Chapter 3.15 - Voyager
Cathedral, Pilgrimage Council
Jan and the others arrive at the crumbling cathedral.
Jan: Are we… too late?
Melisse: This is... There should be tens of thousands of people gathered here. How could they all be gone after such a short time?
Jan: Where’s the Patriarch? Is he gone too?
Lactis: Either he got away, or he was caught in this disaster too…
Jan: Is this the work of Voyager again? Where is he!?
Melisse: I’m not detecting him in our vicinity.
Jan: How is that possible...!
Suddenly the cathedral starts to shake.
Jan: What’s happening?
Lactis: A local paradigm shift is occurring. This space… normal space cannot maintain these conditions!
Jan: What are you saying? That normal space is aligning with virtual space!?
Melisse: The whole church... No, the Zohar, is it responding to U-DO?
The space around them starts to flicker violently. When the light settles, the interior of the church has changed.
Jan: It seems to have stopped. But…
Melisse: Doctor Rozas and her son…
Jan: Y-Yes… No. Right now we have to focus on capturing Voyager…
Melisse: What are you saying!?
Melisse: We… No, you have to think of Joaquin and Sharon first right now! If you were such a cold, mechanical person, who could only think of tactics at a time like this… I couldn't follow a captain like that!!
Jan: Melisse… Thank you. I have good subordinates…
Jan and the others make their way through the altered cathedral.
Bugs: Captain, wait! I’m detecting a large number of macrophages below us! And their size is…!!
Jan: What's wrong?
Bugs: T-This can’t be…! I’m detecting… Sleipnir, Auduhmla, Baldur, Garm, Egil, Loki… a group like that could easily defeat us!
Lactis: Damn! So many units of that size appearing at once…
Jan: Yes. But we’ve beaten these guys before. We can do it again.
Melisse: Besides, Sharon and Joaquin might be there… Let’s go!
After the security units are destroyed, the space around them begins to distort.
Melisse: A change in space!?
A large macrophage appears.
Lactis: Looks like we’ll have to beat this guy if we want to get through.
Jan: Sure does… let’s do it!
Battle with Alkyoneus.
Voyager: So this is the Zohar. It’s beautiful… What an appropriate place for me to achieve my objective! Take heed, souls that are imprisoned in my mind! You shouldn't miss this! Oh, don’t be so solemn… we’re about to become an existence you can’t even imagine! My preparations are complete! Look, oh great Lord! Oh great U-DO! Grant me your power by the terms of our contract!
Sharon and Joaquin are kneeling in front of the Zohar. An impassable barrier surrounds them.
Jan: Sharon! Can you hear me? Dammit! Sharon!! Listen to me, Sharon!
Voyager: “And the bowl was poured on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared." [Revelation 16:12] …Are you ready to accept the way of God?
Sharon: Yes. If it is to weave eternity… if it is to fulfill the destiny that the people of Zohar were born for… our blood cannot do better. Still…
Voyager: What? Say it.
Sharon: In exchange for our lives… is it true that you’ll bring peace to the people we love?
Voyager: I guarantee it…
Jan: Sharon! He’s manipulating you! This is one of Voyager’s mind hacks…!
Joaquin: Mom… now we can be with Papa forever, right?
Sharon: Yes, we really can… we’ll never lose him again…
Joaquin: I’m happy… Mom, I’m really happy.
Jan: Joaquin! Save Sharon! Sharon! Do you want Joaquin to die!? That dream, it’s a lie! You can’t be happy that way!
Voyager: Then let’s go…
Sharon: Now, we'll never mourn anyone again…
Sharon and Joaquin are engulfed in light radiating from Voyager. Blood flows from their collapsed bodies.
Jan: Sharon… Joaquin…
Voyager: Well well, Captain. You didn’t make it after all, did you?
Jan: Why!? Yuriev betrayed you! You don’t need to harvest the cerebral narcotic for him anymore! Why are you doing this!?
Voyager: Yuriev? I’m no longer involved with the likes of him! If I carry out my contract with U-DO I’ll have nothing to fear anymore. So…
Voyager: I want you to give me your power!
Voyager: With your soul I can fulfill my dearest wish. Such a lonely, noble soul is perfect to seal my offering…
Melisse: Captain, look out! The barrier is expanding!!
Voyager: I suppose you’re not going to be so kind as to just hand it over? …I understand. It might be a bit violent, but it seems the time has come to settle this personally.
Battle with Voyager.