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Chapter 5: Heart Full of Black - The True Name of Evil
The Infamous CompanyChian informs the party about Lastation's questionable corporation, Avenir. However, it seems Avenir is suffering from monster attacks like everyone else... The girls run into a mysterious man who goes by the name of Singe. He isn't happy to see them, and simply gives them their mission before he goes on his way to investigate a plant in the city. They go off and fight as many of the monsters as they can (in a cutscene, rather than a dungeon), and they tell Singe that they completed their job. Singe, a staunch perfectionist, demands that they ensure all of the monsters have been eliminated, or else he'll sever his ties with the crew. He seems to hate manual labor, and prefers to have machines do most of his jobs for him, anyway.
The Technology ExpositionThe restaurant has become the party's hangout. As everyone gets excited about the Tech Expo, they hear some unbelievable news through a radio announcement. Chian mentions that Singe is an alumnus of her school, and was every bit the Insufferable Genius back then as he is now. She then sends the girls to another town to get some materials from a merchant named Chevre. Before they are able to do that, the Basilicom sends a radio address announcing the cancellation of the Tech Expo. Officially, the reason is because there aren't as many participants this time around, but they believe that Parliament had pressured everyone on Sanctuary to cancel it. Chian gets especially upset, because that would have been the last chance her factory would have had to stay afloat, as the rest appear to be shutting down under increased pressure from Avenir.
Lost Girl, Black ShadowA child has gotten lost in a dungeon! The crew heads out to save the child, but something seems to be bothering Iffy...the crew still doesn't have a clue where to go to find Lastation's key fragment, and she wonders why Compa and Nep are wasting their time with small jobs like this one. According to Compa, the person in question is simply an NPC silhouette, so they should be easy to spot. (In truth, ALL NPCs in this game look like that, and Nep appears to be aware of this fact.)
Lastation's Game Company (skit)IF gets frustrated over her cell's bad reception. What's the cause? She thinks that her TV show was interrupted by a tall tower owned by one of Neptune's favorite game companies. Neptune is surprised that IF can even get TV shows to broadcast over her phone. The girls get a couple more blog updates from Black Heart. One post delves into the culture of Lastation, as most of the inhabitants are groomed to be engineers and technicians thanks to its low-cost technology courses. The one after it is her complaining about a sore throat. Some more side quests pop up on the bulletin board:
How Dare You! Noob Goddess!Client: Underground Overlord It's not fair the goddesses get the spotlight in this world. I'd like to challenge them for the title of main character. I will await you in the dungeon created by the Dark God! Recommended Level: 8 According to the dungeon's description, the target dungeon in the Windy Wasteland was created from a mad god with a pickaxe, so Team Neptune goes off to investigate. After sharpening their weapons on another Clione, their levels jump into the double digits for the first time. IF also finds the waist part for the Blaze Heart CPU unit. To her disappointment, the culprit turns out to be a standard-issue demon. Given the quest description, she (like a few other Nippon Ichi fans) was probably thinking Asagi was involved somehow.
- Enemies: Cockatrice, Weeping Grass, Gorbash
- Treasures: Stuffed Banana
Anti-WorkClient: Hermit Boy Working is like becoming a loser...but my parents will kick me out if I don't work. Can someone go defeat a monster and say it was me? I promise I'll pay well. Recommended Level: 10 The hermit wants the girls to seek out a monster named Gyuki. They've never seen anything like that on their journeys thus far, but they suspect that with a name like that, it might be related to the Jakis from earlier dungeons. Sure enough, it does, but it carries an axe instead of a club. IF has a bit of trouble finding the dungeon's treasure, because her beacon keeps pointing straight into a wall. After some looking around, she eventually finds it, in the form of the Blaze Heart's head piece. The girls take a beating from the Gyukis' assault and the Weeping Grass' poisonous spores. Compa gets knocked out again, so Neptune orders her to stay out of combat when they go to hunt the last Gyuki. despite their difficulties, they still get an S ranking for completing the job (even though it took them nearly 15 minutes to clear the dungeon). Naturally, the lazy boy takes all the credit, but at the very least he's still willing to pay them for their services.
- Enemies: Weeping Grass, Gyuki, Cockatrice
- Treasures: 10 Reflex
- Enemies: Weeping Grass
- Treasures: 4 treasure chests containing a total of 8 Reflex, 5 Tuffmil, 6 Gelatin
Apocalypse Now?The party seeks a heretic to gather some important info. They learn this heretic is, for some reason, holed up as a hermit inside a monster-filled dungeon. Since the Basilicom won't answer their questions, the girls decide that they'll take any lead they can get, at gunpoint, if necessary. They return to the Challenge Cave and head toward an abandoned mine. It appears to be more densely populated with monsters than most dungeons * , so they seek to gather their information as soon as possible before the heretic gets eaten or killed. They find a strange-looking Youth Bandage in a hidden treasure chest here. It seems to give a big boost to physical defense, at the expense of leaving the wearer much more vulnerable to elemental attacks. "Here, Iffy! I think this would look good on you!" Neptune says as she applies the bandages to IF.
- Enemies: Weeping Grass, Chimera, Vampire Bat
- Treasures: 3 chests with a total of 2 Reflex, 4 Gelatin, 4 Detoxin
This plot is getting more and more complicated.
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