Punklorde Mentality #2

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Go to Herta's Office

๐Ÿ“ Herta Space Station Herta's Office

Silver Wolf's path of infiltration eventually leads to Herta's office. After giving it some thoughts, Leonard and you decide to tell this bad news to Herta herself.
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Herta
Herta
Do you not see whose name it is on the desk? Hmph, I can come and go as I wish. Besides, if anyone is going to leave, it definitely won't be me.
Herta
Herta
What, am I not allowed to come back? I really don't care what you guys do. Just don't pester me.

Talk with Screwllum

Silver Wolf's path of infiltration eventually leads to Herta's office. After giving it some thoughts, Leonard and you decide to tell this bad news to Herta herself.
However, the moment you entered the office, you got a surprise...
Punklorde Mentality
Screwllum
Screwllum
My apologies, {F#madam}{M#sir}.
Options
What happened?
What's with her?
Never expected to see that kind of expression on her face.
Screwllum
Screwllum
This all started with me โ€” I was the one that brought up the request to end our academic collaboration. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against Herta or the project. The Simulated Universe is a great experiment and Herta is a true genius.
Screwllum
Screwllum
However, we have our differences when it comes down to our long-term vision for the future. These differences will often manifest into bias, and bias will get in the way of the formulation of knowledge.
Screwllum
Screwllum
Deep down, I want to continue to believe in Herta... the question is whether one should end a collaboration that no longer holds true to its initial intent. From an objective standpoint, I should end it immediately.
Screwllum
Screwllum
Are you worried about her mental state?
Options
A little.
Not at all.
I'm more worried about the mental state of the researchers.
Screwllum
Screwllum
Judging by the result, I have failed to choose the most suitable time to raise this matter.
Screwllum
Screwllum
Then I'm glad I haven't caused you vexation on her behalf.
Screwllum
Screwllum
Thank you for the humor. It is good for tense moments like these.
Screwllum
Screwllum
The emotions of organic life are like tides โ€” it is my fault for not noticing the trajectory of the moon. Let Herta be alone for a while so she can calm her emotions. It'll be beneficial for our negotiations later as well.
Screwllum
Screwllum
As for the Simulated Universe... If that's the reason you're here, maybe I can help in answering your questions.
Options
(Explain what happened)
Screwllum
Screwllum
Hmm. Search: Bonfire in the depths of the woods. A lone stone sword points to the stars... "Punklorde Mentality"? That is no ordinary curio, my friend.
Screwllum
Screwllum
That is a love letter a Galaxy Ranger has written for the universe. {F#Young madam}{M#Young sir}, how much do you know about Punklorde?
Options
I've heard of it.
Don't know much.
Nobody, and I mean nobody, knows more about Punklorde than I do.
Screwllum
Screwllum
It is a planet made of data and symbols. The edges of reality and illusion are blurred in Punklorde, as are its days and nights.
Screwllum
Screwllum
An "Aether Cartridge" is a chip that Punklordian hackers use to edit reality. The ways through which a hacker perceives and modifies the world are recorded on the chip.
Screwllum
Screwllum
It's a recording of the hacker's life and proof of their existence. The one on the space station belonged to someone truly legendary.
Screwllum
Screwllum
He became a Galaxy Ranger by accident and spent many long years traveling among the stars. He encountered countless fascinating individuals and saw wonders witnessed by few.
Screwllum
Screwllum
Many of the records and details recorded therein are beyond the knowledge of even the IPC and the Intelligentsia Guild. That is why it became part of the masses of calculation data for the Simulated Universe.
Screwllum
Screwllum
Yes. No need to worry, my friend. The cartridge has never left the space station.
Screwllum
Screwllum
It's as I said โ€“ it is a very important reference for the Simulated Universe โ€” that is why its data has been extracted and added to the calculations of the universe model.
Screwllum
Screwllum
Herta was probably impulsive and added the cartridge into the simulation without telling anyone, resulting in the item being listed as lost.
Options
So it was a false alarm...?
I'm still a little worried...
That person could've gotten into the office...
Screwllum
Screwllum
I understand your concern. If the individual in question did indeed try to hack into Herta's office, then the Simulated Universe is undoubtedly her next target.
Screwllum
Screwllum
As such, please allow me to offer my limited abilities to assist you with your investigation, {F#madam}{M#sir}.
Screwllum
Screwllum
As you already know, the Simulated Universe will be shut down temporarily. It will remain shut until Herta and I come to a clear conclusion.
Screwllum
Screwllum
Yes, this is the last chance to investigate the cartridge data.
Screwllum
Screwllum
By way of apology for shutting down the Simulated Universe, I will use my abilities in the Universe to provide you with what assistance I can.
Screwllum
Screwllum
This is my recommendation. Please take your time to consider it.
Screwllum
Screwllum
It is a planet made of data and symbols. The edges of reality and illusion are blurred in Punklorde, as are its days and nights.
Screwllum
Screwllum
An "Aether Cartridge" is a chip that Punklordian hackers use to edit reality. The ways through which a hacker perceives and modifies the world are recorded on the chip.
Screwllum
Screwllum
It's a recording of the hacker's life and proof of their existence. The one on the space station belonged to someone truly legendary.
Screwllum
Screwllum
He became a Galaxy Ranger by accident and spent many long years traveling among the stars. He encountered countless fascinating individuals and saw wonders witnessed by few.
Screwllum
Screwllum
Many of the records and details recorded therein are beyond the knowledge of even the IPC and the Intelligentsia Guild. That is why it became part of the masses of calculation data for the Simulated Universe.
Screwllum
Screwllum
Yes. No need to worry, my friend. The cartridge has never left the space station.
Screwllum
Screwllum
It's as I said โ€“ it is a very important reference for the Simulated Universe โ€” that is why its data has been extracted and added to the calculations of the universe model.
Screwllum
Screwllum
Herta was probably impulsive and added the cartridge into the simulation without telling anyone, resulting in the item being listed as lost.
Options
So it was a false alarm...?
I'm still a little worried...
That person could've gotten into the office...
Screwllum
Screwllum
Hehe, conversing with you is truly a delightful experience.
Screwllum
Screwllum
It is a planet made of data and symbols. The edges of reality and illusion are blurred in Punklorde, as are its days and nights.
Screwllum
Screwllum
An "Aether Cartridge" is a chip that Punklordian hackers use to edit reality. The ways through which a hacker perceives and modifies the world are recorded on the chip.
Screwllum
Screwllum
It's a recording of the hacker's life and proof of their existence. The one on the space station belonged to someone truly legendary.
Screwllum
Screwllum
He became a Galaxy Ranger by accident and spent many long years traveling among the stars. He encountered countless fascinating individuals and saw wonders witnessed by few.
Screwllum
Screwllum
Many of the records and details recorded therein are beyond the knowledge of even the IPC and the Intelligentsia Guild. That is why it became part of the masses of calculation data for the Simulated Universe.
Screwllum
Screwllum
Yes. No need to worry, my friend. The cartridge has never left the space station.
Screwllum
Screwllum
It's as I said โ€“ it is a very important reference for the Simulated Universe โ€” that is why its data has been extracted and added to the calculations of the universe model.
Screwllum
Screwllum
Herta was probably impulsive and added the cartridge into the simulation without telling anyone, resulting in the item being listed as lost.
Options
So it was a false alarm...?
I'm still a little worried...
That person could've gotten into the office...

(Optional) Talk to Leonard

Screwllum's visit was to terminate the Simulated Universe project, how surprising! Thankfully, the robot gentleman is an open-minded individual, and he is more than happy to provide you with whatever help you need in your investigation before shutting down the system for good.
Punklorde Mentality
Leonard
Leonard
Dโ€”Did you hear that? I was so scared I couldn't utter a single word!
Leonard
Leonard
The Simulated Universe? Shut down? That's Madam Herta's biggest project. I can't imagine how mad she'd be if it fell through...
Leonard
Leonard
Wait... This isn't my fault, is it? If I'd been able to stop the enemy's invasion, would Mr. Screwllum be less pessimistic?
Options
It's not your fault.
Everyone's responsible.
Let's focus on what's in front of us.
Leonard
Leonard
*sigh* Thanks for trying to comfort me...
Leonard
Leonard
A bit harsh, but you're right...
Leonard
Leonard
You're right...
Leonard
Leonard
Ugh, this is terrible. I feel like I'm incapable of doing anything...
Leonard
Leonard
...still, beating myself up all the time won't help either. We're here for the cartridge. At the very least... we must try and see this thing through.
Leonard
Leonard
Having heard what Mr. Screwllum said, you're entering the Simulated Universe to continue the investigation, aren't you?
Leonard
Leonard
I'm afraid I won't be able to accompany you โ€” I'll be helping Mr. Screwllum monitor the system's internal data flow from the office. Ugh, I'm so nervous โ€” this is the first time I've been involved in something so big.
Leonard
Leonard
Anyway, I'll be cheering for you!

Punklorde Mentality
Leonard
Leonard
What is it? Are you still making up your mind? Time doesn't wait, my friend. Put your mind at ease and follow Mr. Screwllum inside.

Enter the Simulated Universe with Screwllum's help

Punklorde Mentality
Screwllum
Screwllum
Well, {F#madam}{M#sir}, are you ready?
Options
I've got something to ask you...
Let's get going.
I'm not ready yet...
Screwllum
Screwllum
Please, ask away. I welcome all forms of curiosity and the pursuit of knowledge.
Options
Are you really shutting down the Simulated Universe?
Who are the Galaxy Rangers that you speak of?
Tell me more about Punklorde's hackers.
That's all the questions I have...
Screwllum
Screwllum
Yes. There are other concerns besides those I've mentioned.
Screwllum
Screwllum
I believe that the miracles inside the Simulated Universe have the right to grow and develop organically. The will of others shouldn't be imposed upon it, just like in the actual universe.
Screwllum
Screwllum
The more Herta tries, the further she moves away from the Universe that she had hoped for. Conclusion: The endless iterations of the Simulated Universe are wearing down her talents, day by day.
Screwllum
Screwllum
I hope to free my dear friend from it.
Screwllum
Screwllum
Nevertheless, I must also clarify that this is my opinion alone. You should form your own judgment on Herta, {F#young madam}{M#young sir}.
Screwllum
Screwllum
They are a group that carries a balance scale with them at all times. They believe all the justice in the universe needs to be achieved through individual deeds.
Options
Then, what's the love letter for the universe?
Screwllum
Screwllum
That was the most suitable way of describing the Galaxy Rangers in my interpretation.
Screwllum
Screwllum
They are directed by the Path of The Hunt and are always accompanied by song and the sound of horns. They pursue justice for the individuals and groups they encounter along the way, and shower them with splendid wines and poems.
Screwllum
Screwllum
However, all stories come to an end, just as they disappeared from the spotlight long ago.
Screwllum
Screwllum
There is a group of lifeforms there that know nothing of fatigue. They are attempting to touch upon the umbilical cord of the truth.
Screwllum
Screwllum
They are compiling the languages, thoughts, and even emotions of the entire planet into symbols that even inorganic lifeforms can understand.
Screwllum
Screwllum
You see, in the vast sea of data, life exists only in one form: A line of code. Whether it's a butterfly, a whale, or even you โ€” the length of that line of code dictates the boundaries of what the entity entails.
Options
So, I'm actually a butterfly.
So, I'm actually a whale.
So, I'm actually data.
Screwllum
Screwllum
I've always thought of you that way.
Screwllum
Screwllum
Please, it's only a metaphor.
Screwllum
Screwllum
Maybe the emotions of organic lifeforms are an expression of data, don't you think?
Screwllum
Screwllum
Very well, get going we shall.
Screwllum
Screwllum
I will be sending you into the Simulated Universe using an alternative method. It might feel a little different than usual.
Screwllum
Screwllum
This will help us quickly locate the cartridge in the vast sea of data. We'll start with this data link. Now, please prepare yourself for a deep dive with your consciousness...
Screwllum
Screwllum
Take your time, I'll be waiting.

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