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PSO2 NGS Story Guide
The story of PSO2 NGS will likely be complex and long.
This isn't meant to be a substitute for the game, or as a transcript of the entire script/plot, but rather a way to understand, read-up-on, speculate, analyze & get a really good idea of what's going on in the game. It has some game-play hints & will point out ways of approaching story aspects, but it's not really a gameplay guide to get anyone unstuck either.
For online-only games like this, it is important to preserve their plot and characters somewhere that's infinitely stable (unlike youtube or something where the videos get taken away randomly or whatever)
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Nadereh in Halpha’s Energy Plants
You can now find Nadereh in the Dreisen Plant. She’s there with Glen, and says its unusual to meet in here.

What Are You Doing Here?
Why Are You With Glen?

If you ask her the important question What Are You Doing Here? She was told that this plant was like the one in Maquead so she wanted to have a firsthand look. The similarities are uncanny and Ilma said that Lecielans say there are plants like this everywhere.

Even Outside of Halpha?

What does the 2nd one mean? If you ask Everywhere, she doesn’t just mean on our own land, but they’re beyond the sea somewhere too. Glen adds that’s why the West Coast of Aelio was always under attack, and Aelio town was so essential for so long. Nadereh agrees that there could be a plant out in the ocean somewhere. Lecielans believe many are no longer operational but they don’t know for sure. *This harks back to why Garoa was so important to everyone, he was the champion of the most dumped-on area. The plant out in the ocean over the horizon there must have been super active. This was also why he was #1 on Zephetto's hit list to try him against "fake falz" the giant robot to 'test' him to see if he was the Resurgent ARKS--and he died so he wasn't.

Is There A Way To Shut Down DOLLS Production?
How Do We Get Control of The Plants?

If you ask Shut Down DOLLS? She says nothing changed in regards to that, no matter how much the Lecielans tell us our hands are still tied. Glen sadly confirms there no way to stop the production for now. Nadereh says to approach the problem with care, which makes Glen dot at her and be sad/upset. The scene ends.
So now we're finding out that there IS a world beyond the 4 small island/continents even if it doesn't have much breathable air except for where it's domed off over the Creative Spaces and their nebulous 'elsewhere' that Ilma had said during the Creative Spaces speech. It seems likely that it's barren ocean with some hovering Dolls Plants just hanging about though.

Aina in: Zephetto’s Footprints
You can find Aina talking to Crawford on a sunny day on top of the wall at the edge of the city. When you arrive you can choose

What Are You Up To?
What Are You 2 Talking About?

If you say What Are You Up to? To be casual, she’ll say she was talking with him about Zephetto and what he was doing at Halpha, because she wants a hint for dealing with Starless. He explains they’ve been piecing things together from the Lecielans but the problem is that there’s so much data to sift thru it’s 500 years of stuff, and most of it isn’t here at Halpha. Presumably it's up on Leciel's computers.

Has He Really Been Active for That Long?
That’s Hard To Wrap My Mind Around.

If you question with Active That Long? (He said he was, and there’s no reason to not believe him) Crawford confirms that his data has left no doubt, but he wasn’t always a CAST. OH. THIS is news. He ‘made the change’ to extend his longevity for experiments. Aina says he’s so dedicated. Crawford agrees he was so committed.

*SO they are basically confessing and then immediatly disregarding that there is a LITERAL WAY TO BECOME IMMORTAL here. That's like...the most important thing anyone could ever figure out how to do. Unlimited time =unlimited knowledge = unlimited winning. If even 1 person other than Zephetto had been alive through all of this, what sort of a better standing and understanding would everyone have had??? HUGE! But instead she just goes 'wow he sure was dedicated'...uh gee? The peril of the literal universe is at stake and 'golly he was dedicated to stopping the starless from erasing everything everywhere forever' is...a footnote there for ya???

Crawford confirms that he looks like he tried to keep it safe at the start of his experiments, but he didn’t get the results. When he got DOLLS made correctly though, it became like real warfare. A turning point was when he introduced his fake DF. He turned it to survival of the fittest and the defenders who survived saw tremendous spikes in their photon powers. (And presumably their kids' too, that's how we got family lineages like Nadereh's)
Aina glooms saying that’s why we were forced to fight it too…Crawford could never forgive him, but he can understand why he did it. As the leader, he feels the same about the people of Aelio. He’d never take things so far as he did. Crawford says ‘he heard’ that his wish was fulfilled. If it’s true that means we can beat the Starless. At least…so he hopes. He looks to the mountains, and the scene ends.

Crawford never discusses option #3
Safe doesn't work, danger works pretty well, but what if Zephetto TOLD everyone what the plan was? What if he had a power team of the smartest people ever up there, and everyone on the ground working together? Remember, Zephetto's people up there were all unquestioning robo-like-slaves. He wasn't "working together" with everyone, he was just "puppet mastering" alone on his own ideas for 500 years without input from anyone or fresh ideas. This doesn't seem like the best plan. What's smarter than the smartest person alive? A whole team of smart people.

Ah! The macabre question! IS that his original skull??? Who pulled the flesh from it if it is??? Himself? What was that like? Then he embedded it in the blue gel of the empty CAST head? If it’s not his real skull, was he an edgelord that had one casted/molded out of something and then did it to ‘show he was once human’—but he usually keeps it covered up (remember he had a faceplate when you first saw him before he was damaged) because that’s a bit…..icky to do in public.
You can see that he was always all about symbolism, from his name like Jepetto to making Marioness enemies, how the base head has a king-crown border at the top, and he gives himself a halo-like crown apparauts floating behind him as well. So the skull may symbolize something too 'ex-human', or death-avoidance (the skull is 'alive' now), or he is 'like death to foes' because he's a skull.

Very-very interesting that they made him not always a CAST.
It made SENSE for him to be a cast because of the fact that he is indeed amoral. It’s much easier for those to be amoral as they are programmed and not born of a random dice-roll like everyone else…but of course, humans/newmen/duman could probably end up that way as well but they’d likely have to change over time to end up that way (An amoral person).
It’s verrry nice to have a further explanation of “his experiments started off safely” which he, himself had like 1 sentence about, but this is great to elaborate and confirm everything that was summarized above about the experiment that he had told you directly. (Badguys lie, it’s what they do/you can expect it—that’s why characters questioning his everything when he appeared was so refreshing: verify these villains! And that’s exactly what they did)

Crawford in: The Rise of Resurgent ARKS 1
He’s in a meeting to discuss with Ilma, Glen and Nadereh about what to do going forward. You’re there with Aina. Crawford feels that the Leciel research and Starless research efforts are uncoordinated and inefficient so far.  He’s made up a joint research team. Nadereh thinks it’s a good idea, but all teams need a leader, who should it be. Good question, but he’d like to talk to the research team member in Aelio.

You’re Reinstating Her?

If you ask You’re Reinstating Her? He’ll agree that he is indeed doing that, and say he agrees with her, and she’s free now! He needs updates from Manon anyway, and Aina is super happy. She wants to help her with the research she'll be doing (naturally) She says the trio will be back together at last.

Um I’ll Have to Check My Schedule…

Encourage her with Absolutely, but he’ll need you 2 to focus on your own separate duties, your char will have to focus on the Starless and Aina already agreed about the trainees helping. Aina is clearly super disappointed that the trio won’t be back together.

Hearing this, Glen volunteers to lead the team because he delegated to Kanui the combat command of Stia Region. He’ll take care of Manon too because he has too much time on his hands now. Crawford agrees. Glen will need her help too from Aina and any other volunteers. He tells her that she’s got the Arks future on her now. She’s sad but agrees. Glen will help figure out the details once the team is together. Aina is sad and "…s" but only your character will notice.

It’s unclear whether this is a job with set hours, because if it IS, then everyone could meet up after working the hours no problem. They just wouldn’t be fighting together somewhere. The teleporters do exist in the story plot too, so it’s not like “Stia is far and they could never visit”. Also, she’s out and normal now you can literally call her on the video phone any hour of the day. Everyone is acting like the 2 of them are now not allowed to ever talk or meet until 'unknown time' when the 'job' is done.

Dozer in: The Two Meteorn
You can find Dozer at the beach on the Lakau Coast. He’s there on a sunny day, apparently looking at something out over the water.

Thinking About Something?
Is Something Up There?

If you ask him Is Something Up there? He says its good to see you, and he’s been reading the reports from Leciel, that made him want to look up to the sky. Could you lend an ear while he gets his thoughts together? You can nod at this. He then thinks up some quotes he has heard in the report

Resurgent ARKS were born to research and develop both ARKS and DOLLS. That’s all they ever knew. It shows you black and white photos of various Lecielens doing work. And the result of the ARKS Development Plan ADP was us…But where does that leave a Meteorn like you and me? He looks up and says that Meteorn come from outside the Leciel too, a huge station supposedly is up above the atmosphere that occasionally lets out some Meteorn pods which fall down the same way the Leciel ones do. Even the Lecielens don’t know anything about this station. He thinks that the people of Halpha came up with the word Meteorn first. You nod at this. But he says that the Lecielans call us First Gen, Second Gen and so on. Crawford and Aina are descendants of Second Generation. So you and me, we’d be third gen. Photon sensitivity gets stronger with each generation. But he thinks yours is especially strong even for a third-gen…not that we know why that is. Even Manon and Pharia say your origin is a mystery. We were created for a single purpose of countering the Starless” we only were born to research or to fight. In his book, that’s not much different from the Lecielans. You can nod at this also, but he says he didn’t mean to ramble. But he better get back to his post, and he walks toward the cliffs. The scene ends.

3 Whole Points in this one: Did you catch all 3?

ANOTHER piece of new news!
These mini scenes are really improving. Now we know that there are TWO types of Meteorn, Leciel ones like Manon, and “further out space station ones” like your char AND also Dozer. Which MEANS that Zephetto DIDN’T create either your char NOR Dozer. Remember: Zephetto only has control of Leciel and everyone manufactured on it. Even he never got up to The Space Station, which is apparently our next mystery box. But why and how didn’t he? He obviously had/has “planet making” technology at his disposal so he must have a ship, or at least something that can propel through space (The Venogia Armor clearly can, as he yeets himself toward the starless in it out of the top of Leciel at the end of the episode)…he’s been around for 500 years and never even tried to get up to The Space Station? Seems iffy.

Point 2 is that he CANT know “who is 3rd gen” when they are coming from the Space Station. Only Zephetto creates "generations" and improves upon his capsule people with what he learns from the previous one. Zephetto has no control nor influence of Space Station, so Dozer isn’t telling the truth here even if he doesn’t recognize it.

Point 3 is that now he discovered how ‘robotic’ the Lecielans are/act because “it was all they knew to do” he’s more upset than he lets on that everybody down here is in the same boat, only that boat is slightly bigger. He is clearly not content with “everybody was bred for 1 reason "go vs Starless” and that nobody is supposed to have any more point to their life or career than that. He’s reaching for something else meaningful in life, like everyone does. It’s very…natural for him.

Ilma in: The Situation Inside Leciel Now
Ilma can be found far away as usual, he’s in Halphia Lake area, but on the Stia volcano overlook side, however he faces the lake. He’s there with Dozer (who only appears once you start the cut scene) You can say

Are You Taking A Break?

If you ask him Taking a Break? He says they ran into each other and talked about ‘that thing’, which shows you a picture of Leciel. The research is going slowly but what Pharia said is true, Halpha is controlled from up there and they were even controlling the weather. Dozer chimes in that all was manipulated right to the temp and humidity. Dozer is surprised at the level of control

Me Neither
I Knew The Whole Time

Why give such a lying option? That’s so weird and out of character. There hasn’t been (up till now) SUCH a direct lie option in any of the chat options that you get. If you say Me Neither Ilma agrees because he’s shocked too. But he wants to tell you new info that they just shared: In the Leciel Core there is a place only Zephetto can enter. If we get in there, we can get all the info we still don’t have. About Starless and stuff…Dozer likes the idea, but does anyone know a way to get in? Ilma says not now because the TP from before is still down…but we found another way to get in. They put together a scout team and tried to go but there was some strange “Space” in the way. Dozer is (rightfully) confused by this but Ilma can’t explain it. He thinks the space is a ‘testing ground’ before Halpha was created…but it’s remnants now. It’s really dangerous, there’s lots of enemies, and it’s not so easy to get to that core. So we’re investigating trying to see how to deal with it. Dozer wants to be kept posted and Ilma agrees. The scene ends.

Another important info piece!

The Leciel Core has something in it Zephetto didn’t want anybody to see
It introduces the Leciel Quest (that’s at the quest counter, a multi people area/challenge type)
Leciel having such fine grade control  is also expectable, but still interesting to have confirmed

Zephetto: Requiring his own presence to get into his secret panic room/bunker or whatever is pretty smart because hackers can attack from anywhere. The Leciel people told Ilma about his bunker, but they only know what Zephetto’s told them. Ilma is counting on another way in, because Zephetto flew the coop weeks ago. His current method to get up there is unexplained, but dumps you in the ‘climate replica’ slash warehouse type rooms that you went through on the way to the boss area.

What is The Leciel Exploration?
This explains the game-play element/why they needed to include this in the plot & what happens when you go in there. In this maze of shiftable rooms, super strong enemies appear, followed by a boss battle in a big arena type space where unique bosses can be placed. (By the Leciel system) it also has a rotating roster of buffs to aquire (defeat things, press switches, etc to earn boosts like added attack, more restasigne carry, fast attack boost, etc) in rooms to help people, and then a rotating roster of boosts for the boss (high chance to cast confusion, damage players with rays, explosive point on boss) The whole thing is timed. You get a certain number of minutes to raid rooms for boosts (beating the objective gives the listed boost) and are then auto teleported to the boss room which is also timed. The rewards depend on how much hp (or dead) the boss gets at the end. The bosses here are all things Zephetto either saw or made. You can fight (a different one each day)
Engokou the Dolls boss, but now it can turn huge and clone itself
Ruine Ragne- A smaller dark ragne but it has an explosive corruption point in one of the legs or the crest
Altered Ikusa Bujin - It has 2 arms now but the second is gum-gum stretchy so huge AOE attacks
Ruins Elder - He's...maybe a little smaller and acts pretty much the same as PSO2? Maybe a bit faster?
All of this makes sense as a training ground type excersize thing gone out of hand. The boss choices are fine, and certainly something he would do. It is a challenge, and fits with the gameplay & story just fine.

Manon is Back!
You can greet her at the Central City wall with Aina. She has a new outfit that Crawford gave her, the old was from Leciel so…Aina understands why she’d want rid of it. It’s a black and yellow outfit with tall boots, a skirt and fancy shoulder area. It also gives her little black plastic barrette things that stick out on the sides of her head, and lets her keep her hair in a ponytail.

It Looks Good On You
I Liked The Old Outfit Better

If you encourage her with It Looks Good On You, she asks if you mean it? And Aina inspects it. She liked the old one but the new one is great too. Aina asks if she’s free to catch up, and Manon agrees that everyone has a lot to catch up on, but she can’t cause Glen wants to meet about the new team he’s been tasked with assembling, and research too. Aina volunteered to help with that but he won’t let anyone else in. Aina is clearly sad about being deterred by Glen on that job.  Manon encourages her to focus on her duties that she already agreed to, and Aina gets sadder though she agrees with her. (Manon seems to not realize how much Aina missed her and how upset she is that they can’t get together to catch up right away) Aina worries and asks Manon if she’ll be ok with all this

Manon says she’ll be ok…but she clearly does think it through before answering, and sounds a bit more cheerful as she seemingly figures out that she probably will.

Is Something On Your Mind?
I Thought You Liked Research?

If you prompt her for more with Is Something on Your Mind? She’ll think about it and then says she’s afraid to face everyone, what she did was unpardonable. Aina disagrees and says that everyone will consider her a friend. She’s not sure what to do with all her guilt or what to do to make up for what she’s done…or even if it’s something that can be made up for. (She was tricked, but she still feels guilty about it)

We’re Always On Your Side
You Don’t Have to Do This Alone

If you say We’re Always On Your Side (the other option—what was she worried to do alone? Even if you stand next to her, she is the one who is coming out of quarantine) She’s happy and says thanks, and Glen appears suddenly. She apologizes and says she’ll get going, Glen asks if she knows where it is and she says yes and runs off. Aina asks if she’s always like this now, Glen says some people still don’t trust her, and she’s still figuring things out.
Aina says but with everything she’s done for everybody here already?

We Need To Be With Her
Keep An Eye On Her For Us

The first one goes against both Glen AND Crawford, as well as jeopardizing Aina’s job which is to welcome and train new people (that we def. need) so that’s not the right option here even though it is the ‘feel good’ option of the two. If you say Keep An Eye On Her he’s way ahead of you, and he has his own feelings about it, but he can’t deny how much you 3 helped he’ll take care, don’t worry, and then he leaves.

Aina hopes she won’t bottle up everything…and Glen said don’t worry he’s got it, but we should still check in on her because she knows you care about her too. The scene ends.

Glen’s not the most socially well adjusted person and this could go either really well for Manon, or really poorly because they’re both socially not perfect so it’ll just depend on how differently they match up (or don’t) Manon being still inept at realizing Aina is so sad about this is still in character for her…but it shouldn’t keep being that way. Manon has to be shown to learn things and improve as well & that includes putting things she learns to work in her life too.

You can find Crawford back in his room, where he’s talking to Pharia when you accidentally interrupt them.
He says you came at the right time, got a minute? Pharia was telling about the Starless. Crawford is looking for any scrap of anything new and he’ll share it with you so what would you like to know? (This is likely a bit of a recap on purpose)

When Did They First Appear?
Where Did They Come From?

The first one was covered a little bit previously by Zephetto, so Where? She says outside of ‘space’ seemingly nowhere. Crawford says they attacked immediately without reason, and that was 500 years ago. (So, they appear to be extra-dimensional) Humanity at the edges of everywhere were no match for them and they all died in the remote star systems.

Did They Only Attack Remote Regions?
Does That Mean Other Regions Fought Them Off?

Both of these are very good questions. If you ask Other Regions Fought Them Off? (Because Zephetto slightly covered the first one there: his answer was ‘no they were everywhere’) He’ll say they did but the inner regions were mostly untouched because there wasn’t a fight per se, which you skeptic at. So, Pharia fills in that after they got the border systems, they went even further away and then they just dissappeaerd.

Did They Go Into Hiding Somewhere?
Did They Retreat?

These are quite similar/may not matter, so Did They Hide? Crawford says it’s a good question because people suspected it at the time too and started carrying out largescale searches. But, nobody could find even a trace of them. Pharia confirms no evidence of retreat nor that they were hiding anywhere. They just vanished without a trace. They attacked without warning, killed billions, and vanish.
The action taken against this was to form Resurgent ARKS.
But that’s a long story so let’s take a break. We can continue when you’re ready. You can nod at this, then the scene ends. Crawford reappears right away with another scene though.

Talking to him again…
He says everyone was traumatized by the attack, so they made Resurgent ARKS. Can Pharia continue? She says resistance to Starless developed in various ways. Zephetto was part of the movement. He participated in the initial war with the Starless as well. (This makes sense, he saw the frontlines and tried to take matters into his own hands) He was concerned about the decline in military capability and photon power (of the people-most likely) at the time.

Decline in Military Capability?
Decline in Photon Power?

You can guess that Military Capability would decline after the Shiva / Persona / Sodam Gomorroth threats were all eliminated. If you ask Photon Power? She’ll say 1000 years prior was a great war, and then a long period of peace after that. (WHAT was the war? THAT is what’s going to finally give us our real timeline on here where we can fit all the events in a row and really know things.) It was believed that Photon Power declined because people no longer needed to fight. Crawford adds without an enemy there’s not much need for keeping up the military.
Zephetto began to study the most powerful unit in the ancient great war to see if he could find a way to counter the Starless. (This also makes sense but what is a unit??--they over-use this word "Unit" for way too many things: "dolls units" and "altered units" and calling vehicles units too.) The unit was ARKS. Crawford says his goal was to restore it to its former power, which was Resurgent ARKS project. *So, what this is suggesting is that in this case "Unit=ARKS person=Main Character from PSO2 Most likely" He claimed that the odds of Starless reappearing within the next 500 years were high. (Well actually he said 500 years on the dot, set a time clock in his PC, and then it really did happen) He boasted that ARKS would be uniquely suited to counter the threat. It became a rallying point for people with similar sentiments,

Why Did He Think it Would Reappear in 500 Years?
Could Zephetto Predict the Future?

The first one seems likely to give more info so, Why Did He Think 500 Years? He was obsessively focused on starless movement patterns. There are signifigant space time fluctuations that occur at certain intervals. Some are large, others are small, and the 500 year ago was small. He predicted a major one 500 years ater that. And that brings us to what really happened now. The causal relationship between the events isn’t well understood, by Lecielans. (Probably because Zephetto never figured it all the way out)

Is There Anything Else About Zephetto?
Do You Know Anything Else About RA?

Either of these is a good question. If you ask About Zephetto? She doesn’t know. (What a dud!) We had no interest in these sorts of matters before now. Crawford however is more useful, he concludes that Zephetto didn’t make a point of it (to his people). Or, he was deliberately hiding things—so we may find more answers in the Core of Leciel. This makes Pharia dot at him. Can he trust her to help keep investigating? She agrees right away. The scene ends.

So, the info gathered here is at least decent.
The Starless are extra-dimensional and these ‘fluctuations’ or whatever allow them to appear in our dimension, mess things up and then leave. It’s highly suggesting but not 100% confirming that this is now 1500 years away from the Sodam Gommoroth battle that capped the end of the last game. We still don’t know how old Zephetto is or where the rest of everyone went because at first, it was heavily implied that “Starless killed EVERYBODY EVER arks-wise including the would-be immortal Xiao the space ship person” but “They went to the outer systems, then spread out more and vanished” gets rid of that right now. So where’d everyone go? Where’s Xiao? He could portal the whole fleet away if things were looking grim within about 5 seconds/there’s no way they got rid of him normally. The whole point of the ships of civilization was that the whole lot of them could cast portals to literally anywhere within seconds, it was a major plot point. Unless the Starless could cancel this: where are they?

It would be perfectly natural to see a military and photon-sensitive decline in the population with no big foes and only normal planets to explore. Especially when the sensitivity was kinda-random on people who were born (Ex. Ulc with none) and if they stepped down research into it, that makes some sense as well as “Scattering to lots of far away places/colonies” a lot happens in 10 generations of space faring portal using far-going people. Very expected, makes sense.

The plot setting everyone up to need to go into the Core Leciel is actually pretty good here, the guy was secretive and stored stuff and raised dysfunctional people who didn’t ask questions. This sets up the "Leciel Exploration" quest that is a higher challenge area and permanently on the game's menu.

What’s interesting is that Zephetto included things he saw in his life (a long time ago) when he made up Halpha, like the Lilipa robots, the animals on Naberius, etc, which means that either he’s WAY older than he let on, or all that stuff lasted for basically 1000+ years, OR everybody just kept good logs of what they saw on each of the planets and he looked at history books and such. Like why would anybody continue hanging around Naberius once all the ‘stuff’ had been taken care of on it?

*This is another plot hole caused by the whole stupid "Earth episode isekai madness" deviation. There were ruins on Lilipa AND Naberius as well as Wopal and nobody ever explained them because we had to go to highschool and whine about a green man in a phablet while perving on losers with Xierra, Xiao's creepy female assistant. Who built the robots on lilipa? What were they mining? What were the water pillar temples on Wopal? The ruins on Naberius did what? Nah, panties! It's just so frusterating that they opened up all these plots and showed you all this cool stuff and then never did 1 damm thing with it.

You’re next tasked with defeating starless type enemies at Mt. Magnus.
Once you do, Crawford will simply radio in with some chats, saying it helps grant them some breathing room to figure out how these new enemies work, and by the way you met up with Aina? Sorry to have made you worry about her but she’s been hard at work on her new assignment. Also, hopefully she doesn’t over-do-it.

You can then meet with Manon and a random ARKS girl who trips after talking to her near Vanford Lab. She says it’s a bit much, but you accidentally surprise her as she talks to herself after encountering the girl in the red arks outfit. You can ask her

Is Something Wrong?
Who Was She?

If you ask Who Was She (it really is no one who’s appeared before) She’ll explain a new recruit, she was having trouble with Dolls, so Manon decided to help out. But then, she claims the girl was ‘fawning all over her’, and she looks dismayed at this/like she doesn’t know what to do about it.

It Seems Like You’re Always Helping People Out
We’re Lucky To Have You

If you choose Always Helping People Out (because the 2nd one seems to play into ‘too many compliments’ which seems to be the actual issue here) , she disagrees and says she needs to do more, when you think about all she’s done…but she’s got to go meet a research team member, so see you later, and then she leaves.

Crawford calls in about Aina accepting being a training instructor, and she’s nervous. So, he hopes you’ll be there for her if she needs help. The call, and the scene ends.

So this is basically Mannon discovers being a celebrity is kind of difficult. This may work in your favor later because Crawford nominated you ‘head guy of celebrity hunters/arks’ or whatever to draw attention on purpose so maybe she understands your plight.
Her guilt for helping Zephetto is still on display here/she hasn’t gotten over it, but it also shows that having her ‘do jobs’ like this is distracting her from it and hopefully helping her feel like ‘she is making up for it’.

Of course, the next task is finding Aina.
And, she is over by the café area in the city
. As you approach you see her talking to 2 people, a male and female who you havn’t seen before. She waves cheerfully bye after they are done talking to her, so it’s clear the interaction went well. After watching from a distance, you approach and she says oh hi to which you can say

Who Were They?
Never Seen Those 2 Before

It’s both about the same, but if you say Never Seen, she explains they just enlisted and will be her new trainees because she accepted Crawford’s assignment. They took the initiatve to come over and say hi before the real training starts. She seems happy in the role, and says that it’s kind of odd they’re ‘honored to be trained with her’.

You Sure Are Popular
Instructor Aina!

If you congratulate her with Instructor Aina she says it makes her blush and wiggles a bit. But they were telling her something: we’re famous! You shrug. Word's gotten around about the experiences that the trio have gone through, and it acts like we’re heroes or something. She suspects Crawford exaggerating.

I Don’t Feel Like a Hero
We Have To Keep Everyone’s Spirits Up

The first option doesn’t do anyone any good, you’re here to aid Aina and make her want to do the important role that she fits well as the cheerful, welcoming person to get more people to want to help. So if you say Keep Spirits Up she agrees after thinking some. It’s a lot of pressure, she’s been barely keeping up with you and manon, she’s not really all that special…

You’re an amazing ARKS defender
We Couldn’t Have Done All This Without You

If you say We Couldn’t Have, she says ‘really? She didn’t know you felt that way but ummm…but yeah anyway, we have to live up to expectations, right? She’ll try to be an instructor worthy of the stories! The scene ends.

It is actually important to have morale-boosting successful people who are also decent/normal/friendly to serve as role models or to inspire others. Studious Manon, cheerful Aina and adventuring YourGuy fit this bill well and Crawford seems to know it. Keeping her in confident good cheer, and helping others feel good about joining arks/etc. is a worthy goal here to illustrate.

Quilla calls in just after, this is a new character. She has short but somewhat wild gray hair, reddish sunglasses and is beige. She says can you hear me, are you the legendary Guardian, right? She’s got a request for you, but she’s near Retem City, could you go there?

As promised, she’s over by the big crystal monument that’s at the entrance to the city. She says thanks for coming, she’s investigating mysteries for fun. But most were solved when Lecielens arrived, however, she hopes there’s more. She’s looking into a mystery at Sagan Mt. Rd.

She’ll tell you the details once you go there…so when you go, the marker leads you to the top of one of the higher floating chunks of rock. (kind of near the crystal gathering area) She’s sure the floating rocks have some kind of big incredible secret about them, but she needs data. As she checks it though, she notices someone is close by, and places a marker on them.
Going along the ridge toward the marker, you will find Lecielan Environment Coordinator Guine. This is a tall thin man with gray hair and beige skin. He asks if he can help ‘the guardian’ , and if you’re looking into ‘this certain rock’. He explains that the ring shaped structures down there are Degreves. It’s an anti gravity rapid transport system. It was part of a network of them to connect Aelio and Retem, but it was destroyed in the first Dark Falz experiment. It creates the strange gravity disturbances in the area. He’s currently looking into how we can get it fixed.

*Remember: "Degreves" were mentioned earlier in the story. It was speculated that they sounded like 'de-graves' which de-gravity, and this proves the theory correct. Also those pillars in the area that let out that 'static looking dust' are likely going to be proven to be part of the whole thing. The REAL interesting bit is going to be if the game actually lets these get fixed/the environment of the game gets altered for real. (A situation less change-ing than 'we figured out how to stop dolls from coming'--but still signifigant)

At this, Quilla cuts in, because she’s so interested. She’ll surely ask other Lecielans about that. So, that wasn’t much of a mystery. But there’s another one in Mistra Woods!  Her marker guides you to the area where a banther sometimes appears, at the top of the waterfall before the Rayjord Gorge. There is one of the huge blunt tipped crystal outcroppings there. She says that it’s blue now, but sometimes it turns red, why does it do that?