I finally settle on Palmon as my starter. Before proceeding, I acquire 100% scan data for Poromon, Bubbmon and Koromon.
Chapter 01 "Welcome to the Kuremi Detective Agency"Nakano Broadway, Kuremi Detective Agency
Mysterious Voice: Over here...jump.
"That voice urged me to "jump"...what in the world is going on?"
As we try to leave, the mysterious voice speaks up again.
Mirei is a character brought back from Re:Digitize on the PSP and 3DS. Prior to release those games were speculated to be canon to her appearance in Cyber Sleuth, but we'll see if that holds up. She says we were brought together by a destined crossing of paths, and that when the time comes we'll understand everything.
友 情), an unknown Digimon at level 9 with 20 aptitude (寸能) if we've already met him, Guilmon at level 7 and Toy Agumon at level 8. Koromon had a maximum level of 9, but by degenerating him to Botamon and then raising him again to Koromon at level 3 his max level increases to 13. However, these max level increases are really only visible after evolving back to the stage you were at--unlike in Digimon Story, you don't get to increase it through degeneration alone.
As for Palmon, she's already met most of the base stat requirements for her evolutions. Some of these are guesses based on silhouettes, but she can reach Kuwagamon at level 14; Togemon at level 16 with 25% friendship; Veggiemon at level 12; Sunflowmon at level 14 and with 40+ Brains; and Woodmon at level 14. Basically being level 14 will open up three different evolutions, but she can't degenerate right now because we have to meet her degenerated form (Tanemon) first to do that. I suspect that either Togemon or Sunflowmon will be the routes through which we can get Rosemon, but the others will still be worth pursuing to learn their skills and passive abilities.
Time for a mass egg-hatching session! Nade-nade!
Digitama have always been a pretty neat mechanic. Originally they helped differentiate which virtual pet you had, and their designs here reflect the original dot matrix V-pets, visualized in three dimensions. This one most nearly corresponds to the V-pet Ver.1 Digitama, or its Pendulum equivalent. In Cyber Sleuth Digitama are colored based on the element of the Digimon that hatches from them; for Koromon that's Fire.
Pukumon's is Water, so his egg is blue.
Bubbmon and Punimon both hatch from gray eggs, because their element is Null. As it turns out, Bubbmon is redundant on our team. He evolves into Palmon's Baby II stage; thus his primary purpose is to reach that stage so that Palmon can degenerate to it, then he'll be off the team. Unlike wild Digimon, all of the Baby Digimon born out of Digitama know Bubbles, a 2 SP skill with a base effect of 30 and a 90% hit rate. Any Digimon that degenerates to the Baby level will also learn Bubble, and retain it through their evolutions.
I use the Mirror Dungeon service to recreate the Digital Network we were just in, raise everyone's levels to 5 in about four battles, and then head back to evolve my Digimon. Look at Botamon dance! He's one of my favorite Baby Digimon.
Bubbmon evolves to Tanemon, and is promptly reduced to scan data. No excess copies of evolution lines is a rule I play by to keep things organized.
→Angewomon line. Of note is that Nyaromon can also pursue the Armadillomon and either Terriermon or Lopmon (it's hard to tell from the silhouettes) lines.
Meanwhile Poyomon evolves into Tokomon, for Patamon→Angemon. I guess to someone unfamiliar with the franchise it's crazy that I can index all of these, but most games only have a pool of around 200 Digimon and it's not hard to remember anything from the first season once you've seen it. Now anything from Xros Wars, I have no idea how those evolutions work.
Before we leave, Mirei gives us a hacking skill. This lets us use our Digimon for their intended purpose, as a hacking tool to bring down firewalls.
Kyouko calls us up as we enter the Junk Park plaza. We relay the situation about Mirei to her--Kyouko wishes she could have met her too, and wonders what her real objective is. Anyway, right now we need to recover the Avatar parts from Cron's junk data.
The Avatar parts are spread out like Jiggies, in four or five parts. To recover them, we have to battle Digimon that have latched onto the data.
One of these battles finally brings elements to the table in a serious way. There are three elemental cycles in Cyber Sleuth, and the most basic is Virus > Data > Vaccine > Virus. Digimon take 2x damage from whatever they're weak against, but the Free element is completely removed from this cycle taking and receiving neutral damage. Then there's Fire > Grass > Water > Fire, with Null as the unaligned element. Digimon in this cycle take 1.5x damage. There's also Ground > Electricity > Wind > Ground which is another 1.5x damage cycle. Finally, Light and Dark both take and receive 1.5x damage from each other. In the above example, Shakomon is Virus-Water, so takes 1.5x damage from Palmon's Grass but dealing 2x against her Data. Most all Baby I and Baby II Digimon are Free, so they're exempt from the double damage equation. Gotsumon is Data-Ground, 1.5x weak to Wanyamon's Wind. And Piyomon is Vaccine-Wind, so 2x vulnerable to Palmon's Data attribute.
I'm not going to specifically run these down for every encounter, just be aware of the computer element symbols and the classical element colors visible above.
It's much simpler to say that Palmon's carrying the team.
There are four status effects that affect turns; confusion (causes random actions), paralysis, sleep and stun. Then there's three status effects with more specific conditions; poison causes gradual HP loss, and Flat (I'm borrowing Digimon World's term) results in "dot drawification" (ドット絵化) reducing our Digimon to a dot matrix sprite that can't use its skills. Bug inflicts a computer bug and I'll burn that bridge when I cross it.
Our last Jiggy battle is a tutorial on XROS combos. If you have two or more allies next to one another on the timeline, you can perform a XROS combo of one of four types. Chain Attack by using your normal Attacks together, Damage Up by using multiple attacking skills, Heal Up by using multiple healing skills, and Skill Up by using status skills. Your ability to use XROS combos is affected by your Digimon's Friendship, which if Cyber Sleuth handles it the way past Story games did is primarily raised on the farm.
Mission accomplished. Kyouko suggests we log out, but we can't use this particular departure point because of Arata's temporary modifications to the logout zone. Instead we have to backtrack to the Junk Park plaza and exit there.
Now that we've recovered our Avatar parts we at least look right, but we're still in a half-digital state. Kyouko finds our case especially interesting.
"...As always, you come without knocking, old man."Our conversation gets interrupted by another guest. Detective Matayoshi Gorou is an elite police detective that goes way back with Kyouko--he knew her father when she was still a child. Whether she's become a beautiful woman or not today, Kyou-chan is still Kyou-chan to him. Right now he has a particular case on his hands related to EDEN, and Kyouko invites him to sit down about it.
A special disease has been going around in relation to EDEN, EDEN Syndrome. EDEN users fall into a sleep from which they never awake. The central hospital has been seeing a number of cases related to it, and quarantining the afflicted to prevent its spread. Something else has been going on behind the scenes though, and Kyouko thinks this has Kamishiro Enterprise written all over it. While EDEN is a Kamishiro property, so is the central hospital--which gives the corporation certain liberties to cover things up. It's not unthinkable that those patients aren't waking up because somebody at Kamishiro doesn't want them to. But security is tight, and it's proving very difficult for Gorou to investigate the central hospital directly. As Kyouko's about to offer him some coffee, Gorou suddenly finds himself called away elsewhere.
"'Ask, and it shall be given you.' ...No, in your case "Open Sesame!" is more appropriate."At the same time that we're trying to figure this one out, Kamishiro is also on the move. Is it just chance that we've turned up here? Kyouko's decided to investigate the central hospital, and we're coming too. In our current condition, what else can we do but go along with it?
Our objective is to get data on EDEN Syndrome, and we're not leaving without it. We can't exactly go in guns blazing, so it's time to split up and look for a way into the network.
We have three ways of introducing ourselves:
"W-what are you looking at!?"
"Hey babe~ Where've I seen you before?"
But no matter what we choose, the woman vanishes into the elevator.
I'm telling you guys, I get a really Dreamcast feeling from the central hospital and I can't for the life of me figure out why. Does it really look that much like Station Square!?
We can access the lobby, twelfth floor and top floors of the central hospital from the elevator. The twelfth floor is host to a lot of different things. The nurse station, a nurse worrying about the patients, a woman waiting for her old man to die...
And at the end of it, a Kunemon medal!
With these guards in front of the Intensive Care Unit, there's no way we'll get back where the information on EDEN Syndrome is. It's too risky, so Kyouko calls us up again with a plan to head down to the nurse's station back on the twelfth floor.
Of course this brilliant plan involves performing a Connect Jump in broad daylight.
The nurse's station network is more of the same. The only new Digimon in this network is Tanemon, who we've already crunched down into scan data.
"This is...me!? My own..my own body!? So, I have the syndrome..."Us. We caught the "syndrome"--Eater--so naturally we're here too.
File:001 [About EDEN Syndrome]
"A strange disease wherein while using the EDEN network at the moment of luminization the afflicted's subconscious breaks down. Beginning with an inability to adjust to using cyberspace, vomiting and dizziness ensue, and the various symptoms have been grouped together under the general term EDEN Syndrome. It is symptomatic of developing into a serious illness when the patient faints, at the time of subconscious luminization while using the EDEN network. In the long term the patient is rendered comatose, causing complications and general breakdown."
Luminization may be total garbage as a translation; they're calling it 明となり "becoming bright."
File 002: [Coping with and Treating EDEN Syndrome]
"At this time, no cure has been discovered. As the afflicted patients have not been categorized, with government authorization we are investigating the cause and coping methods."
File 003: [Kamishiro Enterprise's Collaborative Objective]
"EDEN is a large-scale digital space managed by Kamishiro Enterpise. It is also deeply rooted in administrative cooperation. There are an increasing number of businesses with operating areas in EDEN..."
From here the file goes on about Kamishiro's imperative to improve EDEN for its users, its interface, and as a whole reads more like an advertisement for the company than medical files.
One thing is clear; our body is in the ICU. We didn't experience vomiting or dizziness, and we had no trouble adjusting to cyberspace in the first place. These symptoms don't match what we know.
"Why are you here...!? How did you get in here? Are you just that clever? In fact, just who are you?"We've got company! We ask who she is to be asking us that.
"Don't answer my question with a question. Now, answer."
"A humble detective...no, an assistant."The girl is shocked that we're with the Kuremi Detective Agency, but surprises the protagonist when she says she'll answer any questions we have about EDEN Syndrome.
Has anyone recovered from EDEN Syndrome?
She's never heard of anyone recovering. The longest anyone's stayed under has been eight years. But she's certain that person will be fine--they'll open their eyes someday. As long as she waits.
How do you get EDEN Syndrome?
Uncertain. No one with symptoms of the Syndrome have been found. Everyone that gets EDEN Syndrome is already in the coma when they're diagnosed.
Who is that patient?
They were carried in last night. Something seemed worrisome about them...
"This person, have you met them...? By any chance, are you siblings...? [...] I see...but...for someone else to have the same resemblance..."
I want to hear about Kamishiro's "black rumor."
"That's...a misunderstanding! You're mistaken! Kamishiro is trying to cure EDEN Syndrome! [...] EDEN's cause...who would want to cause such misfortune..."
"Oh hello, security-san ♪ Thank you for your hard work~♪ Hn ♪ You've been a good boy today, too ♥"
"So dependable security-san. Rie...wants to see you, my heart is beating so fast. Aaan, patience, I-can't-do-it...tut-tut-tut."
"K-kishibe-sama! I'm at work..."
"Oh, what a gentleman."
Kishibe: Yuuko-chan~ Are you feeling well~?
Yuuko: Rie-san, what are you doing here today? I didn't see you on the list...
Kishibe: Oh, I just wanted to see my favorite kids.
Yuuko: You're worried about me, being by myself?
Kishibe: Well, my Rie-chan sensor just went bibibi and I came~ Yuuko-chan has such a dark face~? Are you having a hard time? From various things?
Yuuko: Not really.
Kishibe: Huhuu~ So STRONG~ Big sis understands~
Kishibe: This place...What's going on in this place I wonder~?
Yuuko: Nothing really...
Kishibe: Nothing like, a picnic?
Yuuko: Y-yes--no, I mean--
Kishibe: Yuuko-chan, is something wrong? Ohhh? Besides us, perhaps, somebody is here? Possibly...your boyfriend~?
Rie: N-not that sort of thing!
Kishibe: Oh so then, your GIRLfriend ♥ Let's take a look ♪ What's going on in there is~ lewd ♥ ...not, maybe just ominous ♥ Fufu
Kishibe: Come on now~ Open up here~♪ Yuuko-chan's lover-san~♪ It's big sis Rie's responsibility~ To approve of Yuuko-chan's lover~
Kishibe: ...What the heck, there's nobody here~ But you know Yuuko, you really should tell me, whether it's one boyfriend or two or three.
Yuuko is left wondering where we went.
There's nothing particularly special about this network. We just pick up 100% scan data for another Baby Digimon, Mochimon, before proceeding back to the nurse's station and then the elevator.
In the lobby Kyouko congratulates us for handling that by ourselves.
Back at the office, we review what we've discovered. Our own body being in the hospital makes us quite the unusual patient. But what do we plan to do from here? To get back our original body and uncover the truth about this case, we're going to join the Kuremi Detective Agency. EDEN has become the site of a cyber crime, and we're going to solve it. Kyouko will do the planning; what we need to do is use our abilities as a half-digital entity to investigate cyberspace. From now on, we're her assistant Cyber Sleuth.
So to celebrate, let's have some coffee!
Today's menu is sea grape coffee, Kyouko's own self-made blend! If we're going to start working here, we have to get on her level.
"So then, to becoming the assistant Cyber Sleuth...Cheers!"
"You got 1000 Cyber Sleuth Points."
"Would you like to save?"