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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Xiera’s Little Problem
No we are not going to resist over-analyzing the scene even though it is likely a sex-fantasy-inducing throw-away for promoting men's fantasies and demoralizing girls. There are bits in it that are interesting to think about.
You approach her floating chair, after having come in through the door to the bridge room.
Are You Ok?
If you ask Are You OK? She’s surprised, and not hurt, but she wasn’t doing something important. She was wondering why her chest (that means the boobies!) was made so tiny compared to Ulc. (You should not be able to ‘surprise’ Xiera EVER on the ship. Let alone get in a door that she is behind without her knowledge. It is the nature of her that they ignore here, thus spawning up another pathetic plot hole. She kind of IS the ship, as EACH Xiera is ALSO a ship/she is a cast who is aware of everything on board/ship systems. Again they're breaking down character plot points just to have a scene.) She aggravates, crossing her arms and tilting her head in dissatisfaction.
You will turn to leave, (because the discussion is stupid, most likely) but she shouts that it’s serious! A real need to worry about this thing! You can’t go! So, you turn back. She explains that we, the Xiera-type High-Casts are stationed aboard each ARKS ship, each one manages the controls of the ships. (So, like a Nurse Joy in pokemon, or a LOU in PSU, there are more of this same person. 1 per ship, doing the same thing, and that’s how it explains how all the ships work.) Of course….she doesn’t confess if she’s a hive-mind or not. Do they all share each-other’s thoughts in realtime?
She explains we became operational 2 years ago when you went into the Cold Sleep. (So either Ulc or Xiao suggested creating Xiera-Type android people, and then no doubt Xiao carried out their making) By specializing in only Ship Control & Management, we have near zero combat ability. We exist only to manage ARKS ships. But just to be clear, she’s got no complaints, she loves ship management. While it is possible for us to be programmed to think like that…it’s all right because she’s happy. (This is actually really existential?? Being happy to do something, but also knowing you were pre-disposed to be happy to do it...by a will that wasn't your own...but being content with that situation also because...you were made to be content with it. It's actually fairly unsettling for a circular thought-loop-pattern.) But now! This is where it becomes important, she adds. The template used in her personality came directly from Ulc.
(They DID say this earlier, that Ulc is forever optimistic, cheerful, can-do, and determined. She is also pretty smart, and seemed to have a knack for figuring things out. She would be a decent base.)
Normally, such a thing would’ve taken too long if started from scratch, so that’s why Ulc was chosen to have her personality as a template. (But HOW did they do this? It would be super fascinating to learn how they used a brain scan or whatever on Ulc to copy a 'basic personality' out of her--but OF COURSE that'll never get explained/elaborated on--even though it would be relevent in other areas of the plot (Ex. Lisa).) But despite having said that look at the difference! The diff! She shouts. If they used someone as a model, she wanted their physique as well as the personality! She flails at the air around her.
Every time she has a conversation with Ulc, there’s an irritating feeling she gets in her chest, this is unaceptible mental hygene. The other Xiera types agree, time to file the complaint with Xiao! She swivels her chair and begins to make the report, but it sends a message scolding her. She apologizes and says she can’t keep quiet, in that regard she’s similar to a human. You understand her feels, right?? This backs you down a bit, and she goes back to her furious typing. The scene ends.
What was the entire purpose of this?
Body Dysmorphic Disorder - If they copied Ulc's 'mental map' of her own body, it could create some kind of disordered thinking in Xiera. "A weight is missing from me" etc. that would lead to never feeling 'right' & meeting the person you were based off of would only make it worse.
It's cosmetic - If it was purely cosmetic she would be complaining about her yellow hair not being brown, the wrong color of her eyes and trying to darken her skin to match Ulc better.
Xiao's role - He's fairly omnicient when regarding the ships, so him snapping back at her as she begins to type is eerie but expect-able. That he'd sit there and deny her without hearing her out is not nice...if it really bothers her.....she should have enough autonomy to be able to choose elective (what? Surgery? Repair?) to alter herself if she truly believes it will make her feel better and more content from then on.
Bad Morals - It is ok to have opinions, but when everyone in a media begins to have the same opinion it becomes a 'bad morals media', (because characters ARE NOT people, they are produced by people and have no will of their own--characters are used to get writers' points across) and of course, here this one goes at it to push 1 poorly opinion. Opinions held by characters like 'short people are ugly' and 'large earrings are always beautiful' are fine because they belong to just that one character. You may not agree--and that's the point. However, this one's moral is always
Patty & Tea in: We Want A Real Title!
You walk over to them (as you had apparently been coming to her room anyway)
What Are You Doing?
If you ask Gathering Intelligence? Tea says no, it’s just Patty complaining. She just wants a cool title like Guardian, like you other guys have. Patty goes on a bit of a rant, that an exclusive title is so cool, although they call themselves ARKS #1 info dealers, that’s only self-proclaimed. Tea is shocked that Patty knew it was self proclaimed. So Patty again asks for just one favor, while hopping a bit. Xiera explains that those ideas of titles are from Commander Ulc, so there’s nothing she can do.
This causes Tea to wonder why are there titles like that, instead of just assigning people to the Council of 6? Xiera actually answers her with that at first there were talks about assigning Matoi & your character as new members. But, the 6 are those who prioritize their judgment as ARKS, rather than their own personal judgment. But you & Matoi aren’t like that so the decision was made.
Tea surmises that the decision resulted in a new title because it would seem useless to restrain these 2 particular people under the 6 role. This is correct. Tea scowls at you about it though, further accusing you with that it wasn’t a compliment it means that we are stuck dealing with your decisions. (What does this mean? You are literally NEVER in charge of anyone on the ship.) You look embarrassed about it to a degree, so Patty says it must be nice, the role of a Guardian means you’re free to do whatever you want. Tea believes Patty’s view of being free is different from what it really is allowed to express. Patty now wants one too, not being a combat unit but an exclusive title! Something just for her! Xiera says even if she’s pestered like this what isn’t possible…isn’t possible.
This works Patty up, so she shouts and poses that dreams will always come true if you don’t give up! But fine…how does one aquire an exclusive title? Xiera thinks about it and says maybe by doing something amazing like what your character did. So Patty claims that they’re your guide of great intel. Tea says it’s a lie, but if we were to obtain amazing intel that was enough to flip the history of ARKS upside-down, it might be possible…Patty latches on, thinking of something amazing that nobody at all knows, so lets go and find this info! There’s got to be something out there. Patty runs off, so Tea schemes to herself that she’s fallen for it, so hopefully at this rate she takes the job seriously this time. Because she didn’t leave fast enough, Patty yells after her that someone may find it before they do, so hurry!
You turn to watch them go, so Tea asks Patty what she thinks to look for now. Patty’s goal is how to eradicated the PD forever, and she aims to figure it out before Xiao does. Tea starts off with ‘seriously…’ but then must admit that you’d get an exclusive title if you did that. You nod about this thoughtfully.
It’s pretty standard P&T, but sadly doesn’t explain much new.
Why Kohri Laughs
Is Your Body OK?
If you ask Still Thinking About Her? To obtain more info, she says you can see right through her. Kohri was a child who couldn’t do anything, she hated sports and studying, and was bad at both and was out of touch with reality. But if even if nothing went right she was always cheery. Hitsugi first met her after she entered HS, through MC. At first she thought she was dull, because she was always following her, she thought she was annoying. She was cruel to her at first, but then she still followed like a puppy dog when she was around. She wonders when it was, it was around the time the two joined the student council that it all started…
This causes her to reflect into a sepia-tone flashback.
*This is often actually true. Some well meaning but ‘background’ sort of person stands up to a bully or bully group on behalf of another, only to become the victim themselves. However, they also usually don’t give up on the first person. So, this makes sense. Hitsugi feels like it’s her fault Kohri is bullied because she didn’t do anything to stop the bullies & Kohri did.
One day, she ran across Kohri being bullied. Other girls were standing around yelling at her. But then Kohri looked her way, saw her, and laughed like she always had. Hitsugi now understood that her laughing meant she was pushing herself. She’s out of touch so she didn’t realize it was a signal saying she needed help. She got into a fight with the bullies, but the teachers found out and scolded everyone but they didn’t do it again. After that, Kohri stuck to her even more but now she didn’t mind. Remember how she laughs the other day on the roof top? It was just like with the bullies, so that means she needs help. She’s suffering while trying to help…the same as before…that’s why she has to help her...she thinks harder.
You bop her on the head!
Her shock fades and she says “Sorry, you’re right its not I, it’s we, WE have to help her, right?” Xiera cuts in, in her usual ear phone fashion and is surprised Hitsugi is there too. She then does her ‘huhuhuhu’ laugh and asks if she’s interrupting something private?
This shocks her, and she asks how he got over there.
Enga laughs and comes down the stairs, saying it doesn’t really matter, but Ms Xiera seemed like she was in a hurry to talk to someone, so what happened?
Xiera explains ESC A darkers have arrived at Tensei academy, Hitsugi’s school!
So Kohri’s cry for help is her fake-laughing and that she was doing it on the roof meant that some part of her was using it through the Ophiel-mind control to call out to Hitsugi.
2028 4/21 at 1800 (So, it’s night, and no one’s around)
Hitsugi obviously isn't there. But there are enemies back there, she has asked toward the knees and legs of some Platidorus who are standing right behind her now. There’s also a Ranca Vereze flapping behind them. Interestingly, these Platidorus seem to be wearing shields / armor pieces on their legs. (It’s obviously ARKS-like tech, and not a part of the Platidorus itself, it even has a photon edge glow--of course, nobody ever is going to explain this) Oh yes that’s right, Mother told her Hitsugi would come down if she went on a rampage here…
She talks to the empty courtyard at the gate area. The school is me and her daily life, it’s where we’ll return to, I’m sure she will come to protect the school…so I’ll…destroy it? She questions her orders, and a Bonta Bearatus comes out of a portal. Why am I going to destroy our daily life? Why? She gets more confused. To bring her back, to save her? But to do that I have to destroy this? Why? You can’t do that, Khori what am I saying? This is me and her place of memories. Studying, exercising, laughing, getting mad, and crying, this is where we are all the time. There is just a tiny bit of static/gray on the screen, and a small sound. It’s unclear what this signifies, other than her kind of being able to break away from the Ophiel control.
A Platidorus charges the school, so she cuts it down with Gram while saying no matter what, you can’t! This school is the place where we belong, I’ll not let you destroy it no matter what! She shouts. Now, she fights all of the enemies that were sent down with her as backup.
Gram is really big, and long for a sword. She can swing it, but not exactly turn it on a dime so when she’s faced away from anything it’s a problem. A Bearatus will hit her with a giant claw slash, but Hitsugi saves her. Hitsugi says to talk later, let’s beat all of these first! You & Enga arrive, and start the fight. You have to battle through waves of Platidorus, Gachas, Ranca Vereze, and Paras Picos. (The toy box that ejects a sharp & fancy cone) Keep in mind that the Beratus now shoot out ‘claw swipe’ blades where the Bonta Bearadda could not. The Ranca also boasts more energy ball blasting.
If you can defeat them all, as Kohri now stands with you, they fall into their cubes, and Hitsugi’s disguise floral kimono thing fades away.
Ophiel is doing it, from the roof.
Hitsugi aggravatedly asks just how much do we have to suffer you bastards! And puts back her costume.
Now you have the most difficult of the Kohri fights.
When she loses, Hitsugi says hah, but Kohri says its not over. Hitsugi says to stop if you keep pushing yourself you’ll…but she cuts her off, to save her, Mother says she has to kill her. Xiera cuts in with that her vitals are dangerously abnormal, the strain on her body is so much that she shouldn’t be able to move but…
Enga says to stand back, he’ll end her life for you. She says it was her fault for not facing her properly, she’ll be the one to cut her down! (really guys? Some friends the lot of you are.) Kohri sasy don’t be upset, she doesn’t want to see her face that way, she wants to see her happiness more and more, the first friend when she was alone, no matter what happens, we’ll always be together! She says in a flashback, but Hitsugi shakes it off,. Then Hitsugi actually DOES go to murder her on purpose. She raises the magic Katana over head, looking like she hopes to cleave Kohri's head in half, but you grab her katana as she holds it over her head.
Are You Really Going To Strike Her Down?!
If you yell Don’t Give Up! She doesn’t want to, but as long as it goes on, we just keep suffering, so…you shake your head again, and she questions it, even now, so you nod at her. Xiera says of course that’s what you’d say, it’s what you always say. Xiera explains that the person before you (meaning she talks to Hitsugi now, about your char) is someone who has never given up, no matter what, a real, and wonderful person. So you can’t either, because if you do now, you won’t be able to do anything. Your power is the embodiment of your desires after all, so you can’t give up no matter what.
Enga says good grief, while it would be easy to quickly kill her it still would leave a bad taste in his mouth. (Just some casual murder, you know...something that leaves a bad taste just like having to scrub the oven at home or perhaps untangle a garden hose hmmmm) Hey Hitsugi, if you’re saving Aru too, so show how to really save them, and show us your power by turning your dreams into reality right here. You nod at her and she puts back the sword, asking it to lend the power, to make her wishes come true, you lend her glittering photons, a warm light that was the power used when saving her (initially) She proclaims she’ll save Kohri with a huge strike of the energy from the katana. This does knock her over, but cubes come out.
Now, she’s in her uniform as she falls down crying. Hitsugi catches her, she apologizes saying she was so scared that Hitsugi would hate her, and then she was gone and and…Hitsugi hugs her, apologizing for leaving her all alone, she did nothing wrong, she’s the one at fault. She was spoiled and should have talked to her properly, instead of bottling everything in, she should have trusted her. Both of our pain…she needed to be more trusting and is a failure of a friend. That’s why, if you’re ok with it, let’s start from the beginning? Let’s go back to the first day we met, so Kohri will give her an enthusiastic hug as they sit together on the pavement.
She says didn’t she just say she was trying to kill him?
The Chapter Ends
Darkers/Esc-A Darkers aren't alive to begin with so no air/air-pressure, food or water is fine for them
This doesn't raise too many questions, which is a nice change. However, Enga casually offering to murder someone for Hitsugi is a little poor taste, and the fact that Hitsugi was actually going to slice off her friends' head (or cleave it in half) because "she couldn't think of anything else to do" doesn't speak well for either of them. Hitsugi also confessing she was handed a friend on a silver platter and then was mean to it also doesn't shine very well on her.
Mother's unclear psychic abilities-
In the 'Luther portal room' Aratron asks Mother, where are you? But, he is attacked by Esc A darkers. He thinks they're phantoms, and this place is part of Mother, he calls it the birthplace of ether. He battles them with his hammer, saying there's no time to waste. But, Mother appears from the portal, floating, and kills the more that appear with red/darkness energy blasts. Aratron turns, asking her just what was that?
She says if they're not used to me, don't obey me, then she'll absorb them to force them to obey, so what of it?
Mother turns away from him, toward her bubbling portal, and sadly says 'I see'. She says he should also leave, because he's no reason to stay longer. He laughs, and says don't worry, he won't leave her alone, he promised to stay by her side. Being together brings back memories when we first met. It was the day he investigate the moon She showed new possibilities, and since then, nothing changed, old men don't change their minds. You were the one who showed this old man wondrous possibilities, whatever happened, that'll never change, Mother. Even if he ends up doing something 'wrong'? He was the one who woke her up, she slept on the moon 12 years ago, when he was involved. Because of that, he's obligated to see what happens with his own eyes.
This portion shows you a drawing comic book style of a ghostly outline 'mother' emerging from a blast of light while an astronaut-looking figure looks on. You can't see the face in the dome helmet, but it has to be Aratron, the Ex-Astronaut. He narrates this while the drawing is shown.
He says it's his responsibility, what she seeks to accomplish whether good or bad, he'll be here. History is written by the victors and we'll show what's 'right'. We can only act in accordance with our desires, and mine is to watch over her story, that is all. With her heart, with her mind, Mother can accomplish what she must, and he'll use his power for that purpose
She says he's whimsical as ever. Which he says is a compliment while tapping his head.
He may be misguided, but he seems genuine.
In his office underground, Ardem says that the situation has reached the final phase. From here on out, he can't make any mistakes. For evolution and development of humanity and for a new creation, he must act as well. But someone enters the office, and he looks up. They have on black slacks and black ordinary earth shoes. (You don’t get to see who this is)
It also makes sense that a life form would wake her up because she's some 'created entity' of the Photoners and the moon is actually really hard to get to. *In this era/previous era. Space is largely empty of life so using ‘life form’ as the wake-up signal makes sense.
She has to stress herself absorbing ESCA Darkers or they'll attack her and her room and her minions
The Moon's Transformation
In Xiera's room, Kohri, Hitsugi, Enga & you are all listening to Xiera and her screen. She shows the odd spiral, and Hitsugi is shocked at ESCA darkers. Enga says it looks like they're making a 'road' toward the Earth. Hitsugi says its gross. If they got there in such numbers, nobody could handle it. Xiera says that even for ARKS, fighting all of those wouldn't work, putting the entire planet under an isolation field wouldn't even be enough. Kohri exclaims about how they're endlessly spawning like that, and that even Mother wasn't used to it.
He asks why apologize, he's complaining about the unreliability of the Earth intel. Besides...there are other people she should be apologizing to instead.
*He is basically telling a hostage to apologize for being captured. He blames her for Ophiel's mind control over her. He is the actual, literal, definition of victim-blaming right here, and again, nobody calls him out on it. At no point in the story did it ever imply that Kohri could have done something to go against Ophiel until she is very literally nearly murdered/just about dead.
This leads her to say she caused so much trouble for you Arks (to Xiera) so, Xiera reminds her that she was being controlled, don't let it bother you too much. However, Kohri will mind it, a lot, and this leads her on a rant. If there's anything she can do, she'll do it...any command, or any mission, she will go onit to make up for what she's done. So, just please assign her something!
Xiera tells you to deal with her. This causes you to do a shocked pose.
No Apologies Allowed
You can command either thing, so if you command Give Hitsugi Your Full Support, she says of course! Enga clarifies is stop worrying about the little things, and devote herself to supporting Hitsugi as a real friend. because if not his stupid little sister is prone to unpredictable rampages . She needs to have the brakes close by. Kohri asks is it ok to help, what if she does something wrong? Or something strange that causes more problems. Hitsugi yells at her that she's going to stop Mother, save Aru, and she'd better keep up with more fighting than ever before! Kohri will nod and 'yes' with enthusiasm. Xiera says now then, the location, target and goal are all decided so preparations are soon complete. This'll be a rough battle, so save your strength because when prep is completed, she'll call. Everyone nods, and the scene ends.
Enga continues to be scummy yet magically nobody notices his victim blaming.
Whenever you take any quest (even eq) whenever you return to the lobby after that, a cut scene will appear. This previous scene triggers that happenstance.