PSO2 Story Guide
|The story of PSO2 has many chapters & is very 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.
Special Quest Mission Write Ups
Green Text: Speculation or opinions
What You Do/The official "Party Line" appears in RED TEXT
Bold Text: Important information
Choice Options: Blue Text
Dates & Times (Story is time travel related) Purple Text
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Ulc & Xiao Discuss Photoners
Finally someone scrubbing 2 brain cells together and asking the important questions.
228 Younger Zeno has questions
In the tundra at 228 8/4
With a bit more grace
If you choose Not much differently, shel'll say you're just being nice, and it's ok to be honest instead. She's not normal and never resented the fact. She wonders if she acts opposite of how she usually is, would it make her more normal? With some concentration...she comes up with a formal greeting of "how are you, she is well, and looking forward to the day's conversation." You are surprised. So she says you're shocked that she failed...but she knows she can act more elegantly if she tries. But...she'll pass, if she starts acting all warm and fuzzy she'll lose the will to fight. That kind of normal girl act will have to wait until there's peace across the galaxy.
This interaction is rather confusing. HOW is she 'not elegant' or modest? The weather is the worlds' most modest topic. How do normal people react to a scene or weather? They comment upon it, just like what she did. What could be of more grace? This is most likely a "Language Barrier Issue" where there's something in Japanese that doesn't translate, like she said "Hey y'all the weather's rippin' nifty!"
228 at 7 /11
I can't tell because I'm on a mission & its classified
If you say It's classified, he'll understand that it's a secret mission, but he's got to call you something...mind if he makes it up? One Punch Man is too long, but Teacher is just right! (Plus, it's highly unlikely that you look like Saitama!) So, 'teacher', he's got some questions for you...but, before he can ask even one Echo is calling him again. He's got to go, or he'll never hear the end of her, but next time he wants you to teach him the tricks of getting stronger.
228 at 7/19
*What is court?
228 8/7 at 900
*Is the rod Xion's voice?
228 at 7/28
228 8/7 Zeno can't come too
Flat out refuse
If you Gently persuade him not to...he concludes that he can't go cause he's not ARKS yet so he COULD go if he was? He says you'll say no...he knew it from just looking, but if you say yes he swears he'll get stronger to help you out, just you wait, he'll catch up to you so be prepared! Then, he runs off at top speed.
*It's likely he's emotional or very aggravated here but hiding it by going turbo into the distance.
Story Chapter: The Reason I was Born
228 8/7 at 1200
This is what takes place right-right after Matoi gets called away by the rod saying “On The Ship”, when she’s found in the Seabed earlier. She goes up & Xiao sends you up right after her.
There's a tiny child that's crying as she wanders through the streets wondering where is everyone. She has reddish hair and dark blue eyes.
Apprentice goes to see what's going on with her and no doubt taunt her about everyone dying. But, when she gets a good look at the child, she says her eyes remind her of 'that nasty bitch' (Matoi) and slaps her down to the ground, then doses her with a red/black darker infection cloud. (This kid is like maybe 5 years old) However, before the child can die, the Clarissa rod strikes Apprentice Woman, separating them & throwing the little girl down. Matoi floats down and says nothing, instead choosing to ask Clarissa about the state of the child. It says she has virtually no chance of recovery. Matoi asks it, ‘what if Clarissa links with the child?’, then, it’s response changes to good chance of survival, but warns that Matoi’s battle strength will be much lowered. She doesn’t care, requests purification of the girl via ‘the link’ and to watch over her as she retreats.
The wand asks her to confirm the order, but Matoi says she’s asking it done, for her own sake. (The rod has a built in safeguard of some kind, against dangerous decisions, obviously) At this, the little girl stops dying and gets up.
Why is Apprentice Woman just standing there watching all this? She could attack at any time, and somehow, illogically chooses to do nothing while Matoi fixes the girl. The girl wasn’t even part of Apprentice Womans’ plan, it was a VERY lucky bit she got, the universe throwing her the biggest bone in a tiny innocent child, who of course, no one would condem to death, and would willingly risk their life to save.
Matoi helps her up, and introduces the Clarissa, which affixes itself to the girls back. Matoi says Big Sis (herself) is here to protect everyone. The girl slowly leaves with the rod on her back. Apprentice is delighted, telling Matoi she threw away the weapon on filth. What can she do without it? She’ll never defeat her without the rod. Matoi steps up anyway, picking up a dropped weapon and lamenting the sadness and pain that’s here now, saying if she defeated her in the desert, none of this would have happened. She’ll kill her, erase, obliterate and destroy her. She shoots a grants the breaks the dropped rod, and AW sends dagans after her.
Xiao explains these events you see now are the events of 10 years ago that got wiped out by Xion. You need to hurry on into the city to solve the mystery.
You fight past El Dagans, dagans and loads of Krada to remove enemy related barriers. If you can pass them, you encounter the little girl running the other way with the Clarissa floating behind her. Xiao chimes in, surprised to see the White Tin Clarissa away from its owner, he also wonders where matoi is, and who the girl could be.
At 1220 You Encounter Little Girl
Luther was watching the whole thing from a balcony.
The emphasis on "the right weapons" for the task here is interesting, it makes "Getting RARZ" not this 'incidental bling' thing that people do, it adds weight via plot to WHY you are after so called 'great' weapons for yourself as well. Backing up a game mechanic in the plot is always good & makes the game stronger when it's something that makes sense.
You must battle past lots more dagans, kradah, el ahda, breedha, and some Dicada and kaltagots as well to progress to the next area past more walls. They continually appear as well, the darkers here are unlike any of the normal occurances of them in regular quests.
In the next area, vidoluda will appear, followed by goldradha and lastly a Vibrace. However, there are turrets and extra rounds laying around with which to fight all of them. Save the PB for the Vibrace and shoot him with the turrets to get rid of him in shorter order. Remember, the quest grade depends on your clear-time.
After you defeat the Vibrace and move on...You'll see a continuation of the Matoi vs Apprentice scene. Apprentice keeps provoking her with the 'zombies', so she tries to Gratnts on AW, but the hunter guy gets in the way on purpose and is struck down.
Naturally, AW uses the opportunity to accuse Matoi of being a monster who loves hurting people, because she always needs to say the worst thing and most lie she can think of to do harm. Matoi is super upset, naturally, so AW commands the zombies to say Matoi an enemy. Matoi claims to be a guardian of the people, not a murderer, so the FOzombie shoots her with a Foie, knocking her down. She gets up, raging at Apprentice, so AW says its too early to kill her because she's not yet in the pits of dispair. Matoi begs AW not to kill the zombie people, but then...has a crisis of motivation.
Who is she to protect? Just WHO exactly is 'everyone' that she risks her life for? Is it even her own will right now, fighting? This illustrates that it's dangerous for a protector to not know who it is they're protecting. Loyalty isn't told, it's experienced for it to be real. But, YOU apparently show up to prevent an attack by the other AW-zombie folks. Knocking them down makes them dissappear into 'shards' and vanish upward. Apprentice is stunned by this sudden appearance, but you don't have your usual gun/rod/sword...instead, it is a purple Coat Edge D. Taking advantage of the confusion, Matoi blasts her with everything she's got from the FOzombie's fallen rod. This eventually causes a darkness 'explosion' where AW was pelted to the wall. (Presumably her death/release of power/photons) She turns to the fake you, confirming 'we got her' but then, the screen goes dark as the scene is cut with a clang.
228 8/7 at 1320
Matoi is sad that she fell for 'such a simple trick'. Having been thus "found out", it puts a hand to its face and the mask of Persona appears in place of the face, and the body switches to a normal persona body because it was simply a ruse to get close enough to Matoi "pretending" to help her against the AWZombies, that it could stab the moment she defeated Apprentice.
Matoi recognizes the real you right away anyway, because the presence of the Clarissa can clearly be felt. Persona says it will grant her a swift end and to "Requiescat in Pace", which is just odd because Rest in Peace? And aims the blade, which makes a pool of darker energy on her. Xiao cuts in that something's seriously wrong with her. She asks if AW is really dead, you nod. She's relieved but pain takes her over so Clarissa materializes behind you, and you can use it to block another stab from Apprentice. Then, you can levitate it over Matoi, where it will protect her and try to heal her from the Apprentice stab.
Upon being pushed aside, it asks you please don't interfere, she has to die here. Well, of course, a darker thing will say this, so you have to keep defending her from it and at
If you can defeat him/it...
Xiao cuts in, he's worried, going to pull you out of there because the crazy power build up who knows what can happen/you wont make it back. It goes off at last, stabbing Matoi with bright light.
Suddenly, you are in a strange rainbow tunnel with Xions' voice. It says she (Meaning Matoi) was created to become a savior, as one of her kin she responded to the desire to set things straight, by her power destroying the darkers and establishing peace, but I was a fool, I brought misfortune on an innocent child. (This means Xion regards Matoi as a relative of some kind) A mere observer is all that I am, I can't change anything, am powerless. All I can relate was this, I will cease communication, to protect it from Luther and others, I will erase all this information, seal away myself and my memories and speech until the day you arrive, you are t he only one to save her, hence I wait for you. She calls your name, she waits.
At 1400 In The Lobby
He goes on to say that the readings he got from when Matoi was going to turn bad were the worst ever. It was worse than any Falz, uncontrollably bad. He'll state the facts, so just stay calm and listen. The immeasurable malice, the possibility that she could lose control again, and that it's not the case now...this may be the opportune time to 'finish her off', objectively speaking, of course. (murder her)
But, just then Matoi comes trotting up, asking why the scary serious look?
1400 As Well, But in the Ruined City 10 years Ago
Not This Is Reborn (Last Chapter Episode 2)
There is no evidence that murdering Matoi wouldn't ALSO set loose the darkness within her.
Eucretia, reaching AW first, had the evil transferred into her at that time. What you didn't suspect, was just how young Afin & Eucretia were at the time. When you meet him, he's likely a teen of some kind/late teen (newman, can't really tell as exactly) but he gives the impression that both he & the sister were older when she "dissappeard", like maybe 10 or 12 or something, but here they look like they're 5 or 7 or so. The 'body' of the woman likely then dropped dead. The question here is how did AW body get away when Matoi pummeled it into ash earlier? This smells like a death-cheat, however temporary it was, but possible IF every event seen here occurred within seconds of the previous. Persona in YouDisguise distracting a AWzombie long enough for Matoi to blast AW into the wall and hold her there, then getting stabbed 20 seconds later by Persona, then you showing up and everyone just watching Matoi flop around, then Persona starting the fight, nobody glances at Matoiwho is too distracted by pain to sense any darker creeping off, which is exactly what AW did.
Episode 3 239 1/7 Xiao & Matoi in the Lobby
Don't worry Matoi I haven’t forgotten
If you pick You Changed Your Clothes she'll say it's to 'take a break' or 'confirm her commitment'. Why she would think you forgot her because she wore a different outfit is super unknown. She promises to work hard from here on out, that's why she called you. He's given her an admin position, but before starting he wants to give her 1 last lecture. At this, she glooms, but Xiao reminds her that you'll be listening along as well, so she cheers right up saying she'll listen. He says she's simple minded, but moves on to the 'refresher' of the ARKS state of current affairs. Remember: this is the intro to Ep 3, ep 2 actually ended it's active release a while ago, so this is specifically to bring people up to speed. The time has advanced about half a year or so, as you remember, the last dates of what was happening was their 7th month--though the last EVENTS you did were back in time.)
While ARKS is out of Luthers' control Xion remains lost/it was inevitable (that she died) Rebuilding is back on track, but Xiao feels its very hectic, everyone behaves as if him being there is natural, and Patty & Tea prove this by waving at him in the background. Matoi says now that he mentions it, things do look different, like the added Casino Entrance & slightly different dropship gate area. He credits Ulc with the work, she started with appearances first.
State of the darkers:
Matoi is stunned, so Xiao explains the red orbs are replicated copies of 'consumed planets' that 'they' tried smashing into something else, like playing with a toy. They don't thrive through battles like Elder, nor seek something like Apprentice, it's child-like pleasure from destruction only from the last (how does he know there are no more?) Dark Falz: DF DOUBLE. It is on the move, targeting a new planet, Harukotan (Harkotan, maybe) It is civilized (meaning sentient aliens are there) Matoi says we need to hurry up and go too, but he says just one more thing, it's the ARKS purpose--but she interrupts him saying To defeat all darkers and Dark falzes in the entire universe and save everyone.
He says it's the only thing she's likely to have remembered. Matoi throws him a look, but rushes off to the transport, presumably to head to Harukotan. Xiao wants a word once she's left. He reminds you that no one can tell when the Persona thing from 10 years ago will attack again. Also, be sure to keep a good watch on Matoi, don't let her out of your sights. And also...if the worst should happen we have to take immediate action, that's our duty knowing the truth.
You don't have to say the rest
If you choose If The Worst Case Happens? He’ll say 10 years ago she nearly became Profound Darkness itself, and that's a fact. She seems fine now, but there's no way of telling what can happen to everybody. Matoi hasn't heard this much, she's loitering by the elevator, and urges you to hurry up and go. Xiao will leave her to you. No sooner are you gone than Sara shows up, so he says she knows what to do: If anything happens to them (meaning you & Matoi) contact him immediately. She asks what scheme he's plotting now, so he gets sad, saying he only hopes he doesn't have to.
Matterboard In Between White & Black
So, does this mean Xiao has discovered the ACTUAL top secret location of the source of all this darker BS, and it is Matoi? (Or hiding in her?)
However, due to lack of stabs, or flinging her into the sun, he likely doesn't think her demise is the solution. Again: Jar (break jar, release literal hell) or Shredder (left alone long enough the shredded darkers within her wither/vanish/erase) is the quandary Xiao faces.
This chapter takes place mostly on Planet Harukotan
In Shironia Town 1/8
Giant people (twice as tall as the tallest ARKS) with reddish tan swirled skin, silver/bronze armor, helmets with masks & horns on their heads walk up. They don’t wear shoes, and they’ve got a lot to say. Unfortunately it’s un-understandable. Matoi tries to introduce herself, but it fails. They make grand gestures with their arms and seem enthusiastic but not hostile. Matoi feels bad for not understanding them, but her thoughts are interrupted by a different native at the end of the street. This one is wearing a different black mask, trench coat & pants instead of armor. He also has shoes. She says he has a different Aura. As she contemplates they keep talking so she frets, feeling as if they might be trying to worship her, so you both run off to consult Xiao.
Consulting Xiao 1/8
Wisely, Matoi asks why "we are revered by the natives?"
*You can really get a feel for how Xiao likes to operate around other people. He lampoons their wishes, and picks at their pet peeves. He also lets people rush headlong into random situations without cautioning...but only when the person SHOULD have thought it through first. He allows others to make their own mistakes, especially when he benefits if they succeed or not. Also, notice how he's FAILING his little 'games' with Sara, he said "oh Sara will say who cares to Matoi" to Sara herself, and she comes back at him feeling hurt by this, because it is an accusation that she is callous. She WAS. There was a point when Sara wanted nothing to do with Xiaos' plans or people, but she's well past it now. Xiao jabs anyway because people grow/change etc.