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.
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Matoi interrupts their non…argument or whatever this is, by saying her name formally. She says no need for the formality, she’s the miko of Harkotan, not of ARKS. Matoi wonders at ‘behaving crudely’ toward a deity (so, she believes the whole line that this lady is some kind of actual goddess, and not just a weird alien that doesn’t look like the other aliens on this planet) She says though, that if ‘you are so reserved, she’ll command thee, though she prefers not to’.
I got it Sukuna Hime
If you say I’ve Got It, she’ll laugh, which always comes out as ‘kakaka’ and say it’s Fain & Meddlesome. Though you have ties with the troublesome dark ones colluding with the Kuronians, there should not be a need to be with this fool. (She means Kotoshiro) Rather, you should strike your enemies with this fool as bait, why didn’t you?
Matoi, flustered, says ‘but I’m…’
This is a most dithering conversation that expends many words to get exactly nowhere much at all. She never seemingly gets to the point of this ‘meeting’ or whatever it is because she can’t get past the word “hello” without everyone fumbling their words.
Matoi, reasonably, explains that without photon weapons the darkers don’t get “erased” and their residue accumulates corrupting life nearby. She says it’s how Double controls the Kuronians. He comes back with how can she explain Shironian warriors waged countless battles without symptoms? (This is a reference to what happened to the dragonkin, they're a bunch of warrior clans and they are perfectly capable of killing darkers with their crystal scale swords & other powers, but because they're non-photonic, the 'residue' DID accumulate, resulting in the 'zombie behavior' of the infected dragonkin. Matoi is worrying about this happening on Shironia because it happend on Amduscia)
Reasonably still, he’s confused because Matoi seems to be right, but then how is he right too?
He makes the point that it fails to explain why the Kuronians went berserk.
Kotoshiro shapes up to be an all right sort here with good questions throughout. He actually manages to get things done and explained here.
Ohza & Marlu in Shironia Town
Are you two dating?
If you say I See You’ve Made Up He says it’s true, they talked at great length, solving mutual misunderstandings. Marlu says they agreed to get to know one another better. Ohza says it’s the opportunity to show her the ways of HU while she shows him the ways of FO and it’ll better ARKS right?!?!? That’s their singular objective now so don’t go starting any rumors.
At this, Marlu “Hmpfs” off at his bluntness saying she’s done here, forcing him to warn of danger and follow after her and away.
Marlu probably DOES want to date him and this ‘no date’ thing of his has made her mad. It’s really clear that she doesn’t understand him, and they may have worked out some of the arguments, but they’re still a ways off from getting along and are still just annoying incompatible people.
This is the first we’ve heard of a “Kuronian Lord”
She tells about how they both dismissed efforts at peace and charged right into war. Looking at both sides of the edges of town, she sees the well-put-together Shironia palace and the dilapidated dark/scary Kuronia palace. She says fools commit folly on both sides so mothers and fathers weep into the great river. Both of you though, don’t falter in worry about the planet, have at the fools. As she leaves, Matoi wonders what happened in the past.
A long time ago the Shironians & Kuronians were always fighting. (presumably for centuries) One side couldn't exist without the other. (Why not?) Eventually, the kings of both sides grew tired of the war (somehow) and tried to end it with a peace treaty.
They set their Kuronia Son & Shironia Daughter prince princess to get married to seal the deal. They did.
1. Kings look different than regular citizens. They're taller and less wide.
The couple eventually had a baby, but it wasn't black nor white, it was ashen gray. *If this means The Miko, IT WASNT. It was beige! Brownish! A light tan in tone! It's hair wasn't even gray it was half white and half black & she never even wore gray clothing nor had gray eyes, one's blue & the other is red. But nobody can name colors on this planet in any way at all, the "white" people are all brick red and the "Black" ones are navy blue! And sometimes also red! It was tiny & weird looking and didn't ever grow much. (So, it got human sized, that's it, remember, everybody else here is something like perhaps 15 feet tall or so.) It was a girl with 1 horn. The mom & dad blamed each other for the weirdness of the baby and everybody went to war again. When the baby was old enough, she basically threw herself into the sword fight between mom & dad and died.
They only then realized the badness of their actions and everybody got upset and was finally sorry. They got SO upset that they "Did Something" and begged to die in their daughters' place, it WORKED and they turned to ash, restoring daughter to life.
Sukuna hime, probably eavesdropping, appears to say Who'd of thought to recount the sorrowful old tale, surprising it's Kotoshiro why didn't you let it be. How did he even remember the details?
So OF COURSE she doesn't say, just getting worked up saying that the sorrowful tale shouldn't be remembered, Harkotan history has no bearing on anything & Matoi should forget it all and then she vanishes just as she appeared.
Matoi apologizes to Kotoshiro, saying she thinks she made her mad.
Ko Rela the Quartz Dragon is hanging out with Quna
I’m sure he’s listening
If you say Hadred Would Be Happy Ko Rela agrees with you that dragons are pleased somewhere in Terio'to. Quna hopes its true sadly, while Ko Rela says that as a priestess she guarantees it so don’t worry. The song reaches not only here but Ka’Shina below & Terio’to above. She’s sad, but she sees the point, and needs to sing more often, and not just when she has spare time. Ko Rela mightily roars an agreement, and Quna explains that he was very shy , despite his imposing appearance.
This goes against what the Ultra Magic Cube of Souls said earlier.
So, if the Magic Cube of Souls IS right, this dragon & Quna are wrong and are trying to placate themselves about poor Hadred with their conversation here. Is it an instance where the people know they're lieing to eachother for emotional support or did Quna really forget what the Ultra Magic Cube of Souls told her directly?
Theodore & Ulc are resting.
You Worry Too Much
If you say You Worry Too Much Ulc wakes right on up, surprising him. She tells him she woke up a while ago, but knew there was something on his mind, with him sighing to himself.
Of course they operate at a different pace. Sure she puts up with things but she’s close because she wants to be. He says he understands, she claims he doesn’t, and clarifies she wants to be with him, that’s why she’s here. So don’t make her spell it out any more, it’s an embarrassment in front of others. It’s the most she’s had to put up with. He asks if she said something then…so she claims its nothing, and runs off dragging him along to more tasks.
She startles Matoi, saying that you & Matoi seem attached at the hip. Maybe you’re star-crossed lovers? Matoi gets shy and says no that’s not it…But Sukuna says "to blush not, my dear, it’s a jest because it’s great to make sport of Matoi, unlike Kotoshiro. His innocence is peerless though, when asked if he’d lay down his life upon her command, he stabbed himself". (if true/literal, odd guy we got here) He explains if his orders called for his sacrifice, so be it. She asks if he doesn’t know what it is to jest (Which is a very cultural definition) He says her word is law, so she argues his brain is stone because he won’t read between the lines.
Matoi, thinking on her feet as has become her usual, says even she’s always with Kotoshiro, so she can’t make fun of us. He explains as the maiden’s guardian, its his duty to serve by her side. Buuuut Sukuna knows that’s not Matoi’s intent, it was ‘an assault on the nature of our relationship’.
You Two Seem Like Family
If you say You Two Seem Like Family, she seems a little surprised but exclaims its quite the expression, what does Kotoshrio say? He’s indebted to her so great his life can’t repay it. But to try, he swore to be her guardian.
Matoi, on point once more, asks about the debt. (Finally! Someone asking timely sense-making questions in a timely and relevant manner!)
She claims that she could have left him, but prefers to sleep soundly instead. But…with such a stubborn mule he turned out to be she might have chosen differently. He blames it on his upbringing. (Great retort, he’s catching on for real) Bold words! She says, from the rascal she remembers, how he’s grown.
But, Sukuna is pretty sharp here too, remembering how Matoi said “Even you two”, which she takes as an admission that Matoi & you are also close, are you not? This sets her to flailing about the teasing, and would she quit it.
FINALLY some characters have half a brain and PROVE it by asking relevant questions & being sharp enough to follow an actual conversation at better than a 2nd grade level.
Patty & Tea & Io are in Shironia Town
What Are You Doing?
If you say Nice To Meet You she gets upset and says to not act like we’re strangers. Patty begged her in tears, she couldn’t say no…so Patty explains that “Patty & Tea” routine was just too routine! So Io, the newest addition will save the day! Can you excitedly imagine all the new possibilities for the combination? You are skeptical, Tea is skeptical, Io is embarrassed and so no one says anything. Patty says all are speechless, but Tea argues all are shocked beyond words.
What is so offensive about this situation?
If you ask Is Something On Your Mind?
So, Rituals will need preformed, seals erected. Her resting hours are diminished. Its so much trouble! Can you fathom her irritation? She's chipper now though, saying its refreshing to have a fine friend to speak without restraint. But, be mindful of the children, she's poorly versed in them, and can't comprehend them. She knows they’re dangerous. So take advice from her and be extra careful.If you've come here to battle them, they're a real danger. The shironians aren't dependable though, so you'll have to lessen your hopes. She feels uneasy about the situation & looks to the Kuroniaside horizon.
Why does she continue to need so much rest /sleep time?
Is he unhinged? Probably. How is popping out of no-where and telling people you've tried to kill at some point cryptic sentences about killing their friends supposed to persuade anyone? It's like calling someone an idiot to get them over to your point of view on an opinion. It's like a mugger who shot at you during a robbery last week suddenly appearing in your closet going "shooooot your daaad" and expecting you to do it. It's not going to happen with that tactic so why is he even trying?
Story Chapter 3: A Legend Cloaked in Ashes
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If you say We’ll Help She says it’s what they call synchronicity. The strengthening seal has 6 points. She needs to prepare in 2 places, but it can’t be afforded to do them 1 by 1. She needs your help, because Kotoshiro & Sukuna will go to 1, while you 2 go to the other. Matoi worries she & you won’t know what to do.
Sukuna Hime has a plan though!
The doll says it’s time to get going.
Start: Chapter 3 The Gray Folklore
In town, the doll warns you immediately of the purple fog ‘maisma’ danger that’s all over the ground. It is caused (and cleared up) by "infected evil lanterns" which are just that: floor lamps of Japanese style that are somehow 'evil' and if attacked 'quit the evil' and get rid of the purple floor fog that saps HP from anyone standing in it. The Anjahdu-Lili is known to 'light' these lamps with evil as it rolls through the streets. This somewhat-inexplicable creature is a giant evil old man head, with a smaller, eviler head growing out of its forehead. It has 4 arms growing out of the sides of the large head, with bracelets of magic beads that let it do fire attacks. It resides in a giant wooden wheel, also covered in small, carved faces which it rolls around very quickly via use of it's arms. Breaking its beads cuts its power and bothers it. It is fairly large, perhaps 3 or more meters high.
Now you can see the doll’s thoughts as it frowns.
If you say Dark Falz Matoi says that’s right, it was sealed like Falz was too. Tamahime doesn’t know what Falz is, but if it’s the Children, Magatsu is a different entity but they may essentially boil down to being similar.
Now, you have to go through another mist-affected section of town, battling kuronites like various ogars. The purple fog will arise again. This repeats a few times, as you clear red barriers (enemy controlled barriers)
Leave it to us!
If you say Leave it to us! Matoi agrees, and the battle commences. It starts off with Paji Giri and other smaller enemies, but quickly escalates after defeating each wave to Ogars & Gams. Finally, it lets of an Anjadu-Lili, who has pretty free reign of the area without much but the dilapidated fence to trip up his wheel rolling tricks.
Matoi asks if they’re ok, and she says all went well at the first stop, but the enemies here were more concentrated so you did well in defending this area. She says thanks, but Matoi says it’s the ARKS job, not necessary, but more importantly, what about the ceremony?
Sukunahime goes over toward the platform/pillar or whatever it is to do it, but nobody the whole time has looked straight up. Double is in the sky! They whisper they were waiting on her to show up and try to do this, so they can get her. They throw down a big ball of red infect-cloud to hit Sukuna, but you can tackle her out of the way, avoiding their attack. Sukuna is shocked, what just fell?
Double agrees that they missed, but they’ve more where that came from that won’t miss. Another infect cloud appears…but out of it comes… Apprentice Woman! And she’s de-aged & de-uglied back into mostly her former self. (Middling brown skin, long pink-infect-hair, red eye-whites, silver eyes & purple lipstick)
No slouch, SukunaHime, warps herself to the top of it instead and begins her ritual dance. With herself as ‘the stake’ she ‘uses ash to purify all evil’ and reset the seal with her dance. A stomp of her sandal resets the runes & pillar of pale light around the object. This makes AW disappear, and the twins follow not long after…but probably of their own will.
Sukunahime then asks if you & Matoi are ok, & she says thanks to Sukuna…but.
Once more, no one’s looking up, so here is Double yet again.
Double is actually pretty clever hanging out in the sky. No one thinks to look up, and if you go high enough you have privacy to talk because sound doesn’t carry that far.
DID they really resurrect Apprentice Woman?
Or is she just a manifestation they can create with their dark power?
Double refers to her as "it" and knows nothing of AW's history, hence the 'grudge' questions--so you've got to think that it IS one of their manifestations of something they ate & not really AW from 10 years ago somehow de-aged and resurected. They treat her like a 'clone'.
This one is pretty straightforward & everything is pretty sensible & in character. It doesn't spawn loads of loose ends or open unexplained stuff. Though Kotoshiro doesn’t appear at the end Sukuna assures he’s ok & all went well at their first sealing job. You know that ‘getting part of a Magatsu out’ WAS Double’s goal, they were clearly fumbling with the symbol/seal so a partial win, is still a win to them & you know clearly their goal & what they will do next. (Go away until the Magatsu whatever does havocit’s basically their MO anyway) The whole little-dolly-hime is a new odd concept but it’s well explained and it works just fine. The dolly is cute, charming & makes sense in its context. It's a fun little add-on and it feels sensible that it's something she'd actually think to do / it fits in with her personality & makes sense. Sukuna Hime is just basically a gigantic McGuffin anyway pulling powers out of thin air whenever the plot calls for it because they don’t choose to define her power-set and she’s just a total unknown. It doesn't ruin the plot though here.