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.
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Aina in: Aina’s Winter Clothes
Where Did You Get The Clothes?
If you ask Where Did You Get The Clothes? She says Crawford gave it to her, but really her dad had it set aside at HQ with him. He made arrangements with Crawford, in case anything ever happened to him. She feels like she understands more about him, and that he set aside the warm clothes means he predicted she’d come here at some point. He didn’t teach her much about fighting but wonder if he really was planning to get to it at some point. But you always where whatever you like, don’t you get cold?
Either way…if you choose
There is actual very good developer thought going into the clothing for Kvaris. It looks culturally related to Aelio’s stuff, but for winter. Many of the colors carry over (on other characters too, not just what her dad picked for her) and the style is clear that while it is diverging it does fit into the planet and does make sense and is NOT a knockoff of somewhere on earth. Kudos to whoever is clearly thinking hard about this. You can see it in the names of the places as well, they have a sort of almost Hawaiian language tilt to them, and regardless of the region the names seem to fit/have been named by the same linguistic type of people.
If you say I’d Be Happy To, she’s happy and wants to go into the lodge to talk. This ends the scene.
It's good that everyone has diverse interests, and that Meri is making friends with Manon & Aina, because the general feel seems to be that Manon needs more socialization of some kind. It's a bit 'whoops' that Meri ends up being "the stereotypical single feeeeemale" in the group "the token female" who does the cooking, keeps up the lodge, doesn't understand the complicated guy and doesn't do the fighting. Yes, some people love and prefer to do this role, and that's great, but plunking the only girl into it smells a little stale here.
Hadi in: Investigating Lower Maqead (This VANISHES if you do Dozer and Hadi first????? It's a glitch, so Hadi Investigates will re-appear later/who knows if they will fix this or not. It's actually one of the important scenes too, so it is unfortunate that it is a victim of a glitch in the game.)
Dozer in: Dozer and Hadi
Manon in: Manon’s Role
Manon waves the distraction flag:
Aina in: Life in the City
Manon in: On That Day
I Could Ask You The Same Thing
If you make an excuse of I Come Here Sometimes to not offend her, she admits she does too. She’s still in disbelief over the destruction, but from your perspective it happened right away. It was such a nice place, everyone was so warm and kind…when she first arrived, there was a problem with her pod door and she was trapped in it. If it wasn’t for the town, she’d still be trapped, but everyone showed up and they got it off. Everyone was so welcoming…they were so happy a new friend was there, and wanted to teach her everything. Mid-size dolls were no match for anyone there. Garoa would go vs huge ones 5 at a time…and use his huge axe to win. She then gets really broken up about the destruction and his death.
If you encourage her with I Understand, she says she knows it affected you too…but she tries hard to not show any weakness but when it’s just you 2 she confesses to being broken up about it. But, she wants to be alone after that…she’ll go back to central later once she ‘gets it together’. The scene ends.
It’s not weak to be sad that the entire town was massacred by the dolls. Who taught her wrong?
Dozer in: Dozer & Garoa
How Is That Even Possible?
If you ask How Is That Possible? He confirms it, but he ‘left us’ before he could settle the score. Arks probably won’t have another like him: a force of nature when he fought, but easy to get along with otherwise. He was warm, and being around him makes your worries melt away. Everyone else was also kind hearted…so he can’t allow them to die in vain…let’s make sure it doesn’t happen.
The scene ends.
Manon in: Manon & Garoa
I’m Here To Take Care of Aina Too
If you try to help her with I’m Here To Take Care of Aina Too, it means a lot to her…and she’s gotten so good at fighting mentally and physically, she moves through her grief so Manon feels she needs to keep the same positive attitude and grow up to set a good example for her. That’s why she came…to promise Garoa, you, and everyone to protect Aina no matter what. It’s the very least she can do. Manon is very sad here, and it is convincing.
Manon in: The Forgotten Knowledge
What Are You Up To?
If you ask Are You Looking Into Something? Because clearly she is, you startle her again and she confirms it. She remembers you startled her earlier (at Balflow Falls) because enemies can’t sneak up on her, are you working on your stealth techniques? Aaanyway, she’s personally interested in the labs, it got it’s name from Crawfords’ grandfather. CONFIRMED. Before it was destroyed by the invasion, he was researching and developing new technology for ARKS here, because of his contributions they named it after him. Things he developed are still used today, but it was destroyed by the massive dolls invasion. When it happened, Vanford didn’t care about trying to save the facility he fought on the front lines so that his friends could all escape the lab…and that’s how he died. He was an amazing personit’s hard to believe how Halpha just swallows up such great people. This place is so…but she doesn’t finish the sentence as she is too sad to do so. She now feels the incident here is what keeps Crawford so focused on defense rather than offense. (She is only partially right here, Crawford has another motivation that turns up later in Stia) He’s afraid of losing it all again, and she feels he’s making the right decision. He’s the reason the people of Central feel secure, and she wants to be a part of that.
I Feel The Same Way
If you encourage her with I Feel The Same Way (why such a badgering other choice of dialogue? That one is pretty rude to come up with in this scenario.) she feels you might say that and hopes you’ll be by her side. The scene ends.
Meri & the Kvaris Advance Team
If you ask Is That What You’re Here For? To try and get more info, she’s trying to exchange leftover food, because it helps others to get ingredients they ddin’t have. It used to be silent and deserted here, but sometimes Aelio would do surveying/excavating but not often. More people have been coming, so it was unnerving at first because she’s never seen so many different people, and it wasn’t only her, it was her whole family & Ilma. Once it settled down, she was able to have conversations with various people who turned out to be nice, offering help and food. They’ve always been on their own, so the people taught her about taking care of one another…Grandpa said it but, she understands it better now. It’s more than superficial cooperation, it’s like noticing when someone is upset or worried and being able to actually ask for help when you need it. She’s happy to have this lesson from the trio, and the new people. Also thanks for helping rescue Ilma.
I’m Just Glad He’s Safe
If you say We All Did it Together, she’ll agree…but if that incident never happened, the 5 would still be doing their own thing, but now we know how to take care of each other, and the kind people in town too. So if you ever need anything, don’t hesitate to ask, they’re ready to help. The scene ends.
Aina & Meri
I Wouldn’t Want to Bother You
Another unfortunate anti-option. It would be good/smart to be able to weasel into their conversation and get Kvraris culture or learn more about the characters but you can’t. If you say I Wouldn’t Want To Bother You, she says it’s not a bother but she didn’t tell Meri someone else would come so maybe next time you can come. The scene ends
Manon in Laisas Last Wish
What An Amazing Person
If you tell her What An Amazing Person, she agrees…there’s so many amazing people of Halpha. They give it their all, not just for themselves, but for everyone. She’s met so many amazing people with the trio that it inspires her to ask how else can she help? The scene ends. This seems like a rehash, but lets us know what Manon is thinking.
Ilma in: ilma’s remorse
I Could Ask You the Same
If you Ask You The Same, he’s conducting an investigation… but don’t worry he wasn’t going all the way to LC…even though he’d like to go…Meri and everyone yelled at him to not go alone though. So by the way…thank you for rescuing him. He feels he never said a proper thanks, he had no idea what was going on outside, comms were jammed, there were all DOLLS…he had food, research materials, and he settled in waiting to escape when he had the chance. He apologizes for not leaving a note. He was reading grandpa’s reports in the lodge and he found Central Cannon notes. He thought it was cool, and went on his way. He realizes he loses sight of everything when he gets too interested in something…so he’s got work on it. But hey it go the central cannon on the road to repair…as well as exploring LC…so it does balance out in the end? Right?
Yup You Did Good
Interestingly an area where you can totally agree or disagree with whoever. If you tell him No On That One (because he went into danger without help) He rather whines that it’s you too that agrees with the rest of his family. Meri yelled at him so much that he makes sure to let someone know when he’s going out. He calls if he’ll be late, and tries to not be by himself too much. He also mentions the 5 did their own thing most of the time, but now they check in often and stick together morethe incident changed how things work, so that’s good. He wants to help Aelio more too, and help with CC dev and support. And THEN the pros and cons will balance out…so better get going and thanks again. The scene ends.
This shows the progress of the relationship of the siblings pretty well. Everyone having the same story about the incident and learning to work together better. It’s also making it easy to see how the whole Ilma thing COULD happen anyway, like his behavior makes sense. You can see them all coming to the same conclusion that the Ilma Incident helped them to better the family by working together better.
Manon & the Belugana Ruins
I Heard A Lot of People Used to Live Here
Neither Aelio nor Retem could make the old Kvaris tech en masse so they’re making do with what they have…so each ARKS there knows how to fight because there’s no other choice. The scene ends.
The remaining mystery is what triggered the huge freeze?
Ilma & Crawford
If you encourage him with I’d Love To Hear About It, he says his family never lived anywhere but Kvaris, so his only people he talked to was his family, but Aelio Arks would sometimes show up. They never did much but exchange a bit of news or supplies. His environment was always white…and the siblings are all enthusiastic about Grandpas’ dream (revive Kvaris) He always felt something was lacking about his life though…So while he was organizing things he came across a research forum, where some data caught his eye and when he looked into it, Crawford was the author. Ilma found mistakes in it though so he posted comments on the forum, and a big message came back, packed with questions so that was pretty exciting and that’s how he met him. But really…it was more like penpals.
Do You Mean You Never Met Him In Person?
To eliminate both questions with a single choice, it’s the first option: Met Him In Person? He never did, and confesses he’d not recognize him…and Crawford wouldn’t recognize him anyway…but what about the profile pictures? He admits his photo was old, but that was the one the Trio used in looking for him
That Picture Doesn’t Really Look Like You
If you tell him The Picture Doesn’t Look Like you, he says really? You might confuse him for his siblings as he knows they look similar. They don’t actually, each one has distinctly colored hair, some of them even have different styles of eyes, and he’s the only one with glasses. Also, they never show you the photo in the plot so there’s no telling what opinions ought to be. He says if everyone wore the same clothes and hair color, even you couldn’t tell us apart.
But getting back to Crawford…even without seeing him, Ilma feels he can imagine how Crawford feels by reading his reports, how passionate, or how he struggled. He feels understanding even without meeting in person or talking on the phone. The relationship is between research partners and friends. He’s corresponded with others, but nobody’s as quick and accurate as Crawford, so he realizes how amazing he is. But don’t tell him! He might get a big head about it. Probably people would think they’re both weird, but he wanted to tell you anyway…and then he leaves. The scene ends.
Why was he suddenly compelled to tell you this? I mean, it’s nice to know…but it’s a bit odd to climb up on a mountain and tell some rando that you met the mayor of town while talking about science on an internet forum one day. What’s nice is that he mentions the kind of modern friendships that people have (today while writing about video games…on forums and websites) where they never see each other at all and yet are best pals over topics. It is not only nice but is also true.
However, it's a tad out of place because everything you actually see-see in the game is video chats/cut-in-chats in the mags, the big-screens in town projecting concerts, Crawfords' looking-globe in the Command Room and all that, it's kind of unfitting to imagine forums like old BBS boards or something (that's from the early ages of the Earth Internet) still being used in Ilma/Crawford time. (Probably the actual thing is when it comes to the game/graphics it's not interesting to just sit and read so they make everything visual to keep it more entertaining)
Hadi & Dozer
Hmm. That Isn’t How Dozer Tells It…
This is referencing the Dozer & Hadi part that you’d encountered earlier. Remember: In this, Dozer accuses Hadi’s forces of being spread too thin, so it was Dozer’s forces that helped Hadi’s not the other way around. There’s no way to know who is telling the truth here, so if you say That Isn’t How Dozer Tells it, he asks about Dozer. (You are basically trying to politely call him out about lying here, because in this instance it seems your character belives Dozer's story, maybe because he told the story first? You don't know either person well enough to judge which the liar would be) Hadi will accuse Dozer of panicing and remembering wrong. He then mentions the same thing where they lost touch for a while because everyone is too busy, and how it’s less busy now so they’re back in touch.
They are CASTS…CAN they panic? They shouldn't actually be able to, because someone would have had to 'allow' them to have a panic response to a situation, and that is never helpful in the real world. Who is telling the truth? The actual question is ‘does it matter?’ which the answer seems to be ‘no’, other than possible character development.
Meri in Meri’s Fresh Start
Are You Clearing Off The Grave Stone?
If you ask her Clearing Off the Grave Stone? She’ll say yes because it gets buried in snow easily, but the truth is no one was laid to rest here. Not mom, dad nor grandpa. She doesn’t really remember her parents. The Disaster at Mt. Latva happened when she was too young, and nobody ever saw them again. So that’s why Grandpa raised all the siblings, how to live in the snow and all. One night he went out into a blizzard and never returned. Aelio helped look but never found any clues of what happened, so ever since they’ve been surviving all on their own. Aelio recommended everyone move to Central, but everybody wanted to carry out Grandpa’s dreams here so they stayed.
Ran in: Kvaris
Are You Off Duty?
Since she probably is off duty, that one’s redundant so What Are You Up To? She’s looking for a breath of fresh air as the command room gets stuffy. She was organizing reports of the Kvaris region so want to hear about it? The records show it was once more temperate, but now is all snow. It flourished better than Aelio or Retem then but the DF made it uninhabited and cold. The data on how long it took to get that cold is missing. Everyone was forced to relocate, so they fled to Aelio and started central here while others went to Retem. The Advance Team is the largest extened ops in the region since it happened, because self defense was all Aelio and Retem could do till now. With the Trio Help, we made inroads, so we appreciate what you’re doing, and feel free to ask the advance team anything. She wishes she could have tried out for it too, but her responsibility in ops prevents it…but could you tell her when you go? The scene ends.
This one just reiterates stuff from earlier, except that the 'cold progress data' is missing but even you can extrapolate it out with that "about 100 years ago the big DF battle went", so we know it's less than 100 years, and it was also fast enough to swamp buildings with snow and run people off pretty quick so you've got to think probably a year or less to do it. The inexplicable thing is all the cold-version animals which they say "are adapted to cold" well, unless each magic reindeer lives only about 3 days its whole life (born/reproduce/die) (which is obviously false) they sure didn't adapt through evolution that fast. And neither would anything else have in the region, if it obeyed normal laws of physics or nature or whatever.
Nadereh in Talking about Kvaris
What Are You Doing Here?
The oasis is generally pretty safe, so the 2nd one doesn’t make much sense. If you ask What Are You Doing Here? She was ridding enemies while out for a stroll. But, she’d like to ask your help with the relationship building between Retem and Aelio. She’d like to learn more about Aelio ways, she doesn’t know about the culture and customs there. She wants to practice a culture exchange with you because you are an acquaintance. It’s nothing more difficult than a regular conversation, so what do you think
Of Course, as Much as You Like
Well this sure is 2 ways to say yes. If you say Of Course, she’s happy, and tells you about talking with Manon about technology but she never talked to Aina much. There’s not many people in Retem with a temperament like that, so she’s at a loss to start a conversation, so how do you usually interact with her? Like what are her interests?
Aina Loves Your Singing
Singing isn’t about Aina, so if you suggest Ask About Special Talents, she thinks about her own like combat or singing…so she feels that’s useful…but if you’ve got a moment, what about you? When she tries to think of something though, the scene ends.