PSO2 Story Guide Episodes 4-5
|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.
This section is for Chapters 4 and 5 ONLY. For all the plot before this, see the Story Hub. Because the game is divided up over these sections, the plot will be as well.
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EPISODE 4 BEGINS
The opening of the game is now made consistent with the Episode 4 opening. There’s no more “well you joined the ARKS…here’s Afin…etc”, it’s ALWAYS “you get out of a cryo sleep pod and now Xierra is here to explain things to you. If you are NEW (a new character) she will explain that “you did this great stuff in the past” & if you are continuing on, you get something similar where “you had these great adventures and succeeded”. Note: If you are new, you have the opportunity to go back and do 1 thru 3 before moving on to 4, to play the whole game in sequence.
This opening date is meant to be a surprise because it is TWO years after the last event / story panel that you were able to experience. So, your character has been in that pod thing the entire time.
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Xiera is a female either human or cast (you can’t see her ears, but she has low ear-muff things so newman is ruled out as they wouldn’t fit in there) with yellow hair in high twintails, a tiny purple hat, and mostly mauve themed clothes. She wears the earphones & head mic of an operator.
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There's an untranslated bit with a picture of the Matoi-corrupt/anga fundarge combo boss. Then she shows you Matoi falling out of that/back to more normal in her half darkerized 'bathing suit' looking thing. She talks about and shows Persona with the Clarissa rod. It has to be assumed this was a success--because it's another of those that can't possibly be translated. She then says she's amazed that the person from the story is here before her now. (So, this is a recap, to remind you of the episodes really quickly, or something to lure you to play them if you didn’t yet)
It's 2 years since PD, she says, to which you always react with a big shock. She can't blame your surprise, because it all went by in an instant. After PD you had to cold sleep to cleanse. (Remember, Xiao foreshadowed this a lot, when PD was coming around, it was one of his big worries. Somehow being in the cold-sleep pod makes the 'darker influence' or whatever contamination it is go away but nobody ever explains why that happens. Is it merely doing nothing/not actually getting near any darker for an extended period of time and the stuff 'evaporates' like water but really slowly? Or is the pod capable of extracting darker contaimantion but it's really slow?)
During that time they were still fighting PD, but don't worry, everyone is fine and still fighting. (As you remember, it’ll keep coming back because Persona time-skips it every time it loses) So now is your grand return. ARKS will be ready to go. But, nothing's ever that easy. She realizes you just finished being purified by the cold sleep process, but she awoke you because she has a favor to ask. But before that she has to give you an item. She gives you The Story Board, which will make it easy to chronicle your grand adventures.
This gives you the Story Board Window.
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Remember: Xiao can look however he wants because he’s not really a living thing, he’s the manifestation of Xion’s power/another ship-planet-thing, so him kind of ‘growing up’ to look like her isn’t really surprising.
You are then tasked with ‘getting ready to go on a mission’, after which you have to talk to Xiao again to trigger it. You can now go do MPA stuff or anything else, only returning when you’re ready to activate more story.