Recently an interesting discovery was made within the game files of the PC version of Skullgirls; originally the game was planned to have multiple choice endings. Ultimately these additional endings were abandoned because the team at Reverge Labs did not have the manpower needed to implement multiple choices in SG's then very simple story mode engine. Despite these alternate routes never having been completed they were still fully scripted and those scripts were left in the game files. You can find the alternate endings for all of the characters below, so read on if you're interested in more What Ifs of the Skullgirls universe! Please note that Double has only a single storyline. She has no alternate endings. Big Band, Squigly and Fukua also only have a single ending as they were made after it had been established that everyone only gets one ending. Also please note that the scripts from in engine are very confusingly laid out and not really meant to be easily read by humans. As the names of who is speaking in each section is not stored in the files and there are no completed story mode images I've had to make some assumptions on who is talking, or what exactly is happening in some scenes. I'm pretty confident I got them all correct, but it's only fair to let you know. Below I've transcribed the entire game script. They are identical to how you see the stories unfold in the actual game right up until you defeat Marie, so you can skip ahead if you don't want to read the entire thing. Cerebella (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Cerebella (open) Cerebella (close) Announcer: ...Ladies and Gentlemen! The moment you've all been waiting for! Our star attraction, the ultimate combination of power and beauty...! And master of the living weapon, Vice Versa...! The star with the... er, FROM THE big top... Crowd: We love you, Cerebella! Look this way, Cerebella! Take a bow! I can't wait for the encore! Feng: Great job out there, Cerebella! The tightrope, though? I think we'd sell a lot more balcony tickets if you kept your act in the center ring. Cerebella: Aw, thanks Feng! But think about it - if I were down below, no one would ever look up to see you! Hmm, now where is he... ...There he is! Vitale: ...Cerebella. Cerebella: Did you see me, Vitale? When Feng told me you were coming, I practiced all weekend and added the elephants! And they didn't poop on her this time! Feng: ...Did you really need to bring that up, Cerebella? Vitale: Yes, yes... it was fine. That hat of yours can put on quite a show. Now, to business - can I speak to you in private? I have a job that requires your... special talents. Cerebella: Oh... sure. Is that why you came? Vitale: I need you to... deal with someone for me, Cerebella. Cerebella: What do you mean? Do you want me to catch them? Vitale: Think of it as... bringing them to justice, my dear - a crime against the family cannot go unpunished. The perpetrator is Nadia Fortune, the infamous feral cat burglar. She has stolen something from us, a jewel called the “Life Gem.” Its value cannot be understated. Cerebella: A thief? No one messes with the Medicis! Vitale: We thought she had been... taken care of, yet somehow she remains a thorn in our side. You are to pursue her and reclaim the Life Gem from her at ANY cost. ...Am I understood? Cerebella: Any cost - got it! Consider it done, Vitale! Vitale: There's a good girl. Some of Dahlia's men claim to have seen her in that horrid fish-town, Little Innsmouth. I recommend you start your search there. ------- Ms. Fortune: That meal was the cat's pajamas! I'll literally burst if I'm not careful! See you next week, Mew Nyan! Cerebella: A-ha! At last I've found you, Nadia Fortune! Return the Life Gem, or things are going to get rough! Ms. Fortune: What's this nya-o? Circus get-up, attitude to spare, low-cut dress... Let me guess, you're one of Vitale's goons? Cerebella: That's right, you mangy thief! Now return the Life Gem! Ms. Fortune: Quit clowning around - you didn't actually think it'd be that easy, did you? I'm afraid I can't give you the gem... but I can give you a walloping instead! --------- Ms. Fortune: You and that hat make a good team - I'll give him one thing, Vitale sure knows how to pick his women. Look, you seem nice... naive, but nice. I'll give it to you straight - I wasn't lying when I said I can't return the Life Gem. Cerebella: Do you seriously expect me to take the word of a thief!? Ms. Fortune: I do, in fact - my body got this way because I swallowed that weird gem the Fishbone Gang stole from Lorenzo. That's when that Dahlia broad and her goons caught us. Next thing I know, I wake up on ocean floor, chopped up and in a pile with the rest of my gang... only I'm still alive. Anyway, I'm off to steal me a Skull Heart - say “Hi” to your boss for me... and that I'll be paying him a visit soon. Ciao! Cerebella: ...WAIT! Damn, she got away. So she doesn't have the gem... but I can't let Vitale down! It looks like she's headed towards the Grand Cathedral. I'll capture her and take her back to Vitale! He'll think of something! ---------- Valentine: ...Despite being mutilated so, the feral's body still lives. Simply amazing. I must perform more tests. Cerebella: Hands off that cat! The Medicis have a score to settle with her. Valentine: ...Did you hear that, kitty? The Medici's lapdog has come to save you! Sorry, but there's no way I'm giving away my new toy - we have lots of playtime ahead in the lab. Double! We have work to do! ---------- Cerebella: That'll show you - nobody gets between me and my job! ...Dammit, that thief snuck off while we were fighting! Double: Your quarry has entered the catacombs. To complete her vengeance against the Medicis, she will confront the Skullgirl and claim the Skull Heart for herself. The Skull Heart can give you anything you desire... even the love of another. Hurry and you can take her place. Cerebella: I know you're down here, Nadia Fortune! You can't run any longer! Marie: The feral you seek is not here. Cerebella: So you're the Skullgirl... you've hurt a lot of my friends, you know. Marie: Strange - you are pure, somehow untainted by the company that keeps you. ...But your masters, the Medicis, must never be allowed to claim the Skull Heart. To eradicate them, I must eliminate you. I... am sorry. Die. ------------ Cerebella: So, this is it: the Skull Heart, the source of the Skullgirl's power. Choice A: “I need to finish my mission...” Choice B: “Can it really...?” Ending A Cerebella: No time for wishes - I need to find that thief and bring her back to Vitale. Ms.Fortune: Thanks for dealing with Marie for me, circus-girl! *Cerebella grabs Ms.Fortune* Ms.Fortune: ...Let me go! I've got to avenge my friends... no, my family! With one wish, I can end the Medici Mafia! Cerebella: I can't let you make that wish - that's my family you're talking about now! Ms.Fortune: With or without my wish, I'll destroy them! As long as the Life Gem's power flows through my veins, no one can stop me from avenging the Fishbone Gang! Cerebella: ...Flows through your veins, eh? *crushes Ms.Fortune into a new Life Gem* -- Vitale: Well done - you've exceeded my greatest expectations! That mangy cat-burglar won't be bothering us any more, the Skullgirl has been defeated, and the Life Gem is back in Medici hands. Our empire will be truly everlasting - soon, even the royal Renoir family will be no match for the Medicis! ...And it's all thanks to you, Cerebella. --------- Ending B Cerebella: ...Can it really make him love me? I guess there's only one way to find out. Skull Heart, I wish for Vitale to love me and only me... forever! Skull Heart: ...Foolish girl. Return to him to see what you have wrought. -- Cerebella: Vitale! I'm back! Vitale: ...CEREBELLA! Cerebella: What... what are you doing, Vitale!? Vitale: ...ONLY YOU. ONLY YOU, CEREBELLA. Feng: He... murdered them all! He's gone mad! Cerebella: Oh no, I... *The crazed Vitale attacks Feng. She accidentally kills him in self defense.* Feng: I'm sorry Cerebella - I know how you feel about him. I didn't mean to! He just attacked, and... Vitale: ...CE-RE-BEL-LA. FOREVER... WITH... YOU... Cerebella: Oh no... Did I do this!? Feng: He survived... He's become some kind of monster! We've got to run! What the hell happened to Vitale? We definitely can't go back to the circus after this... so I guess it's just you and me now, eh, Cerebella? We'll start a new life together... someplace small in the countryside. What do you say, Cerebella? ...Cerebella? Filia (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Filia (open) Filia (close) Riccardo: Well, well, well... what have we here? What say I buy you a real drink, sister? Samson: ...We've already got a drink, thanks. Riccardo: Uh... that's quite the deep voice you've got there, little lady. But it's cool. Samson: ...That's it! You had a chance to walk away! Riccardo: A parasite?! Filia: Sorry about that! He can get a little carried away. *Filia and Samson leave the diner* Filia: Samson... You've got to stop doing that. You're drawing too much attention to us! Samson: Hmph, that creep was asking for it. No one lays a hand on my host... no one. Filia: I know you mean well, but I can take care of myself. Anyway... where to next? We need leads on the Skull Heart - I've got to wish my memories back. Samson: It's definitely in New Meridian... I can feel it. Between all the Skullgirl sightings and rumors, I think if we just look for trouble we're bound to run into someone who can lead us to it. Filia: ...Fine, we'll do it your way. ------------- Painwheel: FIL-I-AAAAAAAA! Samson: ...Get ready, Filia! I don't think we can get away from that thing. Filia: Ready, Samson! But why does it know me!? ------------ Samson: Hurry, Filia! Let's get out of here before that thing wakes up!]=], Filia: Samson... who was I? Why does this poor girl know me? Samson: I, er... don't know. It's clearly insane - I wouldn't worry about it... ...Dammit, she's getting up! We need to get out of here! Painwheel: F-Filia... It's me! Carol! Filia: ...Carol? *Filia has rapid confusing flashbacks focusing on Carol/Painwheel and Maplecrest* Filia: Carol? Is that really you? WAIT, CAROL! DON'T GO! ...She's gone. Samson: Just great... No talking you out of this now, huh? Filia: Sorry Samson, but I need answers - we're going to follow her. ------------- Valentine: Another failed experiment - time to shut you down, Painwheel! Filia: Leave her alone! Painwheel: Filia? You remember! Valentine: Hmph, the amnesiac finally rears her pretty... heads. What should we do, Double? Double: The Skull Heart can answer all of your questions, dear Filia - who you are, why you're here... what you're running from. It can do that, and so much more. Anything you desire. Filia: The Skull Heart...? Here? Double: Indeed. The Skullgirl herself awaits below. ...But only if you prove yourself worthy! ----------- Samson: Are you sure about this, kid? A Skullgirl is no laughing matter. Even as strong as we've become together, I'm not sure we stand a chance against her. Filia: We've got to try, Samson. I need answers, and this is the only way. Marie: Filia, we meet again... But why? Filia: We've met before? Tell me, Skullgirl... who am I? Marie: I... only know one thing about you, Filia, and it is the only thing I need to know. Medici blood flows through your veins... ...The blood I have sworn to spill! ----------- Samson: Well, this is it, kid... Whatcha gonna wish for? Filia: I need to make this wish count... Choice A: "I know enough about myself..." Choice B: "I want to remember everything..." ------------ Ending A Filia: I know enough about myself now to know that memories don't matter - what's done is done, and it's time to move on. Filia: But, Carol... that poor girl. I think I wronged her in my past, so... ...Skull Heart! I wish for Painwheel to have a normal life again! Skull Heart: Your wish is pure... almost. Healing the broken girl is noble, yet you seek absolution for your forgotten guilt. Your transformation will be slow - make the most of it. *Back at school...* Mrs. Victoria: Quiet now, everyone! Before we begin, I'd like to introduce our new transfer student, Miss... Painwheel? Hmm, must be foreign. Painwheel: Hi, everyone! My name is Painwheel! I just moved here from the Labs, and I like sewing, puppies and walks on the beach! Nice to meet you! ------------ Ending B Filia: Samson's been trying to hide something from me. Maybe to protect me, maybe to manipulate me... I need to know. I lost my memories when Samson attached himself to me... so I should get them back when he comes off, right? ...Skull Heart! I wish for... Samson: No, Filia! Don't! You asked me to...! Filia: ...my memory to return! Skull Heart: An interesting choice. Neither your memories nor you death will allow you to escape your fate. The fate that befalls all who misuse my power... ...A selfish choice. *Filia becomes the Skullgirl* Ms. Fortune (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Ms. Fortune (open) Ms. Fortune (close) Riccardo: Ya hear the news? The Skullgirl's been going after all those families in Maplecrest... Lawrence: Looks like this new Skullgirl's got a bone to pick with the boss. Where has he gone, anyway? Think the rumors of him gettin' sick are true? Hold up... Look, there she is! The fishfolk dame we were sent to find!...Hey, girlie! Can we get some service over here? Minette: Yes? May I help you, sir? Riccardo: Hey now... you're quite the dish. I'd like to eat YOU up. Now, how about you swim over and fetch me and my buddy here a couple free drinks... ...and then we hit the town? Minette: I... I'm sorry, but I need to work. Lawrence: You know... you are pretty cute. ...For a stinkin' gill-girl. Ms. Fortune: Is everything OK over here? Are these guys bugging you, Minette? Lawrence: Go find yourself a sandbox, kitty - we're just havin' a friendly chat with the little minnow here. Ms. Fortune: Leave now, or I'll throw you out myself. Lawrence: Can't you take a clue, you flea-bitten tart!? Clearly you don't know who you're messing with. *Lawrence decapitates Ms Fortune* Lawrence: Ha, did you see that? That stupid cat didn't stand a chance. What the...!? Riccardo: Nevermind her - we found what we were looking for! Let's get back and tell Vitale! Ms. Fortune: You OK, Minette? They didn't hurt you, did they? Minette: That was... AMAZING! What would I do without you? Yu Wan: Thanks for scaring them off, Nadia. Your next dinner is on me! Ms. Fortune: Actually, I think it's time I make my move and follow them. I've got to catch me a Skullgirl, and it sounds like mafia goons are the purr-fect bait to draw her out. Minette: Sounds very dangerous. Be careful out there! You're like family to us, you know! Yu Wan: Nadia... do you really think the Skull Heart can bring your friends back? Ms. Fortune: There's only one way to find out! See you around, Mew Nyan! And give my regards to your dad, Minette! --------- Valentine: Well, well... what have we here? That's quite the body you've got there, kitty. Ms. Fortune: ...Er, sorry, creepy lady, I'm not interested. Valentine: Oh, don't get the wrong idea - I was just admiring your scars! You've been cut clean-through several times over! No one could survive that... yet here you are, walking, talking and shedding. Whatever's animating you could be invaluable to my research. ...Let's perform an autopsy and see what makes you tick! ---------- Valentine: ...I underestimated you, but I've seen all that I need to see. And I'm sure the analysis of this blood will prove most enlightening. Ms. Fortune: You just don't stop, do you? Double: Lady Valentine, the Skullgirl has requested your presence at the Cathedral. Ms. Fortune: A nurse and a nun? Ha, where have I heard this joke before...? Valentine: I'll be there soon, Double - return and let Marie know that I found Lorenzo. His minions led me right to him. ...I just had to stop and perform a little experiment on our feline friend here. Double: ...Very well. Valentine: Take care, kitty - we'll have a follow-up visit as soon as these tests come back from the lab! Ms. Fortune: So the Skullgirl is hiding at the Divine Trinity's Grand Cathedral, is she? Never was one for churches, but here I'll make an exception. ...We'll be back together soon enough, guys. ----------- Ms. Fortune: So this is the Grand Cathedral, eh? Meow what's a Skullgirl like you doing in a place like this? Valentine: She followed me home, Double! Can I keep her? Ms. Fortune: ...You again! Don't you have an appointment with the Skullgirl? Valentine: Indeed I did, but I'm afraid we've got a scheduling conflict. As it turns out, YOU'VE got an appointment on my dissection table... right about now. Let's not be late, or I'll have to get my spray bottle. Ms. Fortune: You couldn't beat me before, so what makes you think you can now? Valentine: Yes, my previous experiment was a failure, but I've got my lab assistant to help this time around. Double: ...May the Trinity have mercy on this poor, lost soul. Ms. Fortune: The nun is your lab assistant? Hate to break it to you lady, but you're not gonna get much science out of this one. Double: Your experiments will have to wait, Valentine - she is a candidate. Valentine: A candidate, you say? Even better! C'mon, kitty - the doctor will see you now! ------------ Ms. Fortune: All right, Skullgirl - you know why I'm here. Marie: I do. Ms. Fortune: So, no offense, but you're the last thing standing between me and my family, so let's get this show on the road! Marie: I too have lost much to the Medicis. Do you not seek vengeance? Wishes such as yours rarely turn out well. Ms. Fortune: I've got to try - the Fishbone Gang raised me, protected me and taught me everything I know. The least I can do is return the favor. Marie: Your instincts are admirable - my wish was also to protect my friends. Ms. Fortune: Look, I'm gonna have to stop you before you get to the “We're a lot alike, you and I” bit. I've come too far to turn around, so it's time to claw that heart out of you. Marie: ...So be it. I hope your wish turns out well. ----------- Ms. Fortune: All right, this is it. Choice A: “Time to reunite the old gang!” Choice B: “I don't need this, after all...” ----------- Ending A Ms. Fortune: If that hell-thing was right, I'm on easy street! SKULL HEART! I wish I had my old friends back! Skull Heart: Your misbegotten guilt is exceeded only by your gullibility - no magic can stand before my own. Your selfishness is a stain on your soul, and the doorway to your swift demise. Your friends shall be returned to you... and serve you, Skullgirl. ----------- (What's intresting with Ms Fortune's endings is there's actually the remains of an unused variation on the one that made it into the game. Here it is - complete with spelling mistakes!) Original Ending B *Fortune returns to Little Innsmouth without making a wish and Yu Wan tells her Minette and her sisters have been kidnapped* Ms. Fortune: What!? Who would dare do such a thing!? Yu Wan: Nobody know, but people saw those Mafia sneaking around! The River King hired a detective to find out. His name is Irvin, and left his card - maybe you can help him? Ms. Fortune: Don't worry, Yu Wan - I'll find them! But first... Can I at least get an order of bao for the road? I'm seriously starving here. ------------- Final Ending B Ms. Fortune: I... I can't do it. I have so many new friends in Little Innsmouth! ...Terrible as it was, what happened happened, and made me who I am today. Changing that would be... wrong. That's what the Skull Heart is here for, isn't it? To tempt us into doing the wrong thing! Marie said her wish was similar, and look how she turned out! Well, no more! Skull Heart: A temporary setback! This world will always be cursed by a Skull Heart, and so it will always be cursed with Skullgirls. ...Until this world exists no more. *Fortune destroys the Skull Heart* Ms. Fortune: Hmph, all that for a life lesson? How annoying. Well, better go check in on everyone back in Little Innsmouth... and get some food. I'm exhausted. *She returns to Innsmouth* Ms. Fortune: Mew Nyan, I'm back! I'm starving and claiming that free meal - bring me the full Lucky Family Banquet!]=], Yu Wan: Nadia! There you are! Minette has been kidnapped! All the River King's daughters! And others, too! Ms. Fortune: What!? Who would dare do such a thing!? Irvin: That's where I come in. My name is Irvin, and I'm a private detective. The River King has hired me to find his daughter, so if you have any information that might help me find her, it'd be appreciated. The proprietor of this fine establishment was telling me that there have been numerous mafia sightings in the area recently. That's the only lead we've got, but kidnapping certainly fits the mob's M.O. We're at a loss as to why they'd be targeting Dagonian women, though. Ms. Fortune: The Mafia...! Maybe Marie had it right all along. Irvin, I'm coming with you. Those black-hearted bastards already took one family from me, and like hell I'm going to let them do it again. Hang in there, Minette - we'll find you! Painwheel (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Painwheel (open) Painwheel (close) Female Voice: ...Soul contamination stabilized... Metallic Voice: ...Begin implanting the control mechanism...... Female Voice: Her body seems to have fully assimilated the Skullgirl's blood, doctor... Valentine: Implantation complete. No signs of rejection, Doctor. Brain Drain: Good. Establishing control... now. OBEY LAB ZERO FIND THE SKULLGIRL AND DESTROY HER RETRIEVE THE SKULL HEART AND RETURN IT TO LAB ZERO *Painwheel wakes up* ------------ Valentine: ...Now let's see - that's 19 Medici-affiliated families in Maplecrest. Marie is going to have a field day with this.] Painwheel ...YOU! VALENTINE! It was you! You're the one that took this life from me! Valentine: Well, if it isn't Subject 0-84! ...What did Brain Drain call you again? Oh, right - “Painwheel.” It's been swell, Painwheel, but I'm busy - turn around and head back to the lab. Painwheel: NO! Valentine: ...No? You've been programmed to obey your Lab Zero creators without fail. How can you resist my order? Let's try this again: invoking Command Protocol 51! Access code: 36E-25-40! I order you to return to Lab Zero and forget that you ever saw me. Painwheel: ...AUGH! GET OUT OF MY HEAD! Brain Drain: CODE ACCEPTED - COMMAND PROTOCOL 51 INITIATED OVERRIDING AUTONOMOUS CONTROL Painwheel: No...! I'm so close! Valentine is right there! I can make her pay for what she did to me! And... what's this? I can sense the Skullgirl's aura on her! Brain Drain: RESISTANCE DETECTED SUBJUGATING AND SEQUESTERING RESIDENT EGO *Painwheel fights off Brain Drain's implanted mind control* Painwheel: AUGHHHH! Valentine: ...What? You're still here? Leave at once! Painwheel: I said NO! Valentine: Impossible... how could you overcome a Command Protocol? That shred of a soul we left you with shouldn't be able to fight Brain Drain's control. Painwheel: I can feel the Skullgirl on you, Valentine! Valentine: Now that just won't do - it would seem I've been hanging around Marie too long and have been... tainted with her ethereal stink. The Skullgirl blood in you must be reacting to that. But, I wonder... perhaps there's more to that blood than we knew. Let's conduct a little experiment - come to the Grand Cathedral of the Divine Trinity. I'll be waiting... and so will the Skullgirl. See you there! ---------- *Painwheel arrvies at the Cathedral* Valentine: You made it - excellent! Subject 0-84 - Initiate Command Protocol 51! Access code: 36E-25-40! I order you to return to Lab Zero immediately! Painwheel: ...NNGGH! Heh, it won't work, Valentine! I'm in control now! Valentine: Amazing! It would seem my theory was correct: your blood is resonating with the Skullgirl. The closer you get to her, the stronger your psyche becomes. Painwheel: Enough experiments - it's time for you to pay for what you did to me! Double: ...Lady Valentine, let us dispose of this aberration at once. Valentine: No, leave her to me! The least I can do is put her down myself - I did create her, after all! Double: ...Very well. Painwheel: RRRAAAUUGHHH! I'm going to cut you to ribbons! ----------- Valentine: Excellent... you're ready! I had my doubts, but I think you're ready to challenge Marie. Go! The Skullgirl awaits in the catacombs below. Painwheel: Why should I listen to you!? Valentine: Do you want freedom? Do you want to reclaim the boring, humdrum life we stole from you? Until the Skullgirl is defeated, no one is truly free. And you have the strength to stop her. Painwheel: You're right... ...But don't think for a second this is over, Valentine! I will find you. *Painwheel enters the Catacombs* Painwheel: Skullgirl, I'm here to destroy you! Marie: How curious: evil people made you into a monster, but you broke free of their control... ...Yet you still wish to do their bidding? Painwheel: This is my choice! Brain Drain... Valentine... This cursed blood within me... I don't give a damn! Tearing you apart is the only true path to freedom! ----------- Painwheel: The Skull Heart... this is why my life was taken from me. Skull Heart: You poor, miserable child... I can return your life to you, and so much more. Choice A: “DESTROY!” Choice B: “...FREEDOM?” ---------- Ending A Painwheel: No, I will not be enslaved by you, Lab Zero or ANYONE! Skull Heart: Your freedom is an illusion! This changes nothing...! *Painwheel returns to her home in Maplecrest* Painwheel: ...It's over. I can go home. *knock, knock* Mom, Dad... it's me. Dad: M-MONSTER! GET OUT OF HERE, MONSTER! Brain Drain: Painwheel, return to Lab Zero - we have much to discuss. Painwheel: Do you really think you can control me...? The truth is... you're next! ----------- Ending B Skull Heart: Free from the needs of the mind, body and soul. Free of memory, reason and morals. You shall be rage incarnate, a force of nature... a Skullgirl unlike any before. Parasoul (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Parasoul (open) Parasoul (close) Reporter: Good evening everyone, and thanks for tuning in to the 5 o'clock Canopy Kingdom News. I'm Rachel Wong, reporting from our studio in the nation's capitol, Canopolis. Frank has the night off. In our top story today, there have been numerous reports of Skullgirl sightings in New Meridian, leading the Canopy Military to raise the Skullgirl Alert Level to “Mauve.” New Meridian citizens are advised to stay indoors, remain vigilant and report anything suspicious. This newest incarnation of the Skullgirl has yet to be identified, but our sources within the NMPD say her victims seem to be connected with the prestigious Medici family. Lorenzo Medici, the most prominent of this powerful clan, has withdrawn from the public spotlight and is believed to have gone into hiding. Having just observed the seventh anniversary of the defeat of the previous Skullgirl, our kingdom's own Queen Nancy (Trinity bless her soul), the appearance of a new Skullgirl is a chilling development. While expected, the core of our nation is once again shaken as normalcy seemed to be returning. But we will not be defeated, and stand strong against this new enemy! In related royal family news, the eldest daughter of Queen Nancy and King Franz, Princess Parasoul, has successfully apprehended the infamous Gigan half-breed terrorist, Scythana, with the help of her elite military force, the Black Egrets. As reported earlier, Sycthana attacked the Renoir Grand War Memorial in Canopolis, and has been detained in Alastor Maximum Security Prison. So once again, thanks to Princess Parasoul and the Black Egrets, you can sleep easy at night, even as this new threat has emerged. In these uncertain times, it's good to know that we can always rely on the strength and leadership of our Canopy royal family. Good night, and goddesspeed. Umbrella: ...I'm bored. This is boring. Let's go already... I want ice cream! Parasoul: You were the one that wanted to come! What did you expect? Umbrella: Yeah, well, I changed my mind! I thought I'd get to see you beat up bad guys, using your sonic boobs, pool balls, and KFC combos! You know... the good stuff! ...Not just stare at smelly prisoners for hours on end. Parasoul: It's a prison - why would I beat up the people we already captured? Fine, fine... we'll all put the kingdom's safety on hold for your ice cream, you little brat. Seriously, what am I going to do with you? We'll go after we return to the castle. Umbrella: Hooray! I knew that all that nagging would pay off! *They return to the palace* Parasoul: Ready to go, Umbrella? I've got the car waiting. Umbrella: Geez, it's about time! Let's see now... I'm going to get strawberry, and Hungern will have... Adam: Commander Parasoul! Molly: Commander! Parasoul: At ease, soldiers - what's going on? Molly: Your Highness, we have confirmed intelligence that the new Skullgirl menace has surfaced in New Meridian! Parasoul: So... It begins. Sorry, Umbrella, it looks like your ice cream will have to wait. Molly, assemble the Black Egrets! Execute Operation SG-009 and make preparations to mobilize to New Meridian immediately! Umbrella: Finally, some real action! I call shotgun! Parasoul: Umbrella, stop it - this is serious. You know you can't come. It's just not safe. Umbrella: What!? I just want to see you and Krieg in action! Parasoul: ...Adam, make arrangements for Umbrella to get some ice cream, and keep her safe. Adam: Er, yes sir! Operation, er... Chocolate Dawn will commence post-haste, sir! Umbrella: I don't want ice cream any more! I wanna go, too! Parasoul: Umbrella... I promise I'll make it up to you some day, after I'm done with the Skullgirl. One day you'll understand. Umbrella: No! You always say that! Parasoul: Don't be that way - our people need us now more than ever! Do you know how important this is? The safety of millions is at risk! Umbrella: I don't care! I'm always locked up in this crummy castle with your stupid lieutenants. I hate you! Parasoul: Why you... I don't have time for this! We'll discuss this later. Egrets, roll out! To New Meridian! Black Egrets: Sir, yes sir! Umbrella: Nngh... my chest! Wait! Is that... mom? Adam: Now, your Highness... er, Umbrella? About that ice cream... Where did you want to go? Now where did she run off to...? ----------- *The Black Egrets arrive in New Meridian* Molly: Parasoul, we have confirmed reports that the Skullgirl has been spotted near the River King Casino! Soldier: Sir! Target confirmed! Parasoul: Excellent work, men! Advance on the target immediately and aim for the Skull Heart! Soldier: We don't have a clear visual on the Skull Heart. The target is blocked by... it's your sister, Princess Umbrella! Parasoul: What!? What is she doing here? UMBRELLA! That's the Skullgirl! Get away from her! Umbrella: No, sis! It's mom! She's back! Parasoul: What!? What are you talking about? That's not our mother! Valentine: ...Very touching, indeed. Who knew our steely princess had a soft spot? Parasoul: Leave her out of this! Your fight is with me! Valentine: Normally I'd comply, but this girl seems... special. She appears to share a powerful bond with the Skullgirl, and that warrants further study. Don't worry, though, the experiments should be... relatively painless. Now, if you'll excuse us... Parasoul: Come back here! Double: ...I can't allow that, Princess. Duty calls. ----------- Double: Poor Princess Parasoul... Her mother was a Skullgirl, and soon so shall be her sister. Parasoul: Don't you dare, demon! She's just a little girl! Double: The Skull Heart cares not for age. And... Parasoul: And what!? Double: As you suspected, as your mother carried your sister as she also carried the Skull Heart. Darling Umbrella is already attuned to the Skull Heart's power, thus she will forge a stronger and more terrifying bond than even that of your mother. Parasoul: So... it's true. But I won't allow that to happen! Double: The Skullgirl and your sister await beneath the everlasting gaze of the Trinity. Pursue, and perhaps she can be spared her fate. Molly: Princess Parasoul! There you are! Our scouts are reporting that the target has been seen in the vicinity of Maplecrest, and appears to be heading to the Divine Trinity's Grand Cathedral. Parasoul: Thank you, Molly. We pursue at once! Our enemy must not succeed! *They reach the Cathedral* Parasoul: Everybody, split up and search the cathedral! Find the Skullgirl and my sister! Black Egrets: Sir, yes sir! Valentine: ...I'll save you the trouble. Your sister and the Skullgirl are in the catacombs, deep below. Double: Time is running out for dear Umbrella, but I'm afraid we can't let you interfere. Parasoul: You'll pay for this, demon! Double: My, my... such anger. Your mother used to pray for peace here every day. How disappointed she would be! ------------ Parasoul: UMBRELLA! ...What have you done to her, Skullgirl!? Marie: I have done nothing. She was too weak to wrest the heart from me herself, so... we waited. She... reminds me of an old friend. Parasoul: Then let her go! Marie: I can't. Her bond with the heart drains her life as we speak. It cannot be stopped. Parasoul: Unless someone takes her place, the only way she can live now is as the Skullgirl. Umbrella: ...Can we get ice cream, momma? Parasoul: I'll destroy you, monster! Marie: Such violence... Have you learned nothing from your father's mistakes? ---------- Umbrella: ...M-Mother! Parasoul: Umbrella, no! Choice A: “Stop Umbrella!” Choice B: “Grab the heart!” ---------- Ending A (Please note this section is very unclear in the files and it is basically my guess at what happened. There are no names or pictures attached to the text so I had to go with what I thought was best. I have included the unaltered text below for you to make your own opinion. ) *Parasoul destroys the Skullheart, seriously wounding Umbrella in the explosion* Parasoul: Umbrella... I'm so sorry. It was the only way to save the kingdom. Umbrella: <cough> It's... all right. ...It was the right call, sis. You always... do the right thing. I... shouldn't have put you in that position. Parasoul: Umbrella... *Umbrella presumably dies* ------------- Ending B Parasoul: Dammit, she's too close! If I shoot the heart, she'll die in the explosion! ...There's no other way, then. SKULL HEART! I wish that my sister will never become the Skullgirl! Skull Heart: Your sister shall be spared. And, in time, you shall take her place. Parasoul: ...Are you okay, Umbrella? Umbrella: C'mon... get... cereal... Parasoul: Sleep well, sis... because tomorrow we start your training. Unedited Alternate Ending Text (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Unedited Alternate Ending Text (open) Unedited Alternate Ending Text (close) [ [=[Parasoul Ending A 01]=] ] = [=[Umbrella... 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Regulating the soul contamination must be difficult. Dr.Avian: Indeed, but with the proper theonite balance, I think we could graft even more onto future subjects. The Argus System not only lets her see everything, but the eyes also generate powerful Z-rays at the precise wavelength needed to disrupt a Skullgirl's essence. Peacock: Hey, gramps... shut it - I'm busy here. Dr.Avian: The Avery Unit is... admittedly a bit less well-understood. We designed it to be a spacial link between her body and Lab 8's vast underground arsenal, but... she's doing things with it I never imagined possible. Peacock: Seriously, Doc - shut it! It's getting to the good part! Dr.Avian: To think... that poor, mutilated orphan I found may be the one to defeat the Skullgirl once and for all. *Peacock dreams of being blinded by a scarred man, but is woken by Avery* Avery: ...Hey! Hey, listen! SQUAWK! Wake up, Peacock! The Theonite Resonance Detector is picking up a huge reaction downtown! Andy: It's her, boss! The Skullgirl is on the move! Peacock: Hot damn! Put some coffee on, and gimme 15! Ready, everyone! It's time to paint the town red! Andy: (Psst... Avery? So did the boss take a bath, or what? And what does she brush her teeth with, anyway?) (Metal polish?) Avery: (I think a bath and her usual morning routine were implied...) (...but they aren't something the audience needs to see.) ------------ Peacock: Man... who are all these posers getting between me and the Skullgirl? Don't they know who I am? I was built to beat Skullgirls! The sooner I get done with that Skullgirl, the sooner we can get back to watch "Glorious Annie: Symphony of Star Stuff." Andy: Yeah, I gotta get back to watch wrestling - I heard Beowulf's coming out of retirement! Avery: SQUAWK! Hold it, everyone...! We've got a message coming in from Dr. Avian! Dr.Avian: ZRRTTT - Come i... Peacock - ZZZTTT ZRRRZZ ...ero -ZZT- betray... us! ZZRRR ...Labs... ZZZTT... under attack! Peacock: The Doc's in trouble! *They rush back to Lab Eight* Peacock: We're too late... whoever it was they really did a number on the lab. Dr.Avian: Patricia... Peacock: Did you hear that? I think I heard Doc Avian! Doctor Avian... who did this to you!? Dr.Avian: Lab Zero... Valentine... betrayed us. She let... the Skullgirl in. Peacock: Which way did they go!? Dr.Avian: They fled to... New Meridian... Follow... but... make sure the others are safe... ...I know you... can... protect everyone... ...I know you can defeat the Skullgi... Tommy: ...He's gone, boss. Peacock: Guys... get ready! Pissing me off is the last mistake those idiots'll ever make! *They head to the Cathedral* Avery: SQUAWK - I see her, boss! The Skullgirl is right over there! Peacock: Wait...! It can't be...! Marie: ... Peacock: ...Marie? She's the Skullgirl? Double: I'm sorry, my child, but your reunion with Marie will have to wait. She has important business to attend to in the Grand Cathedral. Peacock: Another Peacock? Looks more like a dodo to me... extinct! Double: Enough! Avian's legacy ends now. ----------- Peacock: Hellooooooo nurse! ...Nice place you got here, by the way! Valentine: So Lab 8's ultimate weapon finally arrives. I never expected you to beat Double, but don't worry - I'll be fitting you with a toe tag shortly. Peacock: So why'd ya do it? Both of our labs are supposed to be working together to destroy the Skullgirl! And you led her right to us! Valentine: I won't explain my reasons to a child - we came to stop Dr. Avian's work, and that is done. Peacock: ...You really think I'm gonna let you walk out of here alive, nurse? Valentine: I don't think you have a choice. I admit, you were almost an interesting opponent... but you're nothing more than garbage, infected by Avian's philosophy of weakness. Double! It's time Lab 8's final experiment came to an end Avery: SQUAWK! We'll show you weakness, lady. Tommy: We're gonna murderize ya! Andy: Time to die, traitor! Peacock: Yeah, what they said! We're sending you straight to hell for what you did to the Doc! ----------- Peacock: Marie! Marie: ...Patricia, you should not have come. Do not worry about me - my quest is nearly at an end. Peacock:Oh, puh-lease. Don't worry about you? Some hellish MacGuffin has turned you into an undead killing machine and I was created to stop you. And there's no way you can beat me... so of course I'm worried about you! Marie: Look, Patricia... You will understand. *Marie summons the zombified man who blinded Peacock in her dream* Peacock: Whoa! Is that... him? So all of these people are... Marie: Evil. From the slave traders of Rommelgrad to their patrons, the Medicis... all must perish. Patricia... please leave. I... cannot guarantee your safety much longer. Peacock: ...You know I can't do that. It must be taking everything you've got to fight that thing inside you. One of these days, you'll slip up and you'll be just as bad as those guys... Or worse. You leave me no choice but to beat you down, blow you up and rip the Skull Heart right out of you! Let's hope there's enough of you left that we can sit down with some pie together when this is all over, ‘K? ------------- Peacock: Told ya I'd win! But I appreciate you trying to put up a fight! Now, about the Skull Heart... Choice A: “Only weaklings need wishes!”, Choice B: “...I bet I could wish for something really cool!” ------------ Ending A Peacock: Pff, who needs wishes? I'm already the strongest there is. *Peacock destroys the Skull Heart* Skull Heart: Foolish child! Do you really think this is over...!? Peacock: ...Right, Marie? Marie: Right, Patricia... ...I'm sorry I ran away that day. You stood up for us, and I ran. When I found the Skull Heart, I thought maybe I could make things right and punish the people that did that to you. Peacock: We're good! You'll always be my friend, got it? Marie: ...That makes me... happy. Peacock: Tell you what - I'm going to continue your work. Now that I beat you, saved the day... and it's rerun season... I don't have much of a purpose anymore. That, and bloodying those Mafia fools sounds like a hoot! Marie: That... would be wonderful. Thank you, Patricia. It was good seeing you... one last... time... *Peacock approaches the Medici Tower and apparently kills everyone inside* Peacock: ...And then there were two. Lorenzo: D-D-Dahlia! HELP! She's here! Dahlia:...So the rumors were true: Geiger's resorted to experimenting on children now! My, how the mighty have fallen. Peacock: Cram it, granny! I don't wanna rush you, but let's get this over with already! I've been slaughtering your goons all night, I'm missing my stories and need my beauty sleep! Dahlia: Then let me tuck you in for your final bedtime! *They fight* ------------- Ending B Peacock: Well, what the hell - not very often you get wishes. May as well wish for something cool. Skull Heart! I wish for all the world's oxygen to turn into chocolate! Skull Heart: Your wish is grant... ...Wait, really? You can't possibly be serious. Peacock: What? Why wouldn't I be? That would be awesome! Skull Heart: My power has limits, girl. You'll have to wish for something else. Peacock: What a rip-off! Uh... well, can you make everyone in the world turn into adorable puppies?] Skull Heart: No, I can not. And, even if I could, I would not. Peacock: I fight all the way here and I can't even get what I want? Some wish-granting doodad you turned out to be. Hey, why do you only grant wishes to women, anyway? Are you a dude? Skull Heart: ...Look, I didn't make the rules. Are you going to make a wish or... Peacock: ...And what's with that seven year thing, anyway? Seems pretty arbitrary, if you ask me. Skull Heart: Something about the alignment of the stars, I think. Are you going to make a real wish or not? Peacock: Ooh, ooh! What if... Skull Heart: ...Dammit, where is Double? She's supposed to keep people like you away from me. Peacock: Oh, so now you're too good for me, are you? Maybe if your legend had been a little more specific I'd know these things! Skull Heart: ...Really? Do you know how long it took us to even get this far? Centuries of whisper campaigns and information control! I must say, I've been doing this for thousands of years, and you are the worst wisher I've seen yet. Valentine (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Valentine (open) Valentine (close) *Valentine is on her knees in front of the Skullgirl. Her teammates corpses scattered around her.* Valentine: (I guess I don't have any choice...) (It's up to her, now... Painwheel will need to finish what I couldn't.) Marie: Valentine, there are those that would interfere with my plan. Infiltrate Lab 8, and see to it they do not. Valentine: As you wish, Marie - I'll leave at once. ------------ Valentine: ...What's this? Painwheel? Painwheel: YOU! You'll pay for what you did to me, Valentine! Valentine: Killing me isn't part of your directive... which means you must be somehow resisting Brain Drain's control. You'd have to be incredibly strong to overcome his influence. I wonder... I think this warrants further study! ------------ Painwheel: NO...! Valentine: Hmph, pathetic! I thought I made you better than this, Painwheel. You're a failure - you'll never fulfill your purpose and defeat the Skullgirl. Painwheel: My purpose!? My purpose is to destroy YOU! Valentine: ...You are persistent, I'll give you that. Maybe you just need more time. Listen, weakling - if you're going to have any hope of exacting your revenge, you're going to have to be a lot stronger than that. If you ever get the nerve to try again, I'll be waiting for you in the Grand Cathedral. Painwheel: AUGH! I WILL kill you. Valentine: Good - I'm counting on it. ----------- *Valentine arrives at the Cathedral to find Painwheel being defeated by Double* Painwheel: ...NNGH! NO! Double: You have failed, creature. The Trinity is not without mercy, and so I will make your death a quick one. Valentine: ...Stop, Double! Double: So the double-crosser finally drops her ruse. And for what, this... experiment of yours? Valentine: That experiment is my insurance policy! Double: The Trinity does not look kindly upon traitors! ----------- Valentine: You're still not ready, Painwheel... but maybe some day you won't be totally useless. Painwheel: Don't patronize me, Valentine! I WILL get stronger and I WILL destroy you! Valentine: It's too late for that - I'll have to take care of this myself. And if I can't, come find me and we'll try again. And again. Until you finally succeed. Painwheel: Come back here! This isn't over! Valentine: Take care, Painwheel. *Valentine enters the Catacombs* Valentine: Sorry, Marie - I quit! Marie: We knew this day would come. It was inevitable... and inconsequential. Destroying Lab 8 and Project: Peacock was all that was required of you. Valentine: Glad there aren't any hard feelings, then. I know what you really are and why you're here - you're nothing more than a pawn, just like me. But you let me get too close - even if I die today, my research will aid the labs for generations. You got that? We're coming for you and your masters, monster - count on it. Marie: ...Enough. -------------- Valentine: There... it's done. Now, what should I do with the Skull Heart? I can't bring back The Last Hope - I know how those wishes turn out. Choice A: “Become the Skullgirl...” Choice B: “Seal away the Skull Heart.” -------------- Ending A Valentine: I'm heading deeper into enemy lines... and I'll be waiting for you, Painwheel. Skull Heart, I wish to become the Skullgirl! -------------- Ending B Valentine: The cycle must stop. Destroying the heart will only delay the inevitable and make matters worse - there's no telling where the new heart will emerge. For years I waited, researching the heart inside you, Marie. These tags I developed will nullify the heart's theonic energy and allow me to safely seal the Heart away in Lab Zero's vault. ...If director Brain Drain will take me back. *Valentine returns to Lab 0" Brain Drain: ...Excellent work. You have succeeded where countless others have failed, Valentine. Valentine: Thank you, director. Again, I apologize for the deception, but it was the only way to get close to the Skullgirl. Brain Drain: Yes... About that... Brain Drain: This “deception” of yours cost too many lives. One, in particular. My dear Christmas died because of your betrayal, and that is not something I will forgive so easily. Valentine: No, you don't understand...! *Brain Drain presumably captures Valentine* Brain Drain: Begin implanting the control mechanism. Assistants: Yes, doctor. Administering 50cc's of Roprynzonal. Brain Drain: Implantation complete. Assistant: No signs of rejection, Doctor. Skull Heart: Did you really think it would be that easy? Such arrogant creatures you humans are! As long as the Heart beats, your world's end marches ever closer. Brain Drain: Transmitting primary imprint... now. Valentine: AUUUUUUGGGHHHH!