ACELE – You don't get to choose your posse, they choose you. Mine are idiots, but they're mine.
Acele Berger is a character in Disco Elysium.
Acele is one of the anodic dance ravers, along with Egg Head, Noid, and her boyfriend Andre. She is initially reserved and refuses to talk about herself or her friends to the RCM. Helping the speedfreaks move into the Dolorian Church of Humanity in Martinaise will soften her up and convince her to talk to you. When first encountered, Acele is on stimulants.
Her father was Zemlyaki and an influential member of Revachol's criminal underground. Evrart mentions that he once killed a man with a kebab, leading to the nickname "Mico the Kebab. For a time, her father's wealth enabled her family to live in a mansion in Jamrock, before his competition killed him and forced Acele and her mother to flee and change their names. Acele had a bad relationship with her father, and fears becoming like him. However, Acele still has some fondness for her past; she still whistles Zemlyaki tunes and self-identifies as a "silver bird," a reference to the phrase O pasăre de argint, a Zemlyaki organized crime term for someone who doesn't break under questioning. Acele is a good liar, and proud of this.
At sixteen, Acele dated a boy who limped when he was sober. She likes the stained glass window depicting Dolores Dei in the church. She is the first to encounter Tiago while alone, believing him to be some sort of crab-man.
- Acele is involved in the task chain Help ravers start a nightclub.
- Asking Acele about her device will reveal that it's a contact mic and unlock the thought The Litany of Contact Mike.
- Once it is discovered that the ravers are planning on running a speed lab on the side, it is possible to talk to Acele about it to find out that she originally cleared the idea with Evrart Claire. This will begin the task Ask Evrart about Acele and the drug lab.
PERCEPTION (SIGHT) – Her hair is dyed blonde, with dark roots showing. There's a coarseness to her features, some masculinity below that timidness.
YOU – "Is Andre your boyfriend?"
ACELE – "Yes." She nods.
EMPATHY – A quick response. She's very sure of it. He's someone she feels she can trust and even control, if need be.
ACELE – "Sorry. I just don't tell people about my friends and who they are and so on. I don't provide information on them."
RHETORIC – To the cops.
ELECTROCHEMISTRY – She is on some kind of stimulant -- amphetamine or mephedrone -- and its effects are wearing off fast. She will begin to experience more and more valleys now. And fewer peaks.
EVRART CLAIRE – "'Found god knows where'?" The big man exhales loudly. "That *Acele* is the daughter of Mico the Kebab -- a man who once killed a guy with a kebab. I think a daughter of a man who killed a man with a kebab can handle running a little nightclub, don't you?"
ACELE – "All right," she concedes. "My father was a Zemylaki. He died years ago. He was a bad man. Not a lot of good things to say about him and what he did."
ACELE – "He bought the family a huge house, so we got to live... at least temporarily... in a giant *castle* in Jamrock. And then he died."
YOU – "What happened next?"
ACELE – "What do you think? The competition came and took everything away. It was like in a war zone..." She's gritting her teeth.
ACELE – "So after his death we had nothing left. And we were in danger. My mother had to change her name, mine too. We left it all behind."
ACELE – "I was kinda hoping you'd end this mess, though. It feels like I've been turning dad-wise, into a corrupt business-person. I don't like it."
ACELE – She's whistling a melody, her trusty contact mic attached to a wooden pulpit. At the sound of your footsteps, she stops what she was doing and turns to you.
REACTION SPEED – That melody is oddly familiar... Why does it feel like some gang-related thing?
ACELE – "Me? I'm a silver bird. It means I don't answer questions about myself."
REACTION SPEED – It's what the "Zemlyaki" -- the Graadian community in Revachol -- call a person who never breaks under interrogation. It's an organized crime term.
YOU – "You know what? I think you've really learned something from all those times you've been questioned. Some of your lies have been pretty good."
ACELE – "Um... thank you?"
EMPATHY – The girl is truly proud of herself.
ACELE – "He's a Faubourger I guess, like the rest of us. Okay, maybe not Egg, I don't know about him, but Noid and the rest are from Faubourg, making the pilgrimage up north to visit The Paliseum."
ACELE – "When I was sixteen I used to date this guy who had a limp. But it only showed when he was sober, so I guess it wasn't real or something. I don't know." She shrugs, eyes glazed over...
NOID – "Yeah, glowing lungs *are* fucked up." A voice from the back of the church. "We should board that window up. Bad sines, you know?"
ACELE – "How about we *don't* do that, Noid?" Another voice. "She looks cool."