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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Harriet’s Older Brother
So, what it looks like is this unseen Lutz guy has gotten too much of Ephemera, which is probably like darker energy because remember Persona and PD went into this place and wrecked it. It’s probably actually driven Lutz insane so him spawning up all the castles even when they’re not needed for wars, is probably its mechanism of getting him to do what it wants/increase darkness there.
At the end of one of the halls, there’s a big wooden door with a knight type guy guarding it, Harriet knocks and says she’s coming in. Inside it’s a normal room, with candles on a shelf, barrels of stuff, dried herbs, sconces and a desk/books area.
*Everything here is supposed to be sort of 'underground' or in some castle basement or something but of note is that it's all WAY too well lit. There's sourceless lighting literally everywhere. The 'underground brick and wood window-less halls' are lit like they're the mall on a saturday. Sure there are candles on the wall but everything acts like there's office-style lighting in every single ceiling, so it comes off as strange.You can't un-notice it, either.
Once Harriet gets in there and you can see past her, your character is shocked by something. A voice says wait for a reply, don’t just barge in and be rude right after knocking to Harriet. Someone’s at the desk reading a book, so you can’t see the face. Harriet pokes back with ‘we’d be here till sunset waiting on a reply from the likes of you’.
The brother takes it in stride asking “What would that day be?” (That he makes her wait so long)
He lowers the book and
He looks up, and…tattoo free…but with the same hair style and same long pointy newman ears, it does appear to be him. He’s in a white noble looking suit.
Unless, you’re a spy working for Lutz!
Ah here he goes..research with ‘subjects’.
You watch as they argue, and Xiera whispers that this must be what Alma was talking about earlier. The record of what has been has….been messed up, since it’s a dream, anything can become reality. But really, having Luther be Harriet’s brother? It exceeds all rational notions of plausibility. But Luther grabs hold of her by a wing tip to inspect a fairy of fables and legends! He inspects her (after all, he was always basically a scientist, if it’s really a variant on him, this is normal) He’s super interested to see her, but didn’t get a good hold and she flutters out of his reach. He takes this to mean that this must be a savior form another world just like the legends say. Xiera yells does he really understand now?
He’s the forerunner of magical research. Were he to study the ebb and flow of mana around you, it would be different, because it’s clear you’re not from our world. His position is what allowed him to lay the foundation for modern summoning spells. He never would’ve made it to that point without believing in the existence of other worlds…now would he?
So, he’s a bit obtuse and slightly arrogant here too, but that’s to be expected if it’s still really a variant of him. He turns to Fairy Xiera saying, but, really, you can fly and understand speech? But, would you mind indulging my passions and becoming an experiment subject? This (with good reason) frightens Xiera away, so she flies directly behind your head to hide, saysing ‘hey listen please help me!’ (Is this a drive at Link’s “Hey Listen” fairy? It could be)
Perhaps For Another Time
It would be rude to Xiera to say Perhaps For Another Time, so if you risk putting him a bit off with Please Don’t Tease Her , he says he’s serious, it appears my sister’s sore gaze doesn’t take well to his words so…we shall proceed instead with our more pressing concern. Harriet does glower at him a lot, and he gives her the side-eye as well.
The current state of affairs is civil war, which he will explain with…
Xiera wonders what does it mean to consume the soul? He says he already explained it, if you use the mana that Ephemera gives, you’ll be consumed over time. If you use magic while using Ephimera, it’ll unconsciously progress to the point where reality and fantasy are lost upon you, creating total insanity. It only allows for itself, makes people incapable of thinking about others. That’s how Lutz became insane, killed the king, took the throne, and here we are.
What Xiera is probably getting at that Luther misses, is "what IS a soul really here? HOW is it consumed?" because the concept is religious of origin, she's not going to know/be raised with it because Xiao literally spawned her like a year ago. Naturally, nobody like that exists here so Luther just thinks she's being dense.
Xiera says it’s like a darker infection.
Xiera concludes that it sounds like the origin of Ephemera is PD. So, consuming people plus PD, then it’s the threat we thought that it was. But, how did you figure it out? Harriet thinks about it, and Luther claims he was responsible for creating the magic that summons the Devil Castles, he’s killed many people who went insane from doing it. Harriet argues a degree here, saying he only did it for the sake of developing new magic.
(So, he invents it, it works, people try it, but some of them go crazy and attempt to kill others, so he murders them instead)
He assures her that it’s all right, we sacrificed many in the pursuit of research and development, it was his own sin and that is what cost him the throne. (So, King didn’t want creepy son the mad scientist taking over and nominates kind and contentious Harriet insteadmakes sense) and because of him, the world is being consumed by his research, and that’s a fact.
Why Did You Do This?
The better thing to say here WOULD have been “not exactly, you’ve been meddled with by an evil force from our dimension that I’m here to try and stop” because pulling blame off of people like this makes them act better. Instead though, you get 2 choices, the first one is too accusatory (Plus, you KNOW how he ishe experiments and does things for the sake of doing themso that’s why he did it, to see if he couldeven if he didn’t mean it to get out of hand…which, if he’s ok-er here he probably didn’t) So if you ask Did It Not Go According To Plan?
If it did…do you think I’d be in a place like this? This is the result of sticking to research and not looking at others. As people’s souls were consumed, he only sat and watched. Had Harriet not been here, he’d have ended up the same as Lutz. Harriet says yes it’s true he created Devil Castles, but, he also created Buster Tower that destroys them. He finishes the statement of ‘and all this is why Lutz is trying to have us killed’. The next phrase isn’t that clear. Is it that Lutz did all this, or is it that Lutz SAID Harriet did all this? "Share the devil castle tech, spread lies & rumors, do research that further ruins the nation, how many false charges are there?"
Harriet says Ephemera was discovered decades before we were born. It had a huge effect, but not enough to significangly change the world. But…Devil Castles did change the world by changing how wars are fought. Each nation summoned a DC along the border and created a situation where no one can attack, only keep posturing with it. He finishes that with if no one can attack, battle won’t spread, and it almost makes it peaceful. So…the widespread knowledge of DC hasn’t gone in vain. But, that’s only the first step toward global destruction.
Xiera asks if the destruction part is because Ephemera makes people insane. He agrees, saying all DCs need to be destroyed because they consume and also spread it. That’s why he created buster towers. But they use too much mana. And without Ephemera, no ordinary person can use it, even it was impossible for himself and Harriet too. But, you seem to have gotten it, and even destroyed a DC. Also, you analyzed the tower with your own tech & replicated it several times. (How does he know this?) What can we call you then, if not the saviors?
Outside Luther’s room, Xiera confides that she feels lost because this guy has his face, but he seems to be right. She shows you the rose again, saying it disappears when your char photons get on it. It’s the crystal of a darker infection, PD did it for sure. It’s hoping to revive itself with it. Cooperating with Harriet is the right decision.
The scene ends.
It's clearly meant to be quite creepy here that it's basically 'the big bad' acting good and normal.
Talking With Others
Alma doesn't know the full Luther story/how bad he was.
Alma says nothing happened. She was just alone inside the Record. She was just there, alone watching the records archive themselves. She thought everything was ok. (This seems to suggest she had made peace with being dead and simply observing this mechanism at work was entertaining enough to do for literal eternity) But now that she’s talking to people again, she doesn’t want to stop. Xiera closes her eyes, crosses her arms, and thinks about something for a bit…then asking, would you like to talk to her when she has the time? Alma wonders if Xiera is too busy for such things? She says don’t worry, talking with others is part of her role here, isn’t that right?
If you encourage her with Yeah Totally! Then Alma will talk whenever we can. Xiera enthusiastically agrees. You wouldn't want to discourage them here with 'only sometimes', because the more Alma lets loose, the better off everyone is with information.
The Mad Minister Lutz
As we defeat more DCs we need to head toward the capital.
Xiera wonders if Harriet is a descendant of the hero.
In the royal capital is the castle,and Lutz is on the throne, irritated as he has to listen to his underlings making reports. In a largely empty throne room with blue banners and a red carpt there sits a frowning neman man in a big fancy crown. He glowers down the red carpet at a knight armor guy who kneels to give the news to him. Lutz is dressed in a white robe that’s floor length. He has dull blue long hair, long pointy (tall) newman ears, and white gloves. The robe has gold trim and gold curly designs. The shoulders have 'feather' extensions, and he has a necklace that looks like a feathery sheild.
Lutz asks how did this happen, he ordered the suppression of all traitors. But, Luther & Harriet yet live, and the DCs are still being destroyed. The Knight guy in his helm (labeled Cuentian Soldier) explains they’re unbeatable fortresses, thanks to the power of the Devil Barriers…but there’s a method to defeat the barriers then destruction is a possibility.
Aside from him, there stands a woman in pink. She has knee high silver shiny boots with gold trim, a pink…cloak like long cover (to the ankles) that's all open in front, probably blue shorts, a garter belt on at random…silver/gold trim gauntlet gloves & wears a white sword at her side. The boots have chunky high heels. She just stands there the whole time while he is reporting. Lutz bangs a hand on the throne arm and dismisses the guy who leaves. This woman steps up and says calm down uncle.
She has white and gold feathered literal small wings (like a bird...) on a headband device for the sides of her head, upper-back-length neat, straight brown hair, and a mini-cape of pink flaps with gold designs. One shoulder has a gold armor cuff, the other has a silver dragon face theme with horns/spikes that point upward. It has a glowing red gem for an eye. Her pink cloth/half a robe is open in front so you can see her white bra, blue ‘bathing suit’ type top & a belt. Interestingly, the pink robe has a high collar that goes up her neck but then stops at the necklace area so her chest can be bare while she wears it. (Who is making fashion here? It is so tacky? No one would do sword fighting in chunky heels, booty shorts, a bra, a bathing suit with belly window, and a shoulder thing with horns that point at your own head and neck.) Alisa’s eyes are blue.
Lutz says it’s impossible to calm down while DCs are being destroyed. Alisa tells him that Harriet possesses the power to destroy them, but is in the company of a being known as The Guardian. The 2 heirs are at their side. While you have the kingdom’s research, their cause is justified. (So, she’s telling him off a bit here) He glowers at her with his dark blue eyes, demanding just who’s side is she on. She only states the facts as the Sword Maiden. (So, Harriet is right, she’s on nobody’s side, particularly) If he believes in the will of the people & kingdom, reconciliation is the best course. He won’t, he won’t reconcile the king who nearly defiled the nation into ruins…or his descendants.
Uncle, did he really try to?
This bothers him, so he demands “Why must you, the DC & Ephemera are essential for keeping the nation alive. To abandon them would destroy the nation, and if it disappears so too does history. Even the legend you protect and the sword you wield would be destroyed, so do you understand?”
The scene ends.
1. You know this means Alisa will show up in Cuent to see Harriet, you & Luther directly
Sword Maiden Alisa
One factor here isn't going to add up just yet:
In the big tent, Alisa thanks Harriet for agreeing to meet. Harriet is honored by her presence. She explains that the duty of her house is only to bear the Legendary Sword and the Hero Strength, we don’t get involved in politics. Luther appears (replacing Harriet in the ‘scene’ theater that this is presented as) and asks her that if Lutz is her uncle, wouldn’t feelings surface over a blood-relative like that? She’s ready to counter him, and says if he puts it that way, then as descendents of legends, both of you (Him & Harriet) have ties with her even stronger than blood. He is forced to shut his eyes and shrug at this, then goes away.
This makes her mad, so she demands to not believe a grandiose story without evidence. He says she ought to have encountered plenty of evidence already being Prime Minister Lutz Niece. Now she’s further aggravated, at the implication that he’s a murderer. Harriet steps in to tell her that the PM was kind and gentle, using his thoughts for the nation and people, even her father poured lots of faith into him. During the defense of the nation, it was he who took the initiative of summoning more castles than anyone else…and from the over use of Ephemera, the negative effects took him over. Notice that none of this is actual 'evidence' physical or otherwise to help Alisa, but she seems sort of ok with it.
Luther returns saying the DCs he built for the nation and its people now must be destroyed for the nation and the people, and even, the sake of the world. He says it’s ironic. (What he probably means is disapointing to him, as he really thought he was onto something, but then it turned out to be the opposite of what he wanted.) Harriet worries about him a little, as she appears behind him. He tells Alisa that this concludes their half of the story…so she can believe what she wants, but he assumes she’s already made her decision. She thinks about it a little, then asks him what he means by that. He doesn’t get to tell her, because Varuna appears with an urgent report for Harriet, because someone is summoning a DC in the plains in front of the camp. Alisa is upset, there shouldn’t be any forces out there. Luther thinks its possible they already made their move as you were here with us talking. To use the Sword Maiden, to use a niece as a pawn in the plan, it seems Lutz’s insanity reaches new heights.
Alisa is sad, whispering out Oh Uncle, and the scene ends.
It’s refreshing to see a level-headed character done pretty well like Alisa is here.
Luther asks her if she knows what she’s implying, (likely murdering Uncle Lutz) to which she closes her eyes, admits he took the life of the king, and will accept the risks. Luther then promises to see it thru to the end, so if our convictions are at fault, then she can strike us down with all her strength. To which she says it goes without saying.
The Sword Maiden’s Duty
How Strong Is It?
If you ask How Strong Is It? (It’s clear it can’t save the world, or she’d of likely already done it) She’s not sure, she never thought of it as anything other than traditional power. It serves 1 purpose, the key of defeating the CED that will resurrect. The sword will only reveal the true power when facing just that dragon, that’s the legend she follows. It’s a wives’ tale by now, but she can’t downplay the importance or try to reject it.
The bottom line:
The Battle of Cuent Central Plains
After the camp ship, you go down to the battle tent. The party indicator still says 8 people possible but it’s not because this is a solo story/so just initiate the countdown to go by yourself. The castle you get will be the gray one (not the black one) and the ‘scaling’ that was confusing is that all of the enemies are SUPER weak, likely around level 20 or sobut the buster towers are YOUR level, as are the buster piles. However, there are still the usual amount of them trying to kill the towers so you really have to be on your toes. The version of the battle is the big empty field but now with boost hoops for speed-running placed around in it. There are the buster towers on one side, mostly set to defensive (So, gattling guns etc) and the Devil Castle/it's wall on the other. (It is not the canyon pit map) It is highly likely to give a poor grade because this thing still…isn’t meant for 1 person. They’re basically jimmying it so that you CAN win (or are likely to win) through the level scaling.
This has zero dialogue or story to it.
The Devil Castle
*This is interesting.
Harriet says let’s just go end this.
Now, you can see Lutz. (This would be impossible to do, it’s another scene your character could never see because it is very far away and has basically nothing to do with you.) Lutz is ranting on the front lines, he’ll summon a castle and smite the traitors with his own hands. He is in front of the Cuent Castle gates, and has his skeleton brigade behind him. There doesn’t seem to be any humans in sight, so he’s basically talking to just ‘enemies’, whether or not they can understand him. He claims he’s got justice on his side, and everyone else deceives with lies. (Meaning Harriet’s crew)Even if a savior stands against us, we have ephemera so it means nothing. Stories carry no weight in the face of Ephemera, so let history be rewritten right now.
It can be pretty positive that the ‘monsters’ aren’t any sort of people here. They’re probably Ephemera manifestations of ‘things people thought would be scary’, so that’s why green ogers, skeleton with sword, goblin green little guy with club & ‘grim reaper’ all appear and are fairly ‘typical’.