|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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Mother is not particularly gimmicky.
If you can beat her
This is likely a similar instance of what happened when the dark cloud thing tried to snag the “Aru Character” that Hitsugi was using at the start of all this mess. It’s also clear that it communicated with only Mother as it’s grabbing her with that “destruction of all” line. As an actual Falz-type entity or offshoot of PD, ‘destroying everything ever’ is always the goal.But it crushes her/absorbs her and screeches, then disperses into a cloud of darkness that covers over the whole area.
Now, a new strange thing appears.
This is a rather abstract entity. It’s quite large, probably at least 50 feet high, but rather long/slim. It has bilateral symmetry and upright posture but that’s about it. It’s white, with blue patterns in it. (As expected, as a Mother item) There’s a large triangular flat/thin flap on top, a secondary flap under that and a very tall ‘neck’ area. (If you are considering the horizontal triangle flap with its tassels as a ‘head’ though it has no fetures)
The base of the neck has a face in it that could either be Aru or Mother but it looks like a mixture of both that’s also a statue. (Face is white/eyes are blank/expression can’t change) It has glowing blue eyes. The bottom of the proportionate 'torso' of this makes up the very base of the neck, which widens into the creature's triangular chest. There is a vague suggestion of fused-down ‘arms’ with gold metal points where the forearms would be, but those are fused (don’t move) to a pointed, conical chest shape. If you consider the statue face the ‘head’ of this thing, then the neck/flap top would be a tall hat like structure. Does the embedded arms torso/head thing have boobs? So glad you asked! Of course it does! Because this is Episode: Earth, that’s why. The creature has very long thin skeletal arms/hands. It’s wasp-waisted with pelvis ring & human like legs. It’s really very strange. It stays floating outside the disk shaped arena, and keeps the arena at about waist height to itself. The legs cut off at about calf-level into ether cubes. It doesn’t move around much as the people before it and inside of it argue.
Enga says what the hell is that and Xiera cuts in to answer hime with it’s a new reading, it’s a DF for sure. Enga wonders if Aru is really a Falz in there? (As in, did he turn all the way bad) Hitsugi concentrates and thinks that he may be inside. Aru himself confirms it, because now (presumably everyone?) can hear him. He says “big sis you can understand now that Mother is suffering too, she knows she was lonely, alone for so long.” (This may be to illustrate that now that he’s been absorbed, Aru understands more of where Mother is coming from / what she is feeling) Hitsugi knows exactly how she feels. Save mother, that’s his final request, says Aru from inside the thing. Hitsugi scolds him against ‘final requests’. She came here with the intent and desire to save all, and save the world as a result. There’s nothing more to it, isn’t that right?!
You look at her in agreement. The power of mine is the power to save people, so just you wait, Aru, Mother!
Now you have to fight it.
Once each hand runs out of HP, it will shatter and disappear. Breaking all 4 will make the tall creature to droop its stance at the edge of the arena, and be able to be attacked. Only a central glowing point in the chest area is able to be attacked.
All the while the large creature will shoot off spinning lasers, and let loose rows of panels that flip/spin forward across the arena that you have to dodge.
If you can beat it
Hitsugi calls for Ame no murikumo to lend me your power to save everyone and everything! Kohri blocks one hand, Enga blocks another, she charges up and gets ready to jump in, and with a huge chop she does it! All turns to white at her hit. So it’s you & Matoi vs hands & mother while Kohri and Enga block more hands letting Kohri use the magic sword to strike her down. However, this only gets rid of the giant white abstract entity form.
Mother, now looking human again, says “well done, the catalyst is saved, you saved Aru, and ripped away the elements of Falz, you did set us free.” She doesn’t look super happy about it. There’s only one thing left to be done, to slay her with the blade and everything will be how it should, and her eternal loneliness will finally end. Oh that’s right it was her desire, now she can finally…” she trails off. Hitsugi raises the sword and Mother closes her eyes.
Mother says it was rational, to increase their dependence on her. But she was happy when she did, happy that someone who needed her existed. Mother’s like that too right, you don’t really need revenge any more, just acknowledgment. To say ‘I’m here’, and that someone would notice you. Mother laughs at it a bit, to create such an emotional story using nothing more than a guess.
Mother WAS connecting everybody. Like how the internet does, but she was basically super-multiplying it because ether did so much more than just replace your wifi.
Mother says "so what though, what would that even change? She just wanted to make them see, make those who declared her useless to see that she wasn’t and to acknowledge her. But her target no longer exists, no-matter how strong she looks or how much she shows off, her goal was impossible form the start."
Mother says she’s persuasive, but she was born and raised this way. Aru offers his hand, and she says all she needed was to have connections. Hitsugi takes the same hand, and Mother is now content. She closes her eyes.
Really smart: Hitsugi figures out why Ether does what it does
Ardem has stabbed her!
He thanks everyone else present, though now he glows a bit. Without your cooperation, he doubts he’d of made it through all this…so his sincerest thanks. Hitsugi demands why he’d do it. He claims its to protect the earth. You were indeed all aware that she posed the gravest threat to the Earth…right? We had no choice but to kill her, that’s the natural decision for someone devoted to guiding the Earth, yes? Hitsugi tries to argue even so…
Enga says who’s the guy with you? Why bring him? Ophiel introduces himself as the apostle of Water, an Earth Guide member. Enga glares at him, having figured he was a spy for Earth Guide inside the Mother Cluster, but he messed up a lot of things for everyone. Kohri exclaims, but he claims it was only necessary to fulfill our goals. So, Ophiel was a Traitor to Mother Cluster the whole time. He could also be how Ardem got in, because Mother recognizes Cluster members / him cubing in might not have set off any alarms. However, their ability to 'sneak up and stab' without being seen is still too preposterous.
Ardem asks Enga to remember what he said when he invited him to EG. Enga actually does have the answer, which is “The Earth of today is stagnant.” Ardem says no innovations or evolution it is a world of consumption. We must lead the earth to a further evolution to a world restructuring. EG is those who will guide the earth if we don’t accomplish it there’s no future. He’s a chosen one so lend me your strength, Enga.
Enga thought it was a fancy speech but Ardem's face says it’s serious. You killed Mother and acquired her power, but do you seriously think that’s all it takes to change the world? He says of course, he’s changed it over and over for tens of thousands of years.
So what he is basically saying is that he was pretending to be all these historical figures over and over again, like Greek philosophers and other things like Literally Merlin The Wizard in Camelot & King Arthur was somehow also real. Notice how he doesn’t explain at all HOW IS HE OLD and WHAT IS HE because he isn’t a human at all but looks just like one.
He waxes nostalgic with "Showing them how to deal with them, how to read the stars, oh how nostalgic". Earth then was so brilliant with people repeatedly evolving and growing. But what about now, aren’t you sad at this unchanging world? The super tech called Ether, although it was a great opportunity all it did was get used to extend previous tech. No change in mental state, no change in physical state, we were devolving. It’s very terrible, very alarming era, Enga, you agree right?
He says sorry he doesn’t understand and doesn’t want to. Kohri asks if its really King Arthur. Hitsugi agrees. She says the Japan one was Abe no Seimei and the rest are legends. Ardem confirms it saying she’s got extensive knowledge which is expected of Engas little sister. Enga just asks him what the hell is he?
*Abe no Seimei is absolutely the correct choice for the plot to make here. He was a well known astrologer to kings in Japan...but his 2nd most known-for thing is his very long and very healthy life free of major illness or injury. He also seemed to be known for tall hats but...less signifigant. His life was well documented (meaning you're gonna read about him in school) but he's also the subject of lots of legends/myths and folk-lore which is going to sprinkle it with interest. So this Ardem guy must have "played the character" for a really long time to create the 'long life guy'.
Ardem Sacred, leader of EG and…suddenly, someone kicks him in the face!
She asks how many hundreds of years has it been since they’ve gone face to face.
Enga is enraged, he didn’t help him for this BS!
The scene ends, the chapter ends.
Lots of action!
Phaleg & Ardem are likely 2 of the same type of creature.
Take a bet:
Teen Time Plot:
She doesn’t have it! She’s just a sad sack that wanted senpai to notice, and when senpai died before noticing, she wanted to stab unrelated children over it. Did she lose something when she smashed into hot-lava-ball-proto-earth? Was that something ‘her marbles’? She’s neither intelligent enough nor malicious enough to even get close to fitting the bill of what was described in previous episodes.
She keeps saying how 'she wasn't good enough' for the Photoners so they got rid of her, a 'failed clone', but won't say how she failed or why she wasn't good enough. And, I'm sorry, but if a TEEN can calm her down off her problems, she wasn't the proto-falz-murder-ball everyone made her out to be.
Also, Photoners were supposed to be this great thing, and Luther kind of proved it, he was a hell of a villain powers-wise, we're supposed to believe that none of these guys could talk her down? OR, if it came to it, challenge her to a double sword duel like the one we just had here and simply whack her? Then what about Xion? We know she was smart (in WAYS but not all-ways) how did Xion not figure her out and diffuse her? She was also made out to be very monsterous in personality, but here...she just kind of isn't? She's bland. Literally the worst thing she does is "my way or the highway absorb Aru" because she doesn't think he's really a person and she needs to 'get her way'.
It's an ok-enough chapter but it opens up more mysteries while not really closing any.
2028 4/24 at 1000
The ‘throw a card down portal’ works. Ardem and Ophiel appear in his room out of the circle of ‘magic’ it creates on the floor. He says he was expecting Enga and everyone else to understand. Ophiel reassures him that he’s focused on the future of earth, it’s too difficult for those fools to understand. This makes Ardem mad now, and says he won’t tolerate insults toward Enga or the Arks. Without their cooperation, we couldn’t have even come this far, so you should appreciate them, he scolds. Ophiel apologizes and asks for forgiveness with a bow, so Ardem claims to understand.
Ophiel cubes out in a hurry, as one of Ardem’s guards rushes in, claiming that ARKS demand a response, and have given him a lot of trouble over it. They require a communication on Ardem’s latest actions. However, he tries to reassure the guard that there’s no need for a reply and that his silence to them communicates his will. Then, he asks how long it’s been since this guy has joined the EG. He knows his stuff, and responds with 10 years since you brought him here, and he’s been a guard for 3 years and 4 months as of right now.
Ardem thinks about it and says 10 years is a moment compared to the life of a star. But, for people (he probably means humans) it’s a long time so thank you for serving me so well. He gets nervous and says he’s unworthy of praise like that, because of Ardem’s guidance we were all able to learn new strengths and new reason. He proclaims his body/strength is dedicated to him. Ardem says that’s a mistake, the guard's strength and his own are all for the Evolution of Earth. He asks about it, and Ardem will answer him with that Earth people must change to give birth to new ideas and resurrect the creation of the world which will bring paradise back. Humanity must evolve to fit the world, so to someone as faulty as himself, he thanks him for his service. Then, he materializes his magic sword, and it calls forth a strange symbol in the air. It’s green, round, and full of floral type loops. He uses the sword to send the symbol forward onto the guard.
It hits him, and vanishes, but causes ether cubes all around/across the man. This is bad for him somehow, as he yells and doubles over. As he flails more either cubes appear, and then suddenly, he vanishes in a cloud of light, and rematerializes as a suit of armor. The armor hovers in the air, holds a sword in one hand, and has white bendy/flapping wings with somewhat-feather textures. It flaps the wings slowly to hover & doesn’t seem to be in distress, however…
*So he actually thinks that humans should evolve into metal beasts? Into literal metal suits of armor? There is no such thing as even 1 metal animal, is this put here to prove he’s off his rocker? Is he trying to make what he thinks Angels look like, but failing at it? Did he accidentally turn him into that, and is just refusing to admit he's wrong?
Ophiel wonders at the forced evolution of the physical body…if you force it like that it will cause issues and the vessel won’t last. Ardem believes there are times when the vessels do survive he knows because he’s seen it over and over. In order for evolution to take place there must be sometimes sacrifices and it’s true of all things. Now, let’s be on our way, for the rebirth of the planet, he turns to him and seems determined. The scene ends.
Ophiel's character is quite on point here.
241 4/24 at 1300
Because the camera was never pointed juuuust right to reveal her & everyone was ignoring her standing there? Or was she genuinely supposed to have just materialized out of thin air? This isn’t made too clear--and it's important to know which one of these it was! CAN an interloper like that just ZAP into Xiera's room? Or was she there all along? Who invited her if so? How'd they get her there?
She somehow got onto the Xiera area. She says that Ardem always believes he’s right. From his point of view, she’s sure he’s not able to understand your all’s reasoning so that’s why he was trying to convince you. “Mother is an evil demon who tried to manipulate the Earth, why am I being criticized for killing it?” and “I’ll take her power and use it for the Earth, isn’t this the best outcome for Earth, the act of absolute justice?” Kohri hears her out, and asks if it means he’s going to do ‘evolution stuff’ using Mothers powers?
She says it’s his goal to return Earth to the paradise it once was. He’ll use Ether to recreate the world. She’s sure that the absence of God in modern times and the loss of that paradise are unforgivable to that man, who was banished from that paradise, he’s very determined.
Waaaaaaait a minute.
Enga calls her a demon, then demands answers about her relationship to him, and how she came to know so much? She stares him down through closed eyes for a while…but relents and says that they’re adversaries from the first and longest conflict in all of human history. She’d wanted to kill him before it got to this point but there were too many variables. Hitsugi asks if she’s really planning to kill him? She says it’s the only option, because unlike Mother, he doesn’t think anything he does is ever wrong, so he’ll never stop.
Phaleg asks even though he killed Mother, cut her down while she was reconciling, don’t you hate him for that? She’s not mature enough to say she doesn’t she’s pissed, and hates him but even then…she’s not going to stop him with killing, she’ll listen, try to understand him, and then stop him that way, because that’s what she wants to do. Phaleg gets very….quiet ragey at this, then calms and closes her eyes again. Phaleg turns away from everyone in the room, asks her name, gets it, and says to let’s end the discussion here. From now on though, we’re not allies we’re competition. She’ll try to kill him, you try to stop him, so let’s do our best! However, I hope we all survive and can battle eachother at full strength…
She then closely approaches your character which startles it away. She asks for an escort back to earth. She knows ARKS aren’t rude to send a visitor back without one. You can gloom and shake your head as ‘oh well’.
Now several scenes will take place simultaneously so watch the time stamp.
241 4/24 at 1320
Enga says he’d start saying weird things out of nowhere and had a spirituality that didn’t seem human. His charisma must be why he made up EG and captivated so many people. Hitsugi asks if he was captivated too? He won’t lie…he won’t say he’s different from her. The only diff was our group-- was MC or EG. He was trying to act an adult, but got pushed to his limits, he had no choice but to rely on Ardem.
241 4/24 at 1320 (So the same time as Hitsugi & Enga talk)
*This is and isn’t true. Ardem is now “super mother ardem” because he absorbed her. Her influence isn’t gone, he’s not normal / he’s not as if the ARKS dimension never got crossed by Mother.
Xiera confirms it’s as she says, if we try to interfere into the internal affairs of Earth, we don’t have enough ARKS nor reason to interfere, in fact. Kohri looks gloomy as she believes they won’t help. Xiera continues though, saying this case is a result of Mother and of Aru, so ARKS lend their cooperation and support. She’s already made the calls, and got authorization from Ulc. Aru asks Kohri if she was worried you and the others wouldn’t help. She admits it. He says to don’t worry, your char and Xiera are friends, and friends always help when in need. Xiera says his straitforward views are easy and accurate. She explains that friends always help each other out, and you can count on us.
She makes this about friendship and feelings, but there’s logic to it too. It’s pretty obvious that if Ardem really got ticking with all of Mother’s Platidorus & etc manifesting powers, Earth wouldn’t do too well. Also, with her absorbed by him…there’s a chance he’d conquer Earth then use Mother/remnant to bust into the ARKS dimension and make more trouble there. It’s an easy step to take, to see that stamping out a badguy while it’s isolated, and there’s a good opportunity to do it is a good step to take, regardless of friendship being magic.
Besides, she’s interested in earth tech and wants to know about PSO2 technology. Xiera becomes excitable at this, and flails a bit. If Earth could get into another dimension, ARKS should be able to do it too. Kohri whips out her PSP and says this is where PSO2 is. So Kohri will let Xiera who begs excitedly to borrow her PSP. Xiera looks at the coordinates, and makes it have a hover screen. She tilts excitedly and learns so much. Then, she sits again, hands it back, and says it’s the proper compensation for ARKS support. Kohri feels the compensation is too lax. Xiera tells her it was a joke that’s ok to have fun with because the ARKS will always be there to assist.
But alarm bells go off, as ether is in the suburbs of Las Vegas. It’s more than that though, it’s going to cover the planet. But suddenly aru flails and says it feels wrong, what is something forcefully doing? Quick call everyone here we’ve got to stop it. He doubles over because whatever this is, is messing him up. Kohri worries over him as Xiera tends her screens for updates.
Notice how Xiera just puts on a show with the PSP and then magically understands everything...
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