Notes on the DOD3 “Story Side” Novel
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I started writing up notes on this and put them in a simple blank page… but I think it will be easier for me to edit and add to the notes if it’s a normal page in the blog. So, here we are!

Please be warned of possible spoilers and foul language. Also please note that I use the original names of some characters over the English rendition.


 

Preface

DOD3 “Story Side” novel takes place in the year 1017, exactly 17 years after the events of DOD3, from the perspective of Brother One as he’s retelling the events to an unknown audience.

ONE: The Little Sisters’ Chapter
Part 1

Zero thinks that Mikhail smells like baby vomit. Not all dragons, just Mikhail…or so she says.

Zero tried to commit suicide by stabbing herself in the heart. She tried to dig the flower out of her with her sword as if it were a newly planted seedling.

She recounts how her sense of touch and of pain changed from that point onward. The flower sprouted out of the gash in her chest when she stabbed herself. She lost all feeling in her limbs for a moment during this…as she was overcome by violent screaming (imagine Five’s end) and the huge flower coming out of her chest. It began spewing blood, and from that blood came the other Utautai. They appeared to be either 3 or 4 years old.

Zero mentions how the faces of the children seemed so familiar to her, but she couldn’t recall from where. (This is probably a direct reference to the women who were killed while Zero was in captivity during the rebellion. I think we can now firmly confirm this connection and how the Flower probably used—maybe even *ate*—the memory of these women to use as models for the Utautai girls.  Two was the first to call Zero “sister, before she was even able to articulate words properly.

Zero contemplated on why the girls called her “sister” since she felt “mother” or “father” was more accurate.  She thought it was “slightly misleading” to call them all sisters. Zero thought that she needed to dispense of the girls while they were still young and weak, and as she moved in on Two, One intervened, stepping between the two and screaming, “NO! You traitor!!” That’s when the girls escape. Zero could hardly even move a single finger to stop them. She literally could not move. She understood that it was through her own error that allowed the Flower to multiply through the birth of the Utautai girls…and it is her responsibility to correct that mistake.

It apparently took the girls less than 3 months to grow to adult size. This part makes no reference to specific events in Utahime Five, but it mentions Zero’s eventual reunion with the girls in the Cathedral City a year later.  This is accurate with the timeline listed in the World Inside book and allows time for One to create Brother One, as well.

Zero saw how the girls, born from the flower of destruction, began to use their powers to “save the world” as some sort of sick irony. She didn’t care if they might actually be able to bring peace to the world; the fact still remained that Zero caused them to be born from her mistake, and she had to pluck them out of existence. It had nothing to do with “good” or “evil”.  And that’s why the younger Utautai hated and called her traitor.

Part 2

Zero remembers where she’s seen Five’s face before… It was when she was running around stealing and killing for food. She broke into an Abbey to steal food and kill all of the nuns. It was one of these nuns that shared Five’s face.

Five’s Face: A nun whom Zero killed.

It was indeed the power of the Flower that took Zero’s memories of women she had met throughout her life and created the body and personalities of the Utautai girls. There’s no mistaking this language here. However, each one of the Utautai girls resemble a part of Zero herself. More on that and some additional speculation below:

Not only did the Flower use these other girls as a base, but it mostly used fragments of *herself* to create them… almost like those are the bits and pieces of herself that she somehow lost when they were created. It doesn’t really say that she “lost” any of herself per say, but it would be an interesting view… so say that Zero is actually trying to find herself by killing them and reclaiming–and accepting–that dark and neglected part of herself… in order to move on. UnnUnn. It may just be my brain going crazy with ideas, though.

Four reminds Zero of herself as a young girl who was thrown into the brothel and how she tried to hold on to the smallest bits of pride (self-importance) she still had left.

She says that Two and Three are too freaking “out there” that she can’t bring herself to find any similarities with them… but she admits that there is a fragment of their madness within herself. Zero thinks that Two is what she could have been like had her life been different… she could have learned to love the world and be carefree…and find true love herself.

One totally puzzles her, though. She doesn’t understand where her strong sense of justice, her seriousness, and intelligence… The Flower might have “thought” it would be a good defence mechanism, “thinking” that Zero wouldn’t have the guts to face herself and kill them to get rid of it….and herself.

That dying girl with her eyes gouged from torture that Zero knew is the basis for One. Same voice and hair, but she could never be sure of the color of her eyes due to the torture she had endured.

Five can talk directly into Zero’s head…? Like telepathy? That was never in the game. Maybe it was too hard to demonstrate. During the battle with Five, Zero hears her taunts inside her mind. So even if she didn’t want to hear it, there’s no way to shut out the words in her mind.

It seems like when Five and Dito summon the Angel… Five sort of “becomes” the angel?? After Mikhail defeats it, Five suddenly appears in the same spot where Phanuel was…

That one line that was censored from the original cutscene with Dito kicking Five was printed in the book. I couldn’t really hear what he said well from the video…but now it’s pretty clear. Here’s my translation (the one line is quite graphic but I think is pretty telling of her character):

“You worked me hard up until now, you hag! You say and do what you please because I’m an Apostle. “I love you”?! You play and toy with people to your heart’s content. I wonder which mouth you say that with! You disgust me!”

Part 3

This is a short segment of Five’s consciousness/soul crying out after her “death”, saying “I don’t want to die! I don’t want to die!” over and over again. She prays to continue living, even if she loses her voice and loses sight of who or what she is… even within the pitch black abyss or buried beneath the cold earth… She wants to live, just to live. Because she has yet to be content, she wants more. Much, much more. She decides that she will not die, she refuses for her life to end because there are so many more things that she wants. Desire and obsession began to give her Strength, Strength from the Flower enough to be reborn anew.

She then wonders where Zero might be. She mentions how much she wants to meet her again…so Zero might finally become hers. Zero, her dragon, anything and everything…

TWO: The Dragon’s Chapter
Part 1

This portion of the chapter details Four and her un-relationship with Decad. First of all she talks about having a recurring nightmare of falling from the sky night after night, always screaming awake in the middle of the night in a cold-sweat. If she would change her sweat-soaked night clothes, she would only have the same nightmare again and awaken in another cold-sweat, repeating this cycle over and over again. At first she didn’t have the dream all that often, but suddenly the number seemed to increase so much that she actually spent more time being troubled by nightmares than actually sleeping.

She doesn’t understand why this is happening to her. She’s never done anything wrong to deserve it, she’s always done the right thing. As the bitterness grew within her, she would unconsciously bite her nails. It’s been half a year–maybe closer to a full year–that she’s suffered from these nightmares and she believes that it’s because her sisters seek to kill each other. That’s why Four wanted to stop fighting. She told this to Zero and One but they wouldn’t listen to her.

That’s when there’s a knock at her door. “Lady Four, have you had another dream?” It was Decad. Every night he would wait outside Four’s door to protect her. He would always hesitate to call out to her or not…and it’s this apparent weakness that Four hates. She understands that it’s the duty of the Apostles to protect their respective Utahime, but to camp out in front of her bedroom door, without sleeping all night, is stupid. So if he’s awake all night, why doesn’t he call out to her the moment she screams from a nightmare? Like he could sleep next to her or something…so he could be there to comfort her when she wakes. She doesn’t think it makes any difference whether he’s outside or inside her room if he’s going to stay awake the whole time. She doesn’t understand why he’s so oblivious.

Out of her own frustration, she throws a water pitcher to the floor, the sound of it shattering echoes through the small room. Hearing the crash, Decad asks what happened, which only causes Four to become more irritated as she tells him to shut up. That good-for-nothing pervert! she screams in her head. He might have a large body but his brain isn’t any bigger than the tip of one’s pinky finger. What good has he ever done her?

He again calls out to her, possibly seeking to ask permission to enter her room, but Four only gets more and more angry.

“Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!!”

She springs out of bed and dashes over to the door, opening it abruptly with such force that somehow Decad hits his forehead on the hard wood of the door. It must have hurt, but he shows no reaction. Four scowls at him for this, his masochistic love of pain.

“You good-for-nothing!” Four yells as she kicks him in the groin. He groans like a squashed bullfrog and falls to his knees. “Lick the floor, you fucking impotent asshole!” She steps on his head, pinning him to the floor, and then kicks him in the ass over and over again. Although she couldn’t see his face, she knew he was enjoying every moment of her abuse.

“Just die already! Drop dead! Die!”

As she continued kicking him she began to feel doubt. What if it was Decad’s intention to let her express her anger? What if he was pretending to be obedient all the while intending to rub her the wrong way to make her irritated? He would get her tired and make her lose her calm…and then what?

That’s when she remembers that Decad had been a secret agent. She couldn’t imagine them winning over an Apostle to their side, so she dismissed the idea and let her guard down. She had discovered the “enemy” just before the nightmares began. The cooks had poisoned the food and were all executed for it. But the reason the poison was never found was because the evidence was probably disposed of beforehand. It was Decad who had objected before, saying that it was just our imagination and that we should reexamine everything again. Maybe he was doing that to protect the real culprits. The lower level female workers must have been conspiring and plotting something, hiding their real intentions. The soldiers, too, must have been planning a rebellion. She had no intention to forgive a secret agent of the “enemy” regardless of her opinion of him.

When Four seemed to stop kicking Decad he looked up at her with a questioning look. Normally she would kick him over and over, growing all the more irritated and strengthening the blows until she grew tired. But this time was different.

“Get out,” she said. When Decad only answered her with wide-open eyes, she continued. “Didn’t you hear me? I said get out of here. From this country! Don’t ever show yourself in front of me again! I will not be deceived any longer. We execute more and more people, but these secret agents continue to find their way in.”

“Lady Four, that’s–”

“I didn’t kill you because I wanted you to send a message to the “enemies” to leave this country. Alright? You must tell them.”

“You’re mistaken. I would never–”

“I said I will not be deceived!”

Still on his knees, Decad reached out and held Four around her own. “Please, can you find it in your heart to forgive me? If I am not near you, there will be no one left to protect you! Besides, you cannot summon the Angel without my help. You would put yourself in danger if–”

“Shut up!” Four said, setting off on a rage of slaps and punches to Decad’s face and ending by kicking him down the stairs.

What an irritating man! No one left to protect me? I can’t summon the Angel on my own? What nonsense! When did I ever say I wanted to be saved by you?

“I want you to leave this country within the day. If I ever see you again after today, I will kill you. Do you understand me?”

Finally, with the expulsion of Decad, all of the secret agents would have been dealt with. Not a single one of them would remain. No one would remain in the fortress.

I wonder if I should go hide, someplace where the “enemy” cannot find me? It would be simple to hide if it were just me. I could fool the eyes of the “enemy”.

The “enemy”? Who was the “enemy”? No, the “enemy” is the “enemy”. That’s right. The “enemy”. Everyone is the “enemy”. That’s why they all must die. Everyone. Anyone. They all must die…..


More updates soon!

Submit your Writing!
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I’ve been meaning to set up a page for fans to submit their DOD themed writing, and hopefully this is a decent start.

I’ve just set up a form by which you can submit your works. Even so, I have not decided on how I will display and credit everyone’s work, so if you submit some work now, it will be saved for the time when the Library page goes live. I cannot give a tentative date for this, however.

So please feel free to use the form to send in your writing! If you come across any problems in this process, please just let me know. Thanks and enjoy!

Submit your Writing Here!!

Drakengard 3 – Novel
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DOD3-storyside

This just in! It was just officially announced in today’s issue of Big GanGan that a novelized version of DOD3 will be available on August 28! In the meantime, you can pre-order it from the Square Enix e-STORE from the link listed below!!

Just like the novelized version of DOD1, this book is also written by Eishima Jun and supervised by Yoko Taro, featuring a white stylized illustration of Zero and Mikhail on the cover, illustrated by Fujisaka Kimihiko!

*** This very well may be the specific timeline that directly connects DOD3 with DOD1!!! 

Here’s some more information:

Title: DOD3 “Story Side”
Written by: Eishima Jun
Supervised by: Yoko Taro

  • Type: Novel
  • Maker: Square Enix
  • Price: 1,008 (with tax)
  • Size: Small B6
  • Pages: 258
  • Release: August 28, 2014; Pre-orders currently available!!
  • Points: Pre-order Point Bonus: 15pts
  • Bonus: Specially Made Bookmark if ordered through the e-STORE

Tagline*: Beyond the myriad of mysteries… another story emerges. 
When and where were such things like “contracts”, “The Cult of Watchers”, and the “Seal” created? Where did the four Apostles come from, and where are the five Utautai sisters going? Where might it possibly lead, this new branch through time that the Utautai traitor Zero and dragon Mikhail tread upon?

Make your pre-orders through the Square Enix e-STORE here: http://sqex.to/HLn
Or on Amazon.jp: http://amzn.to/1nZEeod
Main DOD3 Novel page on Square Enix: http://www.jp.square-enix.com/dod3/storyside/index.html

* Unofficial tagline, translated by me. <3

MANGA: Utahime Five, Chapter 7 (English)
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My week off of work is almost up. Just got the weekend left and then it’s back for a couple days of planning for Summer School… followed by 4 days of teaching…and then OFF FOR SUMMER!! YAY!! Hopefully, I will can save more money so I’m not freaking out for a week before the next payday… orz

Anyway, you can click the image above to be taken to the gallery or click here.

FAQ
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This is where I will put the answers to frequently asked questions so I don’t have to answer them for the billionth time and waste time doing other productive things.

As always, if you have a question, please LOOK before you ask. The answer is usually right in front of your face. orz

1.  Where are chapters 2-5 and 8 of Utahime Five and 1-5 of Shi ni Itaru Aka? I can’t find them on your site. When will you put them up?

Chapters 1 through 5 plus the prologue of Utahime Five and Chapters 1-5 of Shi ni Itaru Aka have already been translated by other groups, therefore, I will not work on these chapters. If I accidentally worked on a chapter also done by another group, this was due to oversight.

Chapters I have worked on and are available in the Image Gallery include Chapters 6-21 of Shi ni Itaru Aka and Chapters 1-7, 9-13 of Utahime FivePlease do not ask me when I plan on releasing other chapters. I can only work on chapters when I have both time and energy to work on them, and therefore, there is no set schedule on when to expect them. Sorry.

I have noticed on some manga Web sites that this series has been licensed, however, I have received word that this is false.

2.  I want to translate the manga into my language. Can you supply me with the raw pages to do this?

I’m very sorry but no.  I will not supply raws.  I have personally purchased the magazines in which the manga is published in order to do this.  I would hope that others who want to translate it will do the same.  When at all possible, please support the creators by first purchasing the material.

3.  Oh, cool! She’s put up more images of characters I can look cool by adding them to the Drakengard Wiki! Yay!! *click* *save as* There, now all I have to do is crop out the watermark…

THIS IS STEALING!  Please do not click and save my images with the intention to alter them for use on another Web site.  This includes cropping, editing out watermarks, or whatever.  I am a nice person when I am given the appropriate courtesy.  If you ask to use whatever images I will more than likely say YES, given that you do not EDIT or CROP OUT my watermark, and give me the appropriate credit for making them.

If anyone is curious exactly how much time goes into scanning, translating, and editing images like I do, I recorded a very lame video of me working on a SINGLE page. As you can see from the video length, it takes about 40 minutes. 40 minutes for one page! Granted, there was a great deal of text on the page with vocabulary I was not sure of, but still… Times that by the usual 20-30+ pages and you’ve got anywhere between 6-12 hours working on one chapter. I am a solo producer, so I have no one to pass off the work to. So, please respect me by ASKING before you TAKE!!

4.  If I ask to use your images, can I use them however I like, without citing where the image came from?

No. But thank you for first asking. If you ask to use my images and I agree, you still have to CITE YOUR SOURSE. This is no different than citing a resource in a research paper. You haven’t forgotten about bibliography pages and works cited pages, have you? If you have, let me remind you:  You may not take and use another’s work without giving proper citations.

If you were working on a paper, you would have to cite the author’s name, the title of the book, the pages you used, and the date(s) published.

If you use a Web site, you have to do the same. Here’s what is necessary for citing an online source for your paper:

Author or editor (if available), article name in quotes (if available), title of the Web site, any version numbers available, publisher information including name and date, any page numbers (if available), medium of publication, date you accessed the material, and finally the URL.

This is much more in depth than I require.  All you have to do is cite my name and Web site as shown below:

Rekka Alexiel
drakengard-3.com

MLA Format for Research Papers
Citing Web Sites

5.  I’d like to help you however I can! I can edit raw scans of the manga to help you with the work load.

This is very kind of you to offer your assistance, but I like to work alone. I could probably get a lot more work done in a short amount of time if I had other people helping me out, but this is a project that I took on by my own volition. I want to see it out to the end. This also gives me a chance to learn by doing. I’m not the best translator nor photo editor, but I’ve learned a lot through this process, and that’s what I love. Please understand that I will not–cannot–accept any outside help.

If you really want to do something to help me, you can donate to my Paypal account at this E-mail address. If you like the material I’ve been able to put out or enjoy discussing with other fans through my Web site or on Facebook, I would greatly appreciate any support you could give me financially, especially since EVERYTHING comes out of my own pocket.

6.  Since you live in Japan, can you help me get some DOD related goodies? 

First of all, if you are looking to purchase DOD related items from Japan, I have a shop page specifically for this. Please go there to make your order.

Books
Games
Music

I’ve set the shop to allow you to order items even if I am currently out of stock. Upon receiving your order, I will contact you to let you know whether or not the item is in stock. Should the item be out of stock, I can usually obtain the item within a week.

Shipping is already included for any given item that you should order. This price includes a slight Paypal usage fee as well as an order fee so that I can make a buck or two profit from your order.

I can only receive payments via Paypal. I will not accept any other forms of payment. I must receive your payment before purchasing your item (if it is out of stock) and/or shipping your item. I will not accept cancellations for any reason. Please be sure of the item and price of your item before going through the check out.

7. I’m looking for some hard to find DOD collector’s items that are pretty expensive. Can you help me out?

Sorry, but no. As you said, these items are really hard to find and usually cost hundreds of dollars. I don’t have the extra time to do the hunting nor the energy to get a ton of cash from you in order to pay for these items. It’s simply too much of a headache for me to deal with in the little free time that I have.

If you’re really interested in getting these items, you may have luck looking on Yahoo Auctions Japan, however most sellers will not ship overseas, and therefore, you will need a deputy service. There are many deputy services out there you could research. A couple that I know of are Rinkya and SMJ. Also, Amazon Japan is a good place to find both new and used items, however, you must know Japanese to use it.  Check them out!

8. Oh, I’m also a huge One Piece fan, can you help me get those items, too!?

No, sorry. I am not a deputy service. If you’re looking to purchase other non-DOD or Nier related items, I would suggest using the deputy services listed above.


Well, that’s all of the frequently asked questions that I can think of at the moment. If there are more, I will continue to add this post.

So please, if you have a question, check here first before taking your time and possibly wasting mine to ask your question… THANK YOU!!!

MANGA: Utahime Five, Chapter 6 (English)
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And I finally got around to working on one of the earlier chapters of Utahime Five, starting with Chapter 6. This is just after One’s battle with the adult Bartas…before he suddenly turned into a child.

Some important parts in here deal with the Mercurius Gate and the introduction to the remaining 3 Lords of the Land, Gray, his 8 year old son Shaxor, and a mysterious woman, Caerula.

Click the image above or here to read the chapter.

Europe DLC Japanese VO Error Fixed!
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Sounds like this issue has finally been solved! Anyone who has purchased the Japanese Voice Overs for the European version of the game, please redownload and reinstall the VO pack! It should work!! <3

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