Unfortunately, Zao's airship had suffered too much damage from the battle, and the engine was disabled. It started falling, with everyone screaming.
Lilac: Hang onnn!
The airship lands safely in a river, with Lilac falling off and coming back onto the ship.
Torque: Huh. So that's why your airships are boat-shaped.
Lilac: How could Zao do this?
Torque: He must have thought we were all he needed.
Lilac: We would've been ready if he had told us. No wonder Brevon's gotten away with anything. Our leaders are too brain-dead to pay attention to anything but themselves!
Lilac: -sigh- Nevermind. I'm just... I don't know.
Torque: It's alright.
Torque steps near the front of the ship to look around.
Torque: How far is the closest city?
Lilac: Shang Tu is just a few miles east. The river should take us there.
Torque: We'll give that panda guy an update on our situation. The Magister might be able to help.
Lilac: I hope he believes us...
-Lilac and Milla's Scene-
Lilac goes to check on Milla, who is sitting on the back of the ship.
Lilac: Things have been pretty crazy so far, huh?
Lilac shows concern, sitting down next to Milla.
Lilac: How long have you been away from your parents?
Milla: I'm not sure... it feels like a really long time.
Lilac: And you've been alone in the woods ever since?
Lilac: I hope this doesn't sound weird, but... that's kind of impressive. I wouldn't survive a day without my treehouse.
Milla doesn't say a word, so Lilac tries to her up.
Lilac: Hey... when this is all over, how about we have a girls' night out? Just you and me?
Milla: You mean... a playdate?
Lilac: Something like that. We could try out some dresses, or just buy a huge plate of sushi and just pig out!
Milla: What about Carol? Can she come too?
Lilac: Good luck getting her to put a dress on.
Milla: -giggles- Well, sure! I'd like that!
-Carol and Torque's Scene-
Torque: So, uh, how did you two meet anyway? A green cat and a purple dragon girl seem like a weird mix.
Carol: Yeah. We were part of a street gang called the Red Scarves. We used to make crazy money from from martial arts tournaments.
Torque: is that where you met Spade?
Carol: Yep. He was cool at first, but, uh...things got weird.
Carol: Well, there's...there's lines we don't cross. And he crossed 'em.
Torque: If Spade is Prince Dail's brother, doesn't that make him a prince too?
Carol: I guess so. He never talked about it.
-All Characters' Scenes-
Milla: Look everyone! The city!
Lilac and Milla run up to the front of the ship to where Carol and Torque are standing.
Shang Tu: Ancient Palace
The team arrives in the palace to meet Gong.
Gong: My friends! How did the negotiations fare?
Lilac: Prince Dail took the Stone.
Torque: We need to speak to the Magister immediately.
Gong: I see... Very well, then. He deserves to know.
Gong escorts the team to where the Magister is, and everyone bows before him. At the same time, Neera enters the room.
Torque: A thousand good greetings to you, Magister.
Everyone stands up.
Magister: It's my understanding that Shuigang is now in possession of the Kingdom Stone.
Torque: Not exactly, Your Greatness. Someone else has it.
Torque: It's been taken by a warlord named Brevon. He's been manipulating the three kingdoms into waging war.
Magister: And you have proof of this?
Torque presents a piece of the Robopanther to the Magister.
Torque: This is a fragment of one of Brevon's machines. Have your scientists examine it. You'll find that it's mineral composition doesn't match anything that's built on your world.
The Magister attempts to inspect it, but Neera stops him.
Neera: Wait! Don't touch it.
Neera steps forward.
Neera: This theory you have of a man from another world sounds highly suspicious, at best.
Neera: If you would allow me to explain, Magister, I have a different theory in mind.
Neera: This is nothing but an attempt from Mayor Zao to cover up the atrocities he committed against our Kingdom Stone.
Neera: He must've offered you a generous reward to come here and make up this ridiculous story. Afterall, you can't resist money, Sash Lilac and Carol Tea.
Lilac: And you know our names because...?
Neera: You were quite the fortune teller yesterday. So I couldn't resist doing a little background check.
Neera: Not only have you two been stealing crystal shards, you've been working with the group that claimed responsibility for the stone's theft... The Red Scarves.
Carol: Hey, look Lilac! It's our identical twin sisters!
Neera: They're criminals and spies, your Excellency.
Neera steps back.
Magister: Is this true?
Carol: We were just-
Lilac steps forward in front of the Magister.
Lilac: Magister, we're no longer members of the Red Scarves. It was a long time ago. We did what we had to do to survive.
After a delay, the Magister reaches a conclusion.
Magister: Detain them until further notice. Make sure the commander and his "evidence" are properly quarantined.
Neera quickly spawns ice cages that trap the team.
Torque: Heyheyheyhey! Easy!
Lilac: Magister, please! We don't have time for this!
Magister: You're right. Take them away immediately.
Torque: Examine the fragment! Examine it!
The girls are now stuck in a jail cell, with Torque in a separate cell somewhere else. Carol angrily attacks the jail bars.
Carol: That stupid panda girl!
Lilac: Come closer. We can't let the guards hear us.
Lilac: Now let's try and figure this out. We gotta bust out of here, but we can't leave without Torque.
Carol: You got any bright ideas, Ms. Heropants?
Lilac: It's not gonna be easy. He's been quarantined.
Carol: What if we bribed the guards?
Lilac: Uh, Carol, we don't have any of our belongings.
Carol: Ooh, ooh! I'll pretend I have to pee really bad, and then when the guards open the gate we'll make a break for it!
Lilac: I told you, we can't leave without Torque.
Carol: Ah, right...
Milla starts digging a hole in the nearby soil as Carol comes up with another idea.
Carol: Hmm... Oh, I got it now! First we'll both switch clothes, and then i'll switch with Milla, and then when they-
Milla: This way!
Milla: I can dig through here!
Carol: Well that makes it easy. Let's go!
Lilac: Actually, only one of us should go. We don't want the guards to suspect anything.
Milla: I'll go! for the team!
Lilac: The sooner you can find Torque, the sooner we can get out of here.
Brevon: It has come to my attention that there are still chasers among us. We must neutralize them.
Syntax moves next to Brevon and displays Lilac, Torque, Carol, and Milla in front of everyone.
Serpentine: TSSSHAH! I'll get you, commander!
Syntax changes the display to a map of the area around Shang Tu.
Syntax: ACCORDING TO OUR INTELLIGENCE REPORTS, DIRECT INFILTRATION OF THE CITY WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE WITHOUT EXPOSING OUR OPERATIONS.
Brevon stands up and moves closer to his troops.
Brevon: As soon as they leave I want them dragged to our remote Base. Do whatever it takes to bring them under our control.
The Shade Troopers and Syntax leave.
Shang Tu Prison
Milla is running forward until an ice cage appears over her. Neera steps forward, having caught Milla trying to escape.
Milla: What are you gonna do to me?
Neera: Relax, it is dishonorable to hurt small children.
Neera despawns the ice cage.
Neera: Follow me.
-End Milla's Scene-
Neera comes to the cell with Lilac and Carol, with Milla behind her. She sends Milla back into the cell.
Neera: Nice try.
Carol: Well there goes that plan...
Milla: I'm sorry...
As Neera starts to leave, Lilac runs up to the cell bars.
Lilac: Wait! Tell the Magister I want to confess!
Neera: Very well.
Neera leaves to inform the Magister.
Lilac: It's okay. I have an idea.
Lilac is presented to the Magister for her confession.
Lilac: So Torque has nothing to do with this. We forced him to help us against his will.
Magister: I see.
Magister: We shall establish a timtams currency exchange program.
Magister: WE SHALL ESTABLISH. A TIMTAMS. CURRENCY EXCHANGE PROGRAM.
Lilac: No, no, it's okay. I was just surprised, is all. Go ahead.
Magister: Since you have displayed integrity in revealing this farce, I will release your friend. But this does not change your own fate.
Magister: You and your companions have lied to us, and in doing so have wasted our time and resources. You will remain imprisioned until I deem otherwise.
Lilac: If I may make one last request... I want to say goodbye to him, and apologize to him for the trouble I've caused.
Magister: Very well. Make it quick.
Lilac is alone in a room with Torque.
Torque: I don't know what to say... we needed Shang Tu's support.
Lilac: I know... but we can't do anything while we're all sitting behind bars. We need more evidence.
Torque: But what about you guys?
Lilac: We'll catch up with you. Busting out of here will be a piece of crab cake.
Soon after Lilac returns to her cell, a segment of the prison wall in the Shang Tu palace is blown out as everyone escapes, with Carol having obtained her motorcycle somehow.
Halfway throughout the stage, the chosen character is attacked by Neera.
Neera: You betrayed the law!
As the character continues throughout the stage after the mid-boss battle, they face Neera again.
Unbeknownst to her, a missile fired from the submarine she and the Bird Officer were riding in hits her, freezing her instead. The Bird Officer takes the frozen Neera away, leaving the chosen character free to continue towards the end of the stage. Unbeknownst to them however, the Absolution is flying in the background. By the time the character gets to Torque, he has been attacked, knocked out, and captured by Brevon's forces. Syntax carries the unconscious Torque into the Absolution.
Lilac: No, stop!
The Absolution takes off as the chosen character chases after it. Serpentine appears and attacks the character.
Serpentine: I've got you now!
They battle. After taking enough damage, Serpentine hops into his Robogunship.
Serpentine: I've had enough of your kung-fu tricks!
After the battle, either Lilac or Carol lands the finishing blow on the Robogunship, destroying it.
Milla: What do we do?
Lilac doesn't say a word.
Lilac: I don't know! I don't know...
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