originally posted at https://canmom.tumblr.com/post/162599...

Last time: in purgatory, Battler has informed Beatrice that she does not exist, that he absolutely refuses to belive in her, and this is threatening her power, but she’s not all that bothered. She challenged Battler to present mundane explanations for the various things she did.

Also I said it was harpsichord music which is weird because I should have written organ music.

There’s a second tea party on the menu now, marked ?????. It’s a tea party for the ‘unhuman’.

Beatrice in a strange purple-overlay-background room saying “…What sort of tea should I prepare next? You have free choice of any brand that ever was throughout the ages.”

Does this excellent host remind you of anyone?

Homestuck character Doc Scratch.

I’m just saying.

Anyway, Beatrice is joined by an unnamed character. Perhaps from a previous When They Cry game?

A new character, seemingly a small girl with purplish-blue hair, appears. She's saying “…Dried plum tea. …Those dried plums that go for 200 yen a pack.”

This turns out to be another witch. Her name is Bernkastel.

The witches’ names are both rendered ingame in small-caps. Since it’s difficult, and non-standard-compliant, to use Unicode’s small caps (intended for semantically distinct use in linguistics), and there’s no way to write a custom span tag to apply a font-variant: small-caps css rule, I’ll continue to write their names normally.

Their conversation is entirely cryptic.

Beatrice saying to Bernkastel “That a ‘powerless’ witch like you possesses a power that none can approach is what is truly terrifying. After all, you fended off that Great Witch, Lady Lambdadelta, as a lone piece.”

So we know of another witch, Lambdadelta, or if you prefer Λδ.

Bernkastel teleports to another part of the room, and says Λδ has a terrible power: to kill a person ‘without fail’.

Bernkastel in another part of the room replying “…That girl has a dreadful power. …The power to kill a person ‘without fail’. However, there is no such thing as ‘without fail’ in this world. Just as, no matter how many times you divide 1, you can never make it 0.”

But she doubts it’s truly so great. She says, however, that Λδ’s power essentially works almost surely (in the technical sense). Beatrice responds that Bernkastel has a similar power, with the condition ‘except for 0′.

Bernkastel then says Beatrice has the power to kill a person ‘endlessly’. Beatrice says this is small compared to Bernkastel’s power, and stop it with the flattery already.

Bernkastel saying to Beatrice “…Call it payment for my stay here. …I am a fleeing traveler who crosses the fragments [kakera], continually running from boredom. …I simply came around because I’d heard that you’d started something interesting. Rest assured, I will leave of my own accord as you start to bore me.”

Apparently we’re dealing with a multiple-universes - fragments - scenario here. And bernakstel is interested in Beatrice’s epistemological argument with Battler.

Bernkastel: …Lambdadelta is terrifying because of her cruelty; however, she was a girl I could understand. …You do seem to possess affection, but I can’t understand you at all. That’s why you’re much more terrifying than her.

Maybe this will make sense later.

Bernkastel saying “And, whatever the roll might be, you’re never disappointed. Whatever roll the dice show you, you are satisfied ‘without fail’. …In that sense, you far surpass me.”

What I’m getting from this: there are many witches, and they all have an interest in probability and powers that work on a limiting-case probabilistic basis. They like flattering each other and dislike being flattered.


At the end, Bernkastel breaks the fourth wall and tells us (or perhaps Battler?) ‘something troubling has happened’ to us. She says she’d offer her power, but it would be ineffective against Beatrice. But she does drop us some Beatrice Facts.

Greyscale image of Beatrice. Bernkastel is saying “She does have an existence that goes by the name of Beatrice, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that she is ‘a woman with an individual body’.”
Do you understand what I mean? In other words, she’s not some human. Her existence is a personification of the rules of this world.

To beat Beatrice, we have to ‘expose the rules of this world and unravel them’. This is compared to learning chess by watching games. First we notice the movements and roles of the pieces, then the win condition. This will reveal her ‘heart’ for us to rip apart or crush.

Bernkastel mentions she was herself once human, and it took her 100 years to learn this much. She refers to us as ‘the pitiful one captured by Beato’.

Bernkastel addressing the camera and saying “You are my game piece. Give it your best shot. I’ll give you advice sometimes, out of her sight.”

She’s at pains to say she’s not our ally, but she wants us to mess with Beatrice for entertainment purposes.

We get another credits roll, this time for the Umineko Project team. The full ‘tips’ page appears on the menu, now including details of Kinzo’s rifle, with confirmation it’s been sawn-off. It fires .45 long-colt bullets.

The Stakes are expanded to their full name of the Seven Stakes of Purgatory. They are accurate even around corners or tight holes, but only effective on someone who has committed one of the Seven Deadly Sins.

The characters page is also now filled in. We get details on Bernkastel.

Character screen image of Bernkastel. Text says Bernkastel (ベルンカステル) / The Witch of Fragments, who has lived for a thousand years. It is said that she lives in a world where concepts like fate and possibility can be made visible. Observes the fates of humans, and sometimes interferes. In other words, sometimes she is you, and is also your only friend. …Understand? / Likes wine and spicy foods. Hates boredom and those who never learn.

All the characters have an ‘execute’ button where you can see the text for what happens when they die. These are… not impartial descriptions.

Jessica’s death screen. “Missing. / Even though she was given a precious invitation ot the Golden Land, a single idiot refused to believe in the witch, and all of the magic went away. / Afterwards, she was chewed to bits by demons, and went to hell.”

Battler’s has an especially interesting tidbit…

Battler’s death screen. “Missing. / The fool who spoiled the world where everyone could have been happy. / Beatrice is very angry, but for some reason she looks like she’s having a lot of fun. Almost if he’s the first fun new toy she’s had in a thousand years. / If only this idiot could just hurry up and see you like the rest.”

‘see you’? See who now? The player?

You can also click the execute button on the witches.

Beatrice’s attempted death screen, though rather than show her dead, it just changes the text. “It is futile for a human like yourself to dream of killing me. Even if you fire bullets at me, they will merely bounce back as though by a mirror and strike you down. / However, there is one single way to kill me. You grasp this method in the palm of your hand. I doubt a mediocre fool like you could ever do it of course. / Kihihihihihihihihihi!”

Most of the text is written by Maria, but the witches’ entries seem to be by themselves.

Bernkastel’s attempted death screen. “By continuing to think, I love on for all eternity. In other words, if I stop thinking, I can die at any time. However, I can revive whenever I want if I start thinking again. / So I’m fickle and inconstant. I live as I like, die as I like, revive as I like.”

Oh great, she has a tail. I guess if you’re a thousand year old witch you ulose your catgirl inhibitions.

Well, that wraps up Episode 1. Episode 2 will be its own post, because I want to restart the numbering. Some final comments from @red-zora:

oh boy this is only th ebeginning of the Homestuck parallels, there are so fucking many that  i am half convinced Hussie is a big fan of Ryuukishi’s  lmao

also you didn’t comment on one of my fave quotes in the entire VN, where beatrice and MAria areboth referred to as ‘the witches’ together :P

Oh I must have missed that!

the PS3 version actually doens’t have the original track for the rly dramatic scene where Natsuhi turns on the others, here is the original which has Star Trek quotes in it http://video-game-jams.tumblr.com/post/161699486666/umineko-when-they-cry-system0

Oh interesting! Yeah, the Umineko-Project release has this song, but it doesn’t have the star trek quotes.

actually, Battler is 18, to clarify

whoops, I think I misremembered bc I had it in my head that he was two years away from adulthood, and that’s something that varies between countries.


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