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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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She is being dumb here vs Aurora. This is a child-like personality that WANTS reassurance from friends, not tough love from foes. She wants to be told she can do it, she can be good, she can live up to helping people. She’s CLEARLY crying out for someone to protect/believe in/give her confidence to LIVE ON. Yucreta is bogus here because she just witnessed her crying out the names of all her dead friends. It's super insensative to say 'screw your dead friends stop being a baby even though everyone you know is dead and you just found out this week' This kid becoming suicidal is NOT what anyone wants.
She cries again and says come on, why is it always you guys who give her encouragement, shouldn’t it be the opposite? Under the influence of PD revival , the sealed power of Apprentice lies here, it’s planning to revive it. To put it simply it’s attracted the bait, it’s the same with that monster. Afin says then we can’t just let The Anga Fundarge eat like that then. Aurora says lets stop apprentice right here, right now, she’ll lend her the power. She tells Yucreta to say her name, my name that dances, shines and fascinates more than anyone. The name that symbolize her and her perceptions, let her name be heard and call it: Enchanting Shining Dance Aurora!

She becomes some guns. The guns "Enchanted Shining Dance Aurora" appear on Yucreta's hands. Yucreta asks if it’s really her. A voice eminates from them that right now she’s with photons (Does she mean made of photons?) and by taking human form she can become a weapon too. (So, probably meaning that because she's more of a photonic construct now, rather than a flesh/blood being/real live Photoner, she can change what she is and how she...functions) Yu claims that she "is wild with her weapons" though. She doesn’t care that its painful, but we can worry about that later. They’ve attracted the attention of the fundarge. Before it’s exaushted and eaten we must defeat it now!

At 1200
If you can beat the fudnarge, its balls and parts will fall to the ground and Afin is relieved. Right? Yucreta’s not sure, and Aurroa reappears as a girl. Get back, she yells as small darker bugs consume the Fundarge into the floor. It couldn’t hold itself back from the bait, left in pieces before swallowing it up, what a terrible thing Says Aurora. (Why is that terrible?)Yucreta says Aurora is all that’s left. Aurora says for her to shut up. Xiao cuts in with are you ok because darker reactions in Lilipa are increasing, he guessed it, Aurora’s appeareance was a sign of something. (Why is she trying to pick another fight here? How is 'aurora all thats left'....of WHAT? A Fundarge is the worst monster in all the world/s thus far, and Aurora turned herself painfully into guns to try to stop it. Aurora was never 'leftover' because she was never a part of whatever wierd reaction was going on down here. Yucreta is just saying random garbage to sound mean.)

Yu guesses that Apprentice is planning to resurrect itself as a form on this planet. Judiging by the red lightening and darker stuff on the floor its true. Aurora says the scale is too much to handle. Yu calls out to "arks rep", she’s sending a communication, who is listening? Xiao now talks to her saying nice to meet you he can hear her. Apprentice is resurrecting, we need co-op from a large number of arks can he lend power? He says don’t mention it he’ll pass it on to all ARKS. (Thus creating an Emergency Quest) She asks if he can trust her words? He says yes, right you? You can nod. Xiao says its up to the 4 of you to come back to the ship now. Yucreta says back now really? Aurora pesters her saying is she scared if people are angry and hate her if she goes? So she hits her again with another chop. Afin says let’s go back, extending a hand. She says she has no choice.

6 Don’t turn eyes away: The meaning of this place

This is what gives you the EQ: Mining Base Demise
In this EQ it's a 12/12 MPA and meant to represent the ARKS that Xiao called down after sending your party of 4 back up. It takes place on a really large flat...'disk' that is somehow desending into an equally huge bore-hole in Lilipa's crust. It's powered by/propelled by 3 towers. Everyone charges the towers by collecting photon crystals that appear randomly. Many loads of darkers and bosses will spawn, trying to destroy the towers. If everyone can do a good enough job in defending them, the disk will reach the bottom of the pit & reveal that...
There's a huge...evil...wall of insectoid shapes (that's all one unit) that comes breaking through one edge of rock at the bottom of the pit. It has...pistons of some kind? That spring out, can emit tiny bugs, shoot a death ray, create exploding rock tiles on the floor, produce a force-field, use a smashing/pincher thing, use a force push, summon goldradahs and much more. AIS units can be summoned via panels on the floor. Once this thing takes enough damage, a huge laser cannon will rise up from the center of the platform.
Everyone in the MPA will be shown a cut-scene where they press the fire command to shoot off the laser, just as the wall thing fires off a death-beam. The ARKS laser will always destroy it at this point. This leaves a rocky rubble in the recess that it inhabited. Only then will a teleporter appear to take everyone back.

Will this get explained?
WHY did the piece of power manifest as an evil wall of nasty pieces?
How did digging into the ground and mining sand or whatever they were doing stop this thing? 
Why have a gigantic platform that decends a mile unter the surface? What does that even do? Why give it a laser? That sounds a lot like somebody knew something bad would appear at that exact spot, but how and also who? Certainly Xiao didn't know.
EQ's are notorious for not explaining much except 'a thing happened and we have to stop it', like darkers attack a city ship, a banther is loose in the forest, Vardha is rampaging in....the only room he can rampage in etc.

Things learned:
Aurora isn't a physical person/photoner any more, meaning Luther's the only one left.
She can turn herself into guns, but it hurts to do so.
Darkers consuming other darker stuff can make them stronger.
The piece of power that AW lost on Lilipa in the Matoi Vibrace fight really did linger till an EQ kills it.
Questions raised:
Well PD's still around, so Aurora has to be too.
WHY did Aurora choose to become an Apprentice? She wanted to be loved & everyone hated PD at the time.
Was anyone ever in danger of being "apprentice-ized" by this power-piece?

To advance the story beyond this point, the "Mining Base: Demise/Apprentice" Emergency Quest must actually appear & you have to be on an MPA that beats it. This is the first time something outside your control creates a situation like this where the plot won't move unless you can get a 12/12 going. Difficulty level doesn't seem to matter.