Lingering Shadows πŸ’¬

πŸ“ Herta Space Station Master Control Zone

Herta
Herta
Still haven't made up your mind? Fine. Since I'm interested in you, I'll answer any questions you have.
Options
About Herta...
About Stellarons...
About the Express...
About the decision...
Let me think things over.
Herta
Herta
Me? Hmm, well, Talking about oneself is as pointless as it gets.
Options
You're the master of the space station?
You really are a terrible person.
What do you actually look like?
I still have some questions...
Herta
Herta
On paper, yes. But I don't really care about this place. I built it, put some stuff in, left some people here, and let them just manage themselves.
Herta
Herta
Asta's the lead researcher of the space station, so for all intents and purposes, she's the master. I reject the concept of ownership because I don't want the responsibilities that come with it.
Herta
Herta
It doesn't matter. Who cares if others don't like me? I know I don't care. As long as I have my own value, I can do whatever I want.
Herta
Herta
While you may have good character, do you have any value? Don't take that the wrong way, I'm genuinely asking you. You might have some value, I just don't know about it.
Herta
Herta
Human, female, young, beautiful, attractive.
Herta
Herta
Not much different from what you're seeing now. I modeled it after how I looked, back when I was a kid. It might not be identical, but I'd say maybe 70, 80 percent there?
Herta
Herta
Oh, I was so precocious β€” all I cared about back then was solving the solitary wave problem, ignoring my precious childhood...
Herta
Herta
Stellarons, huh? Ask away, I'm listening.
Options
What exactly is a Stellaron?
Do you know about the Stellaron Hunters?
Why am I able to host the Stellaron?
I still have some questions...
Herta
Herta
According to my research, it's a type of lifeform with a special property that tethers it to a certain Path or Aeon's power.
Herta
Herta
Wherever it's located, it responds to that world's desires to advance its civilization. But, this comes at the cost of some form of disaster. The mechanism behind it is likely related to Nanook the Destruction.
Herta
Herta
Oh, that weird bunch. I'm satisfied with just one Stellaron, but they've scoured the universe, obtained several, and still aren't satisfied. I don't know what their true intentions are.
Herta
Herta
{RUBY_B#Genius Society #76}Screwllum{RUBY_E#} went up against the Stellaron Hunters before. I heard there was a member whose hacking skills were on par with Screwllum.
Herta
Herta
Being on the same level as Screwllum β€” who's probably the best in the universe β€” is nothing short of spectacular. It's beyond my abilities, computers are not my forte.
Herta
Herta
Ha... That I don't know. Which is why I'm gearing up to solve this mystery.
Herta
Herta
The Express? Shouldn't you be asking Himeko instead?
Options
What's the Astral Express like?
Do you trust the Astral Express?
What's your relationship with them?
I still have some questions...
Herta
Herta
You mean how it looks? Like a train. Well...
Herta
Herta
I was very interested in the Express for a while, and wrote a lot of papers, but forgot where I left them. Now I can't remember anything about it.
Herta
Herta
Uh-huh.
Herta
Herta
We've been business partners for a long time.
Herta
Herta
Every once in a while, I'll need them to get me things from other planets, and they often come to me to help them solve problems.
Herta
Herta
Uh, what decision? You're gonna have to be more specific.
Options
Can I return to the space station?
So I should board the Express?
Do I have any other choice?
I still have some questions...
Herta
Herta
Of course, I'll still be here waiting for you, eh... and the space station will be waiting for you. Returning... it's not impossible.
Herta
Herta
If you wanna be a researcher here, you can just ask Asta. If she's fine with it, I have no complaints.
Herta
Herta
No, hold on β€” you have a Stellaron within you. I think it's better if you left and came back occasionally. It might be dangerous if you stay for too long...
Herta
Herta
Well, from an objective standpoint, that's the most rational place for you to be.
Herta
Herta
First of all, you have somewhere to live. And you'd be under their protection. Also, it'll be a long trip, so you'll have more opportunities to find a way to save yourself from the Stellaron. Lastly, if the Stellaron really explodes, you won't harm too many people around you.
Herta
Herta
Oh, how should I know! It's up to you, you have so many options to choose from. Maybe jump out a hatch, or hop into the Fragmentum and see if any monsters start worshiping you?
Herta
Herta
Okay, suit yourself.

Herta
Herta
Still haven't made up your mind? Fine. Since I'm interested in you, I'll answer any questions you have.
Options
About Herta...
About Stellarons...
About the Express...
About the decision...
Let me think things over.
Herta
Herta
Me? Hmm, well, Talking about oneself is as pointless as it gets.
Options
You're the master of the space station?
You really are a terrible person.
What do you actually look like?
I still have some questions...
Herta
Herta
On paper, yes. But I don't really care about this place. I built it, put some stuff in, left some people here, and let them just manage themselves.
Herta
Herta
Asta's the lead researcher of the space station, so for all intents and purposes, she's the master. I reject the concept of ownership because I don't want the responsibilities that come with it.
Herta
Herta
It doesn't matter. Who cares if others don't like me? I know I don't care. As long as I have my own value, I can do whatever I want.
Herta
Herta
While you may have good character, do you have any value? Don't take that the wrong way, I'm genuinely asking you. You might have some value, I just don't know about it.
Herta
Herta
Human, female, young, beautiful, attractive.
Herta
Herta
Not much different from what you're seeing now. I modeled it after how I looked, back when I was a kid. It might not be identical, but I'd say maybe 70, 80 percent there?
Herta
Herta
Oh, I was so precocious β€” all I cared about back then was solving the solitary wave problem, ignoring my precious childhood...
Herta
Herta
Stellarons, huh? Ask away, I'm listening.
Options
What exactly is a Stellaron?
Do you know about the Stellaron Hunters?
Why am I able to host the Stellaron?
I still have some questions...
Herta
Herta
According to my research, it's a type of lifeform with a special property that tethers it to a certain Path or Aeon's power.
Herta
Herta
Wherever it's located, it responds to that world's desires to advance its civilization. But, this comes at the cost of some form of disaster. The mechanism behind it is likely related to Nanook the Destruction.
Herta
Herta
Oh, that weird bunch. I'm satisfied with just one Stellaron, but they've scoured the universe, obtained several, and still aren't satisfied. I don't know what their true intentions are.
Herta
Herta
{RUBY_B#Genius Society #76}Screwllum{RUBY_E#} went up against the Stellaron Hunters before. I heard there was a member whose hacking skills were on par with Screwllum.
Herta
Herta
Being on the same level as Screwllum β€” who's probably the best in the universe β€” is nothing short of spectacular. It's beyond my abilities, computers are not my forte.
Herta
Herta
Ha... That I don't know. Which is why I'm gearing up to solve this mystery.
Herta
Herta
The Express? Shouldn't you be asking Himeko instead?
Options
What's the Astral Express like?
Do you trust the Astral Express?
What's your relationship with them?
I still have some questions...
Herta
Herta
You mean how it looks? Like a train. Well...
Herta
Herta
I was very interested in the Express for a while, and wrote a lot of papers, but forgot where I left them. Now I can't remember anything about it.
Herta
Herta
Uh-huh.
Herta
Herta
We've been business partners for a long time.
Herta
Herta
Every once in a while, I'll need them to get me things from other planets, and they often come to me to help them solve problems.
Herta
Herta
Uh, what decision? You're gonna have to be more specific.
Options
Can I stay at the space station?
So I should board the Express?
Do I have any other choice?
I still have some questions...
Herta
Herta
No. You're way too dangerous. I don't mind personally, but I don't want Asta and others to take the risk.
Herta
Herta
You wouldn't want the Stellaron in you to hurt all the people in the space station either, right?
Herta
Herta
Just come back once in a while. You will always be welcome at the space station β€” just don't stay for too long.
Herta
Herta
Well, from an objective standpoint, that's the most rational place for you to be.
Herta
Herta
First of all, you have somewhere to live. And you'd be under their protection. Also, it'll be a long trip, so you'll have more opportunities to find a way to save yourself from the Stellaron. Lastly, if the Stellaron really explodes, you won't harm too many people around you.
Herta
Herta
Oh, how should I know! It's up to you, you have so many options to choose from. Maybe jump out a hatch, or hop into the Fragmentum and see if any monsters start worshiping you?
Herta
Herta
Okay, suit yourself.

Herta
Herta
Still haven't made up your mind? Fine. Since I'm interested in you, I'll answer any questions you have.
Options
About Herta...
About Stellarons...
About the Express...
About the decision...
Let me think things over.
Herta
Herta
Me? Hmm, well, Talking about oneself is as pointless as it gets.
Options
You're the master of the space station?
You really are a terrible person.
What do you actually look like?
I still have some questions...
Herta
Herta
On paper, yes. But I don't really care about this place. I built it, put some stuff in, left some people here, and let them just manage themselves.
Herta
Herta
Asta's the lead researcher of the space station, so for all intents and purposes, she's the master. I reject the concept of ownership because I don't want the responsibilities that come with it.
Herta
Herta
It doesn't matter. Who cares if others don't like me? I know I don't care. As long as I have my own value, I can do whatever I want.
Herta
Herta
While you may have good character, do you have any value? Don't take that the wrong way, I'm genuinely asking you. You might have some value, I just don't know about it.
Herta
Herta
Human, female, young, beautiful, attractive.
Herta
Herta
Not much different from what you're seeing now. I modeled it after how I looked, back when I was a kid. It might not be identical, but I'd say maybe 70, 80 percent there?
Herta
Herta
Oh, I was so precocious β€” all I cared about back then was solving the solitary wave problem, ignoring my precious childhood...
Herta
Herta
Stellarons, huh? Ask away, I'm listening.
Options
What exactly is a Stellaron?
Do you know about the Stellaron Hunters?
Why am I able to host the Stellaron?
I still have some questions...
Herta
Herta
According to my research, it's a type of lifeform with a special property that tethers it to a certain Path or Aeon's power.
Herta
Herta
Wherever it's located, it responds to that world's desires to advance its civilization. But, this comes at the cost of some form of disaster. The mechanism behind it is likely related to Nanook the Destruction.
Herta
Herta
Oh, that weird bunch. I'm satisfied with just one Stellaron, but they've scoured the universe, obtained several, and still aren't satisfied. I don't know what their true intentions are.
Herta
Herta
{RUBY_B#Genius Society #76}Screwllum{RUBY_E#} went up against the Stellaron Hunters before. I heard there was a member whose hacking skills were on par with Screwllum.
Herta
Herta
Being on the same level as Screwllum β€” who's probably the best in the universe β€” is nothing short of spectacular. It's beyond my abilities, computers are not my forte.
Herta
Herta
Ha... That I don't know. Which is why I'm gearing up to solve this mystery.
Herta
Herta
The Express? Shouldn't you be asking Himeko instead?
Options
What's the Astral Express like?
Do you trust the Astral Express?
What's your relationship with them?
I still have some questions...
Herta
Herta
You mean how it looks? Like a train. Well...
Herta
Herta
I was very interested in the Express for a while, and wrote a lot of papers, but forgot where I left them. Now I can't remember anything about it.
Herta
Herta
Uh-huh.
Herta
Herta
We've been business partners for a long time.
Herta
Herta
Every once in a while, I'll need them to get me things from other planets, and they often come to me to help them solve problems.
Herta
Herta
Uh, what decision? You're gonna have to be more specific.
Options
I really want to stay.
So I should board the Express?
Do I have any other choice?
I still have some questions...
Herta
Herta
...You really are weird. What's so good about this place? Even I don't like staying here...
Herta
Herta
Ugh. Fine. To be honest with you, I have plenty of ways to seal a mere Stellaron β€” You just might end up not having a lot of personal freedom.
Herta
Herta
If you're so keen to stay... Fine. I'm okay with it. Go speak to Asta. She's the lead researcher. She's in charge.
Herta
Herta
Well, from an objective standpoint, that's the most rational place for you to be.
Herta
Herta
First of all, you have somewhere to live. And you'd be under their protection. Also, it'll be a long trip, so you'll have more opportunities to find a way to save yourself from the Stellaron. Lastly, if the Stellaron really explodes, you won't harm too many people around you.
Herta
Herta
Oh, how should I know! It's up to you, you have so many options to choose from. Maybe jump out a hatch, or hop into the Fragmentum and see if any monsters start worshiping you?
Herta
Herta
Okay, suit yourself.

Asta
Asta
{NICKNAME}, thank goodness you're all safe.
Asta
Asta
It's a pity that we haven't had the chance to talk much, and now the Express is about to leave. Do you have any questions?
Options
Is the damage to the space station serious?
Make sure you don't burn yourself out.
Herta says I can stay.
Is there really no way I can help?
Let me think things over.
Asta
Asta
Madam Herta gave me a piece of code, which she apparently wrote on the way here. I just tried it out and the defense shield's regenerating three times faster than before.
Asta
Asta
Thanks to her, the Antimatter Legion outside is not much of a threat anymore. The space station's repairs and reconstruction can also begin smoothly, but internally...
Asta
Asta
When the Stellaron was extracted, even for that brief moment, it corroded the space station and formed a new space β€” what we now call the Fragmentum.
Asta
Asta
The part that was corroded is irreversible, so the space station will always be in a state of quasi-Fragmentum.
Options
What are the effects of the Fragmentum?
Will I also be corroded by the Fragmentum?
Asta
Asta
All existing Fragmentums are connected, so there will be monsters that will enter the space station through its Fragmentum.
Asta
Asta
Ahh, I'd like to know the answer to that as well.
Asta
Asta
All existing Fragmentums are connected, so monsters will be able to enter the space station through the Fragmentum here. But it shouldn't allow anything to exit your body, so...
Asta
Asta
After all this is over, I'm putting my vacation time in with Madam Herta. I've got it all planned. I'll hop on an airship and give The Blue a good look.
Options
You can see it from the space station, you know?
Will Madam Herta let you take a vacation?
Asta
Asta
Be that as it may, taking it in while on vacation and observing it during work are not the same thing.
Asta
Asta
I guess so? I haven't taken leave once since I joined the space station...
Asta
Asta
Huh? Madam Herta said that?
Asta
Asta
In that case... I have nothing against it either. Mind you, if Madam Herta was to do something to you, {NICKNAME}...
Asta
Asta
She's not going to care a lot about what you think.
Options
Is the damage to the space station serious?
Make sure you don't burn yourself out.
Is there really no way I can help?
Let me think things over.
Asta
Asta
Madam Herta gave me a piece of code, which she apparently wrote on the way here. I just tried it out and the defense shield's regenerating three times faster than before.
Asta
Asta
Thanks to her, the Antimatter Legion outside is not much of a threat anymore. The space station's repairs and reconstruction can also begin smoothly, but internally...
Asta
Asta
When the Stellaron was extracted, even for that brief moment, it corroded the space station and formed a new space β€” what we now call the Fragmentum.
Asta
Asta
The part that was corroded is irreversible, so the space station will always be in a state of quasi-Fragmentum.
Options
What are the effects of the Fragmentum?
Will I also be corroded by the Fragmentum?
Asta
Asta
All existing Fragmentums are connected, so there will be monsters that will enter the space station through its Fragmentum.
Asta
Asta
Ahh, I'd like to know the answer to that as well.
Asta
Asta
All existing Fragmentums are connected, so monsters will be able to enter the space station through the Fragmentum here. But it shouldn't allow anything to exit your body, so...
Asta
Asta
I talked with Arlan and there's no easy solution to this problem at the moment. We can only increase the security and patrol frequency to protect the ongoing research.
Asta
Asta
After all this is over, I'm putting my vacation time in with Madam Herta. I've got it all planned. I'll hop on an airship and give The Blue a good look.
Options
You can see it from the space station, you know?
Will Madam Herta let you take a vacation?
Asta
Asta
Be that as it may, taking it in while on vacation and observing it during work are not the same thing.
Asta
Asta
I guess so? I haven't taken leave once since I joined the space station...
Asta
Asta
And if I have an actual, full vacation, I can take my time to collect observational data and finish writing my paper.
Asta
Asta
Of course, there's already a lot of published research on The Blue, but I want to study it myself. It might sound a lot like work, but it's really just a hobby β€” there are no deadlines or quotas to meet, and I don't get paid.
Asta
Asta
If you wanted to come back and help, of course, I wouldn't refuse you. Dan Heng helped inventory our rare items, March 7th said that she would help out as much as she can and connected over 50 wires in the electrical room. Everyone from the Express is so obliging...
Asta
Asta
And I think you're pretty good at "meddling" too, {NICKNAME}.
Asta
Asta
Sure, no hurry.
Asta
Asta
If you wanted to come back and help, of course, I wouldn't refuse you. Dan Heng helped inventory our rare items, March 7th said that she would help out as much as she can and connected over 50 wires in the electrical room. Everyone from the Express is so obliging...
Asta
Asta
And I think you're pretty good at "meddling" too, {NICKNAME}.
Asta
Asta
Sure, no hurry.
Asta
Asta
{NICKNAME}, thank goodness you're all safe.
Asta
Asta
It's a pity that we haven't had the chance to talk much, and now the Express is about to leave. Do you have any questions?
Options
Herta says I can stay.
Asta
Asta
Huh? Madam Herta said that?
Asta
Asta
In that case... I have nothing against it either. Mind you, if Madam Herta was to do something to you, {NICKNAME}...
Asta
Asta
She's not going to care a lot about what you think.

πŸ“ Herta Space Station Supply Zone

Himeko
Himeko
So, have you thought things through?
Options
I want to join the Express.
I've made up my mind. I'll stay.
I still have something to talk to you about, Himeko.
I need some time to think...
Himeko
Himeko
Then come with me.
Himeko
Himeko
Stay? But Herta...
Options
Herta and Asta both gave me the green light.
I need some more time to think...
Himeko
Himeko
Is that so... Well, I respect your choice.
Himeko
Himeko
Take care, {NICKNAME}. We'll come back now and then to see you.
Options
So long, Himeko.
I need some more time to think...
System
System
Honkai: Star Rail
System
System
After careful deliberation, you decide to decline Himeko's invitation. With a long whistle, the Astral Express prepares to go ahead on its journey. The friends you just made wave goodbye to you, and your farewell is as sudden and final as your meeting.
System
System
After the departure of the Express, the station begins to eagerly rebuild. Meanwhile, Herta and you get busy while researching the Stellaron. However, it doesn't take long before Herta loses interest in you and the Stellaron, and Asta arranges for you to become a researcher at the space station.
System
System
You spend a peaceful life on the space station. The Express visits a few times before disappearing for good. From the occasional visitors on the station, you hear stories about how the final end of the Express and the Stellaron Hunters shakes the universe to its very core. Sometimes you wonder whether their destiny would have changed, had you stepped onto that train.
System
System
But those stories are no longer for you.
System
System
Honkai: Star Rail
System
System
Lead Actors
{NICKNAME}
System
System
Starring
Dan Heng as DAN HENG
??? as MARCH 7TH
Himeko as HIMEKO
Joachim Nokianvirtanen as WELT YANG
System
System
With cameo appearances by
Kafka Silver Wolf
Asta Arlan
System
System
Special thanks expressed to
Herta
the Antimatter Legion
System
System
Script Supervisor
Elio
System
System
May this journey lead us starward.
Himeko
Himeko
Hm? Go ahead, speak your mind.
Options
Thank you.
Have you taken care of everything you need?
What's the next stop for the Express?
Why invite me to join?
I don't have any more questions.
Himeko
Himeko
There's no need to be so formal. You helped us defeat that big fella, anyway. Plus, If we keep speaking pleasantries, we'll waste a whole day.
Himeko
Himeko
You've done me a huge favor by defending the space station from the Antimatter Legion. And know that while Herta may not admit it, she owes me one. And she will not refuse me if I ask for a favor in return...
Himeko
Himeko
And it's probably not too much to ask for a rare item from the space station, right?
Himeko
Himeko
How about we continue talking on the Express? I'll make you a cup of coffee, my special blend.
Himeko
Himeko
Haha, I was ready ages ago. *sigh* I've been here so many times before, it should've been just an ordinary trip for me.
Himeko
Himeko
But everything's not so ordinary anymore, is it?
Himeko
Himeko
Walking the same path over and over will never be the same, there will always be something new. That's the meaning of trailblazing.
Himeko
Himeko
As always, to follow in the footsteps of Akivili.
Himeko
Himeko
Sometimes, we stop on other worlds and we'll continue to do so. There are countless "next stops" in the galaxy.
Himeko
Himeko
I love the vast reaches of space, and the Express does too. I want to seek out new worlds, and the Express wants to return to its former path.
Himeko
Himeko
Because you're different.
Options
Because of the Stellaron?
I'm very self-aware.
Himeko
Himeko
While that might be the biggest reason, it's not the only one.
Himeko
Himeko
Well, the fact that you have a Stellaron in your body is not something most people can boast about.
Himeko
Himeko
I think you need a chance. A chance to discover just how different you really are from everyone else. Everybody keeps telling you about how special you are, and how you have a Stellaron inside you...
Himeko
Himeko
But that's already plain as day to you. And no matter who tells you β€” be it me, or Herta, or anybody β€” it's not the same thing as feeling it yourself.
Himeko
Himeko
You have to experience enough to know if you've gained or lost anything because of the Stellaron, and to know who you really are... Learn to control the Stellaron and then you can control your destiny.
Himeko
Himeko
The Stellaron might still be an enigma, but the fact of the matter is β€” it's a part of you. And you have to embrace this before you can move forward into the future.
Himeko
Himeko
So, have you thought things through?
Options
I want to join the Express.
I've made up my mind. I'll stay.
I still have something to talk to you about, Himeko.
I need some time to think...
Himeko
Himeko
Then come with me.
Himeko
Himeko
Stay? But Herta...
Options
Herta and Asta both gave me the green light.
I need some more time to think...
Himeko
Himeko
Is that so... Well, I respect your choice.
Himeko
Himeko
Take care, {NICKNAME}. We'll come back now and then to see you.
Options
So long, Himeko.
I need some more time to think...
System
System
Honkai: Star Rail
System
System
After careful deliberation, you decide to decline Himeko's invitation. With a long whistle, the Astral Express prepares to go ahead on its journey. The friends you just made wave goodbye to you, and your farewell is as sudden and final as your meeting.
System
System
After the departure of the Express, the station begins to eagerly rebuild. Meanwhile, Herta and you get busy while researching the Stellaron. However, it doesn't take long before Herta loses interest in you and the Stellaron, and Asta arranges for you to become a researcher at the space station.
System
System
You spend a peaceful life on the space station. The Express visits a few times before disappearing for good. From the occasional visitors on the station, you hear stories about how the final end of the Express and the Stellaron Hunters shakes the universe to its very core. Sometimes you wonder whether their destiny would have changed, had you stepped onto that train.
System
System
But those stories are no longer for you.
System
System
Honkai: Star Rail
System
System
Lead Actors
{NICKNAME}
System
System
Starring
Dan Heng as DAN HENG
??? as MARCH 7TH
Himeko as HIMEKO
Joachim Nokianvirtanen as WELT YANG
System
System
With cameo appearances by
Kafka Silver Wolf
Asta Arlan
System
System
Special thanks expressed to
Herta
the Antimatter Legion
System
System
Script Supervisor
Elio
System
System
May this journey lead us starward.
Himeko
Himeko
Hm? Go ahead, speak your mind.

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