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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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Quna in Quna Changes Her Costumes (Guessed Title)
You visit Quna up on her bridge over the shops lobby. She is dressed in her 'casual' attire, with the mint green accents and stripy cloth golf visor for her head. Quna asks why you’re here alone, and will guess that you came to see her…ah it’s so hard being a popular idol.

That’s Right
Purely Coincidental

If you say That’s Right , she’s skeptical , it sounds half hearted and it hurts her to hear it. But, maybe you’ll be surprised if she uses this form! And with that, she vanishes in her letters and hexagons. You look around, and spot her again, but mostly behind you. She claims it’s been a while since her last time displaying this form, she’s been dismissed from her duties. She ended up as Vice Commander of Intelligence Unit, due to a suggestion from Casra. But, that’s nothing more than a title, because all there is to do is paperwork and approvals. If she’s honest, she was scared when you came back. Perhaps due to the side effects of Mai (who is Mai???) she was told that you might end up forgetting who she is. But, it’s all fine now, you kept remembering about her. Now, she doesn’t need to fight so recklessly any more. Because you really did come back.

She then reverts by using her hexagons to her idol costume, and tells you that she prefers singing and dancing and creating smiles on stage before everyone, instead of fighting. She loves that more than anything. Everyone’s idol Quna is forever immortalized, and that’s why she’s forever counting on your support! At this, she winks out a sparkling star at you.

This gives you Story Board Reward Glowstick Action.

Quna was really worried you'd forget about her. She acts like you're an aquaintance a lot of the time, but it seems like she really considers you a friend. 'the not fighting recklessly' is probably a reference to she's very sure she wants to live now, that she knows you're here with her. This is actually a pretty sentimental story piece with more insight into the character. It's bits like this that we need, not like the Io piece.

Lisa & Enga in Lisa Sees a Gunner (Guessed title)
You lead Enga along through the lobby. Lisa comes up, saying you brought another person along today. She’s jealous that you make so many wonderful and strange friends. Would you mind sharing some with her? It looks like they’d give her a strange euphoric feeling if she got to try shooting them some day.

Enga quietly asks you what's wrong with her.
She introduces herself, and he will shake her hand and say it’s good to meet her. She laughs, telling him he is being cautious of her. By the way, he’s someone who fires a gun, right? Adding to that he prefers snipers, right? He considers this for a bit, and asks why she thinks so. She explains to him that "When you were cautious your legs were the first to react during the brief moment of fear, where you tried to gain distance. However there were no movements in your hands, therefore  you’re not the type who prepares a gun…you’re perhaps someone who creates a gun, am I right?"

He asks that just by shaking hands, did it actually reveal things to that extent?
She explains that a sniper requires a perceptive eye. After all, catching even the slightest abnormality is the most important skill of the battlefield. (Is it?) But oh no! This isn’t good at all! She was caught up in her happiness and started talking since she met someone with the same smell. But then, she’ll be taking her leave here, she wants to keep shooting and killing more of those mysterious Earth Phantoms. The sensation is so fluffy filled with uncertainty and vile, to the point where it feels soooo good! She then laughs and leaves.

Enga narrows his eyes at you, wondering if the weirdoes tend to be more powerful within the ARKS? The only thing you can do here is shrug.

Well, Lisa is really perceptive (in this likely, narrow, single way).
Her nostrils aren’t real though. (They’re divots, not holes) So if she really ‘smells’ things she’s doing it with a sensor somewhere.  And also being able to tell between people who spawn a gun (out of ether) vs people who grab a gun (off their back/side like all ARKS do) is quite a feat, especially given that ARKS were never able to spawn guns so this is a new phenomenon for her. It’s nice to see someone rattle Enga though because he’s a jerk.

Xiera, Hitsugi Ary & You in: What Does Xiera Do? (Guessed Title)
Xiera is talking with Hitsugi when Aru interferes/interrupts directly asking “What is Xiera’s Job”.
Xiera asks what’s this all of a sudden then? He tells her that Your char job & Hitsugi job is to go down to Earth and fight things, right? Hitsugi says not for her, but yes for you. Shouldn’t Xiera go too then, or is sitting and talking her real job? This makes her sad, the way he says it makes it sound that she’s just chattering and skipping work.

You Are Wrong.
Isn’t That Right?

If you say You Are Wrong, She is happy and thanks you. She has her own job as well. Her official title is Specal Calculative Management Administrator High Cast. Calculating & managing the ARKS ship is her main job.  She makes adjustments in order for the residents of the ship to live comfortably, as well as sending intelligence to all ARKS in the field.

Aru is surprised, saying he doesn’t see any of that.

She feels the thorns of every word he speaks…although despite appearances, she’s basically a diligent worker. Ahem! She does hands on hips, and tilts about.

Hitsugi adds that she believes there are ARKS out on missions now as we speak, shouldn’t she be supporting them as well? Xiera says not to underestimate her so much, while we chat, that level of parallel processing is a piece of cake, it’s her specialty. She won’t lose to Xiao, even if it’s just calculations for management. She admits she does lose somewhere else though. (Where?)

Furthermore, talking with all of you is also part of her job. She pats his head. The previous managers, the Photoners gave no effort in trying to understand the hearts of the people. Thus, they used them only as pawns. The results of that was the collapse of their order.

 The hearts are frail and easily broken. However, at times, it becomes a vivid and powerful weapon.

While she’s admin, she’s also a person with a heart. Not only providing intelligence, she also wants to provide strength by interacting and connecting with everyone. Therefore, she chatters! Now, everyone, let’s continue to have pointless conversations together.

Hitsugi feels it would have been a much better speech without adding that last line.
The scene ends.

Aru is too stupid to be offended here, which is too bad, because he was the target. And he IS old enough to know better than to accuse random people of ‘never doing anything’ at their job.
She has a point, and also a mystery.

What does she ‘lose to Xiao’ about?
For her, the winning and losing words are about who does the job better / more consistently. She feels she’s competing with him about running the ship well, and being able to recognize that people are, in fact….people and that they have feelings. So this ‘lose’ word here, means that she thinks he’s better than she is at SOME thing, the question being ‘at what’. And if you know what’s really sad here, if the story was at all competent in this section you could easily think that bit foreshadowed something, or was put in there on purpose as a clue, but the rate at which this thing drops the ball tells you that you should probably just forget about it instead. It’s doubtful it’ll get explained because they’d rather have the characters prattle on about name suffixes for 500 words and come to zero conclusion.

Cave man vs the computer
It’s been easy to tell this whole time that Xiera is some kind of boss-level researcher and coordinator. (As well as a dirty voyeur, and seemingly maybe bored? She's also inept in areas, but if you look at all the techno stuff they've showed her doing/capable of, she's no moron.) But Aru is too little to understand what a coordinator does, so he says offensive things like “Xiera doesn’t do anything.” He’s still of a mind that if HE doesn’t SEE a person work, then they’re NOT working at all. Or if he doesn’t understand the work, then it must not be work.
He’s ignorant. He’s a cave man screaming at a monitor when the PC isn’t even plugged in. Xiera has to put up with him.

Xiera is superhuman. That is realistic.
Her line that counters Hitsugi’s “well there’s ARKS out there now why are you not helping them” shows that she can have multiple conversations at once AND do research AND keep tabs on lots of teams WHILE looking like she’s just idling here. This is actually on par with what she should be capable of, what you would expect from a scifi super computer. Too often characters/AIs are stupid or only as smart or capable as humans.

The Photoners treating ‘the people’ (yes but they were other photoners) as pawns line is pretty normal, but she leads it to ‘heart’ which is what she claims she has, and says people’s hearts are fragile but powerful. So…she lets everyone know she’s making a conscious effort to ‘be a person with the people’ and understanding them. The really clever tie-together here is that insult “Let’s continue to have pointless conversations together”

She has a heart, and Hitsugi & Aru are offending it / harming her
She has a heart & retaliates with the ‘pointless’ insult
She pretends she has a heart ‘for the benefit of the people’ and is actually a sociopathic inhuman construct that feels social interaction is just ‘finessing’ things to make them go right, and that people are things to be managed in this way.

Maybe the first two are true or maybe it's the third one.