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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Huey, Sara & Claris Claes’s Meeting
So what Claris probably wanted to do, but that the dialogue wastes itself away on arguing instead, was to remove the equip restrictions from all rares so that anyone could use them no matter what level. It's the Equip Restrictions that you can sometimes lower with crafting, or maybe even the class restrictions on weapons.
Huey finally chimes in with 'what's done is done'. He explains we just finished a meeting with the unit representatives. And he's commander of the combat unit! Claris is his second! Sara believes it is dangerous selection of personnel, but...it doesn't matter because the tasks are simple. (she jabs) The General Affairs unit she's part of is nothing but chores, and resource management.
Regius wanted the Instructors Unit, so Maria got Commander of General Affairs but you should've seen the look on her face when that was decided. Sara says 'thanks to him' (who?) most of the work from that was pushed onto her so it is a bother. Huey says break-time ends here, so lets get back to our tasks. Claris cheers and invites you to battle next time. The two walk off, but Sara is the last to leave. The Scene ends.
Who assigned Maria to the area without her consent/input? Who has that authority?
Io & Katori in: Summoner is An Affront
Io says that even if Katori tells her to take promotion seriously, why use the exact strategy of Azanami? It's because Katori fears Summoners use the appearl of their pets, so the BO & BU should use their own looks and charms to win over hearts. The pets are cheap tactics that even lured your char! It's unforgivable. Io thinks that bit is just in her head. From the shadows...Saga is watching all of it occur. You are walking by/near him though, so he apologizes for Katori's antics. Out of nowhere, there was a request from Katori herself to promote Bouncer, but when he decided to see it for himself...well...here we are.
You're Sure Its OK?
If you ask What Are They Doing? (Because of course Saga would say that whatever it is, isn't ok, because that's how he always is) He says they're attempting to promote Bouncer, and Azanami did it the same way. He feels their thinking of "Summoners Are Unfair" doesn't make much sense. Though...Katori trying her best to spread the word of bouncer deserves praise. He thinks rather than jumping into action, it's better to have ambition regardless of the idea behind it, so the training had its merit. However, he does feel sorry for Io, who was dragged into the scheme. All she could do is to say she was caught up in the moment.
Katori flails about Bouncer, gesturing and spinning near the fountain. She repeatedly claims its better than Summoner, and for all to join the class. Io just wants a break...but she says that shouting near the transport area gate is next, so let's run there. Sadly, Io says to support bravers too.
The scene ends
Pretty typical Katori. And, interestingly, also of the opinion of players when Summoner was released. It was called the N00b class, the cheat class, and the do-nothings. Because...it almost can be. Stand as far away as you can from everything, then repeatedly send out pets to deal damage and cast spells for you. Pet KOs don't even matter because you can equip so many wands assigned to so many pets and just cycle them as they die/revive.
Lisa & Kohri
Kohri demands the others back her up. Hitsugi says its nostalgic, like how they first met. Enga says it feels like yesterday when she did jump at him. She says brother and sister are just reminiscing, you've got to help her instead!
This Is How It Must Be Done
What do either of these mean? Was something mistranslated here? NEITHER phrase is appropriate. WHAT must be done? What does this refer to? It's a completely irrelevant phrase. Next, the 'my enemy too', that makes no sense here either, because yes, of course, during mind control, but that's gone. The whole interaction is pointless because Lisa knows Enga, Hitsugi AND you, AND that the 3 people would never just stroll the ship with a hostile person/thing just casually wandering with them. But Lisa isn't logical, so...she genuinely tries right there, to murder Kohri. (One must wonder what would happen if she actually did rip up her whole torso and splatter Kohri right there, as was her intent. Would Xiera be able to fix Kohri?) It's actually pretty interesting that she's illogical enough to actually go through with murdering a person on the ship in front of others, without any backup reason as to why/justify it.
Because neither option makes sense if you say This Is How It Must Be Done Kohri will demand what kind of an organization is ARKS even. Lisa disrupts her ranting with a question of how different would shooting an Earthling be, than to shoot an ARKS? How different would it feel? Kohri asks if it means she's shot an ARKS person before. 3 of the shootings were accidental, thus forgivable, after all.
Kohri says they were obviously intentional! (Really? How would she know what happened years ago) Lisa disregards the affront, and says how about this? If you're not really an enemy, you can battle vs Lisa and demonstrate her abilities? This makes Kohri mad, so she yells she won't battle her just so she can shoot her, and this conversation was heading in a way so that she'd be tricked into getting shot at! They continue to argue, but the scene ends.
This is meant to be some dumb, casual encounter.
The Impression Ardem Gives
Hitsugi just wants to save Aru, so Big bro, she counts on his support. Enga claims to be sick of hearing her say that. But Ardem says that's a fact. This isn't something we can just rely on your char and the ARKS for. It's an Earth issue. He thinks evolution on Earth has stagnated, and if we don't push people who have reached their limits into a new stage, all that awaits is Earth's demise. While defeating Mother is important, planning for the future is just equally so.
Enga says he sounds like a sales pitch, so be careful or he'll get caught up in his own words. Ardem tells him its ok because he is confident in Enga's abilities. He stares at Enga till he shrugs about it.
But, Ardem then remembers his meeting, and has to leave, so make yourselves at home in the meantime. He walks into the elevator with his guards, and Hitsugi says he looks so busy. Enga explains he's so influential so he is dragged into many conflicts as a mediator/negotiator. He's well rewarded for his help, so there's no need for sympathy for him. He means he's paid well, so she shouldn't feel bad about him dealing with a busy schedule. It's also a little crass of Enga to say that, because it is possible to have a well paid but very difficult and stressful job like a surgeon or something where there is genuine wear/tear on the person despite the compensation.
Kohri disregards any recording devices that HE IS SURE TO HAVE IN THE SECURE ROOM, and confesses she kinda doesn't like him, he rubs her as sort of insane. Enga also disregards recording devices and nods along, saying that he's always suffering due to the world, but recently he does seem different. Yes! Intelligent characters let's DO talk bad about people in their own home, That is always a bright idea that never leads to trouble /s. The elevator reaches the 6th level, and the scene ends.
Ok yeah Kohri is written as stupid so of course she'll talk bad about someone in the observation room full of cameras and recording devices that Ardem probably watches any time he wants. But then, for Enga to agree with her is doubling down on the stupid. There is zero chance Ardem didn't just hear what everyone had to say both before he entered, and after. Telling a nutter you're onto them is the last thing you want to do.
He is perpetually mis-using the word 'evolution'.
The Two Claris Claes
Matoi says her argument is valid, but it can be meaningful for them to gain confidence too, she feels its sometimes good to play the role of the defeatist? Claris questions this, if Matoi is just acting...then..wait, even during OUR training sessions? She flails and says no, she always gives her best, isn't that right? She mis-uses the word 'defeatist' here, the word she needs is 'to take a fall', to make another person think they have succeeded.
You're A Terrible Liar.
Well, neither of these are very nice. It's pretty clear she lied here, because of her flailing and stuttering. If you say You'll Die If She Uses Her Full Power Claris will say it's like the old days so don't be unreasonable with her request. Her abilities were inferior to the predecessor to begin with it can't be helped if she was holding back. But regardless, it's a fact that she's on par with Predecessor (notice how she won't use her name--but uses the word Predecessor as absolutely often as possible....what is the signifigance of doing this? Is it to imply Claris forgot Matoi's name, to attempt to dump on Matoi by using a title, or something else?) that means we're equals! She doesn't care about the convenience of others, as Huey says "win and you're strong, lose and you're weak, and that's all that matters" so she thinks so too. Matoi agrees. But......if she was going easy on her, that annoys her! So today! No holding back! Got it? Matoi but-buts. Claris says 'must!'. Ok, she finally agrees to do her best like never before. Claris says to bring it on, and the scene ends.
This does not do a whole lot for anything.
Believe! Your Lover
This cheers him maybe a little, he says partners are a wonderful thing, be it friend or children, you should always have them close. He then seems to ponder something.
Is Something Wrong?
If you prompt him with Is Something Wrong? He'll say he knew you'd hear him out because friends are really what you need in life. He gestures wildly toward you and practically runs over to you. He is clearly desparate for someone who will listen. He cries out that "You see, just right now, he thought the children who he loves don't actually love him." He then flails at you before you can actually answer or do anything, "no need to say more, he understands...he can't be forgiven for the fact that he doubted their love ever so slightly." That's why loniless is a punhsment, they understood and haven't looked at him or even looked back.
Aren't You Just Being Ignored?
Again, neither response works. How would you know if he was being ignored? No one explains EVER proper pet behavior or how pets 'usually are'. There are literally no examples. Also, you haven't seen him the whole time since this incident so you just have to guess some random response here. If You say Aren't You Just Being Ignored? Matoi will tell you 'shh dont say that'. Matoi tells him that if he's feeling sad she's sure his pets feel the same. You look around with hand on hip, seemingly trying to be thoughtful. Matoi gestures aggrivatedly at you, telling you that you were supposed to nod and agree with her. But then she spots something. It is Elizabeth, his Cery-pet. He tells it to keep away, he's a terrible person with no right to face them. The love they've given with all their strikes. He doubted their love. It floats over toward him anyway.
"Even though you can't speak, you used your body to display the love and he doubted it, so he's a failure of a summoner, do keep away Elizabeth." He staggers. Matoi realizes he's trying to get close to it instead of actually going away from the pet. He keeps his hands out, until, it hits him with its wand, he wonders if that means he can be forgiven. He'll not let it down again! He holds the pet above himself. It hits him with the stick as he hugs it, telling it must have been lonely, so let's go home and prepare a feast made with love. It then dutifully follows him away.
Matoi isn't sure how to say it but, if they have never left him, then it means his pets don't think badly of him...right? It then bites him repeatedly on purpose, making him wail and promise food at home.
Hopefully…says Matoi.The scene ends.
Wow ok, the worlds' most repetitive plot point is back for more.
This repetitiveness is probably also supposed to be meant as comedy.
The Two Best Friends
In the lower area of the bridge (stairs down from Xiera) Kohri asks if Hitsugi will really fight Mother. Hitsugi asks if she's scared about the plan now, but she says that's not it, but is it that the whole situation has gotten too big for us to handle? Hitsugi says everything's more than she expected, everything would've been unthinkable before. But, nomatter how out of control everything seems, her goal won't change. It's Rescue Aru From Mother. That's it. Kohri looks sad, so Hitsugi asks if she's hesitant? She says no no...but looks nervous. Hitsugi asks is Mother is right or wrong?
Are we right or wrong? That's something we won't know as we're involved. That's why it's not important, what's important is what you want to do. Think for yourself, decide for yourself, that's all--But if you're still lost, you don't have to come with her, being lost can lead to painful experiences.
Kohri hugs her.
The whole 'we don't know who's right or wrong because we're in the middle of it' is bunk. Harming innocents is objectivly wrong. Mother is wrong. (harm Aru, kill ARKS, etc)
Kohri starts off being really sweet here, with a hug and real moral support, as she has pledged to do. Hitsugi just takes some things wrong on purpose...Kohri over-reacts and gets dramatic, Hitsugi mirrors the over-reaction and they bicker because that's what they do.
Preparing for the Final Battle
241 4/22 at 1830
Xiera asks if he's ok.
WELL if a character didn't grow a SINGLE brain cell here!
Chapter Seven Long Long Lone: Mother’s wish
2028 4/23 at 1300
Xiera answers her with that "it’s got to be similar to what the ARKS use in space. If Photons and Ether are so similar, it’s not surprising what they can do with it." (Yes, it’s the much needed Macguffin that does whatever the plot needs it to do) But, all that aside, does this seem familiar to you? You nod. She agrees that it looks like where Xion was. Hitsugi bets that since Mother was a clone of Xion, maybe she’s trying to make the Mothership inside of the moon?
*She was never a ‘clone’ of Xion, she was just meant to be another person-planet. But, since her technical skills are lacking, maybe she’s trying to embody it instead? They speculate. (To embody refers to generating stuff out of Ether, in this instance) Aratron walks up and agrees that she may be onto something. Kohri looks sad as she sees him. He accuses her of changing sides. She’s sorry she can’t walk beside mother any more. For some reason, this sets Kohri off enough (somehow) that she gains a new power--that of embodying clothing. She twirls and gets a new outfit, and now, she has Gram back. He tells her it’s ok, her eyes are more lively than when she was with them. (This would be extremely true for Aratron to notice, because the only time he really knew her was when she was half mad under Ophiel's mind control) Her new outfit is not-mother-inspired at all. But can you guess what? Can you? Can you really guess what this time????
Hitsugi suits up in her red floral theme magical girl outfit. She asks if he’ll withdraw, he says not by the hair on his head, even though it has gone. His old bones are stubborn, and he won’t bend, SO. He summons his hammer, and lifts his eyebrows. Apostle of Earth, Aratron Tolstoy is your opponent. Then…
In a flourish, he gets giant golden armor!
On the first round of the battle, the armor is invincible. The only thing you can strike at is his hammer. (However, all characters will continually try to target other parts of the armor, so be sure to aim your guy really well no-matter which class you are), He can smash the floor to create radiating lightening, leave a pool of electrical energy when he jumps away, and shoot out homing bolts at you. When he twirls, he has knock-back. The prime opportunity to hit the hammer is when he puts the head on the floor to blast out his homing bolts all over the room. If you strafe/run hit the bolts don’t get you & you can shoot the hammer more. Fortunately for everyone, his lightening does NOT have a high chance to status affect afflict.
At 1330 if you can beat him…
He says it’s nothing to do with right or wrong, it’s just what his heart tells him to do. He met Mother and saw the world change, walking beside her, he simply wanted to see the world she’d create, that’s all. "My old heart, withered and worn, was warmed by meeting Mother, if he doesn’t follow his heart, what should he follow?"
Note that the whole time Kohri is kind of behind him, but leaning a bit forward to (I guess) hold him up with a hand on his back while he sits and glooms. This causes the scene to be messed up because it forces you to look right down her stupid girdle/lace up corset topper cleavage fest. Aratron can't see the angle because she is to the side/behind him, but it on-purpose forces the viewer to which isn't appropriate because the poor guy is basically dying of whatever the armor has done to him. He asks, Hitsugi, was it? She’s found it as well? How her heart has its own desires. She nods. He says her eyes are very determined. If her heart wants to confront Mother, then follow it and destroy her, fulfill your desires. Isn’t that right? A warrior on the battlefield like you surely understands.
But suddenly, ESCA darkers appear. He says "Mother can’t hold them all back, because it is full of ether they keep appearing, good greif! He lost, you won, therefor you must keep going, he’ll stay here, and that’s that. There’s no need for questions Kohri, move forward and don’t look back. Only once you’ve finished and the end of the road, only then are you allowed to look back." Kohri frets and Enga says don’t let old man’s sacrifice be in vain. Hitsugi urges her to move forward or be left behind. Everyone runs away. He says it’s where his path ends, and another begins, it was like a very nice but fleeting dream, he has no regrets.
Now that he is alone, as you & all the rest have run ahead, he says "And the path that shall be born from the ashes of mine is so dazzling, vivid and rough. Therein is the beauty. That’s what the future should be. Was it enough did he give his all? Has he convinced everything?" He faces down the mob with his hammer in hand, but no golden armor.
This is an autosave point.
The next area has a split path.
And it isn’t, it’s platidorus galore.
If you can pass all that, you get to the big portal room, which is still as empty as ever. Hitsugi says just you wait, Aru, we’ll save you no matter what.
An Esca ragnus is in the next area.
If you can beat it, you can approach the large, round portal. Everyone seems amazed as they approach it, but you walk right in. Everyone else follows suit, and the big room is now empty. This is very similar to what you needed Claris’ wand to enter into, but because it’s invented by Mother, she doesn’t have it locked and just anybody can wander in. She does not know what she’s doing, unlike how Xion did. This is a plot point & it’s meant to be noticed that everyone just strolls in.
It looks like extra people tagged along…she’ll tolerate it and forgive you for stepping foot into this place. Enga shines her on, calling her arrogant in claiming we trespass her territory. She says it’s strange but that phrase works perfectly. Technically Mother IS right, she DID create the water room all by herself, so it must be, there for, her territory. It is as he said, the place is a part of her. She asks you if you remember it, you should know a place very similar to this.
The Center of the Mother Ship
Are both of these right? If you claim It’s the Center Of The Mother Ship She says right, it’s a place she created, her place that’s fixated to this world. She watches impassively, after she was born through photoners and abandoned by selfishness for such a long time in subspace, then wandering through outer space and making her way to ancient earth. You now see her imagination of what happened. How long ago was it that she collided with Earth and that shockwave forever changed the course of earth?
Of course they wouldn't. The 'great impact' she refers to here means the Mars-sized object that struck the earth while it was still forming / while it was still basically all lava and molten rock everywhere/no land. This impact was thought to have knocked off enough "earth stuff" to be able to condense into becoming a moon. (And not rings like Saturn) The whole "The moon has a bunch of granite that is like pretty identical to Earth granite...maybe they're made of the same stuff?" line of thinking is what brings this about. So, she is claiming to be the Mars-size-object AND also the debris that condensed to form the moon.
Esca darkers appear!
She’ll prove she’s not a failure. She doesn’t wish for the destruction of the world, she couldn’t care less about what the photoners did, she has to become greater than they were. She must become one with the earth, moon and stars to triumph over her creators.
The Photoners Are Already Extinct
She has already sort of told you what is beyond her revenge, which is ‘becoming one with things, to out-do the photoners’, so if you say The Photoners Are Already Extinct She’ll say it proves her point! If they met their demise and she’s still here, that’s proof her existence isn’t a mistake. There’s no point in answering more questions, isn’t that right Hitsugi? She says that’s right, her goal is to take back Aru, and to do that she’ll defeat her. Mother reminds everyone that her goal is for revenge, so she’ll kill Hitsugi & you for your ties to Aru. She manifests two full size/full length swords one blue, the other red, and Hitsugi and her agree this is an impasse. She wields one in each hand, and the blade/hilt all seem to be made of the same crystal type/textured somewhat glowy material. She calls out:
Come now, child of purification, if you are righteous defeat me and save him from inside of me!