Last time, none will be left alive.
So, metagame time! I’m curious to see what tack R07 will take with this going forward so that it’s not just a repeat of stuff meta!Battler and Bea have already discussed during the route proper.
Still can’t believe how long it took me to make the Dante connection.
Rosa wakes up groggily in a strange place, which Bea sitting across from her saying she’ll find whatever she wants if the current selection isn’t good enough. In front of them is tea.
“It’s just that, ……I am very much a witch. I think it would be wise to ask for something that only a witch can grant. Isn’t this a rare chance. You can actually receive a favor from me, Beatrice the Golden. *cackle*cackle*!”
Bea blows on her pipe and the room feels with gold bars. Rosa still is too zonked to speak or move.
Bea continues on, saying some things gold can’t fix, and she can help with that, too.
“How far must the deep wounds in your heart recede before they can be healed? ………This is, ………deep, deep. ……Sometimes, wounds close up when a fragment of something is still inside. …Even when those wounds appear to have healed, they will continue to throb for all eternity. Sometimes you have to open the wound once to completely heal it.”
Bea catches her eyes, and Rosa starts to feel sleepy, very sleepy.
Rosa flashes back to her siblings abusing her as a kid.
I was always punished suddenly and then later told what the punishment was for, in a forced manner, but it was always something I didn’t remember doing.
……So I really hated Krauss nii-san.
[…] She was always a very sly person, and she often lied to me, tricked me, bullied me all time. It had seemed like I was stupid, and she said it was only natural for stupid people to be swindled by those better than them. So I wanted to become a wise person like Eva nee-san, and listened to what she said, but when I obeyed her, for some reason, someone always got really mad at me.
……So I really hated Eva nee-san.
[…] When Krauss nii-san was around, he was friendly with Krauss nii-san. When Eva nee-san was around, he was friendly with Eva nee-san. …And when Krauss nii-san wasn’t around, he was violent like Krauss nii-san, and when Eva nee-san wasn’t around he played dirty like Eva nee-san. And even though he was also bullied most of the time, when Krauss nii-san and Eva nee-san weren’t around, he gave me two people’s worth of bullying.
……So I really hated Rudolf nii-san.
[…] becoming an adult is the same thing as separating yourself from all of those memories. Therefore. No matter how much time passed, Rosa couldn’t become an adult.
……Even though she had been blessed with a daughter called Maria and was called a mother, …she didn’t at all feel like she had become an adult.
Bea says she feels sorry for Rosa because of all this, and wonders how to help her. After much deliberating, she snaps her fingers and a rich banquet appears. Rosa thinks that this is an odd way to make up for what her siblings did to her. She’s also still unable to move, so goat servants have to feed her. Oh, are they just going to eat her?
As the goats give her wine, Bea is like, oh, btw, I mixed your brother’s blood into the wine. Rosa immediately coughs and spits it all out, because obviously.
Bea’s like, and here’s my torture device! And sure enough.
Bea snaps her fingers again, and Krauss appears in the machine, and it starts running. Bea says she can revive and re-kill her victims as many times as she wants. Isn’t this just the perfect way to get revenge for how they treated Rosa!
Once again, the goat head servants tilted a deep red glass against her mouth. …Rosa tried resisting by closing her lips, but the deep red liquid was relentlessly poured into her mouth, which was hanging open with shock, and the inside of her mouth was filled with a ghastly sweetness… It was definitely a fragrant sweetness. The living blood of her brother, who had given her such hateful thoughts and made her soak her pillow so many times, had been collected from his death, repeated dozens of times. It wasn’t as though the crimson-stained wine wasn’t sweet.
But Rosa tried to spit it out. Because of that, the deep red wine that spilled out of Rosa’s mouth looked just like a bloodstain.
……Now that she knew that this ghastly substance wasn’t a simple aperitif, Rosa couldn’t help but feel uncomfortable about what would happen if this banquet continued.
Geez, Rosa, I know you’re magic-drugged but ‘this makes me kinda uncomfortable’ is a slight underreaction to ‘time to eat your siblings.’
Honestly it’s so hard not to love how much fun Bea has being evil.
Anyway, dessert is Maria! dun dun dun
Suddenly, a muscular goat cook was holding Maria under his arm. And Maria gazed at Rosa with a face that was only slightly sad.
As Rosa spat out the food that was continually being carried to her mouth, as she was covered with filth and saliva and blood, she resisted filthily and screamed.
“…If you… think I’m a burden… I don’t mind if you eat me. …After all, I’m always doing horrible things to you. Even when you bring a man over, I can’t stay quiet. When you spend the night out with a man, I get lonely and unruly and make a mess of my room. When I go to search by myself, I get lost, the police pick me up, and you’re shamed. When you don’t come home for several days and I cry and have to be consoled by the neighbors, you’re shamed.”
It’s kind of beside the point right now, but Maria continues to map very well on to autism — autistic kids tend to wander if the doors aren’t locked and struggle with changes to routine.
“Because I’m like this, I’m a burden to Mama. Sorry for being born. So, I’ll become delicious oven-baked apples for Mama’s sake.”
Maria vanishes, and Rosa starts screaming for it all to stop.
“Have you been satisfied with my hospitality…? Then I’ll have you accept it. That I am a witch. Proclaim it. ‘Ushiromiya Rosa accepts that Beatrice is a witch’!!”
Rosa’s like, yes, you’re a witch, holy shit!
Bea says, well, great, but I’m going to kill Maria anyway.
“*cackle*cackle*, hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!! I finally made you acknowledge it!! That crafty Battler has already surrendered, and I made Rosa, the fool who denied me even after being invited to the Golden Land, accept it!! Perfect!! <It’s perfect!!> I’ve accomplished my perfect victory!! […] ”
Suddenly, Battler! He punches Bea, lol.
“Slice up your cow tits and make me a sandwich.”
Surely you had time to come up with a better entry line, Battler.
“And Maria. It’s ten years too early for you to talk about having someone eat you up. But in ten years, you’d better say that to me. Promise.”
Is… is this Bat asking Maria to proposition him for oral sex when she’s 18? Am I insane? Is there another way to read this line????? I’m just going to move past this because wtf.
Moving on from the worst cool entrance ever made.
“Sorry to keep you waiting, Aunt Rosa. I’d forgotten. This is a one-on-one fight between me and this woman. It’s totally wrong for me to give in. Thanks to you hanging in there, I’ve gotten my will to fight back!!”
Why could you not just start with this.
They’re both like THE GAME ISN’T OVER YET.
“While we’re waiting, why don’t you tell me all about it? There were a lot of closed rooms in this game. Using red, I’ve smashed to bits most of the methods by which you tried to talk yourself out of them. What other evasive quibbles will you show me now?!! The lock to the chapel, the lock to Jessica’s room, the lock to the servant room, the lock to Natsuhi’s room, the lock to the parlor!! Use your bizarre specialty, those delusions, rantings, daydreams, and bluffs, all slanted with ridiculous, incredible turns of events, and show how you can thoroughly deny meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!”
Bat is like NO, LOCKED ROOMS, MY ONLY KRYPTONITE!!!
Battler strikes his Ace Attorney pose, and the actual game credits roll.
Well, that was kind of disappointing. It does wrap up some necessary plot loose ends, and in a spectacularly weird way, but I was hoping for some meta discussion about the route. Womp womp.
I mean, hey, at least we now know Rosa will stop short of literally killing and eating Maria.
Anyway, next time: