *******************************

Toru eventually had enough and logged off.  Ryang stood
beside him when he regained conciousness in the real
world.  She asked him why he looked so pale, but Toru
just said that it was nothing.  Ryang then asked him
if he finished all his works for the day, and Toru
joked about her wanting to sleep beside him since she
brought her blanket.  She blushed and Toru said that
she's welcomed anytime.  He then teased Ryang a bit more
and made her mad.  Ryang then gave Toru a chop behind
his neck to punish him.  Eventually, when the lights
in Level 7 dimmed, Ryang took her blanket and slept
beside Toru.  Toru asked Ryang if was she going to
leave Level 7.  Ryang replied that she's a fighter
and would definitely stay.  However, according to
Ryang, QuWong had predicted the end of Level 7.  They
then talked for some time and Toru said that he would
think a way to help Ryang escape.  Ryang called Toru
and idiot then explained that Level 7 was like a
second home to her and she would not run away during
its end.  Toru asked Ryang where she was before
then, and Ryang said that she escaped to Level 7 at
the age of 10.  She said that QuWong had brought
Genha and her and escaped into this underground city.
She then said that before she came here she used
to live in a cabin in the mountains with a gorgeous
stream flowing beside it.  Suddenly, a vision of
the cabin and Ryang's past flashed through Toru's
head as Ryang talked about her life in the cabin.
Toru wondered how these visions got into his
mind.  Then, when Ryang was talking about QuWong,
her illness suddenly relapsed.  To calm her down,
Toru kissed Ryang.  Ryang then asked Toru to not
leave her alone, and he agreed.  Ryang then said
that she don't want to forget about Toru and hugged
him as she cried.

After Ryang had calmed down, Toru said that he would
go get her medicine.  Ryang then asked him to stay with
her for thirty minutes.  Ryang then said that there's
no remedy for her illness and the medicine was only a
tranquilizer.  She then explained that she would lose
a part of her memory when her illness relapsed.  Ryang
cried and told Toru that he is the best tranquilizer
there is and she would never forget about him.  They
then hugged each other for the whole night.

NEXT CHAPTER

[12. RUN AWAY TRIP]

The next day, Toru woke up and headed outside for some
fresh air.  He met Genha who was ready to go on a real
world mission.  After Genha and his men left, Toru walked
over and talked to QuWong.  QuWong thanked Toru for
helping Ryang.  He then said that Ryang is like a sister
to him.  After some chatting, QuWong walked away and
Toru went back to his room.  Suddenly, the alarm sounded
and woke Ryang.  Toru immediately took a neuro-jack and
dove in.

After diving in, Toru asked QuWong what was wrong.  QuWong
told him that probes have entered the area and they must
be destroyed before they escape.  After wiping out all the
willis probes, QuWong told Toru that he can log out.  Toru
said that he still has something to do and QuWong allowed
him to stay in the cyber world.  Toru headed towards the
room where Ayane and the rest of the captives were kept.
When he arrived, he saw that Ayane had suffered severe
beatings and ********.  Toru thought that this was just
too cruel, but he remembered that he joined the army to
avenge for his friend, Yuuya.  Ayane then asked Toru, with
her faint voice, to kill her.  Toru was angry at Genha for
doing this and was about to destroy the collar.  However,
he remembered that if Ayane escaped then she would inform
the army of the location of the terrorist base.  When he
was doubting about what he should do, Ayane told Toru
that Genha had been leaking out security information.  Toru
was surprised and asked Ayane about what it could be
about.  Ayane said that she didn't know and said that Genha
is bringing his own destruction.  Now that she can forsee
the destruction of the terrorists, she said that she was
tired of living and wish a quick death.

{Choice 1: Do not release Ayane.}

Toru turned his back to Ayane, then he heard QuWong's
voice.  QuWong formed his blade and said that he will
deal with what Toru could not do.  He then told Toru
to come to the command room afterwards.  Hearing this,
Toru left the room and logged off.

{Choice 2: Release Ayane.}

Toru destroyed the collar and carried her so she could
escape.  Just then, Toru heard QuWong's voice.  QuWong
summoned his blade and started destroying the collars.
Toru was puzzled, then QuWong told him that true warriors
will decide on their own responsibility.  He then told
Toru that his decision was to release these mistreated
captives and asked Toru to take Ayane out of the zone
of interference.  QuWong then told Toru to come to the
command room after he finished his task to discuss
something important.

{This choice will not affect the ending.}

That very night, Toru arrived at the command room and
saw QuWong practicing kungfu.  They then talked about
some topics regarding martial arts, and QuWong told him
about someone who once defeated him in person.  After
the casual talk, QuWong asked Toru to take Ryang and
flee.  He said that they can flee using the continental
railway and meet up with his comrades from afar.  After
some talking, Toru finally accepted the mission.
However, he asked about Ryang's illness before he left.
QuWong told Toru that before the brainwashing chip was
developed, the army made extensive research on topics
regarding the brain.  He then said that Ryang and Genha
were test subjects who suffered from the experiments.
He said that Ryang suffers from memory loss while Genha
suffers from abnormal behavior.  Toru asked if they
were implanted with the brainwashing chip.  QuWong said
that they weren't but they were implanted with special
chips. They then talked about other things including a
special heir to QuWong's ideologies.  Afterwards, QuWong
saw that the time was late and told Toru it was time to
leave.  Toru left the command room and went back to
prepare for the mission.

The next day, Toru and Ryang boarded the train and sat
in the third class cabins.  Toru then told Ryang that
they will be going to the first class cabins after they
transfered trains, which was a surprise to Ryang.  He
explained that they are imposed as a newly wed couple so
they got the special offer.  Even though she blushed,
Ryang was still glad that she came out on a vacation with
Toru.  Ryang was complaining that they won't be going
to the beach, but Toru took out his neuro-jack and
told Ryang that he had already arranged a cyber beach
program for two people.  Ryang eventually accepted the
offer and they both dove in.

{Choice 1: Visit the normal beach program.}

When they arrived, they were already wearing swin
suits.  Toru told Ryang that she's cute wearing
those.  After some talking, Toru helped Ryang
put some sunscreens on her (as for the details,
CENSORED!!!!!) while they talk about cyber physics.

{Choice 2: Use the cyber item, rope.}

Well, all I can say is, CENSORED!!!!!!!!!!!!!

{This choice will not affect the ending.}

When they were about to kiss each other, a voice
interrupted them.  Toru was shocked to hear a third
person's voice in a room that was set for only two
people.  The voice apologized and said that it was
an urgent message.  Toru thought a bit and concluded
that the person was Bachelor!  Bachelor admitted
his identity and showed Toru and Ryang a video of
Genha and Reika secretly meeting each other.  In the
video, Genha sold information to Reika while she
provided him with money and a new identity to form
his own group.  Ryang was mad after seeing the video
and Toru suggested that they should inform QuWong
immediately.  However, Bachelor said that they
had already blocked the communication to that whole
area.  Toru tried to call QuWong but it failed to
connect.  Bachelor suggested that they head back
after reaching the end of the current train.  After
some talking, Bachelor said that they should log
off since the train was about to reach the station.
Hearing this, Toru and Ryang logged off from the
cyber world and returned to the real world.

Toru looked at his watch and saw that there were
only fifteen minutes before they'd reach the station.
Toru told Ryang to go on alone and he will go back
by himself.  Ryang then said that she'd go back
as well.  They argued for a bit and Toru was finally
persuaded.  He told Ryang that she can go back with
him.  They then left the seat and found the captain
of the train.  With some means, they made the train
return to where they came from.  They also were able
to acquire a private first class room while the train
would take two hours to return.

Ryang was surprised about the first class private
cabin.  Toru said that it was for newly weds, and
Ryang asked Toru about their marriage in the future.
********Blah blah blah blah blah, CENSORED!!!!!****
**************************************************
***********

NEXT CHAPTER

[13. ESCAPE]

When Toru and Ryang arrived back at the city, they
sneaked past the soldiers through the park and arrived
at a public plug near the trees.  Toru told Ryang that
he will surely return and logged in.

After Toru arrived at the cyber base of Fei-Tao, he
immediately called QuWong and asked him how the current
situation was.  QuWong told Toru that his men are fighting
Genha's troops in front of the security core.  They are also
fighting with Genha's men in the real world.  He then asked
Toru to support the cyber troops.  Toru said that he understood
and started heading west until he met up with some of Genha's
men.  Toru took them out without much effort.  After taking
out two groups more of Genha's men, Ryang called in and told
Toru that all of the gates were unlocked and the army and
V.S.S are rushing in.  QuWong told Toru that his men had
reached the security core while in real world they were
trying to capture the command room.  Just then, Ryang warned
Toru about incoming army shmicrams amd willis.  Toru fought
against them and easily turned them into scrap metal.

When Toru finally met some terrorist shmicrams, Ryang told
him that these are their friends.  The terrorists told them
that Genha had captured the security core, and Toru told
them to leave quickly.  After they left, Ryang told Toru
that V.S.S shmicrams are coming.  After taking care of a
wave of V.S.S shmicrams, that unknown pilot from V.S.S
appeared.  After a fierce fight, Toru finally destroyed
that shmicram.

Toru finally entered the security core.  He saw Genha
inside and called him a traitor.  They got into a real
tough battle, and Toru finally defeated Genha.  Afterwards,
QuWong told they have taken control in the command room,
while Ryang begged QuWong to log off immediately.  However,
QuWong said that it was too late and he has some company.
After hearing the sound of a gunshot, QuWong's image
disappeared.

In the command room, soldiers lined up with their guns
facing QuWong.  Commander Gondo appeared behind them
and asked QuWong where he took the experiment subject.
QuWong was silent, so Gondo threatened him.  QuWong then
started laughing, and Gondo said that QuWong is crazy.
A flash appeared before their eyes and all of the soldiers
in front of Gondo fell to the ground, dead cold.  Gondo
was frightened and QuWong explained that it is the laser
automatic defence system.  Even though injured, QuWong
was still able to knock down Gondo's gun and grabbed
Gondo's neck with his hand.  Gondo tried to get QuWong
to let him go, but with a snap QuWong crushed his neck
and threw him to the ground.  QuWong then walked to
the control panel and told Toru that the base will
self destruct in three minutes and asked him to get
everyone out.  When Ryang heard this, she told QuWong
to leave immediately.  QuWong didn't say much to her,
but he told Toru that Toru had won the battle for
the truth about the brainwashing chip and asked him
to take care of Ryang.  The connection was then cut
and Toru logged off.  What awaited them was a huge
explosion from the underground base.  It made the
night look as if it was day.  All Toru could do is
to hold Ryang while she moans for the loss of QuWong.

Suddenly, Toru heard a click behind his back and
someone telling him not to move.  He then felt a gun
pointed right behind the back of his head.  The voice
then told him to hold up his hand and then Toru's
body was thoroughly checked to ensure that he had no
weapons.  Afterwards, Toru turned around and found
that it was Captain Yagisawa.  They talked for a
bit, then Captain Yagisawa said that Sasagiri would
be sad in his grave.  Toru then asked Captain Yagisawa
about how did he knew about Toru's adopted father.
Toru tried to find Captain Yagisawa's connection with
his adopted father, and only found that he had been
watching over them since Toru was adopted.  Captain
Yagisawa then asked Toru to surrender.  Minori appeared
and also tried to convince Toru to surrender.  Ryang
yelled and said that they would never surrender.  Captain
Yagisawa sighed and put away his gun.  He then asked
Toru to have a shmicram match with him.  If Toru could
win, then he would let both Toru and Ryang go and would
not pursue them.  If Toru lost, then they would have
to surrender.  Even though both Minori and Ryang did
not like the idea due to their own reasons, Toru still
accepted the offer and he and Captain Yagisawa both
dove in.

After diving in, Yagisawa said that it had been a long
time since he could be in a shmicram fight.  Ryang then
warned Toru about Captain Yagisawa, saying that he had
mastered the true art of the martial arts.  QuWong's
words to Toru appeared and Toru knew who he was talking
about.  Before the fight, Toru asked Captain Yagisawa
about him and QuWong.  Captain Yagisawa avoided the
question and started the fight.

{Win.}
Ryang was very happy that Toru had won.  When he logged
off, Ryang immediately jumped and hugged him.  Captain
Yagisawa then told him about his agreement with QuWong
and Toru's adopted father.  He said that they all knew
the truth, but chose to walk different paths.  He then
told Toru to head north and go past the lake since there
are no guards stationed there.  As Toru and Ryang left
the park, all they could hear was Minori questioning
about what Toru would do in the future.

ENDING: Ryang

{Lose.}

Toru's shmicram exploded and his mind faded into darkness
as he logged off.  Toru then heard Ryang crying and calling
his name.  He then told Ryang that he's alive.  Captain
Yagisawa took out his gun again and said that it was time
for them to surrender.  Ryang then told Toru to run away,
but before they could move Captain Yagisawa fired his gun.
Ryang fell to the ground, and Toru got very angry.  He
then dragged himself and tried to attack Captain Yagisawa.
He was then shot in the stomach and fell to the ground,
unconcious.  Toru thought that it was time for him to
join Yuuya and Akira, then closed his eyes.

ENDING: LOST MEMORY

<ENDINGS>

[14. RYANG]

Condition: Defeat Yagisawa in ESCAPE.

After Toru and Ryang both escaped to the former headquarters of
Steppen Wolf, Ryang's memory loss suddenly came over her.  In
order to help her, Toru and Ryang had *cough* to counter the
memory loss.  The next day, as Toru woke up, there was no
one beside him.  Just as he was thinking that, he saw Ryang.
Toru was overjoyed.  They then both stepped out to meet their
new life.

END

[14. LOST MEMORY]

Condition: Loses to Yagisawa in ESCAPE.

Toru served several years of sentence and had returned to the
city where everything began.  What was awaiting him was the
reconstruction of buildings over his old home.  V.S.S changed
everything.  It was there he met Ryang, who had forgotten
everything.  Toru tried to call her out loud, but the newly
implanted chip of recorrection gave him an electric shock for
doing so.  Toru continued trying, but what he could see before
he faints (or dies) from the shock was Ryang leaving with
President Reika.

END

[f. Bachelor's Branch]

Condition: Tukina and Ryang's story branch must be completed.

[5. HACKING]

Condition: In WIRED GHOST, after returning to base pick
choice 1 to dive, if you see Renn then pick choice 2 to avoid
her.  After logging off pick choice 2 to enter the military.
In FEMALE SOLDIER, when four choices comes up, pick the second
one to go out with Minori.  Pick choice 2 to not return to
the base immediately.  In MOP UP, pick choice 1 to fight Bachelor.
Beat Bachelor up.  After returning from cyber space, for the next
two choices pick choice 2.  On the computer, pick the second
choice from the bottom.  That's Yagisawa's file.  Then, pick
the second choice to avoid confronting Ayane.  In HACKING, beat
up both Yosuke and Yagisawa to lure Bachelor out.  Beat Bachelor,
and you will be right on the route.

After returning from the cyber training room, Captain Yagisawa
said that it was the second time and left.  Yosuke and Kaira
then walked over and tried to guess who the hacker was.  They
eventually left as well.  Minori walked over and asked Toru
why did he challenge Captain Yagisawa.  He told her that he
was just curious.  When she was about to ask more questions,
Toru said that he was tired and left the room.

That very night, Toru returned a third time to the database
room.  He logged in with the ID card Tukina gave him, then
he found that all of the data are now changed to the word
'Backelor.'  When he selected one, Toru heard Bacelor's voice.
He then asked Bachelor what was Bachelor doing.  Bachelor then
tried to convince Toru not to try to hack into the army database.
Bachelor even mentioned about him getting the access card from
Tukina.  Toru asked Bachelor how did he knew about that, then
Bachelor replied that he has been checking him up lately.  Toru
got mad and yelled at Bachelor for spying on him.  Bachelor gave
him a heart and told Toru not to say it like that.  They then
talked about the practice battles, and Toru mentioned about
having a real fight with Bachelor.  Bachelor immediately denied
the idea.  They talked for a bit, then somehow mentioned about
something that had happened eight years ago.  Soon, the conversation
was over and Bachelor disconnected.  Toru erased his traces and
then headed back to his room.

Toru logged onto the chatroom after he returned to his room.
Tukina appeared and asked him how was his findings.  Toru mentioned
to her about Bachelor and she was surprised.  She then said a few
things about Bachelor and it seemed as if she did not like him.
Toru asked her why she was acting this way, and Tukina seemed to
have thougth that Bachelor was gay and wanted to get into relationship
with Toru (whcih is the reason why she did not like Bachelor).  A
picture of Bachelor then popped up in Toru's mind - a thirty year
old gay person sitting in front of the computer.  After some chatting,
they lied down on the grass and talked about the revenge.  It seemed
that Tukina did not like the idea about Toru sacrificing his own life
for Yuuya's revenge.  They got into a little argument, then Tukina
said that it must have been because of her training that made her thought
up some weird ideas.  She said that she had killed many people after
joining V.S.S.  Toru agreed that the same happened to him as well.
After another short conversation, Toru's call machine rang.  He
picked it up and found that it was Minori notifying him that there
was someone hacking Mercury Technologies.  It seemed that Tukina got
the same call as well.  They then both logged off from the chatroom.

Toru arrived at the battle station and found someone on the screen
behind Captain Yagisawa.  He noticed that it was the cyber security
chief officer of Mercury Technologies.  He then looked at the screen
and was shocked to see Bachelor's name right on the wall of the cyber
institute.  Captain Yagisawa asked the officer about the current
situation.  The officier replied that no one was injured and the
hacker was drivern away by V.S.S.  After some chatting about the
damages, the officer hung up.  Captain Yagisawa then dismissed
everyone.  Minori, Yosuke, and Kaira all went back to sleep.  Captain
Yagisawa then told Toru that Bachelor sure made a big commercial for
leaving that on the wall of the frontier of technologies.  Toru
then asked Captain Yagisawa if he knew about Bachelor.  Captain Yagisawa
did not want to tell Toru at first, but he eventually told Toru what
he knew.  He told TOru that eight years ago while he was still a
shmicram pilot, several database were severely assualted.  Toru asked
him if it was done by Bachelor, but Captain Yagisawa said that there
was no proof.  However, he did mention that Bachelor was the one
with the highest possibility.  In the end, Captain Yagisawa said that
the only thing they could do now is to wait for Bachelor to appear.
He then told Toru that Toru should go sleep.  Toru said he understood
and left the battle station.

NEXT CHAPTER

[6. INTERRUPT]

Toru stood outside the base the next day and thought about what Bachelor
said.  When he laid down on the grass and closed his eyes, Minori walked
over and they talked about the recent situations.  Toru asked her if she
was worried about what happened at Mercury Technologies, but she replied
saying that the terrorists troubled her even more.  Suddenly, Minori
talked about a betrayer leaking army secrets and tensed up the
conversation.  They talked for a bit, then the alarm sounded.  After
hearing the announcement, Minori and Toru rushed to the battle station.

Upon entering, they were greeted by Captain Yagisawa.  From him, Toru knew
that it was a terrorist attack on both the real and cyber world on an army
supply base.  Just then, Minori saw several officers dead on the screen.
Captain Yagisawa explained that they were killed by terrorist willis.
After a little conversation with Captain Yagisawa and Ayane, Toru got into
his console and dove in.

Upon entering, Ayane immediately left Toru behind to chase after the
terrorists.  Toru immediately went after her, but was blocked by a group
of terrorists.  After taking care of them, Toru chased after Ayane and
headed south.  He then bumped into another group of terrorists but
defeated them very easily.  After the fight, Toru asked Minori where was
Ayane located.  Minori told him that Ayane was just further south.  After
Toru reached there, he found Ayane fighting with some terrorists.  He
joined in and they took out those terrorists very easily.  Afterwards,
Toru told Ayane not to go alone, but she did not listen.  She just went
further south, so Toru continued following her.  They then bumped into
yet another wave of terrorists, but after the fight Ayane told Toru not
to follow her.  Toru yelled back and continued following her.  When he
reached the next room, Toru heard Minori warn Ayane not to go into a
room due to the fact that many terrorists are lurking in there.  toru
tried to get there as fast as he could, but he was blocked by two waves
of terrorists and could not make it before Ayane was defeated.  When
Toru entered that room where Ayane was, all he could see was Ayane's
shmicram exploding.  But at least, Ayane seemed to be alive.  Just then,
Toru saw a black figure in front of him.  After a closer look, he
realized that it was the black shmicram he saw that fought the white
shmicram. Minori called in saying that Ayane could not abort.  The
black shmicram disarmed and a tall, skinny figure appeared.  Toru
pointed his gun at the guy, but that terrorist threatened Toru that he
would kill Ayane if Toru tried to shoot him.  Ayane tried to tell Toru to
not worry about her, but she was kicked in the stomach and could not
say a word.  The guy then started violating Ayane (detailed will not
be stated, just the interesting fact that there were words that were
censored in an adult game....hmm....).  Ayane then told Toru to shoot
no matter what.  Minori was also frightened by what was happening.
Toru backed down, then the guy started ****************** and was about
to ***********************.  Ayane then yelled at Toru and asked him to
kill her so she would not be further violated.  Toru could not hold back
anymore, so he charged and tried to smash the guy with his shmicram.
The guy, however, dodged the hit as if he was a wild animal.  The
guy got very mad and ordered four of his men and trapped Toru in the
center.  Just when they charged at Toru, they suddenly stopped.
Minori then called in saying that the security system had returned
to normal and the black ice traps covered all area surrounding Toru.
the four shmicram were then carried into the air and were destroyed.
The skinny guy then yelled at someone named Ryang and asked her why
had the security core returned to normal.  A mysterious girl replied back
saying that she also did not know who took control of the security system.
A mysterious man then called in ordering the skinny guy to retreat.
During this break, Toru aimed his gun at the skinny guy, but the guy
dodged the shot.  The guy yelled at Toru, then he called out his
shmicram and retreated.  Just when Toru was about to chase after the
guy, Bachelor called in and told Toru not to chase after him.  Bachelor
then entered the room and started talking with Toru.  Toru seemed to be
not so pleased about what happened, so Bachelor tried to leave.  Toru
told Bachelor to hold it, but then Bachelor said that he would only
truly fight with Toru when the perfect stage was set.  Bachelor then
disappeared from Toru's presence.  Minori asked Toru what was going
on, and Toru was surprised that their conversation was not blocked
this time.  Captain Yagisawa then asked Toru if it was Bachelor, and
Toru replied positive.  Captain Yagisawa then told Toru to return.
Toru followed his orders and logged off.

When Toru met up with his comrades, he heard Kaira compained about
how one hacker defeated the whole terrorist group and it made them
look useless.  Minori asked Toru who was that hacker, and Toru told
her that it was one of his former friends.  Kaira was surprised to
see Toru being one of Bachelor's friend, and Toru was surprised that
she knew about Bachelor.  Yosuke budged into the conversation and
told Toru that everyone in the business knew Bachelor.  He then
talked a little bit about Bachelor and how mysterious and skilled
he was.  They then ended the conversation on Bachelor and started
talking about what happened to Ayane.  Yosuke even apologized for
being late.  He looked at Ayane, only to see her telling the medics
to let go.  Seeing this, Toru's heart ached lik the time when Yuuya
died.  Ayane then got into an argument with the medics and tried to
leave.  When she walked pass Toru, she suddenly fell but was caught
by Toru.  She swung her hand and got her arm out of Toru's grip.
Captain Yagisawa then walked over and ordered Ayane to visit the
medical room immediately.  Hearing this, Ayane fell on the medical
bed and was taken away.  Captain Yagisawa then told Toru to come
to his office.  They then left the battle station.

In the captain's office, Toru told Captain Yagisawa all he knew
about Bachelor.  When Toru asked Captain Yagisawa for his punishment,
Captain Yagisawa just said that Bachelor must be arrested.  Toru then
asked the captain if he could lure Bachelor out since Bachelor was
clearly only targetting him.  Captain Yagisawa immediately refused
the proposal and explained to Toru that he was a public servant
right now.  He then told Toru that the intelligence bureau will
take care of tracking down Bachelor.  He also explained that in
the end they may still need confront Bachelor if needed.  After
the conversation, Captain Yagisawa said that Toru must be tired
from the battle and told him to rest.  Toru siad he understood and
left the room.

NEXT CHAPTER

[7. RAID]

Several days had passed since the incident.  Toru woke up and plugged in
his neuro-jack to check his messages.  Toru then thought about what
Captain Yagisawa said and decide to try contacting Bachelor by himself.
Since he was off duty for the day, Toru headed towards the bar he used to
hang out in.

After some information searching, Toru got a few leads towards Bachelor.
Then, he saw Minori entering the bar.  Toru stood up and greeted Minori.
She told him that she followed him here.  They talked about Bachelor,
then Toru agreed that he will not risk dueling Bachelor on his own.
Minori said that she was glad and tried to cheer him up.  Suddenly,
the call machine sounded and they heard from Captain Yagisawa to return
to the base immediately.  Toru asked if it was Bachelor, and Captain
Yagisawa said it was.  He then said that he had no time to explain
and asked them to hurry up.  Toru said he understood and told Minori
that he recieved an emergency call for them to return to the base.
They then got onto the car and drove back to the base.

When they entered the battle station, the others had already dove in.
Toru asked Captain Yagisawa what was happening, and Captain Yagisawa
replied that Bachelor broke into the base with a group of willis and
was sabotaging the communication system.  After further explaination,
Toru said that he understood and walked over to his console.  After
everything was prepared, Captain Yagisawa ordered him to start diving
in.  Toru then dove into the cyber world.

Upon entering, he met Kaira and helped her out in cleaning the willis.
Afterwards, Kaira told Toru that Ayane chased after Bachelor and asked
him to go help her.  Toru then started to look for Ayane and Bachelor.
After clearing three waves of willis, Toru walked into an intersection.
Suddenly, four Minoris appeared in his communication line and each told
him a different location of Bachelor.  Toru thought for a bit, then
told all four Minoris that she will be coming to his room tonight after
the battle is finished.  Only one Minori was surprised and got her face
all red.  Toru then ask the real Minori to lead him to Bachelor.  The
other three disappeared.  Minori tried to explain that he doesn't have
that kind of relationship with Toru, then Toru told her that it was just
his plan to find the real her.  For three seconds Minori's face stayed
still, then her face collapsed and told Toru that he was so cruel.
Toru then asked her where was Bachelor, and she told him that Bachelor
was lurking around the north where the practice rooms are located at.
After heading that way, Bachelor told TOru that he was smart for thinking
something like that.  Bachelor then told Toru that he should hurry since
the warm up battle was about to be over.  Toru was surprised by what
Bachelor was talking about, then Minori called in and told Toru that
Ayane was currently fighting with Bachelor.  Toru swore (the s*** word)
and headed towards Bachelor at full speed.

Along the way, Toru took out another group of willis.  When he arrived
in the room, Ayane only had less than 10% armor left and Bachelor told
her to back down.  Toru then moved towards them and told Ayane that he
shall take care of Bachelor.  Minori also said that it was too dangerous
for Ayane to continue fighting.  Ayane finally backed down and left the
room.  Bachelor then told Toru that Ayane wasn't enough to fill him up.
Hearing this, Toru told Bachelor that he shall be more than enough for
Bachelor to handle.  Bachelor laughed and they started the duel.

After his armor was drained to less than 200, Bachelor started laughing.
Toru asked Bachelor why did he laught, and Bachelor replied saying that
he hadn't had such fun in a long time.  Just when they were about to
continue their fight, Captain Yagisawa arrived with his *very beat up*
shmicram and told Toru that it was destiny for him to confront Bachelor
again.  Bachelor then said that it had been 7 or 8 years since he last
heard of Captain Yagisawa.  After their talking was done, they entered
battle position and started fighting each other.  Toru tried to get
inbetween them, but Minori told him that they are surrounded by a
barrier to prevent others from entering the ring.  Minori tried to
stop the fight, but whatever she did it was no use.  In the end, Captain
Yagisawa's shmicram exploded.  Bachelor's shmicram was also heavily
damaged.  Toru then yelled at Bachelor for killing the captain, but
Bachelor said that Toru was so cruel for accusing him since Captain
Yagisawa was still alive.  Toru then said that it was wrong to set
up the barrier to prevent them from stopping the fight.  Bachelor
said something and then logged off.  The barrier disappeared as well.
Minori then told Toru that the intruder had left and could not be
traced.  Toru then logged off as well.

Toru headed to the medical room to see Ayane.  Apparently, no one
died from this raid by Bachelor.  However, the base ended up half
paralyzed from the attack.  Toru then talked with Ayane, but her
pride was damaged from the battle.  All Toru could do was to comfort
her.  When Toru walked out of the room, he met Minori standing
outside.  She told him that she was here for the captain.  They then
walked towards the room where the captain was resting and Toru greeted
him.  Captain Yagisawa then told Toru that it will take him three
weeks to heal.  Toru asked Captain Yagisawa about his first encounter
with Bachelor.  Captain Yagisawa told him that he would be listening
to some military secrets and asked Toru if he was ready.  Toru told
him that he was.  Captain Yagisawa then asked Toru if he knew about the
incident eight years ago.  Toru waved his head, and Captain Yagisawa
told Toru that he was chasing after Bachelor not long before that very
incident.  He told Toru that many civilians and his men who chased after
Bachelor died in the cruel incident.  Captain Yagisawa then told Toru
to come closer.  Toru moved closer and Captain Yagisawa whispeared to
Toru about a triple A level tracking device.  Toru whispeared back
asking how did Captain Yagisawa get a permission so quickly.  Captain
Yagisawa said that he did not have one.  Captain Yagisawa then asked
Toru to find Bachelor in the real world with that tracking device.
He told him that it was purely his personal judgement.  Toru asked
Captain Yagisawa for his reason, but Captain Yagisawa did not tell
him why.  Toru then told Captain Yagisawa that he shall do his best
to persuade Bachelor.  Captain Yagisawa told Toru that he shall be
counting on Toru.  When the conversation ended, Toru left the room.

NEXT CHAPTER

[8. LITTLE GENIUS]

Several days later, Toru arrived at the edge of the slums where no
one lived at.  Toru wondered if Bachelor really lived in this old
section of the city.  Toru checked his gun and headed towards where
the tracking device indicated as Bachelor's last dive point.  When
Toru arrived at the building, the door opened and a teenager walked
out of the building.  He took some food and fed the stray cats around
the area.  Toru looked at his face and found Bachelor to be a bishounen.
Toru then recalled what Tukina said about Bachelor being a homosexual
and made a sound.  The teen noticed it and asked if anyone was around.
Toru walked out and greeted him, and when the teen saw Toru's
face he was shocked.  Toru tried to talk to the teen, but he just
asked Toru what did Toru want.  Toru was confused, then the teen said
a sentence that included Toru's full name.  Toru asked the teen how
did the teen knew about his name.  The teen then admits that he is
Bachelor.  Toru could not believe that a kid was Bachelor.  When
Bachelor heard Toru's mumbling, he told Toru that he is an adult.
Bachelor then asked Toru how was the functioning of the intelligence
gureau right now with a smirk.  Toru and Bachelor talked for a bit,
then Bachelor lead Toru to his home.

When Toru entered Bachelor's home, he was surprised by how much
electronic equipment there were inside.  toru asked Bachelor did
he have any family living with him.  Bachelor replied that his
family are the cats outside.  Suddenly, a big machine in the
corner asked Bachelor who was the guest.  Bachelor told the machine
that the guest was Toru from Steppen Wolf.  The machine then
told Toru its name was Werewolf and the fact that it is Bachelor's
personal AI.  Bachelor explained that he made the AI by customizing
a level C old computer.  Nowadays, personal AI is one of the ultimate
goal of people.  Bachelor, with his skills, made one on his own with
an old machine model.  Bachelor suddenly asked Toru what did he
want and the air tensed up.  Toru told Bachelor that he was here
today to give a warning.  They got into an argument and Bachelor
argued that wasn't what Toru did a year ago just like what he
did now.  Toru went silent and just said that the army would
arrest him if he doesn't stop.  Bachelor then said that if the
army could catch him then they would have done so eight years ago.
They continued arguing and in the end Bachelor told Toru to leave.
As Bachelor tried to push Toru out, Toru grabbed Bachelor's hands
and hold Bachelor close to himself.  Suddenly, he found something
small, but soft and bouncy on Bachelor's chest as they got close
to each other.  Bachelor's hat then fell and what Toru saw now is
just a teenage girl standing in front of him.  Bachelor's eyes
dimmed and she just stood there as Toru left.

In the battle station, Kaira complained about everything.  She
said that what they are going to do when the captain and half
of the team got hospitalized, the equipment is neavily damaged,
and the consoles are broken.  Kaira, Yosuke, Minori, and Toru were
in the battle station tuning their consoles.  After the attack
by Bachelor, the consoles started to break down very easily.
They talked for a bit, then Ayane entered the room and said that
she was released from the hospital.  They talked for a while
about Bachelor, then suddenly the alarm sounded.  Yosuke asked
Minori if it was Bachelor again, but Minori told him that this
time it was the terrorists from Fei-Tao.  Commander Gondo then
used the broadcast to order all units to launch into battle.
They looked at the screen to find several terrorists heading
close to the security core.  Toru and Ayane then got onto their
console and prepared to dive in.  When the order finally arrived,
they dove into the cyber space.

After Toru and Ayane dove in, they were ordered to guard a three
way intersection.  Kaira called and warned them about incoming
terrorists.  Ayane suggested that they seperate and guard the
two sides where the enemy are coming from.  Toru told her not
to die, and Ayane told him that she understood.  When Toru finally
got into position, Minori called and warned him that the terrorists
are already there.  After Toru took care of the terrorists, Minori
told both him and Ayane to retreat to the since the main terrrorist
troop is heading their way.  They retreated and got into position
for the incoming terrorists.  After wiping the first wave of terrorists,
both Ayane and Toru's shmicrams are heavily damaged.  When they finally
got the permission to log out, they failed to do so.  Toru immediately
told Minori to abort them, but she could not do so as well.  Just then,
a voice called out and Genha with his men appeared in front of them.
Genha then told them to surrender and be his captive.  Minori originally
thought it was a better idea than dying, but when Genha told them what
he was going to do to his captives the idea was immediately terminated.
Then, Genha told Minori to strip and he will give time for Toru and Ayane
to run.  Just when Minori was about to take off her clothing, Kaira and
Yosuke lead a bunch of willis into the room and started firing at Genha.
Toru and Ayane used this chance and ran away.  They ran to Bachelor's
little arena she made in the base and escaped inside.  The gate was then
tightly shut.  Genha yelled outside about stuff he was going to do to
them if they don't come out.  Ayane then suggested to Toru that he can
take care of those six underlings while she lure Genha away so he could
escape.  Toru told her not to do such a thing.  However, Ayane said that
Genha killed her brother so she had to do it for her revenge.  Ayane thanked
Toru for covering up for her for two times and tried to persuade Toru
in leaving her with Genha.  Toru then told Ayane about his own revenge
and they decided to take on Genha together.  When they exit the room,
they noticed that only one terrorist shmicram appeared in front of them.
It seemed that Genha was having a hard time with Bachelor's willis.
After recieving a call from the main group, Genha retreated.  Ayane could
not believe that they recieved help.  Bachelor then suddenly appeared
in front of them and greeted them.  She told them that she could not
let them die.  Just then, Genha reappeared in front of them.  To destroy
those willis, Genha's shmicram had to take heavy damage.  Toru, Ayane,
and Bachelor all pointed their guns at Genha.  Genha then started talking
and said that he had heard of Bachelor before.  He then said that Bachelor
is female whose body is late in its growth.  Bachelor yelled back but her
voice started to shake.  Genha then told Bachelor that he will show her the
taste of men and left when the three started shooting at him.  Minori called
int to check if they are alright.  Bachelor immediately logged off before
Toru could say something about her.  Kaira then told Toru that their
console was finally fixed and they could finally abort.  Before they
aborted, Ayane asked in a personal line about Bachelor being female.
She told him yes and asked if she could keep this a secret.  Ayane
said she got it, then they aborted from the cyber space.

The next day, Toru went to Bachelor's place and they got into a long
conversation.  During the conversation, Bachelor told Toru that Steppen
Wolf was the best team she was ever in for those eight years.  They then
got into an argument about things that happened after the team members
were arrested.  They then got into some serious topics and it made Bachelor
sad.  She then started hitting Toru and told him to go away.  Suddenly,
they fell and Bachelor landed on top of Toru.  When she realized her position,
Bachelor's cheek became all red.  She then said sorry and jumped up.  Toru
then told Bachelor that he really don't want to kill her in a duel and started
to leave.  Bachelor told Toru to wait and said that she won't talk about that
anymore and asked if they are still friends.  Toru told her yes if she could
keep her promise.  Bachelor then said that she will.  Toru then said that he
might come visit again and left.

When Toru returned to the base, he walked towards the medical room Captain
Yagisawa was resting in and planned to report to him the latest news about
bachelor.  He was then greeted by Minori and Ayane.  Minori asked Toru if
he was here to visit the captain.  Toru said that he has something to report
to Captain Yagisawa.  Minori then asked if it was about Bachelor.  Toru
was shocked to see that the news had spread.  Minori then said about stuff
that only Toru, Captain Yagisawa, and Ayane knew about.  Toru asked Ayane
if she told Minori about it.  Ayane stared at Toru and told him that Minori
looked at their conversation logs after the battle and knew everything they
said.  Minori and Ayane basically said that they will do their best to help
Toru.  Ayane then told Toru to go visit the captain before the visiting hours
are over.  Toru then walked towards Captain Yagisawa's medical room.

When Toru was near the room, he could hear voices from inside.  He took a
peek from the door and saw President Reika and Commander Gondo inside.  Toru
could hear them talking about things he did not quite understand.  He wondered
if the captain had hid something away from him to prevent him from knowing.
President Reika and Commander Gondo then urged Captain Yagisawa to capture the
experiment subject as fast as possible and left the room.  Toru hid by the
vending machine and was not noticed by the two.  Toru wondered what they
were talking about regarding the experiment subject, then suddenly the
broadcast announced that the visiting time was over and asked the visitors
to leave.  Toru immediately ran towards captain's room and gave the information
to the captain.  Captain Yagisawa said that he did well and asked Toru was
there something wrong.  Toru said that it was nothing and immdeiately left
the room.

NEXT CHAPTER

[9. HELP]

Several days passed without anything happening.  Toru and Yosuke were 
patroling around the streets.  Suddenly, they saw a graffiti on the wall,
addressed by Genha telling Bachelor to prepare herself.  They then talked
for some bit about the day off tomorrow and continued patrolling the streets.

The next day, Toru arrived at Bachelor's home.  They greeted each other, then
Toru talked about what he saw the other day.  Bachelor didn't take the warning
very seriously, but Toru tried to tell her to be careful.  Suddenly, Bachelor's
AI started beeping warnings.  Bachelor asked Werewolf what was going on and
the AI told her that two intruders are closing in.  Toru took out his gun, but
Bachelor told him to wait since she had set up some traps.  Despite saying
that, Bachelor's face was pale, just like any other girl would facing danger.
Werewolf then told the two that the intruders are entering the first trap
zone and the traps are activating.  Just then, Toru and Bachelor heard a
woman's scream near the door and the AI told them that the intruders were
caught.  Toru and Bachelor then walked near the door.  As they opened the
door, Toru hold up his pistal and told the intruders to freeze.  Just then,
Toru saw Minori and Ayane lifted upside down by the trap.  Minori asked Toru
for help while Ayane threatened Toru to get her down right now.  Bachelor
asked Toru if he knew about these two, and Toru Toru told her that they
were his comrades.  They then released the rope and let the two women
down.  Toru asked the two why were they here.  Minori told Toru that
he was acting suspicous, while Ayane said that she tried to stop Minori from
coming.  Toru then lead the two inside Bachelor's home.

After they entered Bachelor's home, Minori asked Bachelor if she was truly
Bachelor.  Bachelor then admits what she thought was true.  Then Ayane
said that she could not believe that she was defeated by someone with such
flat breasts.  Bachelor argued back and the air became quite tense.  Minori
asked Toru what were they planning to do today.  Toru told her that they
were just here to meet.  Minori then suggested that they go somewhere together.
Toru said that he would like to go and asked Bachelor if she agrees.  Bachelor
told him that she will follow his judgement.  They then head out and drove to
the beach.

One hour later, the group finally reached the beach.  Minori and Toru were
talking while Bachelor and Ayane were dueling out seeing who was better at
a beach sport.  Bachelor didn't last for long and asked to swtich with
Minori.  She then sat beside Toru and told him how easily she get tired
in the real world.  They talked for a bit, then Bachelor asked if Minori
was Toru's girlfriend.  When Toru heard this, he was so surprised that he
spat out what he was drinking.  He then told Bachelor that they were just
comrades in the army.  Bachelor then told Toru that she actually envied
Toru that he has all these friends.  Bachelor told Toru that because of
her looks and smartness most people her age don't want to be with her.
Toru told her that he would be her friend, but Bachelor asked him that
in Steppen Wolf if they knew that she was so young, would they still
accept her like they did.

{Choice 1: Lie to her.}

Bachelor scolded Toru for being sugar tongued.

{Choice 2: Tell her the truth.}

Bachelor scolded Toru for being so straight forward.  She told him that
if he always say things like that to a girl he would not get very far.

{Either way there's no difference.  I'm actually not sure if this part
was written correctly.}

Bachelor and Toru then talked about things that had happened starting
from eight years ago that lead to how she was like now.  Toru then
thought about the lonliness super genius tend to have.  Bachelor then
said that no guy would like someone like her.  She then asked Toru
would he like someone as flat chested as her.  Toru said that she would
love to have a girlfriend such as her.  Bachelor then told him that she
was glad.

After finished talking, Bachelor and Toru heard Minori asking to switch
immediately.  Bachelor told her that she will go switch immediately.  Before
she left, she told Toru that eight years ago she had a friend who was the
same age as her.  She was just as skilled as herself.  Toru asked if Bachelor
knew who her friend was.  However, Bachelor said that they had already lost
contact.  Afterwards, she ran towards where Ayane was and started the game
again.  After some time, Ayane also got tired and asked Toru to switch.
Toru agreed and stood up to play.  In the evening, they returned to the
outside of the building where Bachelor's home was located in.  Bachelor
thanked Toru for giving her so much fun today.  As Toru was about to leave,
Bachelor called to him and asked him to come again.  Toru said he will and
Bachelor said goodbye to him.

The next day, Toru returned to the usual days of training and work.  In the
battle station, Kaira asked Toru what he did during the day off.  Toru told
her that he was tired from physical exercise.  When Kaira heard that, she
seemed to have thought of the wrong thing and gave Toru a smirk.  Toru told
her not to think such perverted thought.  Kaira then said that Ayane and
Minori seemed to be quite tired as well.  Toru told her that it was not
what she thought about and sat onto his own console.  Kaira then asked
Toru what were the colors of Ayane and Minori's panties, and he actually
answered the question.  However, he caught onto what Kaira was trying to
do and yelled at her.  Kaira then said that Toru sure had fun getting his
hands on two virgins.  Minori could not take it anymore and told them
that it was time for patrol.  Toru and Kaira both said something to
Minori and then dove into cyberspace.

After they dove in, Kaira's shmicram seemed to have some control problems.
She then logged off and told Toru she'll come back once she finished tuning.
When Toru entered a critical area, several terrorists appeared in ambush.
After taking care of them, he was then surrounded by a group of terrorists.
When Toru thought that they were here today to get him, he heard a call
from a mysterious man who said that they were not here to fight today.
The man told Toru that he wish to talk to Toru.  Toru asked the man his
identity, and the man told Toru that his name was QuWong and was the leader
of Fei-Tao.  After he said that, a heavy-weight shmicram dove in.  After
entering, QuWong asked Toru where Bachelor was hiding.  Toru tried to play
dumb, but QuWong saw through him and told Toru that he was trying to save
Bachelor, not to harm her.  Toru asked QuWong how would he save her if his
men had already threatened her publicly.  QuWong apologized and told Toru
that it was why he wanted to protect her.  Toru then told QuWong that it
would be more like to imprison her, not to protect her.  QuWong told Toru
that Bachelor is in danger and asked Toru if he understood about that.
In the end, Toru still didn't say anything, and QuWong said that Toru
still did not believe him in the end.  After he said that, his men
pointed their guns at Toru.  Toru yelled at QuWong, but QuWong just told
him to disarm and come with him.  After saying that it was his destiny,
QuWong logged off.  Just when Toru said that it was quite unfair for
all of them to gang up on a single shmicram, Kaira arrived and helped
Toru in fighting the terrorists.  After they wiped out the terrorists,
Toru thanked Kaira for helping him.  Kaira told him that she dove in
when she heard that there were interference around the area.  She
then told toru that the patrol is now over and they should log off.
Before Toru logged off, he thought about how did QuWong knew Bachelor's
true gender and could they have known each other in the past.

After Toru returned to the real world, Minori asked Toru if he was
alright.  Toru told her that he was fine thanks to Kaira.  He then
told her about him seeing QuWong today.  Minori was surprised, and
Toru explained to her about QuWong looking for Bachelor.  Minori
then whispered to Toru and told him that she had searched the database
about the incident eight years ago.  She told Toru that it was very
cruel because there were several D.O.S attacks and thousands of people
dying.  Toru was shocked since D.O.S attack was the worst neuro attack
on the web.  Minori told Toru that in the army's report, Bachelor
seemed to be the suspect of these attacks.  Toru agreed since Bachelor
had the skills to do so.  However, Toru said that he did not believe
Bachelor would do such a thing and left the battle station.  Minori
asked him where he was going, and Toru replied saying that he was
going to ask the captain about the truth.  Minori told Toru that the
captain is released from the hospital tomorrow and not today.  Toru
then said that if so he will go visit Bachelor.  Minori told him that
he can't do that since he was still on duty.  Toru then asked Minori
to help him, and she agreed.  Toru then walked away to prepare things.

That very night, Toru arrived outside of Bachelor's home.  Toru pressed
the door bell, then he heard Bachelor telling him to wait for her to get
the door.  When the door opened, Toru noticed that Bachelor's face was
quite pale.  He asked her what happened, and Bachelor lead Toru into
her home to look at the security logs.  The AI informed Toru that several
members of Fei-Tao had been sighted around the area.  On the image, Toru
recognized the leader as Genha.  Toru asked Werewolf if he could pick up
Genha's voice.  Werewolf said that he could try and Genha's voice was
transmitted over.  It seemed that he and his men were trying to find where
Bachelor was with a tracking device.  Genha then said that he was going
to do the most cruel ***** and ****** once he gets his hands on Bachelor.
Bachelor screamed telling them to stop but of course, her voice could
not be heard by Genha.  She then asked Toru what should they do.  Toru
told her to let Werewolf calculate the amount of time estimated for Genha
to find where they are.  Bachelor asked Werewolf to calculate, then the
AI told her that the estimated safe time would be four hours from now.
Toru asked Werewolf if they could escape.  Werewolf told Toru that since
the terrorists had placed road blocks around all the roads surrounding here,
they only have 3% of chance of escaping.  Werewolf then told Toru that
their best chance is to ask for outside help.  Toru then told Bachelor
that they should ask help from the military, but Bachelor told him that
the army would just think of her as a murderer.  After hearing this, Toru
told Bachelor that there is one way out of here.  Bachelor asked him
if what he said was true, and Toru told her that she must answer a question
before he tells her the plan.  Toru asked Bachelor if she had caused the
series of D.O.S attacks eight years ago.  Bachelor then asked Toru did he
suspect her doing something like that.  Toru told Bachelor that he believed
what she said.  Bachelor told Toru that she was not the one who caused
those D.O.S attacks and begged Toru to believe her.  Toru said that he
believed in what Bachelor said and took out his call device.  He called
Tukina and asked her to come and help him.

After he finished calling Tukina, Toru took Bachelor in his arms and
comforted her.  Bachelor thanked Toru for coming and help.  Bachelor then
told Toru her true feeling and how scared she was.  She then said that
she was glad that Toru would come and help her.  Toru told Bachelor that
he would always be glad to help a friend.  Bachelor then told Toru that
the world outside the net is very scary to her.  Hearing this, Toru's
heart ached for Bachelor's fear for the real world.  Bachelor then asked
that she wondered if she truly exist.  She told Toru that all of her
identity were created after she escaped a facility.  Toru told her that
she does exist and hugged her deeper.  Bachelor then said that she knew
nothing of her past except for her real name.  Toru wondered what Bachelor's
real name was, and Bachelor told him that it was Hikaru Asakura.  Toru quietly
said out Bachelor's name, and Bachelor's body began to shake.  Bachelor then
asked Toru would he hear her wish.  Toru told her he would of course, then
Bachelor's face blushed and started to look elsewhere.  After a long talk,
she finally told Toru that she would like to experience a kiss before her
death. Toru was surprised and they talked for a bit about.....stuff....  Toru
then hugged Bachelor and told her that she was cute.  Just when they were
about to kiss, a car horn sounded outside and they seperated.  Toru
realized that it was Tukina and they headed outside.  Outside the building,
a battered V.S.S vehicle stood there and Tukina urged them to get on quickly.
After they got in, Toru asked her if she knew how to drive.  Tukina said
that it was common sense and started driving.  They immediately hit the wall
in the back and Toru asked Tukina if she hadn't got her license yet.  After
some crazy driving they finally got to the main road.  When they saw the
terrorists on the road, Tukina tried to get away and ran right into a ditch.
She started again and one hour of hell on the car started.

{Note: The kiss may have been s**, but I'm not quite sure.}

When they finally arrived at Steppen Wolf's base, all three lay on the
ground and rested.  Toru said that he thought he was going to die.
Basically, Tukina violated almost all the severe road rules when she
drove.  Nevertheless, Toru thanked Tukina for coming and saving them.
Tukina then asked Toru about the girl who he saved from the slums was
his girlfriend or not.  Toru was about to say Bachelor, but he changed
it to Hikaru Asakura in the last second.  Tukina and Bachelor then
greeted each other as if they just met.  They talked for a bit, then
Tukina somehow dose off.  Toru asked her if she was alright, and Tukina
said that she was probably just tired from all this.  After a short chat,
Tukina said that she was going to go back.  Toru asked her how would she
do with the battered vehicle, and Tukina told him that she will be alright.
After Tukina had left, Toru told Bachelor that he will be returning to
the base as well.  Toru told Bachelor that he would get into trouble if
he did not return and that she would be safe here.  Bachelor then asked
Toru not to leave her here.  She then grabbed Toru by the waist and tried
to prevent him from leaving.  She said sorry and that she was scared.
Suddenly, an image appeared in Toru's head of a child crying while holding
onto him.  He young girl called Toru big brother and Toru comforted her.
The image then went black and Toru wondered how come he had such memories
since he did not have a younger sister.  Then, Toru heard Bachelor crying
and returned to his senses.  Toru thought for a bit and decided to stay
with Bachelor for the night.  He told that to Bachelor and Bachelor
thanked Toru.  She then wiped her tears and they slept.

NEXT CHAPTER

[10. PARTNER]

Toru woke up the next day and immediately gave a call to the base so that he
would not be mistaken as a runaway soldier.  He called Captain Yagisawa and
was given three days of holidays.  He basically had to protect Bachelor in
these three days.  Toru looked at the sleeping Bachelor and thought about
last night when they were about to kiss.  He then took a finger and tried
to touch her lips.  Before he could do it, Bachelor woke up and asked him
what he was doing.  Toru then said it was nothing and moved his hands back.

Throughout the morning, Bachelor played around and checked Steppen Wolf's
hardware settings.  She and Toru had a long technical talk, and Toru started
dosing off looking at Bachelor due to her "improper" positioning of her
body when they were talking.  Bachelor then noticed it and immediatley sat
down.  They then talked about some things from the old times, and when
Bachelor mentioned Yuuya Toru's face became down.  Bachelor said sorry
to Toru for bringing back some bad memories.  Toru then smiled at Bachelor
and told her that it was alright.  They then talked about the adult world
and Bachelor said that she had already seen the dark side of the adult
world from the web surveillance cameras.  She then told Toru taht she
had actaully been watching him for some time.  They then talk about
some not so kiddie stuff and Bachelor asked Toru how did she look.  Toru
replied something and the topic was changed to things about Genha.  Bachelor
said that when she was hopeless, Toru came for her.  Toru looked at Bachelor
and felt that she may have fallen love in him.  He then thought about the
idea himself and found that he only thought of Bachelor as cute kid and
that was it.  Bachelor then said sorry for bring up this topic, and Toru
hugged her and said that it was alright.

As the day was nearing its end, Bachelor told Toru that she had fun today.
Toru said that it was still early and asked Bachelor what they are going
to do during the evening.

{Choice 1: Wait for Bachelor's suggestion.}

Toru waited and Bachelor said that there was something important she had
to do.  She told Toru that it was to dive in.  Toru complained about having
to dive during a holiday, and Bachelor explained that it was not to dive
in using a shmicram but use a cyber body instead.  

{Choice 2: Suggest diving into the cyber space.}

Toru suggested to Bachelor that they should go for a dive.  Bachelor asked
Toru why would he be suggesting this since he hated working during holidays.
Toru told her that it was cyber body diving, not shmicram.  Bachelor thought
that it was a great idea and agreed.

{This choice will not affect the endings.}

They then took out the equipment for diving and Toru asked Bachelor where
should they dive to.  Bachelor said that she knew of a great place and
they plugged in their neurojack to dive in.  After diving in, Toru noticed
that it was a night scene of a cyber city.  They talked for a bit and
then Bachelor asked Toru did he join the army to avenge for Yuuya.  Toru
asked her how did she knew, and she told him that she had heard about
Yuuya being killed by a soldier.  Bachelor then asked Toru could he form a
new Steppen Wolf with her after he finished his revenge.  She told him
that with them being partners they would be able to form the best team.
Even though Toru was tempted, he still told Bachelor that Steppen Wolf
had ended and everything was too late.  Bachelor then said that it was
not too late and they could still do it.  Toru told Bachelor that he
is now also one of her tainted adults, but Bachelor said that how could
it be.  Toru told Bachelor that it was his fault for getting them
onto a battlefield and it was his fault that Yuuya died.  Bachelor said
that Toru was not tainted, and Toru noticed that she was crying.  Bachelor
then said that she was saved by Toru, and she had to do something to
cheer up Toru.  She then closed her eyes and kissed Toru.  Bachelor then
asked Toru that didn't he said she was cute and so when he felt down
she would cheer him up.  After a long speech, Bachelor asked Toru could
she be by his side and help him in what he would do.  Toru then held
Bachelor close to him and said that he thanked him.  He then told her
that he must keep the promise he made to her.  Bachelor asked Toru if
it was really true, and Toru said he will.  Bachelor then told Toru
to call her Hikaru from now on.  They then kissed each other and Toru
asked Bachelor did she regret.  Bachelor told Toru that she did not
regret her decision and Toru said that it was time for them to change
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After logging out, Toru and Hikaru slept in the same blanket.  
Hikaru talked to Toru, but he was thinking about his own feelings
regarding Hikaru.  She then told Toru about her past and being
born in a care facility.  She told Toru that when she was young
she was already able to solve difficult puzzles.  She said that
she then got interested into hacking when she grew up.  They talked
for a bit then Bachelor leaned on Toru's chest and slept.  Seeing
that Bachelor was sound asleep, Toru doze off into his dream as
well.

NEXT CHAPTER

[11. MISTRIAL]

Toru woke up after smelling the smell of someone cooking.  Suddenly,
the smell turned to the smell of something burning and Toru jumped
up.  Hikaru greeted Toru, and Toru noticed that she was cooking
something.  Toru looked in the pan and found some black liquid
inside.  Toru took a sip and immediately asked for water.  When
Hikaru tried to give him the water, she slipped and the water
spilled all over Toru.  Toru came to his senses and Hikaru asked
him if the soup was too dense or not.  Toru asked her what she
was doing, and she said that she just wanted to make breakfast
for Toru.  They talked for a bit, then Captain Yagisawa called.
Toru picked it up and the captain asked him if everything was
going alright.  After Toru answered, Hikaru budged in and
apologized to Captain Yagisawa.  Captain Yagisawa then said
something and hang up.  After Toru finished talking, he looked
at Hikaru and found her doing something with the pots again.
Toru asked her what was she trying to do, and she said that
she was going to try to make breakfast again.  Toru grabbed
the pot over from Hikaru and turned on all the fans to start the
air circulation.  Hikaru then apologized to Toru for not being
able to make him breakfast.  They talked for a bit, then Toru
noticed how Hiakru's chest somehow grew somewhat large.  Toru
asked Hikaru how did her breast suddenly grew to such a size
just after one night.  She tried to cover it up, but Toru just
poked at it and the balloons Hikaru hid under her shirt exploded.
Toru asked Hikaru why did she do it, and Hikaru just said that
she thought Toru liked girls with big breasts such as Minori.
Toru told her that he did not care if it was large or not, as
long as it is natural he would be fine with it.  They talked for
a bit about Hikaru changing herself so Toru would like her more,
but Toru just grabbed her hand and lightly kissed her.  He then
told her that she is fine as she are and don't have to act like
anyone.  Hikaru blushed and then said that she knew that now.
She then told him to do his best today.  Just then, Toru got
a call from Captain Yagisawa about canceling his holidays.
He was told that it was an emergency.  Toru immediately hanged
up and started to dress.  Hikaru asked Toru about what had
happened, and he told her that it was an emergency call.  Toru
told her to wait here for him, and Hikaru told him to do his best.
Despite feeling a bit uneasy, Toru left the building and headed
towards the army base.

When Toru arrived at the battle station, he was greeted by Captain
Yagisawa.  Captain Yagisawa explained the situation about the I.V.S
chip factory being attacked by the terrorists.  He then showed the
team the broadcast sent out by the terrorists proclaiming their actions.
Minori then explained to Toru that there is a nuclear fusion reactor
under the factory and if that exploded it would be devastating.  Captain
Yagisawa then said that the terrorists were just imagining about the
so called black box area since there exist no such thing.  Karia asked
about the civilians, and Captain Yagisawa said that they had been
taken captive by the terrorists.  After much talking, the briefing
finally finished and Toru walked to his console.  Ayane then greeted
Toru and asked him about Bachelor.  When Toru was surprised, she
just said something else and left for her own console.  After plugging
in his neuro-jack, Toru got a call from Kaira where she said that she
had heard about Toru being a lolicon.  Toru asked her how did she knew,
and Ayane budged in saying that she did not say anything.  Yosuke then
said to Toru that since Minori and Ayane had smelled something fishy,
he and Kaira of course had smelled something fishy about Toru as well.
Toru tried to explain things, but got into an argument with Minori.
Kaira then said that Minori was just being Jealous.  When Minori heard
it, she tried to say something to cover up.  Captain Yagisawa then
told them to stop chatting before the mission starts.  Eveyrone finally
calmed down and Minori asked them if they were ready for the dive.
Toru said that he understood and the members of the first platoon dove
into cyber space.

After Toru dove in, Minori told him that a shmicram from another team
asked if he could join Toru.  Just then, Hikaru dove in with her
shmicram.  Toru asked Hikaru if she had forgotten her promise.  She
told Toru that she had not and said that she only wanted to help Toru.
Ayane then arrived and said that it was sure a surprise.  She then
said to Toru that she was just passing by and headed towards a different
direction.  Hikaru then said to Toru that they should finish the work
quickly and continue what they were doing last night.  Toru blushed a bit
and they started heading north to the reactor.

After taking care of four groups of terrorists, Toru got a call from
Minori telling him that Ayane was fighting the terrorists alone in the
reactor room and is in danger.  Toru asked her who was Ayane fighting,
and Minori said that it was Genha.  Hikaru then told Toru to hurry since
Ayane was in danger.  Minori noticed Hikaru's voice, and Toru just told
her that it was just a shmicram from another platoon.  They then headed
straight towards the reactor room.

When they arrived outside, Minori told them that Ayane's shmicram had
been completely destroyed.  Toru asked Minori about Ayane's current
situation, and Minori told him that there was interference so Ayane
could not log out.  Toru told Hikaru to wait here while he took care
of things, so Hikaru just told him to be careful.  Toru then opened the
gate and charged inside.  Inside the room, he saw Genha and a bunch
of willis surrounding the reactor.  He warned Toru to not come closer
or else he would overload the reactor to make it explode.  Minori
then connected Toru with the I.V.S technician and he confirmed their
current situation.  Genha then said to Toru that despite the fact
about the reactor he would still have enough time to violate Ayane.
Genha then had a little talk with Ayane and it got pretty heated by
the end.  Minori then told Genha that he is surrounded and should
surrender immediately.  Hearing this, Genha said something and calmed
down.  Suddenly, he said the most censored sentence (over 50% censored)
in the game and made Minori cry.  Toru yelled at Genha and Genha just
laughed.  Hikaru then charged in and chased after Genha as asked for
a fight with her.  The technician then told Toru that he only have
two minutes to disarm all the willis before the reactor explodes.  Ayane
then told Toru to destory all the willis while Genha was distracted by
Bachelor.  Toru then contacted Minori and said something to her, but she
continued crying saying it was so cruel.  Toru then comforted her and she
said that she's calmed down now but will be crying the whole night
tonight.  Toru then charged towards the willis and scrapped them into
bits and pieces.  After Minori confirmed that all of the willis were
destroyed, the I.V.S technician also confirmed that the safety program
had returned to normal.  Toru looked at how were Bachelor doing and found
her to be having a hard time hitting Genha.  Genha then told Bachelor that
if she was the super genius and the emperor of the left brain, then he
was the super emperor of the right brain.  Hikaru told him to shut up, but
Genha kept on talking.  Seeing this, Toru charged in to help Hikaru.

After defeating Genha, Ayane thanked Toru for what he did.  Captain
Yagisawa then ordered Toru and Ayane to log out.  Toru asked Ayane if
she was alright, and she said yes and that she would need to take a
shower afterwards.  She then logged out before Toru.  Toru turned to
Hikaru and told her that they should log out as well.  However, Hikaru
pointed to the sealed door and asked Toru what did he thought of it.
Toru looked at it and noticed that it was protected by a barrier.  He
wondered why would such a thing exist in a commercial company's computer
system.  Hikaru asked Toru if he wanted to go and see what's behind it.
Toru told her not to go, but she said that it was alright and opened
the door.  Hikaru finally persuaded Toru and they entered through the
door.  There, they found a lone statue inside.  Hikaru told Toru that
this statue is the cyber form of an AI.  Hikaru then talked to the AI
and the AI said that it controls the thoughts of the I.V.S employees
and would start defragmentation commander after being initiated.
Hikaru tried to say something else, but then a flash appeared.  When
the view returned to normal, the statue had disappeared.  Toru asked
Hikaru what did she do to the AI.  Hikaru told him that it was the
doing of the AI itself.  Minori suddenly called in and told Toru that
something bad just happened.  Toru asked Minori what had happened, but
Minori just showed him a image of dead I.V.S employees.  Toru asked
what was going on, and Hikaru said that she just talked to the AI.
Suddenly, Toru stared at Hikaru and said that she did something else.
Hikaru urged to TOru that she did not do anything and asked Toru to
believe in her.  Minori then told Toru that over half of the
technicians suffer from brain dead.  As Toru was thinking about what
really happened, Hikaru just told Toru to believe in what she said
and left.  Toru told Hikaru to wait, but Captain Yagisawa told him
to stop because V.S.S had already detected Bachelor and is now
chasing her down.  Toru swore, then Captain Yagisawa told him that
what Bachelor did had nothing to do with them.  He then told Toru
to return.  Toru said he understood and logged out.

When Toru returned to the real world, he noticed that only Minori
remained in the battle station.  Toru asked her what had happened,
and she told him that there was an official report of Bachelor
sneaking into the I.V.S facility and killing many of the workers
while running away with important data.  Toru was shocked and said
that Bachelor would never do such a thing.  She then told him that
it was a small scale D.O.S attack.  Toru argued that it could not
have been since he was also in the facility at the time.  Minori
told Toru that it seemed to only target the workers of I.V.S who
was connected to the I.V.S data system.  Toru thought about it
and believed that it could have been just an excuse to cover up
all these people dying.  Toru told Minori that he was going to
go meet with Bachelor.  Minori told Toru not to go since it was
Captain Yagisawa's orders.  Toru refused and just walked passed
her.  She called to Toru, but he did not look back.

After returning to Steppen Wolf's base, Toru saw Hikaru sitting on the
ground, crying.  She told Toru that she did not do it and asked him to
believe in her.  Toru asked her about what had happened then.  Hikaru
said that she did not know, but she told Toru that she had a theory.
However, before she could say it, the door opened and Toru asked who
was there.  Tukina replied and Toru let go of his breath.  However, when
he took a closer look at Tukina he felt something weird, something cold
about her.  Tukina then said that Toru did well in his mission and V.S.S
will take care of Bachelor from here on.  Toru asked Tukina what was she
saying, but it was enough for Hikaru to think that Toru had betrayed her.
She then asked Toru did he sell her to V.S.S, but Toru said that he did
not and continued asking Tukina what was going on.  Despite a bit of
uneasiness appeared on Tukina's face, she told Toru and Hikaru that
it was all a part of a mission to capture Hikaru.  Hikaru then yelled
at Toru and called him a betrayer.  Just then, a group of V.S.S
security guards appeared at the door and told Hikaru not to try to run
away.  When Hikaru was being cuffed up, she yelled at Toru asking him
why and was what he said about liking her just lies.  Toru then told
those security to release Hikaru immediately and tried to pull out
his gun.  However, he was knocked down and pushed onto the ground.
Toru talked to Tukina, then suddenly her eyes started to returning
to normal and she forgot what she was going to say.  Another voice
suddenly appeared saying that they did well in capturing Hikaru.
Reika, the president of V.S.S, walked over and asked Toru if he
knew about her.  She then asked Toru if he knew that covering up
someone like Bachelor who is a criminal is a crime as well.  Toru
told her that Hikaru was not the criminal and it was someone else.
Toru then thought about something and said that could the real
culprit be V.S.S.  Reika told him that he had too much imagination
and laughed.  A gun was then pointed at Toru's back and Reika
told him that he shall come back with them for a little visit.
When Toru and Hikaru were brought out of the building, several
V.S.S armored vehicle and numerous armed securities were positioned
outside.  Hikaru said to herself who could she believe now.  Toru
called to Hikaru but the security guard just told him to keep on
walking.  Just then, something was thrown into the center and a
huge fog appeared.  A security guard then told the others that it
was an enemy attack.  The sound of gunfire then raged through the
night.  Toru tried to chase after Hikaru, but he was blocked by
one of the security guards when the guard was shot.  A voice behind
Toru then told him to wait.  Toru told the person to let go of him,
but when he turned around he was shocked to see that it was QuWong.
QuWong then told Toru to come with them quickly.  However, Toru still
told QuWong to let go and he continued chasing after Hikaru.  When
was turned around the corner where the fog had faded, he had a glimpse
of Hikaru running away in that direction.  When Toru tried to follow
after her, he was electrically shocked and fell on the ground.  Before
his conciousness faded, he could hear Tukina apologizing to him and
the tears she had in the corner of her eyes.

NEXT CHAPTER

[12. STAMPEDE]

Toru woke up and felt a severe headache.  He noticed that he was
in a strange room.  Reika greeted him, then Toru turned towards
where he heard the sound and saw Reika standing beside several
security guards.  Toru asked her what did they do with him and
tried to get up.  However, he was tied up and when he tried to
leave the neuro-jacks connected to him gave him some shocks.
Reika told Toru not to try anything fishy and that he will be
like that until they had finished talking with him.  Toru told
Reika that he would not tell her anything.  Reika then told Toru
and admitted that they did not get any useful information out
of him while he was unconcious.  Toru then asked Reika had
they captured Hikaru.  Reika told him that she had escaped.
She told Toru that Bachelor had hacked into the road system
and caused a huge traffic confusion so she could escape.
Toru asked Reika why were they trying to arrest Hikaru, but
Reika corrected him that they were not trying to arrest but
to take back.  Toru then recalled that Reika had said something
about an experimental subject in Captain Yagisawa's room.  Reika
then explained to Toru that Bachelor's brain is special.  She
told Toru that Bachelor's brain calculates at a speed beyond
normal humans.  Toru asked Reika was Hikaru just one of her
subjects in an experiment, and Reika admits it.  They talked
for a bit, then Reika told Toru that Bachelor was one of their
successful subjects so that was why she was important to them.
After Reika said that, she ordered the guards to take Toru
so that they could deal with Bachelor.

After they arrived at the V.S.S battle station, Reika explained
that this was a portable console used by V.S.S members.  She told
Toru that it was used by the Alpha units who were in her direct
command.  She then showed Toru a screen where there was a violet
spot.  Reika told Toru that that violet spot is where Bachelor
is.  She told Toru that Bachelor was being overconfident and
thought that she could take on the whole V.S.S.  On the screen,
several hundred of shmicram units went after Bachelor.  Reika
then told Toru that they were not trying to kill Bachelor but
to her resign to them.  Toru then asked that they brought him
here so he could do that.  Reika said yes, then Toru asked
her what did they plan to do after they capture Hikaru.  Reika
then told Toru that Bachelor would be under watch and her
guardian would be V.S.S.  Toru turned down the offer at first,
but then Reika persuaded him into agreeing with her.  Reika
then said something about Tukina being a failure of something.
When Toru asked more about that, Reika changed the subject and
just said that it was nothing.  Reika then opened the communication
screen and it showed the face of Hikaru.  Seeing Hikaru's face,
Toru's heart started to ache.  Toru told Hikaru that he really
did not betray her.  Hikaru then told Toru that it was no longer
needed.  Reika then told Bachelor that Toru had chosen to be
with V.S.S and asked her would she want to be with the one she
loves or be hunted down.  Bachelor then started to laugh, and
Reika asked her why.  Hikaru then told Reika that did she, an
old woman with a dumb head, think that her plan would work
so easily.  Reika seemed to be quite mad after hearing what
Hikaru said Reika calmed down and said to Bachelor that she still
had more experience since she lived longer than Bachelor.  She told
Bachelor to resign herself to them so that there would still be hope
for her, the hope to be with the one she likes.  Bachelor then thought
for a bit and told Reika that it was too late.  She told Reika that
she will be releasing the demon from its cage and Reika's dream
will be crushed.  After saying this, Hikaru said good bye and
disconnected the communication line.  Reika then immediately ordered
the AI to rescan Bachelor's location.  The AI told Reika that Bachelor
had disappeared and her current location was somewhere else.  It
then told Reika that there was an unidentified shmicram located
at the deepest part of the facility.  Reika then ordered a series of
commands, and after the AI confirmed its initialization, the alarm
sounded and all of the V.S.S pilots who were logged into the system
fell out of their consoles.  Reika then held her head and bend down
in pain.  Toru looked around and saw people brain dead, twitching,
etc.  It was basically a scene of hell.  Toru then saw Tukina and
ran towards her.  Toru asked Tukina if she was alright, but she
asked Toru for help and that her head felt as if it was about to break.
She then begged for help as Toru held her up.  Toru then heard Reika's
voice and he turned around.  He saw Reika pointing a gun at him.
Reika continued talking and said something about Bachelor froze the
system AI so her control on the people diminished.  Toru then recalled
that this was what exactly happened in the I.V.S factory.  Then,
another voice said that this was the system that binds the human
mind and was also nicknamed as the brainwash system.  Reika greeted
QuWong for coming in just when the security were all dead.  QuWong
then told Reika that their duel had dragged for such a long time.
He then said that when he decided to risk his life to sneak into the
facility, God seemd to be on his side in the end.  After Reika dropped
her gun, QuWong told Toru to not worry and that he was not Toru's
enemy.  When Toru asked him why, QuWong told Toru to look and see the
realization of the system he was fighting against, the system which
binds the minds of people.  QuWong then kicked away Reika's gun and
pointed his own gun at her head.  Reika then asked QuWong that did
he still remember the times back in the laboratory.  QuWong told her
that he could never forget about it since it completely changed his
life.  Reika then asked QUWong that since she was the one who introduced
him to the army's project so why did he betray her.  QuWong told Reika
that he did thank him for letting him know the cause of the largest
pustule in this modern world.  Toru told QuWong to hold on for a second
and asked what was all that about.  QuWong explained that the brainwashing
system was an attempt to control the people's thoughts by implanting new
brain chips which Reika took part in.  He then told Toru that V.S.S and
I.V.S employees were test cases used to test the system.  Reika tried
to tempt Toru by telling Toru that after this case with Bachelor ended
they would have a life without worries.  QuWong poked her bubble by
saying that Bachelor had already shut down the Ai and she could not
do a thing.  Toru asked what would that do, and QuWong told him that
the brainwashing system can only work when supported by an AI.  He
explained that it would be cause devastating effects on the subject
if the AI was shut down.  QuWong then said that Reika was cut off
from the system and she suffer the same pain as the rest.  Reika
said something, then Toru asked about what happened in the I.V.S
factory.  QuWong explained that the self-destruct AI was triggered
so Reika's secret would not be found out.  He then turned into a
harsh tone and accused Reika of all the responsibilities for what
had happened.  QuWong then unlocked his gun and was ready to shoot.
Reika then told the two that she is the central of the brainwashing
system and if she was killed then over half of the people who were
brainwashed would not be able to return to their normal lives.  QuWong
told Reika to say no more and said that when her soul was tainted
her death was sealed.  Reika then asked QuWong had he forget their
dream to make a paradise.  QuWong told Reika that it was too bad
for her since her paradise means hell to him.  He then pulled
the trigger and Reika's dead body fell on the ground.  QuWong then
sighed and his face looked complex.

Tukina then started asking Toru to help her again and saying that
it was painful.  Hearing this, Toru's attention turned back to Tukina.
Someone then padded Toru's shoulders and he looked up.  He then
saw a teenage girl from the terrorists telling him that it is alright
and that they would apply a tranquilizer on Tukina.  Toru told her to
go ahead, and the girl held Tukina's wrist and applied the tranquilizer.
She then told Toru that Tukina will eventually recover and return to
the society.  Tukina came to her senses and apologized to Toru.  She
asked Toru if he was angry but Toru told her that it was alright.  Tukina
then said that she was really sorry and went back into a deep sleep.
As Toru held Tukina's hands, anger raged through him against the ones
who played around wtih Tukina's life.  Feeling Toru's anger, QuWong
patted his shoulders and told him that he had already ordered his men
to spread the word about the truth.  QuWong then asked Toru to give
tell Bachelor that they really appreciated what she did.  They talked
for a bit about Bachelor, then Toru asked QuWong how come he knew so
much about Hikaru and what was his relationship to her.  QuWong then
said that he understood and told Toru that he will keep it short.
He then explained that he and Reika used to work at a laboratory
which had some inhuman experiments.  He said that it was experiments
which tampered with the brain.  QuWong said that he eventually escaped
from the lab and took Bachelor with him.  However, he said, that he
was not able to keep Bachelor with him during his runaway life, so
he placed Bachelor in an institute (probably an orphanage).  He said
that a few years later when he returned, they say that Bachelor had
already escaped.  QuWong then told Toru that Bachelor will be doing
something devastating and asked if Toru could stop her.  Toru asked for
more details, but QuWong told him that there was no time.  QuWong then
gave Toru two options.  The first option was to dive here and they
will protect him, while the second option was to go back to FLAK and
get Captain Yagisawa to help him.  Toru asked QuWOng about Captain
Yagisawa knowing the truth, and QuWong nodded.  QuWong then told Toru
that it all depends on his choice.

{Choice 1 will lead to HIKARU and BACHELOR, while choice 2 will lead
to HIKARU and HATEFUL.}

{Choice 1: Dive in immediately.}

Toru said that they should hurry so he would dive here.  QuWong said
that he understood and asked Ryang to be Toru's support.  Ryang answered
and said that she understood.  Toru thanked QuWong and Ryang and plugged
his neuro-jack into a console to prepare diving in.  Ryang told Toru the
dive in location was at the old military laboratory.  She then asked Toru
if he was ready, and Toru told her to go ahead and dive him in.  Toru then
dove into cyber space.

After diving in, Toru commented about the base and Ryang explained the
reason why it looked like that.  He then asked for Hikaru's location
and Ryang told TOru that he should head south.  After taking care of a
group of Hikaru's willis and entering a large room, Ryang warned Toru
about Bachelor almost finished hacking the sealed gates.  She told Toru
that she did not know what's behind that gate, but she said that from
how QuWong reacted it must not be very pleasant.  Toru asked how long
would it take before Hikaru finishes.  Ryang told him that it would
take Bachelor five minutes to hack the door open.  After some severe
fighting, Toru finally made it in front of a large gate.  Toru and Ryang
originally thought that there was only one gate, but Toru ended up
seeing multiple gates blocking his way.  Just when Toru was going
through this long corridor, a memory popped into his head.  It was two
people arguing, a kind gentleman who interfered with what a scary lady
was planning to do.  The image then shifted to a mountain cottage
and Toru could see a Chinese dressed girl telling everyone it was time
to eat, a skinny girl who was playing with puzzles, and a young man
reading newspapers.  The Chinese dressed girl told the other girl that
it was time to eat, but the other girl just said to give her more time
to finish the puzzle.  The Chinese girl told the young man with glasses
to not read newspapers while they were eating.  Despite the whole
scene felt warm to Toru, he somehow notice that something was missing
but did not know what it could be.  Suddenly, Toru was shocked by
the memories that flashed through his mind.  Regardless, Toru continued
moving towards where Hikaru was.

When Toru arrived, Hikaru had a sad face at first, but then she told
Toru to log out immediately because something bad was about to happen.
Toru asked what was it, but Hikaru did not reply.  Hikaru asked Toru
did he remember what she said about eight years ago.  Hikaru then
went on and told her story eight years ago about her meeting with
another child and hacked into the army base.  In there, they saw a
demon so they escaped.  However, they later realized that after they
had left the D.O.S attacks occurred.  After looking through the database,
Hikaru said that she found out that they could not control this final
weapon so they sealed it up instead behind this gate.  Hikaru basically
said that she was going to release this so the dirty world would
disappear.  Toru tried to tell her to stop, but she did not listen.
They got into a huge verbal fight, but eventually Toru calmed down
after he yelled at Hikaru.  He then told Hikaru to come back with him,
but Hikaru just said that she was tired and told Toru to leave while
she get her revenge on this world.  Toru refused and said that he
will persuade Hikaru by force.  Hikaru asked Toru if he was so
confident with his skills and asked Toru that did he forget that he
would die if he lost.  Toru told Hikaru that it was not his intention
but he would chase after her even in death.  After a final exchange
of words, Toru and Hikaru got into their battle position and started
fighting each other.

{Defeat Hikaru.}

After beating Hikaru, she thanked Toru for stopping her and said
goodbye.  She then tried to leave and logged out when Toru tried
to chase after her.  Toru then asked Ryang did she notice where
did Hikaru went, but Ryang apologized and said that she was no
longer in the battle station since they had retreated.  She then
said that the army might know something about it and congradulated
Toru for what he did.  After Toru logged off, he saw Captain
Yagisawa standing in front of him.  Captain Ygaisawa told TOru that
he did well and that V.S.S is now under the control of the army.
They talked for a bit about the usual follow up steps taken and
people getting arrested and then left the building.  Toru was then
greeted by Minori and Kaira.  Minori asked Toru why did he not
look so well, but Toru said nothing except that he would be going
to the base to talk to the captain.  Just then, Minori took out
a tracking device and showed it to Toru.  Minori said that the
captain told her how to operate it.  Just when Toru was about to
head back to the base, he suddenly recalled that this could be
used to track down Hikaru.  He immediately grabbed it over and
started operating on it.  He tracked down Hikaru and tried to
leave.  Kaira did not know why Toru was in such a hurry, but after
Minori pointed out that Toru was going after Bachelor, Kaira told
Toru that he could use the car to get there.  Minori smiled at Toru
and said that leave the things to them.  Toru then jumped into the
car and started the engine.  After greeted by his two comrades,
Toru drove off to search for Hikaru.

ENDING: HIKARU

{Lose to Hikaru.}

Toru's shmicram broke down and he was disarmed into his cyber body.
He closed his eyes and waited for his death.  Howeever, he felt
someone holding him up and as he opened his eyes he saw a crying
Hikaru.  Hikaru then apologized to Toru.  Suddenly, a collar was
strapped around Hikaru's neck.  Toru looked and saw Genha standing
there.  Toru was surprised that Genha was still alive, but Genha
told Toru that he was revived from being brain dead.  Genha then
took out a machine and was about to key in the password to open
the gate which sealed the final weapon.  Genha and Toru then
talked for a bit, and Hikaru used this time to shock Genha
with a cyber shocker.  However, Genha seemed to be alright
and............................................................
...............................................................
...............................................................
.....Well, too bad, folks, but the stuff that's going to.......
.....happen is over the rating, so I will have to leave........
.....it out....................................................
...............................................................
...............................................................

Toru looked at his back and saw the wired ghost.  The girl asked
Toru that is Hikaru really so important to him.  Toru looked back
at Hikaru and all he could do was grasp his hand as hard as he
could.  Suddenly, the gate began to move and everyone did not
know what was happening.  The ground then began to shake and a
dark red light shone from inside the gate.  As the final weapon
appeared in front of the three, an AI informed them that Leviathan
was released and told them to take cover.  Genha stared at Leviathan
and said it looked great.  Hikaru, on the other hand, told Toru to
run away.  When Genha spaced out, Toru grabbed the knife he dropped
and threw it at Genha.  It then cut Genha's ***** off, which made
him scream like crazy.  After Toru got hold of Hikaru, he asked her
if she was alright.  Hikaru said that she was alright and told Toru
to run away.  Toru looked towards Leviathan and saw that Genha's
body was attracted towards it.  Hikaru told Toru that Leviathan feeds
on the dead cyber bodies.  Toru then realized that what was the
cause of all those attacks eight years ago.  Toru and Hikaru tried
to escape, but it seemed as if they were too late.  Their interface
was already starting to break down.  Just when Toru thought that he
was about to die, the wired ghost stood in front of them and blocked
the way of Leviathan.  Hikaru the called out to the girl and asked
if she remembered her.  Toru asked Hikaru was this person the girl
she told him about.  Hikaru then noticed that their shmicrams can
be used again.  After arming themselves with their shmicrams, Toru
and Hikaru started heading towards the exit.  Just as he was leaving,
the image appeared again in Toru's head.  Now, in Toru's memory there
was another boy who was very active.  They talked and then the boy
seemed to not so like what the girl who was playing the puzzle was doing.
Toru then talked to that girl and she smiled bakck at him.

When they have finally reached the last gate, Toru came back from his
memories.  Just when Toru thought that everything was going to be fine,
Hikaru told him to look behind them and they noticed that Leviathan had
already broken through all those gates.  Hikaru then charged at Toru
and knocked him out out the final gate.  Toru asked Hikaru what was she
doing, and Hikaru said thanks to Toru and that it had been fun.  The
gates then closed and Hikaru was trapped inside.  When Toru opened the
gate again, there was no sign of Leviathan nor Hikaru.

ENDING: BACHELOR

{Choice 2: Go back to the army base to dive in.}

Toru told QuWong that he will head back to the army.  QuWong told Toru
that he will send someone to take him back to the base.  After Toru
returned to the army base, he immediately head towards the battle
station and told everything to Captain Yagisawa.  After Toru begged
Captain Yagisawa for his approval to chase after Hikaru, Captain
Yagisawa backed down and told Minori to help Toru.  When Toru was
preparing to dive in, he could hear Minori asking Captain Ygaisawa about
why would Bachelor be appearing at an old army laboratory.  Captain
Yagisawa did not say much and said that he trusted what QuWong said.
Toru asked the captain about knowing things about QuWong.  Captain
Yagisawa then said that eight years ago QuWong escaped from the
army labs and took with him several important test subjects.  He
then told Toru that he was the captain of the team at the time who
chased after QuWong and how they got fooled around by the ten year
old Bachelor until the D.O.S attacks which was thought to be Bachelor's
doing but in truth the culprit was still unknown.  After some more
short chats, Captain Yagisawa told Toru that he should dive in
quickly.  After Toru finished preparing, he dove into cyber space.

After diving in, Toru was informated that Bachelor was in the southern
area so he headed there.  After taking care of Bachelor's willis along
the way, Toru bumped into Genha and he asked him why wasn't he dead.
Toru asked Genha wasn't he under QuWong's command, but Genha yelled
at Toru for what Toru said.  He then threatened Toru and logged off.
After Genha had left, Minori called in and informed Toru that Bachelor
was about to release a level 4 military weapon.  Toru asked Minori
what it was, but Minori said that she did not have access to it.
Captain Yagisawa told Toru to hurry up, so Toru asked Minori how
much time did he have left.  Minori told Toru that he only have five
minutes to get to Bachelor.  After defeating the willis guarding the
lab, Toru finally arrived at a giant gate.  When he was going inside
to find Hikaru, some of Toru's memory came back to him and it showed
Toru being with some people in a dark corridor and in a sunny cabin.
Toru then returned from daydreaming and continued going inside.

After Toru arrived, he was greeted by Hikaru.  Hikaru then told Toru
what had happened eight years ago and they got into a big argument.
They eventaully calmed down, and Toru asked Hikaru to come back with
him.  However, she refused, so Toru tried to use force to make her
come with him.

{Defeat Hikaru.}

Hikaru thanked Toru for stopping her and her shmicram exploded.
Toru immediatley got out of his shmicram and held onto Hikaru.
Hikaru then said sorry to Toru and started crying.  Just when
they were about to leave together, Toru felt that a collar
was on his neck.  He then looked at Hikaru and saw that she
too was trapped by a collar.  Genha then appeared and planned on
opening the sealed gate.  Hikaru attacked Genha with her electric
shocker, but it was no use.  She then got grabbed in the air
and Genha shocked Hikaru herself with her own shocker.

*The rest of the scene is of course, 18+, so it will not be
included in this walkthrough.*

Note: All three other pilots in the first platoon arrived at
the scene but was not able to stop Genha from violating Hikaru.

Suddenly, the ground began to shake and the gate opened by itself.
The final weapon Leviathan was then released.  Genha kind of spaced
out seeing Leviathan, so Toru used this chance and cut off Genha's
*****.  Genha's body was then sucked in by Leviathan and absorbed.
Ayane, Kaira, and Yosuke then started firing at Leviathan.  However,
their effort was useless and could not even scratch Leviathan.
Before they could escape, Leviathan initialized a D.O.S attack
in the area.  The attack, however, was interrupted by the wired
ghost so they used this time to escape.  When they reached near
the last gate, Leviathan had already broke through all those
previous gates and was closing in behind them.  Hikaru charged
at Toru and pushed him out of the gate.  Just when she was prepared
to die, Kaira and Yosuke blocked the gate from closing so Hikaru
could escape using her cyber body.  At the last minute, Kaira
and Yosuke let go of the gate and trapped Leviathan inside.  Toru
thanked Yosuke for helping him, and Yosuke told Toru to go see how
Bachelor was doing.  Toru asked Hikaru if she was alright and stuff
like that, but after Hikaru caught her breath she just told Toru
goodbye and left.  Toru asked Minori if she could track Hikaru down,
but Minori replied that she could not find a trace of Bachelor.
Captain Yagisawa then told them to return.  Hearing this, Toru and
the other members logged off.

After returning to the real world, Captain Yagisawa told Toru about
what had happened at V.S.S and army's reponce to it.  Toru then
turned to Ayane who was pissed off at Bachelor running away.  She
then said that it would be good if there was a tracer.  Toru
recalled that there used to be an AAA tracer placed onto Hikaru.
After checking Hikaru's current location, Toru got the permission
to leave from Captain Yagisawa and left to find Hikaru.

ENDING: HIKARU

{Lose to Hikaru.}

After Toru was defeated, Hikaru said that no one would be stopping
her now.  Just when Hikaru was about to release the final weapon,
QuWong told Hikaru to stop.  They argued and QuWong threatened
Hikaru by telling her that his men had already found her physical
whereabouts and would unplug her if she tried to release the monster.
QuWong then tried to explain to Hikaru and eventually Hikaru agreed
to stop.  Just when they were about ot log off, they were unable to
do so.  Genha then called in and told QuWong that all of his men are
gone and he was the only one left.  QuWong yelled at Genha, but Genha
just unplugged QuWOng's neuro-jack and QuWong's cyber body was
eliminated.  Toru immeidatley told Minori to find where Hikaru was.
However, Genha started ******* Hikaru in the real world and a
reverse effect occurred.  Reverse effect is when changes to the
physical body affected the cyber body.  Hikaru started bleeding
in her ******* as she asked help from Toru.  Toru told Genha
that he will surely kill him, but Genha just laughed.  Minori
then said that she had found where Bachelor was and had contacted
the local police.  When Toru tried to grab Hikaru's wrist to help
her, Hikaru suddenly just disappeared as if she never existed.
Minori was already in tears and told TOru that Bachelor was
dead.  At that very spot, Toru swore that he will kill Genha if
they ever meet again.

ENDING: HATEFUL

<ENDINGS>

[13. HIKARU]

Condition: In STAMPEDE, either at V.S.S or at FLAK, just defeat
Bachelor to reach this ending.

Toru used the tracking device and eventually tracked Hikarudown
at QuWong's country cottage.  He went in and found Hikaru inside.
They, well, I think it is better if the player keep this scene for
themselves.  Anyways, afterwards, Hikaru leaves.  Days later,
Captain Yagisawa suddenly came in to the cafeteria and told his
team there is a new member.  Toru went to look, and to his surprise
the new member was Hikaru!

END

[13. BACHELOR]

Condition: In STAMPEDE, stay in V.S.S and lose to Bachelor.

Several years had passed by.  V.S.S, I.V.S both collapsed after the
incident.  The evil deeds of Reika was recorded on historical
textbooks for her crimes.  Now Fei-Tao is hidden and peace
returned.  After the incident, Toru did not see Bachelor again.
His logic tells him that Bachelor was dead for sure under those
circumstances.  However, he could not believe it without seeing
Bachelor's dead body.    As Toru was patrolling with Yosuke,
Yosuke talked about Toru's own W&D Inc.  The company holds the
sign of Steppen Wolf and became more of a memorial.  As they
talked, Toru branched off to visit W&D Inc.  As he stands in
front of the big commercial staring the Steppen Wolf sign,
Toru closed his eyes and thought about his former comrades.
Yuuya is deceased, Akira's whereabouts are unknown after
he escaped jail, and Tukina suffers from brain damage and
left the cyber world for a more peaceful life in the real
world.  The Steppen Wolf is now gone from the wild.  Toru
then thought about Hikaru and some of her various conversations
with him.  As he ended his thoughts and opened his eyes, Toru
saw something different.  The Steppen Wolf sign is now changed
to Bachelor's own logo!  As he was just wondering, Yosuke
came up and interrupted Toru's thoughts.  Toru looked back
again and the sign is now back to normal.  Toru was sure that
what he saw was not just his imagination.  He believed that
Bachelor is alive and was just hiding somewhere.  Toru believed
that there was no need to tell Yosuke about it.  He tricked
Yosuke into leaving.  What Toru only hoped was to meet Bachelor
again in his life.

END

[13. HATEFUL]

Condition: In STAMPEDE, go back to FLAK to dive in and lose to
Bachelor.

Several years had passed.  V.S.S and I.V.S have disbanded after
Reika's death.  Reika's sins have been recorded in historical
textbooks.  But no matter what happens, the world continues to
go on.  The world did not change.  What changed was the lives
of individuals.  Commander Gondo's resignition, and a new
commander who is older and kind took the job.  One day, alarms
sounded in FLAK.  When Toru came over, Minori told him that
the central had notified them of a terrorist attack.  After
QuWong's death, the terrorists are now under a darker incluence.
Fei-Tao of the past seemed like a gentleman compared to this
new group.  After Toru dives in, the terrorist approached him
was Genha!  Toru charged straight at him.  In the incident years
ago, Bachelor's body was found in the cabin in the woods.  When
Toru saw Bachelor's body, the horrific image burned into Toru's
mind.  Except for the instants in battle, those images torture
Toru day and night.  As Toru yelled at Genha, Genha told him
his own purpose of life.  As Toru points his gun at Genha, he
asked himself, what is going to be of him when he killed Genha?
Who is there to hate so he can have the urge to stay alive?

END

Condition: In STAMPEDE, go to FLAK and lose to Bachelor.

[g. Renn's Branch]

Condition: Everyone's story branch must be completed.

[1. WIRED GHOST]

[2. FLAK]

[3. MEET AGAIN]

Condition: When Toru returns from the police station in WIRED
GHOST, choose choice 1 to enter cyber world.  Choose choice 1
again to meet Renn.  At the end of FLAK, instead of going with
Minori, choose the second choice to go see Renn.

[4. VIRTUAL SISTER]

[5. DESCEND]

[6. D.O.S]

[7. LEVIATHAN]

[8. ILLEGAL CHIP]

[9. TRUTH]

[10. ARMAGEDON]

[11. ANOTHER SIDE]

[12. LOSE]

Condition: In ANOTHER SIDE, meet Yuuya when going to the Steppen Wolf
base the second time.  Must decline Reika's offer and visit the cabin
before you go meet Renn and fight Genha.  When you meet with Renn
choose to stab oneself.  Possible method 2 is the same as above but
do not return to the cabin to fight Genha.

<ENDINGS>

[13. RENN]

Condition: Use the conditions in LOSE method 1 to get into LOSE.

It has been some time since Toru defeated Renn.  All of his comrades
have returned from brain dead and his childhood friend, Tukina,
joined FLAK as a cafeteria worker.  Ryang and Hikaru are now going
around as the infamous pair, one with super memory and the other
inhuman brain processing ability.  They celebrate Kaira's promotion
to captain since Yagisawa is now the commander.  However, Toru's mind
seemed to be elsewhere, and he left early.  As Toru returned to his
room, he decided to go to the cyber plain.  After entering, he found
that the flower ring Renn made was still present!  According to cyber
world rules, objects made or generated by a person will disappear after
the person dies.  If the flower ring still exists, then that means....
As Toru rushes over, he finally saw what he wanted to see - Renn.  Renn's
just sleeping on the plain, and Toru was finally united with his sister.

The story that began on a cyber plain ends on that very cyber plain.

END

[13. HARMONY]

Condition: Accepts Reika's offer and chooses to stab Renn in ANOTHER SIDE.
Do not visit the cabin the second time to fight Genha.  The other way is
to use the conditions in LOSE method 2 to get into LOSE.

It has been some time since Renn's incident.  Toru now lives in the house
in the woods which QuWong used to own.  All of his comrades have returned
from brain dead and his childhood friend, Tukina, joined FLAK as a
cafeteria worker.  Ryang and Hikaru are now going around as the infamous
pair, one with super memory and the other inhuman brain processing ability.
As they came to visit Toru, a voice called out in his brain, it was Renn.
After the incident, Renn seemed to have merged in harmony with Toru, and
she is sinking deeper and deeper into Toru as days go by.  In the end, as
Renn is now in complete harmony with Toru, she sinks completely into
Toru's mind and disappears.  As her last smile fades, Toru returns to
his life in the real world.

END

[13. ETERNITY]

Condition: In ANOTHER SIDE accept Reika's offer and visit the Steppen
Wolf base two times to meet with Yuuya.  Go to the cabin a second time
to fight Genha.  When you go to Renn, choose to say goodbye instead of
stab Renn.

After the incident ended, Toru met with QuWong and Yagisawa in the cabin
to hear the truth behind.  QuWong told him that Reika had brainwashed all
of her colleagues in the project but because of her imperfection he was
able to regain his senses after meeting the dead Renn in cyber space.
QuWong destroyed the database and escaped with the test subjects.
Captain Yagisawa was the one chasing them down, but he heard the truth
from QuWong about Reika's true intentions.  He contacted one of his
best friends and colleague, Sasagiri, and told him everything.  Sasagiri
quit the army because of this.  Then, during the chase to capture Renn,
Leviathan was awakened and caused the great DOS disaster.

It is the end of the book Toru wrote for his past memories.  After many
years of battle, Toru is now old and lives off of the army's retirement
funds.  He married one of his former friends of the past who fought along
his side (ie. one of the girls in Baldr Force except Renn).  Now with
his wife and all of his former friends passed on to the next world, Toru
is waiting for his death.  But before that, he decided to log on to cyber
space.  If he was to die, he decided to die in there instead.  After
entering the plain which was still exactly the even after all these years,
Toru began to walk at his max speed.  Warnings popped up alerting about
his physical health, but Toru did not care.  Suddenly, all the warning
stopped.  Toru realized that his heart in real life had stopped beating.
In his last moment, Toru lies on the grass of the imaginary world and
as he opened his eyes, he felt the rushing wind, the broad plains, and the
blue skies.  It was a wonderful feeling to him.  Suddenly, he heard this
voice calling out for him.  He thought it was his mind playing tricks, but
as Toru looked back he saw both Renn and Leviathan!  Toru was worried about
him being and old aged man, but Renn kissed him and Toru felt this great
live energy flowing through him.  Renn told Toru that wired ghosts can take
form on any age they like.  After she said that, Renn started to cry.  Toru
embraces her and their body glitters into the endless world of cyber space.
Steppen Wolf, wired ghost, it's all but just a beginning to an eternal
journey.

END

[h. Bad Endings]

Bad endings are endings that have no ending sequence.  Basically, it will
just return to the title screen without any credits, and it will not
count as a completion (the game counts how many times you have completed
the game).

- In Minori's path, if Toru chooses to not trust Minori's answer, the
bomb will explode when Toru charges and Toru's brain will cease function.

- In Ryang's branch, if you did not damage Genha enough when fighting him
in Level 7, he will just pull your plug and you will be brain dead.

- In various stages, if the nulcear plant timer runs out, the plant
explodes killing everyone.

- In Bachelor's branch, in STAMPEDE if the time runs out, Bachelor will
unlock the final lock and Toru is disconnected from his physical body
from the roar of the monster and became brain dead.

- In Renn's branch, if you choose the first option in the first choice in
ANOTHER SIDE, you will just fall into Renn's imaginary world completely and
of course, become brain dead in real life.

[i. Bosses]

- QuWong - Boss in Minori's branch.  He wields his guandao in short combat
and uses flame thrower and flare missiles for long range assualt.  Try
to keep some range from him while avoiding his missles since they are slow.
He also has this chi bomb attack that only moves forward and explodes.  Those
are easy to dodge by just moving out of its way.  His flames won't hurt
too much if it was a slight touch, but getting trapped inside not only
hinders the player's movement, but it will drain the player's hp quite
fast as well.  His two Force Crashes are short range combos with his
guandao and the other is wild flame thrower dance.

- Ayane - Boss in Ayane's branch.  She is quite strong in close range.  Just
by looking at her huge claws should be enough to see that one.  Her long range
weapon is guided missles, which can get annoying at times.  She also has this
trap mine which drags her target in if they are near.  Those, however, can
be taken out with bullets or explosions.  She has two Force Crashes, one
which she charges forward and the other where she releases a lot of trap
mines.

- Tukina - Funny to see another character as the boss in their own story
branch.  Tukina will appear in a large shmicram, loaded with laser and
long range assualt weapons.  You can try to play guerilla war with her,
but a second option would be to fight her face on with short range combos.
A hint is to not to stand in one spot, or else lasers and energy balls
will just rain down like madness.  One of her Force Crash is by releasing
these small energy balls which gets larger if they are hit or if they join
together.  It hurts a lot so try to dodge it by moving around.

- Yagisawa - He's the boss in Ryang's route.  Do not underestimate his
close range combo abilities.  He has probably the deadliest short range
combat ability second only to Leviathan's one hit kill Force Crash.
Keep far from him, but do not equip any slow weapons on dash slots.  His
chi blade can cut through defensive weapons without being hindered,
at least not in the times when I tried.  Also, the blade's speed is quite
fast, which means weapons slow to execute means weak dodging ability.
Also, don't think it is safe to keep a distance and stand.  His chi blade
actually hits quite far.  Basically, hinder his movement or something, and
pump him full of lead when you can.  Another tactic, however, is to
annoy him with long range weapons and when he is still recovering rush
in and perform close range combos.  His long range Force Crash may have
an auto targetting ability, so keep on moving if he executes it.
Yagisawa is known as the oni (demon in Japanese) of hand to hand combat,
which is a perfect name for his fighting style.

- Bachelor - You will fight her in Bachelor's branch.  She has the ring
which can make herself float, render most long range weapons useless
since she rarely comes to the ground, unless you shoot her down of course.
The tactic is to use an anti-air weapon or move to get her onto the ground
and then you can use moves that can hit enemies lying on the ground to
combo her.  Force Crash moves that can hit the floor will work wonders too
to finish off the combo.  Her Force Crash is releasing a lot of bits
surrounding her target and generating huge explosions inside the ring of
fire.

- Leviathan (Renn) - Final boss in Renn's branch.  Do not even get near her.
She has this Force Crash which will draw in the player and just kill in one hit.
Always stay some distance away from her and drill her with missiles or other
weapons that can target enemies by itself.  Try to keep the weapon's heat
low and fast in execution, because you would not want to get caught by
Leviathan.  She can teleport around and squash the player like a bug.
Her other Force Crash, the multi energy shell attack, is relatively weaker but
is still damaging if the player is hit multiple times.  She will spray these
energy balls around her randomly, which can be dodged or nullified with
defensive weapons.  Her last Force Crash which projects a huge wave laser beam.
Only a few selections of combo experts has the change to beat her in close
combat on hard, so don't try to get close to her if you don't think you got the
skills.

- Leviathan (Reika) - Final boss in one of Renn's story branch.  Leviathan
is controlled by Reika now instead of Renn, so some of her attacks are
slightly different.  She has all of Renn's Force Crash except for the one hit
kill black hole.  Missiles alone should be enough to take her out
(in Normal difficulty).  Compared to Renn, Reika is relatively weaker.
Like Renn, however, she can teleport around so never stay in one place for
too long.  Most of her normal attack is same as Renn's.  High exploding 
uto targetting weapons will work wonders.

[j. A Very Simple Combo]

Below is a very user friendly combo for everyone.  The weapon names are
translated by my sister from the original Katakana names.  The weapon
location on the weapon selection menu is also stated (horizontal, veritcal).

Place the following attacks on the same key:

- Mine Sweeper (3, 10) for Normal Dash
- Boost Up Punch (1, 2) for Short Dash
- Air Tackle (3, 4) for Long Range
- Galatic Strike (2, 5) for Short Range

For Small Enemies:
- Use the Boost Up Punch + Galatic Strike combo by pressing the button two
times and it should deal some good damage (like over 100).  The second press
should be pressed only when the Boost Up Punch completely finishes or else
Galatic Strike would completely miss.  Use the Air Tackle by pressing the
button again to get away from the enemy.

For Huge Enemies (Leviathan for example):
- Use the Boost Up Punch + Galatic Strike combo just like the small enemies
except remember to press the button a second time immediately after the first
press.  Use the Air Tackle either to get away or sometimes can perform extra
damage.  The Mine Super can either add damage (press again) or to get away
from the enemy.  Also, against Leviathan (well, technically it's the only
large enemy really existing), its deadly black hole force crash can be
completely nullified if Mine Super was used well.  I have used this combo
to defeat Leviathan on hard mode before, so it works.

Below is a modification to the combo:

- Change Air Tackle to Cage Blade (2, 8) for Long Range

This modification allows the combo to work on all enemies and makes it
easier to execute.  After hitting the enemy with Boost Punch and sending
the enemy straight up, wait until you are above the enemy and then use
Galatic Strike by pressing the button again.  Press the button again to
encage the enemy with Cage Blade and immediately again to throw some
bombs at the enemy with Mine Sweeper.  The only part where timing is
needed is right after Boost Up Punch.  To execute the rest of the combo
just keep on pressing the same button again as fast as possible.  This
combo deals slightly more damage than the original one, but its
disadvantage is that it would generate more heat and require a longer cool
down time.

<<G. Shmicram and Willis Information>>

Below is a list of all of the shmicram and enemies.

Type: Either shmicram or willis.

Style: Battle style.  All means strong in both long and short range
attacks.  Long means strong in long range weapons and short means
strong in short range attacks.

HP: How much health the character has.  Level means the level of
the shmicram.  Higher level means it may have higher hp than lower
level.  100 HP equals one health bar.

Armor: The higher the armor, the harder it is to be knocked down.
It may raise when the level goes up.

Defence: How much defence determines how much damage can be reduced
when an attack is hit.  Higher level means it may have an increase
in how much damage it can reduce.

1. Toru
Type: Shmicram
Style: All
HP: Lv.1 300, Lv.2 300, Lv.3 300, Lv.4 300, Lv.5 300
Armor: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 200, Lv.3 200, Lv.4 200, Lv.5 200
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

2. Akira
Type: Shmicram
Style: Short
HP: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 300, Lv.3 400, Lv.4 500, Lv.5 600
Armor: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 250, Lv.3 300, Lv.4 350, Lv.5 400
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -3%, Lv.3 -6%, Lv.4 -9%, Lv.5 -12%

3. Yuuya
Type: Shmicram
Style: Long
HP: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 300, Lv.3 400, Lv.4 500, Lv.5 600
Armor: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 250, Lv.3 300, Lv.4 350, Lv.5 400
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -3%, Lv.3 -6%, Lv.4 -9%, Lv.5 -12%

4. Bachelor
Type: Shmicram
Style: Long
HP: Lv.1 400, Lv.2 500, Lv.3 600, Lv.4 700, Lv.5 800
Armor: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 300, Lv.3 400, Lv.4 500, Lv.5 600
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -3%, Lv.3 -6%, Lv.4 -9%, Lv.5 -12%

5. Yakumo
Type: Shmicram
Style: Long
HP: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 200, Lv.3 300, Lv.4 400, Lv.5 500
Armor: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 300, Lv.3 400, Lv.4 500, Lv.5 600

6. Sinrai
Type: Shmicram
Style: Long
HP: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 200, Lv.3 300, Lv.4 400, Lv.5 500
Armor: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 300, Lv.3 400, Lv.4 500, Lv.5 600

7. Yosuke
Type: Shmicram
Style: Long
HP: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 300, Lv.3 400, Lv.4 500, Lv.5 600
Armor: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 250, Lv.3 300, Lv.4 350, Lv.5 400
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -3%, Lv.3 -6%, Lv.4 -9%, Lv.5 -12%

8. Kaira
Type: Shmicram
Style: Long
HP: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 300, Lv.3 400, Lv.4 500, Lv.5 600
Armor: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 250, Lv.3 300, Lv.4 350, Lv.5 400
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -3%, Lv.3 -6%, Lv.4 -9%, Lv.5 -12%

9. Ayane
Type: Shmicram
Style: Short
HP: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 300, Lv.3 400, Lv.4 500, Lv.5 600
Armor: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 300, Lv.3 500, Lv.4 700, Lv.5 900
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

10. Yagisawa
Type: Shmicram
Style: Short
HP: Lv.1 300, Lv.2 400, Lv.3 500, Lv.4 600, Lv.5 700
Armor: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 300, Lv.3 400, Lv.4 500, Lv.5 600
Defence: Lv.1 -5%, Lv.2 -10%, Lv.3 -15%, Lv.4 -20%, Lv.5 -25%

11. Cappuccino
Type: Willis
Style: Short
HP: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 100, Lv.3 200, Lv.4 300, Lv.5 400
Armor: Lv.1 0, Lv.2 50, Lv.3 100, Lv.4 150, Lv.5 200
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

12. Ray Pahntome
Type: Shmicram
Style: Short
HP: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 100, Lv.3 200, Lv.4 300, Lv.5 400
Armor: Lv.1 0, Lv.2 50, Lv.3 100, Lv.4 150, Lv.5 200
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

13. Jackal
Type: Shmicram
Style: Short
HP: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 100, Lv.3 200, Lv.4 300, Lv.5 400
Armor: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 150, Lv.3 200, Lv.4 250, Lv.5 300
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

14. Hell Koala
Type: Willis
Style: All
HP: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 100, Lv.3 200, Lv.4 300, Lv.5 400
Armor: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 250, Lv.3 300, Lv.4 350, Lv.5 400
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

15. Romheise
Type: Shmicram
Style: Short
HP: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 100, Lv.3 200, Lv.4 300, Lv.5 400
Armor: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 200, Lv.3 300, Lv.4 400, Lv.5 500
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

16. Master Saver
Type: Shmicram
Style: Short
HP: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 100, Lv.3 200, Lv.4 300, Lv.5 400
Armor: Lv.1 0, Lv.2 30, Lv.3 60, Lv.4 90, Lv.5 120
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

17. Windowham
Type: Shmicram
Style: Long
HP: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 100, Lv.3 200, Lv.4 300, Lv.5 400
Armor: Lv.1 50, Lv.2 100, Lv.3 150, Lv.4 200, Lv.5 250
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

18. Couga
Type: Shmicram
Style: Short
HP: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 100, Lv.3 200, Lv.4 300, Lv.5 400
Armor: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 150, Lv.3 200, Lv.4 250, Lv.5 300
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

19. Cobra
Type: Shmicram
Style: Long
HP: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 100, Lv.3 200, Lv.4 300, Lv.5 400
Armor: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 100, Lv.3 100, Lv.4 100, Lv.5 100
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

20. Blue Labor
Type: Shmicram
Style: Short
HP: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 200, Lv.3 300, Lv.4 400, Lv.5 500
Armor: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 150, Lv.3 200, Lv.4 250, Lv.5 300

21. Bloody
Type: Shmicram
Style: All
HP: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 200, Lv.3 200, Lv.4 200, Lv.5 200
Armor: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 100, Lv.3 100, Lv.4 100, Lv.5 100
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

22. Goliath
Type: Shmicram
Style: Short
HP: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 200, Lv.3 300, Lv.4 400, Lv.5 500
Armor: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 250, Lv.3 300, Lv.4 350, Lv.5 400
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

23. Defender
Type: Shmicram
Style: Short
HP: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 200, Lv.3 300, Lv.4 400, Lv.5 500
Armor: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 300, Lv.3 400, Lv.4 500, Lv.5 600
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

24. Tiger
Type: Willis
Style: Long
HP: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 200, Lv.3 300, Lv.4 400, Lv.5 500
Armor: Lv.1 300, Lv.2 500, Lv.3 700, Lv.4 900, Lv.5 1100
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

25. Gong
Type: Shmicram
Style: All
HP: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 300, Lv.3 400, Lv.4 500, Lv.5 600
Armor: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 200, Lv.3 300, Lv.4 400, Lv.5 500
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

26. Sasuke
Type: Shmicram
Style: Long
HP: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 200, Lv.3 300, Lv.4 400, Lv.5 500
Armor: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 150, Lv.3 200, Lv.4 250, Lv.5 300
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

27. Rising Sun
Type: Shmicram
Style: Short
HP: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 300, Lv.3 400, Lv.4 500, Lv.5 600
Armor: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 150, Lv.3 200, Lv.4 250, Lv.5 300
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

28. Grandir
Type: Shmicram
Style: Long
HP: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 300, Lv.3 400, Lv.4 500, Lv.5 600
Armor: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 150, Lv.3 200, Lv.4 250, Lv.5 300
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

29. Death Phalanx
Type: Willis
Style: All
HP: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 300, Lv.3 400, Lv.4 500, Lv.5 600
Armor: Lv.1 300, Lv.2 400, Lv.3 500, Lv.4 600, Lv.5 700
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

30. Kaiser
Type: Shmicram
Style: Short
HP: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 300, Lv.3 400, Lv.4 500, Lv.5 600
Armor: Lv.1 300, Lv.2 350, Lv.3 400, Lv.4 450, Lv.5 500

31. Walker Career (Walker Carrier)
Type: Willis
Style: Long
HP: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 200, Lv.3 300, Lv.4 400, Lv.5 500
Armor: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 300, Lv.3 400, Lv.4 500, Lv.5 600
Defence: Lv.1 -10%, Lv.2 -10%, Lv.3 -10%, Lv.4 -10%, Lv.5 -10%

32. Bilstein
Type: Shmicram
Style: Short
HP: Lv.1 300, Lv.2 400, Lv.3 500, Lv.4 600, Lv.5 700
Armor: Lv.1 300, Lv.2 400, Lv.3 500, Lv.4 600, Lv.5 700
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -3%, Lv.3 -6%, Lv.4 -9%, Lv.5 -12%

33. Marcedes
Type: Shmicram
Style: Long
HP: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 300, Lv.3 400, Lv.4 500, Lv.5 600
Armor: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 150, Lv.3 200, Lv.4 250, Lv.5 300
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

34. Foun Dation (Foundation)
Type: Shmicram
Style: Short
HP: Lv.1 300, Lv.2 400, Lv.3 500, Lv.4 600, Lv.5 700
Armor: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 300, Lv.3 500, Lv.4 700, Lv.5 900
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

35. Killing Field
Type: Shmicram
Style: Short
HP: Lv.1 300, Lv.2 400, Lv.3 500, Lv.4 600, Lv.5 700
Armor: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 200, Lv.3 300, Lv.4 400, Lv.5 500
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

36. Grand Cannon
Type: Willis
Style: Long
HP: Lv.1 300, Lv.2 400, Lv.3 500, Lv.4 600, Lv.5 700
Armor: Lv.1 400, Lv.2 600, Lv.3 800, Lv.4 1000, Lv.5 1200
Defence: Lv.1 -10%, Lv.2 -10%, Lv.3 -10%, Lv.4 -10%, Lv.5 -10%

37. Asura
Type: Shmicram
Style: Short

38. Genha
Type: Shmicram
Style: All
HP: Lv.1 400, Lv.2 500, Lv.3 600, Lv.4 700, Lv.5 800
Armor: Lv.1 300, Lv.2 350, Lv.3 400, Lv.4 450, Lv.5 500
Defence: Lv.1 -2%, Lv.2 -5%, Lv.3 -8%, Lv.4 -11%, Lv.5 -14%

39. Type-02H
Type: Shmicram
Style: All
HP: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 200, Lv.3 300, Lv.4 400, Lv.5 500
Armor: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 250, Lv.3 300, Lv.4 350, Lv.5 400
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

40. Type-03R
Type: Shmicram
Style: All
HP: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 300, Lv.3 400, Lv.4 500, Lv.5 600
Armor: Lv.1 300, Lv.2 400, Lv.3 500, Lv.4 600, Lv.5 700
Defence: Lv.1 -5%, Lv.2 -6%, Lv.3 -7%, Lv.4 -8%, Lv.5 -9%

41. Type-07FL
Type: Shmicram
Style: All
HP: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 200, Lv.3 300, Lv.4 400, Lv.5 500
Armor: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 250, Lv.3 300, Lv.4 350, Lv.5 400
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

42. Type-09A
Type: Shmicram
Style: Long
HP: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 200, Lv.3 300, Lv.4 400, Lv.5 500

43. a-Spartoi
Type: Shmicram
Style: All
HP: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 300, Lv.3 400, Lv.4 500, Lv.5 600
Armor: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 300, Lv.3 400, Lv.4 500, Lv.5 600
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

44. a-Hekatoncheir
Type: Shmicram
Style: All
HP: Lv.1 300, Lv.2 400, Lv.3 500, Lv.4 600, Lv.5 700
Armor: Lv.1 300, Lv.2 400, Lv.3 500, Lv.4 600, Lv.5 700
Defence: Lv.1 -5%, Lv.2 -5%, Lv.3 -5%, Lv.4 -5%, Lv.5 -5%

45. a-Aracmne
Type: Shmicram
Style: All
HP: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 300, Lv.3 400, Lv.4 500, Lv.5 600
Armor: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 300, Lv.3 400, Lv.4 500, Lv.5 600
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

46. a-Harpyiai
Type: Shmicram
Style: Long
HP: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 300, Lv.3 400, Lv.4 500, Lv.5 600
Armor: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 200, Lv.3 300, Lv.4 400, Lv.5 500

47. Tukina
Type: Shmicram
Style: All
HP: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 200, Lv.3 300, Lv.4 400, Lv.5 500
Armor: Lv.1 50, Lv.2 100, Lv.3 150, Lv.4 200, Lv.5 250
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -2%, Lv.3 -4%, Lv.4 -6%, Lv.5 -7%

48. Tukina(a1)
Type: Shmicram
Style: All
HP: Lv.1 300, Lv.2 400, Lv.3 500, Lv.4 600, Lv.5 700
Armor: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 200, Lv.3 300, Lv.4 400, Lv.5 500
Defence: Lv.1 -5%, Lv.2 -10%, Lv.3 -15%, Lv.4 -20%, Lv.5 -25%

49. Tukina(a2)
Type: Shmicram
Style: All
HP: Lv.1 300, Lv.2 400, Lv.3 500, Lv.4 600, Lv.5 700
Armor: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 300, Lv.3 400, Lv.4 500, Lv.5 600
Defence: Lv.1 -10%, Lv.2 -15%, Lv.3 -20%, Lv.4 -25%, Lv.5 -30%

50. Arena
Type: Willis
Style: Long
HP: Lv.1 50, Lv.2 50, Lv.3 50, Lv.4 50, Lv.5 50
Armor: Lv.1 0, Lv.2 50, Lv.3 100, Lv.4 150, Lv.5 200
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -3%, Lv.3 -6%, Lv.4 -9%, Lv.5 -12%

51. Silky Dry
Type: Willis
Style: All
HP: Lv.1 50, Lv.2 50, Lv.3 50, Lv.4 50, Lv.5 50
Armor: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 150, Lv.3 200, Lv.4 250, Lv.5 300
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -3%, Lv.3 -6%, Lv.4 -9%, Lv.5 -12%

52. Legioss
Type: Willis
Style: All
HP: Lv.1 50, Lv.2 50, Lv.3 50, Lv.4 50, Lv.5 50
Armor: Lv.1 0, Lv.2 50, Lv.3 100, Lv.4 150, Lv.5 200
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -3%, Lv.3 -6%, Lv.4 -9%, Lv.5 -12%

53. Marine
Type: Willis
Style: All
HP: Lv.1 50, Lv.2 50, Lv.3 50, Lv.4 50, Lv.5 50
Armor: Lv.1 0, Lv.2 50, Lv.3 100, Lv.4 150, Lv.5 200
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -3%, Lv.3 -6%, Lv.4 -9%, Lv.5 -12%

54. Genesis
Type: Willis
Style: All
HP: Lv.1 50, Lv.2 50, Lv.3 50, Lv.4 50, Lv.5 50
Armor: Lv.1 0, Lv.2 50, Lv.3 100, Lv.4 150, Lv.5 200
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -10%, Lv.3 -20%, Lv.4 -30%, Lv.5 -40%

55. Marine Crab
Type: Willis
Style: All
HP: Lv.1 50, Lv.2 50, Lv.3 50, Lv.4 50, Lv.5 50
Armor: Lv.1 0, Lv.2 0, Lv.3 0, Lv.4 0, Lv.5 0

56. Hunter Dog
Type: Willis
Style: Long
HP: Lv.1 50, Lv.2 50, Lv.3 50, Lv.4 50, Lv.5 50
Armor: Lv.1 50, Lv.2 100, Lv.3 150, Lv.4 200, Lv.5 250
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -5%, Lv.3 -10%, Lv.4 -15%, Lv.5 -20%

57. Garland-03
Type: Willis
Style: Long
HP: Lv.1 50, Lv.2 50, Lv.3 50, Lv.4 50, Lv.5 50
Armor: Lv.1 50, Lv.2 100, Lv.3 150, Lv.4 200, Lv.5 250
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -5%, Lv.3 -10%, Lv.4 -15%, Lv.5 -20%

58. MM-01
Type: Willis
Style: Long
HP: Lv.1 50, Lv.2 50, Lv.3 50, Lv.4 150, Lv.5 250
Armor: Lv.1 50, Lv.2 150, Lv.3 250, Lv.4 350, Lv.5 450
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -10%, Lv.3 -20%, Lv.4 -30%, Lv.5 -40%

59. Zero Labor
Type: Willis
Style: Short
HP: Lv.1 50, Lv.2 50, Lv.3 150, Lv.4 250, Lv.5 350
Armor: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 150, Lv.3 200, Lv.4 250, Lv.5 300
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

60. Crescent
Type: Willis
Style: Long
HP: Lv.1 50, Lv.2 50, Lv.3 50, Lv.4 50, Lv.5 50
Armor: Lv.1 50, Lv.2 100, Lv.3 150, Lv.4 200, Lv.5 250
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -5%, Lv.3 -10%, Lv.4 -15%, Lv.5 -20%

61. Death Valley
Type: Willis
Style: Short
HP: Lv.1 50, Lv.2 150, Lv.3 250, Lv.4 350, Lv.5 450
Armor: Lv.1 100, Lv.2 150, Lv.3 200, Lv.4 250, Lv.5 300
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

62. V Cannon
Type: Willis
Style: Long
HP: Lv.1 50, Lv.2 50, Lv.3 50, Lv.4 50, Lv.5 50
Armor: Lv.1 50, Lv.2 100, Lv.3 150, Lv.4 200, Lv.5 250
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -10%, Lv.3 -20%, Lv.4 -30%, Lv.5 -40%

63. Crusader
Type: Willis
Style: Long
HP: Lv.1 50, Lv.2 150, Lv.3 250, Lv.4 350, Lv.5 450
Armor: Lv.1 50, Lv.2 100, Lv.3 150, Lv.4 200, Lv.5 250
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

64. Santo Cielo
Type: Willis
Style: Long
HP: Lv.1 50, Lv.2 50, Lv.3 150, Lv.4 250, Lv.5 350
Armor: Lv.1 0, Lv.2 50, Lv.3 100, Lv.4 150, Lv.5 200
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

65. Portafortune
Type: Willis
Style: Long
HP: Lv.1 50, Lv.2 50, Lv.3 150, Lv.4 250, Lv.5 350
Armor: Lv.1 0, Lv.2 100, Lv.3 200, Lv.4 300, Lv.5 400
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

66. Forbice
Type: Willis
Style: Short
HP: Lv.1 50, Lv.2 50, Lv.3 150, Lv.4 250, Lv.5 350
Armor: Lv.1 0, Lv.2 0, Lv.3 0, Lv.4 0, Lv.5 0
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

67. Decarabia
Type: Willis
Style: Long
HP: Lv.1 50, Lv.2 150, Lv.3 250, Lv.4 350, Lv.5 450
Armor: Lv.1 0, Lv.2 0, Lv.3 0, Lv.4 0, Lv.5 0
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

68. Forneus
Type: Willis
Style: Long
HP: Lv.1 50, Lv.2 150, Lv.3 250, Lv.4 350, Lv.5 450
Armor: Lv.1 0, Lv.2 0, Lv.3 0, Lv.4 0, Lv.5 0
Defence: Lv.1 -0%, Lv.2 -0%, Lv.3 -0%, Lv.4 -0%, Lv.5 -0%

69. QuWong
Type: Shmicram
Style: All
HP: Lv.1 400, Lv.2 500, Lv.3 600, Lv.4 700, Lv.5 800
Armor: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 300, Lv.3 400, Lv.4 500, Lv.5 600
Defence: Lv.1 -5%, Lv.2 -8%, Lv.3 -11%, Lv.4 -14%, Lv.5 -17%

70. Ayane
Type: Shmicram
Style: All
HP: Lv.1 400, Lv.2 500, Lv.3 600, Lv.4 700, Lv.5 800
Armor: Lv.1 300, Lv.2 600, Lv.3 900, Lv.4 1200, Lv.5 1500
Defence: Lv.1 -4%, Lv.2 -9%, Lv.3 -14%, Lv.4 -19%, Lv.5 -24%

71. Tukina
Type: Shmicram
Style: Long
HP: Lv.1 500, Lv.2 600, Lv.3 700, Lv.4 800, Lv.5 800
Armor: Lv.1 800, Lv.2 900, Lv.3 1000, Lv.4 1100, Lv.5 1200
Defence: Lv.1 -15%, Lv.2 -20%, Lv.3 -25%, Lv.4 -30%, Lv.5 -35%

72. Yagisawa
Type: Shmicram
Style: Short
HP: Lv.1 500, Lv.2 600, Lv.3 700, Lv.4 800, Lv.5 800

73. Bachelor
Type: Shmicram
Style: Long
HP: Lv.1 500, Lv.2 600, Lv.3 700, Lv.4 800, Lv.5 800
Armor: Lv.1 200, Lv.2 300, Lv.3 400, Lv.4 500, Lv.5 600
Defence: Lv.1 -10%, Lv.2 -15%, Lv.3 -20%, Lv.4 -25%, Lv.5 -30%

74: Leviathan (Reika)
Type: ?
Style: All
HP: Lv.1 600, Lv.2 700, Lv.3 800, Lv.4 800, Lv.5 800

75: Leviathan (Renn)
Type: ?
Style: All
HP: Lv.1 600, Lv.2 700, Lv.3 800, Lv.4 800, Lv.5 800

<<H. About Baldrhead>>

[Previous Baldr Series:]

Game: Baldrhead, Baldr Fist, Baldr Bullet.

Expansion: Baldr Bareneko (Baldr Bullet).

Story Timeline: Baldr Bullet, Baldrhead, Baldr Fist.

The following is a brief description of the previous Baldr series.

[a. Baldrhead, The Armed Financial Gaiden]

Genre: Mecha, Action Adventure

Main Character: Baldy (I'm seriously not joking here)

Story: I seiorusly couldn't tell what the heck is going on.

Battle System: Very similar to Baldr Bullet and Baldr Force, minus
the weapons for short dash.  9 weapons can be equipped.  No specials
exist.  Battle triggered when walking into enemy zone.

Weapon Upgrade: Everything can only be upgraded with money.

Obtain Weapon: Weapons can only be bought with money, except for the
starting equipment.

Mecha Upgrade: No.

Mecha Type: GIGAS.

Ups: Adventure sytle gameplay.  Money based weapon system.  Some
dialogs support female character voice.  Message skip feature
installed.  Chibi characters and CGs at times.  Special GIGAS
unloading sequence.

Downs: Black text does not work well with dark backgrounds, some
of the gameplay feels a bit rigid, some weapons are limitted to be
short range or long range only.  Lack of level of difficulty, but
doesn't make too much of a big deal.  Lack of weapon execution
delay.  Video not working properly with newer versions of Windows.
Require Japanese version of Windows or set the language to Japanese
to install.

[b. Baldr Fist]

Genre: Mecha, Tournament

Story: Different people in the society are facing different financial
problems.  They hire GIGAS pilots (apparently all female) to enter
this tournament to win the big prize money.  However, the pilots
who lost their main fights will be punished...

Battle System: Similar to Baldr Force system, but not as good.  There
is no short dash weapon, and normal dash shares the same weapon as
long range.  The weapons equipped as combos.  Unlike Baldr Bullet and
Baldr Force, the player don't equip individual weapons but equip
weapon combos designed by the player.  This is the only Baldr game
where the player can actually block with a command.  Only 4 combos
can be equiped at the same time.  Special weapons are featured
in the game.  A total of 4 can be equiped at one time.  Unlike Baldr
Force where the player must charge up the force bar before a force
crash can be used, the player has this special icon listed beside
their health and one is used when a special is performed.  At
every round, one special will be given to the winner and two will
be given to the loser.  The number of specials executable at the
start of the fight can be increased from upgrading.  The better
combo the player pulls off, the more extra bonus money will be
granted.  Repair is automatic at the end of each fight, and their
costs are subtracted from the money gained in battle.  Sometimes
actions are sold as well.  Actions can't attack but they can be used
to help chain combos.

Weapon Upgrade: Heat usage can be reduced from using them in battle.
Weapon power and effectiveness can only be upgraded with money.

Obtain Weapon: Weapons can only be bought or obtained at the start
of the game.  New weapons appear when enemies use them.

Mecha Upgrade: Yes.

Mecha Type: GIGAS.

Ups: Specials, customizable weapon combo system that is very easy
to chain combos, upgradable mecha and blocking system.  All of the
main characters have voice support.  Chibi characters and CGs at
times.

Downs: Weapons are often not executable during short dash.  Lack
of level of difficulty (those do poor in battle will not do so
great in game).  Will not install unless it is a Japanese version
of Windows or the language is set to Japanese.

[c. Baldr Bullet]

Genre: Mecha, Digital Novel

Main Character: Selgey

Story: The Baldr System, a man-made computer proclaimed itself
as god.  Many people supported it, but others rebelled against
it.  In the middle of South America, a company of peace maker
soldiers are doing their best to cease flames before they
spread.

Battle System: Almost the same as Baldr Force, but there are
no special weapons.

Weapon Upgrades: By using the weapons in battle can reduce heat
required and gain weapon exp.

Obtain Weapon: Can either be developed or gained through storyline.
Basic weapons are obtained at the start of the game.  New weapons
appears as weapon level goes up.

Mecha Upgrade: No.

Mecha Type: HAWS, GIGAS appears as an enemy.

Ups: Survival mode first appeared, the fact that all endings can
be accessed at any playthrough. Quite adaptable to newer and
non-Japanese versions of Windows.

Downs: Weapon execution delay are all too short to make a good
difference between weapons.  It made the game easier.  Also,
Baldr Bullet lack voice and message skip.

[Other Games by Baldrhead:]

Game: Duel Savior, Duel Savior.

Expansion: Duel Savior Justice.

<<I. Author and Legal stuff>>

Do not redistribute this walkthrough over the net or in printed form
or in any way for money making without permission from me.  All
distribution not modify anything regarding my name or any other
contributors.  All legal statements shall not be modified as well.

Hosted Sites (Will be updated, so if you see this walkthrough and it
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Contributors (Those who have contributed in giving me ideas or contacted
me regarding sites stealing my walkthrough):

- VC viper - proving that Leviathan-Renn can be beaten in close range
combat.

- fruitymuffin (Lysander) - correcting my spelling and grammar mistakes
in Minori's branch.

- Delin - correcting the "cooporation" mistake and suggesting new
locations for the menu and controls.

- Quill In The Shadows - correcting the word "savatage" to "sabotage".

Author: I'm known as TechMaster, Techie, or Wanderer (<-Alicuu BBS only).
My email address is: techmasterys@yahoo.com

Editor: fruitymuffin (Lysander) <- Your own space to write anything that
does not bypass the adult rating.

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