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|Written by||Yoko Taro|
|Found in||NieR Music Concert|
|Date of copy||October 6, 2017|
|Translated from||PDF File from Blu-Ray|
Act 1: Exchange Test
2B (Narration): Everything that lives is designed to end.
2B (Narration): We are perpetually trapped……
2B (Narration): In a neverending spiral of life and death.
2B (Narration): Is this a curse?
2B (Narration): Or some kind of punishment?
2B (Narration): I often think about the god who blessed us with this cryptic puzzle
2B (Narration): And wonder if we’ll ever have the chance to kill him.
Operator 6O: Operator 6O to 2B. Can you hear me?
2B: I hear you.
Operator 6O: Roger that.
Operator 6O: Now then, I think I’d like to initiate the scheduled tactical support unit exchange test.
Operator 6O: You normally use Pod model 042, but this time, we’ll be assigning 9S’ 153 to you for a few days.
Operator 6O: You were told this the other day, but this tactical support unit exchange is regularly used as a test to get information on the Pod; their usefulness, any problems they might have, that sort of thing.
Operator 6O: It’s called a “test,” but just go about as you normally do.
Operator 6O: Ah, looks like there’s a voice message from 9S, who’s already proceeding with the test. I’m playing it back for you now.
[The sound of data being played.]
9S: Ummm……hellooo? Can you hear me, ma’am*?
9S: This is 9S. I’m doing my best on this exchange test with the unsociable Pod 042.
Pod 042: Negative: Tactical support units do not have emotions.
Pod 042: The expression “unsociable” is inappropriate.
9S: …is what I’m dealing with. Well, I’ll try to enjoy it.
9S: Ah, one more thing, ma’am. If you get tired of doing the test, please let me know right away.
9S: I’ll do whatever I can to try suspending the te……
[The data replay is interrupted by a noise.]
Operator 6O: Ah…..ahaha…..
Operator 6O: Looks like the rest of it got erased by Command’s censors.
Operator 6O: ….W-Well, good luck with the exchange test!
2B (Narration): Operator 6O ends the transmission, inviting silence.
2B (Narration): Once the current task is confirmed, a nearby access point is displayed.
2B (Narration): It looks like an investigation is necessary for a body transport function error.
Pod 153: Pod 153 to YorHa unit 2B.
Pod 153: “Nice to meet you!”
Pod 153: “Nice to meet you!”
2B: ….What is that…..?
Pod 153: Report: a statement repeated in order to encourage a harmonious relationship between humans.
Pod 153: In accordance with YorHa unit 9S’ specifications, this is to be repeated until a similar response has been received.
Pod 153: “Nice to meet you!”
2B: N…..Nice to…meet you….
Pod 153: Understood.
2B (Narration): If the exchange test continues like this, it looks to be the cause of unnecessary stress.
2B (Narration): At a loss, I switched focus to the designated access point…….
*: 9S uses “2B-san” in this script, which was the English game’s equivalent to calling her “ma’am.” Operator 6O also calls 2B “2B-san,” but this was never addressed and it would’ve looked odd to use honorifics in one location and not everywhere else, too.
2B (Speaking): On the way to the target access point, I passed a village of machines. It’s a village of pacifists led by a machine named “Pascal.” In the distance, the children seem to be having fun, singing songs. It has been confirmed many times that the machines here are strange individuals.There are those who imitate families, those who talk of love, and the children…..
Despite being weapons created by the aliens, they have personalities.
Almost like humanity…..
2B (Speaking): …..It is not permitted for YorHa units to have emotions. We are models specialized for combat, after all. It is the most efficient, most correct choice. But, in doing so, I feel that something unseen in the heart is lost. Was our choice truly the correct one? Who would be considered a fitting existence in this world? Listening to the song of the children, I continued to walk the dark path alone…..
Pascal: Ahh……and there. I’ll be intruding for a bit……
Hello. My name is Pascal. I’m currently the chief of a village in which those who are tired of fighting have been gathered. What about all of you here, on these grounds?
[Pascal speaks as if he’s talking to everyone at the venue.]
Pascal: Are you not tired of fighting day in and day out? Being given orders by someone, overworking yourselves? ……If you work too hard, whether you’re a machine lifeform or a human, you’ll end up broken. Ah, that’s right. Why don’t I teach you something nice?
When times are hard, or you feel saddened, sing a song. If you do, you’ll feel better. What kind of song, you wonder? ……Hmm…….for example, a song like this.
Act 2: Access Point
Pod 153: Arrival at access point marked for investigation.
2B: Check the transmission status and body storage function along with the transport system.
Pod 153: Understood.
2B (Narration): The designated access point was located in the desert’s open area.
2B (Narration): Amidst the sand-laden wind, the Pod’s transmission light is quietly flickering.
2B (Narration): I was unable to see any signs of damage to the outer casing of the access point, so it must be an internal malfunction. If it’s the Pod, the problem should be resolved shortly.
2B (Narration): The sand-laden winds become stronger, obscuring the sun’s rays.
2B (Narration): In order to keep watch over the surrounding area, I climbed a nearby rocky area.
Pod 153: Body storage function and transmission status check complete.
Pod 153: Report: Malfunction in body reconstruction unit detected.
2B: Repair it.
Pod 153: Understood.
2B (Narration): My field of vision worsens as the wind becomes a sandstorm.
2B (Narration): I can see the silhouettes of old world remains made of stone here and there.
2B (Narration): A strong wind carries the sand.
Pod 153: Repairs on body reconstruction unit. 50% complete.
2B (Narration): Squinting my eyes at the occasional strong wind, [light hitting noise], I felt something touch my feet.
2B (Narration): It was a small flower that I recognized.
2B (Narration): I remember sending a picture of this flower to Operator 6O before.
Operator 6O: So this is a desert rose, huh? It seems almost…mystical.
2B (Narration): That’s what she’d said from the above orbit base, pleased.
Operator 6O: There must just be a bountry of nature down there, huh?
2B: ……Some, yes. I’ve seen lilies, cherry blossoms, daffodils, and even lunar tears.
2B: I’ll try to send more if I can.
Operator 6O: Thank you so much!
Operator 6O: I’m going to treasure this picture forever!
Operator 6O: Oh, and I’m going to send you a proper thank-you mail later, so keep an eye out for it. Bye!
2B (Narration): ……I didn’t know until later, but the “desert rose” is a crystal made of minerals, not a plant.
2B (Narration): Still, Operator 6O’s smiling face on the transmission screen…..I remember it looked really happy.
Pod 153: Report: Repairs to malfunction in body storage unit complete.
2B (Narration): I went to do a final check on the access point after receiving the work completion report from Pod.
2B (Narration): The foundational framework, the resinous material composing the body, even the small systems for weaponry production look to be in working order…….
[There’s a nuance of suspicion coloring her final words.]
[As if to punctuate 2B’s words, Pod reports.]
Pod 153: Report: Hostile machine lifeform signals detected.
2B: Understood. I’ll eliminate them.
Pod 153: Signal count increasing. 24, 26, 29…..
2B: ……With those numbers, just where have they been this whole time……!!
Pod 153: Signal count once again increasing. 30, 31, 32, 33, 34.
2B (Narration): It wasn’t that such a large number of machine lifeforms was approaching.
2B (Narration): From the start, they’d hidden in the sand, waiting in a suspended state to ambush us.
2B (Narration): That could only mean one thing.
[Pause for a bit.]
2B (Narration): …..This was an orchestrated trap.
Act 3: Betrayal
[2B attacks the last enemy, her breathing ragged.]
2B: !! …….(heavy breathing noises)……
Pod 153: Destruction of all enemy machine lifeforms confirmed.
Operator 6O (Narration): After fighting against 34 medium-sized machine lifeforms, 2B somehow managed to stand up without collapsing despite her lightheadedness.
Operator 6O (Narration): Having lost two weapons and several of her sensors, she was restricted in how much she could self-repair.
Pod 153: Alert: Combat damage accumulation on YorHa unit 2B.
Pod 153: Proposal: Appropriate, repairs if treatment, exhaustion quality no exchange…….
Operator 6O (Narration): Pod 153’s voice garbles with noise.
Operator 6O (Narration): In the air, the Pod’s arms move in a disoriented fashion, like it’s convulsing.
Operator 6O (Narration): The blinking of its light shows the irregular state of its internal systems.
2B: What…..Pod? What’s wrong?
Pod 153: Appropriate, re pairs REpairs treatment to sy0 m0…….h1……..
[After 10 seconds of silence, suddenly, the Pod begins to speak at high speed.]
Pod 153: Deploying long range weaponry. Activating FFCS.
Pod 153: YorHa unit 2B recognized as enemy android.
Pod 153: Proposal to suspend tactile support mission. Acknowledged.
Pod 153: Begin attack.
Operator 6O (Narration): A high-speed energy bullet the weapon-deployed Pod fires.
Operator 6O (Narration): 2B just barely avoids the attack.
2B: Pod 153! What are you doing!?
Pod 153: Unable to confirm destruction of enemy android.
Pod 153: Begin construction of firing correction program. Construction complete.
Pod 153: Request: Application of gravity control sphere. Permission granted.
Operator 6O (Narration): Without permission from either a YorHa unit or Command, a Pod can’t use its weaponry.
Operator 6O (Narration): However, Pod 153 has an internal bypass to its own recognition process applied.
Pod 153: Firing gravity control sphere.
Operator 6O (Narration): 2B avoids the Pod’s released gravity attack.
Operator 6O (Narration): But her right leg is caught in the radius of the hemisphere.
Pod 153: Long range attack system. High output charge. Preparing concentrated laser attack.
Operator 6O (Narration): The Pod’s weapon deploys once more, turning and aiming at 2B, who can no longer move.
Operator 6O (Narration): 2B swings her sword down on her own right leg, intending to sever it.
[At the same time 2B cuts her leg off, Pod fires its laser.]
Pod 153: Firing high output laser.
[2B tosses her sword at the Pod. It hits its mark, damaging 153.]
Pod 153: (dying robot sounds)
Operator 6O (Narration): 2B, who’d narrowly escaped the attack, tossed the sword she’d used to slice off her right leg as a counter attack on Pod 153.
Pod 153: YorHa unit 2Bi…….tactile……un……
Operator 6O (Narration): About 15 seconds after convulsions from the Pod, who’d taken a direct hit from the sword, it emitted a strange noise and stopped. That sound was…..a high-pitched laughter, like a child’s voice……
Act 4: Transmission
2B (Narration): After taking down the rampaging Pod, I was stuck there, unable to move.
2B (Narration): There seemed to be no way to easily repair the heavily damaged leg.
2B (Narration): As I made my way over to the fallen Pod in something akin to a crawl, the Pod’s speaker activated.
Operator 6O: Operator 6O to 2B! 2B! Can you hear me? Are you okay!?
2B: ……This is 2B. I hear you.
Operator 6O: Aah, 2B. Thank goodness……
Operator 6O: I was monitoring you from here, but Pod 153’s attack mode suddenly became impossible to control.
Operator 6O: But the control program can only be rewritten with a code by the Pod’s original support target, 9S…….
2B: Operator 6O.
Operator 6O: Could it be that 9S was trying to…..But, for 9S, of all people, to implant an attack order in the Pod and aim it at you is—
[2B shouts to interrupt her words.]
2B: Operator 6O!!
Operator 6O: …..Yes? What is it?
2B: How long…..
Operator 6O: Come again?
2B: How long have you been there?
Operator 6O: Um….I’m not sure what you mean….
2B: The access point’s transmission functions have yet to be repaired.
Operator 6O: ……Huh?
2B: When I went in to do a final check on the body reconstruction unit, there was a small machine fragment remaining inside.
2B: I immediately judged the rusted piece to be part of a machine lifeform.
2B: It seemed odd, so I left the computer terminal’s final activation untouched.
Operator 6O: ……………..
2B: A laser transmission would have also been impossible in the sandstorm.
2B: In other words, you shouldn’t be capable of communicating with me from the above orbit satellite.
Operator 6O: ……………………….
2B: The one in Pod 153 right now….who are you?
[8 seconds of silence.]
Operator 6O: …..Fufu……fufufufufu.
Operator 6O: Hey, she figured it out.
Operator 6O: She sure did!
Operator 6O: Ahh. And here I thought it’d be interesting to pin it all on 9S and watch them fall apart.
Operator 6O: I thought it’d be interesting, you know?
Operator 6O: What a bummer.
Operator 6O: A real bummer.
[Operator 6O speaks as if there are two people.]
Operator 6O: We are a unified body of thought.
Operator 6O: We are numerous and singular.
Operator 6O: But 2B, I wonder if it’s really our fault?
2B: What are you talking about……
Operator 6O: This incident might’ve been 9S’ work, you know.
Operator 6O: Maybe he really had decided to kill you.
[2B shakes with anger, her breathing uneven.]
Operator 6O: The likelihood of YorHa unit 9S accessing confidential information was high.
Operator 6O: That’s why it was determined that an E model would deal out punishment.
Operator 6O: He might’ve realized, you know?
Operator 6O: That the 2B who’s killed 9S time and time again….is you, No. 2 Type E.
Pod 153 (Narration): 2B picks up her leg, which had fallen to the ground, and strikes the Pod with it.
Pod 153 (Narration): The struck Pod, while rotating strangely, slowly falls to the sand, all functions ceased.
Pod 153 (Narration): The sandstorm had subsided.
Pod 153 (Narration): The desert was once again bathed in the sun’s light.
Operator 6O: …….Hello? Hello, 2B, can you hear me? 2B!?
Operator 6O: Are you okay!? 2B! Please answer!!
2B: ……This is 2B. I hear you.
Operator 6O: Ah…..thank goodness…..I suddenly couldn’t contact you using the electromagnetic communications system, and due to the sandstorm, I couldn’t use laser transmissions either and I was thinking, “what if there’s an enemy attack?”……Then finally, laser communications came back up…..
Operator 6O: …..2B? Are you okay?
2B (Narration): “…..I’m okay. It’s…nothing.”
2B (Narration): That’s what I answered.
2B (Narration): Was it because I didn’t want to worry Operator 6O? Or maybe……
2B (Narration): I was afraid of seeing my own darkness?
2B (Narration): I still don’t know.
2B (Narration): If I look up, a white, bright, radiant sky would be stretched before me.
2B (Narration): As if it’s looking down on me. *
2B (Narration): As if it’s condemning me for continuing to kill 9S……
*[The reading of that word is “mikudasu.”]
Pod 153 (Narration): Everything that lives is designed to end.
Pod 153 (Narration): “They” are perpetually trapped…..
Pod 153 (Narration): In a neverending spiral of life and death.
Operator 6O (Narration): But we were all born here.
Operator 6O (Narration): That’s why, in this place, we continue to live.
2B (Narration): No matter what lies pile up
2B (Narration): No matter what crimes are committed
2B (Narration): Even if the moment we are forgiven never comes to pass……
2B (Narration): We will continue to fight.
All (Narration): We will continue to fight.
All (Narration): We will continue to fight!
All (Narration): We will continue to fight!!
2B (Narration): Until the day when punishment rains down……