Roland: You saved Fred. I became his guardian after his father died.
Gale: Where is Cielo?
Roland: Well we thought the Society sent him… Your friend’s nearby. You don’t seem artificial.
Gale: What do you mean?
Roland: Take a look.
Er schaltet das Laptop ein und das Licht aus. Auf dem Monitor erscheinen Bilder.
Argilla: The Junkyard!?
Roland: Acually, it’s called “Asura Project Stage 1”. It’s a VR designed for urban warfare.
Argilla: What does that mean?
Roland: You guys, and that world you were in, are Programs the Cyber Shaman created for the Society. The Asura Project – It was designed to develop combat enhancemt AI, to be implanted in live soldiers. You were going to be programmed into microchips. Stage 1 is a collosseum for selecting the most effective AI. It’s a purgatory born of wisdom that man stole from God. 30 years ago, at the end of the 20th century, crises erupted worldwide. Mutated pathogens, abnormal weather patterns, collapsed ecosystems and the Cuvier Syndrome. Historically, a genius always emerges in troubled times. 10 years ago, one such individual found the source of these problems. Jenna Angel. She was part of the International Environmental Stabilization committee. She stated the disaster were caused by data from the sun, hidden discretely within its rays. The sun – a gigantic body of accumulated data. She said, “He” was there from the beginning, influencing Earth and its development.” That placed HIM on God’s level.
Gale: And what does this god have to do with us?
Roland: Man is God’s accursed son. We use our knowledge to find new ways of killing. The Society was formed to survive our tribulation, but the army corrupted it, and you were created. However, knowledge alone cannot create a perfect AI.
Gale: The Cyber Shaman? You said she created us.
Roland: A medium between God and man, the Society’s very foundation.
Argilla: Sera woks for the Society? We risked our lives for her. You’re saying none of that mattered?
Roland: You can’t fight your programming.
Argilla: Sera cared about us!
Roland: An artist can feel love for he masterpiece sometimes –
Argilla regt sich auf und Gale sagt, sie soll sich beruhigen. Er fragt Roland, woher er alle dies weiß.
Roland: We have a mole in the Society.
Gale: How can you verify the information’s authenticity?
Roland: This disc of composite data … we received it just before you arrived. A complex electromagnetic wave pattern. Our test subject became a demon, like you. And then, of course, there’s your existence. God, shaman… We have to believe.
Roland: Here’s a question.
Do you know what happened in the Karma Socity five years ago? Would you like to?
Colonel Terence E. Beck. He claimed that you had all died according to Cielo.
Gale: That is not his face.
Roland: Back then, he oversaw the Asura Project. He died when God went mad. A man who died in this world claims an AI killed him… Doesn’t make sense. You and Varin supposed to be programs. Something happened that day. Only the Cyber Shaman knows the truth, linking you to the Society.
Gale: Get to the Point. What is it you want?
Roland: bring us the cyber shaman. It’s her fault that there are orphans like Fred. But without the Shaman’s power, we have no hope. (Zitatende)