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Subject:On "Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward"
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I'm going to try to post what I learn in each room/route. I want to do it as I do each playthough so my experience of it won't be tainted by memory of other rooms. I'll probably do this in point form, and continue it in the Comments. One person on Twitter mentioned keeping track of everything in Excel XD My memory may be incorrect in some places--I've not been writing things down.

☆★☆★This will be full of spoilers★☆★☆


I've only 'finished' one playthrough, and I didn't even get to finish it because the last bit requires something from another route.

Jumpstart ⇒ Elevator ⇒ Elevator After Escape ⇒ Into the CDs ⇒ Yellow Door ⇒ Infirmary ⇒ Infirmary After Escape ⇒ AB Game Round 1 ⇒ AB Game Round 1 Ally ⇒ Into the CDs ⇒ Blue Door ⇒ Pressure Exchange Chamber ⇒ Pressure Exchange Chamber After Escape ⇒ AB Game Round 2 ⇒ AB Game Round 2 Ally ⇒ Crew Quarters ■LOCK No. 02■ Is there proof it wasn't murder?

→Sigma was kidnapped on December 25TH, 2028.
→He saw Zero in their gasmask before getting knocked-out.
→Meet Phi.
→Phi somehow had Sigma's name come to mind.

→Meet Zero III.
→Learn that each room Safe has a false back & can accept 2 passwords.
→The Ambidex Machine can accept memory cards & do more than voting.
→Phi can jump really high, with acrobatic reflexes.
→"I am no man."

Elevator After Escape:
→Meet Tenmyouji, Dio, Quark, Luna, Alice, K, & Clover.
→Clover is still unconscious even after escaping the elevator.
→K has amnesia, and seems to be welded into a suit of armour. Sounds like a robot. His bracelet is hooked through the suit though, to attach unseen skin/wrist.
→Zero III gives them nicknames [Siggy, Phido, Alas, Cleaver (as if
referring to the 999 Axe Ending), B.O., Quirk, Tenmyoldie, Moony, and Potassium).
→'K' comes to his mind though he doesn't know his name. Zero III asks his name too.
→Clover is freaked-out over 'Zero' & 'Nonary Game'--Seems to know something about it. "It should be over".
→Alice met Clover a year ago.
→Phi works-out the anagram "WELCOME TO MY KINGDOM!" silly fast.
→Learn that Zero is one of the 9, and Zero III is merely an Artificial
Intelligence created to "facilitate the facility".
→Learn most of the rules, but not what 'penalties' are.
→Learn about Chromatic Doors.
→Learn about the Number 9 Door.
→Learn about key cards.
→Learn about pressing both buttons on the bracelet.
→"You can take your Lame-ary Game and shove it up your ass!" leads to learning not playing means death.
→Learn what is inside the bracelet. Needles that can inject Soporil β (an anesthetic from 999) & turbocurarine (a poison that shuts-down the respiratory system). ...Means of a painless death...
→Bracelet Colours:
Sigma & Phi = Red Pair
Clover & K = Green Pair
Dio & Quark = Blue Pair
Alice = Red Solo
Tenmyouji = Green Solo
Luna = Blue Solo
→Everyone had 3 Bracelet Points.

Into The CDs:
→Phi again shows how fast she can work-out things by explaining what path options there are.

Yellow Door:
→Sigma & Phi partner with Tenmyouji.
→Clover & K partner with Luna.
→Dio & Quark partner with Alice

→Deduce there must have been people working here (the facility) until recently going by its size & how clean it is.
→Learn the ADAM is a scanner.
→The screen can accept/play memory cards.
→Find a scalpel.
→Find, but leave the injection gun. It contains saline solution.
→Find Soporil β & turbocurarine just sitting on a cabinet, for anyone to pocket, and/or use with the injection gun.
→Find newspaper article on Radical-6 (a virus that according to the article has reached a pandemic level).

Infirmary After Escape:
→Sigma is a college student who recently had his girlfriend dump him. His computer crapped-out while writing a paper due for a teacher that does not observe Christmas. He went to the school to type it there & drank 5 energy drinks. He got in his car and it wouldn't start, then a strange sound & his car flooded with knock-out gas. He saw Zero behind the car gawking at him through his rear view mirror.
→Learn the Secondary Rules.
→Quark calls Tenmyouji "Grandpa", and tells him the Lounge has his favourite drink.
→Overhear Alice & Clover mentioning needing to get help from "Headquarters", and Clover mentions Zero again.
→Zero III has control over all electronic locks in the facility.
→Learn how to gain or lose Bracelet Points.
→Learn mostly about how voting works.
→Learn about Ambidex Rooms.
→Phi & Sigma find the corpse of an old woman in the 'elevator' K & Clover were in.
→Tenmyouji acts very weird and acts distrustful & quietly angry.
→Phi suggests taking the corpse to the Infirmary to inspect the wound.
→Learn Luna has a medical license (but is neither a nurse or doctor, and not quite a coroner).
→Learn the ADAM can do diagnosis & autopsys.
→The woman was killed by exsanguination from a stab wound to the heart. Probably from a thin (3mm) knife.
→K is suspected as Clover was still unconscious, and they were the only previous ones in that room.
→K makes a point that since Zero III never reacted to the body, that it must be something planned by Zero (Zero Sr. as they say).

AB Game Round 1:
→Phi 'suggests' choosing Betray.
→Does Rock, Paper, Scissors to pick who chooses (I think you might automatically-win).

AB Game Round 1 Ally:
→Phi is annoyed that Ally was picked.
→Tenmyouji picks Betray.
→Dio (& Quark) pick Betray to Alice's Ally.
→Clover & K pick Betray to Luna's Ally.
→Zero III then finally explains that getting 0 Bracelet Points also
means the death penalty.
→Zero III suggests that Phi, Sigma, Alice, or...even Luna may die next Round. Maybe everyone actually.
→Clover & K act like Luna was stupid for choosing Ally.
→Alice is pissed at Dio.
→Bracelet Colours:
Sigma & Clover = Magenta Pair
Alice & Quark = Yellow Pair
Phi & Luna = Cyan Pair
→Bracelet Points:
Sigma, Phi, Luna, & Alice = 1BP
Dio, Quark, Tenmyouji, Clover, & K = 6BP
→Zero III says that this will probably be the last the group sees of him.
(Infirmary ⇒ Lounge ⇒ Crew Quarters)
→Quark is Tenmyouji's grandson, and they were kidnapped together.
→Tenmyouji won't say where or when they were taken.
→Quark acts confused & stares blankly.
→Tenmyouji is scared and suggests seeing Luna, but Quark seems to perk-up so Sigma & Grandpa try to believe him.
→A lunar eclipse is supposed to happen on December 31ST, 2028 by K showing an Astronomy magazine they found in the Lounge.
→...Dio is perhaps jokingly aroused by Saturn's rings...
→Dio won't say when he was taken.
→The date is guessed to still be Christmas Day.
→K mentions finding a book on Schrodinger's Cat.
→The Radical-6 newspaper article is shown around.
→Everyone seems to not know anything about it (and if it was a real pandemic, wouldn't they know?).
→There is a guess that everyone there is quarantined/infected.
→Dio suggests it's fake, and Phi, Sigma, K, & Luna agree. [The article should be front page news, but the back is plain black (Sigma says that full page advertisements aren't printed on the back of the front page)]
→Sigma confronts Clover & Alice about their conversation he overhead earlier.
→Clover & Alice are 'co-workers'.
→Clover decides she can trust Sigma.
→She admits she was in the last Nonary Game.
→And the first Nonary Game.
→She gives a vague description of what happened in the one from 999 [9 people kidnapped--well 7 since 2 were in on it...make that 9 if you count the other 2 that were kidnapped too (thus clearing the idea that Snake was 'in on' the plot. Of course the writer even said he wasn't, but if it makes things more believable then he guessed you could say he was. I PERSONALLY think he wasn't as why the Hell would he need to be drugged when put in the coffin? Spare clothes could be brought too, and just claim Zero had them made. I think he remembered Kanny!Akane dying because up until solving the sudoku that's what happened. Also just like he didn't recognise Santa's voice due to age, he didn't recognise Akane's--and why would he guess she wasn't really dead? He kept quiet on the past Nonary Game because he really did believe the threats to Clover. Also why would he make a guess at who Zero was, when he could just keep quiet & let the others do so?--He wrongly guessed Santa.).]
→BUT the last Nonary Game did what then Zero meant to, so why play another one?
→But the gasmask & cloak/coat worn was the same...
→Alice & Clover were kidnapped on December 22ND (were they asleep that long?!).
→Tenmyouji rushes in looking for Luna.
→Quark has collapsed.
→Luna scans him, and it's Radical-6.
→Tenmyouji is more sure it can't be than denial would explain.
→Alice mentions hearing about a 'bio-weapon'.
→Axelavir is the anti-viral serum for Radical-6.
→Quark wakes-up, grabs a scalpel, and tries to stab himself in the heart (SO DISTURBING. He yells about needing to escape. His soul needing to escape his body; that he needs to die. Quark is about 9 years-old D:).
→Sigma manages to grab him, and hold him down. Together the group gets the scalpel from him.
→The Soporil β is used to knock Quark out.
→Luna seems to know something about how Radical-6 operates.
→Phi was kidnapped on December 25TH, 2028.
→Luna was also kidnapped on December 25TH, 2028.

Into The CDs:
→They carry Quark to the Blue, Red, & Green Chromatic Doors.
→Alice won't go with Dio, so that leaves 2 Chromatic Door options (I can't remember if you have a jerk choice like with 999's Door 3).

Blue Door:
→Sigma & Clover partner with Tenmyouji.
→Alice & K partner with Quark.
→Phi & Luna partner with Dio.

Pressure Exchange Chamber:
Figures I'd find the save file corrupting PEC room on my first playthough D:
→Learn that the facility required all that entered to wear protective
suits & undergo decompression decontamination first. Due to viral spread concerns.
→The door to the outside is welded shut (and again Clover gets locked on the other side of glass).
→Learn that Tenmyouji knows quite a bit about LASERS.
→Find a memory card.

Pressure Exchange Chamber After Escape:
→More graffiti (I couldn't read it fast enough!)
→Find the White Chromatic Doors.
→Dio activates the Ambidex Doors as soon as he gets to the Warehouse A.
→Phi, Luna, & Dio found a vial of Axelavir in the Laboratory.
→Quark is injected, and his vitals go to seemingly normal--he is still asleep.
→Phi was kidnapped on December 25TH.
→The PEC memory card is played.
→The memory card contains an audio file of a man calling a group stationed on Mars.
→He mentions the (future) December 31ST lunar eclipse. And it being red. Asks how Mar's moons Deimos & Phobos are.
→After no response back for an uncomfortable time, it's learnt that the video feed he is seeing of the Mars group is a hacked loop.
→A woman finally replies saying that 6 of the group are dead.
→That she killed them, and is about to kill 6 billion more.
→There was a mock mission to Mars set-up (9 people in a facility set-up just as it would be if they were in space. Including radio silence.).
→Tenmyouji admits he was somewhat involved in the project.
→The mission had an infection of Radical-6, and it escaped.

AB Game Round 2:
→Sigma gets Tenmyouji to promise to choose Ally.
→Quark being asleep will automatically choose Ally.
→Once inside Clover acts really skankily OOC and tries to seduce Sigma (what would Snake say?!) into choosing Betray (she'd get 9BP).
→Luna trusts Phi to vote for her while she stays in the Infirmary with Quark.

AB Game Round 2 Ally:
→Clover is annoyed Sigma chose Ally.
→Tenmyouji kept his Ally promise.
→Sigma doesn't tell Tenmyouji that he was right with his suggestion that Clover might try to seduce him.
→Alice & K kept their promise to pick Ally to Quark's Ally.
→Phi (voting for Luna too) picked Betray to Dio's Betray.
→Bracelet Colours:
Sigma = Blue Solo
K = Red Solo
Dio = Green Solo
Phi = Magenta Pair
Clover = Cyan Pair
Tenmyouji = Yellow Pair
Alice's, Luna's, & Quark's are unknown.
→Bracelet Points:
Sigma, Luna, & Alice = 3BP
Clover, K, & Quark = 8BP
Phi = 1BP
Dio = 6BP
→Alice apparently takes off after voting--K says she said she felt tired, so probably went to go lay down.
→Tenmyouji has asked Luna to leave the Infirmary.
→Quark is still asleep.
→Tenmyouji keeps a photograh in his pocket.
→Zero did not take the photograph when they took everyone else's possessions.
→Tenmyouji won't tell Sigma anything on said photograph.
→Sigma tries to press Tenmyouji for more details on the Mars mission.
→Tenmyouji makes a statement asking if Sigma really wants to know? Or would he rather not taint his life memories, and view of the world.
→Phi then comes rushing in, looking upset, and tells them they need to come right away to the Crew Quarters & see Alice.

Crew Quarters ■Lock No. 02■ Is there proof it wasn't murder?:
→Alice has been stabbed in the chest with a scalpel.
→She's dead, and her Bracelet lays open beside her [I can't remember what it the display is, or if it is even shown up-close (999's 'bad shit is going down' ominous music plays)].
→Clover freaks-out and accuses everyone of murder.
→The group tries to work-out if it is (no-one suggests what happened to Quark).
→Clover threatens to kill everyone in 10 seconds unless they can prove that it isn't.
→Everyone sputters & tries to calm her down, but her countdown ends.
→Fade to "To Be Continued..."
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Time:2013-01-07 03:22 am (UTC)
→Next is the Infirmary.
→They search it, and lastly they look behind the partition. There they find the corpses of Clover & Tenmyouji handcuffed to the Infirmary's sink.
→Behind the partition is a blindspot from the security feed they looked at.
→Going by the marks from the handcuffs on their wrists they must have struggled, and by the needle marks where their bracelets were, it seems someone forcefully chained them there to be killed by penalty when the Doors closed.
→There is a cut on Tenmyouji's left hand, seemingly caused by a knife. It doesn't seem very fatal, but it is deep.
→Sigma wonders how come someone would need to handcuff them for the penalty to kill them? If they didn't have Quark, then they wouldn't have survived anyway.
→But Phi & Sigma find 3 bracelets on the floor, instead of 2.
→One is a Cyan Pair with 9BP (meaning it must be Quark's).
→Sigma is all upset that Quark is dead too. But Phi fights with him; yelling that Quark can't be dead. "I can't just let an innocent kid like that get killed..." (the "I" stuck with me. Like did she, herself?).
→Searching Tenmyouji finds nothing. Sigma suggests the killer must have taken something with them.
→Phi is gentle when moving Clover, even muttering an apology to her for doing so (Phi has had no problems with every other dead body).
→Clover has written something that looks like "0 1 6" (the '6' looks like an upside-down '9' to me, and having played 999, I wonder if it's a '9' or a 'q') on her thigh (she wears short-shorts in VLR) in blood (they figure as she was passing-out from the soporil-β). They know she wrote it because her finger (is Clover right-handed? Or did she have to use her right-hand due to the handcuffs? I know her big brother has to be right-handed though because his left hand is prosthetic) is bloody. They figure it's Tenmyouji's blood.
→Phi thinks that she has seen "0 1 6" somewhere, but after trying to recall she can't.
→They decide it must be related to the killer though (Is '016' supposed to be 'Dio'?), and Clover must have left it to be found.
→Sigma starts having a meltdown. Progressively yelling louder with every question & mystery they lack the answer too on this route. He almost begs Phi to give him some sort of answer or clue to anything.
→Phi is all '...' and '—' before mentioning the container luminol that Tenmyouji had on him. Why wasn't it with his body?
→Together they realise that whoever took it must have wanted to check for blood. And the only room that can be made dark enough to do so is the Rec Room (and the Security).
→Phi & Sigma run to the Rec Room.
→There they find that Dio & K are both dead.
→Dio has been stabbed in the stomach with a sword, pinning him to a wall.
→Right in front of him on the floor is K with a battleaxe lodged in his back--almost cutting his left arm off at the shoulder.
→K's back is more covered in blood than Dio (taking my 'Maybe K's a GAULEM' thought out).
→Sigma starts to laugh.
→He thinks that he is laughing because of natural selection. That all living creatures must have decended from a species that felt euphoria over pain in dangerous/life threatening situations where they were about to die. This enabled them to survive, which is what's happening to him now.
→Sigma cheerfully asks Phi what she is doing as she examines the bodies.
→Phi finds a large knife hidden on Dio. It is covered in blood and had "Myrmidons" (which can be spoiled by a Secret File) engraved on the blade. It looks kind of like a hunting knife.
→Sigma questions if Quark killed them, if he is still alive (it sounded almost mocking to me). Phi says that Quark wouldn't have had the body strength/size.
→Sigma starts to wonder if Phi killed K & Dio. She is all 'I've been with you!', but Sigma wonders if she did it while he was out of it (I think she just fiddled with the footage while Sigma was 'tripping the light fantastic'. Leaving wouldn't be predictable for how lucid he would be).
→He then wonders just how long he was out of it? Could it have been more than the 5 minutes he thought? Maybe it just seemed like that because his "mental processing speed had dropped".
→He then wonders why he got that term/idea from?
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Time:2013-01-07 03:29 am (UTC)
→But then Phi also finds the plug/key Sigma, Alice, & Luna found in the GAULEM BAY.
→Sigma didn't tell Phi about the plug/key until he was all "Hey! It's that thing we found!".
→Phi notices that it looks like it fits K's lock so goes to try to open the suit.
→The key fits perfectly & turns!
→But the suit doesn't open. Phi & Sigma think that the battleaxe must have shorted-out something, and turned the armour off (I also wonder if maybe the occupant has to be alive). Phi thinks that it needs to be on to power-up.
→Sigma is disappointed that they'll never see his face, Phi doubts there is anyway to get the suit of armour off now.
→Phi searches K's robe.
→He had the missing bottle of luminol (now having played the Rec Room I know that there is more than 1 bottle available)!
→Phi gets Sigma to turn the light off. She suspects that they might still be about to see a reaction of luminol still. Sigma is all 'There is blood everywheres!' but Phi means if some was sprayed before Dio & K were killed.
→The light was on when Sigma & Phi got there, so I wonder when it was tested.
→In the dark, Dio's bracelet glows a faint blue.
→Showing that in the Zero Escape world, luminol reactions ladt more than 30 seconds. Also in 999 & elsewhere in VLR it seems that Luminol will react to organic things that may not contain copper or iron [which is what luminol & an oxygenising(sp?) agent reacts to.] Though there are some chemicals & stuff too luminol will glow for (like cleaning products).
→So this means that Dio must have killed at least one of the other victims.
→They wonder that if he killed Alice, why did he leave the knife in her.
→The suspect K might have killed Dio as K himself was dying. Sigma is amused that K is of 'Species B'.
→Tenmyouji was looking for a bracelet that reacted to luminol.
→Tenmyouji also figured who had a reaction would be Zero Sr.
→Is Dio Zero Sr.? (the outfit of the Zero from the Director's Office is in the same style?)
→But if Zero Sr. is dead, why is the Nonary Game still ongoing?
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Time:2013-01-07 03:31 am (UTC)
→And then there is an announcement that an Ambidex Gate has been opened, and voting is on!
→Phi & Sigma book it to the Ambidex Rooms.
→When they get there, no-one is there.
→One of the Ambidex Rooms is opened. But no-one is in it (I wonder if 2 were opened, then 1 entered/locked, and 1 left opened).
→Sigma wonders that if Quark is alive, does he have the 2 Star keycards/keys that Dio & K would have found?
→Phi realises that it's possible since she didn't find them on the bodies.
→Sigma then says like 'Well maybe Quark knows how to use a lance or an axe? Maybe he did kill them after all!' (he doesn't suggest that Quark is Zero though, which is unlikely given how Tenmyouji talked).
→Phi calls him an idiot, and that it's more likely he found the cards after K & Dio were dead.
→Phi says there is a place she wants to look at since no-one is around the Warehouse A. She leads back to the White Chromatic Doors.
→Sigma realises she means to investigate the room K & Dio last had.
→"Director's Office" is on the door (I've played the Director's Office!). Phi says it probably belongs to the director. Sigma says excitedly that he hopes there is one of those foldable chairs like on movie sets (making me think of Uchikoshi-sama directing the different seens in-person like a movie/television director).

Director's office Solve the mystery of the two-headed lion!:
→In there they find nothing except the computer (I remember wondering if Quark was in the giant safe in this room).
→The keyboard works, so Phi tries a few things. "kada4iusd" being the last one plus a 9 symbol password.
→She gives-up, saying it's hopeless without the password (does she think she has the username?).
→Sigma keeps staring at it though. He says he somehow feels compelled to.
→He wonders if the two-headed lion on the screen is the ninth lion from the graffiti. It's biting into a sun on the screen.
→He starts thinking about the graffiti, then has a flash of something.
→First he sees the dead old woman and the words "Momento mori". The image is all wobbly & faint.
→Then Alice slumped against the wall "Remember death".
→Luna on the floor by the injection gun. There are no words, but the image is clearer, but still wonky & dim.
→And then Dio, but not dead how he is in the Rec Room. Dio is seemingly alive, but holding his neck like he is choking/strangling himself. "Remember death".
→The back of K's head as he's lying on the floor. But there is not the splattering of blood across(ed) it. And as the image wobbles around, the back of Phi's head with her flower hairclip can be seen laying beside K. "Momento mori".
→Then back to Alice. "Remember death"
→Alice's legs. "Momento mori".
→Then Alice's bracelet as it lays on the floor (Alice's because though it is black&white, it is '1 PAIR'). "Remember death".
→Then another flash. Images stream by (too fast for me to catch, but I'll try a video). The last image being Alice stabbing herself with a scalpel (like the Clover End route).
→Then the computer screen shows again, and you can enter a username/password. I have no idea what it is so I tried 'TITS'.
→'TITS' is not the correct answer :/
→It seems you can try as much as you want, but I'm guessing like the bomb 1 code on Tenmyouji End route, I'll learn it in another section. I think it should be a LOCK, since I probably could look at a Walkthrough for the answer early (and hopefully make Phi have a conniption fit/crap her pants).
→Hitting "Return" has Sigma say that he is pretty sure he knows the username/password from somewhere...but he can't remember.
→Sigma decides it's no use.
→Fade to black & "To Be Continued...".
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Time:2013-01-07 04:49 am (UTC)
A video of Sigma's flashes!

Edited at 2013-01-07 05:04 am (UTC)
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Time:2013-01-07 03:32 am (UTC)

Now I'm hoping that K doesn't turn-out horrible. He has that creepy laugh & creepy teehee face. But I keep thinking that it would be too cliché to have the mysterious amnesiac who's stuck in metal suit be horrible. It seems like a red herring to make one think he'll be horrible. But this being Zero Escape, maybe Uchikoshi-sama thought people would think that? Also as will All-Ice, red herrings tend to pan-out. Though in 999, the mysterious amnesiac turned-out to be a super cool & very smart hero! Man, I love Seven~ But in VLR I really am starting to like K. He does cool things too, and silly things (in the Rec Room, which I haven't typed yet).
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Time:2013-01-07 04:18 am (UTC)
"0 1 6"?

Edited at 2013-01-07 04:20 am (UTC)
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