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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|Story Guide HUB * Episode 4 Story Page 2 *|
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.
Now, to trigger events you have to go to the bridge & select them on the story board. This causes a cut-scene to play. This is how MOST of the elements seem to work, rather than going & finding the tablets in quests as you normally did before. In other cases, you go find the NPC on ship somewhere to trigger the scene & get more plot.
BEGIN STORY BOARD MODE
First Scene to actually go trigger: Io is glum
You've grown more mature
If you say You've grown more mature (Why though? Her hair's mostly the same--she added a random braid on one side that looks kind of shabby-chic-boho but...., clothes are the same, and she's her usual suspicious self acting contrary & gloomy, she hasn't gotten prettier OR uglier and her personality hasn't matured/become more well adjusted any--these options are dumbbut the game itself seems to want you to be dumb or bad to her often to fuel her personality)
She knows she's late in saying it, but really welcome back, she's been waiting.
Poor Io, counting on strange fake antagonistic relationships and making up stuff in order to have conversations. She’s just as confusing as she ever was. Did you notice here that the title is "Io is Glum" but then you never find out how or why?
Legend of the Bouncer Maiden
Who were you again...?
If you say Ah, long time no see , she'll say the moment of silence means you don't remember, and get frustrated. (As if anyone would forget her? She got like 20 chances to rattle on with Saga earlier) She'll explain her name is ka to ri and she's the one who spread the beloved bouncer class and is now regarded as the graceful and legendary maiden. Saga appears, saying because she's so assertive she's received a legendary number of complaints. Katori says it's because he doesn't advertise enough, because getting people to remember bouncer is the top priority. Katori claims it's partially due to you that Bouncer is doing well as a class, but Saga explains that people are inspired by your achievements so ARKS are trying various weapons and classes regardless of preference.
(*Remember, it used to be a big deal that you could use more than one class, or try others. Most people couldn't, and Zeno didn't do too well at it, though he improved later, as did Echo. ARKS were pretty 1-track when they started)
Saga picks out the sense, saying diversity in styles is great, plus individuals who master many are easier to work with others. Saga says new problems are probably on the horizon, so call upon them to help. Katori pledges her new skills too...but he undercuts her with as you've guessed during the talk, Katori has hardly changed and will likely cause you grief anyway, so we wish you the best regardless. Katori yells at you not to nod.
Summoner is beautiful
Pets are an unknown quantity at this point.
In the forest you meet Pietro & his Wanda. He praises the wanda as perfect to the touch, graceful and without flaws. He boasts about how great is the love it has for him, the elegant way in which it snuggles!
What are you talking about?
If you ask "Who Are You?" He'll say that you don't know, and that he doesn't know you/you don't look familiar but aside from the children, he has no interest in anyone else so it doesn't matter. He introduces his pet wanda as "Catherine" (you can name the pet or leave it as the species name, so this makes sense) He says you're not a familiar face he's seen before, so let him explain his beloved Summoner class to you!
Summoner is the latest class for ARKS where you use what are called 'pets' but they are really children who need to be loved. You can take them with you onto the battle field. He introduces the weapon of the summoner, the Takt which is a short magic (its photonic) wand. With it, you conduct a symphony of destruction on the battlefield. So you want to try it, yes? No need to be so reserved...everyone wants to try it! To share the joy of holding the children dear is why he established the class. As he talks and gestures all around, the Wanda walks up to him from where it was sniffing around on the grass.
So the Wanda attacks him. It does a flip roll and bashes into his side, making him stagger. (The Wanda is a dog-like thing, but it has flattened ram horns that come to a point) He tells it to wait just a moment, they'll go to a cafe soon enough. As he walks away to lead it to the cafe, it bites him in the back. He turns to say enjoy the summoner life, and tells Catherine not to rush because the food isn't going anywhere. So it bites his hands repeatedly, making him yell that it hurts and to stop, little rascal.
So Pietro is another resident eccentric character.
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Xiera says she agrees with Ulc's decision, saying Ulc took over for Xiao as commander because everything's still a mess. When you're ready to go, just ask her. Also, ARKS went through some restructuring. Which she will tell you about at....
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Arks Restructure: ARKS command chain has gone through a drastic restructure while you were out. Ulc is top, Theodore is her assistance, Council of 6 was split up. Huey is combat division with deputy 3rd Claris Claes, General affairs is Maria with Deputy Sara. Instructor is Regius, deputy Zeno. Intelligence is Casra. Decision making that involves the policy of ARKS is thoroughly discussed among the heads of departments & commander first. With this set, Xiao has returned to the mother-ship to concentrate on his calculations. (Rather suddenly and apropos of really nothing here???) Xiera blurts out that: She's happy because it's been 2 years since she was born so she's an adult in both mind and body now! By the way, she heard from Xiao that Ulc had a part in forming her personality. Oh and within ARKS there's a special title called The Guardian. It doesn't belong to any department, they can act on their own, it's the only Unique presence really. And there's only 2: You and Matoi. And Xierra is your personal operator.
So, Xiera exposes herself for what she really is:
The next story you can actually activate is
Chapter 1: Guardian’s Awakening: Time To Wake Up
Xiera calls to him, asking if he is Hitsugi? On his earpiece comm. that everyone has. Xierra introduces herself as the ARKS Operator, after he acts startled. She tells him you’ll be working with him for this mission. He thinks he’s seen your name somewhere before…and decides to look you up. You’re the ARKS who fended off PD 2 years ago! Why be here with him now? He is freaking out a bit, at a famous person.
Xiera offers to explain it all when you 2 return, because this mission serves as rehab. He wonders a bit at this, then sits right there on the ground, facing away from you on purpose. He begins to think things through by talking to himself. THE ship operator assigns him alongside THE person who defeat PD?? It cannot be a coincidence. But why, did he work too hard? He is under suspicion? Xierra interrupts his fretting, with an ‘Ops to Hitsugi?’, which prompts him to agitate and say he’s relieved to be in the hands of someone so capable, so please take care of him. He then does a fancy bow to you and says let’s get going to get it over with.
Xierra says he’s strange because even though he’s male he doesn’t act like one. (Really? Aside from the fancy bow that would be odd for anyone to do, this just seems like a nervous-nellie character) She says he’s fishy, so keep an eye out FOR and also ON him. To which you nod, and Hitsugi joins the party.
This lets you both off in the ‘corrupted ruins’ where the grass is all yellow & everything looks dried up. Several waves of darkers will appear, like dagan, dagacha & kradah so you have to defeat them to remove a typical darker spike wall. Next will be birds then toy types. Last, they’ll all appear in one go.
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If you say Something Feels Off she’ll agree that maybe he’s hiding something? She feels as if his guard shifts focus to us when he’s not in combat with darkers. Just keep watching him, we’ll sort the details after the mission. He frets because he hears whispering and throwing glances at him while he works.
A creepy shadow of black and red smoke that is vaguely-human shaped with burning red eyes appears before him, then dashes at him! It’s right in the middle of the path too, standing in a hunched and wavering way. Nothing like this has ever appeared before in any scene, it’s totally new & definitely dark. You grab him away, blocking him from the figure’s attempt.
Xierra is afraid of this shifting strong darker reading. Is it a Dark Falz? It makes another attempt to consume him in a red and black cloud of photons.
He disperses the figure with a slash!
It’s ok I’ll save you
If you say It’s OK I’ll Save you, you rush toward him with a hand out & a blue/white power appears from it / around both of you that starts to dispel the evil cloud. Xierra yells that “It’s neutralizing darkers --no it’s as Xiao said it’s your power!” So, you have apparently retained a little of what Matoi has, which is the ability to neutralize darkers powers, but Xiao never appeared here yet & didn't say anything like that to you yet. He says he can move, and he can log out! Quickly, a white window screen appears near one of his hands, he hits it, and vanishes. Xiera says darker readings have gone, but where is Hitsugi?
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Hitsugi-girl is…playing the PSO2 “Game”???
Character looking kid asks where is he? She starts shouting that it’s a dream, so he creeps forward. She says it’s too racy for this time of day, why is he naked where are his clothes!? For petes sake ughghghghh. He asks if she’s hurt. Time to stop denying and look at reality. She’ll hear him out, who is he, what’s his name? He says it’s Hitsugi. She claims it’s her name…so then he says he doesn’t know what his really is. She yells him more.
She says he suddenly appears in the room, the spitting image of her avatar in the game…could he actually BE from in there? MOTHER didn’t say anything about this. She hears footsteps outside her door.
Did she make too much noise, is the dorm monitor coming? She goes to open the dorm door, but the footsteps she heard was from a very tall, half-constructed zombie man of some kind. This is like a guy in a suit, but he has a blurry, blue/gray top of his face (so it’s pretty featureless) a blue crystal-type claw arm, regular arm, and various blue lumpy/crystal-ey defects to him.
She’s then punched by the zombie man, who steps into her door after her. There are more coming, and it swings a big fist so Naked Kid jumps in the way and gets hit in the back and falls. She yells at it not to come closer and yells for help so the screen of the computer flashes and……..you appear in her room!
You knock the zombie out into the hall with a punch pushing it away. You are now in a dorm fighting zombies. Several varieties of zombie type blue crystal afflicted tall guys appear in the dorm hall, which is narrow and has all closed doors. Somehow, all the noise this would make doesn't alert anyone at all. These just dissappear when they are defeated, much like a darker would.
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Xiera calls to you there in the room over your ear-comm
Hitsugi wakes up and laughs once you’re gone. It was just a dream, haha all that crazy stuff. Then she turns around and naked kid is still there. So she laughs more but sadly now. It wasn’t just a dream.
Is Hitsugi-Girl having an out of body experience?
The next day
Xierra is doing her thing in the bridge when you approach. She tells you well done, we’re not sure what happened but it’s unlikely we’ll see such an event again. However, she’s ready to share the info. The star for that planet is located in a point of subspace that’s not quite the same as this one. It’s a totally different dimension! (Different dimensions are ALSO not unprecedented, because as we know from CANNON PSU & PSO1 are in different dimensions from each other. They are ALSO different from PSO2’s dimension. All 4 of these places are now co-existent & can apparently exchange at least a few items and clothing bits somehow between them.
1. PSO1, CARD, and PS0
Different dimensions spells out convolution for travel, so investigations are proceeding. Shining like a pearl, the new world is called The Earth. But, when you visited it so briefly, you recall communicating with Hitsugi to be second nature. (So that means she is wondering at how you spoke whatever language is going on, on Earththis is very valid & a plot hole unless it is addressed.) She tells you that as soon as debriefing is over, she’ll try to pry some info out of Intelligence Division hands. They’re just not giving anything to the bridge unless they feel it’s relevant. Ulc was right it’s fishy stinky fishy. They’re having trouble anchoring Earth’s transfer coordinates.
But there are more important matters like it’s thanks to your effort that we may begin to bridge the divide between Oracle (the ARKS collective ships) and Earth in its other dimension. But if they’re still not sure how to send you, how’d you go? It seems like your desire to save Hitsugi triggered a response with Photons & helped transfer you over there.
NO: She is wrong here.
Xiera says she’s gone off topic, but you could travel there now, however keep all things a secret. Optical Camouflage and Spatial Quarantine measures are employed so you should be able to operate without alerting Earthlings…probably. But because the tech’s from the intelligence division she’s doubtful. She says they make it possible with Transparent Blade Mai’s latent ability but that seems sketchy. Problems are all around so more investigation is needed. (This negativity on her part reveals that Casra is already doing his job which seems to be making people dislike him & his duties at whatever it is he’s assigned to)
But she has another important info:
If you ask Contact? She says don’t you remember when you tried to save Hitsugi your hands came into contact. During that time some of your photons got on her hand and we captured her signature. We were able to trace her in time to save her. It allows us to sniff around earth and gather intel. With ARKS advanced technology it would be easy to look into her daily life! Hehehe! What scenes would you want to see?
Isn’t that peeping?
AND NOW FOR AN INTERRUPTION PSA
1. To get rid of the “Lore” of the first 3 parts of the entire game to make it friendly to newbies who start playing years after the game got going. This one was confessed by the developers out loud, officially. So it's not green because it is not an opinion.
2. To look at high school girls’ panties & in pursuit of the all-mighty high-school TIDDY. The eternal & most high-minded quest of all of human-kind ever culminates right here in the entire arc constructed to be able to focus on high school hi-jinks and the boobs of high school girls. Oh do you think this is hyperbolic? Do you think it's exaggerating because this is how the story starts off and it has made an action-gamer mad? Keep reading, it lives up to what's said above here in the green text. And some panty, in the case of the anime. This point in the story where Xiera is delighted to be able to peep on under-age girls sets the tone for what’s to come. Also note that the anime that goes with this chunk of the story starts around here too. And yes! It’s got more of the same…
A. Oh no our generic boy protagonist is in the girls dorm!
B. Wow, the studious class president has an android character so people online don't harass her for being female/ leave her alone…but she later makes a character that looks just like her but you can see the boobs* because she out of character chooses skimpy PSO2 outfits! Shock!
C. Look, the actual-ARKS girl pretending to be from earth and acting military/cold but actually likes the generic boy protagonist toooooo??? Woooow!
D. You somehow have to ‘play the game for school’ but balance it with your school life too so everyone can praise the game! Wow it’s the best game ever created on Earth! It's installed on every computer made because everyone loves it so!
E. Whoa, a generic male protagonist in the anime with black hair & brown eyes who is just some average joe schlub that turns out to be god tier hero that all the girls go for? Who would expect THAT? It’s trope-tastic!
Plus more generic, expected, normal, boring animuuuu tropes out the wazoo. They could have made the anime about all the interesting characters, back-stories and plots and things we already have, but they chose “generic high school setting with generic boy protagonist (you already know what he looks like! A black hair, brown eyed schlub who’s just your average joe with no special talents but the girls are gonna go for him boy-o!) instead. Instead of introducing the lore of the first 3 chapters to MAKE it newbie friendly & entice people to the game they chose to ignore it all and make a mediocre anime set at High School, just like the LITERALLY 12 OTHERS that have already been done. (No, this is serious/its not hyperbole look up on crunchyroll how many “high-schoolers enter the game” animes there are, its at least 12 and none of them are highly acclaimed moneymakers/award winners/a big deal aside from Sword Art Online's first season.)
*Then they wonder why it wasn’t some kind of money-machine break-out hit. Hmm.
*There are plenty of non-booby outfits in PSO2. A conservative girl who chose an android character first to avoid negative online attention would choose to look like a badass/a conservative outfit not a temptress. (Both badasses & temptresses are finewhat’s not fine is being out of character in order to service the fanswhich is exactly what this does.)
If you say “Isn’t that Peeping?”
This ends the chapter.
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Xiera wants you to gather info from Hitsugi & also Earth. She is specifically looking for stuff about Phantoms, the thing that attacked girl Hitsugi. Of course, there's no info in the database. But, since Earth was discovered, there have been detected large quantities of those. They could have existed since some time ago. They're not native or natural to Earth, and their origins are unknown...but we can't leave something so harmful alone. They materialize through an unknown method. It's similar to our own way of materializing photons. And with that, all we need to do is give the baddies the 'old one-two!' and if its trusty you, it should be a breeze.
She explains that you should be free to operate on Earth undetected because Optic Camo & Spatial Quarantine are in order. (These are clearly really important to the plot or the story, this is the 2nd time she's mentioned these devices/features) Because it hasn't been directly explained yet here: It's those "red photon walls" that act as "White Gates" did previously. No one on Earth can see into these & nothing can enter/leave them. Plot-holerifically, these only appear in areas where no one wanted to go anyway, like intersections in the middle of the city. It even surprises her sometimes. But she's got another favor: she really wants you to blast those phantoms!
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Hitsugi is frustrated as naked kid (now in a shirt that says "Maru" with a cartoon puppy on it) doesn't remember his name, where he's from, or who he is) He nods enthusiastically so she yells amnesia isn't a thing to be proud of. She thinks she has a headache because that kid has no memory whatsoever. She's dressed him (most likely) in one of her big night-shirts that is middling pink. She feels because there was a weird monster the police should handle all of it. However...he did try to save her from the monster so she can't abandon him. (Or call the police to take him away) She says let's just roll with this and pats him on the head.
She ponders to herself* that he looks just like the avatar she used in PSO2, it can't be a coincidence. She looks over to her gaming set up which is a curved screen large monitor, cordless mouse & ordinary keyboard. She has speakers, but notice how there's ZERO INDICATION of anything VR or mind control or anything immersive about the game. How is the story supposed to believe she got 'trapped in the game' and actually afraid? Her desktop wallpaper has the "ESC-A" logo on it. She wants to investigate if it has anything to do with the PSO2 game. It's a part of her job as a Mother-Cluster Member. As a chosen member of the social media group Mother Cluster it's her job to investigate the occurrence of bugs in the game. It is her obligation and duty. (She's very serious about some goofy facebook group)