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
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Xiao says sorry for calling you to here , but he wants to have a chat...that you don't get to hear what either side says. He summarizes by saying after you got 'eaten' by Double, Luther helped you escape. It's unbelievable sounding, but you're here so it has to be true. But, how's your body holding up after all that?
Nothing Wrong That I Can See
If you say Nothing Wrong That I Can See , he says it's as expected, and Matoi said the same thing. Matoi said she was very great. But, can you count how many darkers & corrupted enemies you've defeated so far? 602054 and that number's not normal. You & Matoi have been fighting too much. Do you remember why people other than ARKS shouldn't fight darkers? Because if you defeat one, it leaves remnants behind, that accumulate inside you and will eventually corrupt you. It's what happened to the Naberius natives and Dragonkin Amduscia. Harktotan has Miko protection, but it feeds on the corruption process, and isn't foolproof. ARKS do resist it though. The photons of an ARKS body will neutralize the Darker particles. But, there's a limit on what it can do. You've gotten rid of countless Darkers, purified corrupt natives & driven off DF invasion attempts. Then, you were consumed by Double and manifested enough power to get out, he can't calculate the effects of that.
He apologizes for it sounding threatening. But, he & Philia agree that you should go easy from now on. If you're just fighting normally, it shouldn't be a problem, it's not like you'd be severely corrupted or anything. Just don't forget you're not the only ARKS out there, but you ARE the one.
He gives you the matterboard "The Destination of My Feelings"
Shake your head
If you Shake Your Head She demands to know why both of you have the same expression. As a dark falz, is she not allowed to die? She gets gloomy and vanishes before he can run after her. Basically every time they appear, they repeat the same scenario over and over again, in general terms. She denies she has a past, he says yes you do and they just bicker over whether she's an Apprentice or not.
Not allowed to die?
Eucretia thinks this notion is stupid, and gets further upset. Fourier tells her that you shouldn't allow others to decide for you, & that was Maria's teaching to her. There's people who think of her as a falz, and others who don't see it. So...she asks...what does she see HERSELF as? (This is wise of Fourier to do.) Yucretia doesn't know, she just looks around. Fourier tells her that if she doesn't know and understand what to do, the only thing she can do is to cry. This confuses her and makes her gloomy, so gloomy...that she vanishes.
Who was deciding things for Fourier & treating her as a puppet?
Well now this has certainly gotten quite bad quite quickly. Out of the blue, a standoff, just like that? It has to be Afin’s gun though, to control for pets/techs/swords etc. that don’t fit the plot right here. What it’ll come down to is how good the gun is.
If you Hesitate, he'll tell you to just shoot, *And you do which blasts through both of them, knocking them down. (Afin's gun was really good.) She says that “If I were a DF I will disappear with this attack. Because of that it's the end, it should end like this.” Though she seems to want to end here, she opens her eyes and looks up, she still exists. She sees she's not a...(she doesn’t finish the sentence to herself)
Are her disappearances under her own control or not? You’re lead to think they are, and maybe they were, but they seem emotionally generated more now.
Are You Ok?
If you ask Are You Ok? She'll say she's just fine, her body is fine its just that she's scared. She feels she's absorbed something else. She doesn't feel herself, like something is rampaging and it's scary. But, if she waits quietly for a while, her mind calms down. If she thinks of you while she waits, she feels calmer. That's why she was surprised, when she opened her eyes, you were really there.
Obviously this is PD acting up within “Matoi Container” due to all the fighting/trials etc. that she’s done, likely also aggravated by Double eating her into the other dimension or whatever it was. Now that Xiao has confirmed that "ARKS bodies slowly neutralize darker junk" is a real truth, Matoi is confirmed to be "container" that slowly disinfects. The problem is if it's really PD, it could take multiple lifetimes to disinfect.
This is exactly the same thing he always is up to these days. He’s really not smart because telling people the same thing over and over while acting sneaky and evil doesn’t make them change their mind. If he would sit down and explain things to literally ANYone he might have a chance to make a change.
Don't Be Rash Now
If you say We Want To Help She says your concerns are enough, you should be more cautious about yourselves. It might not sound sincere, but you did save me before, so please don't worry about me now. But recall, who do you think I am, Sukuna Hime of all Harkotan, so please leave it to me. She then goes away, into her ash wind. Matoi calls after her to no avail. So, she turns to Kotoshiro who won't disappear so easily, yelling at you and him that we need to go after her. He says he's ordered to protect the shrine, and as guardian, he has to follow the order.
Is it really all right?
If you ask Is It Really All Right? Matoi asks orders? Why were you looking for Sukuna Hime when we first met, Kotoshiro? Before we met...she's sure his duty was protecting the shrine at that time too. So now...why is that?! He doesn't really have an answer, so she comes back with that he can't let her alone all by herself. To her, isn't he the only one she's got left? He thinks about this, and gets up. He says there's still time to reach her before she reaches the enemy side, so you go on ahead because there's something he's got left to do, for his foster mother. He looks at the palace in the distance.
Matoi is stirring up something bad here.
You can easily see why she'd rush to go. The REAL question is, how great are her powers now that she (presumably) "Rested", whatever that means. Remember, at the start she was "Sleeping at all times" and "Slumbers" like...so much it was her biggest feature. She's sure pretty active now, so what is the slumbering really?
You can spy on Zeig & Regius talking far away.
It was the first sighting of White Tin Clarissa, the first in ARKS history, and the strongest technique user...that's all Zeig knows, because he never met her, only heard stories. Regius explains that her body was frail, so he repeatedly asked her to lay low. But, she was strong, so much so that she could seal Elder, and keep an eye on Luther. In exchange for the safety of all ARKS she sacrificed herself, when there wasn't much time left he wanted to be her strength so he became one of the 3 heroes, to support her. He shakes his head sadly, still regretting that he did not concern himself enough to stop and try to protect her. He couldn't protect her, he was only able to discipline or obey. Only defend the twisted order born from her sacrifice. Who did Regius have to obey? It is obvious Alma killed herself in sealing Elder down on Naberius.
Zeig looks sad about this (remember, neither of them have a face, though Regius does have eyes) and asks him if he's told him about the inscription on the new Genesis. He asks if it's not "World Ender" (Which is what it used to be) So Zeig gets mad, calls him a fool, and asks why he'd give his child someone else’s' name? What parent would do that? He tells him it's "World Creator" as Zeig pulls out...a small, apparently bladed-edged flat palm-size metal disk with 'starry black' region in its center that also glows blue/haze. Regius inspects it, confirming this, and says that the inscription is too heavy for him...so Zeig tells him that it says what it means. Zeig reminds him he's got to shoulder it though, as if he's destroyed the world once, he simply needs to create it again. If he can go that far, strengthen his heart and be proud of Alma, then, he can recreate the world. As a weaponsmith, it will give him sustenance in continuing his work. He then appears to laugh silently. Regius only says "Well Said"
The disk must represent the weapon in a “put away” state (presumably like the ‘special weapon’ boxes)
So You Want Us To Abandon Them?
(This is a VERY TRICKY question: Remember: It's MATOI who is in danger here because everyone knows PD is in there. If she "Breaks", it could kill literally EVERYONE that's why Xiao freaks out as much as he is.)
NOT Going though, would likely give Double a win on Harkotan, so either way everybody loses because if they ‘win’ and eat Harkotan/the Miko or whatever they’re trying to do it could be enough to…bring back PD? Throw a copy of Harkotan on every other habitable planet until none are left?
Xiao is probably also flipping out because Matoi's secret has to be kept from HER too, so he's trying to spread the 'blame' and ‘risk’ onto you. Matoi is forcing Xiao to be 'the bad guy' here by making two rotten questions to force him to let her go. She doesn't say "Then Send the 6 Heroes & I'll stay here" or something reasonable. She preys upon his morality.
If you say So You Want Us To Abandon Them? He'll get sad, and claim that saying it that way is unfair. She thanks him for his concern. But we need to help Sukuna and stop Double. You & Matoi run past him, so he says he'll not be lenient, even during an emergency so remember that....please be safe. He then vanishes.
SEND SOMEONE ELSE OTHER THAN MATOI YOU DUMBUTT.
There is NO EXCUSE for sending stupid Matoi on this quest when there's the WHOLE COUNCIL OF SIX where he could pick one or two and send it with you. Nobody ever mentions what these guys are doing, so it's glaring plot hole that someone like Huey couldn't go, or Regius or even sneaky old Casra. Pick Quna & Sara even! If they were mentioned to all be 100% devoted to some huge impossible task during this time, then FINE but nobody ever mentions anything like that. Hell, send THEODORE even...he's powerful but in an administrative position where you could ditch him for half a day throwing explosions down on Haroktan. Just tell Matoi she's sick and have Philia knock her out till it's done & she'll never be the wiser & Double won't get the win.
Story Quest Protecting Those You Hold Dear
Now, you’re in the Kuronian side of Harkotan. It’s full of red leaf trees, giant statues, palace like structures, scary faces carved into cliffs & broken architecture. It's all on a very large and grand scale, because these people are huge. There are no houses or antyhing else to be found, it seems like all paths through a huge carved mountain temple & some caves. Much of it seems to be atop very tall mountains. The sky is perpetually gray/stormy, though it does not seem to rain.
239 3/21 at 1100
Could I Save You
Kotoshiro's at the palace yelling at it after stabbing his sword into the ground. He tells everyone, including the white king that the real foes are the devoured Kuronites, and the miko is over there alone, going against them. Even while keeping the Magatsu in check. A fool could see that these are bad odds. He asks if the king understands, she goes to protect us. The citizens look up as they hear his amplified voice. She went to protect all you, who sits on their hands and complains. They’re taking it for granted that she protects, so white king, why do we study tradition? Why do we study when she is alone and weeping? Gods and men should help one another as guardians, why has it been forgotten? Even as he yells though, there is no answer. (This is shown via a cut scene, since you are not present)
Your goal is to try to catch up to wherever Sukuna Hime has gotten to, inside this giant environment of caves and halls. Matoi is doubtful about the Godoni Agrari with their ‘shining part on top’ (they are an upside-down floating lamp demon) She thinks the Itagi Zakri look fast (They are snake like creatures with demonic faces & large single point bone claws for arms). She’ll remind you that the broken statues look like they could crumble and hit an enemy. (And indeed they can) She thinks Oro Ogars, with their tall horns are strong looking, and encourages you to go faster. If you can beat them all…
That’s Also Our Line
If you say That’s Also Our Line Matoi will agree, saying Sukuna should feel exhausted at levels that aren’t human. (Why? She’s some magic creature) She realizes they were ‘fashionably late’, but should she just have been standing there confused? (While the giant Oro Ogar was going to chop her with the giant axe, she was indeed not really acting right. Also her fan power is clearly diminished, she could do whole fields of enemies to 'blow away' and now she has trouble with like 8 Ogars.) Sukuna says Matoi’s gotten quite talkative.
He says it’s the secret art of the white king, as she said before he’s a coward but his spells are reliable. She knows, she taught him it, she wants to know why he’s here, but as she yells, she faints. (So, she means she taught the White King the Ash Transfer spell of teleportation, thus confriming it's reliable. It can be assumed that his yelling outside the palace got him an audience with the king, where he was taught the spell. He used it immediatly to teleport to the Miko here) He catches her and calls her "mother", which she agitates at a little bit, in this place. He has a message from the white king, that "we shironians are weak but stand by the miko". She says that’s stone-headed of them, but the presences she feels outside are shironians. They’re sending troops and will hold the line.
Matoi chips in that it’ll be all over once we reach and Defeat double all the way in the back. Matoi tells him to take her and retreat. Sukuna wants to go too. Matoi reminds her that ‘shes too exhausted so she’ll get in the way'. Sukuna says that’s harsh she’ll be mad if you leave. Matoi agrees that it might be so…but it’s not the main reason she has in mind. It’s really that Double is something ARKS has to defeat ourselves. Sukuna Hime gets upset and yells "whatever", she wont allow you to die, so come back safe. Kotoshiro then picks her up, and runs off into his own ash wind. Matoi urges you to hurry on toward double, and you race off to…
Double really tries to throw the book at you here. The map is pretty straightforward, but bunches of every type of enemy native to Harkonan appear, as well as their Bikuda Rabbita, Marda Tocatta, and Orota Biketta. As you climb a hill, an Anjandu Lili will also try to roll right in.
At the top of the hill a Bol Ogaki Baru will appear. This centaur like creature manifests a force field but also ice spires which you can climb to enter the feild and knock it down.
If you can beat them at 1300
The combined form collapses, and laughs saying ‘see that was it’. Matoi asks it whats so funny? They tell her that its something to be laughed at, are you 2 trying to be arks you’re just arks? "You’re trying to embrace that much darkness? We understand after fighting you that you absorbed Elder and Losers power". Matoi tells them to shut up. That’s why, they now realize, that after eating them they couldn’t become PD. "We get it, so here’s a reward." The comebind thing struggles to stand and says it’ll give you itself. You block it from Matoi, but it says "either one works". Either one is good you or me whoever dies the result is the same. At any rate its finished…it laughs as it vanishes away as the power sparkles upon you. You are unable to do anything or move as the purple crackling darkness power is on you, now that Double gave it up.
Profound Darkness is generated
Matoi is shocked, it’s the result Xiao said! She protests at you, though you can't move "No you can’t, it’s not your duty", she gets upset saying as the pink light tries to consume you. She calls upon white tin clarissa to save the most imprtant person she loves. The rod flies up spins and hits the power, as you fall to the ground. The spark of badness comes out and goes into the hand of Matoi. She’s now got the pink cloud upon her. She asks if you’re tired, so take a good rest, as you struggle to rise, but can't.
Sara arrives…but it’s too late for Matoi. She’s dressed different now. She asks if Sara can take you with her. She apologizes saying Xiao was right. Nothing can be done for her. She wears a weird scaly suit now. It has strange black scales for her ‘bikini’ and prickly sleeves with pointy clips for her looped hair. There’s a weird skirt thing and odd leg/boot/shoes. She doesn't seem to have "the apprentice pink thing" going on with hair nor clothing.
Sara calls "Big Sis" after her, and this reminds her that ‘shes the girl from that time’. Matoi says it’s good, she’s turned out pretty, she had such regrets about her. (Remember, Sara was the little red haired girl that Matoi saved from Apprentice Woman in the city, by telling the Clarissa to go with her. She was subsequently taken away by Luther) Sara shouts that it doesn’t matter we need to save her it can’t happen twice. Matoi agrees its painful for it to happen twice but its ok. This big sister will protect you all. So thank you…she received so much precious things from you. (as you lie on the ground not awake) she says she’s alone is enough so now…goodbye…and disappears into a darkness whirl. Sara rushes to where she was, then, fruitlessly, goes to you.
Too bad she turns away from the clarissa that has fallen…as Persona appears by it and takes it
3/23 at 1000
Where Did Matoi Go?
If you ask What Happened? Xiao closes his eyes sadly, as does Sara.