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Traits

High accuracy point-blank shot

Operator Description

Sniper Operator Pozëmka, the one who cherished Zeruertza most of all Zeruertzans.

Operator Quote

You can talk to her about anything that ails you, as long as you're Durin-height.

Obtain Approach

Headhunting
Operator can only be obtained through Headhunting (Gacha).
Headhunting: Yes Recruitment: No
Release Date (CN) 8/11/2022
Release Date (Global) 1/13/2023

Potentials

Potential Item

Pozëmka's Token A pile of manuscript paper. Her strength and cowardice are written within in their fullest, nothing withheld.

Talent

Can summon a 'Typewriter' for 15s; the 'Typewriter' has the same skill as this unit, and has its own Redeployment Time
Info
Can summon a 'Typewriter' for 20s; the 'Typewriter' has the same skill as this unit, and has its own Redeployment Time
Info
Can summon a 'Typewriter' for 25s; the 'Typewriter' has the same skill as this unit, and has its own Redeployment Time
Info
Attacks from the 'Typewriter' reduce the target's DEF by 18% for 4 seconds; if the 'Typewriter' is placed within the 4 tiles adjacent to Pozëmka, this effect increases to 23%
Info
Attacks from the 'Typewriter' reduce the target's DEF by 20% (+2%) for 5 (+1) seconds; if the 'Typewriter' is placed within the 4 tiles adjacent to Pozëmka, this effect increases to 25% (+2%)
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Talents from Module Upgrades

Stats

Level:
HP
ATK
DEF
Arts Resist
0
Redeploy Time
70
DP Cost
16
Block
1
Attack Interval
1.6

Summon Stats

HP
500
ATK
369
DEF
0
Arts Resist
0
DP Cost
5
Block
0
Detailed Info

Skills

SP Cost:
32
31
30
29
28
27
25
23
21
20
Initial SP:
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
SP Charge Type
Skill Activation
Duration
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Skill Effect
ATK +20%; When attacking, has a 30% chance to deal 130% damage
Unlimited duration
ATK +25%; When attacking, has a 30% chance to deal 135% damage
Unlimited duration
ATK +30%; When attacking, has a 30% chance to deal 140% damage
Unlimited duration
ATK +35%; When attacking, has a 30% chance to deal 145% damage
Unlimited duration
ATK +40%; When attacking, has a 30% chance to deal 150% damage
Unlimited duration
ATK +45%; When attacking, has a 30% chance to deal 155% damage
Unlimited duration
ATK +50%; When attacking, has a 30% chance to deal 160% damage
Unlimited duration
ATK +53%; When attacking, has a 30% chance to deal 185% damage
Unlimited duration
ATK +56%; When attacking, has a 40% chance to deal 200% damage
Unlimited duration
ATK +60%; When attacking, has a 40% chance to deal 225% damage
Unlimited duration
Detailed Skill Info
atk 0.2
prob 0.3
atk_scale (Attack Scale) 1.3
atk 0.25
prob 0.3
atk_scale (Attack Scale) 1.35
atk 0.3
prob 0.3
atk_scale (Attack Scale) 1.4
atk 0.35
prob 0.3
atk_scale (Attack Scale) 1.45
atk 0.4
prob 0.3
atk_scale (Attack Scale) 1.5
atk 0.45
prob 0.3
atk_scale (Attack Scale) 1.55
atk 0.5
prob 0.3
atk_scale (Attack Scale) 1.6
atk 0.53
prob 0.3
atk_scale (Attack Scale) 1.85
atk 0.56
prob 0.4
atk_scale (Attack Scale) 2
atk 0.6
prob 0.4
atk_scale (Attack Scale) 2.25
SP Cost:
12
12
12
11
11
11
10
10
10
9
Initial SP:
0
0
3
3
3
6
6
6
9
9
SP Charge Type
Skill Activation
Duration
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Skill Effect
Passive Effect: When this skill is equipped, the Redeployment Time of 'Typewriter' is reduced to 70%
Active Effect: Immediately attacks 3 times in front of this unit, with each attack dealing 160% ATK as Physical damage
Can store 1 charge
Passive Effect: When this skill is equipped, the Redeployment Time of 'Typewriter' is reduced to 70%
Active Effect: Immediately attacks 3 times in front of this unit, with each attack dealing 165% ATK as Physical damage
Can store 1 charge
Passive Effect: When this skill is equipped, the Redeployment Time of 'Typewriter' is reduced to 70%
Active Effect: Immediately attacks 3 times in front of this unit, with each attack dealing 170% ATK as Physical damage
Can store 1 charge
Passive Effect: When this skill is equipped, the Redeployment Time of 'Typewriter' is reduced to 65%
Active Effect: Immediately attacks 3 times in front of this unit, with each attack dealing 180% ATK as Physical damage
Can store 2 charges
Passive Effect: When this skill is equipped, the Redeployment Time of 'Typewriter' is reduced to 65%
Active Effect: Immediately attacks 3 times in front of this unit, with each attack dealing 185% ATK as Physical damage
Can store 2 charges
Passive Effect: When this skill is equipped, the Redeployment Time of 'Typewriter' is reduced to 65%
Active Effect: Immediately attacks 3 times in front of this unit, with each attack dealing 190% ATK as Physical damage
Can store 2 charges
Passive Effect: When this skill is equipped, the Redeployment Time of 'Typewriter' is reduced to 60%
Active Effect: Immediately attacks 3 times in front of this unit, with each attack dealing 200% ATK as Physical damage
Can store 2 charges
Passive Effect: When this skill is equipped, the Redeployment Time of 'Typewriter' is reduced to 60%
Active Effect: Immediately attacks 3 times in front of this unit, with each attack dealing 210% ATK as Physical damage
Can store 2 charges
Passive Effect: When this skill is equipped, the Redeployment Time of 'Typewriter' is reduced to 60%
Active Effect: Immediately attacks 3 times in front of this unit, with each attack dealing 220% ATK as Physical damage
Can store 2 charges
Passive Effect: When this skill is equipped, the Redeployment Time of 'Typewriter' is reduced to 50%
Active Effect: Immediately attacks 3 times in front of this unit, with each attack dealing 230% ATK as Physical damage
Can store 2 charges
Skill Range
Detailed Skill Info
atk_scale (Attack Scale) 1.6
respawn_time 0.7
atk_scale (Attack Scale) 1.65
respawn_time 0.7
atk_scale (Attack Scale) 1.7
respawn_time 0.7
atk_scale (Attack Scale) 1.8
respawn_time 0.65
atk_scale (Attack Scale) 1.85
respawn_time 0.65
atk_scale (Attack Scale) 1.9
respawn_time 0.65
atk_scale (Attack Scale) 2
respawn_time 0.6
atk_scale (Attack Scale) 2.1
respawn_time 0.6
atk_scale (Attack Scale) 2.2
respawn_time 0.6
atk_scale (Attack Scale) 2.3
respawn_time 0.5
SP Cost:
45
44
43
42
41
40
39
38
37
35
Initial SP:
15
15
15
17
17
17
19
20
22
23
SP Charge Type
Skill Activation
Duration
25 Seconds
25 Seconds
25 Seconds
26 Seconds
26 Seconds
26 Seconds
27 Seconds
28 Seconds
29 Seconds
30 Seconds
Skill Effect
Attack Range expands, Attack Interval is reduced, and each attack deals 140% damage (Increased to 155% against enemies in the front 3 tiles)
* This Skill modifies the Attack Interval by -0.6
Attack Range expands, Attack Interval is reduced, and each attack deals 145% damage (Increased to 165% against enemies in the front 3 tiles)
* This Skill modifies the Attack Interval by -0.6
Attack Range expands, Attack Interval is reduced, and each attack deals 150% damage (Increased to 175% against enemies in the front 3 tiles)
* This Skill modifies the Attack Interval by -0.6
Attack Range expands, Attack Interval is reduced, and each attack deals 155% damage (Increased to 185% against enemies in the front 3 tiles)
* This Skill modifies the Attack Interval by -0.6
Attack Range expands, Attack Interval is reduced, and each attack deals 160% damage (Increased to 195% against enemies in the front 3 tiles)
* This Skill modifies the Attack Interval by -0.6
Attack Range expands, Attack Interval is reduced, and each attack deals 165% damage (Increased to 205% against enemies in the front 3 tiles)
* This Skill modifies the Attack Interval by -0.6
Attack Range expands, Attack Interval is reduced, and each attack deals 170% damage (Increased to 215% against enemies in the front 3 tiles)
* This Skill modifies the Attack Interval by -0.6
Attack Range expands, Attack Interval is reduced, and each attack deals 180% damage (Increased to 230% against enemies in the front 3 tiles)
* This Skill modifies the Attack Interval by -0.6
Attack Range expands, Attack Interval is reduced, and each attack deals 190% damage (Increased to 240% against enemies in the front 3 tiles)
* This Skill modifies the Attack Interval by -0.6
Attack Range expands, Attack Interval is reduced, and each attack deals 200% damage (Increased to 255% against enemies in the front 3 tiles)
* This Skill modifies the Attack Interval by -0.6
Skill Range
Detailed Skill Info
base_attack_time -0.6
atk_scale (Attack Scale) 1.4
bgsnow_s_3[atk_up].atk_scale 1.55
base_attack_time -0.6
atk_scale (Attack Scale) 1.45
bgsnow_s_3[atk_up].atk_scale 1.65
base_attack_time -0.6
atk_scale (Attack Scale) 1.5
bgsnow_s_3[atk_up].atk_scale 1.75
base_attack_time -0.6
atk_scale (Attack Scale) 1.55
bgsnow_s_3[atk_up].atk_scale 1.85
base_attack_time -0.6
atk_scale (Attack Scale) 1.6
bgsnow_s_3[atk_up].atk_scale 1.95
base_attack_time -0.6
atk_scale (Attack Scale) 1.65
bgsnow_s_3[atk_up].atk_scale 2.05
base_attack_time -0.6
atk_scale (Attack Scale) 1.7
bgsnow_s_3[atk_up].atk_scale 2.15
base_attack_time -0.6
atk_scale (Attack Scale) 1.8
bgsnow_s_3[atk_up].atk_scale 2.3
base_attack_time -0.6
atk_scale (Attack Scale) 1.9
bgsnow_s_3[atk_up].atk_scale 2.4
base_attack_time -0.6
atk_scale (Attack Scale) 2
bgsnow_s_3[atk_up].atk_scale 2.55

Modules

Lvl: 60
Trust: 100 (10,070 Points)
Availability: na
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Equip Trait
Increases ATK to 105% when attacking enemies directly in front, and ignores their Physical Dodge
Equip Attribute Bonuses
Stat Value
max_hp 130
atk 55
Unlock Information
Materials
x4
x2
x80000
Missions
Summon a total of 10 'Typewriters' with Pozëmka (excluding Support Units)
Clear Main Theme 2-10 with a 3-star rating; You must deploy your own Pozëmka, and have Pozëmka or a 'Typewriter' defeat Skullshatterer

RIIC Base Skills

(销路宣发)
Room Type:
Trading Post
When this operator is assigned to a Trading Post, for every 1 Pure Gold Production Line, Trading Post order acquisition efficiency +5%
(际崖居民)
Room Type:
Trading Post
When this Operator is assigned to a Trading post, for every 1 Durin Operator in the base (max 4), Trading Post gains another 1Pure Gold Production Line

Botzu's Quick Evaluation

+ A high powered close range sniper with a deployable that expands her range
+ Talent: Has access to Typewriter (deployable) that mimics her skills and reduces enemy DEF. Typewriter is invulnerable so it can be used to safely snipe at tough enemies without putting Pozyomka in danger
+ S1: Infinite duration ATK boost with a fairly low SP cost.
+ S2: Turns her Typewriter into a quick deploy sniper. You can store up to two charges and then quickly use them.
+ S3: The default choice in most situations. Great for assassinating bosses or elite enemies. It has a long uptime, making it good against durable enemies or bosses with multiple forms.
- S2: Cannot be used unless something is in range of the unit herself. Unless both she and her deployable are hitting the same unit, the damage isn't very strong and will struggle to take out moderately durable enemies.
- Can be difficult on some maps to find deployment room for both her and her Typewriter to target the same enemy

Operator Overview

“I didn't make myself clear enough when I asked a smith in Cragedge City to craft a pen for me, and... that's how I ended up with this crossbow.”

Pozyomka is a Lupo noblewoman who has become a representative for the underground city of Durin. There’s undoubtedly a story behind how a Lupo becomes a representative for the Durin, but Pozyomka isn’t going to be able to write it down. Recently she went out to commission a typewriter to pursue her literary interests, but somehow she came back with an automatic crossbow instead. Now she’s stuck being a 6* Heavyshooter Sniper who writes up ludicrous amounts of burst damage using her… er… “Typewriter.”

All of Pozyomka’s kit revolves around her “Typewriter” (and if you had a crossbow that could print books, yours probably would too). Her E0 Talent, Automatic Typewriter, allows her to deploy the “Typewriter” on the field as a separate unit that doesn’t take up a deployment slot. It powers up at E2, when Pozyomka’s Weakpoint Shorthand Talent causes the “Typewriter” to debuff the DEF of enemies it hits (with a greater effect if the “Typewriter” is deployed next to Pozyomka).

The “Typewriter” uses the same Skill as Pozyomka, which is the secret to her incredible burst damage potential. Her S2, Synopsis, passively halves the “Typewriter’s” redeploy time and can be actively triggered to cause Pozyomka and the “Typewriter” to fire three immediate shots with greatly increased damage. If one enemy is caught in all six shots, the results can be boneshattering. And yet this Skill pales in comparison to her S3, Mighty Pen. Mighty Pen combines increased attack range, faster attack interval, and a positively ridiculous damage buff that is further increased when attacking a target directly in front of the user. And it activates on both Pozyomka and her “Typewriter” at the same time. Let’s just say Pozyomka has a lot of obituaries to print up after using this Skill.

It's hard to find much to criticize about Pozyomka. She’s quite strong on her own, and her “Typewriter” essentially doubles her potential. Her Skills have very good uptime considering how strong they are, and the DEF debuff from Weakpoint Shorthand even gives her some team utility. The “Typewriter” cannot be attacked by enemies, so not only is it a potent buff to Pozyomka’s performance, it can be deployed deep into enemy territory to annihilate targets from complete safety. If you thought the pen was mightier than the sword, just wait until you see what the typewriter can do.

Newbie Tier List Explanation

A strong DPS unit with versatility that can keep herself safe (or make up for poor positioning) with her deployables. On the flip side, managing and redeploying her summon may add an undesirable layer of complexity for some players still learning the game.

Skill Discussion

Skill
Mastery
Story
Advanced
Roguelike
S3M3 S+++ S+++ S+++
S2M3 B- B+ B-

Pozëmka (Pozy) is one of the best DPS units in the game. There isn't a lot of nuance when it comes to that tier of unit. The best skill on one of the best units has one of the best ranks, and most people won't need to look beyond that. S3 has sizable Mastery gains too, with big improvements to damage, cycle time, and initial windup. How much more convincing do you need to make it a high priority upgrade?

Her S2 can be an appealing secondary Mastery. It is difficult to give up the damage that S3 brings, but S2 gives her quite a bit more flexibility. The M3 upgrade in particular drops the redeployment time on her typewriter by an additional 4 seconds and comes with a nice SP cost reduction, which makes it a huge upgrade in terms of flexibility. For a unit of Pozy's pedigree, it’s something worth considering once you're done with your team's primary upgrades. Keep in mind, however, that she cannot activate S2 if nothing is in her own range (not the typewriter’s range) which is pretty limiting compared to S3.

Finally, Pozy's S1 is ungraded since the niches it fills over S3 or S2 are miniscule. However, you might consider it as a luxury extra if you particularly like Pozy and find yourself using her a lot. Burst is almost always better in this game, but with S1 Pozy has some of the highest consistent DPS in the game.

Operator Featured Articles

Skill Upgrade Costs

Level Requisites Materials
1 ➝ 2
Lv1
x5
2 ➝ 3
Lv1
x5
x6
x4
3 ➝ 4
Lv1
x8
x4
4 ➝ 5
Lv1
x8
x4
x5
5 ➝ 6
Lv1
x8
x4
6 ➝ 7
Lv1
x8
x4
x4
Skill Level Requisites Materials
1
Lv1 8h
x8
x4
x8
Lv1 16h
x12
x4
x8
Lv1 24h
x15
x6
x5
2
Lv1 8h
x8
x4
x5
Lv1 16h
x12
x4
x7
Lv1 24h
x15
x6
x4
3
Lv1 8h
x8
x4
x7
Lv1 16h
x12
x4
x8
Lv1 24h
x15
x6
x5

Overall Skill Cost

Elite Upgrade Costs

Level Materials
x30000
x5
x9
x3
x180000
x4
x3
x9

Overall Elite Cost

Total Cost

Operator Profile

Artist Chuzenji
CV 安济知佳
CV (CN) 云鹤追
Gender Female
Place of Birth Ursus
Birthday Mar 15
Race Lupo
Height 177cm
Combat Experience
None
Infection Status Medical tests have confirmed that no infection is present.
Nation
Physical Strength Standard
Mobility Normal
Physiological Endurance Standard
Tactical Planning Excellent
Combat Skill Standard
Originium Adaptability Standard

Profile

Pozëmka, or Avdotya Razorpen, as she calls herself. We can confirm that Avdotya is her actual first name, but she has been unwilling to provide her actual surname. After a risk evaluation, the HR Department has decided not to further press the issue.
Pozëmka was introduced to Rhodes Island by the Zeruertza business representative Croque Diamondface as a surveyor, and she now participates in our field operations as a Sniper Operator.

Clinical Analysis

Increase Trust to 25.
Imaging tests reveal clear, normal outlines of internal organs, and no abnormal shadows have been detected. Originium granules have not been detected in the circulatory system and there is no sign of infection. At this time, this operator is believed to be uninfected.

[Cell-Originium Assimilation] 0%
Operator Pozëmka shows no signs of Originium infection.

[Blood Originium-Crystal Density] 0.12u/L
Operator Pozëmka rarely comes into contact with Originium.

Archive File 1

Increase Trust to 50.
Avdotya Razorpen, the literature representative of Zeruertza, played a crucial role in persuading the Durins to evacuate to Acahualla, although it's difficult to imagine that this Lupo woman standing before us is really the person described in the reports. As a Lupo serving as a Durin city's literature representative, there had to be a story behind it.
Our hunch was right, but Pozëmka is also extremely cautious around most non-Durin operators. While very courteous, she never reveals anything unnecessary. All the operators who came back from Zeruertza have apparently been told her backstory, but they all tacitly avoid going into the subject.
After a very long time, Pozëmka finally went briefly into her past before making it to Zeruertza: she used to be the daughter of an Ursus noble, and her family members all died one after another in a despicable political conspiracy. She was the only one fortunate enough to make it out alive, and, completely by chance, managed to stumble her way to Zeruertza.
She told us all this very calmly without going into any of the finer details, but her ice-cold tone clearly conveyed to us the pain, disillusionment, and horrors she had suffered.
Since then, she has lived in Zeruertza for years, enjoying a peace and quiet that she could only have dreamt of in the past, until Zeruertza's everlasting summer finally came to an end. Not only did the carefree Durins play no small part in soothing the pain left by her experiences, they also allowed her to stay in the city as one of their own. However, she too began to hold an almost prejudiced distrust towards anything created by non-Durins (or 'surface-dwellers'), from their works of culture to industrial products.
This is not her fault, much less the Durins'.

Archive File 2

Increase Trust to 100.
Unlike the courteous yet distant way she treats other operators, Pozëmka shows a level of adoration and care toward the Durins aboard Rhodes Island.
According to Operator Minimalist, this wasn't at all how she was like in Zeruertza. At the time, she preferred to take strolls, space out as she sat alone in an open area, or write something—in other words, she wasn't the kind of person who worried about others.
That all changed when she came to Rhodes Island. Pozëmka has started to pay careful attention to all aspects of our Durin operators' lifestyles: if they are eating well, if they are working too long, whether their equipment is properly sorted out before field operations, etc. Even Minimalist, who's known to be particularly difficult, had no choice but to admit next to his bucket full of pencils: 'The other day I complained about not having even pencils, and she immediately got me all these... I probably haven't been giving her enough credit before.'
Pozëmka isn't ashamed to confess her reasons either: 'I'll admit that Rhodes Island is a good place, but it can never truly fulfill the needs of a Durin like Zeruertza did. I do this because I'm worried about them, and I thought I would help them take care of whatever they needed. That's all there is to it.'
We've tried over and over to persuade her that her excessive wardship could actually have negative consequences, that it could keep the Durin operators from adjusting to their new lives on board. In the end, we might have managed to talk her out of it, or perhaps a Durin said something to her, but she finally started to see things a little differently and stopped meddling with every aspect of their lives.
Even so, she still spends a lot of time with the Durins, and the Durins like her, too. It is only during these moments that she finally forgoes her vigilance and relaxes.
Eventually, this relationship also expanded to the children on board Rhodes Island, but that's as far as it ever progressed.

I'm not playing with toy blocks! I'm an adult!
—Myrtle

Erm... These are no ordinary toy blocks. This is a contest to see who can build the tallest tower. Wouldn't you enjoy such a thrilling, exciting competition, Generalissimo?
—Pozëmka

I'll do it! I'll do it!
—Myrtle

Archive File 3

Increase Trust to 150.
As the 'literature representative,' Pozëmka penned a large amount of advertising and packaging copy in Zeruertza. Unlike the Zeruertza Durins' disorganized language, her advertising copy always stood out from the competition, and thanks to her masterful use of exoticism (to the Durins, at least), she always grabbed their attention in no time. There was no need to worry about not getting enough orders with her writing your advertisements.
Pozëmka also writes literature—poems, novels, and plays—when she is not working on her commercial writings. Unlike her simple, straightforward advertising copy, the native Zeruertzan citizens tend to have a hard time understanding her plots and metaphors. Hunger, cold, conspiracy, and murder... These nouns are simply too unrelatable to the Durins. Even if they can by instinct recognize that conspiracy means plotting against someone, the most objectionable conspiracy they can think of is adding half a bottle of vinegar to someone else's mead.
To Pozëmka, these two things have become the manifestation of a certain kind of contradiction. The exaggerated, fanciful marketing language represents the Durins' carefree lifestyle, while her ice-cold, gory literature ties her back to the past that she cannot bear to face. The Durins like the former, and so does she, but she has yet to be able to convince herself to not spend her free time on the latter.
Instead, she's started to deliberately use different tools for her different writing tasks: she uses her typewriter exclusively for marketing copy, while she opts for a fountain pen and ink for her more personal creations.
It's worth mentioning that when she participates in battle as a field operator, Pozëmka's two weapons of choice are both also derived from fountain pens and typewriters. She came into possession of her crossbow because of miscommunication when she first arrived in Zeruertza; it was actually a fountain pen that she wanted—and indeed the biggest piece of furniture in her dorm room right now is a fountain pen showcase—yet the Durin artificer made her a crossbow instead. As for her typewriter, it was modified by our Engineering Operators after she came to Rhodes Island. According to her, 'my guess is this typewriter won't see much use from now on. I'll be living on the surface and fighting plenty of battles. In which case, I might as well use it as a weapon.'
Nevertheless, even aboard Rhodes Island, Pozëmka still receives requests to write advertising copy and slogans from time to time. While her typewriter can no longer produce words, she continues to accept these requests with pleasure. With her fountain pen, she plans out her ideas and writes her drafts. The final results that her clients receive are completely different from what she used to write in Zeruertza, with only her vivid rhetoric unchanged.

Archive File 4

Increase Trust to 200.
'Pozëmka, I have actually had an opinion for a while that might perhaps offend you...'
'Please, Istina. I am very glad to have met a reader as perceptive as yourself. How could I possibly be offended?'
'I can tell that your characters really wish to cut ties with their homeland. However, at the end of your stories, those relationships are always brought to the fore in much more intense ways.'
'You're right. At first, I wanted them to cut ties with Ursus completely. However, every time I write an ending to that effect, I'm struck with a particularly strong sentiment... That it's something that I'm forcing onto the character; it's not the character's own will. I was never that brilliant of a writer. If I were to forcefully bend my characters' will based on my own preferences, then my writings would be completely meaningless.'
'You're too humble.'
'No, no... Actually, just recently, I've even come to the realization of just how ignorant I am.'
'What do you mean?'
'After I heard your story, it's been made all too apparent to me that... compared to me, the daughter of an Ursus noble who escaped to Zeruertza in my early years, you've experienced Ursus's cruelty in far more complicated and profound ways than I could ever imagine.'
'But you found the courage to pick up your pen nonetheless.'
'I merely scribbled away.'
......
'Pozëmka, supposing—and this is nothing more than a suggestion—supposing it could take your writings to new heights, would you go back to Ursus if you had the chance?'
'No, even if my writing never improves beyond what it is now, I don't want to experience that kind of pain and despair ever again.'
'Hm...'
'Do you not feel the same, having experienced so much yourself?'
'I... I would like to go back, actually. It's my homeland, after all.'
'Your homeland?'
'I'm sorry, Pozëmka, did I perhaps—'
'It's okay. It's no problem at all. It's just that the meaning of the word 'homeland' is becoming more and more unclear to me. Speaking of which, right now, the only place I really would like to go back to is Zeruertza.'
......
'Okay, let's not talk about this. Come, try this Durin-style beverage.'
'Is this... mead?'
'Relax. This is non-alcoholic. I put in a special order with the Logistics Department.'
......
'Istina. Istina? Did you fall asleep? Don't tell me Logistics gave me alcoholic mead—
'Oh... Now I remember...'
'Honey drunk—right, she's honey drunk!
'How many years has it been since I last heard that term?'

Promotion Record

Upgrade to Elite LV2.
[Classified Log]
January 18th
I came back to Sargon for a field mission. I've promised Inam already. I will control my urge and delay my return to Acahualla. First, we must have an audience with another lord ameer and seek their cooperation as Rhodes Island's representatives.
The tribes there are fighting over their water source. How pathetic.

January 25th
The tribes have made peace, though they are merely calling an armistice because of pressure from the lord ameer. Once the lord ameer relaxes his grip, they will most certainly start fighting again.

February 9th
We've wasted a dozen or so days because we found a secret Infected settlement in the area. I had never seen such poor living conditions.
I sounded the lord ameer out, and he very casually told me that if there were really any Infected under his rule, they must all be buried alive. It was all I could do to keep myself from shooting a bolt through him.

February 12th
I cared for an Infected. We have a patient who is in very poor condition. She told me she would die at the water source and poison it so that everyone would have to die of thirst too.
I tried to convince her that this would not alleviate anyone's suffering, but she would not listen.
I was in no position to criticize her, but it made me think of my days in Zeruertza all the more.

February 14th
How could this be?!
The patient really snuck away in the middle of the night while no one was watching. I made my way to the water source immediately, and she was walking back and forth by the waterside.
Again and again, she circled around it, and in the end... she walked into the desert, never to return.
I didn't go after her.
After I made it back to the settlement, I found a letter she had left for me. She told me she had thought it through. Even though everyone in the tribe were morons, she must at least think of their children in their stead. The children bear no blame.
This... would never have happened in Zeruertza. You cannot sow tragedy in Zeruertza's soil.
Once, I thought this would never happen even on the surface; the surface is home to no shortage of tragedies, but no one would abandon their hatred for the sake of children whom they have never met. Surely such plot points exist only in my novels, as a way to deceive myself, but—but!
I need to talk to someone!

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Appointed as Assistant Hello, Doctor. I'll be acting as your assistant from here on. Please keep an appropriate distance from me; I'll be more at ease that way.
Talk 1 I never made my requirements clear the first time I ordered a fountain pen from Zeruertza's artisans, and so I ended up with this crossbow. It plagues me to have had the peace-loving Durin forge a weapon... Operator Myrtle, you say? Generalissimo? A flight of childish fancy—er, call it her own self-styling.
Talk 2 If you'll permit my frankness, it's my belief Rhodes Island should build work and living environments more suited to the Durin operators. At least the cafeteria menu should be decided by vote—they're all satisfied? They can't be! I'll go and ask them, lest you—lest someone be tricking them.
Talk 3 You require me to draft some slogans along with lines? I'd be happy to. It was routine work of mine in Zeruertza—you'll just need to provide me a typewriter... Why do I not use a pen? My fountain pen is typically for more private things, more... not-so-Durin things.
Talk after Promotion 1 I was a steadfast teetotaler back in Ursus, but to my surprise, I could keep more drink down than most in Zeruertza. Truth be told, I didn't immediately understand why they loved their drink so, but I did eventually come to realize. We only drink in excess when hope is lost, and a forever stagnant, easy life can lose us hope as well as anything.
Talk after Promotion 2 I still hold that life in the Durin cities far surpasses that of the surface, but I have to admit, the flowerets that vie to bloom in the ruins have more of a power than all the blossoms of Durin greenhouses... Hah. All these years, and yet I'm a surface-dweller through and through.
Talk after Trust Increase 1 Ursus desserts and wine? Let someone else have the pastries, please. 'Ursus-style' is an exceptional stranger to me by now. That said, do leave the liquor here. Zeruertzans love their drink, and I'm no exception—wait, this isn't mead. Is this pure spirits? Oh, my head...
Talk after Trust Increase 2 'Noble?' Correct, I was once a noble. Until a conspiracy wrested my family away, and left me with the sole luck of escaping underground to Zeruertza. There was no avaricious nobility in the city, nor any commoners who'd take avail for their own gain. Only kindhearted Durin... What more could I ask for?
Talk after Trust Increase 3 Doctor, I'd like to talk with you of beauty and virtue, of those things I consider vanished from the surface. I've witnessed their existence aboard Rhodes Island, and you've told me that more of their sparks are alight upon this land still... I don't dare trust. I have to go and see it for myself.
Idle Doctor, are you asleep? No? Well, no matter. If you're planning to hold the same posture for a while, perhaps I might draw a fountain pen sketch of you.
Onboard I believe you're the Doctor? It's nice to meet you. Please accept my gratitude; thank you for allowing me to lodge here, a refuge on the unseemly surface.
Watching Battle Record I could never imagine. Do you show these violent, bloody tapes to the Durins as well?
Promotion 1 Thank you for the gesture of confidence. I'll endure the urge to flee the award ceremony as best I can, so please, if you could wrap it up soon... There's no ceremony, it's just a normal presentation? Oh, that's wonderful.
Promotion 2 Another promotion, is it? Thank you. I'll accept this honor with my chest out in pride... Of course, we've no longer a need to end things as quickly as they began. Do not be afraid of those I should not fear—this is what life aboard Rhodes Island has taught me.
Added to Squad To live on the surface inevitably means to raise a weapon at some point. So I'm well aware.
Appointed as Squad Leader For those of you who've spent not a second out of the fight, decades-old tactical thinking from Ursus must be far past its prime.
Depart May we all return safely.
Begin Operation 'Enemy'... A noun I hardly want to reunite with outside of writing. It's been so long.
Selecting Operator 1 Your orders, please.
Selecting Operator 2 With pleasure.
Deployment 1 Visibility is fine. Fire-ready.
Deployment 2 I'll give our operators cover.
In Battle 1 Upon the battlefield, the bolt is sharper than the nib.
In Battle 2 For a life of peace...!
In Battle 3 Abandon resistance immediately! I won't hesitate to fire!
In Battle 4 Hff... haa... Fire!
4-star Result Surface civilization is no different to the ferocious vile beasts, but perhaps you can become one who loops its reins.
3-star Result The battle is over. It's time to return and write, and do something more meaningful than this.
Sub 3-star Result Apologies, Doctor. I'm still unaccustomed to the sensation of combat.
Operation Failure Doctor, evacuate everyone as fast as you can, I—I'll bring up the rear! Don't mind me, go!
Assigned to Facility Zeruertza has molded me. I'm still a little unused to moving about these narrow spaces.
Tap Don't touch me! ...Apologies, that wasn't intentional.
Trust Tap Doctor, if you insist on chatting with me, what say we talk about your favorite books?
Title Arknights.
Greeting *yawn*... Good morning, Doctor. The book you recommended was very interesting. I finished reading it overnight.