PSO2 Story Guide Episode 5 Omega
|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 Chapter5 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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Episode 5 gets off to an odd start because of how worthless episode 4 was to anything surrounding it. It was basically a MASSIVE tangent / tack-on that ended up being pretty much entirely self-contained (good, because it made very little sense) so nothing we see here is going to build on it, and the transition is going to be abrupt / look shoddy no matter what. About the only thing you will see from it is “Hitsugi’s magic good/evil splitter sword” that Xiera is able to MacGuffin up a copy of because “of course”. So, the single magical-girl flower transformation plot point weapon comes out of episode 4 and that’s about it.
If you skipped episode 4:
Operation: To Save Persona
Once you have completed all of the available quests in Episode 4, you can get this one, under ‘onward to episode 5’. You will have to agree to change the game over to episode 5, and this does affect the lobby to a small degree. (Ex. It takes away blonde girl from the bridge area/her quests, so if you didn’t do them you’d have to shift it back, etc)
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It should be noted that Xiao looks like a male version of Xion. He has a long ‘rat tail’ of blue hair on his otherwise short style. He has chosen a lab-coat-like outers with some purple and rainbow/foil areas. He has chunky calf-high boots and the shirt has purple criss cross accents. His pants are the same blue as Xion’s under/clothing. He also has black gloves that leave the thumb open. The biggest deal though is that he’s wearing her glasses & has just about the same shape/color of eyes.
Xiera says she’s nervous but will support both of you to the best of her abilities. He says it’s a strategic op to save Persona, and it starts now. Now, Xiao will sit in Xiera’s chair. To advance, you have to choose
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Xiao calls in that even as Persona became the host for PD, they continue to resist its control. Every time PD fights ARKS, it is weakened and every time without fail Persona sends it back in time. They are trapped in an endless cycle, returning to the point when PD was resurrected in the new form. Matoi closes her eyes insisting we have to save them, and you will nod. Xiao says that Persona is in the core of PD now. As long as the connection remains it’ll be impossible to save Persona and get it out. But, even if you succeed, PD will simply seek out a new host, this is the worst case scenario because it puts us back where we started.
So, to save Persona we have to split it apart and utterly destroy the PD. Previously we had no way of doing that. But now we do! He excitedly explains. Xiera now chimes in that by using the latent abilities of Hitsugi’s Ame no Murakumo, we found a way. Her weapon could separate light from darkness, it saved Aru first then Mother from becoming a DF. So, we should be able to apply the same theory here. Xiao says we studied the sword’s abilities through watching it in action and so can replicate them. Using the bond between you and persona, you can now summon it, so he leaves the power in your hands as it’s something only you can do.
First it materializes the katana, then the double that the character is usually assigned in cut scenes. (no matter what your class is, it always has this) Xiao says the task now is simple, subdue the PD and reveal the core. If it works, you can then use the special Hitsugi Power Sword to separate the two. Then, both of you will have to use your powers together as one. Matoi says ther’s so many things she wanted to say and share, but she’s ready to go and do this. You prep the weapons and face down the tunnel as the pad ship shoots missiles at PD.
Destructing this enough, and the aforementioned ‘core’ will then be revealed which is a pinkish / whiteish glowing ‘orb’ type thing in the center. Attacking it (it is a large weakpoint) will have it manifest a…probably demonic looking torso-ish thing. This is black, has 2 arms with 5 fingered hands, a head but no face/maybe gold mask on the face, and the ability to open ‘the evil eye’ in the center of the chest. This thing does finger lasers, summons spiky ring eyeball things to float around the board, does energy attacks, opens the evil eye and pounds on the pad. This torso thing is big. It’s probably about 3 of the tallest character high, or larger. One hand could grab any character with ease.
*Highly likely that it is humanoid in appearance because of Persona that’s stuck in there/or the original sacrifice of the Photoners was also humanoid, so it makes sense that this thing would look the way it does/manifest like this.
It does NOT get to the part where it casts an evil halo of magic that sort of messes with the timeline a little bit. (Always does this in mpa) Once under this attack, everyone is separated into an ‘alone’ 1 v 1 pad with Persona (Trench coat purple sword man) OR Revealed Persona (The thing that your character could have become if it kept going wrong in time)
After defeating the Persona 1v1 (In MPA, if 1 person defeats it, it ends for everyone. If no one defeats it fast enough, this allows PD to do an OHKO hit on 80% of the party no matter what.) you can attack the torso more. If it loses enough HP before the end of the fight the gold ‘mask’ will shatter off revealing that it never had a face under there it’s just basic black/red gore that glows a bit. At this, it can open the evil eye on the face area and attack more. That’s the final stage, then it ends. It never reaches this phase in this fight.
Just A Little More!
If you say I’ll Save You! A distortion happens and the image of it wavers, Xiao feels it’s manipulating space time to escape somewhere, where is it fleeing to? In an actual good intelligently evil ploy, it reaches out to smash Matoi, but you can get her out of the way. However, as you do, it takes the opportunity to grab you in one hand and vanish. As it vanishes, leaving Matoi alone on the deck of the pad ship and Xiera is panicking because the readings are disappeared but where’s you? Xiao confirms we’ve lost them. Matoi drops her rod, shouting that it can’t be!
Matoi wonders if it has anything to do with PD and your char vanishing. Xiera says to give her a minute because the timing is too poor for it to be anything else. Xiao returns by teleporting in through rings and those ‘thought fish’ that Xion produced in her ‘water’. He says you already got the black hole report, so there’s good and bad news. The good news is, he found some readings for your char. Matoi wants to rush off to the rescue and gets worked up. But he says to calm down because there’s the bad news. Because the readings are in the center of the hole. The one and only absolute system, and the place where the universe began and the place where the planet Xion used to be.
*Then, it isn’t a real black hole.
And that’s where we’ll find our missing guardian.
So, what they’re probably going to do from now on is just continually mis-name this thing as ‘a black hole’ but it’s not. What it REALLY is, is some type of interdimensional PORTAL that is creating a gravity field (that’s sucking up stuff now/why they say black hole) It’s position is where Planet Xion used to be, which is fine, because she was just orbiting a star (like you do) being a normal planet.
Ep 5 Chapter 0 The Stranger
This chapter begins in a flowery field where you are standing alone and confused. There’s gray skies above, pink flowers, and grass all around an open plane. There’s evidence of humans though, with a few broken low fences and some wooden sticks in the ground. There’s not much time to look around though because action is nearby.
Strange 2-legger lizard-dinosaurs with human looking people and knights on them are charging to stop a white hair woman who was also on a dinosaur. They shoot her off, and a sword man knight goes to kill her but she duels him. All of the pursuers have knight helms on (no faces to see) and armor. They say she is wanted dead or alive, and all royalty here is trash.
She says she looks sweet but has real knowledge. A soldier smells a magic glowing pink rose which he throws to create a portal of shapes/runes in red lines up in the air that lets out strange goblins with clubs so she has to battle them. As more goblins are unleashed, she may begin to struggle to get rid of them all. Once slashed with a sword, they vanish instead of dying.
However, you interfere and hit goblins so she demands to know who/what you are. Goblins keep coming and defeating, so rose guy foregoes smelling and crushes a new rose now, and makes a white portal which he says is never tiring to see. Summoned beasts should kill the cheeky and arrogant foes quickly. She asks to count on your assistance vs these foes, so you nod at her.
Now, you have to fight goblins. He says there is plenty of ephemera left so more will come. They do, but it is all club goblins and a pale goblin who has a sack full of prickly bombs. These are not difficult to defeat (if you defeated PD with ok ability).
This girl has twin tail hair style, that’s pretty long/mid back. She has frost blue eyes and is the usual light beige color. The hair is very…feathered though? The hair hangs kind of wide instead of straight down. She has on a blue/white outfit and carries an all white non-photonic western style sword.
If you beat them all…
But a mysterious voice cuts her off! At the same time, a glow starts on your character that it cannot be rid of. As sparkles increase, the voice says “that’s as far as you go lost child of the record, let’s go back.”
She’s shocked you disappeared, and says no way who was that just now?
Suddenly, a woman appears hovering in the air there. She’s dressed in white, has a silver cross-mark shape necklace/charm on her chest and wide long, straight hair. The hair has an odd texture/effect under it. It fans out over her back as a cape would. The under-texture of it is speckled with glows/stars and is purple/blue and black like outer space. The top texture of the hair is normal and a sandy blonde color. She has part of it pointed up in bracers like 2 triangle cat ears on top of her head. Bangs cover one eye/side of face completely. Her eye (that’s visible) is about the color of her hair, but there’s a teeny cross/star in the pupil.
What’s SUPER interesting to note is that her top/vest thing has “ARKS” written on it in their lettering and a row of the stars that are its logo. The top ends in a ‘skirt like’ pleats, and she has white pants. The sleeves also go kind of ‘out’ like a skirt bottom too. She has normal enough white pants except for the zipper area is an open triangle that goes down probably too far. They’re also seemingly connected to…boots…that merge with the shin area and have no heel. So, leg shapelessly goes from knee to floor this way. (She has no no under shirt and it looks like no bra either, except her underroos or whatever would go there seem to be star shaped as you can see a bit of them.
She’s sorry for bringing you back so abruptly she was impatient as well. Xiao demands of this new figure how did it get there and who is it? She says how then? Didn’t she just blow in here like the wind? (Yea ain’t no wind in space) Don’t tell me you were having a secret meeting! Sorry! You have to knock before entering, right? How awful of her, because she was by herself for so long maybe she forgets how to interact with others? Xiera summons a screen, and finds out that she’s made of nothing but photons. She looks like ARKS but she’s not. Matoi says she’s not a darker, do you know her? You don’t. She wonders why everyone’s acting so weird. Xiao asks her what she is. It didn’t occur to her that you wouldn’t know what she is.
She is Alma.
She will tell you that she was the first Claris Claes. But for now, she’s Alma, so just call her Alma and that’ll be great. (yes that sentence isn’t 100% normal, but it’s here to illustrate that she’s not) Xiao says that one should be dead. Her body is long gone…so what you see now is just photons. She has now lowered herself almost to the ground. As you know, her body was destroyed by Luther. Her heart and photons though…never disappeared, they went into the Akashic Record the entire time. Basically when she died her soul became a part of it, understand?
You Want Us To Believe Such Claims?
*Remember, Xion was kind of ‘the Akashick Record” here, so she’s claiming Xion somehow absorbed or recorded her upon her untimely demise at the hand of Luther/Loser much earlier. She’s claiming that this kept her mind/personality going, and now she is manifesting out of just photons here today.
Now, this isn’t someone you want to be rude to probably, so if you ask Can You Back Your Claims? She tries to think of evidence…I wonder if there’s something…She’ll show you a cool trick! Watch carefully, so 3, 2 , 1, she disappears into nowhere. Everyone looks all around and finally find her over by Xiera’s chair. Matoi says she feels the technique that was just used…and that you’ve felt it too! It’s Loser’s time stopper! She says that’s right, he managed to copy it after experimenting on her. But also, Su gets really mad claiming it’s a technique, she tells you it’s silly to not say that it is magic. Gi and Ri were always clueless though when she did such things.
So it is confirmed that this Alma thing has one of Luther’s powers, the time stopper. It works for everyone in the area except the user. Nobody knows the size of the area it works on. Basically it stops the ‘world around her’ and lets her move/do things freely until she releases it. That’s how it worked for him.
*No one knows who these people are, she just cheerily telling names and stories now. She says Gi and Ri are still around, those two will know just who she is. Xiera asks her to whom she refers. She says it could be Regius and Maria, are they still doing fine? Matoi feels those are nicknames that would stun them if called. (Gi for Re-GI-us and Ri for Ma-RI-a) Alma says she understands because they always say to stop calling them that. Xiao says they’re on a mission and won’t be back for some time. That’s too bad…she laments. But that won’t matter anyway because they never had a connection to Xion so they couldn’t see her anyway. Matoi asks that she knew Xion?
*Everybody knows Xiao can pull people from anywhere and probably also any-when with his powers. He could yank back Maria and Regius from wherever they've been sent at the nod of his head, but he doesn't AND he doesn't act like it's possible here either. This is smart, and probably also to protect them should this Alma thing prove to not be as nice as she seems.
Alma says we were always together, so that’s how she knows of Xiao. Xiao clarifies that if one doesn’t have a connection with/to Xion, they can’t see her. Is that why you came here to us, a soul from the Akashic Record? She says yes to confirm all. And…people like that are the only ones who can stand against that thing too…pointing at the ‘black hole’ on the screen. She understands it’ll be difficult to trust her, so she’ll say everything she knows. (excitedly)
This end Chapter 0.
Between the Chapters Area
What Are Photons?
She really looks regretful here.
The Meaning of Claris Claes: With Alma & Matoi
(Is she nutz)
Matoi is confused.
The scene ends.
So, because she was so photonically inclined, somehow part of her own personality split off maybe, like her 'rude' side that she tried to hide and now blames the imaginary friend for but then she accidentally embodied it somehow and it said "I'll not borrow this body" and took off. So.....did it do that when she 'died' in battle 40 years ago? It'd be pretty easy to do if the main mind of Alma was sucked up by Xion when the body got pushed too far in the Falz fight.
*Ok yeah nobody better be even slightly into astrophysics here (like uh...watched it on tv level) because it'd have to be going at like a bajillionty X the speed of light to even do slightly a bitsy portion of what she's illustrating here. This is in again wacky game trash everythings godzilla-dramatic level which is silly if you think about it for more than 1 minute--and annoying for the same reason because throwing absurd garbage 'turn off your brain' is not an exciting way to plot anything.
Xiao looks to Alma for help, saying she was like a soul in the Akashic Record…and no doubt she was the one who could return your character to here. He knows that your pattern came out of the black hole, so it would make sense that Alma could cross between here and whatever’s inside.
So what’s in there? Where’s it lead?
She connects it to Earth by saying that the series of conflicts there…did Ether do this? Alma says it’s possible (but its pretty clear she doesn’t know) But, the photons that were discharged onto Earth, staying there, mixing with Ether, everything got strange after that. Matoi wonders if Xion had anything to do with it even though she’s no longer…. (she leaves off alive) Alma claims that’s a misunderstanding because Xion is Xion, and AR is AR and they are separate. While it is true that with Xion’s death there’s no longer an entity that can interface with the AR…but the AR is still there. Nobody can see it, but the universe continues to record everything.
Xiera tries an analogy that the AR is the library and Xion was the librarian?
The scene ends.
Making sense of this is difficult anyway.
A decent set of explanations thus far.
Will You Lend Me A Hand: With Alma
That’s a choice, but it’s also the only one so it’s not. She’ll say thanks, annnnnd the scene ends.
Later, she drifts around on her strange glowing pastel rainbow ball. (This ball has never been seen before but nobody remakrs about it) She lays on the ball as it sparkles and floats through the air on the bridge. She swings her feet and seems pleased, reading Xiera’s many floating screens. Xiao says that PD has combined with the Akashic Record, we’ll have to defeat it to separate them. It’s a straightforward plan, it’s no different than what we’re used to. He is having trouble imagining the situation on Omega, and how even to get there.
So, he asks Alma how she gets there because no ARKS ship can go into a black hole. Well not a REAL one, but remember, this ain’t no black hole/it doesn't function like an actual one, it's really a rampaging portal that nobody explains where the sucked-in stuff goes. She says to stop time and just fly in there. He believes that’s an expected answer, and asks if it’s the real job of Claris Claes to do reckless things. Matoi might have a small affront at this. Remember the order they go in, Alma was first and died, Matoi was 2nd and ‘vanished’, and ClarisClaes the anger management girl is third. Matoi is slightly bothered by this because she is a Claris Claes title holder too, and feels he accuses her of being reckless--but this isn't what he really means, he's after Alma here, but not badly so.
Xiera misinterprets her, and says that the law of gravity doesn’t apply if time is frozen. If we are able to ignore gravity we can send you to Omega, and Xiera understand the theory but feels its risky. Alma says it’s not risky because she got your char out so it’s surely reversible. But it’s rather taxing and she could do it better if Claris Claes was still here. And that’s why, 2nd gen, can you help me?
Matoi is shocked at her ask. She explains she needs people outstanding at photon manipulation so if she’ll do it, everything will be fine. So, Alma needs a booster or backup to be able to do it well/the transport of 2 people to Omega.
You’ve Got This Matoi
If you encourage her with You’ve Got This Matoi, She says she’ll do her best, be careful and you do your best too. Xiao tells Xiera she’ll have to go there too, he’ll manage the ship in her absence. Xiera excitedly says that she’s going too, but then protests about her lack of combat ability. Alma reassures her by saying she’ll concentrate on a form for her that will allow her to perform navigation duties instead. However, the appearance you might take on is up to Omega itself. Xiera is fretful, saying she’s uneasy and it’s her first time on-site but she’s got a bad feeling.
I’ll Protect You
You can’t actually tell her she’s able to opt out, because Xiao is the being with the most authority of all people (ever?) and he’s already commanded her to go. So, if you say I’ll Protect You , she says she’ll be in your care. Alma is happy about this, telling everyone that once she stops time in the area, you can approach the hole with the campship. The closer you are, the easier it is to send you through so prepare well before entering the camp ship. You nod at her, and it unlocks Story Quest The Existence of Salvation.
The Existence of Salvation
In a purple swirl tunnel, Alma explains: The world of Omega is a draem formed by the AR. The memories of the universe are all scrambled up. The people and cultures in omega are the result of planets of different ereas that got recorded. It’s a dream of the universes’ record so there’s an endless supply of the unexpected that can happen there. It seems strange of me to say this because it was I who invited you, but watch yourselves out there. She’s counting on you.
You appear in a grassy field , exactly like the one from the first time you went there. Looking around, it’s basically empty, but a tiny glow spins around your character, confusing it.
It’s Xiera as a fairy! She’s tiny! In a pink and white dress, and without shoes. She has pink ankle cuff bracelets, detached puffy sleeves, and purple with blue wings. Her pigtails are now ringed with flowers. She explains that by using this form, she can always be by your side. Now, she’ll navigate for you, so lets try to find civilization.
Chapter 1-1 The Savior begins