Black = Ashti
Blue = Ana
Red = Giovanni
[ The following broadcast is not sent to the PC network, as El Nysa natives do not have access to it, but as a news broadcast to every Olympian citizen’s phone. The day before the evacuation, Ashti stands in view of the camera. Behind her stand Giovanni Rammsteiner and Ana Amari. ]
Good evening, beloved citizens of Olympia. In this time of tragedy and confusion, I understand that many of you wish to see those responsible for the attack on the Market District brought to justice. Rest assured, that is also my wish.
You have captured many of the gang members affiliated with the “M” group. We thank you very much for your hard work. There are still many things we don’t know about this terrorist group. If you have any information to volunteer about them or their workings, do not hesitate to contact me.
Unfortunately, some of our own citizens got caught up in this mess as well. Make no mistake— these people committed or were accomplices to the act of murder. But we must consider their intentions, as well.
These two individuals, Giovanni Rammsteiner and Ana Amari, have agreed to be subjected to a truth serum as terms to an agreement to allow them to be reinstated into Olympian society. Perhaps they deserve a harsher judgment. Today, they are lucky that Olympia grants them mercy. Such mercy will not be granted again.
[ She then turns around, nods at Ana, and the camera pans to focus on the other woman. ]
My partner was offered silver to prevent some dangerous weapons from entering Olympia. We arranged an ambush together, but the carriage had already been hijacked when we arrived. There were too many of us on the same job. The only thing we had to do was defend it until it reached the outpost. We all thought we were doing good - or at least, preventing something worse.
No, I didn't kill anyone. I don't do that anymore. [ Ana glances away from the camera for the first time, startled by her own admission. ] It doesn't matter. I aided and protected those who did, and I hope that they're still safe wherever they are.
The harm is already done. I'm sorry for the part I played in causing it, and I'll do what I can to make amends... But I hope that you don't intend for this spectacle to be a distraction from the actions of terrorists.
That will suffice, Ana. [ The camera then pans to Giovanni, who follows closely. ]
I met a man in the red light district who requested that I do a job for him. He said that carriages would be entering Olympia from Wyver, containing weapons which, if left unintecepted, would be used to do great damage to Olympia. The implication was that by intecepting said carriages, I would be preventing an attack on Olympia. The man requested that I bring the carriages to the South Outpost, along with the heads of those aboard, and leave no witnesses. And so, I intercepted the carriage, killed those aboard, and brought the carriage to the South Outpost.
I killed the carriage driver because doing so was within the job description, and because I believed he was involved in a plot to attack Olympia. Having welcomed me when I had no other home left to return to, I wanted to demonstrate my loyalty to my new country. That, and since I first opened my eyes, I have been trained as an attack dog, trained to kill. The request did not seem unreasonable. It seemed, instead, familiar.
I am sorry for making a mistake which, in hindsight, seems a foolish one. What seemed a reasonable request at the time it was made, given that such work was commonplace in my place of origin, is clearly something I should have had more suspicion of.
[ The camera then zooms out to include all three individuals. Ashti doesn’t look the least bit satisfied, but orders are orders. ]
These two will be under close watch of the Guard until further notice. All of those who pledged to serve and protect Olympia, keep an eye on them. [ The broadcast is now over. ]
(( Any replies to this post will be assumed to be to a copy of this video on the PC network. Talk about your crazy moon station and conspire all you want, Ashti can't see it! ))