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    SUPER ROBOT TAISEN GAIDEN: MASOU KISHIN LORD OF ELEMENTAL
    PART I PLOT SUMMARY
    by kern (chriskern99 at gmail)
    v1.0 (May 8, 2006)
    
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    TABLE OF CONTENTS
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    I. Introduction
    II. The Continuity of the SRW Games
    III. The Summary
    IV. Credits and Legalese 
    
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    I. Introduction
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    This is a plot summary of the first part of SRW Gaiden, a prequel/sequel to 
    the 
    SRW series featuring the original characters from the Masou Kishin universe 
    (Masaki, Shuu, etc.).  This is not a translation of the dialogue, but a 
    (relatively detailed) summary of what happens in each stage.  I have tried to 
    capture all the relevant plot and character development, but I have not 
    represented every last line of dialogue, particularly the in-battle ones 
    (which 
    tend to be nothing more than "I'll show you my power!").
    
    I also have not included anything about gameplay or menu/ability translation 
    -- 
    the other FAQ by pistol covers this area well.  I HIGHLY recommend using 
    pistol's FAQ to see JL Lee's diagram of the branching story paths.
    
    Please e-mail me if you find any mistakes in the FAQ.  If the "mistake" is a 
    name romanization issue, do not bother e-mailing me unless you can offer some 
    proof for why your proposed romanization is more correct than mine (i.e. not 
    just "I prefer Lujanor instead of Rujanor").
    
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    II. The Continuity of the SRW Games
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    There is a lot of confusion over the ordering of the games due to the 
    inconsistent naming and the numerous remakes.  If you only consider games that 
    existed at the time Masou Kishin came out, the chronological story order goes 
    like this:
    
    1. Masou Kishin part 1
    2. SRW 2 (for NES)
    3. SRW 3
    4. SRW EX
    5. SRW 4
    6. Masou Kishin part 2
    
    SRW 1 is generally not considered part of the canon timeline.  SRW 2G is a 
    remake of 2 that is apparently not considered canonical.
    
    The Playstation saw a number of remakes and replacements of the games.  2, 3, 
    and EX were released as the "complete box set" (this is why 2G is claimed not 
    to be canonical, since it was not included here).  4 was remade as 4S.  
    Finally, 4 was replaced by F and its continuation F Final (F/FF is not a 
    remake 
    of 4, but a completely new game that replaces 4 in the timeline).  This was 
    the 
    end of the original continuity.  
    
    The Alpha series, while a different continuity, does rely on Masou Kishin part 
    1 for the background of the MK characters (although certain aspects seem to be 
    slightly different).  EX is not in the Alpha continuity, and probably MK part 
    2 
    is not either.
    
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    III. The Summary
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    There are many branching paths and choice of routes, so the numbering of the 
    stages is somewhat arbitrary.  I also cannot promise that I have recorded 
    every 
    instance where the dialogue changes depending on your previous choices of 
    routes; but there should be no massive differences.
    
    If you wish to follow the "main" path I did to make sure the dialogue lines up 
    exactly, go through these stages:
    
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    Opening
    ------------------
    
    The story begins abruptly, with Masaki standing in some building, wondering 
    where he is and what happened.  A woman names Tytti welcomes him to La Gias, 
    but Masaki is still confused.  After they introduce each other, Tytti wonders 
    if Masaki is Chinese because of his odd name; he says that he's Japanese.  
    
    Tytti tells him that La Gias is a world on the reverse side of the Earth.  
    Masaki doesn't believe her, so Tytti tells him to look outside, and he sees 
    that it's true.  He wonders if he's been summoned to a world of sword and 
    sorcery to be a true hero -- Tytti says he's quite perceptive, but Masaki 
    meant 
    it as a joke.  Tytti says she'll explain everything, starting with the 
    prophecy, but then there's an alarm.  She gets a call, and tells Masaki to 
    wait 
    where he is while the situation is dealt with.  There are several earthquakes, 
    and Masaki wonders if he should look outside.  
    
    You have two choices:
    1. See what's happening outside
    2. Don't look
    
    1. If you pick the first option, Masaki walks outside, but nobody's there.  
    With his usual terrible sense of direction, he doesn't know how to get back, 
    and stumbles into a warehouse where a soldier yells at him.  He introduces 
    himself as Masaki Ando from Earth, and the soldier apologizes and says that if 
    he's a Masouki pilot, he should get out there quickly because there are a lot 
    of enemies and it's a tough fight. ["Masouki" is written with characters that 
    mean "magic attired machine"]  Masaki doesn't know what he's talking about, 
    but 
    despite his protestations they shove him in a Jaom and send him out to battle 
    -- he suddenly finds that he knows exactly how to pilot the Jaom even though 
    he 
    doesn't know why.
    
    2. If you pick the second option, Masaki decides to stay put.  After a few 
    more 
    earthquakes, a guard finds him there and tells him the Terrorists are 
    attacking.  Simone's Zain crashes through the wall (apparently), and Simone is 
    hurt.  Masaki is surprised to see a woman piloting the Masouki.  She asks 
    Masaki if he's from Earth, and when he replies that he is, she tells him to 
    get 
    in the Masouki and fight.  He protests, but finds that when he gets in the 
    robot he understands how to pilot it even though he doesn't know why.
    
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    Stage 1 - La Gias
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    The beginning dialogue is different depending on your choice above:
    
    1. Out on the battlefield, someone named Yang Long wonders who's piloting the 
    Jaom.  Masaki says he shouldn't care since he's come to help.  Tytti is also 
    out on the battlefield and says it's too dangerous for Masaki, but Yang Long 
    wants to let him fight.  Simone agrees, and says that the Terrorists will 
    attack if they talk for too long.  They give Masaki a few battle tips and you 
    start the fight.
    
    2. Tytti is glad that Simone has come back to the battle, but then is 
    surprised 
    to see Masaki.  Yang Long wonders who this is, and Tytti says it's a boy she 
    just summoned from Earth.  She says it's too dangerous for Masaki, but Yang 
    Long wants to let him fight.  They give Masaki a few battle tips and you start 
    the fight.
    
    On the first enemy phase, Gaspar shows up and comments that there are 3 (or 4) 
    B rank Masouki, and that it will be a difficult fight, but that he's confident 
    in their victory.
    
    On the second player phase, Masaki asks them all to introduce themselves.  
    Yang 
    Long is from China, and Simone is from France.  Masaki says that there are 
    people in those robots so he doesn't want to kill them if possible; Tytti 
    reassures him that if he doesn't hit the cockpit they can escape.
    
    On the third player phase, Masaki wonders what these Terrorists want, but 
    doesn't really get a straight answer.
    
    When Gaspar attacks your people, he says that he'll get 30,000 credits just 
    for 
    gathering data.  Once you beat him, he says that it's fine because he got the 
    data he was looking for, and leaves.
    
    The ending dialogue (and the next mission) depends on whether Masaki is at 
    level 1 or not.
    
    If Masaki is at level 1:
    Masaki wonders what these Masouki are, and Tytti says they are robots 
    controlled by Plana, which is something like spirit or aura.  He can 
    understand 
    since he was able to pilot the thing just by thinking.
    
    Feil congratulates everyone, and Masaki asks (rather rudely) who this person 
    is.  Tytti says he's the prince of the country, but Masaki says that doesn't 
    matter since he's not a citizen.  Tytti says that he's also the boss of the 
    Masouki pilots, but Feil interrupts her and says that he doesn't like stiff 
    formality.  This impresses Masaki, but he says he wasn't much use in the 
    battle.
    
    Tytti tells him that he's been summoned to fight, and Masaki guesses he can 
    spend a few days doing that.  Tytti is surprised he doesn't have to notify his 
    family, but Masaki says his family is all dead.  Tytti is apparently in the 
    same situation.  Masaki goes to stay in Zeoroot's house -- Zeoroot is in 
    charge 
    of weaponry at the palace, and he can give Masaki some training.
    
    Go to Stage 2.
    
    If Masaki has levelled up in the battle:
    Everyone is impressed by Masaki's fighting ability.  Masaki wonders what these 
    Masouki are, and Tytti says they are robots controlled by Plana, which is 
    something like spirit or aura.  He can understand since he was able to pilot 
    the thing just by thinking.
    
    Feil congratulates everyone, and Masaki asks (rather rudely) who this person 
    is.  Tytti says he's the prince of the country, but Masaki says that doesn't 
    matter since he's not a citizen.  Tytti says that he's also the boss of the 
    Masouki pilots, but Feil interrupts her and says that he doesn't like stiff 
    formality.  Feil is particularly impressed with Masaki's performance, and asks 
    Masaki for his help.  You now have two choices:
    1. I don't like that idea
    2. Hmm...I guess that's OK.
    
    1. Feil is disappointed, but says he won't force Masaki.  Masaki doesn't like 
    the idea of agreeing to fight when he has no idea what he's fighting or why.  
    Feil is surprised he hasn't received any explanation yet, so Tytti explains to 
    him what's going on.  Masaki is angry that he's been summoned to some world to 
    fight for a country he has no responsibility for.  Tytti says he's free to 
    leave, but Masaki doesn't want to be seen as a coward so agrees to stay for 2-
    3 
    days or so.  Tytti is surprised he doesn't have to notify his family, but 
    Masaki says his family is all dead.  Tytti is apparently in the same 
    situation. 
    Masaki goes to stay in Zeoroot's house -- Zeoroot is in charge of weaponry at 
    the palace, and he can give Masaki some training.  Go to Stage 4.
    
    2. Masaki says he might as well fight since he can't go back to Earth.  Tytti 
    says that actually he can go back whenever he wants -- Feil is surprised he 
    hasn't received any explanation yet, so Tytti explains to him what's going on 
    (basically he's been summoned to La Gias to fight).  Masaki  agrees to stay 
    for 
    2-3 days or so.  Tytti is surprised he doesn't have to notify his family, but 
    Masaki says his family is all dead.  Tytti is apparently in the same 
    situation.  
    Masaki goes to stay in Zeoroot's house -- Zeoroot is in charge of weaponry at 
    the palace, and he can give Masaki some training.  Go to Stage 3.
    
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    Stage 2 - Training
    ------------------
    
    (This is the stage you play if Masaki was at level 1 after the first mission.)
    
    Tytti and Masaki meet Zeoroot.  After some pleasantries, Tytti leaves and 
    Presia (Zeoroot's daughter) introduces herself.  Apparently she's making 
    dinner 
    and reminds her father to eat his peppers (he just gives them to Masaki).
    
    The next day, Tytti comes back.  Masaki says that Zeoroot explained the 
    situation to him (we still don't get to hear it) and that he doesn't fully 
    understand; he's also disappointed in his performance in the previous battle.  
    But he doesn't want to turn tail and run, especially because of what Yang Long 
    said about his performance.  Tytti recommends training with Zeoroot.  Masaki 
    is 
    surprised that Zeoroot can pilot the Masouki -- Tytti says that La Gias people 
    can pilot the Masouki too, but that their Prana energy is generally too low.
    
    They go to a mountain area, with Masaki piloting a Jaom and Zeoroot in a 
    Giorast.  Zeoroot sends out a Graf Dolon and tells Masaki to destroy it.  
    After 
    three waves of enemies, Zeoroot congratulates Masaki and tells him that he's 
    ready for some real combat.  He asks Masaki if he'll return to Earth; Masaki 
    replies that he wants to try a real fight again before he decides.  Zeoroot 
    reminds him that you can die in real fighting.
    
    Go to Stage 3.
    
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    Stage 3 - The Fearful Enemy
    ------------------
    
    The next day, Tytti comes back.  Masaki says that Zeoroot explained the 
    situation to him, and asks if it's really true that La Gias will be destroyed 
    by Majin ["Majin" means "Magic God"].  Tytti replies that it is, and also that 
    they don't even know who the true nature of the Majin.  Masaki agrees to stay 
    on and fight.
    
    An alert comes in -- terrorists have appeared again, in Parom, which is about 
    1000 kilometers away.  Masaki comes along too, and wonders again about the 
    terorrists.  Tytti says that it's rare for them to do things this close, but 
    wonders if the Masouki have something to do with it.  Apparently the Masouki 
    are widely feared and suspected.
    
    When you get to the battlefield, the soldiers are grateful for Tytti's help.  
    They've succeeded in evacuating the civilians.  Masaki is surprised at how 
    much 
    damage was caused, and Tytti says she can't forgive the terrorists who do 
    this.  
    One of the terrorists says that everything the dictator royalty supports will 
    end up like that.  Masaki wonders about this "dictatorship" but Tytti says 
    that 
    the Rangran kingdom is a constitutional monarchy.  The terrorists are just 
    using that as an excuse.
    
    On the second turn, Masaki wonders why the terrorists are going through all 
    the 
    trouble to use the Masouki when it would be easier and safer (for them) just 
    to 
    use bombs.  Tytti thinks that Masaki could become a terrorist, but says that 
    bombs and other destructive devices don't work because of barriers that have 
    been constructed for the people's safety.  But no known device can protect 
    against Masouki attacks.  Also, apparently the terrorists used to target 
    Masouki pilots exclusively, but they've since widened their activities.  Also, 
    some of them have strong Prana.
    
    After you beat the initial enemies, another Masouki shows up, and appears to 
    be 
    stronger than the others.  The pilot's name is Ruozor, and he wishes that the 
    terrorists had done a little better than they did.  Tytti recognizes him as a 
    follower of the Majin (also known as the "Dark Nobleman").  Ruozor says that 
    his robot is not a Masouki, it's a Jareiki (something like "cursed spirit 
    machine").  He also says that he'll have to kill the heroes so they don't get 
    in the way later, and summons some Demon Golems to do the job.
    
    After a few turns, Masaki says that there are too many and that more will 
    probably appear if they defeat these.  Then two allies appear -- Ricardo, who 
    wonders why Nagzat is there, and Yang Long.  Yang Long says the report just 
    mentioned regular terrorists.  Tytti is surprised to see Yang Long in the Gran 
    Veil; apparently he liked it enough to make it his own unit.  Ricardo (from 
    Brazil) and Masaki introduce themselves.  Ruozor retreats after seeing the 
    newcomers (whom he calls "Masou Kishin" -- "Masouki Gods").  Ricardo gives 
    Yang 
    Long a new weapon, and the battle continues.
    
    After the battle, Masaki wonders about the term "Masou Kishin".  Yang Long 
    replise that they are Masouki that have conciousness of their own.  Tytti says 
    that Masouki all have contracted spirits in them, and some machines have very 
    powerful spirits -- these are called the Masou Kishin, of which there are four 
    units.  They are the Zamjeed (Ricardo's unit), the Gran Veil (Yang Long's 
    unit), the Gaddes, and the Psybuster.  They can have theoretically unlimited 
    power.  Only humans with similar psychic wavelengths can ever hope to control 
    them, however.  Ricardo says that Tytti is about to undergo the test, and 
    thinks she'll get Gaddes.
    
    Tytti wonders why Ruozor showed up there -- he said it was to kill them, but 
    she wonders if that's actually true.  Yang Long says they should notify Lord 
    Feil of the matter, and they go back to the capital.
    
    Go to Stage 6.
    
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    Stage 4 - The Red Demon
    ------------------
    
    Tytti and Masaki meet Zeoroot.  After some pleasantries, Tytti leaves and 
    Presia (Zeoroot's daughter) introduces herself.  Apparently she's making 
    dinner 
    and reminds her father to eat his peppers (he just gives them to Masaki).
    
    The next day, Tytti comes back.  Masaki says that Zeoroot explained the 
    situation to him, and asks if it's really true that La Gias will be destroyed 
    by Majin ["Majin" means "Magic God"].  Tytti replies that it is, and also that 
    they don't even know who the true nature of the Majin.  Masaki is pissed off 
    that they summoned all these people from Earth for that purpose, and he wants 
    to return.  Tytti agrees, and prepares to take him to the teleport location.  
    The Falc only seats three people, but Presia wants to go too, so Masaki pilots 
    the Joam so that she can ride along.  Tytti thinks it's a shame that Masaki is 
    leaving when he has so much potential.  Suddenly they get a distress signal.
    
    On the battlefield, Safine greets Masaki and Tytti and introduces herself as 
    Safine the Scarlet Lotus.  Tytti recognizes her as a member of the church (or 
    cult?) of the evil god Vorcrus.  Safine is annoyed that Tytti called Vorcrus 
    an 
    evil god, and says that she was going to let them go but now has to fight 
    them.  
    Masaki doesn't think this has anything to do with him, and Safine taunts him 
    for wanting to run away.  Of course, this angers Masaki and he agrees to 
    fight.
    
    Once you force Safine to flee, Tytti apologizes for putting him in danger 
    again.  Presia wonders if he's really leaving, and Masaki tries to console 
    her, 
    but Tytti says he'll just end up hurting her instead.  They arrive at Solatis 
    Shrine, a pyramid-like structure.  Tytti tells the high priest Ibun that 
    Masaki 
    wants to return, and Ibun replies that the recent ones lack courage.  When she 
    looks at Masaki she thinks it's a waste, and wants him to stay overnight 
    because it's so late.
    
    Go to Stage 5.
    
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    Stage 5 - Jareiki Nagzat
    ------------------
    
    The next day, Presia wakes Masaki up.  Masaki praises her cooking, and she 
    says 
    she always does the cooking at home.  Ibun says Zeoroot is a slob, but that 
    it's understandable after Pia left.  Presia says that her mom has her own 
    stuff 
    to deal with.  After some more small talk, Ibun says that "they" have come 
    close to the temple.  He thinks it might be a problem with the radar but sends 
    Masaki out to see -- Masaki protests, but gets dragged out.
    
    When they get out, there's nothing there, but Tytti feels an evil presence.  
    Ruozor shows up in the Nagzat and praises her sense.  Tytti recognizes him as 
    a 
    follower of the Majin (also known as the "Dark Nobleman").  Ruozor says that 
    his robot is not a Masouki, it's a Jareiki (something like "cursed spirit 
    machine").  He also says that he'll have to kill the heroes so they don't get 
    in the way later.  Tytti begs him to leave Masaki alone since he's leaving 
    soon.  But Masaki interrupts, saying he's going to stay -- he can't leave this 
    world alone when it has so many problems.  Ruozor summons some Demon Golems to 
    do his dirty work.  Ibun wants to send out some guardian Masouki, and you get 
    to choose whether you want them or not -- the first choice will send them out, 
    and the second one says that you don't need their help.
    
    After a few turns, Masaki says that there are too many and that more will 
    probably appear if they defeat these.  Then two allies appear -- Ricardo, who 
    wonders why Nagzat is there, and Yang Long.  Yang Long says the report just 
    mentioned regular terrorists.  Tytti is surprised to see Yang Long in the Gran 
    Veil; apparently he liked it enough to make it his own unit.  Yang Long 
    wonders 
    why Masaki didn't return to Earth, and Masaki replies angrily that he can do 
    whatever he wants.  Ruozor retreats after seeing the newcomers (whom he calls 
    "Masou Kishin" -- "Masouki Gods").  Ricardo gives Yang Long a new weapon, and 
    the battle continues.
    
    After the battle, Presia is happy that Masaki decided to stay.  Masaki wonders 
    about the term "Masou Kishin".  Yang Long replise that they are Masouki that 
    have conciousness of their own.  Tytti says that Masouki all have contracted 
    spirits in them, and some machines have very powerful spirits -- these are 
    called the Masou Kishin, of which there are four units.  They are the Zamjeed 
    (Ricardo's unit), the Gran Veil (Yang Long's unit), the Gaddes, and the 
    Psybuster.  They can have theoretically unlimited power.  Only humans with 
    similar psychic wavelengths can ever hope to control them, however.  Ricardo 
    says that Tytti is about to undergo the test, and thinks she'll get Gaddes.
    
    Tytti wonders why Ruozor showed up there -- he said it was to kill them, but 
    she wonders if that's actually true.  Ibun thinks that Ruozor might be trying 
    to revive Vorcrus, the mythical god of destruction.  Tytti says they should 
    notify Lord Feil of the matter, and they go back to the capital.
    
    Go to Stage 6.
    
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    Stage 6 - Masou Kishin
    ------------------
    
    The dialogue for this mission is different depending on whether you came here 
    from mission 3 or 5.
    
    ---
    (from mission 3)
    Back at the capital, Feil says that with Ruozor back in action, they will have 
    to beef up security.  Tytti wonders what his goal is, and Feil thinks that the 
    simplest answer would be the revival of Vorcrus, the god of destruction.  A 
    girl named Senia (Feil's younger sister) says that he would have to destroy 
    all 
    the barriers in the kingdom for that to happen.  Senia is an intelligence 
    officer, though still in training.  Senia doesn't think that even with 
    Nagzat's 
    power, the barriers of Rangran can be defeated -- that would require something 
    with at the level of a Masou Kishin.  There's a debate over whether or not 
    Vorcrus really exists, but they decide the important thing is that Ruozor 
    thinks he does, and that they have to stop his efforts anyway.  The problem 
    is, 
    they're not quite sure what he's going to try to do to accomplish that goal.  
    All that they can do for now is rely on increased watch and information 
    gathering.
    
    After the meeting, Masaki tracks down Senia.  He apologizes for not being 
    politer to her, but she says that she can't become royalty (because she failed 
    the magic test at age 15), so it's fine.  Masaki wonders why that sort of test 
    is necessary, and Senia replies that the king has to take care of the 
    barriers.  
    Senia then says (rather excitedly) that Tytti's ceremony (to see if Gaddes 
    will 
    accept her) is starting and that they should go watch.
    ---
    
    ---
    (from mission 5)
    Back at the capital, Feil says that with Ruozor back in action, they will have 
    to beef up security.  He tells Ricardo to go to Dorent, near the border with 
    Stedonias.  Demekusa is also there, and should help.  Ricardo apologizes for 
    not being able to see Tytti's test (he's sure his power of love will help her 
    pass), but she doesn't care that much.  Feil is surprised that Masaki has 
    agreed to stay, and he says he just sort of got caught up in things.
    
    Later, a girl named Senia introduces herself to Masaki.  He tells her that the 
    area (presumably where the Masouki are) is off-limits to outsiders.  She says 
    that as an intelligence officer, she's not an outsider.  Just then, Feil comes 
    in and Senia calls him "big brother" -- Masaki realizes that she must be a 
    princess.  He apologizes for not being politer to her, but she says that she 
    can't become royalty (because she failed the magic test at age 15), so it's 
    fine.  Masaki wonders why that sort of test is necessary, and Senia replies 
    that the king has to take care of the barriers.  Feil then says that Tytti's 
    ceremony (to see if Gaddes will accept her) is starting and that they should 
    go 
    watch.
    ---
    
    At the ceremony they meet Simone, who apparently was not selected to be 
    Gaddes' pilot.  Tytti is questioned by Feil and Senia's father, King Alzar.  
    She is asked if she really wants to pledge her services, and then is requested 
    to pray to the water spirit Gadd, which resides in Gaddes.  She does so, and 
    at 
    first everyone thinks nothing happened.  But then Gaddes starts glowing, and 
    it 
    appears that Tytti has succeeded.
    
    Then, Ruozor appears.  Feil is surprised that he could get past the strong 
    barrires, but Ruozor says that passing them is a lot easier than destroying 
    them.  He summons a number of demon golems to attack Tytti.  The civilians and 
    the King flee, and the rest of the Masouki pilots prepare to sortie.
    
    On the second turn, Masaki appears and says he'll get Ruozor this time.
    
    When you cut Ruozor's HP down enough, he says that they're just as powerful as 
    he expected and leaves.
    
    After the battle, the king congratulates Tytti on being selected by Gaddes.  
    Feil says that since Ruozor was able to pierce their defenses so easily, 
    they'll have to rethink the barriers.  King Alzar tells him a story -- once, a 
    master swordmaker and a master shieldmaker had a contest.  The swordmaker 
    would 
    try to pierce the shieldmaker's shield, and the shieldmaker would try to 
    protect against the swordmaker's sword.  It started out as a friendly game 
    among friends, but escalated to the point that they hated each other, and one 
    day it came down to a fight between the sword and shield.  The swordsman cut 
    the shield in half and at the same time the sword broke, and both men were 
    killed by the pieces.  Feil says that he understands what his father is 
    saying, 
    but that in this special circumstance the barriers have to be strengthened.  
    The King agrees and tells Feil to refer the matter to Parliament, but thinks 
    this will anger the neighboring kingdoms.  Feil says to leave that to Gram, 
    the 
    foreign minister.  The King wonders if Feil has any intention of leaving the 
    security force, and he says he does not.  The King warns Feil about doing 
    anything that will jepoardize his future standing as King, but Feil doesn't 
    think it would show good character to quit his job in the middle.
    
    If you came here from Stage 3, go to Stage 7.
    If you came here from Stage 5, go to Stage 8.
    
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    Stage 7 - The Fear of Death
    ------------------
    
    Presia says that Masaki will definitely get Psybuster because Zeoroot praised 
    him.  Tytti agrees that's rare.  She wants to explain some more about the 
    Masou 
    Kishin ceremony since he might be doing it.  The Masouki pilots are under the 
    command of Lord Feil, but they are free to disagree with his orders if they 
    want (as long as they don't do it too much).  If he wants real freedom he 
    should become a Masou Kishin pilot.  Moving on to other business, Masaki is 
    ordered to go to Emil, a town in Zabor, and provide security for an 
    international conference.  The conference lasts three days; he'll be on his 
    own 
    for the first two, but Tytti and Ricardo will show up on the third.  When 
    Masaki reaches his destination (via computer so he doesn't get lost...) he 
    notices some sort of commotion -- there's a terrorist there.
    
    When Masaki attacks the terrorist, the terrorist tells him not to get in his 
    way since he doesn't understand the reasons behind the terrorists' actions.  
    Masaki replies that it was selfish idealism that got his parents killed.  
    
    When you defeat the terrorist, he tries to eject, but his ejection system 
    doesn't work.  He screams that he doesn't want to die as his robot explodes.  
    Masaki is shocked that he killed someone.  Just then, Gaspar shows up with two 
    Graf Dolons.
    
    Once you beat Gaspar, Safine appears (introducing herself if you didn't play 
    Stage 4).  She says that Masaki is too soft; he can't hope to go out on a 
    battlefield and never kill anyone.  She then says that Masaki will screw up 
    himself and that he's no threat to them, and leaves.  Tytti and Ricardo appear 
    soon after.  They wonder what's wrong, and Masaki tells them that he killed 
    someone.  Tytti understands his shock, but it is a battlefield, after all.  
    Masaki thought he would be able to accept that.
    
    Masaki is somewhat depressed, and Ricardo tells him that he'll be of no use 
    like that.  He asks Masaki why he wanted to stay and fight -- Ricardo himself 
    is not an altruist, so he has no pity on those who destroy what he is trying 
    to 
    protect.  Masaki says he understands; he doesn't like to see people die, but 
    if 
    he runs away, more people will die [I wonder if the number of games and anime 
    series this line appears in would reach three digits...]  Tytti reminds him 
    that he has the power to protect, but that he should never become obsessed 
    with 
    his own power.
    
    After the intermission screen, Zeoroot wonders if something is wrong with 
    Masaki; he says that he's been too soft.  Presia comes and tells Masaki that 
    Tytti wants to talk with him.
    
    At this point which stage you go to is determined by what stages you played 
    before.  If you came here from Stage 4-5:
    ---
    It's time for Tytti to make a familiar -- an animal companion like middle-age 
    witches used to have.  All Masou Kishin pilots have them.  Tytti wonders if 
    Masaki wants to go with her to Solatis Temple.  Masaki didn't like Ibun much 
    last time they went, and Tytti decides to take Simone instead.  Go to Stage 
    10.
    ---
    
    If you came here from Stage 3:
    ---
    It's time for Tytti to make a familiar -- an animal companion like middle-age 
    witches used to have.  All Masou Kishin pilots have them.  Tytti wonders if 
    Masaki wants to go with her to Solatis Temple.  At this point you have a 
    choice:
    1. All right, let's go
    2. Nah, that's OK
    If you choose #1, go to Stage 8.
    If you choose #2, go to Stage 10.
    ---
    
    ------------------
    Stage 8 - Familiar
    ------------------
    
    Presia, of course, wants to go along to see the familiar.  Masaki takes her 
    with him and they go to Solatis Temple.  Masaki thinks it looks like a 
    pyramid.  
    The high priest Ibun congratulates Tytti on being chosen by Gaddes.  Ibun 
    knows 
    that Tytti has come to get a familiar, and invites her (and the two 
    "children" 
    behind her) inside.  Ibun praises Masaki's Prana capacity.
    
    They prepare to start the ceremony using the computer's REB.  Masaki will 
    provide defense if anything goes wrong.  Ibun asks Tytti to concentrate on the 
    image of her familiar, and some sort of psychic search takes place.  During 
    the 
    process, Ibun detects something approaching the temple and asks Masaki to 
    investigate what it is.  Outside there's nothing, and Masaki wonders if the 
    computer is malfunctioning.
    
    As he thinks that, Safine shows up.  She calls herself Safine the Scarlet 
    Lotus 
    and says that it's time to play around a bit.  She talks seductively to Masaki 
    and asks him to play with her.  Ibun cautions Masaki to be careful because 
    she's a follower of the evil god Vorcrus.  This pisses off Safine and she 
    summons some Demon Golems to fight you.  Ibun sends out a helper drone so you 
    won't have to fight alone, and tells you to hold them off for 5 minutes until 
    the familiar ceremony is done.
    
    After a few turns, Maddock shows up and berates you for making the sacred 
    temple stink of blood.  He notices Safine and wonders what she's planning -- 
    he 
    joins your side to fight her, noting that he usually likes younger women 
    (Safine doesn't like that, of course).
    
    After a few more turns, Ibun announces that the ceremony is complete -- 
    apparently Tytti has gained some wolves.  She gives them the names Freki and 
    Gary, and goes out to help Masaki fight.  Masaki is surprised the wolves can 
    talk.  Safine summons a few more golems, and says that this close to the 
    temple, that's the best she can do.
    
    When you reduce her HP enough, she says she's got Gaddes' data and leaves.  
    After the battle, Maddock comes to the temple to talk.  Presia wants to ride 
    Diablos, and Maddock says in 10 years he'll teach Presia something good 
    [uh...]  
    Ibun notes that there's a lot of trouble brewing, and Tytti wonders if Nagzat 
    is the "Magic God" (Majin) mentioned in the prophecy.  Ibun doesn't think so 
    -- 
    Nagzat doesn't have the power to destroy La Gias.  Masaki is contemptuous of 
    the idea of a prophecy.  Ibun and Tytti understand that it's hard for someone 
    from Earth to believe in a prophecy, but that here in La Gias they have great 
    power.  Ibun suggests that Masaki look at Princess Monica's prophecy.  Masaki 
    agrees halfheartedly, so they return to the palace.  Maddock stays back to 
    have 
    tea with Ibun.
    
    Go to Stage 9.
    
    ------------------
    Stage 9 - The Kidnapping of Monica
    ------------------
    
    Back at the capital, Masaki and Senia have gone to see the Masouki in the 
    storage room.  Feil is annoyed that Senia is there, but he thinks that as long 
    as Wendy is there too, things will be OK.
    
    At the storage place, Senia says that out of the 16 official Masouki, 7 are 
    here.  Masaki asks what "official" means -- apparently it consists of the 
    unique Masouki.  Wendy comes up and wonders what they're doing, and warns 
    Senia 
    not to touch the Masouki like she did before.  Wendy introduces herself to 
    Masaki; she's in charge of planning and maintenance of the Masouki.  Masaki 
    blushes as he introduces himself.  Senia asks if Masaki likes older women like 
    her.  Masaki gets the feeling like someone is calling him, but assumes it was 
    just his imagination.  Senia points out Galgard, which was the latest of the 
    Masouki to be constructed and thus has power approaching a Masou Kishin.  
    Senia 
    also says that Psybuster is the strongest (and coolest) of the Masou Kishin, 
    but it's not there right now because Wendy is putting the finishing touches on 
    it.
    
    Just then, there's another enemy attack.  Masaki goes out and notices that 
    it's 
    Ruozor again.  Senia comes out after him, which angers Feil, but she's 
    determined to help Masaki so he doesn't have to fight alone.  When Ruozor 
    attacks Senia, Senia tells him to stop involving innocent people.  Ruozor 
    replies that to the God of Destruction Vorcrus, all living things are enemies.
    
    Attack Ruozor with a range attack and Masaki will be surprised that his 
    attacks 
    aren't working at all.  Ruozor laughs and says that he's not pulling any 
    punches this time.  If you can survive a turn or two after this, Tytti will 
    appear in Gaddes.  Masaki tells her that he can't damage Nagzat, and Tytti 
    replies that if she attacks him with her familiars, it should do considerable 
    damage -- this is because Nagzat exists half in the Astral world.  Wendy put 
    some ectoplasm on the familiars to allow them to break Nagzat's barrier.
    
    The next turn, Safine appears in the Wizoll.  She tells Ruozor that she failed 
    in her mission, and he gets angry since he's been providing a diversion for 
    her.  Safine tells him not to be so mad since she has a "present" -- it's 
    Monica, who has a...ball gag (not surprising from Safine...)  Ruozor wonders 
    what the point was in tying her up like that, and Safine replies that it's her 
    hobby.
    
    Masaki wants to keep fighting them, but Safine shows Monica to them (it's 
    Senia's twin sister).  Safine asks them to hand over Psybuster to her.  If 
    they 
    don't, Safine will take Monica and keep her as a pet.  Senia gets pissed off, 
    and Safine tells her to stay where she is because Monica's gag has an 
    explosion 
    spell on it.  Psybuster appears, and Feil wonders where it came from -- Wendy 
    sent it out on her own.  Feil reprimands her, but Wendy says they can 
    recapture 
    Psybuster any time they want.  Safine comes up to take the Psybuster and 
    leaves 
    with Ruozor after returning Monica.  Wendy blushes when she sees how Monica 
    was 
    tied up.
    
    The battle ends.  Tytti wonders what Ruozor is going to do with Psybuster, 
    since they surely know that only a specific chosen person can pilot it.  
    Monica 
    comes in and asks permission to talk with them; she doesn't want to rest since 
    she was the cause of all this.  Senia tells Monica her grammar is strange.  
    Monica says that Safine said something strange before, that Psyfis of the Wind 
    should be compatible.  Psyfis is apparently the guardian spirit of Psybuster.  
    Feil is worried that this means they have someone who can pilot Psybuster, 
    although he doesn't think that Psyfis would choose any of them.  In any case, 
    they have to recover Psybuster as quickly as they can.  Tytti wonders how to 
    chase them since they're too fast, and they have no idea where they went.  
    Wendy has an idea -- have Masaki search for it.  
    
    Masaki is understandably confused.  Wendy says that Psybuster and Masaki seem 
    to have a strange connection, and she has a feeling that Masaki might be 
    Psybuster's pilot.  Masaki is still hesitant, but Senia says they should trust 
    Wendy's intuition since she built Psybuster.  Masaki agrees to try.
    
    Go to Stage 12.
    
    ------------------
    Stage 10 - Pride and Hostility
    ------------------
    
    Since Masaki isn't going with Tytti, Presia invites him (or maybe drags him) 
    on 
    a picnic with her and Zeoroot.  She wants to do this because Zeoroot has a 
    rare 
    day off.  Masaki is surprised that they're going in the Masouki, but Zeoroot 
    says it's convenient and reminds him that Ruozor could attack again at any 
    time.  Presia also points out that Zeoroot is much more trustworthy than 
    Masaki.
    
    They arrive at the picnic location, and start to eat lunches that Presia made.  
    They exchange banter (Zeoroot doesn't seem to like any vegetables).  Masaki 
    asks Zeoroot what a familiar is.  Zeoroot tells him that Ricardo had his 
    familiar (a monkey) with him.  They appear in the form of animals, but they 
    are 
    beings created out of the unconcious of their master (the "persona").  They 
    protect the master and act as assistants, and if they pilot a Masou Kishin, 
    they help attack as well.  Zeoroot thinks that Masaki has the qualifications 
    to 
    become a Masou Kishin pilot.  He then offers to do some training with Masaki.
    
    After they fight for a little bit, Zeoroot says they've done enough for today.  
    Presia then says someone's coming, and Ruozor shows up, happy that Masaki is 
    alone with Zeoroot.  After a few turns, someone named Fang (a student of 
    Zeoroot's) shows up to help Zeoroot.
    
    (If you find this battle hard, you can skip it by having Masaki's Jaom blow up 
    during the training part -- you'll have to pay the repair cost, of course).
    
    After the battle, Zeoroot congratulates Fang on his skill.  Apparently he's 
    one 
    of the rare people native to La Gias who has a high Prana ability -- Zeoroot 
    even thinks he might surpass him, although neither of them will ever be as 
    good 
    as the Earthlings.  Fang gets angry at this and says that La Gias people 
    should 
    deal with the problems themselves.  He cites someone called Rubica as an 
    example of an untrustworthy person from Earth.  At this point Zeoroot 
    basically 
    tells him to shut up, and to apologize to Masaki for saying that.  Fang leaves 
    without doing so.  Masaki says that he can understand Fang's feeling, and 
    Zeoroot says that Fang isn't the only one who feels that way.
    
    It's getting dark, but Presia still wants to stay and play some more.  You 
    have 
    two choices:
    1. Sure...we still have time.
    2. No, let's go back.  There's something worrying me.
    
    If you pick 1, go to Stage 11.
    If you pick 2, go to Stage 9.
    
    ------------------
    Stage 11 - The Stolen Masou Kishin
    ------------------
    
    Back at the capital, Feil comments that Psybuster is the only remaining Masou 
    Kishin lacking a pilot.  Senia finds that worrisome since it's the most 
    powerful of the Masou Kishin.  Wendy comes and tells Feil that the tests on 
    Psybuster are finished and that it's even more powerful than they thought.  
    Senia wants to look at the results, but Feil won't let her because they're top 
    secret.  She storms off in a huff.  Feil is annoyed, but Wendy says that Senia 
    has enough ability to surpass her once she actually joins the intelligence 
    division.  Wendy wonders where Princess Monica is, and Feil is surprised she 
    wasn't in the other room.
    
    At the picnic site, Presia and Masaki are looking at flowers.  It's getting 
    late, though, so they return to the capital.
    
    Princess Monica is hanging laundry outside because it's such a nice day.  
    Safine appears, and Monica has a rather blase reaction.  Safine has come for 
    another purpose, but she thinks she's lucky to find Monica there alone.  She 
    comes up and tells Monica to come quietly.  Monica gives a very polite 
    introduction, which annoys Safine.  Monica says unfortunately she can't come 
    with Safine because she has washing to do.  Safine starts to grab Monica, and 
    Masaki and Zeoroot show up.  Masaki is surprised to see Safine's Wizoll in the 
    palace.  Safine abandons Monica and goes to one of the other buildings.
    
    Zeoroot sees that Monica is in danger and goes to see if she's OK.  Monica 
    smiles and asks Zeoroot why he's come to visit (there's some sort of screw 
    loose here, I think...)  Meanwhile, Safine grabs Psybuster from the storage 
    place.  Psybuster temporarily glows, which gives Masaki a strange feeling, but 
    Safine is then able to take it and run away.
    
    The scene switches, and Tytti is confronting Ruozor elsewhere near the palace.  
    Safine appears and tells Ruozor she succeeded (more like yells at him...)  
    Masaki and Zeoroot are in hot pursuit, so Ruozor tries to create a diversion 
    for her to retreat.  He summons a bunch of demon golems and then retreats 
    himself.
    
    Once you kill them all, Monica thanks Masaki for helping her.  Senia tells 
    Masaki that Feil wants to talk to him about Psybuster, and also tells Monica 
    that she wouldn't have been taken if she wasn't so spacey.
    
    Tytti wonders why they bothered stealing Psybuster since they can't control it 
    without the specific chosen person.  Senia wonders if they're going to 
    dismantle it for parts, or to learn more about the Masou Kishin.  Wendy 
    mentions that Psybuster and Masaki seemed to have some sort of connection 
    before (that flash of light was a Flare Apparition; a combination of spirit 
    and 
    ether).  Wendy thinks that Masaki may be the chosen one for Psybuster, and 
    tells Masaki he can search for the robot.  Masaki has his doubts, but Senia 
    reminds him that Wendy built the Psybuster so she knows what she's talking 
    about.  He agrees to give it a try.
    
    Go to Stage 12.
    
    ------------------
    Stage 12 - Psybuster
    ------------------
    
    Feil says that from their intelligence, it appears that Ruozor has moved 
    north.  
    Four units will go out with Masaki at the center, and all go slightly 
    different 
    directions.  They have orders to call everyone else if they find Ruozor, and 
    be 
    careful about engaging him alone.
    
    Tytti, rather than leaving, talks to Feil.  She doesn't think it's a good idea 
    for Ricardo to be sent out alone.  She has the feeling Ricardo is going to die 
    on this mission, but Feil thinks she's overthinking things.
    
    Masaki isn't sure he can find the Psybuster, but hopes he's Psybuster's chosen 
    so that he can show up Yang Long.  He ends up going the wrong way and runs 
    into 
    Senia (Masaki has no sense of direction, as usual).  Masaki starts to turn 
    around but then gets a feeling, and Senia says there's a reaction on the 
    radar.
    
    Masaki and Senia appear in a desert, and Safine and Psybuster are there.  
    Safine can't believe they managed to find her.  Masaki can hear Psybuster 
    calling him, and it glows again.  Masaki hears Psybuster telling him to get 
    in.  
    Safine also realizes what's going on, and tries to stop him from approaching.
    
    After the first turn, Safine summons demon golems.  Senia tells Masaki to 
    ignore them and go for Psybuster.
    
    Once you get Masaki next to Psybuster, he wonders what he's supposed to do.  
    Senia isn't sure either -- she didn't think that far ahead :).  Safine is 
    elated that they don't know how to get in the Psybuster.  The machine glows 
    again, and Masaki gets teleported inside it.  Safine decides that if they 
    can't 
    use Psybuster, she'll just have to destroy it.  She summons a few more golems 
    for good measure.
    
    The next turn, Yang Long shows up and wonders who is piloting the Psybuster.  
    When he sees that it's Masaki, he's very impressed.  Safine is a bit worried 
    when she sees Yang Long.  (If Masaki got defeated last turn the dialogue is a 
    little different -- Yang Long says he heard the Psybuster is activated but 
    wonders where it is.  Masaki sheepishly apologizes for losing it so quickly.)
    
    Note that your choice of routes will depend on whether or not Yang Long and 
    Safine fight.  Also, when you reduce Safine below half her HP, she will 
    recover 
    it all.
    
    If Yang Long fought Safine:
    ---
    Once you beat Safine, she's upset that she'll be scolded by Ruozor again.  
    Masaki is pleased with the Psybuster's power, but Yang Long can't believe that 
    Masaki is really the chosen one for Psybuster.  Masaki tells him not to be 
    jealous; that his Grand Veil is fairly good too.  Senia is pissed off at 
    Masaki 
    but Yang Long doesn't think it's worth it to scold him.
    
    In any case, Yang Long wants to chase after Safine.  He tells Senia to take 
    Masaki back to the capital.  At this point you have two choices:
    1. Return to the capital
    2. Follow Yang Long
    
    If you choose 1:
    Masaki returns to the palace.  Feil is surprised that Masaki really was the 
    chosen one for Psybuster.  Wendy thought that Masaki was the right one but 
    didn't think it would happen so fast.  Wendy and Feil both thank him, and 
    Wendy 
    says she's glad that things went well since she basically forced Masaki into 
    following her hunch.  Masaki tells her not to think that way, that he did it 
    of 
    his own choice.  Wendy warns him that since he's now been chosen by Psybuster, 
    he's going to get caught up in things whether he wants to or not.  She thinks 
    it might become a burden for him and tells him to come talk to her if he ever 
    feels that way.
    Go to Stage 15.
    
    If you choose 2:
    Masaki wants to go with Yang Long because he thinks there's somebody acting 
    behind the scenes that they might be able to ferret out if they follow her.  
    Yang Long is surprised at Masaki's intuition and lets him come, although warns 
    that he's not going to go out of his way to save Masaki if he gets into 
    trouble.  At this point Senia gets pissed off at him for going off on his own, 
    and Masaki isn't sure why she's so upset.  Senia admits that she can't order 
    him around since he's in a Masou Kishin.  In any case, she's coming with them.  
    Of course Yang Long doesn't like this plan but Senia says she can handle the 
    repairs.  Masaki thinks that Senia just wants to tinker with the Masou Kishin 
    (and judging from Senia's expression that's exactly what she wanted...)
    
    Go to Stage 13. 
    ---
    
    If Yang Long and Safine did not fight, go to Stage 15 (I haven't checked how 
    the dialogue works out yet.)
    
    ------------------
    Stage 13 - Border Line
    ------------------
    
    Note: Whether you go to battle 14 or 15 in this stage is determined by whether 
    you move your characters across the bridge or not.
    
    Senia asks Yang Long if something happened with him and Monica.  Yang Long 
    doesn't want Senia to talk like that because it could make people 
    misunderstand, but Senia says everyone already knows that Yang Long is smitten 
    by Monica.  Ricardo said it before.  Yang Long tells Senia that there's 
    absolutely nothing between them.  Senia says it's OK for him to admit it; 
    Monica likes attractive men as well, and Yang Long qualifies there.  Yang Long 
    really wants Senia to be quiet, but Senia keeps going on about how Monica 
    liked 
    some guy named Kristoff.  Yang Long says women are impossible to deal with, 
    which annoys Senia.
    
    Masaki interrupts them to focus them back on Safine.  Yang Long says it's OK 
    because he put Ranshio (his familiar, a large black panther) in Safine's 
    Wizoll 
    when they were fighting.  Apparently she won't be able to see him but Yang 
    Long 
    knows exactly where the Wizoll is.
    
    They reach the place where Yang Long thinks the Wizoll is.  Senia is worried 
    because they're close to the border with Bagonia, and she doesn't want to 
    cross 
    into that land.  Yang Long says they'll have to if that's what Safine did.  
    Senia gets a reaction on her radar and says a lot of them are coming.  
    Apparently it's the Bagonia border guard.
    
    The scene switches to the battlefield.  Safine has been stopped by the Bagonia 
    border guard and ordered to surrender.  Safine laughs at them and says their 
    robots are too old to stand a chance against her.  As they sort of lurch 
    forward, she laughs at them a lot.  But one other robot comes up behind her 
    and 
    does something with a black fog, enveloping her Wizoll.  She starts to lose 
    power and can't move.
    
    Yang Long, Senia, and Masaki show up.  Yang Long yells at the Bagonia troops 
    for wanting to invade Rangran.  Senia tells Masaki that this side of the 
    bridge 
    is Rangran and the other side is Bagonia.  One of the Bagonia troops asks the 
    captain what to do, since they entered Rangran (the one that got Safine).  The 
    captain says they don't have to worry since they just did it to stop an 
    intruder.  Then he orders the troops to attack, so that Masaki and the others 
    won't take the Masouki they captured.  Masaki is angry, and Senia warns him 
    not 
    to cross the bridge because it will become a matter of state.
    
    Remember that if you want to go to Stage 14, do not cross the bridges when 
    you're fighting.
    
    If you did cross the bridge (s9):
    When you kill the final enemy, he can't believe how powerful the Masou Kishin 
    are.  Since they're obviously invading, they need to notify the government 
    quickly.
    
    Safine wakes up, apparently having some sort of erotic dream.  Ranshio is 
    there, and Safine is surprised, but then realizes it's Yang Long's familiar.  
    Safine is thankful that they rescued her, but Yang Long says they captured 
    her, 
    not rescued her.  Safine thinks they're too soft, and Ranshio reminds her that 
    he's right there.  She says again that they're too soft, and starts doing 
    something to Ranshio -- she's using some sort of spirit magic that familiars 
    are weak against.  She throws Ranshio out of her robot and then runs away.
    
    Senia is annoyed that Safine got away.  Ranshio blames himself, but Yang Long 
    says it's his own fault for underestimating Safine's magical ability.  Masaki 
    says there's nothing they can do, so it's time to go back to the capital. 
    
    Back at the capital, Feil is surprised that Masaki really was the chosen one 
    for Psybuster.  Wendy thought that Masaki was the right one but didn't think 
    it 
    would happen so fast.  Wendy and Feil both thank him, and Wendy says she's 
    glad 
    that things went well since she basically forced Masaki into following her 
    hunch.  Masaki tells her not to think that way, that he did it of his own 
    choice.  Wendy warns him that since he's now been chosen by Psybuster, he's 
    going to get caught up in things whether he wants to or not.  She thinks it 
    might become a burden for him and tells him to come talk to her if he ever 
    feels that way.
    
    Yang Long notifies Feil that they crossed the Bagonia border.  Feil says they 
    had no choice, and that he'll issue an official apology through diplomatic 
    channels.
    
    Go to Stage 15.
    
    If you did not cross the bridge (s8):
    When you kill the last troop, he realizes how strong Masou Kishin are.  Then 
    the battle ends, and Yang Long begins to question Safine, but Senia wonders if 
    she'll talk to them -- Yang Long says he'll make her talk.  Senia tries to 
    wake 
    up Safine, who is apparently having some sort of erotic dream.  Masaki yells 
    at 
    her to wake her up, and Safine wonders what they want with her.  Masaki 
    wonders 
    why she attacked the capital, and Safine says that it was to revive Vorcrus -- 
    isn't that obvious?  Vorcrus needs chaos to come back.  Yang Long doesn't buy 
    this; he says that Safine could have attacked with much more strength than she 
    did.  Safine is pleased that Yang Long thinks so much of her, but says she 
    gave 
    it her best.
    
    Yang Long then asks who she takes orders from and whether there are any others 
    working with her.  Safine coyly says that he should take things slowly since 
    they have a lot of time.  Yang Long says that they have ways of making her 
    talk, and Safine wonders if he's going to torture her.  Unfortunately, that's 
    not much of a threat for Safine who says that if they tortured her she would 
    groan with pleasure.  She likes being tortured, and torturing others.  Yang 
    Long says that's not what he had in mind; that she'll have to listen to his 
    preaching.  Masaki and Senia both protest -- that's too cruel a punishment.  
    Safine starts to get scared, and Masaki tells her that his preaching involves 
    4000 years of Chinese history (just for starters).  If he gets tired, he has 
    his familiar take over.  Senia says that it almost made Masaki go crazy -- 
    Masaki says he was able to endure it, but that he's heard some were reduced to 
    blubbering "nanmandabu" (a buddhist chant) over and over again.  Yang Long 
    thinks they've said too much. (This is quite a funny scene. :))
    
    Go to Stage 14.
    
    ------------------
    Stage 14 - United Front
    ------------------
    
    Yang Long prepares to start his sermon.  Safine isn't ready yet, and Yang Long 
    says that she's not behaving very well for someone that's going to die soon, 
    and then tells Safine again to admit all the wrong she has done.  Safine 
    laughs 
    and says that women have a lot of secrets (there's something I'm missing 
    here...)  Yang Long says a proverb which Safine doesn't understand, and Yang 
    Long explains it -- it means that if you don't want your evil deeds exposed, 
    it 
    means you still have some good left in you.  Safine says that's not the reason 
    she's not talking.  Yang Long asks her why, then?
    
    Just then, there's a commotion.  Ranshio says there's an attack; probably the 
    Bagonia forces.  Safine thinks this is her chance to escape.
    
    In the battle, a man named Jino asks one of the soldiers whether these are the 
    people who crossed the border.  He says that they are.  Jino says that because 
    they're currently in Rangran, they can't do anything.  The soldier starts 
    screaming that they can't ignore invaders, and Jino says that he's not 
    doubting 
    the soldier's account.  He just doesn't want to risk appearing as if *he's* 
    the 
    one invading.  They have to wait for their orders, and just watch for now.
    
    Senia notices that they're not moving, and Yang Long realizes they're just 
    reconnaisance.  The soldier who reported to Jino is afraid he'll be court-
    martialed (I guess because he falsely reported that Masaki and the others 
    crossed the border), and wonders what to do.  Just as he does this, a crazy 
    old 
    man named Zetsu appears in a Masouki, raving about how he smells the powerful 
    scent of the Masou Kishin.  This is his chance to test his Ageid's power.
    
    Jino notices the man and wonders what the prototype Ageid is doing there, 
    since 
    he didn't hear anything about a test.  Yang Long wonders if it could be some 
    new Masouki that Bagonia has developed.  Zetsu yells that junkheaps build in 
    an 
    academy won't be able to beat his Ageid, and crosses the bridge to attack.  
    Jino doesn't like the situation, especially since the Ageid is classified 
    information that he doesn't want being leaked.  He yells at the Ageid, asking 
    who is in it and ordering him to stop his attack.  Zetsu just tells Jino to 
    shut up.  Jino can't believe that Sir Zetsu (as he calls him) is in the Ageid.
    
    Masaki and Yang Long decide they have no choice but to attack, and Yang Long 
    sends Ranshio to watch Safine.  
    
    On the second turn, Safine offers to help.  Yang Long refuses, but is worried 
    that the Bagonia forces will start to attack her when she can't move, so he 
    sets her free(!).  Safine thanks him and says she'll return the favor someday.  
    Masaki is surprised, but Yang Long thinks it would be worse if the Bagonia 
    troops were able to capture her.  Safine thanks Yang Long again and offers her 
    help for the rest of the battle.
    
    If you attack the Ageid with Senia, she says that the design of the Ageid 
    looks 
    familiar.
    
    When you defeat Jino he says that indeed the Rangran Masou Kishin are 
    dangerous 
    foes.  Safine then says she's leaving for now, and Yang Long reminds her not 
    to 
    forget to return the favor.  Safine doesn't think she'll be able to do 
    anything 
    important, and then says "See you again" (in English, like Remy of Goshogun).
    
    After the battle, Senia is disappointed that they didn't get much useful 
    information from Safine.  Yang Long thinks that the knowledge about Bagonia's 
    Masouki is enough.  Senia comments that the Masouki looked a lot like 
    Rangran's.  Ranshio noticed it too.  They go back to the capital.
    
    Back at the capital, Feil is surprised that Masaki really was the chosen one 
    for Psybuster.  Wendy thought that Masaki was the right one but didn't think 
    it 
    would happen so fast.  Wendy and Feil both thank him, and Wendy says she's 
    glad 
    that things went well since she basically forced Masaki into following her 
    hunch.  Masaki tells her not to think that way, that he did it of his own 
    choice.  Wendy warns him that since he's now been chosen by Psybuster, he's 
    going to get caught up in things whether he wants to or not.  She thinks it 
    might become a burden for him and tells him to come talk to her if he ever 
    feels that way.
    
    Go to Stage 15.
    
    (BTW, when Safine gets hit she says "ann..motto.." ("oh...more...") and when 
    she gets defeated she says "ah...s..sugoi wa yo...", both rather sexual 
    quotes.  
    The latter is her spoken quote in the character dictionary of SRW Alpha 
    Gaiden.)
    
    ------------------
    Stage 15 - The Name of Randol
    ------------------
    
    s1 (from 12)
    s8 (from 14)*
    s9 (from 13)
    
    Presia is trying to wake Masaki up, because Feil is calling for him -- it's 
    time for a "seigou".  Masaki asks what that is, but Presia doesn't know 
    either.  
    Zeoroot tells Masaki it refers to the name of any deceased great person.  In 
    other words, the king is going to give Masaki an honorary name.  Masaki says 
    he 
    doesn't really want a name beyond the one his parents gave him, but Zeoroot 
    says it's a great honor.  Masaki understands, but wonders why he deserves 
    that.  
    Zeoroot says it's because he recovered the Psybuster.  Masaki refuses, and 
    Zeoroot is upset.  Apparently the name Masaki is going to receive is one of 
    Zeoroot's ancestors.  Zeoroot wanted to adopt Masaki (this makes Presia 
    happy).  
    Masaki says that whatever they want to do is OK, but his nonchalance upsets 
    Presia (who thinks he hates her).  Zeoroot says that if he adopted Masaki he 
    wouldn't have to pay as much tax, and then it would be easier to take care of 
    Presia.  So it's too bad he's going to refuse...Masaki gets upset (of course) 
    and says that he'll take the name.  They go to the king's audience room.
    
    King Alzar gives Masaki the name of Randol Zan Zenosakis.  Feil (from beside 
    Masaki) tells Masaki to kneel and put his head down, and repeat after him.  
    Feil gives him some super-formal phrases of thanks and acceptance, which 
    Masaki 
    tries to repeat, although he gets some of the words wrong.  The King then says 
    it's time for the prayer for the spirits' protection, and starts invoking the 
    prayer.  Feil tells Masaki this will go on for another 30 minutes, and as the 
    king keeps doing the prayer, Masaki falls asleep.
    
    At that point there's a shake, and one of the soldiers says that enemies are 
    attacking.  Tytti wonders if it's Ruozor again.  Feil gives the order for all 
    the troops to attack.
    
    It is, indeed, Ruozor.  Feil can't believe that he broke through such strong 
    barriers (again), but Ruozor says they can't make a barrier that will keep him 
    out.  Masaki says it doesn't matter how many times he comes as long as he and 
    the other Masouki are there.  He says that they treated all the weapons with 
    that ecto-stuff and that he'll show Ruozor the true power of the Masou Kishin.  
    Someone named Rasetsu (on the enemy side) thinks to himself(?) that he wants 
    to 
    try out this new Baform unit against the Masou Kishin.
    
    On the second turn, Presia yells to Masaki that after receiving the name of 
    Randoll he should fight hard.  Ruozor hears this and tells Masaki that Randoll 
    gave the evil god Vorcrus a lot of trouble in the past, and that it's an honor 
    for him to fight someone with that name.
    
    When you defeat Rasetsu, he says that the Masou Kishin are even stronger than 
    he thought, and that "the plan" should continue.  When you reduce Ruozor's HP 
    enough, he says that he should have known he would have a hard time against 
    three Masou Kishin at once, but that he's collected sufficient data.  He 
    leaves.
    
    Senia comments that she had never seen that type of Masouki before, and 
    wonders 
    if Shutedonias or Bagonia actually are involved.  Wendy thinks that's very 
    possible, since the Masouki seemed to move like Shutedonias units.
    
    After the battle, the king says that they can continue the ceremony now.  Poor 
    Masaki.  Feil tells the king that it's fine if they skip the ceremony because 
    he's proven himself worthy of the Randoll name in battle.  The king says 
    that's 
    good anyway, because he was worried that Masaki would start snoring at some 
    point during the ceremony.  (Yes, Masaki, he noticed...)  Senia makes a 
    comment, and the King doesn't like that she calls him "father" (otoosan) 
    instead of "papa".  Senia protests that she's not a little kid anymore, but 
    the 
    king says he might cry if Senia grows up too much, so Senia relents.  Masaki 
    thinks the king is rather odd.
    
    Ricardo comes to congratulate Masaki on taking the Randoll name, and he asks 
    Masaki if he saw the morning's news.  Apparently the Shutedonias people have 
    staged some sort of demonstration.  Masaki doesn't think the east kindgom has 
    anything to do with him, but Ricardo says it could since they look at Rangran 
    as being evil people -- the demonstration is an anti-Masou Kishin protest.  
    Masaki wonders why people would be anti-Masou Kishin when they help save the 
    world.  Ricardo answers that the other kingdoms feel the Masou Kishin are just 
    threats to their lands, especially lately since the terrorists have caused the 
    Masou Kishin to be in constant operation -- maybe Rangran will even attack the 
    other kingdoms.  Masaki says that won't happen, so there's nothing to worry 
    about.  Ricardo still feels like something bad is going to happen.  Masaki 
    hadn't pegged Ricardo for such a worrywort.
    
    The next stage is different depending on which stages you played before (it's 
    the same in substance but the game brings everything in line so that by Stage 
    18 the plot is the same no matter what routes you took before).
    
    If you played Stage 14, go to Stage 17. (s8)
    If you did not play Stage 14, go to Stage 16. (s9)
    
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    Stage 16 - Masaki and his Familiars
    ------------------
    
    Masaki is going to the priest Ibun to get his familiars, and Presia wants to 
    come too.  Masaki wonders if it's OK to leave Zeoroot alone, but Presia says 
    he's going to Bagonia on business.  Presia and Masaki go to the temple to meet 
    Ibun.  Ibun sees that Masaki still hasn't learned any manners.  Ibun tells 
    Masaki to wait a moment while she prepares the rites for the familiar.
    
    A woman comes out and introduces herself as Rebecca Turner (Becky); she seems 
    to already know who Masaki is.  She pilots the Ra Venta.  Becky has heard that 
    Masaki recently received the name of Randoll, but he tells her just to call 
    him 
    Masaki.
    
    Ibun asks Masaki whether he thought of a familiar, but Masaki totally forgot 
    about it.  Ibun is annoyed but tells Masaki to think of two familiars.  He 
    thinks for a few seconds and tells Ibun to start the procedure.  It doesn't 
    take long, and Presia squeals -- apparently Masaki's new familiars are a black 
    cat and a white cat (of course you already know that if you played Alpha or 
    EX...).  Ibun tells Masaki to give them names, and he picks Shiro (white) and 
    Kuro (black); hardly the most creative person...Shiro and Kuro immediately 
    start complaining that their names are too simple.  Presia notes that it's a 
    boy and a girl, and she gives a bell to Shiro and a ribbon to Kuro.  They like 
    their presents quite a bit (typical cats...)
    
    Just then there is another alarm; Masaki wonders what's going on with the 
    country's security since these terrorists seem to be attacking so often.  
    Becky 
    and Masaki go out to see what's happening.
    
    Masaki notes that the attacking Masouki are ones he's never seen before.  Ibun 
    says that they're not terrorists; it's probably Bagonia (a neighboring empire) 
    troops.  Presia wonders why Bagonia is attacking them since they're not at 
    war.  
    Ibun says she can't be sure it's Bagonia; if they had Senia there she would be 
    able to tell just from the sound and movement of the robots.  Masaki wonders 
    the same thing as Presia, and Becky thinks that they're trying to test new 
    Masouki for a future attack on Rangran.  Ibun agrees, and thinks they might 
    also be collecting data on the Rangran Masouki.
    
    Jino (the Bagonia troop leader) sees the Psybuster and says his mission is to 
    test its strength, but that they shouldn't go all out.  The troops acknowledge 
    his order, and the fight begins.
    
    After you beat a few of the enemies, Jino says that the Masou Kishin are 
    indeed 
    powerful, and tells everyone to retreat.  Masaki is surprised they retreated 
    so 
    fast.  Becky thinks it's because of her fearsome power!  Masaki likes her 
    style, but just then Ibun says that something else is going on.  Safine 
    appears 
    with a few units, and says that Ibun has good sense.  She was just coming to 
    look but seeing them fight made her whole body throb.  She wants Masaki to 
    calm 
    her hot body. 
    
    Maddock appears the next turn, and Safine yells at him again (she really 
    doesn't like Maddock...)  Maddock also has with him a guy named Ahmed, the 
    pilot of the Solgadi.
    
    When you beat Safine she's annoyed that she lost, but at least she'll be able 
    to sleep well tonight.
    
    Becky wants to drink to the success of the battle.  Ahmed says that he'll have 
    to leave if they do that since as a Muslim, he cannot drink alcohol.  Becky 
    says that if you don't drink alcohol, half of life's pleasures are denied to 
    you.  Masaki wonders what the other half is, and Becky says that of course 
    it's 
    sleeping with a nice guy.  Maddock definitely agrees with that sentiment (but 
    with women, of course).  Kuro comments that all the Masouki pilots are strange 
    people, and Shiro says that includes Masaki.  Masaki tells them not to lump 
    him 
    in with the others.  Ibun notes that fighting with one's familiars is a rare 
    thing.  This is because familiars are created from the subconcious of the 
    person, and so they should be faithful to their master.  There are many cases 
    of the familiar having a totally different personality, though; that's the 
    nature of the Persona.
    
    Meanwhile Becky appears to have started getting drunk and calls Masaki over to 
    join her.  Presia is surprised at how much Becky already drank, but Becky says 
    that just one or two bottles of Bourbon isn't going to affect her (yeah 
    right...)  Masaki says that he can't drink because he's underage, but Becky 
    says he's already enough of an adult and presses him to drink, but Masaki 
    thinks the alcohol stinks.  Becky repeats that the room is hot, and begins to 
    take off some article of clothing.  Masaki protests (come on, Masaki...), and 
    she is doing in front of Presia...Masaki tries to stop Becky but Maddock holds 
    him back.  Becky says that it's still hot and that she better take off her 
    pants also.  Presia notes that Masaki is no longer trying to stop Becky, and 
    so 
    Masaki tries again.  Ibun then comes in and yells at them all for being 
    idiots.  
    Ibun reminds them that this is a holy temple..Becky offers a halfhearted 
    apology.
    
    The next morning Becky apologizes (sort of), but Masaki says it's OK because 
    Maddock seemed happy enough. ("You were too..." says Presia)  Becky then has a 
    favor for Masaki.  Apparently Masaki's Psybuster can go freely between Earth 
    and La Gias, so she wants to go back to Earth and buy some Bourbon (La Gias 
    alcohol just doesn't cut it...)  Masaki had no idea that Psybuster could go 
    back to Earth.  Becky says it doesn't matter and gives him some money and 
    tells 
    him the specific brand (apparently some rare brand).  
    
    Back at the capital, Presia wonders if Masaki is really going to do Becky's 
    request.  Kuro and Shiro don't think it's a good idea to go up to Earth for no 
    real purpose, but Masaki wants to do something himself also.
    
    Go to Stage 18.
    
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    Stage 17 - Masaki's Familiars
    ------------------
    
    Masaki is going to the priest Ibun to get his familiars, and Presia wants to 
    come too.  Masaki wonders if it's OK to leave Zeoroot alone, but Presia says 
    he's going to Bagonia on business.  Presia and Masaki go to the temple to meet 
    Ibun.  Ibun sees that Masaki still hasn't learned any manners.  Ibun tells 
    Masaki to wait a moment while she prepares the rites for the familiar.
    
    A woman comes out and introduces herself as Rebecca Turner (Becky); she seems 
    to already know who Masaki is.  She pilots the Ra Venta.  Becky has heard that 
    Masaki recently received the name of Randoll, but he tells her just to call 
    him 
    Masaki.
    
    Ibun asks Masaki whether he thought of a familiar, and Masaki says he's 
    definitely got it..  It doesn't take long, and Presia squeals -- apparently 
    Masaki's new familiars are a black cat and a white cat (of course you already 
    know that if you played Alpha or EX...).  Ibun tells Masaki to give them 
    names, 
    and he picks Shiro (white) and Kuro (black); hardly the most creative person 
    (as Becky points out).  Shiro and Kuro immediately start complaining that 
    their 
    names are too simple.  Presia notes that it's a boy and a girl, and she gives 
    a 
    bell to Shiro and a ribbon to Kuro.  They like their presents quite a bit 
    (typical cats...)
    
    Just then there is another alarm; Masaki wonders what's going on with the 
    country's security since these terrorists seem to be attacking so often.  
    Becky 
    and Masaki go out to see what's happening.
    
    Safine appears with some troops and says she has business with Ibun, but that 
    as long as Masaki's there that's fine too -- she has to give Masaki the 
    repayment for what he did for her.
    
    Maddock appears in a few turns, and Safine yells at him again (she really 
    doesn't like Maddock...)  Maddock also has with him a guy named Ahmed, the 
    pilot of the Solgadi.
    
    When you beat Safine she recognizes your skill and says she'll let you live 
    for 
    today (yeah right...)
    
    Becky wants to drink to the success of the battle.  Ahmed says that he'll have 
    to leave if they do that since as a Muslim, he cannot drink alcohol.  Becky 
    thinks that's silly but Maddock says it's OK, he'll drink Ahmed's portion.  
    Maddock sees that Becky has Bourbon; he prefers Irish whiskey.  They start 
    drinking (but Masaki, being underage, doesn't want any.)  Becky is already 
    smashed and tries to urge Masaki to drink.  Masaki is surprised that Becky 
    drank a whole bottle of Bourbon straight, but Becky says that if he knows a 
    better way to drink Bourbon he should teach her.  
    
    Maddock says that it's just about time.  For what?  Becky mentions that it's 
    hot, and Masaki (jokingly, I guess) tells her to take her clothes off.  Becky 
    says that as long as she has permission...Masaki protests that it was just a 
    joke, but apparently she does it anyway (in front of Presia no less...)  
    Maddock had been waiting for this moment, the old lech.  Presia is trying to 
    get her to stop, and Becky wonders if Presia wants to take her clothes off 
    too, 
    and offers to help (uh...)  Presia yells for Masaki to help, but just then 
    Ibun 
    comes in and tells them all to shut up. Ibun reminds them that this is a holy 
    temple..Becky offers a halfhearted apology.
    
    The next morning Becky apologizes (sort of), and Presia tells her she probably 
    shouldn't drink alcohol.  Becky says that once Presia gets older she'll 
    understand, but maybe she won't drink alcohol because she's a strong person.  
    Becky then has a favor for Masaki.  Apparently Masaki's Psybuster can go 
    freely 
    between Earth and La Gias, so she wants to go back to Earth and buy some 
    Bourbon (La Gias alcohol just doesn't cut it...)  Masaki had no idea that 
    Psybuster could go back to Earth.  Presia says that if she's out of alcohol 
    this might be a good time to stop drinking, and Becky says that she's tried 
    that a million times (alcoholism???)  Becky says it doesn't matter and gives 
    him some money and tells him the specific brand (apparently some rare brand).  
    
    Back at the capital, Presia wonders if Masaki is really going to do Becky's 
    request.  Kuro and Shiro don't think it's a good idea to go up to Earth for no 
    real purpose, but Masaki wants to do something himself also.
    
    ------------------
    Stage 18 - Above Ground
    ------------------
    
    (All story paths so far converge here, and no choice you made before has any 
    effect on the future branches or choices -- it is possible that there are some 
    minor dialogue differences, but I'm not going to try to find out.)
    
    Tytti welcomes Masaki back and wonders what sort of familiars he got.  Kuro 
    and 
    Shiro introduce themselves.  Tytti thinks they're cute, but Freki isn't sure 
    they can protect Masaki with such forms.  Gary agrees.  Tytti starts wishing 
    she had chosen cats instead, which flusters Gary and Freki.  Freki says that 
    splendid and beautiful wolves like them are better than a couple of lowlife 
    cats.  Kuro and Shiro think them's fightin' words, and Freki is ready to take 
    the challenge, but Tytti holds them back.  Then she tells Masaki that Feil 
    wants to speak to him.
    
    Feil wants to tell Masaki about the duties and rights of a Masou Kishin pilot.  
    The main right they have is that they do not have to follow any sort of 
    authority figure.  Masaki understands, but then wonders if that really means 
    he 
    can ignore Feil's (or the King's) orders?  Feil says yes, and that the only 
    thing that can stop a Masou Kishin is another Masou Kishin.  Masaki seems to 
    think Feil is telling him he can do whatever he wants, even commit crimes.  
    Feil says that's correct, but that it won't happen because Masou Kishin only 
    choose those with just and good spirits.  Masaki doesn't really think that 
    applies to him, but Feil says that the spirits that bind people to Masou 
    Kishin 
    are close to ultimate purity.  They would reject any sort of evil.
    
    Masaki wonders if this means that Psybuster could reject him at some point.  
    Feil continues by saying that the single duty of a Masou Kishin pilot is to 
    stand up and fight whenever the world is in danger.  That's it?  Masaki would 
    have done that anyway.  But Feil says that duty will be crueler than he can 
    imagine.
    
    Later, Tytti is looking for Masaki and meets Wendy.  Wendy says that Masaki 
    took Psybuster out to get more used to it.  Now we switch to Japan, where Kuro 
    is asking Masaki if coming here without asking anyone is OK.  Shiro agrees, 
    but 
    Masaki says no one will see them.  Masaki came back here out of some sort of 
    lingering affection he didn't think he would have for Japan.  
    
    Shiro says that something's coming, and a pilot of some sort of plane tells 
    Masaki that he's violating Japanese airspace and that he'll have to stand 
    down.  
    Masaki responds confidently that because he's Japanese, it's OK for him to be 
    in Japanese airspace.  The pilot is surprised to hear Masaki speaking 
    Japanese, 
    and asks for the registration number of his unit.  Masaki of course has no 
    idea 
    what it is, and the pilot says he'll shoot Masaki down if he doesn't answer.  
    Masaki laughs at him and flies away, apparently too fast for the pilot to see.  
    He even disappeared from the radar.
    
    Shiro says that he made a shield so that they wouldn't show up on a radar.  
    Kuro thinks that's well and good, but why did they have to land right in the 
    middle of a town?  Masaki says that's the funniest way to do it -- look, 
    everyone's running around!  Kuro warns him not to step on anyone, and then 
    notices that something is coming at a fast speed.
    
    Who should appear but Shuu Shirakawa, who recognizes Psybuster and is 
    surprised 
    to meet it above ground.  He also knows Masaki, and knows that he's received 
    the name of Randoll as well.  Masaki asks (or yells) how Shuu knows about the 
    Psybuster.  Shuu says he's also from Rangran, and introduces himself.  Masaki 
    is surprised and wonders if Shuu's robot is a Masouki.  Shuu answers that it's 
    not; it's a robot he designed himself called the Granzon.  Shuu doesn't see 
    any 
    of the other Masou Kishin pilots and asks what's going on.  Masaki tells him 
    to 
    shut up; he acts alone.  Shuu tells him that UN forces (or is it Earth 
    Federation?  I don't remember how they write that in Japanese) will be there 
    soon so he shouldn't cause a disturbance.  Or is that Masaki's goal, to fight 
    with the Earth forces?  Kuro says that they should go back, and Masaki agrees 
    (reluctantly).
    
    Masaki leaves, and Shuu says that he wasn't cut out ot pilot Psybuster after 
    all.  But, things will soon get quite fun in La Gias...
    
    Masaki can't shake the feeling that he's met Shuu somewhere before, but he 
    can't remember exactly where.  Kuro is exasperated with Masaki, but Masaki 
    says 
    that this is one of the jobs of a Masou Kishin pilot.  Shiro doesn't 
    understand, and Masaki says that it's necessary for him to find out everything 
    that his Masou Kishin is capable of doing.  Shiro thinks that's a pretty 
    stupid 
    reason.  Kuro wishes that Masaki would apply himself more to learning how to 
    maintain the thing.
    
    Masaki returns to La Gias but in a totally different place than he expected, 
    and Kuro wonders if there is some sort of interference causing problems.  
    Masaki says it's fine; if they just fly around randomly they'll come to a 
    place 
    he knows eventually.
    
    You now have the choice between East and West.  Unless you just want to see 
    all 
    the stages, you should pick East here because it opens the possibility for 
    some 
    secret characters and moves in Part 2.  From stage 21 on, I will assume in 
    this 
    summary that you picked East here -- the dialogue shouldn't be considerably 
    different.
    If you pick West (the first choice), go to Stage 19.  (s0)
    If you pick East (the second choice), go to Stage 20. (s1)
    (The following dialogues take place regardless of your choice)
    
    Meanwhile back at the palace, Feil is wondering where Masaki is.  Feil says 
    that Masou Kishin pilots have their freedom, but that Masaki might get in some 
    accident due to his unfamiliarity with the robot, but he'll remind Masaki of 
    that when he gets back.  A man named Terius, who is apparently Feil's younger 
    brother, asks if he's seen Monica anywhere.  Feil thought she was in the back 
    garden, but Terius didn't see her there.  Senia then scolds Terius for 
    skipping 
    his philosophy class, but he doesn't want to go.
    
    Terius finds Monica, who is still speaking with incorrect grammar (as Terius 
    points out).  Terius has something good to tell Monica, about Kristoff (the 
    guy 
    she liked).  Terius asks her where Kristoff went, and Monica says that he's 
    been missing for about 2 years.  Terius tells her that he's on the surface.  
    He 
    heard it by chance from Gram, the foreign minister, and Captain Rafitt.  
    Monica 
    yells out that he's OK, and Terius quiets her down.  Doesn't she think it's 
    strange that those two would be talking about Kristoff?  Terius is just 
    guessing, but he thinks Kristoff must have gone to the surface on some sort of 
    order.  Monica doesn't think that can be, since La Gias has decided not to 
    have 
    any sort of dealings with the land above.  Terius thinks there might be 
    something going on in the background -- but anyway, it's good that Kristoff is 
    well.
    
    ------------------
    Stage 19 - Airspace Violation
    ------------------
    
    Kuro is trying to fix the guidance system but it's taking some time; he does 
    eventually finish it, though.  Masaki is surprised that the cat can fix the 
    Masou Kishin just by talking, and Kuro says that's one of the functions of 
    familiars.  Now they can check their position -- they're right in the middle 
    of 
    Shutedonias!  They've invaded the airspace (albeit inadvertently...)  Masaki 
    wants to escape quickly but they're already surrounded.
    
    The captain of the troops recognizes the Psybuster and wonders what it's doing 
    invading their land.  Masaki tries explaining that his guidance system was 
    broken and that he accidentally came here.  The captain says he can't trust 
    Masaki; maybe he actually came here to invade or get information.  He orders 
    Masaki to come back to base with him.  Shiro realizes this is bad -- they 
    can't 
    let Shutedonias learn the inner workings of the Psybuster.  But Kuro points 
    out 
    that if they fight the troops, it could become a big problem.  Kuro tells 
    Masaki to go north.
    
    More troops are brought in to capture Masaki.  Just then, Shuu appears in his 
    Granzon.  Masaki wonders what he's doing there, but Shuu says this is just a 
    coincidence (yeah right).  He offers to help Masaki.  Masaki wonders how he's 
    going to help, and Shuu responds by blasting all the Shutedonias troops with 
    the Graviton Cannon.  Masaki can't believe Shuu did that, but Shuu says he 
    should be thankful for the help.  He says that it would have been troublesome 
    if Masaki had sat there without doing anything, so Shuu has done him a favor.
    
    Masaki says that's not the point; he just killed all those people!  Shuu 
    responds that fighting is about killing others before you get killed yourself.  
    There's no time to worry about your enemies.  In this case they had to kill 
    everyone quickly in order to leave no proof that Masaki had been there.  If 
    Masaki had done it, it could have become a political issue.  But since Shuu's 
    robot is unknown to them, it's not a problem.  Masaki says he understands what 
    Shuu is saying and thanks him for the help.  But, he doesn't think Shuu just 
    did that out of the goodness of his heart.  What's his real motive?  Shuu says 
    it really was just to save Masaki -- if he gets into trouble that's a big 
    problem.  He adds that Masaki should escape quickly before more troops show 
    up.  
    Masaki leaves.
    
    Chika (Shuu's familiar) wonders if it's OK to speak, and asks Shuu about 
    Masaki.  Why did Shuu help him out?  He's just some strutting kid who was 
    chosen by Psybuster.  Chika adds that it would be better for Shuu's purposes 
    if 
    the Masou Kishin didn't exist.  Shuu did avoid detection of his own unit by 
    taking them out so fast, but Chika just doesn't understand what Shuu is 
    thinking.  Shuu tells him to stop talking, and that they need to finish up 
    business here quickly.  If they don't, Granzon's absence will be discovered.
    
    Masaki is thinking, and Shiro thinks he knows what it's about.  Kuro knows 
    he's 
    thinking about Shuu.  Shiro says he was very suspicious, but Kuro doesn't 
    think 
    he was an enemy.  Masaki says at least not an enemy to him, but adds that he 
    can never trust someone who can kill people so easily without even changing 
    his 
    expression.  
    
    Masaki makes it back to the capital.  Feil is happy that he's back, but Tytti 
    starts yelling at him for going off on his own -- even though Masou Kishin 
    pilots have freedom, they're still supposed to recognize when something is a 
    bad idea.  What if something happened to Masaki while he was above ground?  Or 
    to La Gias?  Has Masaki forgotten the duty of the Masou Kishin pilot?  Masaki 
    sheepishly apologizes.  Tytti can tell that he's not completely sorry, though.  
    Feil tells Tytti to leave off for today, and Tytti starts to tell Feil he's 
    being too lenient.  Masaki seizes this opportunity to run away, and Tytti 
    chases him.
    
    After they've gone, Monica asks Feil if it's really fine to let Masaki off 
    that 
    easily.  Feil says that Masaki has an unusually strong sense of 
    responsibility, 
    and that's why they have to be careful.  Monica says all she can see is a 
    spoiled kid who isn't even fit to eat the crud from Kristoff's nails.  Feil 
    says it's not fair to compare Masaki to Kristoff, since Kristoff was special.  
    Monica says that it's time for the medicine, and Feil agrees.  Monica seems 
    worried, but Feil says that the doctors say he'll be fine.  Feil's been 
    feeling 
    better lately anyway.
    
    There's a choice of routes now but it doesn't happen until after the 
    intermission screen, so go to Stage 21 and see the choice there.
    
    ------------------
    Stage 20 - Rival
    ------------------
    
    Kuro is trying to fix the guidance system but it's taking some time; he does 
    eventually finish it, though.  Masaki is surprised that the cat can fix the 
    Masou Kishin just by talking, and Kuro says that's one of the functions of 
    familiars.  Now they can check their position -- they're right in the middle 
    of 
    Ruzack, close to the Bagonia border!  Kuro says they must have passed right 
    over Bagonia -- good thing they weren't detected.  
    
    Shiro says there's a communication from someone.  Masaki is surprised, but 
    connects it.  It's Zeoroot, who wonders what Masaki's doing there.  Masaki 
    asks 
    the same thing to Zeoroot, who says he had business in Bagonia but that he's 
    returning now.  Masaki remembers Presia saying something about that.  He 
    doesn't really want to tell Zeoroot the details of what he's doing, though.  
    Zeoroot warns Masaki about wandering around too much; he might accidentally 
    cross the border -- Masaki doesn't have an entry permit for Bagonia.  Zeoroot 
    tells Masaki to wait where he is.
    
    Zeoroot meets up with Masaki, and he asks Masaki to carry some of the presents 
    he brought back.  Masaki asks Zeoroot what he was doing in Bagonia.  Zeoroot 
    says that he was sharing strategy and tactics with Bagonia, and also that his 
    old rival and friend is there (his name is Shumel Hyuuru).  Shumel managed to 
    win three world competitions.  Anyway, it's time to go back, but Masaki tells 
    Zeoroot to wait a minute.  Zeoroot thinks he has a guilty tone to his voice, 
    and says that Tytti will end up scolding Masaki again.  Just then, they get a 
    signal on the radars.
    
    There's nobody around, but Zeoroot is sure that something was detected.  A 
    terrorist unit appears.  Masaki wonders why a terrorist is here, and Zeoroot 
    agrees that there's nothing around here worth aiming for.  The terrorist says 
    he can go ahead and test the things he just received, and some robots appear.  
    Masaki realizes that they're the same kind of robots that attacked when the 
    Psybuster was stolen, and Zeoroot guesses they must be exchanging them here.  
    Masaki and Zeoroot decide to deal with them, and then Fang appears.  He had 
    been going back to the capital but got a bad feeling and came back to see what 
    was going on.  He tells Masaki and Zeoroot to let him deal with the situation.
    
    Masaki asks who that is (this probably only occurs if you haven't played stage 
    10), and Zeoroot introduces him as his student and a member of the Imperial 
    Guard Knights.  His Prana is very strong so he's a test pilot for the Masouki 
    as well.  Fang tells Masaki just to sit back and watch for now, and Masaki 
    gets 
    pissed off at him.  Zeoroot suggests that they compete to see who can defeat 
    the most terrorists.  Whoever loses has to serve dinner to the winner.  Fang 
    thinks that sounds kind of improper, and Zeoroot agrees but still thinks it's 
    a 
    good idea.  They agree to it and the fight begins.
    
    (It shouldn't be that hard for you to win if you've upgraded Psybuster a bit 
    and use Accelerate to get ahead of Fang.  The dialogue here assumes you did 
    win; whether you win or lose does not affect any story path.)
    
    Once the battle ends, Zeoroot congratulates both people.  He tells Fang that 
    as 
    the loser, he has to serve Masaki dinner, but that he shouldn't be bitter 
    about 
    the loss.  Masaki says he thinks better of Fang now, who has to act humbly 
    because of Zeoroot.
    
    Masaki makes it back to the capital.  Feil is happy that he's back, but Tytti 
    starts yelling at him for going off on his own -- even though Masou Kishin 
    pilots have freedom, they're still supposed to recognize when something is a 
    bad idea.  What if something happened to Masaki while he was above ground?  Or 
    to La Gias?  Has Masaki forgotten the duty of the Masou Kishin pilot?  Masaki 
    sheepishly apologizes.  Tytti can tell that he's not completely sorry, though.  
    Zeoroot tries to intercede for him, and Tytti tells Zeoroot he's too soft.  
    Masaki seizes this opportunity to run away, and Tytti chases him.
    
    After they've gone, Monica asks Feil if it's really fine to let Masaki off 
    that 
    easily.  Feil says that Masaki has an unusually strong sense of 
    responsibility, 
    and that's why they have to be careful.  Monica says all she can see is a 
    spoiled kid who isn't even fit to eat the crud from Kristoff's nails.  Feil 
    says it's not fair to compare Masaki to Kristoff, since Kristoff was special.  
    Monica says that it's time for the medicine, and Feil agrees.  Monica seems 
    worried, but Feil says that the doctors say he'll be fine.  Feil's been 
    feeling 
    better lately anyway.
    
    There's a choice of routes now but it doesn't happen until after the 
    intermission screen, so go to Stage 21 and see the choice there.
    
    ------------------
    Stage 21 - Masaki and Ricardo  
    ------------------
    
    Masaki is running away from Tytti and thinks he's come far enough.  Kuro says 
    that if he runs away with Psybuster, the same thing is going to happen again.  
    Shiro tells him that Tytti isn't really that mad, so he should just go back.  
    The cats talk about how he can't really deal with women (Presia and Wendy as 
    well), especially Wendy's elegance.  Masaki yells at them to keep quiet.  
    Shiro 
    wonders where they're going to go now.
    
    You have three choices:
    1. Keep going this way (if you pick this, stay on stage 21)
    2. East (go to stage 22)
    3. West (go to stage 23)
    
    Masaki comments on how convenient familiars are -- you can talk to them when 
    you have free time.  Kuro wonders how far they're going to go, and Masaki says 
    they'll just wait here for a while and just watch the scenery.
    
    Masaki thinks there's a lot of greenery on La Gias, and wonders if that's 
    because of scientific developments.  Kuro says that it's actually alchemy.  
    It's basically science under a different name, but this was done to stop an 
    explosion of technological development.  Masaki wonders why Shiro knows things 
    that he doesn't know (since the familiars are supposed to be just extensions 
    of 
    Masaki).  Shiro and Kuro give the (somewhat odd) answer that since Masaki 
    doesn't like studying, they've studied about things in his place.  
    
    Kuro says that something's coming, and Ricardo appears.  Ricardo is curious 
    about why Masaki decided to go above ground -- Ricardo thought that Masaki 
    (like himself) had nothing there to go back to.  Masaki agrees, and says that 
    he just felt like he had to go back for some reason.  Ricardo says that's 
    natural.  He, Tytti, and Yang Long are different.  Ricardo has nothing but bad 
    memories about the above world, and he thinks Tytti is probably the same.  
    He's 
    not sure about Yang Long, though.  It might be because of the rumor that he's 
    in love with Princess Monica.  Masaki presses for details (about Ricardo) but 
    he says it's not something he really talks about.
    
    Ruozor appears; apparently this is just a chance meeting.  Masaki challenges 
    him but Ruozor says there's no point wasting his time fighting here, and 
    offers 
    to withdraw without any combat.  Masaki doesn't want to let him do that, and 
    so 
    Ruozor summons some demon golems.  He says they're a bit stronger than before 
    so Masaki won't be able to beat them easily, and then leaves.
    
    Masaki asks Ricardo if Psybuster has a MAP attack like the Gaddes.  Ricardo 
    says that it does; it's called Psyflash.  But Masaki can't use it yet because 
    he's not skilled enough.
    
    After a few rounds Masaki says that these enemies really are tougher, and 
    wonders if they can win.  This reminds Ricardo of when he was a pilot above 
    ground, and it was him and one friend vs. 10 enemies.  Masaki asks what he 
    did, 
    and Ricardo says he just took them one by one.
    
    After a few more turns, Ricardo notices that something's wrong with his 
    Zamjeed 
    but doesn't say anything to Masaki.  He tells Masaki to retreat and that he'll 
    hold off the enemies, which Masaki doesn't like.  Masaki can tell something's 
    wrong with the Zamjeed, but Ricardo just keeps yelling at Masaki to run and 
    call for reinforcements.  Masaki realizes that Ricardo is just trying to make 
    sure that at least Masaki survives, and Ricardo says that as long as he 
    understands that, he should get away.  Masaki (of course) isn't going to 
    follow 
    that order.  Ricardo says that his Zamjeed can't move, and that he'll just be 
    a 
    target for the enemies.  Masaki says that as long as he can fight, he doesn't 
    need to move, so it's too early to give up.  Ricardo says that this same 
    situation happened a while back except that he was the one in Masaki's 
    position.  Ricardo believed his partner's lie and went to call 
    reinforcements...actually, it may have just been that he realized the wisdom 
    of 
    having one person survive.  But now he's tired of living with the borrowed 
    life 
    of his friend.  This is his chance to return the favor!
    
    Masaki asks if Ricardo really expects him to help Ricardo pay a debt, and then 
    himself get put in the same position as Ricardo.  Masaki isn't about to do 
    that; Ricardo's past has nothing to do with him.  Masaki refuses to follow any 
    orders from Ricardo.
    
    (Don't forget about the endless Gold Demon Golems that give you 10,000 credits 
    per kill.  You can spend as long as you want here farming money.)
    
    After you beat the enemies, Ricardo apologizes.  Masaki tells him not to 
    worry, 
    that he does what he wants to.
    
    Ricardo tells Masaki to go back to the capital, but he's still hesitant.  
    Ricardo tells him not to worry about Tytti; Tytti listens to whatever Ricardo 
    says.  Masaki doesn't believe that at all.
    
    Back at the capital, Tytti is crying because she was worried about Masaki.  
    Masaki says he didn't think this would happen, and Tytti says that she doesn't 
    know what she would do if anything happened to him.  Masaki tells Ricardo to 
    do 
    something, and Ricardo tells her that it's a waste for a beautiful girl to 
    cry.  
    This cheers Tytti up, but she seems to thing that this whole incident is 
    Ricardo's fault (and she apparently says it in a scary voice...)  Ricardo 
    stammers a bit, and Tytti (still smiling sweetly) says that Ricardo is the 
    real 
    villian here.  She then proceeds to start choking Ricardo.  Feil tries to stop 
    her, and she comes to her senses.  Senia notes that Tytti is scary when she's 
    really mad.  Ricardo tries to protest that he just went to bring Masaki back, 
    and Masaki says that Ricardo betrayed him.  Tytti just tells Masaki not to do 
    stupid things anymore.  Now you have another route choice, but it happens 
    after 
    the intermission screen (again), so go to Stage 24. 
    
    ------------------
    Stage 22 - Sinful Priest Tian
    ------------------
    
    Masaki heads east.  Shiro wonders how far Masaki is going to go -- they'll 
    cross into Troia pretty soon.  Masaki says he doesn't have any real goal so 
    he'll just stop here for now.
    
    Masaki says that there are no people around, so it's all right.  He gets out 
    of 
    the Psybuster, and Kuro wonders what he's doing -- Masaki responds that he's 
    going to take a nap.  Both cats, being cats, like that idea, and everyone 
    quickly falls asleep.  After a few minutes, some bald-headed man comes out 
    yelling that Masaki is in his favorite place.  Masaki wakes up in surprise.  
    The man thinks he's seen Masaki somewhere and then recognizes him as 
    Psybuster's pilot (except that he calls him Randoll).  He introduces himself 
    as 
    Sanan Tianprasaat.  
    
    Masaki responds that he has no business with him and that he wants to go back 
    to sleep.  But Masaki is still in Tian's special place.  Masaki says that he 
    got there first.  This gets Tian very angry, and Tian threatens to bring down 
    divine punishment on Masaki if he treats a priest this way.  Masaki doesn't 
    think Tian is acting very priest-like, but Tian says that he'll treat Masaki 
    how Masaki treats him, and that Masaki has a chance to go to heaven.  He 
    repeats his "request" for Masaki to move.
    
    Just then, terrorists appear, saying that they can sell the Psybuster for big 
    money.  Tian tells Masaki to leave it to him, but Masaki tells him not to be 
    stupid -- the enemies are Masouki.  Tian apparently has a Masouki of his own, 
    though (the Dienforce).  This surprises Masaki.  Tian says that he is 
    controlling the Dienforce in Yang Long's place.  Tian then tells Masaki to 
    keep 
    sleeping while he takes care of the enemy, but of course Masaki is going to 
    fight too.
    
    After the enemies are defeated, Tian wonders why Masaki isn't using Psyflash.  
    Masaki has no idea what that is, and Tian tells him it's Psybuster's MAP 
    attack.  Masaki didn't realize that Psybuster had one of those.  Tian tells 
    him 
    to talk to Wendy about the MAP attack.  Masaki says he'll do that, but wants 
    Tian to stop calling him Randoll.  Tian agrees but says that if Masaki is 
    concerned about his name, that means he's still burdened with worldly 
    concerns.
    
    Tian asks Masaki what he's doing out here, but Masaki doesn't really tell him.  
    Tian tells him to air his concerns and that he'll listen...but not for free.  
    He thinks it has to do with a woman.  Masaki says it doesn't, but Tian doesn't 
    believe him.  Masaki really doesn't want to talk about it, but Tian keeps 
    pushing.  Masaki decides to just return to the capital, and Tian says he has 
    business there and will accompany him.
    
    Back at the capital, Tytti is crying because she was worried about Masaki.  
    Masaki says he didn't think this would happen, and Tytti says that she doesn't 
    know what she would do if anything happened to him.  Masaki tells Tian to do 
    something, and Tian says he has no experience dealing with Christians.  
    Ricardo 
    then appears and tells Tytti that it's a waste for a pretty girl to cry.  This 
    cheers Tytti up, but she seems to thing that this whole incident is Ricardo's 
    fault (and she apparently says it in a scary voice...)  Ricardo stammers a 
    bit, 
    and Tytti (still smiling sweetly) says that Ricardo is the real villian here.  
    She then proceeds to start choking Ricardo.  Feil tries to stop her, and she 
    comes to her senses.  Senia notes that Tytti is scary when she's really mad.  
    Now you have another route choice, but it happens after the intermission 
    screen 
    (again), so go to Stage 24. 
    
    ------------------
    Stage 23 - Quiet Demekusa
    ------------------
    
    As Masaki heads west, he says that there are 16 Masouki in all, including the 
    Masou Kishin.  Masaki starts to count the pilots -- Himself, Tytti, Ricardo, 
    Yang Long, Simone, Becky, Maddock...that's not enough pilots.  Shiro says that 
    it's common knowledge that not all the pilots have been decided yet (and then 
    tells Masaki to spend more time studying).  They stop where they are.
    
    Masaki says that there's a lot of natural beauty on La Gias.  Kuro says one 
    theory is that the La Gias people care more about nature because their world 
    is 
    closed.  Shiro sees some fish jumping around, and Kuro and Shiro both get very 
    interested.  They tell Masaki to grab the fish for them.  Masaki notices a man 
    fishing over on the bank.  He goes over to ask him for some fish, but the man 
    doesn't respond.  Masaki tries again.  The man snaps out of whatever daze he 
    was in, but says he hasn't caught any fish.  The man notices Psybuster and 
    recognizes that Masaki is Randoll.  He introduces himself as Shie Demekusa, 
    but 
    just then, terrorists show up.
    
    The terrorists notice Masaki and the Psybuster, and say it's a good chance to 
    avenge Rekka.  Demekusa says that there are a lot of them, but that he won't 
    let them have their way.  Masaki wonders how he's going to help, and Demekusa 
    says that he's actually a Masouki pilot as well.  His robot is Falc; he got it 
    from Tytti when Tytti was chosen by Gaddes.
    
    When you fight the last guy, he says "we meet again" -- but Masaki doesn't 
    remember who it is.  It turns out to be Gaspar (from Stage 1), the head of the 
    Rangran Liberation Front.  He's going to pay Masaki back for killing Rekka.
    
    After you win the fight, Demekusa asks why you didn't use Psyflash; it would 
    have made things a lot easier.  Masaki has no idea what that is, and Demekusa 
    tells him it's the Psybuster's MAP attack.  Masaki says he'll ask Wendy about 
    it later.  Demekusa then says he'll get back to fishing, and wonders why 
    Masaki 
    came out here.  Masaki says it was just for a change of mood.  Demekusa tells 
    Masaki to give his regards to Tytti.
    
    Masaki starts returns to the capital, and gets a communication from Ricardo 
    who 
    says that Tytti is really upset.  Ricardo says to leave it to him, since Tytti 
    obviously has a crush on him.  Tytti listens to whatever Ricardo says.  Masaki 
    doesn't believe that at all.
    
    Back at the capital, Tytti is crying because she was worried about Masaki.  
    Masaki says he didn't think this would happen, and Tytti says that she doesn't 
    know what she would do if anything happened to him.  Masaki tells Ricardo to 
    do 
    something, and Ricardo tells her that it's a waste for a beautiful girl to 
    cry.  
    This cheers Tytti up, but she seems to thing that this whole incident is 
    Ricardo's fault (and she apparently says it in a scary voice...)  Ricardo 
    stammers a bit, and Tytti (still smiling sweetly) says that Ricardo is the 
    real 
    villian here.  She then proceeds to start choking Ricardo.  Feil tries to stop 
    her, and she comes to her senses.  Senia notes that Tytti is scary when she's 
    really mad.  Ricardo tries to protest that he just went to bring Masaki back, 
    and Masaki says that Ricardo betrayed him.  Tytti just tells Masaki not to do 
    stupid things anymore.  Now you have another route choice, but it happens 
    after 
    the intermission screen (again), so go to Stage 24. 
    
    ------------------
    Stage 24 - Yang Long's Pledge
    ------------------
    
    Masaki comes to see Wendy in the research room.  He wants to know if there's 
    any way he can use Psyflash.  Wendy says that she needs to do a little more 
    research and asks him to wait a bit.  Up to now, all of the Masou Kishin's MAP 
    weapons haven't discriminated at all between enemy and ally.  She's trying to 
    research a way to overcome this difficulty, and asks Masaki to wait until 
    she's 
    done.  Wendy apologizes, but Masaki gets flustered and says that it's his 
    fault 
    for asking.  Wendy laughs and says that even though Masaki is blunt and rude, 
    he has a soft side.  Masaki blushes and quickly leaves.
    
    Feil finds Masaki and tells him that a report has come in -- apparently a 
    Masouki that looks like Nagzat was spotted on Regg island.  It's a bit to the 
    north, and Feil wonders if Masaki will go check.  You have two choices:
    1. OK, that's fine
    2. Sorry, have someone else do it
    
    NOTE -- THIS CHOICE IS VERY IMPORTANT.  If you choose the second option and 
    refuse Feil's offer, you WILL NOT be able to get the best ending in part 2.  
    You must go through Stage 31 (Wendy's Choice) for this to happen.
    
    In any case, if you pick choice 1, go to Stage 26.
    If you pick choice 2, just keep reading this section.
    
    If you're still reading, that means you cannot get the best ending to the 
    game.  
    Anyway, Feil tells you that he'll send someone else in your place.  Masaki is 
    a 
    little taken aback that his refusal was OK, but Feil says that as a Masou 
    Kishin pilot, Feil can't force him to do anything.
    
    Yang Long comes to Masaki and wants to talk to him, but Masaki says he's busy.  
    Yang Long says that's a lie; he knows that Masaki just refused a request from 
    Feil.  He's been asked to protect Monica during her training, but he thinks 
    it's dangerous if he's alone with her...if "something" should happen.  He 
    wants 
    Masaki to help him.
    
    They begin to travel, but they don't go far from the capital.  Monica is there 
    too, and Yang Long tells her to prepare herself.
    
    Monica is in a Masouki as well, and Yang Long says he's going to start by 
    teaching her the basics of piloting.  Monica says she's already done this, but 
    Yang Long says the fundamentals are the most important and tells her to fly 
    over to the tall part of the cliff over there.  She does so, but Yang Long 
    tells her that she made too many unecessary movements and that she needs to do 
    it more gracefully.  Masouki are piloted with the heart, not the hands.  Yang 
    Long tells her that as a member of the royal family, she may have to go out to 
    the front lines from time to time.
    
    At that point, Ruozor appears and wonders what Monica's doing there.  Monica 
    reacts sweetly (and calls him "Ruozor-san" again).  Ruozor even responds 
    politely to her...but who knows if that's sincere.  He asks Monica if she will 
    accept "their" invitation.  Yang Long yells at Ruozor for trying to kidnap 
    Monica.  Ruozor says he'll have to defeat them first, then take Monica.  
    Monica 
    tells them not to fight.  Masaki yells at her to quit spacing out -- this is a 
    real fight so she has to defend herself!  Ruozor calls for some undead spirit 
    warriors, which he says are much different from demon golems.  Yang Long tells 
    Monica to wait there while they defeat the enemies, and the battle starts.
    
    After the first turn, Monica decides that if she just sits and watches, she'll 
    sully the pride of the royal family.  She starts to move, and Yang Long yells 
    at her that it's too dangerous.  She responds that Feil has always said, the 
    royalty should set an example for the citizens.  If they just sit around in 
    times of danger, they are not fit to be royalty.  Masaki starts to yell at 
    her, 
    and Monica wonders if Masaki is saying he has no confidence in his ability to 
    protect her.  Yang Long relents, on the condition that Monica will follow 
    their 
    orders.  Monica agrees.
    
    Once you beat Ruozor (he doesn't flee until 0 HP this time), Monica says that 
    after seeing Yang Long's strength she has a request for him.  He says that 
    whatever the request is, he'll do it even at the cost of his life.  Monica 
    says 
    that she wants to be able to help Feil, who is dealing with a lot right now.  
    She wants him to promise to protect Feil if something happens.  Masaki wonders 
    if this has something to do with the prophecy -- is Feil going to be in 
    trouble?  Monica has no idea since she can't see the future.  Yang Long 
    promises to uphold that request.  She then hastily adds that Masaki can do it 
    too if he wants.
    
    On the way back to the capital, Masaki confirms with Yang Long that Masou 
    Kishin pilots don't have to follow orders.  In other words, you have to use 
    your own judgment and then deal with the consequences yourself.  Yang Long 
    wonders if Masaki is already feeling the weight of responsibility, but Masaki 
    says that's not it.  Yang Long says it's good that Masaki realized how things 
    work.
    
    Back at the capital, Monica calls Masaki and gives him 10,000 credits for his 
    assistance back at the battle (this only happens if Monica was not defeated 
    during the battle).
    
    Go to Stage 25.
    
    ------------------
    Stage 25 - Psyflash
    ------------------
    
    Masaki asks Wendy if the Psyflash is finished yet.  Wendy says she just 
    finished it, and Masaki gets ready to try it out.  Wendy says to wait -- it 
    might use too much Prana or something like that, so don't use it more than 
    once 
    in the battle.  Masaki says that's disappointing from someone who's supposed 
    to 
    be so skilled at alchemy.  She makes him promise that he won't use it more 
    than 
    once, by hooking little fingers.  Masaki is surprised that they have that 
    custom in La Gias -- but Wendy says it's not a La Gias custom, it's Japanese.  
    Someone from Japan taught her that a while ago.  Masaki wonders where this 
    person is, and Wendy says that he died 3 years ago.
    
    Maddock has hunted Masaki down and wants to show him something good (he says, 
    laughing lecherously...)  He shows him a picture of Becky (which makes Masaki 
    blush) taken by a hidden camera, although he says it's not necessary to hide 
    the camera if she's been drinking.  He offers to give it to Masaki if Masaki 
    will help him with something.  Masaki says that's a pretty indecent proposal, 
    but Maddock says it's not hard work -- it's just hard for him to do it alone 
    with his rheumatism.  He threatens to tell Tytti that Masaki was looking at 
    the 
    picture if he doesn't help.  Masaki reluctantly agrees, and they set out.
    
    Masaki wonders exactly what this work is.  Maddock says that they need to 
    clear 
    out some Demon Golems that have been hidden around lately.  He wants Masaki to 
    help out because he has Psyflash.  They come to a cave.  
    
    Inside the cave, they see the demon golems.  Maddock tells him to just use 
    Psyflash and clean them all up.  Kuro reminds Masaki of what Wendy said, and 
    the battle starts.
    
    The first time you use Psyflash, Kuro warns you again of what Wendy said, but 
    Masaki tells him that one time is OK.  If you use it a second time, Masaki 
    gets 
    a sick look on his face and falls prone -- Kuro says he'll have to rest a 
    while 
    to recover his Prana.  You can still attack if this happens, though.
    
    The dialogue now is different depending on whether you used Psyflash twice or 
    not.  
    
    If you used it twice:
    Masaki is still weakened from his overuse of Prana.  Maddock says they'll have 
    to quickly get back to the capital.  Shiro tells Wendy what happened, and she 
    gets worried.  Masaki says he just needs to rest for a while, but then he 
    falls 
    over into Wendy's arms, unconcious.  Wendy says that if they don't get him 
    some 
    Prana soon...Kuro says to take him to the medical center, but Wendy says she 
    can do "first aid" here.  Masaki wakes up as she does mouth-to-mouth (I guess) 
    and is shocked, but she (blushing) says that's the fastest way to give someone 
    Prana.  She tells him to go to the medical center anyway, and that she found a 
    good way to fix Psyflash.  Next time he can use it as many times as he wants.
    
    If you only used it once:
    Maddock thanks Masaki and gives him the picture of Becky, which he accepts(!).  
    They go back to the capital, and Wendy thanks Masaki for keeping his promise.  
    Masaki blushes, and Kuro wonders if it's because Masaki is imagining Wendy 
    like 
    that picture of Becky.  Masaki changes the subject quickly, asking Wendy if 
    she's found a way to let him use Psyflash as many times as he wants.  She says 
    she has, and that she'll implement it quickly.
    
    Go all the way to Stage 30.
    
    ------------------
    Stage 26 - Encounter in the Depths
    ------------------
    
    NOTE: If you want the best ending, it doesn't matter which of the three story 
    paths you take from this stage -- you can get to Stage 31 from any of them.  
    Two of the paths go there automatically, but if you use Psyflash twice in this 
    stage, read the Stage 28 section carefully to make sure you don't veer off 
    into 
    Stage 30.
    
    You have accepted Feil's offer.  But Masaki wonders why Feil made such a 
    polite 
    request rather than just giving an order.  Feil wonders if he's already 
    forgotten that as a Masou Kishin pilot, Masaki doesn't have to take any 
    orders.  
    As Masaki is leaving, Wendy finds him, but since he's leaving, they'll have to 
    do the test of Psyflash later.  Masaki is surprised to learn that Psyflash has 
    already been put on there.  Wendy says that it's still in the production 
    stages 
    so he should only use it once.  If he uses it two or more times it will use up 
    too much Prana and may even kill him.
    
    She makes him promise that he won't use it more than once, by hooking little 
    fingers.  Masaki is surprised that they have that custom in La Gias -- but 
    Wendy says it's not a La Gias custom, it's Japanese.  Someone from Japan 
    taught 
    her that a while ago.  Masaki wonders where this person is, and Wendy says 
    that 
    he died 3 years ago.
    
    As they travel, Shiro wonders what Masaki is being so contemplative about.  He 
    is thinking about how Masou Kishin pilots, since they don't take any orders, 
    have to make all decisions by their own judgment, and take full responsibility 
    for the results of those decisions.  Shiro wonders if that scares Masaki, but 
    he laughs it off.  
    
    Simone contacts Masaki, and says that she's come to support him.  Masaki says 
    that he doesn't need backup for a simple reconnaisance mission, but Simone 
    says 
    it's better if she's along.  What if Ruozor actually is there?  He says she 
    can 
    do whatever she wants, and he prepares to leave.  But Simone stops 
    him...Masaki's going the wrong way.  She thinks that she had better come along 
    after all, and Kuro and Shiro agree.  Masaki reluctantly accepts.
    
    They reach the island.  Kuro gets a reaction from the sensors -- there's a 
    large cave in the area.  They decide to investigate.
    
    In the cave, Simone remarks that it's huge, and neither of them are sure 
    whether it's man-made or not.  Masaki doesn't see anything odd, but Simone 
    yells at someone to come out of hiding.  It turns out to be Shuu.  Masaki 
    wonders what he's doing there, and Shuu says that he wonders the same thing.  
    Shuu is just there investigating the cave, where there are ruins of an old 
    temple.  It may be as old as 50,000 years old, from a time before written 
    history.  Simone thinks she's met Shuu somewhere before, but can't remember.
    
    Masaki wonders if Shuu is an archaeologist.  Shuu says it's just a hobby, and 
    asks again what Masaki and Simone are doing there.  Simone tells him that 
    they're investigating Nagzat.  Shuu knows what the Nagzat is and understands 
    why they're searching here.  Just then a number of demon golems come out.  
    Their entrance is blocked, and Simone is worried about Shuu, but he says 
    there's no need for that -- he can take them out easily.  She should be more 
    worried about herself.  Masaki yells at him that he can take them out by 
    himself, but Simone calms him down.  Shuu asks again if he wants help, and you 
    have a choice:
    
    1. Yeah right!
    2. Damn...I guess there's no choice, please help us.
    
    If you pick #1, Shuu leaves and you're left to fight the Demon Golems by 
    yourself.  If you pick #2, Shuu introduces himself to Simone (and Simone has 
    never heard the name before, so she thinks she didn't actually know him).
    
    If you use Psyflash twice in the battle:
    ------
    The second time you use Psyflash, Masaki seems to get weak.  Shuu says that he 
    used too much Prana -- apparently Masaki can't control that weapon well enough 
    yet.  Simone tells him to rest for a while.  
    
    After you beat the enemies, Shuu says he'll continue his investigation of the 
    temple now.  After he leaves, Simone wonders why Masaki seems to dislike Shuu.  
    He says it's nothing specific, just that he doesn't think he can trust Shuu.  
    Masaki is still feeling weak, and Simone says they'll have to go back to the 
    capital now so that Masaki can get treatment.
    
    At the capital, Shiro tells Wendy what happened, and she gets worried.  Masaki 
    says he just needs to rest for a while, but then he falls over into Wendy's 
    arms, unconcious.  Wendy says that if they don't get him some Prana 
    soon...Kuro 
    says to take him to the medical center, but Wendy says she can do "first aid" 
    here.  Masaki wakes up as she does mouth-to-mouth (I guess) and is shocked, 
    but 
    she (blushing) says that's the fastest way to give someone Prana.  
    
    Simone is relieved; she was wondering if Wendy was taking advantage of 
    Masaki's 
    inability to move to rape him.  She says that the usual first aid technique is 
    to give the person heat (wink wink).  Wendy blushes, and Simone says that a 
    grown beautiful lady like Wendy would be interested in a kid like Masaki.  
    Wendy says that's not true at all!....er, she means the part about Masaki 
    being 
    a kid.  Wendy excuses herself, saying she has to fix Psybuster.
    
    Go to Stage 28.
    ------
    
    If you do not use Psyflash twice in the battle:
    ------
    After you beat the enemies, Shuu says he'll continue his investigation of the 
    temple now.  After he leaves, Simone wonders why Masaki seems to dislike Shuu.  
    He says it's nothing specific, just that he doesn't think he can trust Shuu.  
    
    Simone asks if Masaki wants to investigate the temple, and you have a choice:
    1. OK, let's search
    2. Nah, leave it alone
    
    If you pick choice 1:
    Shiro wonders if it's OK to search the temple given that Shuu's there.  Masaki 
    thinks he's a suspicious person, and Simone asks if Masaki thinks he's in 
    league with Ruozor.  She says that the possibility isn't zero, but Masaki 
    shouldn't get carried away with his personal feelings.  Go to Stage 27.
    
    If you pick choice 2:
    Kuro wonders if it's OK to leave despite the information about Nagzat.  Masaki 
    just says he doesn't like temples, but Simone thinks he just wants to get away 
    from Shuu.  Masaki gets pissed off and says that's not it.  Simone thinks 
    Masaki is a kid, and says that they should search around the outside of the 
    cave first.  Go to Stage 29.
    ------
    
    ------------------
    Stage 27 - The Meaning of Combat
    ------------------
    s5
    
    Simone and Masaki decide to search around outside.  They split up to search 
    more quickly.  Masaki wonders what he's supposed to be doing, and Kuro 
    suggests 
    asking people from the surrounding area for information.  He stops some random 
    girl and asks her; the girl is scared for a moment but then recognizes 
    Psybuster.  Masaki asks her if she has seen Nagzat, but she has no idea what 
    he's talking about (and she isn't from around here anyway).  She runs after 
    her 
    teacher.
    
    Kuro says he's got to choose who he asks more carefully, and that they'll 
    probably have to get out and go on foot.  Masaki says that's too much trouble; 
    he'll just leave that to Simone.  Kuro starts to scold Masaki but then there's 
    a reaction on the spirit radar for a split second.  It was west about 20 
    kilometers.
    
    They arrive at the place; Masaki and the two cats can feel the evil aura 
    around.  Ruozor appears, and wonders why Masaki is always around.  What is he 
    fighting for?  Masaki answers that it's obvious -- to beat the terrorists like 
    Ruozor.  Ruozor says that Masaki is from above ground; this doesn't concern 
    him.  He says that Masaki doesn't understand the difference between good and 
    evil.  Masaki says that he knows at least that the terrorists aren't the good 
    guys.
    
    Just then, terorrists come in with some robots that they say they exchanged 
    for.  Ruozor tells them to stop talking like Yakuza underlings (or at least 
    that's what he means).  The head terrorist is Gaspar (from mission 1), who 
    says 
    he'll take out his revenge on Masaki.  Masaki doesn't remember him, though.  
    Ruozor says he'll just watch, and leaves.  Masaki yells that he can take them 
    all out with Psyflash!  But...Kuro tells him that if he tries to use Psyflash 
    he'll break the weapon, because it's grown unstable.  Masaki says he'll have 
    Wendy look at it later, and the battle starts.
    
    When you attack Gaspar he says that Rekka was just about to be married to his 
    girlfriend of 5 years when Masaki killed him.  Masaki tells him that 
    terrorists 
    have no right to talk about that.  Gaspar tells him that he's too 
    inexperienced 
    to claim he's on the side of justice -- he's nothing but a common murderer.
    
    When you defeat Gaspar, he apologizes to Rekka for not being able to avenge 
    his 
    death.  When you beat the other terrorists, they each say something to the 
    effect that Masaki and the others are destroying La Gias' peace and that they 
    should return to the surface world.
    
    When you destroy all the enemies, an anguished Masaki says that those guys can 
    talk about whatever they want...and Ruozor comes back, laughing.  He says that 
    the difference between comedy and tragedy is very small, and that with poor 
    actors, a tragedy can easily become a comedy.  Of course it's just the way of 
    the world that fighting results in death.  But Masaki doesn't understand the 
    meaning or value of death.  In death, every living thing is equal, and it is 
    something to be respected.  Masaki just deals death out based on nothing but 
    his personal feelings.  For followers of Vorcrus like Ruozor, death is he 
    ultimate goal, and Masaki's actions are an insult.  Ruozor says that in the 
    place of his master Vorcrus he will teach Masaki the Gospel of death.
    
    When Ruozor attacks Masaki, he asks why Masaki is fighting when he has no 
    vision or reason.  Is he *that* sure that he's working for justice?
    
    On the next turn, Simone arrives and asks what's wrong with Masaki.  Masaki 
    shrugs her off, and Ruozor says that he should call for backup too since 
    otherwise it's not fair.  A few demon golems appear.
    
    When you reduce Ruozor below a certain amount he says he doesn't have time to 
    play games, and leaves.
    
    After the battle, Simone says that they've confirmed the information about 
    Ruozor, so there's no reason to stick around.  She then wonders again what's 
    wrong with Masaki -- he seems depressed.  He yells at her that nothing's 
    wrong, 
    and they go back to the capital.
    
    Feil hears the report, and Senia wonders if things will get more peaceful now 
    that Masaki killed the terrorist leader.  She says that at this rate, the 
    logic 
    computer she's building (Dukakis) won't even be necessary.  Simone says she 
    doesn't understand computers, and Senia tries to tell Masaki instead...but 
    he's 
    still got the gloomy look on his face.  Feil tells them to return to their 
    rooms and rest.
    
    In his room, the cats ask Masaki if he's still thinking about what was said 
    before.  Masaki wonders what he's fighting for.  Kuro says that of course it's 
    to protect the world, right?  Shiro says that a headstrong person like Masaki 
    shouldn't be bothered in this way.
    
    Wendy comes into the room and says she heard Masaki wasn't doing well, and 
    asks 
    what's the matter.  Shiro tells her that he's just lost confidence in his own 
    reason for fighting.  Masaki yells at Shiro for telling her that.  Wendy 
    reminds Masaki of what she told him before -- that if the burden of being a 
    Masou Kishin pilot became too great, he should talk to her.  Masaki asks if 
    he's really doing the right thing.  Wendy says that's difficult to determine, 
    and asks Masaki if he knows why such powerful spirits reside in the Masou 
    Kishin.  
    
    It's not just to power the robots as people commonly say, although that is one 
    reason.  The spirits have wills of their own and choose their pilots.  She 
    asks 
    if Masaki understands what that means -- it means that the spirits have judged 
    Masaki to be pure-hearted, so there is no mistaking it.  Masaki asks her if 
    she's saying that he should believe in the spirits rather than himself.  Wendy 
    asks if he believes in the spirits, and Masaki says he only half-believes.  
    Wendy says that people native to La Gias believe it because they can see the 
    spirits from the time they are children.  She says that if people in the 
    surface world believe, the spirits will be there.  In other words, the spirits 
    are a reflection of each person's heart -- a collective subconcious, if Masaki 
    wants to think of it that way.  So the judgment of the spirits is the same 
    thing as the judgment of all who are native to La Gias.  She says that Masaki 
    probably doesn't realize that yet but he's on the road to belief.  And she 
    adds 
    that no matter what other people say, she believes in him.  Masaki thanks her, 
    and Wendy tells him to cheer up because he doesn't seem like himself.  (Also, 
    she fixed Psyflash so that he can use it as many times as he wants now.)
    
    Go to Stage 31.
    
    ------------------
    Stage 28 - Mopping up the Demon Golems
    ------------------
    
    IMPORTANT NOTE: To get to Stage 31 (and the best ending in part 2), you must 
    clear this map without Becky being defeated, and in *more* than 8 turns.
    
    Becky comes to see Masaki, wondering if he's better.  He says he's fine, and 
    then Becky (blushing) asks what happened "afterwards".  Masaki plays dumb, but 
    of course Becky is asking what Masaki did with Wendy afterwards now that 
    things 
    have developed.  Masaki still tries to play dumb, but Becky says she knows 
    what 
    happened.  She asks if he got to first base, or maybe farther than that?  
    Masaki yells at her, and she's disappointed that nothing happened.  She then 
    asks if that was Masaki's first kiss.  Becky says she'll have to teach Masaki 
    herself how to handle a woman.  Masaki says she's way too old.  Becky yells at 
    him, and then points out that Wendy is a year older than she is (Becky is 26, 
    Wendy 27).  Masaki seems a little sad that Wendy is ten years older than he 
    is.  
    
    Just then, Simone tells him that Wendy is finished with the repairs to 
    Psyflash.  Becky says that's just in time for Masaki to help her clear out 
    some 
    wild golems.  Masaki agrees, saying it will be good practice for Psyflash.  
    Simone tags along too.
    
    They reach the area where the golems are supposed to be.  Masaki asks if Demon 
    Golems come out of nowhere.  Simone says that someone must have summoned them 
    to carry firewood or something like that, and then just abandoned them.  Becky 
    says that if they have no orders, they just run around destroying things and 
    people get hurt.  The golems appear, but there aren't many of them.  Becky 
    says 
    there are probably some still hiding, so they should be careful.
    
    When you beat the initial enemies, six more appear.
    
    If you beat those six in less than 8 turns, the map ends.  Otherwise, a golden 
    golem will appear when the others are defeated.  Simone and Becky notice that 
    it's shining, and Becky says that it's made of gold!  She goes after the 
    treasure.
    
    If you beat the map in less than 7 turns:
    ------
    Becky is tired, and Simone says that wasn't very interesting.  Since they 
    finished so early, Becky says they should go back and have a drink.  Masaki 
    says she can drink whatever she wants, but to lay off the stripping this time.  
    Simone scolds Becky for doing that in front of Masaki, but she laughs it off.  
    They go back to the capital.
    
    Go to Stage 30.
    ------
    
    If you beat the map in more than 7 turns with Becky alive:
    ------
    Becky wants some of the gold; Simone tells her not to take it but she says 
    it's 
    OK if she just gets a little (I think it's supposed to be used for "war 
    efforts"...i.e. your upgrades).  Masaki wonders why women are so weak when it 
    comes to shiny things.
    
    Becky is happy that she can buy alcohol with the gold.  She tells Masaki that 
    there was a bit of Orichalconium in the middle of the gold golem.  Masaki 
    doesn't know what that is, and Shiro says it's a material used to make the 
    armor for Masouki, and it can also be used for jewelry.  Becky suggests that 
    Masaki make a pendant out of it and give it to Wendy.  Masaki tries to evade, 
    but Becky says that women like presents.
    
    Go to Stage 31.
    ------
    
    ------------------
    Stage 29 - Temple of the Evil God
    ------------------
    s4
    
    Masaki and Simone decide to follow Shuu into the temple.  Shiro wonders why 
    they would make a temple underground.  Simone wonders if this is a temple to 
    Vorcrus, and Kuro says that would make sense if Ruozor is here.
    
    Masaki and Simone meet Shuu in the temple.  Shuu says that it's nice they 
    decided to follow him, but that there's nothing they would be interested in.  
    Masaki asks if this is a temple to Vorcrus.  Shuu is surprised that Masaki 
    figured that out, and Simone says that they were right.  Shuu tells her they 
    didn't have to trick him, he would have told them it was a temple to Vorcrus 
    if 
    they had asked.  Masaki asks Shuu why he's interested in the temple, and Shuu 
    replies that he thought it would have great value for a researcher but that 
    there seems to be nothing left.  Masaki doesn't believe Shuu, and rushes 
    towards him.  After he gets about halfway, Shuu warns him not to come any 
    closer.  Masaki doesn't believe anything that Shuu says.
    
    Masaki continues towards Shuu, saying that nothing happened...and just then, 
    mechs appear.  Shuu says that Masaki should have listened to him; this is a 
    trap to deter intruders.  Shuu tells Masaki to deal with them since he's the 
    one that sprung the trap, and leaves.  Masaki says he can clear them all out 
    with Psyflash, but Kuro says that the system has become unstable and that 
    Masaki can't use Psyflash for now.  Masaki decides to ask Wendy about that 
    when 
    he gets back, and the battle starts.
    
    After you beat the enemies, Shuu reappears and congratulates Masaki.  He also 
    says that he searched the inner part and that he didn't find anything.  Once 
    again Masaki yells that he doesn't believe Shuu, and Simone reminds him that 
    last time he said that he regretted it.  Shuu admits that there was something, 
    but it didn't really interest him because its scientific value is small.  
    Simone says that the gemstone has could be sold for 5000 credits.  Shuu says 
    that treasure doesn't interest him, and gives it to them.  Simone thanks him 
    and says he is a nice person after all, but Masaki isn't so sure.  Shuu 
    leaves.
    
    Outside the temple, Masaki is still pissed off at Shuu, blaming him for the 
    fight in the temple.  Simone says that it was Masaki's fault, and Masaki yells 
    at her for being seduced by Shuu's gift.  Simone says she's not going to steal 
    it, she's going to sell it and use the money for intermission screen upgrades 
    (well, that's what she means).  But, there really wasn't anything important in 
    the temple.  Time to go back to Feil and report what happened.
    
    Back at the capital, Feil is disappointed that the information was false.  
    Senia says that just proving the information wrong is important too.  Feil 
    tells them to rest up.
    
    Masaki goes and asks Wendy if Psyflash is fixed yet.  She says that she did 
    fix 
    it and now he can use it as many times as he wants.
    
    Go to Stage 30.
    
    ------------------
    Stage 30 - Wavering Heart
    ------------------
    
    Tytti visits Monica and asks if she has a minute.  She wants a small 
    prediction 
    from Monica.  Monica says that her ability to see the future isn't very good, 
    but she'll try.  Tytti says that's fine, she just wants to show Masaki a real 
    example of what a prophecy is, since he said before that he didn't believe in 
    them.  Masaki says that he said that before, but since coming to La Gias he's 
    seen all kinds of magic and other strange things, so prophecies wouldn't be 
    all 
    that strange either.  But Tytti says that he still hasn't seen a prophecy come 
    true.  Monica says she'll be glad to help out.  Masaki tells her that he has a 
    hard time understanding what she's saying (Tytti says that she's used to it by 
    now).
    
    They go to some other place so Monica can prepare.  Masaki wonders what kind 
    of 
    vision they'll see, and Tytti says you can't tell in advance.  Masaki doesn't 
    think that's very useful, but Tytti says it's rare to get a totally useless 
    vision (though it's possible).  You might get a weather prediction for 500 
    years in the future or a prediction about the side dish for tomorrow's meal, 
    but that's not common.  Tytti says that if enough people do predictions, 
    you'll 
    come up with something useful.
    
    Monica says she saw something.  First, concerning Masaki, he'll get a request 
    to go on a mission sometime that day.  And on that mission, he'll receive a 
    big 
    shock, although she doesn't know what kind.  She saw another vision concerning 
    Tytti.  Tytti will very soon meet up with the person that she absolutely does 
    not want to meet, and the result will be some sort of misfortune for her.  
    Tytti isn't sure who that could be.  Tytti thanks Monica for the visions.  
    Monica says that there is a lot of uncertainty and that you can change the 
    future.
    
    Afterwards, Tytti says that wasn't a very good prediction.  Masaki says that 
    he'll help her change the bad result.  Senia rushes in and tells Masaki that 
    they just received information that a robot looking like Nagzat is in 
    Barantain 
    (a state).  Masaki wonders what Ruozor is up to.  Senia asks him to go 
    investigate, and Masaki says he'll gladly do it.  Tytti doesn't want to go, so 
    Senia goes to ask Ricardo (so that Masaki doesn't get lost along the way).
    
    On the way, Ricardo tells Masaki that he doesn't have to worry about his bad 
    sense of direction.  Everyone has their weak point....except himself, of 
    course.  Masaki grins and wonders if that's true, and sends Kuro and Shiro 
    over 
    to the Zamjeed's cockpit.  Ricardo reacts with fear, and Shiro asks if he's 
    scared of cats.  Ricardo tries to deny it, while stammering, but Masaki says 
    he 
    heard it from Becky.  When Ricardo was little, a cat scratched him in a 
    certain 
    "important place", and he's been scared of cats ever since.  Ricardo curses 
    Becky, but Masaki says that Tytti likes cats, so he should get used to them.  
    Ricardo is still yelling about the cats, so Masaki calls them back.  Ricardo 
    goes away in a huff, and Kuro gets something on the radar.
    
    Of course, the reaction is Ruozor.  Ruozor says that he came at the right 
    time; 
    they were just talking about him -- trying to decide who would kill him.  
    Masaki yells at him to shut up.  Gaspar tells Masaki that he will avenge the 
    death of his companion.  Ruozor says he'll just watch, and leaves.
    
    When you attack Gaspar he says that Rekka was just about to be married to his 
    girlfriend of 5 years when Masaki killed him.  Masaki tells him that 
    terrorists 
    have no right to talk about that.  Gaspar tells him that he's too 
    inexperienced 
    to claim he's on the side of justice -- he's nothing but a common murderer.
    
    When you defeat Gaspar, he apologizes to Rekka for not being able to avenge 
    his 
    death.  When you beat the other terrorists, they each say something to the 
    effect that Masaki and the others are destroying La Gias' peace and that they 
    should return to the surface world.
    
    When you destroy all the enemies, an anguished Masaki says that those guys can 
    talk about whatever they want...and Ruozor comes back, laughing.  He says that 
    the difference between comedy and tragedy is very small, and that with poor 
    actors, a tragedy can easily become a comedy.  Of course it's just the way of 
    the world that fighting results in death.  But Masaki doesn't understand the 
    meaning or value of death.  In death, every living thing is equal, and it is 
    something to be respected.  Masaki just deals death out based on nothing but 
    his personal feelings.  For followers of Vorcrus like Ruozor, death is he 
    ultimate goal, and Masaki's actions are an insult.  Ruozor says that in the 
    place of his master Vorcrus he will teach Masaki the Gospel of death.
    
    When Ruozor attacks Masaki, he asks why Masaki is fighting when he has no 
    vision or reason.  Is he *that* sure that he's working for justice?  When you 
    reduce Ruozor below a certain amount he says he doesn't have time to play 
    games, and leaves.
    
    After the battle, Ricardo reappears and is glad that Masaki is all right, but 
    then asks what is wrong.  Masaki tells him that it's nothing.  Ricardo then 
    says that because Ruozor is gone, there's no point in hanging around any more.  
    He asks Masaki again what's wrong, and Masaki again tells him to shut up.
    
    Feil hears the report, and Senia wonders if things will get more peaceful now 
    that Masaki killed the terrorist leader.  She says that at this rate, the 
    logic 
    computer she's building (Dukakis) won't even be necessary.  Ricardo says he 
    doesn't understand computers, and Senia tries to tell Masaki instead...but 
    he's 
    still got the gloomy look on his face.  Feil tells them to return to their 
    rooms and rest.
    
    In his room, the cats ask Masaki if he's still thinking about what was said 
    before.  Masaki wonders what he's fighting for.  Kuro says that of course it's 
    to protect the world, right?  Shiro says that a headstrong person like Masaki 
    shouldn't be bothered in this way.
    
    Wendy comes into the room and says she heard Masaki wasn't doing well, and 
    asks 
    what's the matter.  Shiro tells her that he's just lost confidence in his own 
    reason for fighting.  Masaki yells at Shiro for telling her that.  Wendy 
    reminds Masaki of what she told him before -- that if the burden of being a 
    Masou Kishin pilot became too great, he should talk to her.  Masaki asks if 
    he's really doing the right thing.  Wendy says that's difficult to determine, 
    and asks Masaki if he knows why such powerful spirits reside in the Masou 
    Kishin.  
    
    It's not just to power the robots as people commonly say, although that is one 
    reason.  The spirits have wills of their own and choose their pilots.  She 
    asks 
    if Masaki understands what that means -- it means that the spirits have judged 
    Masaki to be pure-hearted, so there is no mistaking it.  Masaki asks her if 
    she's saying that he should believe in the spirits rather than himself.  Wendy 
    asks if he believes in the spirits, and Masaki says he only half-believes.  
    Wendy says that people native to La Gias believe it because they can see the 
    spirits from the time they are children.  She says that if people in the 
    surface world believe, the spirits will be there.  In other words, the spirits 
    are a reflection of each person's heart -- a collective subconcious, if Masaki 
    wants to think of it that way.  So the judgment of the spirits is the same 
    thing as the judgment of all who are native to La Gias.  She says that Masaki 
    probably doesn't realize that yet but he's on the road to belief.  And she 
    adds 
    that no matter what other people say, she believes in him.  Masaki thanks her, 
    and Wendy tells him to cheer up because he doesn't seem like himself.
    
    Go to Stage 31.
    
    ------------------
    Stage 31 - Wendy's Secret
    ------------------
    
    IMPORTANT: To get the best ending, you must give the pendant to Wendy by 
    choosing the first option.
    
    Becky comes to Masaki and gives him an orichalconium pendant to give as a 
    present to Wendy (this does not happen if you went through Stage 29, where you 
    already got it).  Becky got it when she was on a demon golem-clearing mission, 
    and that there was a bit of Orichalconium in the middle of a golem.  Masaki 
    doesn't know what that is, and Shiro says it's a material used to make the 
    armor for Masouki, and it can also be used for jewelry.
    
    Masaki goes to Wendy, and Wendy wonders if there's a problem with Psyflash 
    again.  Masaki says that's not the reason, and now you have a choice.
    
    1. Give the pendant
    2. Make small-talk
    
    If you pick choice 1:
    -------
    Masaki gives her the pendant, telling her that it's in thanks for her hard 
    work.  Wendy asks Masaki if he's really giving her an Orichalconium pendant.  
    Masaki says that he is, but Becky is the one who made it.  Wendy thanks him 
    and 
    says that she's happy.  Wendy tells him that Orichalconium is used on Masouki 
    armor because it resonates with people's hearts.  Even if two people are 
    separated, their spirits can resonate through the Orichalconium, so it's 
    become 
    popular for lovers to exchange them.  Wendy wonders if it's OK for her to 
    accept this as Masaki's confession of love.  Masaki starts to stammer and say 
    that's not why he gave it, but she cuts him off and says she was just joking, 
    and thanks him again for the present.
    
    Later, Becky asks Masaki how things went.  Masaki yells at her that she didn't 
    tell him it was a mark of proposing!  Becky says she must have forgotten, and 
    Masaki says that it's good Wendy understood.  Becky says it's good that things 
    went well, and that this must be Masaki's first love.  Masaki yells at Becky 
    again, and Becky says that if she toys with Masaki, it won't be boring.
    -------
    
    If you pick choice 2:
    -------
    Masaki says that the weather's been nice lately, and Wendy agrees.  Masaki 
    then 
    asks Wendy if she knows what Orichalconium is.  Wendy says that she definitely 
    does since it's used to make Masouki armor, and that's part of her specialty.  
    They use it for Masouki armor because of its capacity for spiritual resonance.  
    It's also popular among couples because if they are separated, their hearts 
    can 
    be joined.  Recently it's become popular to give an Orichalcum pendant as a 
    way 
    of proposing.  Masaki thinks to himself that Becky was trying to get him in 
    trouble.  Wendy says that lately she's wanted one herself since at her age, 
    she's starting to fade.  Masaki leaves.
    
    Becky asks him how things went.  Masaki yells at her that she didn't tell him 
    it was a mark of proposing!  Becky is just disappointed that Masaki didn't 
    give 
    Wendy the present, and says he's a dull person.  
    
    (There may be additional changed dialogue after the battle but I don't expect 
    many people to choose this option so I'm just going to stop this section here.
    -------
    
    Feil asks Masaki to go with Ahmed to clear demon golems.  Masaki says that 
    they're annoying to deal with, and Feil says that he can find someone else to 
    do it.  Masaki says he didn't mean it like that, and that he'll go.
    
    Ahmed asks Masaki if he's gotten used to his Masou Kishin.  Masaki says he's 
    gained confidence, and Ahmed tells him not to get too cocksure.  The time will 
    come when his inexperience is proven.  He tells Masaki that the Psybuster has 
    chosen him and that he should strive to become a pilot that will not dishonor 
    that position.  Ahmed then says that someone is following them.
    
    It turns out to be Senia.  Masaki wonders what she's doing there, and Senia 
    says she wants to help them clear the Demon Golems.  Masaki tells her this 
    isn't a game, and Senia says that it's just Demon Golems so it should be fine.  
    Senia also says that Masaki can protect her.  Ahmed says that no, on a 
    battlefield everyone has to rely on themselves and that she'll have to protect 
    herself.  Senia says that Ahmed is too strict.  Masaki tells her to go back, 
    and Senia says that she can handle it.  But, while they've been talking, 
    they've arrived at the location so there's no choice.
    
    On the battlefield, Ahmed says that they look like new demon golems, and that 
    the summoner may still be around somewhere.  Masaki says that it doesn't 
    matter 
    if it's Safine or Ruozor, and Ahmed agrees that they can take either of them 
    down.  Then he shouts "Allahu Akbar!" (God is great).
    
    Once you beat the golems, Safine appears.  She's surprised that they beat all 
    the golems, but she says that today she'll let Masaki go because she's feeling 
    nice.  Ahmed wonders what she's up to, but Masaki says they have no way of 
    knowing.  Senia is relieved that she got through the battle without the Norse 
    Rey being defeated (I guess she won't say that if you lost her in the battle).  
    Masaki says it's time to go back since they've finished their work, and Ahmed 
    says that he feels like they didn't get enough fighting.
    
    Wendy meets them back at the capital and says they were quick, Masaki responds 
    that it was just demon golems.  Wendy says that she knows Senia's there and to 
    come out of hiding.  Wendy wonders what she was thinking going out there on 
    her 
    own.  Senia says she was bored, and Wendy says that her boredom might have 
    caused problems for Ahmed and Masaki.  Senia tells Wendy to at least not tell 
    Feil, and Wendy says she'll do that if she promises not to go out on her own 
    again.  Wendy says that Senia should also see Monica since Monica is the one 
    who told her about it.  She was worried about Senia, so Senia should cheer her 
    up.  Masaki is surprised, and Wendy says that twins understand each other's 
    feelings.  Wendy makes it sound like she's talking from experience, and Masaki 
    wonders if she has a twin.  Wendy says that she had a sister but she died soon 
    after she was born.  Masaki apologizes for asking, but Wendy says it's OK 
    because her sister lives inside her.
    
    Go to Stage 32.
    
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    Stage 32 - In the Name of the Masou Kishin
    ------------------
    
    From here on there are no route splits; the remaining eight stages all occur 
    in 
    order no matter what choices you made before.
    
    Feil gathers the Masouki pilots together and gives them a speech.  Their 
    duties 
    have been formally defined by the constitution.  Ricardo wonders how much has 
    changed, and Feil responds that on the surface, everything is the same.  But 
    actually they have a greater degree of freedom than they did before.  He says 
    that Masouki are supposed to be not for the peace of Rangran alone, but for 
    the 
    whole of La Gias.  Therefore, the government of Rangran will only request, not 
    order.  Especially the Masou Kishin pilots -- their wishes will take 
    precedence 
    over the decisions of the state.  Yang Long says that's a heavy burden, and 
    Tytti says that they have to make all the decisions on their own.
    
    Feil says that they still have the full backing of the state.  The Rangran 
    government will take responsibility for the care, maintenance, and 
    reinforcement.  Masaki says it will be nice to be able to act on his own, but 
    Simone says that's exactly what he's been doing up to now.  Maddock agrees, 
    and 
    Demekusa says that Maddock used to the same thing.  Maddock says he's 
    forgetful 
    these days.  Feil continues, saying that it's proper to say that the pilots 
    have been chosen to be the saviors of La Gias.  Masaki thinks it's funny that 
    his joke (back in stage 1) became true.  Feil says that there only inescapable 
    duty is to protect La Gias from any danger, even ones that would destroy them.  
    The day of the prophecy is only a year away, so he's hoping for their help.
    
    After the speech, Becky says that it's rare to have twelve Masouki members all 
    in the same place.  Masaki realizes that he doesn't know everyone's names.  
    Becky says there's one person she doesn't know; the big Russian-looking guy 
    standing over there.  Masaki says that he took over the Jaom after Masaki 
    moved 
    to the Psybuster, but he can't remember the guy's name.  Yang Long says it's 
    Gennaji [I'm pretty sure this is not the proper way to spell the Russian name, 
    but I have no idea what it is].
    
    Masaki is then introduced to Tian, Demekusa, or anyone else you didn't meet on 
    your route splits.  You can look at the other walkthrough if you want 
    information on them.
    
    After that, Senia comes in and says that the remnants of the terrorists have 
    announced they will detonate a Goumadan in Banan city.  Masaki doesn't know 
    what she's talking about, and she says that they are magic bombs, very old 
    weapons that have the power to destroy a wide area, and were sealed away.  
    None 
    should be left.  Masaki says it sounds like a nuclear bomb, and Senia replies 
    that it's even worse than that.  These bombs destroy not only life, but also 
    spirit.  Feil wonders when the denotation will take place, and Senia says in 
    three hours.  Feil asks everyone to go try to stop it.  They head out to the 
    place, which is near the capital.
    
    One of the terrorists is happy that the Masou Kishin have accepted their 
    "invitation".  Tytti asks what they mean, and the guy says that they just 
    activated the switch for the bombs and that the Masou Kishin will all be 
    destroyed in 10 minutes.  Masaki wonders if there's any way to prevent it, and 
    Kuro says that Senia is sending some data.  The bombs are fueled by a large 
    amount of magic power, so Tytti says if they can cut off the source, they can 
    stop the explosion.  Masaki reasons that the enemy units are the source, and 
    Kuro says that if the magical balance is thrown off, the bombs will explode.  
    Tytti says they'll have to use map weapons.  Tytti thinks the middle three 
    Rujanor Kais are suspicious, and that all three will have to be destroyed at 
    once.  Masaki thinks they'll need some help, and calls a few people -- you get 
    to choose who to dispatch for the first time in the game.  The people you 
    dispatch will say some meaningless lines and the battle starts.
    
    [Note: As the dialogue says, you have to beat the three units within the town 
    at the same time (with a map weapon), within 10 turns, to win the stage.  This 
    is a very annoying stage if Attack Again keeps activating when you don't want 
    it to.]
    
    Ricardo says that their victory was assured given their collected strength.  
    Maddock thinks it's time for tea, but Becky says they have to drink 
    celebration 
    alcohol.  Masaki says it's too early to think about that; just go back to the 
    capital first and report.  Tytti is surprised that Masaki said such a sensible 
    thing, and they go back to the capital.
    
    Presia welcomes them, and says she cooked the meal that Masaki taught her 
    (sukiyaki).  Becky claims to like "Japanese Sukiyaki" as well, and a bunch of 
    other people join as well.  Masaki yells at Tytti for putting in too much 
    sugar, yells at Ricardo for taking the unfinished meal, Ahmed asks if there is 
    pork in it, and Tian is only taking the meat (Tian says this is so other 
    people 
    can't defile themselves by eating it).  Masaki has to eat quickly because it's 
    disappearing.
    
    Maddock says there isn't enough alcohol.  Becky begins to take off her clothes 
    again (to Presia's disappointment).  Tytti says it's OK that things are this 
    chaotic because they don't get to spend time all together very often.  Wendy 
    shows up, drunk (but it's OK because she's an adult!); she tells Masaki he 
    doesn't understand women's feelings.  She tells him to not be so brash all the 
    time, then her words become incoherent and she falls asleep.
    
    
    ------------------
    Stage 33 - Match Before the King
    ------------------
    
    [For the match here, upgrade your close-range weapon (not Akashic Buster) as 
    much as you can.  If you did the Gold Golem trick earlier and got enough money 
    to upgrade it a lot, you can win most of the matches here on your first turn.]
    
    Ricardo wants to borrow money from Tytti, but Tytti says that he still hasn't 
    paid back the previous 20,000 credits he borrowed from her.  He says he'll 
    give 
    it back tomorrow.  Tytti hopes that Ricardo isn't betting on the match today 
    [the match is called "onmae shiai" which implies that it's being performed in 
    front of royalty or something like that].  Ricardo apparently was going to do 
    that, and Tytti yells at him for disrespecting the sacred match.  Ricardo runs 
    away saying he has business (and that he loves Tytti).
    
    Ricardo runs to hide in Masaki's room and puts himself in a closet (or 
    something).  Tytti shows up and asks if Ricardo is there.  You now have two 
    choices:
    1. I don't know...did something happen?
    2. Ricardo's right over there
    
    The choice you make has no long-term effect so I'm going to go with choice 2.  
    Ricardo yells at you for betraying him.  He tells Tytti it's all right if he 
    bets because he's betting on Tytti to win.  Tytti says that's not the issue, 
    and Masaki tells them to take their marital disputes elsewhere. Tytti yells at 
    Masaki for using that term, and then gets mad and leaves.
    
    Masaki asks Ricardo about the betting he was talking about.  Ricardo says it's 
    about the match today, and that Masaki is a favorite.  Masaki hasn't heard 
    anything about a match, especially not one he's supposed to be fighting in.  
    Ricardo says they told him a week ago.  Masaki wonders if he can get out of 
    it, 
    and Ricardo says it's too late -- in any case, the winner gets 1,000,000 
    credits.  Masaki says that at 10 yen per credit, that's not bad money (it's 
    roughly $100,000 give or take).  Ricardo tells Masaki he's been a Masou Kishin 
    pilot for a year (I didn't realize that much time had passed), and that these 
    chances are rare.  Masaki says he's show them his true power.
    
    In the area, a soldier says that the elimination tournament will begin, and 
    introduces all the competitors in regular Masouki:
    -Maddock, who says that he'll show them his skill gained from age (and that 
    he'll get a bunch of girls with his winnings)
    -Becky, who says that with the pride of (sexual) love, she can't lose.  
    -Ahmed, who says that all is according to the will of Allah.
    -Simone, who says that this is all just time and luck.
    -Tian, who says that he'll win, and that evertying is the will of the Buddha 
    (and that he'll show them his power).  He wants to do a prayer, but the 
    soldier 
    motions him on.
    -Demekusa, who tells everyone not to get mad if they lose.
    -Gennaji, who doesn't say anything.
    
    Now he introduces the Masou Kishin pilots:
    -Fang, in the Rastoll, who says that he'll show everyone that La Gias people 
    can pilot Masouki as well.
    -Masaki (he introduces him as Randoll) in the Psybuster, who says he'll show 
    them all the power of Psybuster.
    -Tytti in Goddess, who tells everyone to cheer her on (apparently she's the 
    soldier's favorite)
    -Yang Long in Grand Veil, who gives some Chinese proverb
    -Ricardo in Zamjeed, who says he's already certain to win.
    
    The soldier now says the rules -- no time limit, single-elimination, and you 
    win by defeating the other person.  Familiars and map attacks are not allowed.
    The first match is Masaki vs. Becky.  When you beat her she says she's hoping 
    Masaki win now.  Now Masaki fights Ahmed (Ricardo thinks Masaki will win).  
    When Masaki wins, Yang Long is surprised -- he didn't realize that Masaki had 
    improved that much (I think it's more the 250,000 credits I spent on 
    Psybuster...).  Yang Long says that Ricardo might even lose to him.
    
    The next match is Masaki vs. Fang.  Fang says that you beat him last time, but 
    this time it will be different.  When Masaki beats him, Fang wonders if he 
    really is worse than Masaki.  Ricardo says this is interesting, but not good 
    for him -- Tytti comes up from behind and scolds him for betting.
    
    Next is Masaki vs. Ricardo.  Ricardo says he's sure to beat Masaki, but Masaki 
    doesn't think so.  When Masaki beats him, he curses that he lost his prize 
    money...and says that Masaki has gotten a lot stronger.
    
    The soldier says that Masaki is the winner.  The King congratulates everyone 
    on 
    their participation and says that all of them are superb pilots.  He asks them 
    to use that strength to protect La Gias, and that Masaki has shown that 
    strength in abundance.  He tells Masaki to work for the good of La Gias and 
    the 
    world above.
    
    Presia congratulates Masaki on his win.  Ricardo says Masaki did well, but if 
    Ricardo had tried his hardest, he would have won.  Becky offers him a 
    congratulatory drink.  Masaki tells her to stop giving him alcohol, and 
    wonders 
    where his prize money is.  Tytti gives him a card, and tells him that half of 
    it is deposited in a bank and the other half was given to charity.  Of course 
    that's what Masaki wanted, right?  Yang Long says that Masaki did a good 
    thing.  
    Becky says she would have just spent it all on alcohol.  Masaki says that 
    he'll 
    give the rest to Presia.  Masaki says he has no real way of spending it 
    (ARRGH) 
    and that Presia needs it for living expenses.  She says she'll put it away for 
    Masaki's retirement.  (You still get 20,000 credits of it)
    
    ------------------
    Stage 34 - The Apostate
    ------------------
    
    Feil asks General Karkus if the report for the latest plan of the defense of 
    the capital is ready yet.  Feil says he hasn't received it, and Karkus says 
    that it must not be ready yet.  Feil says he wants it as soon as possible, but 
    Karkus says it's lunchtime so he has to go eat (not the brightest crayon in 
    the 
    box...)  Feil lets everyone go for lunch, and Senia says that Karkus is always 
    like that.  Feil responds that there are times when Karkus is very sharp; 
    that's just his personality.
    
    Masaki (later) comments that there haven't been any terrorist incidents or 
    attacks on the capital in a while.  Yang Long says that's because of the 
    strengthening of the barriers, and Karkus' work.  Masaki says he's nervous 
    anyway.  Someone named Zash asks them if they've seen Karkus around anywhere.  
    Yang Long wonders who he is, and he says he is Karkus' son (his full name is 
    Zashford).  Karkus forgot his lunch.  Masaki tells him that Karkus was outside 
    eating.  Masaki says the guy spaces out so much that he's as useless as a 
    lantern in daytime.  How did that guy become general?  But then he apologizes, 
    saying he should have kept quiet in front of the guy's son.  Zash says that's 
    OK, and suddenly realizes that he's talking to Masaki and Yang Long.  He says 
    that the Masou Kishin pilots are his heroes and wants to shake their hands.  
    They do, but Masaki tells him they're not really stars.  Zash looks up to them 
    because he wants to be a Masou Kishin pilot some day too, or just a Masouki 
    pilot if that's impossible.  Masaki tells him to work hard.
    
    After lunch, Feil continues the meeting, but there's a shock; apparently 
    enemies are attacking the capital again.
    
    The invader turns out to be Shuu in Granzon, who says it's been a while.  Feil 
    recognizes him as Kristoff, and asks where he's been all this time.  Shuu says 
    that he was once called Kristoff Gran McSord, but that's not who he is anymore 
    -- perhaps he can be called Kristoff Zeo Vorcrus, though.  Feil asks if 
    Kristoff is really following Vorcrus, but Shuu won't confirm that.  Shuu says 
    that he likes the name Shuu Shirakawa at present.  Feil asks what Shuu is 
    planning to do.  He says he came to bid them farewell, and to give them a 
    declaration of war.  Today he renounces his claim to the royal lineage and 
    declares his opposition to Rangran.  He wonders if he should say that is the 
    will of Vorcrus.  He also says those toy barriers are worthless.  Today he 
    just 
    came to say goodbye, but next time he hopes for a more flashy meeting.
    
    Masaki gets mad and prepares to take out Psybuster, but Wendy tells him that 
    Psybuster is being repaired and that he shouldn't move it right now.  You have 
    two choices:
    1. Who cares!
    2. Damn...I guess there's nothing I can do.
    
    I'll pick 1 (both end up at the same place).  Wendy tries to stop Masaki but 
    she pushes him aside and takes Psybuster out.  Masaki says he doesn't know 
    what 
    Shuu is trying to do, but he's going to stop him anyway.  Shuu says he'll show 
    him how much greater he is than Masaki.  Yang Long asks about Gran Veil, but 
    Wendy says that's not fully operational either, and Yang Long says they have 
    to 
    do something.
    
    When Masaki and Shuu fight, Masaki says he never trusted Shuu from the 
    beginning.  The attack does 0 damage, and Masaki can't believe he didn't hurt 
    Shuu at all.  Shuu says that no attack can hurt him.  The completed Granzon 
    can't even be hurt by the Masou Kishin.  Suddenly the Psybuster starts 
    glowing; 
    Wendy says that the Prana unit is overloading.  Masaki has lost control.
    
    Zeoroot comes out and tells Masaki to get back or Psybuster will be destroyed.  
    Masaki leaves, and Zeoroot faces Kristoff.  Shuu is surprised that even a 
    discriminating adult like Zeoroot would be taken in by Masaki's charms.  
    Zeoroot says that Kristoff has become evil, and even though he doesn't know 
    why, he's not going to let Kristoff go.  Presia yells at Zeoroot not to fight 
    Shuu, but Zeoroot tells her to believe in him.  Shuu tells Zeoroot to back 
    off, 
    and Zeoroot says he can at least buy some time.
    
    When Zeoroot and Shuu fight, Shuu tells Zeoroot that he should be able to tell 
    the extreme difference in their strengths.  Zeoroot says he can, but that he's 
    not going to run away.  Zeoroot's attack does 0 damage, and Shuu repeats what 
    he said before.  (This fight is impossible to win, you just have to keep 
    taking 
    turns until Zeoroot is defeated)
    
    When Shuu defeats Zeoroot, he apologizes to Masaki and Presia as his unit 
    explodes.  Presia screams, and Masaki says that Zeoroot must have escaped, and 
    yells at him to answer.  Wendy says that the ejection unit didn't activate.  
    Presia cries, and says she can't believe that her father died.  Masaki can't 
    beleive that he died so quickly.  Shuu says that all humans die quickly, and 
    that death is equal for all living things.  Masaki yells "I won't forgive you, 
    Shuu!"  Wendy tries to stop him, saying that she's just done some minor first 
    aid, but Masaki leaves in Psybuster again.  Masaki asks why Shuu killed 
    Zeoroot, and Shuu says that by going into battle he proved that he desired 
    death.
    
    Shuu says that Masaki just fought with Granzon and saw what happened.  Shuu 
    says that he really just wanted to deliver his declaration of war.  Just then 
    Shuu gets a surprised look on his face.  Chika asks what's wrong, but then 
    sees 
    that the distortion field is having problems.  Shuu realizes that Zeoroot did 
    something to it.  Masaki prepares to charge, and Shuu says he's going to back 
    off for now so that things don't turn bad.  Granzon was just completed so 
    there's no reason to take risks.  He leaves, and Masaki starts to chase after 
    him.
    
    Wendy tells him to stop, saying that if he does any more, he may destroy 
    Psybuster.  Masaki relents, and the battle ends.
    
    Presia is crying over her father.  Masaki tries to apologize to Presia, but 
    Presia says that she doesn't even want to see Masaki's face.  Presia says she 
    hates Masaki, and that she's not going to call him onii-chan anymore (that's a 
    term of endearment that she's been calling him by since early on in the game).
    
    Later on, Kuro tells Masaki that he has to eat at least a little bit or he'll 
    die.  Shiro wants food too, but Kuro tells him that familiars can live a month 
    without food so he should quit complaining.  Masaki tells them to shut up, and 
    Kuro says it's unlike Masaki to sit around grousing for so long.  Masaki yells 
    at them to shut up or he'll turn them into shamisen strings.  Shiro says he 
    doesn't know what a shamisen is, but it sounds scary.
    
    Tytti (who was apparently away with some of the other pilots) can't believe 
    what happened while they were gone.  Feil tells them that Masaki has just been 
    shut up in his room since then.  Tytti says that while she understands his 
    feelings, now is not the time to sit around doing nothing.  She starts to go 
    tell him that, but Ricardo stops him.  Ricardo tells her that if she goes now, 
    it will have the opposite effect.  Feil thinks that Masaki will recover 
    suddenly on his own (given his personality).  Tytti says that Feil has great 
    faith in Masaki, and Feil says he has the same faith in all of them.
    
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    Stage 35 - The Depths of Despair
    ------------------
    
    Someone knocks at Masaki's door, and he tries to get them to go away.  Wendy 
    comes in anyway, and says that Masaki is in the classic "depression" pose; 
    sitting on his bed on his side.  Masaki asks what she came there for, and 
    Wendy 
    wonders what he would say if she came to laugh at him.  Now you have two 
    choices:
    1. You bitch!!
    2. Do whatever you want...
    
    #1 sounds more like Masaki, so that's what I picked.  Wendy smiles and says 
    that's more like Masaki's normal demeanor, and wonders if he feels a little 
    better now.  Masaki tells her to leave him alone.  She says that Masaki's not 
    the only one who's having a hard time.  Masaki asks if she's calling him 
    spoiled, and Wendy says as long as he realizes that himself that's good.  It 
    would be easy for her to console him, but that wouldn't solve the root of the 
    problem.  She tells him that if he acts like this, nobody is going to depend 
    on 
    him for anything.  They're not forcing Masaki to do anything, but Wendy tells 
    him that Psybuster is ready and that he can take it out any time he wants.
    
    Shiro says it wasn't like Wendy to talk that coldly.  But Masaki says it 
    wasn't 
    cold, and that it made him feel better.  He has to do things his own way, and 
    heads out to face Shuu.
    
    Simone asks Wendy how it went.  Wendy pretends not to know what she's talking 
    about, but Simone knows she went to see Masaki.  Wendy still tries to 
    prevaricate, and Simone says it's good for him to feel a little better.  Wendy 
    starts to leave, saying she has to work on Psybuster.
    
    Masaki is flying, and Kuro asks where they're going.  Masaki says he has no 
    idea, that he's just flying around randomly.  Shiro doesn't think they're 
    going 
    to find Shuu this way.  Masaki agrees, but says it's better than nothing.  His 
    stomach grumbles, and he realizes he hasn't eaten in a while.  Wendy gives him 
    a lunch she made, which Masaki accepts.....wait, what is Wendy doing here!?  
    Wendy says that she really wanted to come along, so she hid herself.  Masaki 
    tells her to act her age, and Wendy says not to mention age -- anyway, she's 
    only 27.  Masaki asks her why she wanted to come along.  Wendy said that after 
    she talked like that to him, she wanted to see what he did.  Masaki thanks her 
    for opening his eyes.  Kuro then says something is coming...it's Granzon!
    
    Shuu is indeed there, and he says he could recognize Masaki's strong hatred 
    Prana from far away.  Masaki says that Shuu is brave, and wonders if he's 
    prepared.  Chika tells Shuu that the distortion field still isn't repaired 
    yet, 
    and Shuu says that the way things are now, Psybuster is nothing to be afraid 
    of.  Wendy asks Kristoff why he is following Vorcrus.  Shuu says that to 
    return 
    this world to its true form, everything must be destroyed and remade -- only 
    then can the world be saved.  Wendy asks if Kristoff really believes that.  
    Shuu says that further debate is useless; the only way to deal with this is by 
    fighting, and the battle starts.
    
    When Shuu and Masaki fight, Shuu says that Masaki has no chance to win, and he 
    asks why Masaki came to fight him even knowing that.  Masaki says that may be 
    true, but he won't just sit down and accept it!  Shuu says that Masaki is 
    foolish to lay down his life for pride.
    
    (You can actually hurt Shuu this time, but don't waste seishin because he 
    can't 
    be defeated before the next event takes place.  He will recover his HP no 
    matter what.)
    
    When Psybuster is reduced below 50% HP, Masaki curses and says that apparently 
    it is useless.  Shuu says that it's good he realized that, and that Masaki 
    can't defeat him the way he is now.  Masaki says that no matter what, he'll 
    defeat Shuu in revenge for killing Zeoroot.  Shuu says that revenge is stupid, 
    and wonders when Masaki is going to grow up.  Masaki starts to laugh, and says 
    that the revenge is beside the point -- Shuu is right.  Kuro wonders what he's 
    talking about, and Masaki says that he really dislikes Shuu.  At first it 
    wasn't so bad, but after his appearance at the capital, he hates him.  
    Something inside Masaki is telling him to defeat Shuu.  So he's not doing this 
    for revenge, he's doing it for the pride of the Masou Kishin.  This is the 
    will 
    of both himself and Psybuster -- it doesn't matter what Shuu is planning.  
    Just 
    the very fact of Shuu's evil is what Masaki will fight.
    
    Psybuster glows, and Shuu wonders what is happening.  Masaki says that 
    Psybuster is at full power, and hears Psybuster telling him that as well.  
    Kuro 
    is surprised that Masaki can tell Psybuster's will.  Wendy is surprised, 
    saying 
    that Possession is theoretically possible but that she didn't think Masaki 
    would be that far along.  Shuu can't believe that Masaki was able to combine 
    with the spirit.  Chika says this is bad, but Shuu says that he wants to try 
    fighting the full powered Psybuster at least once.
    
    Masaki should beat Shuu in the next hit (considering your weapons have tripled 
    in power), and Shuu realizes that Psybuster in that state is invincible.  He 
    congratulates Masaki and says that he'll leave quietly.  Masaki collapses, and 
    says he's lost his strength.  Wendy says that Possession is way too much for 
    Masaki at this point because of his power.  She tells him to stop talking and 
    that she'll give him some Prana.  She blushes and tells him to close his eyes, 
    and gives him mouth-to-mouth.  Masaki is surprised (this scene must work 
    differently if you went on one of the paths where Masaki uses Psyflash twice 
    and collapses).  Wendy tells him that's the fastest way to transfer Prana.  
    But 
    they need to get back to the capital because it's only temporary.  Wendy is 
    also looking sick
    
    Back at the capital, Senia asks if Wendy is OK.  Masaki says she's just tired.  
    Senia says that's good, and is happy that Masaki is back to normal.  Presia 
    comes up and apologizes for what she said to Masaki before.  Masaki tells her 
    not to worry, and Presia asks if she can call him onii-san again.  Masaki 
    tells 
    her no, and Presia says she understands...he said horrible things to Masaki, 
    and she can understand why he's mad.  Masaki continues, saying that she should 
    call him onii-chan instead of onii-san (that's a more familiar/close way of 
    saying it).  He apologizes for not being able to save Zeoroot.  Presia says 
    it's OK, and shows him something that Zeoroot left behind.  It's a holographic 
    recording, which they play back.
    
    On the rather rambling recording, Zeoroot says that he doesn't have much time, 
    and if Presia is seeing this, he is dead.  He is going into battle with 
    Kristoff, where he'll probably not survive.  Well, he shouldn't say 
    "probably" 
    since he's definitely dead if she's seeing this...actually, just ignore that 
    part entirely.  Anyway, he wants to tell her his desire.  It is not only to 
    save Masaki and her, although that's part of it.  But if Kristoff is left to 
    his own devices, the world will soon be in trouble.  Zeoroot says that this is 
    his chance to defeat the evil god of the prophecy, and that he has to take it.  
    Although, since she's seeing this, he must have failed...but anyway, he tells 
    Presia not to hate Masaki, he's probably as sad as she is.  Zeoroot is feeling 
    sad too, actually.  He tells Masaki not to seek revenge for his sake, that's 
    not good for a Masou Kishin pilot.  They have to follow their own feelings.  
    He 
    tells Masaki and Presia to take care of each other, and then ends the message.  
    Senia says that a good man died.
    
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    Stage 36 - Memory of a Tragedy
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    Feil apologizes to Karkus, saying that even in his position he can't cover for 
    Karkus anymore.  Karkus says that's fine; he can rest up in Karatamify, which 
    is known for its good scenery.  Feil is silent, and Karkus wonders if he wants 
    to say that he never does anything but rest.  Karkus says that the position of 
    general is a bit too high for him.  He says the only thing he has lingering 
    regrets about is the new Masouki plan -- if they can put that into effect, 
    they'll have something to fight the evil god even greater than the Masou 
    Kishin.  Karkus then says goodbye to Feil and leaves.  Senia says that even 
    when he was demoted he didn't react very much -- he really is as useless as a 
    lantern in midday.
    
    Somewhere else, Wendy says that it's strange.  Ruozor and Kristoff both 
    invaded 
    the capital several times, but they retreated without doing much damage to the 
    capital itself.  Feil agrees, saying that it's almost as if they just came to 
    laugh at the weakness of the barriers.  What could they be planning?  Or 
    perhaps they are trying to destroy the barriers themselves.  He says that they 
    will have to be sure to watch the barrier stations.
    
    Tytti and Masaki are out on patrol.  Tytti says it's been a while since they 
    did this.  Masaki says it's rare for two Masou Kishin to patrol together.  
    Tytti says that actually she has the day off, but watchfulness is too 
    important.  Masaki asks if Tytti had a date with Ricardo.  She says that's not 
    it; it's been two years since her parents and brother died.  Masaki is quiet, 
    and Tytti tells him not to make such a serious face; it's something that 
    happened in the past.  Freki tells Tytti that there's a reaction on the radar; 
    probably a Masouki.  Kuro and Geri both get the reaction too, and Geri says 
    it's not an ally.  Masaki wonders if it's Ruozor, or Safine, or...
    
    It's Rasetsu, who is instructing someone named Rubicca to show his power.  
    Rubicca says that he'll work as hard as he was paid money -- this is just 
    business.  He asks if Rasetsu is OK -- they're fighting Masou Kishin, after 
    all.  Rasetsu says that there's no need to worry.  He didn't just pointlessly 
    grab the special battalion.  Rubicca says he's glad to hear that; there's no 
    enemy as frightening as an unreliable ally.  Masaki says that he's never seen 
    the type of mobile suit.  Tytti says she's seen them before at the palace; 
    they're either Shutedonias or Bagonia units.  Freki asks Tytti what's wrong, 
    and she says she just has a bad feeling.  Rubicca recognizes Goddess and that 
    Tytti is the pilot.  Tytti recognizes Rubicca's voice, and says that it can't 
    be...Rubicca says it's been a while, and that he's glad to meet her.  Tytti 
    can't believe that Rubicca is still alive.  Rubicca says that thanks to them, 
    he had no job for a while, but then he was hired by Shutedonias.  Rasetsu 
    yells 
    at Rubicca not to say the name of the army.  Rubicca says it doesn't matter, 
    because they already realized it -- in any case, they wouldn't necessarily 
    believe an exile from Rangran without proof.  Masaki realizes that Tytti is 
    mad, and Shiro says she's giving off Prana of strong hatred.
    
    When you defeat Rasetsu, he says that he was too cocky, but that he gathered 
    the necessary data so he can leave.
    
    If you attack Rubicca with Tytti, she yells that she won't forgive him.  After 
    the attack, Rubicca says that Tytti can't defeat him, and that she'll share 
    the 
    same fate as her brother and parents, just like that time.  Tytti then becomes 
    sorrowful.  You can now use the "settoku" (convince) command on Tytti, and 
    Masaki will tell her to snap out of it.  Tytti does.
    
    When you beat Rubicca, he says you'll meet again, and leaves.
    
    After the battle, Masaki asks Tytti if she knows Rubicca.  Tytti says he's a 
    murdering bastard, and he was also a candidate for being a Masou Kishin pilot 
    when Tytti first came to Rangran.  She recognized his face, and when she told 
    Feil about him, he was deported back to the upper world, but in the process he 
    killed two soldiers and fled to Shutedonias.  There he became a mercenary.  
    Masaki asks what she meant by "recognized his face."  Tytti says that he 
    killed 
    her parents and brother two years ago right in front of her.  That's why she 
    acted like she did in the battle; when she saw his face, she relived that 
    memory.  She apologizes for bothering Masaki in the battle.  Masaki says not 
    to 
    worry about that, but that she shouldn't be trapped by that same memory over 
    and over again.  They'll probably fight again, and if the same thing happens 
    next time...
    
    Back at the capital, Feil is surprised to learn that Rubicca is still alive.  
    He wonders if the Senate is going to use this as an excuse to attack the 
    Masouki plan again.  Wendy says that Tytti and Masaki might have problems from 
    this as well.  Masaki doesn't know what she's talking about, and Feil says 
    that 
    many of the Senate members disagree with the Masouki plan.  They want to 
    divert 
    money from the Masouki project to the general defense fund, especially since 
    the capital has been invaded so many times.  Senia notes that Karkus was 
    demoted.  Feil says they may use the excuse of Rubicca attacking to do this.  
    Wendy also says that a number of the knights are opposed to the reliance on 
    people from above ground.  Feil says that this is no time for internal 
    conflicts.
    
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    Stage 37 - The Harmony Barrier
    ------------------
    
    Safine goes to talk to Shuu (I'm not sure where this takes place); she calls 
    him Lord Shuu.  She goes in and sees that he doesn't have a shirt on.  She 
    finds that attractive, and notices a scar on the right side of his chest.  
    Shuu 
    says that a long time ago, someone wounded him there.  But that person is now 
    trapped as repayment.  Safine wonders what's wrong since Shuu seems kind of 
    feverish.  Shuu asks if Safine feels like her body and mind are not really 
    hers.  Safine says of course she does -- both of them belong to Shuu.  Shuu 
    then asks if the plan is ready.  She says it is, and Shuu replies that 
    tomorrow 
    things will all be finished.  He tells her to notify Ruozor.  She says it will 
    all happen as quickly as she can manage.  Shuu says they have to hurry, 
    although he doesn't know why -- he has an unexplainable feeling of impatience.
    
    Feil is asking Senia about some data from Dukakis (the computer she built).  
    She says that it has a high chance of being correct but it's still not 
    completely finished.  Feil says that for now, all the Masou Kishin are there 
    -- 
    should they notify them?  Masaki shows up and asks what they're talking about.  
    Feil responds that using Dukakis, they were able to pinpoint where Ruozor will 
    attack next.  It seems that in the next few days, there is a 78% (plus or 
    minus 
    6%) chance that Ruozor will attack the barrier station near Ira bay.  Ricardo 
    says that it's sort of a blind spot, and that's the biggest barrier, so it 
    makes sense.  Tytti says they must have been attacking the capital to divert 
    attention while they aimed somewhere else.  Masaki says he'll go because he's 
    tired of Ruozor running away on him.  Ricardo and Tytti both say they'll go so 
    that Masaki won't be alone.  Ricardo has to go with Tytti because he says 
    they're united.  Tytti wonders when that happened, and Ricardo says yesterday 
    -- this causes Tytti to get embarassed and try to change the subject.  Masaki 
    says he's fine on his own, but Ricardo says he'll never even find the place 
    alone.  Yang Long will stay back at the capital to protect it.
    
    Tytti says that the barrier station is in the middle of the ocean for safety.  
    Ricardo notices the color of the water is strange; they're too late. 
    
    Ruozor is there, and he says that he's been waiting for them, but he's 
    disappointed that Yang Long isn't there.  They exchange fighting words, and 
    the 
    battle begins.
    
    After the first turn, Tytti wonders why Ruozor isn't attacking the barrier 
    station -- if he just wanted to destroy it it wouldn't be that hard.
    
    If you kill Ruozor before turn 7, he just pops back at full strength (like 
    Shuu 
    in the other battle).  On or after turn 7, he recovers below 50% and if you 
    kill him he leaves.
    
    After the battle, Ricardo says that they must have just been buying time here 
    while they attacked somewhere else.  But what is their real destination?  
    Tytti 
    thinks they really are trying to destroy the barriers, but if they're not 
    going 
    for here...Masaki asks where the other barrier stations are.  Tytti says that 
    the other barrier stations are much smaller and wouldn't be as useful to 
    destroy.  But then she realizes that they may be aiming for the palace itself!  
    Ricardo says that the attacks on the capital were just a feint.  But Tytti 
    says 
    they just made it look that way, and they're going to attack the capital now, 
    while the emergency meeting of parliament is happening.  They can take out 
    much 
    of the government with one attack, and cause a great deal of chaos.  Masaki 
    doesn't like being tricked, and he and Ricardo say they have to get back to 
    the 
    capital fast.
    
    Meanwhile, back at the capital, Feil has come out of the congress meeting.  
    Senia asks if he made any progress, and Feil says they're only going to have 
    enough money for one more month.  They used the Rubicca incident to criticize 
    the idea of summoning people from above ground.  Senia says that the King has 
    been talking to the head of congress for a while, and that the House of 
    Commons 
    has started a council.  They're talking about drafting an official protest 
    against Shutedonias and Bagonia for their military activities.  Feil realizes 
    that almost all the government of Rangran is here.  Senia says that it's 
    almost 
    time for the spirit ceremony, and wonders where her father (the king) is.
    
    Feil suddenly remembers something.  There's no need for the barriers to be 
    destroyed -- if the magical power to supplement the barriers is gone, they'll 
    fall on their own.  Senia asks if that means they're aiming for the king.  
    Feil 
    says they've been concentrating on protecting the barriers too much.  He says 
    to call all the Masou Kishin pilots there quickly and put everyone on high 
    alert.  Senia will contact Masaki, Tytti, and Ricardo.
    
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    Stage 38 - Prelude to Destruction
    ------------------
    
    Tytti and the others are still out in the ocean.  Tytti says that with Yang 
    Long there the capital won't fall easily, but they should go back anyway.  
    They 
    start back.  On the way, Freki tells Tytti that there's a reaction on the 
    spirit radar, and Geri thinks that from the data it's probably Safine's 
    Wizoll.  
    Ricardo says that their true aim must be the capital since Safine is here to 
    stop them.  Tytti says they don't have time to waste here, but Freki says that 
    it's too dangerous to turn their back on Safine.  Tytti screams at Freki, who 
    quickly apologizes.  Tytti apologizes for yelling and says she just has a bad 
    feeling.
    
    Safine is indeed there, and she says she's been waiting.  Masaki tells her to 
    move aside, and she asks him to fight just a little.  Ricardo tells Masaki to 
    let them handle this and get back to the capital, because Psybuster is the 
    fastest of their units.  Masaki is hesitant, but Ricardo says that two Masou 
    Kishins together can't be beaten.  Masaki finally agrees to go, and Ricardo 
    says they'll follow him soon.  Masaki leaves, and Ricardo tells Safine that 
    she'll never beat the ultimate combo of himself and Tytti.  Safine summons a 
    few units, and then says she has one more person to bring out.  It turns out 
    to 
    be Rubicca again.  Tytti thought he was working for Shutedonias, but Rubicca 
    says he does any mercenary work.  This time he was promised a bonus prize so 
    he'll work extra hard.
    
    Tytti says she'll never forgive Rubicca, who responds that she can't beat him 
    if she just trembles in fear, just like she did back then.  Tytti becomes 
    stupified and can't move or talk.  Ricardo wonders what's going on, and the 
    wolves tell him that Tytti has lost conciousness.  With a glassy look in her 
    eyes, she says she has to kill Ricardo.  Rubicca is surprised that the 
    hypnosis 
    worked so easily, but it's because of the shock of the memories.  Rubicca asks 
    Ricardo if he can kill Tytti himself.
    
    After the first turn, Ricardo wonders what he can do about Tytti, and Rubicca 
    tells him that only a skilled hypnotist can undo it.  Ricardo says he'll have 
    to just defeat Rubicca, but Rubicca says there's a 0% chance of that 
    happening.
    
    When Ricardo defeats Rubicca, Rubicca curses at him for getting in the way of 
    his work, and then leaves.  Ricardo says that now he can return Tytti to 
    normal.
    
    Now convince Tytti, and Ricardo will yell at her to snap out of it.  Tytti 
    wakes up and doesn't know what's going on.  Ricardo says she was controlled by 
    Rubicca but she's back to normal so it's fine.  Ricardo beat him.  Tytti 
    apologizes, and Ricardo says he'll take her thanks after the battle (wink 
    wink).  Safine says that's about what she thought would happen.
    
    When you reduce Safine below 50%, she retreats, saying that it's too late for 
    them to save the capital.
    
    After the battle, Ricardo says to hurry back to the capital.  But Tytti starts 
    feeling bad.  Ricardo says it must be the aftereffects of Rubicca's hypnotism, 
    and that he'll give her some painkillers.  
    
    [Honestly, I have to say here that I'm not entirely sure what's happening 
    because there's just static text boxes and faces that don't really convey 
    what's happening, so I don't quite know what the scene is -- what I think 
    happens is that Ricardo gets out of Zamjeed to go over and give Tytti the 
    medicine, and then Rubicca shoots him, intending to aim at Tytti.]  Rubicca 
    curses at Ricardo for interfering, and that his only goal is Tytti.  Ricardo 
    lies on the ground wounded, and Rubicca tells Tytti that if she wants to save 
    his life, she has to come over to him.  Tytti says she will, but that the 
    wound 
    has to be dealt with soon.  Rubicca says he can do that himself, with about 2 
    or 3 more bullets.  Ricardo yells at Tytti not to come, and then Rubicca 
    shoots 
    Ricardo again.  Tytti has Freki and Geri attack Rubicca, and Rubicca runs 
    away, 
    saying he'll deal with Tytti some other time.
    
    Ricardo asks if Tytti is fine.  Tytti tells him not to talk until he's gotten 
    medical care.  Ricardo says that it seems to late -- the last bullet went 
    through his heart.  Tytti says she'll go get the medical kit, and Ricardo 
    tells 
    her to stay with him, because the end is coming soon.  Tytti says she's not 
    going anywhere.  Ricardo apologizes and wonders if everyone in the capital is 
    fine.  Tytti says that with Yang Long and Masaki there it should be fine.  
    Ricardo agrees, but says that Tytti has to get there to back them up.  Tytti 
    says that Ricardo has to come to.  Ricardo asks if Tytti is still there, and 
    when she says she is, Ricardo says that he's happy to die being tended to by 
    an 
    angel.  He starts to say something else, but dies.  Tytti is heartbroken.
    
    Just then, Masaki has some feeling, but he says that there's no way the two of 
    them would have been defeated so easily.  Shiro tells him that the propulsion 
    system is starting to overheat, and Masaki says they have to hold it until 
    they 
    reach the capital.
    
    Meanwhile back at the capital, the King is saying something about the senate 
    when a soldier comes up.  He wonders if Kristoff is attacking again.  The 
    soldier tells the king to escape as quickly as he can.  A large force of 
    unknown Masouki has suddenly attacked.  Alzar wonders if they used some sort 
    of 
    teleportation device.  He tells the soldiers to evacuate the citizens, and 
    that 
    the enemies must be aiming for him.  Just then there is an explosion and a 
    flash, and Alzar recognizes it as one of the magic bombs.
    
    Feil sees the explosion over at the government building and knows that his 
    father was there.  Senia gets Feil and Monica to escape.
    
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    Stage 39 - Catastrophe
    ------------------
    
    Masaki is heading back to the capital, hoping he makes it in time.  But he 
    spots smoke and knows he is too late.
    
    Shuu is there, and he tells Masaki that he is too late.  Everything is over.  
    Masaki curses at Shuu.  Shuu says that Masaki wouldn't believe him if he said 
    that he wasn't responsible; for Masaki, the situation is more important than 
    the truth.  Shuu says that he doesn't really have time to fight with Masaki 
    now 
    because he has business above ground.  Shuu disappears, and Masaki yells at 
    him 
    to wait.  Wendy yells at Masaki to stop, and Masaki finds Wendy in the rubble 
    of the palace.  She is wounded though, and Masaki tries to give her first aid, 
    but she says she already dealt with the wounds herself.  She's fine.
    
    Masaki asks what happened, and Wendy says that a large force of unidentified 
    Masouki suddenly appeared.  Masaki is surprised that Shuu actually didn't do 
    it, and Wendy says that the Granzon showed up after everything was destroyed, 
    as if Shuu just wanted to see for himself what had happened.  Wendy doesn't 
    know what happened to anyone else, except that the congress building where the 
    King was was at the center of the blast.  She doesn't know if Senia, Feil, or 
    Monica escaped.
    
    Masaki asks where Yang Long is.  She says that Yang Long, Becky, and Simone 
    all 
    fought bravely.  But there were too many troops for them to deal with.  Just 
    then, Yang Long appears.  He apologizes for what happened.  Masaki starts to 
    get angry, but then says he's just as guilty himself.  He doesn't think he's 
    worthy of the Randoll name.  
    
    Some troops appear and want to finish off the survivors.  One of them is 
    scared 
    of the Masou Kishin, but another says that they didn't do much in the last 
    battle.  Masaki says they picked the wrong time to come here -- he's really 
    upset, and if they want to live, they should run away.  Yang Long and Masaki 
    both prepare to take their anger out on the soldiers, and get +50 kiryoku.
    
    When you beat all of the soldiers, the captain appears and marvels at the 
    power 
    of the Masou Kishin.  He prepares to attack, but Rasetsu appears and tells him 
    that their mission is done, and that they should leave.  He also says the 
    captain has a remaining duty, and if he's defeated by Masaki that will screw 
    things up.  The captain doesn't know what he's talking about, and Rasetsu says 
    he has to be executed as the leader of a resistance movement that stirred up 
    the followers of Vorcrus.  The captain yells at Rasetsu for manipulating him, 
    and Rasetsu says it's a fitting end for someone who lacked the ability to 
    figure the plan out.  Rasetsu activates some sort of self-destruction 
    mechanism 
    in the captain's unit.
    
    Masaki asks Rasetsu what's going on, and Rasetsu says that he'll only say one 
    thing -- that Shutedonias will soon declare war on Rangran, if there's 
    anything 
    left of it.  Yang Long yells that Shutedonias was behind this, and Rasetsu 
    says 
    it was just one rebel group.  He finished off the leader himself; Shutedonias 
    had nothing to do with it.  Masaki asks if he really thinks anyone will 
    believe 
    that.  Rasetsu says that if you choose the right words, you can explain your 
    way out of anything, and then he leaves.  Masaki prepares to chase him, but 
    Yang Long says they have to deal with things here first.
    
    Tytti appears, and Masaki tells her that they were all taken in.  He laughs 
    and 
    says that the Masou Kishin and the name of Randoll are nothing -- at the most 
    important time they couldn't do anything.  Yang Long asks what happened to 
    Ricardo, and Tytti says that he died trying to protect her.  Masaki can't 
    believe that Ricardo would die.  Tytti says she doesn't want to believe it 
    either, but she saw him die in her arms.  She called to him many times, but he 
    would not open his eyes.  Masaki apologizes, saying he shouldn't have left.  
    Tytti yells at him, saying he wouldn't have been able to save Ricardo either.  
    Yang Long yells at her, and she apologizes.
    
    Wendy says that the capital is destroyed, and Feil and Monica are gone -- what 
    should they do?  Yang Long says that if Shutedonias is going to declare war on 
    Rangran, they have to protect it.  Their duty is to protect the peace of La 
    Gias.  Tytti agrees, and Masaki says he's going to chase after Shuu.  Yang 
    Long 
    agrees with that course of action, saying this is just the beginning.  It's 
    too 
    dangerous to leave Shuu alone.  
    
    Masaki leaves for above ground, and Yang Long wishes him success.  Wendy tells 
    him not to die...
    
    THE END OF PART ONE
    
    The story now continues with SRW 2, 3, EX, and 4 (or F/FF) before coming back 
    to Part Two!
    
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    Appendix - Monica's grammar
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    Characters remark frequently on Monica's strange and hard to understand 
    grammar; if you can't read Japanese it's hard to see what that means but here 
    are some examples of what she does.  Most of it has to do with improper and 
    ungrammatical usages of polite language.
    
    - Improper use of honorific language.  Japanese has both honorific-polite 
    language (used with verbs referring to others that you want to show respect 
    to) 
    and humble-polite language (used for verbs referring to yourself when you want 
    to show humility and respect to the person you are talking to).  For instance, 
    she says "nasatte oraremasen" in reference to herself, which is a combination 
    of two honorific-polite features (which you would not normally use with 
    yourself) and a humble-polite feature (combining honorific and humble language 
    is very rare in modern Japanese and basically incorrect).
    
    - Putting "desu" after verbs that end in -masu; this is an ungrammatical 
    doubling of polite features (you can say "arimasen" or "nai desu", but not 
    "arimasen desu").
    
    - Using polite language with people that you normally would not use it with 
    (for instance, even after Safine kidnaps her she still calls her "Safine-san" 
    which is a bit abnormal, although this is not impossible with upper-class 
    girls, who tend to speak really politely even when they don't have to).
    
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    IV. Credits and Legalese
    =======================
    Thanks to:
    pistol for his helpful walkthrough
    JL Lee for the branching diagram included in pistol's FAQ
    
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