|The Flames of Betrayal
Syndicate Soldiers: Aaagh!
Bellina: I'm baaaaack!
Bauer: Back so soon, Ij-9?
Bellina: Oh, I tried to stay away. But these little insects kept comin' at me, so what's a girl to do?
Bellina: Figured I'd just come destroy their nest and be done with it.
Bauer: You liken us to insects, yet I have lured you here like a moth to flame!
Bellina: It's barely been any time at all since my slipup broke your little toy.
Bellina: Yet here you are, ready and waiting with an army of troops... You're far too prepared.
Bellina: You knew this was how things were gonna play out, didn't you?
Bellina: ...You've been waiting for a chance to get rid of me for some time.
Bellina: At least tell it to me straight! Enough with the subterfuge!
Bauer: This is what it means to be part of a group. Someone like you, with your mistaken idea of freedom, will likely never understand.
Bellina: I don't want to understand.
Bellina: And I'm done talking! Make them hurt, Renegade Queen!
Bauer: My, my. The damage has reached the anticipated value. Bring out Ij-459.
Syndicate Soldier: Er, but sir, it's still—
Bauer: I am well aware we can't control it. The alternative, however, is our demise—or are you a traitor too?
Syndicate Soldier: N-no sir! As you command, sir!
Bauer: Ij-459 has been infused with even greater levels of draconic mana than the late Ij-458. Do you know what that means?
Syndicate Soldier: Aaah!
Bellina: It's another failure you can't control?
Bauer: What it lacks in controllability, it makes up for in strength and belligerence. If you consider strength to be the measure of freedom, then it is clearly freer than you!
Syndicate Soldiers: Aaaaaaah!
Syndicate Soldier: I-it's going to kill us all!
Syndicate Soldier: Nngh!
Syndicate Soldiers: Aah! Aaaaaaah!
Bellina: You call that freedom?
Bauer: Is feeding your cravings at will not your very definition of freedom?
Bauer: You seek to act however you wish, free of all ties—but there is no value in that.
Bauer: No, the true value of freedom is found in subjugation. The awareness of what binds you, and the strength to overcome it.
Bauer: Until you are able to understand that, you will continue to be but a petulant child, indulging in tantrums. Just like Ij-459 here.
Syndicate Soldiers: Eeeek!
Bauer: Well, I believe this is where we part ways.
Bellina: You're just gonna leave your toy behind?
Bauer: ...You accused me earlier of planning to be rid of you, yes? Well, you were only half right.
Bauer: I didn't just want to eliminate you, Ij-9—I wanted to destroy the entire Ij series. The project as a whole.
Bellina: What...? If you were planning on killing this thing to begin with, why even make it?! Cut the crap!
Bauer: Your opinion is of no consequence. The truth of the matter is there is no future for the Ij series.
Bauer: The fact that, after 450 subjects, none have surpassed the now-ancient Ij-9 is proof enough.
Bellina: What? I thought you said Ij-458's scores totally dwarfed mine?
Bauer: The scores meant little. I merely needed something to placate the Syndicate's demands for evidence of progress.
Bellina: So you were full of it from the start... And now you need a way to shut this hideout down too, right?
Bauer: A project this well-funded cannot be so easily dismantled, after all.
Bellina: Oh, it's a big job all right. And I'm just another cog in the works.
Bauer: Heh. Catching on, are you? That's right. I knew you would turn traitor. It was the last element I needed to pull my plan together.
Bauer: The Syndicate abhors traitors above all else. So when I sacrifice my subordinates and base to kill this particularly dangerous one? Why, they'll thank me.
Bauer: Is that "straight" enough for you?
Bellina: What—no! You're seriously okay with killing all these people?!
Bauer: Hah. It's rather rich to hear that from such a prolific killer as yourself.
Bauer: I am but a lowly farmer whose fields no longer come to harvest. What else is there to do but leave for greener pastures?
Bauer: And so, I take what I can from my old field, to help me on my way. Is that not the natural course?
Bellina: Maybe. But I don't think things are gonna go to plan.
Bauer: You would stop me, would you? Even now you fail to see your freedom is at my behest.
Bauer: You are our puppet, Ij-9. You have never been free.
Bellina: ...Maybe you're right. But that doesn't mean I can't win my freedom now.
Bauer: Hah! You have spunk, if nothing else. But alas, my dear, Ij-459 is far stronger than you.
Bellina: Not much of a talker, huh? Well, you ARE a newborn, I guess.
Bellina: All right, Renegade Queen, let's show this kid who's the strongest around here!