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Thanks go to the following for references on the Ar tonelico series, the disadvantages of belting, and Final Fantasy XIII’s eidolon system.
1. Hymmnos @ Conlang Wikia (http://conlang.wikia.com/wiki/Hymmnos)
2. A Reyvateil’s Melody (http://artonelico.isisview.org/)
3. Ar tonelico Wiki (http://artonelico.wikia.com/)
4. The Disadvantage of Having a Regine Velasquez in the Philippines @ Eric Capacia’s Fierce Blogs (http://www.ericcapacia.com/2010/01/disadvantage-of-having-regine-velasquez.html)
5. Eidolon (Final Fantasy XIII) @ Final Fantasy Wiki (http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Eidolon_(Final_Fantasy_XIII))

CAN BE DONE: From Episode 43 onwards

Nikki, Shiho, and Yeng wanted to improve their singing abilities without using the dreaded “birit” (belting) technique. As accomplished singers, they believe that belting is more of a smothering vocal demonstration rather than an actual harmonious song.

The solution that they discovered, upon consultation from Sir Bitag, lies at the Tower of Ar Amorsolo, located near the windmills in Bangui, Ilocos Norte.

And so, the three set off.

(Please form your party. Members indicated with an asterisk are required.)

Battle Members
1. Nikki *
2. Shiho *
3. Yeng *
4. [locked]
5. [locked]
6. [locked]

Entourage
[Disabled for this quest]

Upon reaching the tower, they are greeted by a young blonde boy. His name is Kagamine Len, and he acts as the caretaker of the tower.

Len: Hello! Bale… kayong tatlo ang didiskubre ng sikreto ng tore ng Ar Amorsolo, di ba? Ni-refer kayo ni Mr. Tulfo dahil kayong tatlo ang mga pinakamainam na kandidato para dito.
Nikki: Oo naman, Len.
Len: Ang toreng ito ay may 30 palapag na kailangan ninyong akyatin, siyempre. Sa tuktok ninyo makikita ang mga kapwa ko Vocaloid na siyang aktuwal na maghahayag ng sikreto.
Shiho: Hm. Pero magagarantiya ba nila na gaganda ang mga singing voices namin nang hindi gumagamit ng mga pesteng pambibirit?
Len: Alam ninyo naman, makapagkakatiwalaan si Mr. Tulfo, eh. Galit na galit nga siya sa mga manloloko.
Yeng: Sige, game na kami. Kung mamarapatin ay pwede sumali ka bilang tower guide.
Len: Walang problema, siyempre.

And thus, Len accompanies the three girls as their tower guide.

(Party changed.)

Battle Members
1. Nikki *
2. Shiho *
3. Yeng *
4. [locked]
5. [locked]
6. [locked]

Entourage
Len

(Dungeon portion: Climb the 30-floor Tower of Ar Amorsolo — it’s as simple as that. Recommended dungeon BGM: “Dungeon” from Final Fantasy I.)

At the 30th floor…

Len: Heto ang mga kapwa ko Vocaloid… Yung naka-green ay si Hatsune Miku, yung naka-yellow ay ang aking kakambal na papatid na si Rin, at yung may purple na buhok ay si Megurine Luka.
Miku, Rin, Luka: Hello sa inyong tatlo!

The three aspiring girls then introduce themselves to the three Vocaloids.

Miku: Ngayon, seryosong usapan ito. Nang ipagawa namin ang tore ng Ar Amorsolo para may mapagsilbihang tahanan ang mga Vocaloid sa Pilipinas, napansin namin ang isang problema.
Rin: Isang diva na nangngangalang Regine Velasquez ang nagsimula ng isang trend… the trend of belting. Sa Filipino, ang pambibirit.
Luka: Higit 25 taon na siyang umaawit, at siyempre, kilalang-kilala siya ng mga Pilipino dahil sa kanyang naiambag sa industriya ng musika. She deserves the title “Asia’s Songbird”, even for us Vocaloids.
Miku: Pero ang ikinahihinagpis namin… ay ang lantarang panggagaya ng ibang mga diva kay Regine. Nilikha kaming mga Vocaloid upang magbigay-aliw gamit ang sarili naming diskarte sa pag-awit… nang hindi gamit ang pambibirit. Pero… hindi pa rin kami pinapansin ng maraming Pinoy… kahit may mga anime fans dito sa ‘Pinas na sumusuporta sa amin.
Rin: Bakit kaya ang Pilipino, gustong-gusto kapag nahihirapan ang singer? Ito kaya ay sanay na sila sa mga birit ni Regine, o masokista lang sila?
Luka: Kaya… pumili kaming tatlo ng tatlong babae na magmamana ng aming lakas sa pag-awit… gamit ang teknolohiya ng mga Reyvateil.
Miku: Kayong tatlo… Nikki Bagaporo, Shiho Nagaoka, at Yeng Constantino… mga kabahagi ng Nueva Liga Filipina… ay dapat makapasa sa pagsubok namin… upang imulat sa mga Pilipino ang tunay na kahulugan ng pag-awit.
Miku, Rin, Luka: Ngayon… (striking battle poses) simulan na ang labanang musikahan!
Len: Pagbutihan ninyo!

A BOSS BATTLE COMMENCES!

Allies: Nikki, Shiho, Yeng
Enemies: Hatsune Miku (HP: ????), Kagamine Rin (HP: ????), Megurine Luka (HP: ????)

Special note for this battle: The three Vocaloids each carry a special gauge, the harmonics gauge, that fills up whenever certain actions in battle have been fulfilled. They all yield to warriors who can endure their attacks and heal themselves.

Hatsune Miku chooses to cast Taning on Nikki. Nikki is inflicted with Doom (she has 30 turns to live).
Kagamine Rin chooses to cast Taning on Shiho. Shiho is inflicted with Doom (she has 30 turns to live).
Megurine Luka chooses to cast Taning on Yeng. Yeng is inflicted with Doom (she has 30 turns to live).
Since they are all active in battle, Miku, Rin, and Luka all choose to do a cooperative attack named “Synthetivocal”. That attack deals 3 hits and 434 damage to all allies.
Nikki chooses to cast Spirit Sign: Fantasy Seal on all enemies. That attack deals 596 damage to each enemy.
Shiho chooses to use a Barkada Blowout Kit on all allies. All allies’ HP’s are restored to full.
Yeng chooses to cast Mousoukan-giri on Megurine Luka. That attack deals 1169 damage to Megurine Luka.
Hatsune Miku chooses to cast Shining Leekspin on Nikki. That attack deals 6 hits and 350 damage to Nikki.
Kagamine Rin chooses to cast Brotherly Abuse? on Shiho. She throws Len towards the target, and that attack deals 334 damage to Shiho.
Megurine Luka chooses to cast Tuna Slam on Yeng. That attack deals 371 damage to Yeng.
Nikki chooses to use a Barkada Blowout Kit on all allies. All allies’ HP’s are restored to full.
Shiho chooses to cast Apoy2 on Kagamine Rin. That attack deals 782 damage to Kagamine Rin.
Yeng chooses to attack Megurine Luka. She deals 680 damage to Megurine Luka.
Hatsune Miku chooses to defend.
Kagamine Rin chooses to defend.
Megurine Luka chooses to defend.
Nikki chooses to cast Spirit Sign: Fantasy Seal on all enemies. That attack deals 496 damage to each enemy.
Shiho chooses to cast Dobleng Kalasag on Yeng. Yeng’s DEF and MDEF increased.
Yeng chooses to cast Dos Hiranos on all allies. All allies’ ATK and INT increased.
Since they are all active in battle, Miku, Rin, and Luka all choose to do a cooperative attack named “Synthetivocal”. That attack deals 3 hits and 433 damage to all allies.
Nikki chooses to use a Barkada Blowout Kit on all allies. All allies’ HP’s are restored to full.
Shiho chooses to cast Apoy2 on Kagamine Rin. That attack deals 1207 damage to Kagamine Rin. A critical hit!
Yeng chooses to cast Mousoukan-giri on Megurine Luka. That attack deals 1961 damage to Megurine Luka. A critical hit!
Hatsune Miku chooses to cast Shining Leekspin on Nikki. That attack deals 6 hits and 351 damage to Nikki.
Kagamine Rin chooses to cast Brotherly Abuse? on Shiho. She throws Len towards the target, and that attack deals 335 damage to Shiho.
Megurine Luka chooses to cast Tuna Slam on Yeng. That attack deals 271 damage to Yeng.
Nikki chooses to cast Dream Sign: Evil Sealing Circle on all enemies. That attack deals 744 damage to each enemy.
Shiho chooses to attack Kagamine Rin. She deals 380 damage to Kagamine Rin.
Yeng chooses to use a Barkada Blowout Kit on all allies. All allies’ HP’s are restored to full.

The battle drags on, and Nikki, Shiho, and Yeng endure it — fulfilling the battle conditions set by the Vocaloids. And then…

Once the harmonics gauges of Miku, Rin, and Luka are all filled up, Nikki, Shiho, and Yeng enter a semi-tranced state. The Vocaloids stop attacking, knowing that the three candidates are ready to inherit their powers.

A spell code is inputted into the three candidates’ minds, and they must declare the spells in order to finish the battle. Thus…

Nikki:
Fou paks ra exec hymmnos KINABUKASAN
Was yea ra chs hymmnos yor,
en chsee fwal fwal yor.
Exec drone hymmnos KINABUKASAN
enter NIKKI_FEHU_MIKU_AR=AMORSOLO

Shiho:
Fou paks ra exec hymmnos SALAMIN
Was yea ra chs hymmnos yor,
en chsee fwal fwal yor.
Exec drone hymmnos SALAMIN
enter SHIHO_FEHU_RIN_AR=AMORSOLO

Yeng:
Fou paks ra exec hymmnos DALUYONG
Was yea ra chs hymmnos yor,
en chsee fwal fwal yor.
Exec drone hymmnos DALUYONG
enter YENG_FEHU_LUKA_AR=AMORSOLO

All three have chanted their spells, and the Vocaloids finally grant them the singing power they wanted — the power originally wielded by the Reyvateils.

BATTLE WON!

Miku: Sa wakas… naimana ninyo ang lakas namin.
Rin: Ipakalat sa madla… na ang pambibirit ay hindi sukatan para maging isang mahusay na diva.
Luka: Sabihin sa kanila… na ang boses at ang instrumento ay dapat magkasabay sa galaw — dapat walang sapawan.
Miku, Rin, Luka: Ito ang aming regalo naming mga Vocaloid sa inyong mga tao. Maraming salamat… dahil alam namin na magagamit ang kapangyarihan namin para sa ikabubuti ng Pilipinas.
Nikki, Shiho, Yeng: Salamat… mga Vocaloid. Ngayong tapos na ang misyon namin, kailangan nating magpaalam.
Miku, Rin, Len: Sige! Sayonara!
Len: Good luck sa inyong tatlo!

Wielding both a brand-new singing power and a gospel regarding the very essence of singing in their hearts — Nikki Bagaporo, Shiho Nagaoka, and Yeng Constantino all left the tower of Ar Amorsolo. The three girls aspire to entertain and enlighten people of all shapes and sizes — as pseudo-Reyvateils.

(Note: Nikki, Shiho, and Yeng each get a new command — Reyvateil Mode. This command changes the three’s movesets into song magic. Nikki inherits Miku’s song magic, Shiho inherits Rin’s song magic, and Yeng inherits Luka’s song magic. And when all three are in Reyvateil Mode, they all have a cooperative attack, Tower Connection, that draws the power from the Tower of Ar Amorsolo in order to deal non-elemental damage to all enemies. Reyvateil Mode can also be reverted via the Normal Mode command.)

(Len voluntarily leaves the party’s entourage.)

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