- Chapter I -
Since coming to Hyakuji, a lot has happened to Bernkastel-Kues.
「The GENCOM Corporation」
Originally, when Bernkastel-Kues came to Hyakuji, she was working in at the GENCOM Corporation, which is how she originally came to Hyakuji in the first place. Initially, Bernkastel-Kues has in charge of a special sales department that held a legitimate legal front, however, its true purpose was to deal in the blackmarket, and gather information about rival companies as well as acquire illegal goods which may benefit the GENCOM Corporation. Bernkastel-Kues was also in charge of a project that would allow a human to transcend mortality, and cheat death. This, however, all took a very dramatic change shortly after Bernkastel-Kues arrived in Hyakuji.
- Chapter II -
Bernkastel-Kues initially did her job as she was supposed to, however, it wouldn't be too long until the founder of the GENCOM Corporation, and his family disappeared, and left the GENCOM Corporation in the hands of Bernkastel-Kues, making her the CEO of the company. Bernkastel-Kues was essentially given all the power the Saint James family had over the GENCOM Corporation, who were initially the founder of the company, with the head of the Saint James family as the president. Bernkastel-Kues was even given the penthouse located on the top floor of the GENCOM Corporation Headquarters, which one belonged to the Saint James family.
「The Bernkastel-Kues Corporation」
Of course, there were some issues with Bernkastel-Kues being handed so much power, and there was troubles. In order to prevent those troubles from getting out of hand, Bernkastel-Kues directed a huge amount of the GENCOM Corporation's funds into the establishment of a new company. The Bernkastel-Kues Corporation. Unlike the GENCOM Corporation, who were a security and biological company, the Bernkastel-Kues was established as a games developer, who developed both gaming hardware and gaming software. The Bernkastel-Kues Corporation used a lot of the GENCOM Corporation's innovations in order to give themselves an advantage in the industry, and thanks to those advantages, the Bernkastel-Kues Corporation managed to become a prominent business corporation. Of course, Bernkastel-Kues was both the founder and CEO of the Bernkastel-Kues Corporation, and along with being the CEO of the GENCOM Corporation, Bernkastel-Kues became such a powerful business figure, not even the senior staff at the GENCOM Corporation could go against Bernkastel-Kues.
Perhaps the most interesting fact about the Bernkastel-Kues Corporation was that the shares of the Bernkastel-Kues Corporation did not belong to the Bernkastel-Kues Corporation, but instead, a young high school student by the name of Amane Shinomiya. She was given the entire shares of the Bernkastel-Kues Corporation. There is, of course, a lot of speculations about why Amane Shinomiya was given the entire shares of the Bernkastel-Kues Corporation, however, at the time, there was nothing anyone could do to prevent this.
With the Bernkastel-Kues Corporation established, Bernkastel-Kues was able to slowly buy up the shares of the GENCOM Corporation under the Bernkastel-Kues Corporation. This, ultimately, ate away at the shareholders power and gave Bernkastel-Kues more and more power until eventually she had complete control over not only the Bernkastel-Kues Corporation, but also the GENCOM Corporation.
After all that, however, it would appear nobody knows what has happened to the Saint James family to this very day. There is suspicion that Bernkastel-Kues had something to do with their disappearance, however, since there is no evidence, nothing can be proved. There can only be speculations, rumours and theories about what happened to them. Many, of course, revolve around Bernkastel-Kues, as she is the primary benefactor of their disappearance.
However, even without evidence, there is good reason to suspect Bernkastel-Kues. After all, her track record is anything but clean.
- Chapter III -
While in Hyakuji, Bernkastel-Kues met with a girl in her twenties who was once part of a gang in America. Bernkastel-Kues was familiar with the gang, and had heard of their untimely demise. The leader of the gang was killed, and it was presumed that Queen, an infamous member of the gang, had also been killed. However, that would be proved wrong as Bernkastel-Kues had the opportunity to meet Queen. Their first meaning proved to be quite interesting, and perhaps to the distaste of Queen, Bernkastel-Kues had taken an interest in the girl, and decided to give Queen the honour of her company. In the end, Bernkastel-Kues eventually recruited Queen to be the Head of Security at the Bernkastel-Kues Corporation, as well as become Bernkastel-Kues's personal bodyguard.
- Chapter IV -
It was at around this time, Bernkastel-Kues had also learned of an infamous hacker from Russia who had moved to Hyakuji, and was attending the highschool, Hyakuji High. Somehow, or another, Bernkastel-Kues was also successfully able to recruit the young hacker into the Bernkastel-Kues Corporation, and formed the Second Production Team, with the young Russian hacker at the head of it. Queen was also made the head of the Third Production Team. With all the new staff, and the success of the Bernkastel-Kues Corporation, Bernkastel-Kues was able to expand, and have their headquarters moved to a much larger building.
- Chapter V -
However, this was not the end of the interesting recruits. Somehow, or another, a young German man had managed to place himself on the list of appointments for the CEO of the Bernkastel-Kues Corporation, who was of course Bernkastel-Kues herself. After an interesting job interview, Bernkastel-Kues decided that he would make a suitable addition to the staff of the Bernkastel-Kues Corporation. It went without saying that the young German man's goals weren't as simple as get a job at the Bernkastel-Kues Corporation, and there was no doubt in Bernkastel-Kues's kind that the young man had an ulterior motive for joining. Fortunately for the young German man, Bernkastel-Kues found that interesting, and decided to give him the job despite his suspicious desire for the job position. Then again, it was suspicious to begin with. After all, with a name like Junot Lohr, Bernkastel-Kues was hardly likely to notice someone with a German name had made an appointment. The fact that she didn't see the name until the morning of the appointment was a dead giveaway that he had a goal, and that he wasn't just any ordinary applicant.
- Chapter VI -
Outside of the busy workplace that was known as the Bernkastel-Kues Corporation and GENCOM Corporation, Bernkastel-Kues was also taking part is some less legitimate activities.
「METRO - Natsuki」
One day, Bernkastel-Kues received an odd email from an unknown sender claiming to be from an organisation known as METRO. Bernkastel-Kues had heard the name in passing, however, at the time knew very little about METRO given their secrecy. Bernkastel-Kues would soon find out that METRO was in fact a group who simply played games for entertainment. Now, this does sound harmless when worded as much, however, their games were far more dangerous than simple games you would expect of an internet chat group. Bernkastel-Kues's first game was to meet with a young girl who attended Hyakuji High who went by the name as Rio Natsuki, and give her an experience she would never forget.
Of course, in the midsts of things, it would appear Bernkastel-Kues had completely forgotten the objective of her game.
Instead of giving Natsuki an experience she would never forget, Bernkastel-Kues ended up making Natsuki's life even more troubled, and in the end even tried to kill Natsuki by pushing her off from a building in the tens of stories. Fortunately for Natsuki, she was saved by the member of METRO who had initially given Bernkastel-Kues the game to play. It would have appeared he was satisfied with Bernkastel-Kues's performance despite having had to save Natsuki from falling to her death.
- Chapter VII -
The second encounter Bernkastel-Kues would have with this mysterious organisation was when she received an email asking her to meet at Izanagi Park. This time, however, Bernkastel-Kues had done some research on METRO, and discovered some of their past games which included acts of terrorism. Bernkastel-Kues had even learned that Natsuki had survived her fall thanks to the help of a certain member of METRO.
「METRO - The War」
Bernkastel-Kues attended the meeting at Izanagi Park, and came face to face with various other members of METRO. In all honestly, many of them seemed very reluctant to be there, and none of them seemed at all like the man who had first introduced Bernkastel-Kues to METRO. Oh, Bernkastel-Kues also had Queen come along dressed as a giant mushroom. Bernkastel-Kues also decided to show up as Amane Kues rather than her usual forms. Eventually, the man who had first introduced Bernkastel-Kues to METRO made his appearance, and explained why he had gathered them all at Izanagi Park. Bernkastel-Kues, and those who attended the meeting with her, all learned that there would soon be a war in Hyakuji between two gangs, with the winner taking Hyakuji as their territory. That's more was that it would appear that these members were either a part of METRO, or were once part of METRO. Needless to say, the others who attended the meeting wanted to do all in their power to prevent this war from breaking out, however, Bernkastel-Kues had an entirely different agenda on her mind.
Instead of attempting to prevent the gang war, Bernkastel-Kues did the opposite. She announced the gang war to the entire METRO chatroom, and to her surprised, it sparked quite a huge response from all over the world. Many members of METRO appeared to be opposed to METRO despite being part of it, however, it would seem that most of the members shared one thing in common. They all had an interest in the gang war that would be taking place in Hyakuji, and what was perhaps worse (or better, in Bernkastel-Kues's case) was that many were planning to take part in it. Even the two leaders of the two gangs who were originally going to war had their say on the matter. Of course, with the war now made public to the entirity of METRO, the gang war was no longer between two gangs, but now a free for all for those who wanted to take part. It would only be moments later until someone took first blood, or what appeared to be first blood, when a bomb was detonated where the man who contacted everyone to meet in the first place stood, taking him out.
Whether or not he was still alive or not was unknown. Bernkastel-Kues was under the impression that someone like him would have more than likely survive the blast, but she couldn't be sure. Instead, Bernkastel-Kues invited Queen to become a member of METRO so that she could catch up on what had happened. It would also turn out that one of Amane Shinomiya's classmates would invite Bernkastel-Kues, or rather, Amane Kues out to dinner. Needless to say, Amane Kues was more than happy to accept such an interesting offer, especially since it had been made at such an interesting time. Not many would invite a warmonger out to dinner, especially immediately after seeing a man blown up before their very eyes.
- Chapter VIII -
However, it was not only METRO which Bernkastel-Kues used to pass her time with.
Fortunately for Bernkastel-Kues, an old friend from the past was also in Hyakuji. Lieselotte Nietzsche, the Witch of Witches, who was Bernkastel-Kues's junior. Nietzsche had been in Hyakuji for some time, before Bernkastel-Kues had even arrived, and Nietzsche was in an odd situation where Nietzsche found herself sealed into a human soul. That human happened to be a person that Nietzsche wasn't very fond of. Xiuying Zhuge, the human that Nietzsche had the misfortune to be sealed in.
To call Nietzsche and Bernkastel-Kues old friends is entirely inaccurate, however. It would be more correct to say that they were enemies. Nietzsche, to put it lightly, hated Bernkastel-Kues, although, Bernkastel-Kues didn't particularly have any opinion of Nietzsche. At the time Bernkastel-Kues and Nietzsche had known each other in the past, Nietzsche was still a young witch, and certainly didn't particularly stand out of the crowd, or at least in Bernkastel-Kues's view, Nietzsche didn't particularly stand out. Nietzsche was a witch, who was a member of Walpurgis. The members of Walpurgis, as well as many other witches, hated Bernkastel-Kues. Bernkastel-Kues was even banned from the Senate, a group of witches who thought themselves as being the overseering body of the Sea of Kakera. In other words, Nietzsche really wasn't any different from any other witch Bernkastel-Kues had the pleasure of knowing. It was perhaps fortunately for Nietzsche that Bernkastel-Kues wasn't particularly interested in Nietzsche, after all, when Bernkastel-Kues shows an interest in a person, it is often not good. Rio Natsuki is probably a good example of what happens to a person when Bernkastel-Kues decides to take interest in them.
However, it would seem that Nietzsche's dislike of being stuck with Zhuge was more than enough to have Nietzsche ask Bernkastel-Kues for help.
Nietzsche requested Bernkastel-Kues, along with a handful of other witches, to help prepare a game that would serve as Zhuge's funeral. Bernkastel-Kues was, of course, more than happy to help, especially after what Nietzsche had offered Bernkastel-Kues for her help. Bernkastel-Kues was placed in charge of Kaizo Gene's stage, after all, Kaizo Gene was the participate of the first game Nietzsche and Bernkastel-Kues had after Nietzsche decided to show herself again, or rather, finally awakened from her long sleep.
Perhaps to Nietzsche's surprise, Bernkastel-Kues completely reversed the last game Bernkastel-Kues and Nietzsche had previously had. In their last game, Bernkastel-Kues and Nietzsche made a bet. That bet was that Nietzsche would win if Kaizo Gene killed. The game set up was specifically made in order to give Kaizo Gene a reason, and several opportunities to kill. However, unfortunately for Nietzsche, Kaizo Gene didn't take any of those opportunities. In this new game, however, Bernkastel-Kues had successfully driven Kaizo Gene into massacring an entire city. Also, unfortunately for Nietzsche, Bernkastel-Kues has a remarkable memory, and is capable of remembering things about people from hundreds of years ago. Bernkastel-Kues had a sadistic play around with what she knew was Nietzsche's one emotional weak point. Eventually, after going so far, Nietzsche was forced to prevent the game from continuing any further.
- Chapter IX -
However, despite that, Nietzsche did fulfill her end of the deal. Nietzsche officially re-established the Senate, and admitted Bernkastel-Kues an official Senator, despite having been banned from the Senate in the past. Nietzsche was only able to do this because of the Senate collapsing after Nietzsche was sealed away for hundreds of years, and Bernkastel-Kues saw this as a good opportunity to toy with the witches of both old and new. Fortunately for Nietzsche, there was very few who knew of Bernkastel-Kues personally, and therefore Nietzsche didn't have much opposition when introducing Bernkastel-Kues back to the Senate. However, even amongst the newer witches, Bernkastel-Kues's reputation was far from good, and even many of them were disgusted by some of the rumours and stories that they had been told about Bernkastel-Kues.
The Senate was re-established, and to celebrate its reformation, the Senators held an openning Game, giving the players a chance to pick what kind of Game they wanted to play. The Senators were, of course, Nietzsche and Bernkastel-Kues. Along with them were three younger witches. Alexandra, Albstadt, and Schweich. Bernkastel-Kues was the oldest of the Senators with Nietzsche following as the second. Following those two was Albstadt, and then Alexandra. The youngest, who Bernkastel-Kues did happen to recognise, was of none other than Schweich. Needless to say, none of the other Senators were at all fond of Bernkastel-Kues, and in fact, either disliked or hated Bernkastel-Kues.
The first Game that would be chosen as the openning game to the Senate was a Game suggested by Lenny Barrons. It was a Game of love, and Nietzsche designed Lenny Barrons's idea into a dating simulation styled competition between the players. Needless to say, Bernkastel-Kues made some moves that wouldn't have been seen as completely fair, and that only worsened the views the other witches had of Bernkastel-Kues.
Although, as things were going, it appeared that Bernkastel-Kues and Nietzsche were actually getting along. Even the hosts the two witches selected seemed to be odd friends. Nietzsche's chose a vessel to reside in while she recovered her magical powers, and that vessel was Frederica Weiss, a young German girl who seemed to have grown awfully fond of Amane Shinomiya, not that Bernkastel-Kues had any problem with this. In fact, Bernkastel-Kues found the situation to be quite amusing. It was made even more amusing by the fact that Amane Shinomiya actually gradually grew to like Frederica Weiss.
However, Bernkastel-Kues had nothing to do with Frederica Weiss. Instead, Bernkastel-Kues's time was spent with Nietzsche. To begin with, one could have considered Bernkastel-Kues and Nietzsche friends. The type of friends who would not admit they were each others friends. However, as time went on, that idea was soon crushed, or at least, on Nietzsche's side of things.
- Chapter X -
Bernkastel-Kues had learned of an internet stream that might have been of interest not only to herself, but also Nietzsche, and Bernkastel-Kues was more than aware how technologically incapable Nietzsche was. For this reason, Bernkastel-Kues decided to invite Nietzsche over to her penthouse so that they could watch the stream together. The man who was streaming was a man who went by the name of Tiger, and claimed himself to be an anarchist who was completely against the government. He was seeking the great wisdom of man, and was using the internet as a source for answers. To be honest, Bernkastel-Kues had to admit that using the internet to gather information on the greatest wisdom of mankind was certain a good idea. However, it was clear that he already had a certain kind of wisdom in mind. However, through this opportunity, it would have appeared to anyone that Bernkastel-Kues and Nietzsche were, without a doubt, friends to a certain degree.
「The Four Kings - Wisdom」
As the stream went on, the man who called himself as the Tiger gave everyone on the stream an opportunity to meet him at a museum located in Hyakuji. Needless to say, Bernkastel-Kues and Nietzsche attended the museum meeting. Queen also made an appearance, after all, she was also in the chat when the stream was going on. At the museum, Bernkastel-Kues and Nietzsche learned that Tiger was looking for mankind's greatest wisdom as it was part to a contest between four idealists who were given the chance to have their ideals realised through a wish. In order to get this wish, the four had to win each part of the challenge. Of course, Nietzsche seemed to show a lot more interested than Bernkastel-Kues did. Bernkastel-Kues grew bored at this point, and even playing cards with Nietzsche and Queen was preferable. While Tiger acquired what he was after, Bernkastel-Kues left the museum along with Weiss. It was perhaps the first time Bernkastel-Kues had actually spoken to Weiss.
However, this wasn't the end of the Four Kings stage. The next encounter would be with another King, or rather Queen, and unlike the first King, Bernkastel-Kues would actually find some amusement in this one. Nietzsche, on the other hand, would turn out anything but amused.
Saigyouji. An ancient spirit of the past, much like Bernkastel-Kues and Nietzsche. Although she was not a witch, she had a similar technique to the witches. She was able to construct a spiritual world in a dream, and contact people through that spiritual realm. Saigyouji was looking for the same thing the Tiger was looking for, which more or less gave away that she was one of the four contestants that the Tiger had mentioned. Of course, Bernkastel-Kues was still not interested in the contest. Nietzsche appeared to have some interested, but Bernkastel-Kues had no interest whatsoever.
However, Bernkastel-Kues's interest did start to pick up once Saigyouji actually took Bernkastel-Kues's answer to the great wisdom. Bernkastel-Kues suggested war as the greatest wisdom. It was a well thought out answer. Far from it, it was actually something that Bernkastel-Kues had just thought of off the top of her head. Based off Bernkastel-Kues's answer, Saigyouji created a world where two kingdoms were at war. The North Kingdom and the South Kingdom. Bernkastel-Kues and Nietzsche were members of the South Kingdom's Council. The two kingdoms had just formed a pact of peace, and while Nietzsche was attempting to keep the peace, Bernkastel-Kues advocated for war. Unfortunately for Bernkastel-Kues, however, the South King was not the type for war. Instead, he was the type of person that bored Bernkastel-Kues the most, and was more Nietzsche's type of person. Someone who wanted to do things in a peaceful and calm way, with as little conflict as possible.
However, this was not enough to stop Bernkastel-Kues from continuing to push for war.
While Nietzsche continued to humour the south king, Bernkastel-Kues travelled to the North Kingdom, where she yet again adovacated for war, and this time, succeeded. Bernkastel-Kues, in a matter of moments, completely destroyed the peace pact between the two kingdoms, and restarted the war.
It was at this moment when things would truly spark off.
Ambushing the South Kingdom's soldier, Bernkastel-Kues made an unexpected attack which left the South Kingdom's soldiers in chaos. However, instead of targetting the south king, Bernkastel-Kues had her eyes on another target. Bernkastel-Kues, after breaking through the lines of the South Kingdom, attacked Nietzsche, and used her own ability to negate magic to destroy any protection Nietzsche had from Saigyouji's spiritual world. This resulted in Bernkastel-Kues completely destroying a part of Nietzsche's soul. To be specific, Bernkastel-Kues had completely destroyed Nietzsche's right eye. Since the damage was done at soul level, Nietzsche would not have any physical damage done to her eye. Instead, Nietzsche would just simply be unable to see from it ever again. No doubt, since the damage was done at soul level, it was far more severe than any injury that could be done to the eye physically. After all, when it is done at soul level, there is no chance in regaining what you have lost. This act alone had completely destroyed any sense of companionship Nietzsche had had with Bernkastel-Kues, however, in had the reverse effect on Bernkastel-Kues. Bernkastel-Kues actually began to grow fond of Nietzsche, and although it is hard to understand, Bernkastel-Kues attacking Nietzsche, and taking out her eye was simply just the way Bernkastel-Kues expressed her fondness for a person. It was no different from how she expressed her fondness of Amane Shinomiya and Rio Natsuki. It was perhaps just unfortunate for Nietzsche that Bernkastel-Kues's way of showing her fondness for a person had such devastating effects for her.
It has been some time after that event, and although Nietzsche appears to be suffering from her disability, Bernkastel-Kues continues to live her life on as if nothing had ever happened.
- Chapter XI -
With the Bernkastel-Kues Corporation and GENCOM Corporation growing at such a rate, their reputation was spreading fast, and so were their business ventures. The GENCOM Corporation began to expand into cyber security as well as providing more services in the security sector. The Bernkastel-Kues Corporation began to expand into the music and picture industry, and while their profits did not quite match the GENCOM Corporation, for a recently started corporation, their reputation was growing fast, which meant there were a lot of people becoming interest in the two corporations.
「The Dernbach Research Group」
It wasn't long until a girl who went by the name of Sun-hwa Heo came to Erika Bernkastel-Kues, offering knowledge about a new technology in exchange for the money to continue her research. The young girl was from South Korean, and proved to be a genius. Erika Bernkastel-Kues agreed to found the Dernbach Research Group, a group that would be headed by Sun-hwa Heo, and who would research the discovery that Sun-hwa Heo had claimed to have made. This technology soon became known as Orbments, a device that acted similar to electronics, but instead of require electricity which required fossil fuels or other forms of energy, Orbments used Quartz, which naturally became charged with energy over time making them the perfect devices in terms of energy consumption.
Thanks to Sun-hwa Heo's research, basic technologies such as torches turned into very complex technologies such as vehicles and computers. Sun-hwa Heo had even developed military uses for Orbments. Quartz appears to possess some magical properties which with the correct equipment allowed people to use magic. The equipment that allowed regular people to use magic via the use of Quartz became known as Tactical Orbments, and the first generation of Tactical Orbments, NOVA, was soon tested and deemed a success. NOVA is now a weapon that can be purchased by countries for military use as well as by the Bracer Guild, who have been given a special license to use Tactical Orbments for the purposes of monster extermination.
- Chapter XII -
With the continued success of both the Bernkastel-Kues Corporation and the GENCOM Corporation, Erika Bernkastel-Kues decided to form the Rabenschwarz Group. The Rabenschwarz Group would act as the administrating body of both the Bernkastel-Kues Corporation and GENCOM Corporation. There was also another big change to be introduced. Both the Bernkastel-Kues Corporation and GENCOM Corporation were reorganised and made into the Bernkastel-Kues Holdings Corporation and the GENCOM Holdings Corporation. Both corporations turned into corporate groups whose jobs were to oversee the corporations under their field of control. For the Bernkastel-Kues Holdings Corporation, this meant the entertainment industry which consisted of the the Kues Digital Entertainment Group and the construction industry which consisted of the Bernkastel-Kues Civil Engineering Group. After purchasing the Kudo Building Corporation for a cheap price, after it had been discovered the corporation was managed by a yakuza group, the Bernkastel-Kues Holdings Corporation expanded into the civil engineering industry. The GENCOM Holdings Corporation retained its field of control with the GENCOM Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Corporation and GENCOM Private and Cyber Security Corporation under its management.
「The Rabenschwarz Group」
In addition to this change, the Dernbach Industry Group was both announced and formed. The Dernbach Industry Group was to be headed by Sun-hwa Heo, and the corporation would deal exclusively with products produced from Orbment technology. The corporations under the Dernbach Industry Group would be the Dernbach Light Industries Corporation, the Dernbach Heavy Industries Corporation and the Dernbach Tactical Armaments Corporation.
Finally, with the birth of the Rabenschwarz Group, each corporation would be given a new headquarters which would become known as the Rabenschwarz Towers. The Rabenschwarz Towers, a group of five towers, each acting as a headquarters for each corporation in the group as well as one spare tower. Construction was, of course, done by the Bernkastel-Kues Holdings Corporation through the Kudo Building Corporation while the electronic equipment was provided by the Dernbach Industry Group.
With the plans announced and work began, Sun-hwa Heo was made the president of the newly formed Dernbach Industry Group while Steven Armstrong, a famous American businessman, was made the president of the GENCOM Holdings Corporation. With some overlap between their businesses, the Dernbach Industry Group and GENCOM Holdings Corporation became business rivals thanks to the inside competition system that the Rabenschwarz Group had set up. Tensions between the two corporations grew and grew, and until the Rabenschwarz Towers's constructions was to be completed, the two corporations were made to share a headquarters which only increased the tensions between the two corporations.
- Chapter XIII -
Of course, while Erika Bernkastel-Kues continued building her business empire, or rather, leaving it to others to build her business empire, Erika Bernkastel-Kues continued to play with whatever took her amusement.
「The Four Kings - Courage」
It was soon stage two of the plans which the four kings had in play. First, wisdom. Second, courage.
While Erika Bernkastel-Kues was not quite aware of this yet, she continued to play the games which the four kings had set up. The second involved courage.
This time, Saigyouji had set up a meeting at a cafe. Needless to say, Nietzsche had come, and the sight of Bernkastel-Kues didn't please Nietzsche at all. Even Erika Bernkastel-Kues knew why Nietzsche had come to the gathering. It was to find out whether or not she would regain her sight after what happened during the last game, when Erika Bernkastel-Kues had pierced her eye with a sword. The answer was obvious to Erika Bernkastel-Kues, and while Lieselotte Nietzsche was probably in denial, it was without a doubt even she knew the answer.
The damage done was permanent. Erika Bernkastel-Kues had damaged Lieselotte Nietzsche on a soul level, and that kind of damage was irreversible for someone like Lieselotte Nietzsche, who had no regenerative powers.
After Nietzsche had gotten her answer, it wasn't long until Saigyouji forced all those who had gathered into another game. However, unlike the last game, Lieselotte Nietzsche wasn't prepared to take any chances. Without even considering staying to play the game, Lieselotte Nietzsche attempted to escape, and did escape. Needless to say, Erika Bernkastel-Kues did try to stop Nietzsche, but was unsuccessful, and was forced to leave the game with Lieselotte Nietzsche.
After leaving the game, Lieselotte Nietzsche and Erika Bernkastel-Kues would find that they were the only two to leave the game. Well, Lieselotte Nietzsche did bring a young girl with her, one that looked too young to be a high school student, but at the same time, seemed to be a friend of Nietzsche. Nietzsche seemed to be quite desperate to protect her from Erika Bernkastel-Kues, which practically confirmed her as Lieselotte Nietzsche's friend. Of course, as a CEO of a corporate group, it wasn't long until Erika Bernkastel-Kues realised it was Kayo Kikuchu, the daughter who was heir to a large corporation.
However, unfortunately for Erika Bernkastel-Kues, her fun for the day would end there. That was, until the next game the four kings had planned.
- Chapter XIV -
After some time had passed, the third and final part of the four king's game was revealed to Bernkastel-Kues, along with a lot of information about the games the four kings were playing.
「The Four Kings - Chaos」
Abe, one of the four kings who Erika Bernkastel-Kues had met in the past, offered Erika Bernkastel-Kues information in return for her help with his preparations. Needless to say, Erika Bernkastel-Kues accepted, entrusting Abe with Akane Kondou, one of the strongest members of the GENCOM Holdings Corporation's security force. Erika Bernkastel-Kues gave her the job of helping Abe with his preparations which would involve placing devices around Tokyo.
In return, Bernkastel-Kues learned a lot about the four kings' games, and enough information to get in Saigyouji's way.
Needless to say, Erika Bernkastel-Kues went to obstruct Saigyouji. It was disappointing to see that Lieselotte Nietzsche didn't show up, but Bernkastel-Kues wasn't expecting to see Lieselotte Nietzsche after getting her question answered. Plus, Lieselotte Nietzsche more than likely knew Erika Bernkastel-Kues would show up, so it really was in her best interest that she didn't show up. After all, the last person Lieselotte Nietzsche wanted to meet was Erike Bernkastel-Kues after what Bernkastel-Kues had done to Nietzsche's eye.
Unfortunately, Saigyouji wasn't going to be playing the four kings game much longer. Instead she seemed to have decided to get in the other kings way but informing the people of Hyakuji what the four kings were going to do for the third and final round of the games. Rather than continue meddling, Erika Bernkastel-Kues decided to leave, and that would become the last time Erika Bernkastel-Kues would meet with any of the four kings.
Or at least, that is how things would seem.
- Chapter XV -
After Erika Bernkastel-Kues's short episode with the four kings, she was once again given the chance to play one of METRO's games. Or rather, Erika Bernkastel-Kues would finally see the result of the mayhem she had caused during the last METRO game.
「METRO - The Bernkastel-Kues Headquarters」
This time, an old friend of Erika Bernkastel-Kues, as well as a fellow member of METRO and businessman made an appointment to meet with Erika Bernkastel-Kues at the Bernkastel-Kues headquarters.
His name was Anubis, and he brought Seth Ryouga along with him.
Needless to say, Anubis seemed to be irritated by Bernkastel-Kues's actions, especially since Anubis was one of the original people in the gang war which Erika Bernkastel-Kues had turned into an all out war. However, Anubis seemed to be satisfied with Erika Bernkastel-Kues's odd answer to why she had done it. While it seemed Anubis read through Erika Bernkastel-Kues's obvious lie, he seemed satisfied with Erika Bernastel-Kues's answer at any rate.
Of course, that was not the sole objective of his meeting with Erika Bernkastel-Kues. Rather, Anubis had come to meet with Erika Bernkastel-Kues in order to reveal a recent creation of his. It was a living weapon, whose user was a mysterious girl, who seemed to have yet to master the living weapon. The weapon itself was a giant scythe, and seemed to have a mind of its own. It would appear that despite being the weapon's master, the young girl who was entrusted with the living weapon seemed to have a fear of the scythe. Once Anubis had activated the scythe, it threatened to kill its user before once again being deactivated.
Needless to say, this living weapon took the interest of Sun-hwa Heo, who seemed to show very little sympathy towards the user who was almost killed by her own weapon. Then again, Sun-hwa Heo was a person whose only interest was research. She wasn't well connected with humans, or people in general.
It wasn't long until a phone call from Queen would arrive. After getting permission to study the living weapon, Sun-hwa left the room along with the living weapon and its wielder, leaving Erika Bernkastel-Kues and Anubis to have their fun.
Unfortunately for Sun-hwa Heo, the Bernkastel-Kues Headquarters was suddenly attacked, and the building came collapsing in several places after a series of explosion. Erika Bernkastel-Kues and Anubis seemed to have somehow escaped, leaving Seth Ryouga as the only person left in the CEO's office. Sun-hwa Heo, and the living weapon's wielder were safe in the hallways of the Bernkastel-Kues Headquarters; however, before Sun-hwa Heo could get a chance to study the living weapon, the wielder advised her to leave the building before running off somewhere, leaving Sun-hwa Heo to simply escape the building.
- Chapter XVI -
Fortunately not too long after the incident which resulted in the destruction of the Bernkastel-Kues Headquarters, the Rabenschwarz Towers was completed, and each corporation moved their head office to the Rabenschwarz Headquarters.
「The Rabenschwarz Towers」
The Rabenschwarz Towers has just recently opened, and all the moving arrangements have been finished, meaning that all there was left to do was conduct and expand business so that the corporate group could grow even bigger.
Recently, the Dernbach Industry Group had discovered something interesting at Mount Hyakuji, and has put in a request to the Bracer Guild for them to research a recently opened cave which could result in even more research opportunities for the corporation.
- Chapter XVII -
Rebellion's Walk, a scenario not too unlike the kakera, but at the same time, very different from the stories of the kakera. Hyakuji, covered in a layer, or rather, another world. The existence of two worlds in one space. Yet, only those who were unfortunate would find themselves trapped in the paradox. A handful of Hyakuji High students, a group of kids, those unfortunate enough to have been at the mall, and a select others.
However Erika Bernkastel-Kues was not quite in the same situation as those who had found themselves trapped in the layer. Instead Erika Bernkastel-Kues found herself in an entirely different place. A library. That is where she would meet three others. Demian Max, Lieselotte Alexis Nietzsche, and a King without a name. It would be in this library wehere Erika-Bernkastel Kues would watch the events of the story. It would be in this library where Erika Bernkastel-Kues would learn of the stories preceding the events of this story. A story of Evray Estus. A story of Evray Estus and many others.
Erika Bernkastel-Kues learned of the layer, created by Larue Estus. Erika Bernkastel-Kues learned of his fall, and the release of Edda, otherwise known as Mara. She learned of Sophia Antistita's acts, and how it came to drive Evray Estus to complete despair, and in turn, set the stage for this game. She learned of Lorelei and her importance to Evray Estus. She also learned of her death, at the hands of Valerie Cox.
Erika Bernkastel-Kues would then go onto watch. Watch the events as they unfolded. Watch as Seth Ryouga and Sophia Antistita found themselves in the layer. As the two went their separate ways. As Seth Ryouga lost lost the chance to acquire the truth and as Valerie Cox died right before Sophia Antistita's eyes, to the hands of Celab, the man who once kept Mara from entering the world in which Larue Estus created. She event watched as the two reunited, and once again embarked together for the park located in Hyakuji.
Erika Bernkastel-Kues also watched the events that unfolded at the hospital. Triela and Sorane. Sabre and Elias. Two pairs that went very different paths. Two pairs that acted very differently. The two pairs finding themselves trapped in the hospital, a hospital where entry and exit were almost impossible... Well, one man did manage to get in. A certain mage and qualified old man. Fortunate for Triela, otherwise that particular pair would have been reduced to a single person... Or at least, Sorane certainly made it seem like that would happen if Frederic Caras-Wilhelm, the old mage, didn't manage to get inside in time.
Yet it was the experience of a certain Witch of Dreams that Erika Bernkastel-Kues would most enjoy. Lieselotte Alexis Nietzsche, the Witch who disagreed with the nameless King in the library and made her leave. The Witch of Dreams who met a young girl called Alice, or rather, a broken toy she named Alice. The Witch of Dreams who met Yamato Shintarou, a young man who couldn't pronounce her name and was given the title of the King of Idiots. The Witch who met one of the Watchers of ancient time, Penemue, responsible for teaching humans to use their wisdom. An angel that has been punished for thousands of years, forced to wait for a judgement day that will never come. Forced to have watched as everything he loved was crushed. Forced to watch his friend driven into madness and killed by a certain pair of Hyakuji High students.
A perfect birthday party for a Witch who had long stopped celebrating her age. Lieselotte Alexis Nietzsche had finally shown that she was still human. Still capable of understanding. Still capable of feeling happiness, sorrow and even regret. Yet that would be the last day she would still be human. Erika Bernkastel-Kues would watch as Lieselotte Alexis Nietzsche finally collapsed, and was no longer human. Watch as the Witch of Dreams lost all that that made her human. Happiness, sorrow and regret. Watch as those words became meaningless to the Witch of Dreams. Watch as the Witch of Dreams abandoned her own title and became the Witch of Wishes.
Well, there was an additional part to this story too. Demian Max and Erika Bernkastel-Kues. Two very different eternal beings, yet at the same time very similar. Few would ever grow to tolerate Erika Bernkastel-Kues, and it would appear that Demian Max was one of those people who could tolerate the Witch of Madness. One of the very few people who could stand the company of Erika Bernkastel-Kues. One of the very few people who would invite the Witch of Madness out. A date or not, Erika Bernkastel-Kues certainly made it seem as much as she shared her story, and Demian Max in return showed her a place of stories...
- Chapter XVIII -
Metro, an online criminal group, or rather gathering. A group where most simply broke the law for the fun of it. A group that no doubt Erika Bernkastel-Kues fit in very well.
「Metro - Restart」
It had been quite some time since METRO made their last move. Since the Witch of Madness started the chain reaction which would result in the underground criminal war between various groups competing for control of Hyakuji.
Well, at least the first chapter of that war had finally be brought to an end. The original war between two groups. A war that should have only been two groups, but ended up becoming a war of multiple sides thanks to the Witch of Madness. The head of one group, dead. Of course, Erika Bernkastel-Kues had a good idea of who had the deed carried out, and it happened that the Witch of Madness was also familiar with the particular person who carried out the deed. Queen. A member of the Rabenschwarz Group and a once infamous member of the underground criminal community.
It would seem that METRO was beginning to once again move their pieces on the board called Hyakuji...