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The fourth Off-Season of TFR. Janny plays through the game of Troubleshooter, a more plot driven X-COM.

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The (Korean?) City-state Valhalla, a state co-funded by the three world powers, cannot have an army of it's own, and as such crime is rampant. The government, in the revolting chaos, allowed a group of private security to investigate and arrest criminals, Troubleshooters. To become one, you must obtain a licence, which requires 3 months of field training with a troubleshooter company, under a more experience troubleshooter.

Albus Bernstein studied under troubleshooter trainer Jean for 3 months. Despite the gruelling work, Albus was able to keep focused on his goal thanks to the support of his aunt Lilly, who was his last remaining family member, and could never since she never had a chance to visit. His goal was actually accessing information only available to troubleshooters, but to his disappointment, only Mithril access level users were allowed to see information about the mysterious "disaster" that had happened 10 years ago.

He ends up recruiting Sion into his company along the way when battling a terrorist group known as "Spoonists".

He gets a request to rescue civilians from Road 113, a road connecting the East Alliance with Valhallla that passes through the Iron Forest that often gets attacked by Tima beasts. There, he meets with a traveler caught on the incident called Heixing Alley, who offers his help if he is not arrested for possessing no ID. After rescuing all civilians, Heixing takes a working car nearby and Albus informs him that that will make a criminal, but that he will not stop him as he's not strong enough, to wich Heixing responds that it will never happen. After Heixing leaves, Albus and Sion promise to become stronger for the next time they meet.

Albus and Sion receive immediate back-up orders at Crow-bill Station, where a group of policemen are being sieged by criminals. Along them arrives Hero Irene, and they meet with Inspector Isaac Gorden, and they take control of the situation. However, after the fight, the roadblocks stop the medical team from making it and Isaac contacts a girl known as the "Blessing" of the city, Healer Anne Macy. However, policeman Joel's wounds are too heavy, and despite Anne's best efforts, she doesn't manage to save him.

"His name will... Will be a light of Valhalla." ― Isaac Gorden

Even despite that, Anne refused to let go and continued trying to heal him. 『Dead』. Irene leaves in a hurry without feeling like talking.


Sion decides to take the day off and go to Pugo Shopping District, when the "Militias" that ask merchants for a cut appear. Marco Bardo appears to boss them around, and mention this is the territory of 『Angry Bull』, one of the main powers of Wind Wall District. Meanwhile, Ray Alley, Leton Alley and Carter Alley are being chased by thugs. When Sion goes to buy food, he meets with Heixing Alley again. After some thugs steal some dumplings, Heixing tells Sion that a troubleshooter like him should care about this. Despite Sion trying to deny it, the malleants hear him say the word and all hell breaks loose. While beating some thugs, Leton sees Alley and calls out his name. While cleaning a street of thugs, Carter crosses his path with Marco of Vendetta, who asks him to pass. Despite sensing him being really strong, he stands in his way and barely defeats him, but Marco manages to leave. Heixing and Sion team up to beat the enemies. The boss, Scott The Angry Bull, then is helped by the Darkspoon Sharky, a bigshot of the spoonists, in thanks for giving a home to his brethren. After the fight, Heixing meets up with the other Alleys, who tought him dead, and they finally meet after what is apparently a long time, and promises to stay with them.

Albus's company gets called to do a full raid on the "Magenta Back-streets", a low-life area that evolved near the district walls. Scott, one of the gang's boss, promises revenge on Foo and Trey for not backing him up, and on the Alleys too. Scott, leader of the Angry Bull gang, along with Foo and Trey of the White Tiger and Black Tiger gangs, had all lost their parents 10 years ago to the Silverlining Troubleshooter company. Meanwhile, Foo and Trey watch as the other of the three gangs is subdued.

After not seeing Irene for a while, Sion begins to get worried. Sion tells Albus that it's their duty to help Irene become a true hero and go ask her to join them. They go investigate Blue Fog Street where there have been reports of her, and after asking around, find her on a rooftop. Initially guilty and losing confidence on her actions after the Crow-bill incident, she wanted to give up. But Albus and Sion's cheering convince her to join them as a troubleshooter and become a real hero, as she has now friends to rely on.

After their next mission, Don's bar get's visited by a individual known as Marco. Getting bored of talking, Marco taunts Don by breaking some stuff, and remarks that as he can't report a criminal member from Vendetta to the police, 50 Vill oft to be enough. Telling of how the bar's name sounds like an awful company from some 10 years ago, Don takes on in his offer. Despite Don's strenght, Marco manages to defeat him. After the fun, Marco delivers a message from "Chris" and a District-Transit Permit, and takes 50 Vill and leaves.

After the raid on Magenta backstreets, the remaining gang members of Angry Bull go to Pugo backstreets, now in dissaray since the dissapearance of their boss and betrayal of the other two families. The flame of conspiracy begins to invade the members minds and a few of them attack the spoonists who had been providing weapons to them. After taking care of them, the Angry Bull's provisory leader arrives, and is offered a spoonist mask by Darkspoon Sharky. They then are raided by VHPD members and Albus' company.

Next day at Silverlining Bar, Don is met with Inspector Isaac Gorden, and they don't exactly have a good relationship. Don calls the police forces "incompetent" and hasn't changed in the 10 years they've known each other, he calls police a joke and mere pawns. Isaac goes to Albus' office, and explains that since the incident in Ramji Plaza, Spoonists from all over the place are going towards Wind Wall District searching for their "Promised Land". However despite that, no spoonists have been arrested near district checkpoints. He mentions that the economy has improved since Road 113 was cleared, and construction materials have become more profitable than ever, and due to that there was an increase of private unloading docks in the Ashen Harbor. However, they have already found the docks spoonists are using. Sion notices that there must be a reason why he's talking to them about it instead of giving it on a mission, and Isaac then reveals that there is a spy within the police lines. They need to recover information from the docks but without it being compromised. They need someone to defend the engineer recovering the data from spoonists.

Albus' company arrives to Hasan Island in the Ashen River where they meet Kylie Zu, the tech specialist for the mission, and protect her while downloading the data and defeating the Spoonists. With their help, she gathers all the information and leaves.


Albus decides to take the day off. During his free time, Albus usually searched for people who knew something of him or his parents 10 years ago. For the information, Isaac gives him the possible whereabouts of his mother's grave, located near Ashen Harbor Street. On his way he crosses Anne Macy and Luna talking to a tech seller, and he ask him how to reach the cemetery. When Anne was running away the day of the Pugo Street incident, she found Luna Estina standing completely unfazed despite being threatened by gangsters, and before they attacked her, Anne scared them away. After that, Anne took an interest in Luna and they became friends. They make their way to the cemetery to check the view, as Don is seen saying goodbye to a flower-laid grave he calls "sister-in-law". As Albus reaches the location, from the distance, information of him being alone quickly spreads to Spoonists thanks to the merchant he previously met being secretly a spoonist. As Albus is quickly surrounded, he thinks to provoke the spoonists so they leave the children out of this, and Anne tries to put herself between them and Luna to protect her.

Albus
Are you guys such losers in life?
Are you useless without your mask?
Don't blame the world, with the time you used to chase me, you could've instead lived your life to the fullest.
Then you would have had all you wanted and lived a happy life.
Got it? You idiots!!

However, despite his best efforts, he was overwhelmed by the Spoonists. Anne tries to help Albus, but she is surrounded by them as well. Luna, seeing her friend hurt, cries out to Marco to give her "her doll", and promises to listen to him and never try to be normal anymore or see Anne again, and to please give her the chance to save her.

"Luna... Don't ever make me point my gun at your head again." ― Marco Bardo

Her with her "chainsaw teddy" she viciously murders all the spoonists in cold blood. Marco calls Luna "his guardian" and says it is the end of the ordinary girl luna. Marco calls the police and they vanish without a trace. 3 days later, Anne cursed herself for not being strong enough, and Albus finished what he had come to do, and find his mother's grave. Finally, Albus reunites on a flower-laid grave with his mother, Alma Nox, after 10 years.

Some days later, a strange visitor appears in Albus' office; Anne Macy requested to join the company. Despite initial wariness by Albus, Sion and Irene convince him to let her join.


On their next mission, Albus' team goes to Ashen Harbor. Before they get there, Troubleshooters Bianca LeBlanc and Alisa are seen there conversing. When Road 113 closed, people requested the harbor to be teared down for it's maintenance cost, but Bianca's grandfather maintained them, because Bianca didn't want to lose her father's special place, since it was a memory of him. Meanwhile, a surviving member of the Angry Bull gang named Jason, decides to escape Valhalla since both other gangs are hunting him and his team, and go to East Alliance. They are ambushed by opposite gang members and labelled traitors, but a third party shows up: Ryo Ryuzaki, an assassin from Yggdrasil District, who takes out the assailants, and despite Jason's efforts, also his men. Albus' team arrives and stops the rest of the criminals from escaping, but they also clash with Ryo, who proves a threat.


On the abandoned Iron Forest railway, a group of spoonist receive a weapon contraband by Danny Law, leader of the 'Crow' gang and Carter Alley. However, the situation escalates when one recognizes Carter. Danny shoots the men running away, and executes the other two. With no witnesses, Danny orders Carter to disguise the situation as a Tima attack. Danny's plan is to weaken the gangs, Spoonists and Timas with conflict between them as revenge for exiling him to the East Alliance, now disguised as a weapon merchant between them. Soon, all three factions send reinforcements to avenge their lost comrades, along with elite spoonists Na-am and Turk, former 'Alleys' under Carter.

Albus' team arrives after police notice of possible spoonism activity in the area. Anne somehow recognizes the strange Tima, and calls it "Silver", who upon seeing Anne runs away from the scene. Albus team successfully defeated the spoonists and gangsters.

Danny
I was originally thinking of those three...
But I think I'll add one more, Carter.
Carter
Another criminal group?
Danny
Nah. We can take them down with force.
Carter
...Speak up then.
Danny
Troubleshooter Albus Bernstein.

Inspector Isaac plans a surprise attack on a spoonist outpost by having Albus' team hidden in a truck of weapons. The raid is a success, but Isaac is suspended for a month due to his use of civilians in the plan. Afterwards, Spoonism is declared a terrorist act.


2 Week prior to the Crow-bill Station Incident, he and Isaac were talking under the rain after duty, and Joel offered to go eat with him. A week later, he is eating at Yusuke's street ramen shop, mentioning to the vendor that he prefers to be alone and Joel just joined by himself last time. 6 months earlier, during a mission, lieutenant Joel is reprimanded by Isaac for risking his life trying to save civilians before Troubleshooters arrived. Joel was trying to prove the VHPD could compete with Troubleshooters, but Isaac reafirns he should trust them. 3 Hours before Crow-bill Station Incident, Isaac and Albus find each other eating at Yusuke's place, and Isaac thinks to himself, that he hopes the new generation can take care of Valhalla. 10 weeks before, Joel had met Albus in a mission, and started to change his opinion on Troubleshooters. 2 weeks later, during the Ramji Plaza incident, it was Joel who had responded to Albus' call of backup. 2 hours before Crow-bill Station Incident, Isaac was again at Yusuke's place next to Albus, when he left in a hurry, Albus quickly left too, to arrive at the mission site. 1 hour later, on his way to the site, Joel thinks about helping Albus in the mission and hopes he can meet him. 30 minutes into the mission, they are surrounded and trying to save the civilians.


3 months later, on the station, Isaac apologizes to Albus, and mentions that due to complaints to the police, he might lose his position over the district soon. After the mission, Isaac remembers 2 weeks before his death, when he was with him eating ramen...

Dialogue
Joel
I mean it, he's the real thing! He's a proper troubleshooter, I tell you!
Isaac
A proper Troubleshooter, huh... Don't talk nonsense.
Joel
Well, there's only two of them for now, but I'm sure they'll be Valhalla's number one eventually.
Isaac
Right. So what's the name of the Troubleshooter you keep praising?
Joel
Albus Bernstein.
Isaac
Albus Bernsteim? I haven't heard of him yet.
And you've only seen them in action once. I think you are making a hasty conclusion here.
Joel
Ah, you've got to have faith in people's words, inspector. In that case, I'll go in a mission with them and get you more reviews.
Isaac
Alright. But next time, don't follow me here. Just submit a report.
Joel
Yes sir! I'll check the troubleshooter team out myself and report my assestment, sir!
A few minutes later...
Yusuke, the Street Vendor
Welcome! What can I get for you!
Sharky
Spicy Udon with eggs. Some red pepper powder on them too.

On a camp on Magenta Street, Jason reports to Ryo Ryuzaki, who has made him his subordinate. However, he didn't notice he was being followed, and they are ambushed by most of the high-ranking Spoonists: Ralph the fine blade, Breaker Chang, Ferocious Kaze, and other members such as Inexorable Nevil, Manly Caohong, Hating Hasan, Cast Iron Bat Turk, Na-am the raging flame, Miraculous Julio. This is because Ryo is deemed the #1 threat to spoonism. However, before the fight begins, Marco and Luna show up and help take out the spoonists. However, once the spoonists are taken care of, Marco reveals he's come here to kill him for complicating his issues. Ryo barely manages to drive him away, but white tiger gangs appear. From the distance the White Tiger leader, Foo, and his second hand Kevin speak about the consequences of attacking Vendetta members in their area, but Foo has decided to stop hiding and face the storm. He gathers all the White Tiger members he can and calls the leader of Black Tiger, Trey, and he agrees to not interfere, but when he decides to not join, Foo states his 10 years alliance ends here.

White Tiger Uprising
Foo
From this moment on, I declare 'war' on this area!!
Punish those who resist the White Tiger!
Let them fear so they will never look at us ever again!!
White Tiger Enforcer
White Tiger! Fear the White Tiger!!
White Tiger Butcher
Bring fear to the fanatics in masks!!
White Tiger Hoodlum
Bring fear to the cops and Troubleshooters!!
Kevin
Boss. There are many of the old members of the 'Angry Bull' gang among 'Spoonism' people.
Some of them are surely in action to rebuild their 'gang',
Especially Caohong and Hasan, leaders of the Angry Bull gang. They still have influence with many of the gang members.
Boss, if you promise that you would rebuild their 'gang' then I'm sure they will turn sides.
Foo
Kevin
Kevin
Yes, Boss?
Foo
When you meet Caohong and Hasan...
Behead them in the name of the carter.
Kevin
!!
Foo
Take their heads and hang them on Pugo Shopping Street.
Kevin
.....Boss.
Foo
That will send a warning to those who stick with the fanatics.
Kevin
That's going to hurt your popularity, Boss.
Foo
I'm not going to say it twice, Kevin.
What we need now is 「Fear」 that digs into the bones.
Kevin
Yes. Boss.

With the current situation, only Albus' Troubleshooter team responded to White Tiger missions reliably.

The dire situation requests Albus' team to rescue the VHPD squads that were separated and fall back from the area. With barely making it, Albus' team retreats and they leave.


However, after the mission, Sion wants to have a talk with Albus about how he's handling accepting so many requests. They go eating to Pugo street and start discussing matters white eating.

Stop and Look back.
Sion
Aren't your parents worried you are overdoing it?
Albus
Huh??
Sion
I mean, they must be worried with you on the site each and every single day.
Or are you hiding the fact they've already gone nuts because of you?
Albus
......
I don't know. Would they be frustrated?
Sion
Wait, are you keeping all of this a secret from your parents?
I mean, you shouldn't worry them no matter how busy you might be.
(Well I ain't in the situation to talk like this but...)
Albus
Hmm... Guess you're right. I shouldn't worry them...
Sion
Yeah you shouldn't Albus.
Give me your phone. When was the last time you gave them a phone call?
Albus responded to Sion's words by pointing his finger up at the sky.
Sion
Huh? What?
Albus
Well my mother is up there in heaven...
My father... I do not know where he is.
Sion
Aha...
There was a moment of silence after Sion's words.

Albus, a colleage and a friend. Someone who always tried to solve things by himself.

They were great partners on site, but their relationship was limited to his company.

Albus and Sion both understood that 4 months was not long enough to fully get to know each other.
Albus
Don't you wanna get back to your home?
Sion
Go back? Already?
We are finally out and you want to return?
Albus
No... Your imperial home.
A short resume was submitted by Sion. A student from a noble family in the Ater Empire.
Sion
Someone like you would've surely done some background research.
Albus
Yeah... I did some research... But I couldn't really find anything.

'Ater Empire', A powerful country run by an emperor even in this day and age. An empier with more than 500 years of history, unlike the short lived Valhalla.

Sion
That just shows how useless my family is.
Albus
What do you mean useless. A family with someone capable like you?

The Ater Empire is a country that places great importance on maintaining ESP powered bloodlines.

Nobles with high levels of ESP powers hoped they would manifest in the genes of their descendants.

Those who did not manifest powers became ordinary people in the country.

Sion
Why do you want to know so much? I bet you're not even interested anyway.

Albus had no response to Sion's points.

Albus
Yeah. That's right.
Sion and Albus kept discussing their experience in the company during that time. However, Sion says that if he wants more missions completed, he should work on recruiting more people into the team.
Sion
You tend to work too hard only on the things that are asked for.
You are the boss, and if you want to solve more requests...
First you have to recruit more people.
Albus
Alright, I understand.
Meanwhile, Anne and Irene watched from the distance observe the two before leaving, being relieved they were not fighting. However, in the distance...
Ray
Carter!! Stop there!!! I'm not finished talking to you yet!
Carter!! Why on earth do you have to do this!?
Heixing is back now!!
Carter
......
Ray
Carter!! Get your head straight!!
Carter
......
Ray
Hey!! Really?? Come on!!
Then go live in the borders just like you did in the past.
Carter
This is the result of the hard work we had to go through to get out of that place, Ray.
Ray
We were young back then. Now we are capable of doing what needs to be done!
We are not like how we used to be in the past! Carter!
Carter
Ray. You really intend to go back to that place?
Ray
Yes!! I'm willing to go back! To the Alley!!
Carter
......
You should have made that desicion 3 years ago, Ray.
Ray
Hey!!
Heixing
......
Marco, Luna and Ryo walk into Pugo Street too.
Ryo
Marco, come on. You follow me all this way when all I'm getting is dumplings...
Luna
Marco. This guy is annoying.
Marco
Don't, Luna
This man here... He may seem like this, but he's actually the next boss of 'Nine Dragon'.
He's the VIP of the VIPs in the back-streets.
While Anne and Irene leave, they cross paths...
Anne
Lu...Luna...
Irene
Luna?
Luna
Anne...
However, Marco's group runs away.
Anne
Luna...
Luna!!!
Back on Albus' area, Heixing walks by.
Heixing
Oooh... It's been a while.
Albus
You...
Sion
Heixing bro!
Heixing
Lightning kid. I'm not your brother.
Sion
Well, we've fought together before, so of course you are my bro!
What brings you here, brother?
Heixing
I have no reason to tell you.
So, are you being appreciated by that boss beside you?
Sion
Of course!
How about you? How are you doing with your old friends?
Well I was upset you left like that on the other day~⭐
Heixing
This is only our third meeting.
Albus
(Third? I tought it was the second time...)
Sion
Are you here with your old friends?
Heixing
......
Sion
Uh... Was that something I shouldn't have asked?
Heixing
Hmm....
They're here for you guys.
Hah. Something exciting always happens when I'm near you.
Sion
Oh man, come on... We're off from now you know...
Albus
Sion. We don't have Irene and Anne right now, so let's be extra careful.
Sion
Don't worry, Albus. You've got this good man on your back.
Heixing
This has nothing to do with me.
Sion
Heixing bro. They're not going to let you go that easy since they saw you with us.
Albus
.....
Heixing. Hope you could give a hand.
Heixing
Hah.
Alright then, let me get warmed up now.
After the fight, Albus and Sion express their thanks for his help to Heixing.
Heixing
It was a good memory, that's all it needs to be.
Oh yeah, lighting kid. I've just repaid my debt.
Heixing
📱.....Is that you, Ray?
Ray
📱Heixing, I'm sorry....
📱I'll leave it yo you. Heixing. I have faith in you.
Heixing
(What happened...)
I'm gonna need help...

The next day, on Albus' office, he reflected on the fact that the more highly ranked a Troubleshooter company became, the more its members would be featured on the news like celebrities, and the more sudden revenge attacks would occur.


Alley Wanderers

"Alley", a slum formed from refugees from the world war

Over time, it became a notorious ghetto...

The Caras Union, East Alliance, and Valhalla ignored their responsability to take in refugees, abandoning any pretense of administering the area.

Na-am
Carter...
Mom isn't home yet...

The parents of the "Alley" would set out for the Caras Union border in search of work.

They would find work at the construction sites near the border or provide physical labor at shops to survive.

There wasn't enough work for everyone, so many would cross the border in order to find work.

But even if they did find a job across the border...

Employers would take advantage of their status as illegal immigrants, exploiting their labor or paying them less.

And if the border guards caught them, everything would be confiscated.

If they resisted, they were killed.

In order to avoid the border patrols... or to receive wages that their employees were delaying...

The parents of the Alley would set out for the Caras Union border in search for work.

Carter
Don't worry, Na-am. You can stay with me for now.
Ray
Na-am. Don't worry. They'll be back soon.

But the reality was that many parents could not make it back home.

Whether they were killed by the border guards...

Or confined by their employers in order to exploit their labor...

Or left for good in search of a better life...

Many children were left in the streets of the Alley, not knowing why.

Na-am
Carter. I'm hungry...
Carter
Hold on, Na-am. I'll go get some potatoes to eat.
Ray
Carter! Get some food for Leton too!

When the food ran out and hunger set in, abandoned children would wander the streets...

They would beg... Dig through the trash.. Or steal from other people...

And children in similar situations would gather and hang around together.

And the parentless kids would often steal from other children.

Heixing
Ouch... Please... Stop...

Uncertain survival... Pessimistic future...

Children under such pressure would find weaker children outside their group...

They would beat and insult them to relieve their stress.

Mean Kid
You dirty mutt!! How dare you stare at me?!
Even Meaner Kid
Shall we pull out all the white hair? Or burn it all up?
Mean Kid
What's with the old book? Poor kids like you don't need books!
Even Meaner Kid
Don't hang around here you dirty mutt!
Heixing
......

A kid born in the red-light district of the slum.

Born with a streak of white in his hair.

He was unlike other children on the street, and always had a book with him.

He was different, and this made him a good target for other kids.

Leton
This way~!
Ray
Carter! Over here!!
Carter
All of you, stop right there!
Mean Kid
Hey! It's Carter! Run guys!
Even Meaner Kid
Ah. That monster... Why doesn't he mind his own business...

Slum Alley, 10 years ago.

Carter
Heixing. I want you to join my team.

The endless fights amongst the kids in the "Alley" in the absence of the adults.

The kids would form teams and make rules to follow in order to protect themselves.

During this time, Ray, Leton and Carter formed their own team, called "Alley Wanderer".

Heixing
......
But I don't know how to fight...
I won't be of any help to you guys...
Carter
Don't worry. We'll protect you.

Carter was different from the others; his team would take in weaker kids, like heixing.

And would punish the teams who rebelled...

And would give a hand to those teams that sought help...

And began bringing the kids of the "Alley" together.

There were many difficulties involved in gathering children from different situations in a single team...

But "Alley Wanderer" was a team which did not discriminate, accepting even weak kids as Heixing as members...

...It gained the trust of children who had nothing else to depend on.

Soon, most children were members of "Alley Wanderer".

Slum Alley, 6 years ago.

Na-am
Everyone, come~!

Carter chose some of the older, stronger kids from Alley Wanderer to form a new team, "Steel Head".

Steel Head took on escort jobs for the merchants who traded between Caras Union and East Alliance.

At the merchants' request, they also engaged in trade themselves and began to make a stable income.

Carter shared the earnings with the people of the Alley.

Turk
(Carter is just awesome... Look at how he changed the neighborhood...)
Heixing
(He's helped me so much... I hope I can do something to repay my debt to him...)

Carter was a hero to both children and adults.

Outside the Alley Slums, 4 years ago.

Taisoo
They've grown well. Job well done for a kid.

'Taisoo', a leader of the "Nine Dragon Gang", and a man in charge of the area...

Has been extorting protection money from the people of the Alley for a very long time.

He had his eyes on Carter's "Alley Wanderer" for a long time...

And had admired the abilities of the "Steel Head" team.

Taisoo
They'd become spoiled if we let them be... Guess I have no other option.
Get me Hwangrang~

An ambush by 'Taisoo'. The hearts of the Alley people broke as their dreams of having a better life were destroyed.

Taisoo
Wow, look at this boy here. He won't move an inch even with the knife on his eye. Tough guy, eh?
Hwangrang
Boss Taisoo. Don't piss him off too much now. Look at him, he's shaking with anger. Haha.

The houses were set on fire, everything was plundered, and those who resisted were crushed.

Taisoo
Good job helping the poor gain what they have now, kid.
I'm sure you'll be able to help them once again.
I want four times the protection money previously paid. And I want 80% of the profits from your trading activities.
Carter
......
Taisoo
And I want you to give me someone I can send to the "Fortress of Suffering".
Carter
!!!
Taisoo
I don't care if it's a boy or a girl. Just one. I want you to pick just one.
And of course if you don't, you'll be the one going.

An order given to Carter, the leader of the 'Alley', to chose who will be sold.

A brutal act to destroy the solid unity of the group.

Karen
It would have been better if we'd just stayed poor...
Tana
You should just know your place...

The people of the Alley who enjoyed the benefits provided by Carter quckly turned their back on him.

On the last day, 4 years ago.

Carter
......
Heixing
I understand, Carter.
Carter
Don't you resent my decision...?
Heixing
I always felt like I was living on your debt, but now I feel as if I can repay it.
Carter
Debt, is it...?
Heixing
I believe this wouldn't depay all my debt though.
If it wasn't for you, Ray and Leton...
I would have never survived living on the streets.
Carter
.....
Heixing
"Alley Wanderer"
Although I wasn't able to join the "Steel Head" like the other boys...
Even at this moment, I am proud that I am part of the "Alley Wanderer" group.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to repay my gratitude.
Carter
Heixing.
Heixing Alley.
Heixing
Alley?
Carter
Yes. Heixing Alley.
And I am Carter Alley.
That will be our surname from now on. You and I are brothers.
Heixing
What, so I'm being separated the moment I have a family?
Carter
I am a horrible brother who sold his family.
I will never forget this pain and regret. Heixing.
Heixing
Carter. Don't balme yourself.
I had a happy life because of you guys.

Heixing leaves the alley and is sold off to the "Fortress of Suffering".

That was the last memory I had of the Alley.

Heixing
I still can't think of a way to stop you.
Carter
Death stops everything.
Heixing
That sounds cruel.
A family was made and separated...
Now I've fimaly found you, my family. But you say you want to break up with me?
Carter
Everyone needs to make their desicion.
Heixing
You've changed.
Carter
I've grown.
Heixing
You've grown to become a bad guy.
Give it up, Carter.
Carter
Heixing, you have changed too.
Heixing
I've grown.
Carter
You have become a bad guy, too.
Heixing
I suppose this will be a kid's fight, then.

Heixing attacks Carter...

Carter
You've grown strong, Heixing.
Heixing
The instant revival tissue for destroyed tissues...
Strong as usual...
Carter
Yes. But there's a limit to this power...
If you really want to stop me, pull that trigger.
Heixing
......
(How cruel...)
(Hasn't changed a bit from the last day I saw him.)
Carter.
Keep following your own path.
I'll find a way to solve this.
Carter
......

Heixing leaves...

Heixing
Take good care of Carter from me.
Leton
Yeah.
Heixing!!!
Heixing
?
Leton
Cheer up.
Heixing
......

Leton
I guess it's all over then?
Carter
......
Leton
Carter.
I'm going with you. So make it clear.
Carter
Don't worry, Leton.
What about the plan?
Leton
It's all ready. Who do we call first?
Carter
White Tiger
Leton
......
(Carter... You still hate those criminal gangs, don't you...)
Ok~⭐

Albus' team arrives on the scene after reports of White Tiger gang activity. After the mission, Albus mentions that he published job offerings for the company, but no one is turning up.

Next day, when Albus arrives to the office, he's met with his team mentioning they have a visit. Albus is surprised to find Heixing is here to make a personal request. Albus had done background research on him and found no reason to arrest him.

After hearing his request, Albus is unsure whether to accept or not. The request was to let him join the team, and after some thinking, Albus accepts. Although dubious at first, everyone welcomes Heixing into the team.

Ray
📱Heixing?
Heixing
📱Yes. Ray.
📱I need help if I'm going to stop Carter.
📱So I'm going to join the Troubleshooter team for now.
Ray
📱I'm so sorry, Heixing. I've made a mess out of your vacation.
Heixing
📱The vacation was all to see you guys anyway.
Ray
📱I'm so sorry. I always make things hard for you...
Heixing
📱Don't worry about it, Ray.
📱It was my desicion.