『BGM: Morning from Tokyo | Shin Godzilla OST』
『Scene #1 - A1』
『The Scene opens up with scenic panning shots of the brutalist, yet seemingly beautiful, Berlin cityscape, before it jump cuts to a sleepy Alberich in his standard king's garb as he's flanked by his escort and a couple other guards as he heads down an escalator.』
Escort: "The rest of the day's itinerary is as such your Majesty: Your are to visit Her Royal Highness, Raina, by 10:30 AM, after that there's been a summons from your court at Noon, then you are to attend and bless Her Royal Highness' daughter's piano recital at 3:00 PM, and finally you are to meet with representatives from both Spagonia and France at 6:00 PM."
Alberich: [Yawns softly before scratching neck] "Right. I forgot that Rosa had her piano recital today. Any word on her education, Wulf?"
Wulf: "As far as I've been told, she's been given the utmost we can provide for a member of the Royal Family. Her grades are in the top 5% among her graduating class."
Alberich: "She must be a kid genius or something.." [Genuine surprise]
Wulf: "It is to be expected if she is ever to succeed her mother in the coming years. She is the daughter of a princess after all. Her existence carries weight, weight of the next generation."
Alberich: [Chuckles a bit and then sighs] "Yeah.. Which reminds me, how's Oswald's family holding up? Anything from Berta?"
Wulf: [Shakes head] "All that we know is that Her Royal Highness has been cooped up her room on the estate for the past few months, we haven't heard anything from the estate."
Alberich: [Grimaces as he leans on onside of the escalator] "Right. Add an item to the end of that itinerary of yours to visit my brother's estate to check up on them."
Wulf: [Nods] "Of course Sire."
Alberich: [Glances around seeing the bows and stares] "I'm never going to get used to this.." [Sighs]
『A montage of sorts ensues with Alberich cutting the rope to a expansive mall, and then having meet and greets with the citizenry. Seems perfectly normal aside from a figure being seen in the background, barely out of shot. The montage ends as Alberich and Wulf get back into the armored vehicle and drive off to Raina's estate. Transition.』
『BGM CHANGE: Nightstalker (10 Minutes) | Ghost in the Shell OST』
『Scene #1 - A2』
『Fade in. The armored vehicle pulls up to a lavish mansion, not too dissimilar to Alberich's. A head-butler is waiting for Alberich and Wulf who escort the two to a common room where Raina and her own escort is waiting for him.』
Alberich: "Well, well, well. I didn't think you'd give me the time of da--"
Raina: [Shoots him a glare] "I insisted that we did not have this meeting, but mother was persistent on keeping us in the loop with each other to ensure no more of us die. Quite smart of her in my own opinion."
Alberich: [A little nervous] "R-Right.." [Takes his seat] "So Rosa's recital is today. I imagine with me as King you want me to be there and bless a good performance right?"
Raina: "Not only that." [Takes a sip of tea] "She has also requested that you appear, seeing as you're now king.. She always did take a shinning to you, even though you were a sinful bastard.."
Alberich: [Cringes a bit] "Hurtful, but yeah...neither do I at times.. She's an oddball."
Raina: "Quite." [Another sip]
『Silence befalls the two before Alberich speaks up a few minutes later.』
Alberich: "I was told by Wulf that Berta hasn't left the estate in three months.. Do you anything about that?"
Raina: [Shakes head slightly] "I do not. I'm just as much in the dark as you are."
Alberich: "Dammit.. In any case, I'm planning on stopping by there by the end of the day to check in on them.."
Raina: "Hm. Berta can be quite fickle at times, especially considering that some of her servants are quite hostile to "trespassers.""
Alberich: "You went to the estate?"
Raina: "On occasion, yes, to do exactly what you're going to do."
Alberich: "Why would they be hostile towards us?"
Raina: "Perhaps it has something to do with Berta or her sons. I haven't heard anything from either boy, they've seemingly gone off the grid."
Alberich: "And you didn't think to tell me about this??" [Growing both concerned and frustrated]
Raina: "Why would the King need involve himself in something that would only discredit his right to the throne? There are many players in this game Albert. If you react to this information and try to form your own search and rescue, then some of your opposition would use to delegitimize you. I'm merely doing what is in your best interest."
Alberich: [Leans back exasperated] "Best interest..Right.." [Leans on a arm rest, hand in face] "And let me fucking guess, you're trying to figure out this little mystery right?"
Raina: "Correct. So you need not concern yourself with this thread sire."
Alberich: [Throws hands up a little, and begins pacing around the room] "Okay, sure, you want me to not concern myself with the fact that our next generation is fucking missing and their mother is in emotional internment! Sure, I'll happily not concern myself!!"
Alberich: 'What!?" [Snaps to her]
Raina: "Like I've said. The situation is being taken care of as we speak, you need not concern yourself here. It'll only prove to you're opposition that you're not fit to rule."
Alberich: [Grits teeth] "Maybe I am not fit to rule.. Hells, I didn't want to rule in the first place. I was perfectly intent on wasting my life on cheap alcohol and brothel women! And then father and brother die for some mysterious reason, and they don't even crown you but me."
Raina: "By way of law and tradition, the sons of a dying or dead king must inherit the throne before the daughters can. There's only been a few queens in record history as far as post-First Impact is concerned. Which means, if you somehow die for whatever reason, then, and only then, would I inherit the throne. However, that is the worse case scenario as I do not have any sons, and you have not taken a queen of your own yet to bear an suitable heir. As of now, we're in a delicate situation that should not be squandered."
Alberich: [Sighs heavily] "Yeah....yeah...." [Deflates and sits back down; leaning back] "I just wish I didn't have to be king.."
Raina: "Be careful what you wish for Albert.."
Alberich: [Falls into silent contemplation]
『Silence comes once more before Alberich speaks yet again.』
Alberich: "About Uncle Landolf.."
Raina: [Glances up from her tea]
Alberich: "Why did a letter addressed to me come to you?"
Raina: "Simple. Uncle Landolf is a deranged man, and has always been known to take the unconventional option.."
Alberich: [Thinks about that statement] "Yeah... You're right about that.. He was always a strange guy whenever he came by."
Raina: "Quite so. Now. I believe we are done here if you have nothing else to talk about.."
Alberich: "No.. Nothing entirely important.. Just more kingly business that doesn't need any real explanation."
Raina: "I see. Then my attendants will show you the door then. Good day brother."
Alberich: "Right" [Stands and nods] "See ya sis."
『Alberich then leaves thereafter. He and Wulf get into the armored vehicle and depart for some side-activities Alberich wishes to do before going to the parliamentary building which typically consists of entertainment of various forms. Transition.』
『BGM: Casual Background (Extended) | Silent hill 3 OST』
『Scene #2 - A1』
『Fade in. The armored vehicle pulls up to the parliamentary building, and find that there doesn't appear to be too many reporters today, and simply heads into the meeting room where the figureheads sit and wait before standing to their feet at Alberich's arrival.』
Alberich: "Take your seats. Lets make this quick."
Man 3: "Yes your Majesty." [Clears throat] "As of 13 hours ago, we've lost an entire swat team.. Now I know that isn't anything new when dealing with opposition gangs, but this one was different." [Turns to the King] "This team apparently encountered a magical beast."
『There are audible gasps and looks of horror』
Man 1: "I thought we rid the land of those creatures during King Lubin's reign?"
Man 3: "That is what my agency thought as well when we grabbed the tapes from the body-cameras. However we believe this was not a isolated incident."
Woman 2: "How so?"
Man 3: "There have been similar incidences within the past month, and they have only been increasing in frequency and ferocity. What connects each one is this symbol." [Slides the picture across the table for everyone to see]
Man 3: "When my agency sent in investigators, we found this all over the walls of one of the bedrooms. We did some further digging and apparently it was a deep-state cult known as the Illuminated that was prevalent prior to the First Impact. They, however, have since fallen by the wayside due to both the Impact War and the emergence of the fantastical. It's likely, that we're dealing with a foreign, or possibly domestic, terrorist group that holds the ideologies of the ancient Illuminated. If this is to be the case, then this incident was their way of getting our intention, if they have not done so already."
Alberich: [Leans forward, clearly intrigued by this discussion] "So we got cult-like terrorists? What is their aim?"
Man 3: "That's what we're still trying to figure out Sire. We have a couple working theories."
Alberich: [Gestures for him to spill it]
Man 3: [Nods] "One theory is that they're trying to get closer and closer to your Majesty. For what reason we aren't exactly sure on that front, but it would be safe to say that they would have be studying your every move to ensure they could jump at the chance to kidnap you. However this is only a theory and we do not have sufficient evidence to this. Another theory could be that they're planning something that is far more catastrophic than something as simple as jumping a swat team. Perhaps they're planning some kind of invasion with some foreign aid and some means of controlling magical beasts. However, much like the first theory, we barely have anything to this. Which is why I urge everyone here to keep eyes and ears open for anything. These people are crafty and highly dangerous. If you encounter them, do not engage with them and report directly to me or local authorities."
Alberich: [Nods] "Of course Arnulf."
『Everyone is an agreement』
Alberich: "Is that all?"
Arnulf: "There is one more piece of information we needed to tell you. There appears to be a cluster-war brewing with the Eastern Europan states. Some have already requested we give them in aid. Much like France and Spagonia, involvement could result another world war even though it feels like we're slowly slipping that way everyday.."
Alberich: "I'll be meeting with French and Spagonian representatives later today. Send word to those states that we will not aid them with anything outside our usual trade agreements."
Arnulf: "It shall be done."
Alberich: "Is that all?"
Arnulf: "Yes sire."
Alberich: [Gets and begins to leave] "Then this meeting is adjourned for the day." [Leaves thereafter]
『The rest of Alberich's day goes as planned with him attending, and blessing, Raina's daughter's recital and turning down the representatives who plead him for aid. Another night of feast-like partying ensues. Transition』
『BGM CHANGE: I've Been Losing You (Extended Version)| Silent hill 3 OST』
『Scene #2 - A2』
『Fade in. There's an intelligence agency in Central Berlin. Camera pans through a building seeing people of all walks of life delving into individual cases and such. However the camera falls onto a particular agent who looks be having a rough time of it; her desk absolutely laced with papers.』
Female agent: "Gods dammit!" [Swipes papers away] "I've been at this for hours and there's just no fucking end to this shit!" [Continues organizing]
『Arnulf and a clerk step into frame, him giving a calming smile while he gestures for the clerk to help her organize.』
Arnulf: "Glad to see that you're still at it Aristea."
Aristea: "Yes.. Even though I didn't expect the workload to be so damn high.."
Arnulf: "This is a tight case, I have other departments working the case as well.. But the field work ultimately falls on you and Rochelle. You're the most capable we have that can deal with this. Your track records are flawless in that accord."
Aristea: [Groans] "Yeah, yeah.. Don't remind me.. I assume you're coming to me looking for more information?"
Arnulf: "Yes mam."
Aristea: [Scours through mountains of paper] "I haven't been able to formulate a basis MO yet, but with a little time in the field I can probably whip up something by the end of the week."
Arnulf: [Nods] "I'll check back in by then."
Aristea: "Yes sir."
『Arnulf and the clerk step out of frame, heading off to a different part of the building. Leaving Aristea behind herself to wallow for a bit before Rochelle enters the frame.』
Rochelle: "So I've gotten some leads on our cultic buddies. Apparently there were armored trucks moving through a couple small towns toward the south, and one of those townspeople happen to see that monster that was on body-cameras. We can head that way via train and arrive there by afternoon of tomorrow, if we leave tonight."
Rochelle: [Looks over the desk.] "Yeah, you definitely need time away from this shit."
Aristea: "Ya'think?" [Shoots a glare]
Rochelle: [Puts hands up] "Hey, I'm just saying you need some air."
Aristea: "Yeah, yeah.. Let's pack up our equipment and get going. The less I'm here, the better."
Rochelle: "You got it."
『The two pack up their equipment and depart for the southern countryside later that night. Fade to black.』