value = 50
|Headhunting: No||Recruitment: No|
|Release Date (CN)||9/27/2022|
|Release Date (Global)||5/23/2023|
|atk_scale (Attack Scale)||1.05|
|atk_scale (Attack Scale)||1.1|
|atk_scale (Attack Scale)||1.15|
|atk_scale (Attack Scale)||1.2|
|atk_scale (Attack Scale)||1.25|
|atk_scale (Attack Scale)||1.3|
|atk_scale (Attack Scale)||1.35|
|atk_scale (Attack Scale)||1.45|
|atk_scale (Attack Scale)||1.55|
|atk_scale (Attack Scale)||1.65|
RIIC Base Skills
Botzu's Quick Evaluation
+ Talent 2 offers +ASPD and +1 Block Count in IS3
+ Unique range offers some interesting decisions with positioning
+ S1: A great skill that leans into the strengths of the Archetype.
= +1 Block Count only aids with self-sustain, not killing power
= Worse outside of IS3, but still a pretty good unit
-- Talent 2 is exclusive to IS3, meaning Highmore loses a significant portion of her power anywhere else
- S2 is an oddly defensive skill on an otherwise very offensive Archetype
- Will struggle to kill high DEF enemies quickly
- Can't be healed normally
Highmore was injured during a Rhodes Island operation in the Iberia region, and she was brought back to HQ for medical care. The Rhodes Island medical department was able to assess that Highmore does not suffer from Oripathy, but unfortunately, she may have something worse: Seaborn tissue growing out of her arms. (Her purple right hand? Yeah, that’s not a glove.) Rhodes Island quickly decided to keep Highmore close for observation, and what better way to do that than to sign her on as a 5* Reaper Guard Operator who self-heals Elemental Damage and gives herself Physical Dodge?
The Reaper Guard archetype comes with some noticeable Traits: they cannot be directly healed by allies, their attacks are AoE, and they recover HP for every enemy they hit (up to a cap of their Block count). Highmore’s first Talent, Reap and Nourish, adds to this by recovering Elemental Damage as well as HP for every enemy she hits (subject to the same cap of her Block count). This Talent applies everywhere, but Highmore also has a second Talent that applies specifically within the IS#3 game mode: Tainted by Malady, which gives Highmore bonus ASPD and Block +1. The Block count increase is highly influential for Highmore, since it influences the cap on her self-healing and her Elemental healing, making her surprisingly durable in IS#3.
Highmore’s S1, Look Back and Cast Aside, is her primary Skill. It has the [Attacking Enemy] SP charge type, it has a very low SP cost, and it automatically causes her next attack to hit twice for increased damage: simple yet highly effective. The Skill is good enough for its damage alone, but each hit also counts for Highmore’s HP and Elemental healing, making it even more useful. In rare circumstances you may resort to Highmore’s S2, Foaming into Oblivion, which gives Highmore bonus ATK and Physical Dodge, along with restoring her HP every time an enemy is defeated within her attack range. This Skill can make Highmore more durable against Physical enemies, but it is a little too RNG-based and low-uptime to compare to Look Back and Cast Aside in most situations.
Reaper Guard is a powerful archetype, and Highmore is a solid (if not exceptional) example of the archetype for most content due to her Trait and her strong S1. However, she specifically comes into her own by getting the awesome benefits of Tainted by Malady from IS#3. A Block-3 self-healing monster who multiplies her damage every few attacks and recovers from Elemental Damage? Who doesn’t want that?
Newbie Tier List Explanation
If you are interested in IS#3, she might be worth the investment, since she is a strong operator in that mode (because of her mode-specific talent) and decent outside of it. If not, investment should be done with caution, since her competition is generally stronger.
Outside of IS#3, Highmore is fairly inferior to La Pluma. La Pluma's Talent is just far better in the general game. However, Highmore is still an excellent unit due to a strong archetype, and her IS#3 mode specific Talent elevates her above her competitor there. While mode specific effects are rarely worth pursuing, Highmore is an exception, due not only the scale of IS#3 but also her decent value outside of it.
While La Pluma is a strong M6 candidate, Highmore is not. The debate of burst versus consistency isn’t here, and the defensive nature of her S2 is too situational. There will be rare places it excels in, but in a vast majority of cases you should stick with the consistency that her S1 brings. With S1 and her mode specific buff, she is one of the stronger starter picks due to her good damage, strong self-sustain, and functionality at E1. However, the reduced SP at S1M3 is big, so even if she works well at E1, she is well worth the extra Mastery investment.
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|Place of Birth||Iberia|
|Infection Status||Medical tests have confirmed that no infection is present.|
Based on observation and her test results, she was approved to become a field operator and now supports various missions around Iberia.
Clinical AnalysisIncrease Trust to 25.
[Cell-Originium Assimilation] 0%
Operator Highmore shows no signs of Originium infection.
[Blood Originium-Crystal Density] 0.08u/L
Operator Highmore rarely comes into contact with Originium.
That's it, what else do you want to know? The proliferation of Seaborn tissue on her arms and weapon? That's far beyond my area of expertise. I'm just a doctor who doesn't even know what a Sea Terror is, after all. Why don't you consult a biologist instead?
Archive File 1Increase Trust to 50.
Those of us who were present at the time should still remember it clearly. The Hunters from Ægir had only just finished their report at the Rhodes Island Landship and left when Tulip and Mizuki sent us such a big surprise. Even Dr. Kal'tsit was still in talks with Iberia...
Though we always say we can't ignore a wounded patient in need, we're still responsible for the safety of the other personnel after all. If it weren't for Amiya using her power and guaranteeing that Highmore was different from those appalling creatures, we wouldn't have known what to do. I even heard that Medical faced some technical difficulties when operating on her wounds and the hyperplastic tissues?
That's not all. After the surgery, Mizuki even requested us to accept her as an operator, to allow her to once again experience life amongst people... We weren't the only ones surprised, I'd wager even Amiya couldn't hide her astonishment, and Tulip was next to her just coughing lightly.
As for me? Well, I ended up being the one in charge of arranging and recording her test results. ...No, I don't think there was anything worth remembering or discussing, especially not her weapon impact tests on bionic dummies. If you're really interested, have mercy on me and go check the recordings yourself.
Archive File 2Increase Trust to 100.
When the topic of her parents came up, Highmore continued to maintain a facade of calmness and indifference, but we were able to get a glimpse of her feelings through her phrasing and micro-expressions.
The tragedy she experienced is little different from that of many other Ægirs in Iberia. Whether it was her father being spirited away by the Inquisition under the pretense of his Ægir identity, never to return, or her mother gradually becoming mute in the few remaining years of her life before finally dying of despair, their departures left an irreparable mark in her life.
Surprisingly, she does not seem to harbor any grudge or regret towards the Inquisition. Instead, she blames the townsfolk for falsely accusing her father to save their own skins, the neighbors for spreading false rumors of her mother's alluring voice, and herself for being helpless to change anything yet unable to let go.
She directs her hatred toward human weakness rather than ill will, and perhaps that is why she continues to wallow in remorse and shame to this day.
Archive File 3Increase Trust to 150.
It was still afternoon, the sun still high up in the sky. Yet, I swear I saw starlight through the window. It formed a humanoid body, looking grand and divine, with bright blue stars marking an old man's joints. They fluttered around like spores in the wind, while lines of starlight coalesced into blood vessels. Countless moist and vibrant organisms converged harmoniously, drawing out the lines and contours of a human body.
When the old man raised his arm, it was like a bite had been taken out of the crowd. Where his hand passed, there remained no noise, nor any marks, or even bloodstains. The wriggling starlight consumed all violence, leaving only silence in its wake.
When the entire street was fully illuminated by starlight—it took but a moment—the grandpa, the bishop, started walking towards me. Behind him flowed a living carpet, or a cape, or something, formed of nothing but the stars and the ocean.
It was serene, beautiful, brilliant. Ah, so this is what humans should really be like...
I, too, wish to join that patch of starlight.
Archive File 4Increase Trust to 200.
Child, I am not against your desire to change, starting with your name. However, I do not give you this name for you to simply blindly chase after some vague higher goal.
Humans are infinitesimally small, unbelievably small. We are each but a tiny grain awash in the waves.
In our imaginations, the lives of ordinary people able to live self-sufficiently may suffice to represent all of humanity. However, within such imagination, the term 'humanity' eminently excludes the Infected, the impoverished barely able to eke out a living, the wanderers without a home in the wilderness, the Sarkaz branded with the epithet of evil, and we of Ægir. Such massive-yet-myopic idealism does not even include the land and the sea humans rely on to live, nor the flora and fauna that are reduced to mere resources. It contains only humans, and the creations they pride themselves upon.
This irrationality stems from the weakness and inefficacy of humanity, their inequality and distrust. Only by shedding our laziness and degeneration, by shattering our biases in the pursuit of evolution, can we finally realize the value of a human being.
Oh, Highmore. How dearly I wish for you to stand higher, to discover the means to bind all of this together, to find all the myriad paths to walk towards this future, instead of simply basking in the faint glory of any one pioneer.
Promotion RecordUpgrade to Elite LV2.
The difference this time was that she had suddenly discovered countless other lines just like it, along with operator codenames crammed wherever they fit, as if weaving a constellation chart, each point connecting people together.
Why had she never paid attention before, despite having seen similar things so many times? Heh, without even realizing it, you all are gently re-weaving the homes that humans rely on.
Or perhaps, it could be us.
|Appointed as Assistant||If some work is beyond even your power, then how can I possibly take on a share?|
|Talk 1||That nightmare still comes to mind, even now. My life denied by some grand ecology... no, not denied. It would admit everything, it was more sublime than life itself... it made me feel shame at the selfishness of life.|
|Talk 2||I don't want to belittle the Medical Department's effort, but I don't believe life can be 'cured' at root the same way a disease can. Human or Sea Terror, I'm doomed to live on as half-baked, and that's the price I pay for my own foolishness.|
|Talk 3||That special 'collaborator' of yours is just something other right now, using biological function to imitate his old form. You should know that better than him, but you still want to find something in him? I hope you don't repeat my same mistake.|
|Talk after Promotion 1||I've felt safe in my time residing aboard the landship, even come to recognize it as something similar to home... You don't need to be concerned. Even if Iberia will never be a home to the Ægir, I'd never refuse to accomplish what I'm meant to there, such as we've agreed.|
|Talk after Promotion 2||Anything that seems to be given for free will eventually demand some price of you. That's the lesson I learned. And some of what you do appears to practically overturn that... I'll have to wait and see.|
|Talk after Trust Increase 1||You're wondering what this song is? It's just something my mother taught me when I was young. I didn't take much interest back then; I just spat perfunctory notes as I followed along. It was only after losing her, I realized... these melodies form one of the few things I still have to my name.|
|Talk after Trust Increase 2||An ignorant girl gives up her song, and gains naught but a dream snuffed as quickly as the foam in return. It sounds just like a fairytale, doesn't it? *chuckle* And the fact that such a stupid girl could be saved at the story's end... seems like a fairytale, too.|
|Talk after Trust Increase 3||You've helped me to recover my belief in the courage of other beings, so I hope you see this responsibility through. Lead those willing to follow you. See an end to these disasters that should never have befallen the innocent. Don't disappoint me.|
|Idle||You see them in your dreams too, don't you? All those faces who've quietly left your life.|
|Onboard||So, you'd be the 'Doctor'. I imagine I don't have much introduce about myself. The fact that I'm allowed to stand here implies you've read and approved all the files about me.|
|Watching Battle Record||Maybe I shouldn't doubt the value of these records, like I did before.|
|Promotion 1||The more you seek from a power you should reject, the deeper you fall into it, until it engulfs your entire being. I'm sure you understand this.|
|Promotion 2||You wish to forge a space that can admit me, and hope for me to admit everything surrounding me...? An arrogant notion, truly. But maybe I could bear witness with you, until the day you give up.|
|Added to Squad||It looks like we've gotten our approvals. It's time to go.|
|Appointed as Squad Leader||I might bring their ruin, but only you can bring our victory.|
|Depart||Let us reap those delusions and obsessions still immature.|
|Begin Operation||I hear the sound of the flooding tide.|
|Selecting Operator 1||Do you have instructions for me?|
|Selecting Operator 2||Do I still have to wait?|
|Deployment 1||As you ask.|
|Deployment 2||I have no doubt.|
|In Battle 1||They have no position to evade.|
|In Battle 2||They have no power to withstand.|
|In Battle 3||They have no way to advance.|
|In Battle 4||They have no path to escape.|
|4-star Result||Sometimes, your grasp of the surrounding situation makes me instinctually fearful. Yes, I believe you could make even Sea Terrors comprehend fear. So, do you intend to feel happy about this?|
|3-star Result||The enemy waves have quelled. If you have no other tasks, I should leave immediately to undergo a 'routine' inspection.|
|Sub 3-star Result||Is your heart melting? Can enemies of this level be worth your indulgence?|
|Operation Failure||We should go. Before the next wave has us drowned.|
|Assigned to Facility||So this, too, is the place you promise I can belong.|
|Tap||Did you need me?|
|Trust Tap||This place might be more... calming than expected.|
|Greeting||We still have some time, before the tide floods the soil beneath us.|