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LET'S PLAY IJI AGAIN
This time, we mean business.
Starts out the same as before!
The changes begin fast.
Here we are, facing our very first enemy!
Or... not facing him?
I think I'll let him live.
Instead of the usual Health upgrade opening, I'm going strength!
Now, ABOUT FAAACE
Kicking down the door behind me at the very start of the game!
...font, I suppose that's when the change happened. The change in me, Doc and Becker to push on and finish turning this girl into the first Nanofield-driven human being. The Tasen's technology is unlike anything we've ever seen, but there's a clear, if non-human cognitive process behind it. The subject is unfortunately Dan's sister, the older daughter of Ron overi n Sector 6. He's dead, of course. I advised Dan to throw away his emotions early on, or we may run into trouble, and he did. We can only hope Iji will do the same.
We don't have the time nor the resources to get her a decent suit of armor underneath the personal nanofield, like the Tasen use for enhanced shock protection. Instead we'll focus on mobility - less restraining clothes, more motion amplifiers.
She's been decked for five months, though, the risk of illness will keep increasing if we can't finish her soon. I've gotten rid of my emotions and expectations, too, so I'm prepared for the possibility that she won't wake up when we finally boot the Nanofield, but one thing I've never given up... hope. Silly, but it's true.
Looks like the control unit's in place, time to stitch it up. Glad we worked in Medical.
...troops, Dan is stuck in that control room, so we can't share rations anymore. Whatever Doc and Plait say about the Tasen, what I find the most fascinating is how quickly people can adapt to dramatic changes. I mean just look at us! Look here Tasen, what's your weapons to our will to live? You'll see once Iji wakes up. Oh yeah, you will!
..."Machinegun". Others are so out there we simply did our best with the translation. We also found plans for combining Nanoweapons and interfacing with doors, which is why we spent three weeks fitting Iji with the ability to crack Nanotechnology. Let's hope she understands it, I didn't sleep for days when implementing this. Disassembling a ternary programming language with our lab computers is like cutting cheese with a toothbrush.
It appears the same goes for the Tasen - Doc believes they don't even understand their own technology. Their weapons and nanofields hold potentials they simply can't grasp, and judging by their logs, neither can the majority of that other species they keep referring to. I shudder at the thought of where these human-looking Tasen came from, and how they turned such a technology mainstream for military purposes.
Becker says ration time. Sick of vending machine leftovers. Note to self: Leave the deep thoughts for when they'll actually matter.
There are ten posters in the game. One in each Sector. If I see one, it's unlocked, even if I restart the stage without finishing it.
I will be finding all of them on this run.
...and listen to the whole complex, talk to Doc and the others through the speakers, but outside I'm just a human among the Tasen. I've no idea how long my supplies will last, either, they've got the storerooms guarded.
Whatever, as long as sis is still alive. Doc and the team said they'd only augment her arms and legs, but that Nanofield they're going to project around her... I know it's the only thing that can withstand their weapons, but I don't know if it makes me feel better to see her lying there. She's breathing, maybe even dreaming, unaware of what's to come.
Back to the quest at hand!
Still not killing this guy.
Not killing this guy, either!
In fact, this shall be the primary theme of this run.
I am not going to kill anybody.
Strength up to 4! This is required for another secret in this Sector.
There are, like the posters, one of these in each Sector. I only got two last time; this run, I will be getting all ten.
If you miss a single one, then all future ribbons don't show up.
Now to use that strength to engage in our first act of violence of the run!
Soldiers have 2 HP, so this isn't lethal. Still good.
Also, he's on the lower platform now, meaning I can lure him to the left...
...and trick him into blowing up this fragile wall!
These things aren't unlocks for anything; they just give you one free Upgrade Point. There is one in every Sector.
I won't quite be getting all of them, as at least one requires killing to get.
Here's what we know about that damned teleporter. During the routine setup procedures, the teleporter destination was set at random, which usually means it won't connect to the other end because there's no matching pad. To everyone's surprise, however, the teleporter did find a working connection somewhere.
We still don't have a clue where - or WHAT - that place actually is. The few who have returned report such strange findings, we believe they've simply gone mad. Some call it a bizarre trial, others believe it's someone's memories, while others still say it's a world beyond our own confines. One survivor claimed he managed to pass the whole ordeal, and wound up in an eerie place overlooking these worlds - he called it the "Orbital Dimension Haven".
Out of determination to unlock the secrets of the world beyond this teleporter, and the naming convention used by the local humans, we have dubbed this strange and terrifying place "Sector Z." Due to the danger and secrety involved, we have also placed an extremely powerful Nanofield lock on it - no one will be able to use the teleporter without meeting the proper requirements.
I am not going here.
No, this is a tale for another day.
(Also, I can't. Not yet.)
That's all we need in this sector, so onward!
Next time: Getting blown up by rockets!
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