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 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!
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
Will this get explained?
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.
A place to return to
After a brief glimpse underground at the wall crumbling away under the blast of the mega-photon laser thing that the MPA is able to summon up out of the ‘decender floor’ at the last minute (aka when the boss takes enough damage & any mining base-tower/s is still active) the scene shifts to above ground. This is probably implying that Afin, Yucreta, You & Aurora were all ALSO in the MPA that just beat the thing, but of course they can’t show it because EQ’s are npc-free zones by their very nature.
As the 'wall' (It is a very abstract monster, with many glowing 'eyes' in a mostly flat but complex textured confiiguration, it can extend "rods" that shoot, create force fields, summon/dispense tiny bugs, make exploding "dirt clods"? appear on the floor, swing rod-like structures to hit you & more. It is not mobile/no means to move itself, it crashes through a rock wall from a cave beyond it deep under ground, and then takes up the entire space it crashed through, as a wall would.) destructs underground yucreta and Aurora watch. Yucreta says reactions have disappeared so we can relax. Aurora reminds her it's not over yet, the open wound that seals apprentice is due to PD. As long as PD remains the seal won't hold and it will come out again. Here on Lilipa and other places too, it can leak. It currently has no host, but if a likely one appears it'll find one.
Yucreta realizes she's right and says that bugs can survive anywhere, this troublesome DF, as the first host, where do you think it gets it? Aurora narrows her eyes too as they scowl at each other, asking her about the influence she may have also had. Yucreta looks at the red smoky power rising from the hole, and becomes contemplative instead of continuing to bait her, saying 'we almost became like that too'. Aurora says it didn't happen though, cause you and Afin. Yucreta '...s' and Aurora asks if she doesn't want to admit, but they did help save us right? Yucreta still denies, saying she didn't ask for any of this. Aurora says Honestly?
(She’s a bit of a rotter here, it’s like getting into an avalanche, saying you didn’t ask for it, and refusing to be happy someone saved you) Aurora reminds her that she really ought to learn to thank others who she cares about. Yucreta promises to show her regards through her actions. So Aurora asks how that's working out for her (smart thing!) After some thought, Aurora concludes that she's too shy to tell them so! But, after a pause (that shows Aurora is rightyou can see this via their expressions) Yucreta agrees she's grateful, and thanks to (you & Afin) she's herself again, and she'll never able to repay that or ever forget it. You are who helped her from her chains and set her free. Afin never lost hope that she could be saved, and so nothing could repay it.
Aurora appears to dispel him, saying she's just shy and will be cute when she opens up. But, helping people is her specialty! (Is it really? It never was before? Her specialty was being adored and being beautiful as she clearly said multiple times) She'll talk more of herself later. Afin doesn't know what we're supposed to be talking about. But we should all go back now so YuChan not get sad or lonely. She goes to follow her, and Afin trails after.
This is the last of Episode 3- "Literally" in that it was published AFTER the following tablet section.
Beginning of the End - It's just an event tablet
Explanation of the Profound Darkness Battle:
Thus opens the first fight. Everybody has to get out of the ships & go onto the floor/force-field. The red floor creates enough gravity for you to walk, and on it there appears a 'castle like structure' that's alive and evil. This is vaguely based on a spider with long spiked strands connecting various 'turrets' to a central brick 'core' that has a portcullis "mouth" and evil eye-spots above that. Each of the turrets can spin around the core, stomp as it 'walks', blast off like a rocket, and open small "wooden" doors at their base. Out from a certain door will come a weak point mounted in a chess piece theme. So, one will have a pawn-like, other a horse head, another a king crown & so on. Destroying these breaks the door. So yeah it's the double kids, but who knew they liked chess?
As the castle thing attacks, it can create walls of gates that move & smash people, go flying the whole thing like a rocket down a 'path' it makes to mow people down, and use the main mouth to spit out (literally) marda tocatta (rounded old-fashion car like monster) which self-destruct into poison slime. It can also summon bonta bearadda on sticks which 'fly' in circular patterns to keep people away. When the castle is weakened enough, the center will hang down with the gate open and a long tongue will flop out with a weak point globe on it. Hitting it enough will make it vomit blood/black/red stuff.
The castle laughs in a childish way no matter what you do to it.
Defeating it will cause the 'binding' to come undone and all the turrets will rocket off in different directions and explode like a firework. This causes the grid floor to shatter & everyone falls through it toward the planet. (Remember, its in orbit, I guess Double was nice enough to trap air in there somehow because it's stupid since all they'd need to do is release all the air and everybody dies in 1 minute because ARKS owns no space suits) However, everyone is saved by an ARKS lander pad (what you had to fight mt. falz upon)
This new transportation gets flown into one of the big petal-rings-dimensional distorters in an attempt to chase down PD. Inside this strange dimension, there is also somehow, air! Given that the lander can somehow spawn artificial gravity.
Once inside, there's no real 'space' to view outside, more streaky colors and stuff, but the pad is right away beset by PD itself. At this point it's abstract. It's on a roughly cylindrical format, with a long pointed tip and 2 basic layers. The layers are like petals that have different weapons. An oval with many searching 'eyes' that shoots round energy bursts, a pair of claws on long red whips, a prickly 'flower like' thing that smashes & shoots beams & can grab. The objective is to break (ex. chip or crack) each of these things. It will then turn over and present you with more of them.
This weakens it, until it manifests another form out of the very bright glowing central orb. This resembles a human torso with long arms that do have hands and fingers, partially done in gold armor,a chest area with a split in the middle & a head-like structure that's a blocky helm. It has no eyes or facial features, but a parallel series of holes in the helm. The 'lower body' is now the petaled structure. For the chest split, it will use the hands to rip open and expose a large 'evil eye' that does blasts & powers it up. *It actually makes sense that the thing is humanoid, because the Photoners were, and they created it, so it 'choosing' to look somewhat like an abstract man is actually ok & good plot-wise.
Hitting the eye will make it vanish but it'll always just open it again. It does finger blasts, summons shooting pods, pounds the platform (fist damage ala falz elder), and more.
Weakening it still more, and it will use the hands to distort space/time above the platform in a huge red ring of ominous power. Static appears, letting you know it really did distort time & now you are alone on the platform, and must fight Persona or a Doppelganger of yourself until you win, or it commits an OHKO blast. Defeating it/dying returns you to the platform with the rest of the MPA (who now either you must revive or must revive you if things didn't go well) This mechanism seems to be that if one person kills it, it dies for everyone without OHKO blasting. Fighting PD more will eventually kill it. It falls apart into white light and begins to vanish. In a view (that you could not possibly ever have) looking on from deep space you can see the destruction of Naberius by the 'needle' from the vortex "unwind / untwirl" and everything literally run the clock backwards as the planet is restored. The way everything appeared now goes exactly in reverse, ending with the slight distortion of the stars way beyond as that too finally clears up.
So killing it literally un-does all the damage you just witnessed & makes it essentially erase itself. (That's what it LOOKS LIKE)
If you have gone through and completed ALL of the story quests before fighting PD in an online MPA, you won't see Persona any more in the part where it creates 'static', and gets you somehow alone on the platform. Ordinarily, Persona will appear here & you'll have to 1 v 1 for a while, until either he kills everybody, or at least 1 person defeats him. If he's defeated, he just turns into more static and disappears, then you're returned to being with everyone else on the platform & the fight continues. If you take too long to fight him, he'll unleash a huge blast that is OHKO for pretty much everyone. He'll tend to have your attacks to use against you (After all, this thing is still the manifestation of your will that's gone really bad), plus a few of his own, and he can hover/levitate pretty far up off the ground the whole time.
If you've beaten everything else, Persona won't appear there, it'll be a doppelganger of you. It still fights in the same way and wins/loses in the same way.
Tablet A Seal that Transcends Time
239 4/1 at 1400
Please Tell Us
If you say Please Tell Us Matoi will agree that she needs to know too. Please be aware that its a hypothesis based on the facts but, the combined power of ARKS prevented Naberius corruption. But the battle weakened PD and this made Persona invoke its power. Matoi asks if it's time travel power? Xiao confirms it, saying it's the power to repeat only one's own time, the moment that PD revived. (Xiao & Xion could repeat or move people to and from ANY time, but Persona is limited in only its own short lifespan) The battle we did was enough to bind it to that exact point in time. And now, all we did right here was to turn back time.
That's as far as Persona could go though, shouldering PD and its mass amount of photons. But, it was effective enough to bind it to that exact point in time. So, sadly, all we've done here is turn back time so PD will manifest here again, inevitably. And once again, you and all the other ARKS will arrive and fight, and weaken it and then...Persona will return to the moment of its revival, repeatedly, endlessly and eternally...forever trapped within the cycle, finishes Matoi. Forever and ever? That's too cruel! She exclaims, needing a way to save them.
Is there nothing we can do?
If you say Is There Nothing We Can Do? Xiao tells you that even the mighty Photoners could do little more than seal it away. It frustrates him to admit but as of right now, that's all anyone's got. We have no idea of how long the cycle can last. Everything worked out ok this time, but what about next time? 10 cycles from now? There's no way to know. Even if he did more calculations, there's no way to know. But at the very least Persona and Xion bought us the time. (Always more time to figure it outhis point here is actually really good. Stall till you can collectively work something out that’ll kill it for good) Our future may have been one where the galaxy was devoured without escape...but those 2 saw to it that it didn't become a reality. We mustn't waste the chance as there must be an answer somewhere. Matoi says it'll def work out, right (you)? You were able to help her, save her! That counts for something. She's sure the answer is just ahead, you & Xiao made this future possible after all. Matoi closes her eyes and says that 'if you 2 are listening just hang in there, we'll save you soon!'
(She means PD itself, and Persona. Remember, PD was a Xion-clone-friend-whatever gone wrong, so it is technically likely to have also been a person, which Matoi is believing in here. Whether it's so insane now that it's not sentient/sapient any more, or is even something that CAN be saved is unknown.)
So, this ends on the predictable 'well it'll be back or else we wouldn't have a plot' note.
Why it picks to look like you is unknown, going from trenchcoat man to doppelganger...maybe as a better skill copy? If Persona DOES die/give up/run out of whatever it is that keeps it going, what then? Does that kill PD or unleash it worse? Is it using up some of PDs photon energy to sustain itself because it doesn’t eat or sleep to live but it expends energy? And the energy IS expended every cycle because Persona’s the one on the outside, pulling the whole monstrosity back in time, as well as losing every ARKS fight as the doppelganger or the trenchcoat man. It’s not ‘getting back’ its energy when it rewinds time like PD is, so something’s getting used up. *Probably like fuelling a flamethrower with gas from Jupiter: sure it burns nice but it'll be a billion years before you run out of Jupiter-gas...so moot point.Questions that remain:
How did it ‘bring back’ enough of Double to make a castle?
Is Double ‘really-really dead’ now that the castle is?
Why a doppelganger?
How is there AIR???
Can the PD 'person planet' be saved or is it just beyond help/not even 'a mental thing' any more?
What would finally get rid of Persona?