You fight her in a cut scene only that is choreographed/so you don’t actually have to play the fight, and he asks “are you afraid to strike the face of this body?” and knocks you into a pillar (the only one left…if it breaks in the fight the cut scene brings it back) and goes to stab you. The game sets this up as if he will actually succeed too! It has your character, no-matter how strong it is to have genuinely ‘lost’ the fight here and unable to get away from him/the pillar. He then fails to control the body. Melphonsina now is in control…a little, and calls to you and Gettemhart saying she doesn’t want this to happen, if you kill her you’ll kill the Emperor. Then he comes back and says “alas that’s the end of her”.
So, his ‘the other soul/mind is ‘devoured’ thing wasn’t entirely true or he just knows how to push the other person down & here he didn’t do it enough so she blocked him that once.
She goes to stab you again, but now Gettemhart blocks it…very badly. He takes a full frontal double stab from both of the giant daggers. They’re enough to go all the way through his upper chest. They are non-photonic and that was both lungs. He should be unable to talk at all.
He asks anyway, “how can he die and not fulfill her wish, he’s still got his pride.” But pulling them out and throwing them down, he knows he’s not enough to defeat the Emperor, his soul, the damned strength it’s better than nothing, he doesn’t want to die doing nothing, then he can’t face Sina. So he strikes at you instead, with his red energy.
This creates a…parallel dimension maybe? It’s gray fog for the floor, and wavy gray water stuff all around in a dome over the two characters. You stand back to back with original ARKS Gettemhart. He says he’s been consumed by Elder and now he will be consumed by a Guardian? Hah, what a weird twist of fate it is. He knew we had the same aura when we first met on Naberius but he never imagined being absorbed by you. He won’t eeeeven bother asking what’s going on, it’s all a whim of the Akashic Record after all, just thinking about it is useless, so he’ll roll his eyes and shrug about it. Now, go use his power, the power of Elder that he has acquired.
So, Arks-Gettem did really live on after he ‘vanishes in dust’ after the planet destroying ‘mountain elder/arms’ boss fight. Remember: the ‘elder-falz’ aspect or whatever that was knew Arks-Gettem was a hot-head crazy man who was super easy to lure with promises of big fights and unlimited power. It had him murder a girl to open a seal, and then took his body, killing him. You would occasionally get a flash where it’s really him in there, because it was forever-dueling personalities in there. This proves he’s…still mentally intact (if not bodily so) and has learned there is such a thing as Akashic Record. But just how much does he know? He’ll tell you to ‘show him’ something so is he like a ghost stuck in the gray area, but able to watch things randomly in Omega?
Now, he turns to face your back (as your char never turns around) and he changes from his guardians coat to his persona/elder looking one, but instead of pink highlights (on the knuckles-diamonds & chest area) and pink hair tips, it’s now lavender and somewhat purpleish for these areas.
Game Mode Explanation:
What this does, is give you the “Falz FORM” special attack mode.
This is where you can turn your char into an Elder clone and use several of its attacks. You level this up by defeating enemies and spending points in the various categories of defense, attack power, and special attacks. You can choose the look of the form as either a ghostly ‘overlay’ type that hovers over the character while the real character is still visible or, the actual character summons the form over-top of itself to become it. They both have the same ability set/it is just cosmetic. The mode works via a fill-gage and can be used once per mission only. The form is customizable too, you can later control the color of its glows and the ‘skin’ area. (So yes, pink and green candy colored Elders can and will be running around in regular game-mode)
You turn to face him. He requests you to save them, show me how you handle things. The odd…area of gray scene ends and Xiera says “you got his photons” and you can turn into Elder right now so it does it. The game will just do this, it’s a scene. Xiera is confused it’s like you’re a darker. Schlegger laughs at a power that is similar to his, so you are sure to be a worthy opponent.
The elder form you get can be customized in the game to have various colors later. But, when it first appears it is black with dull bronze trim and blue photonic glows and purple accents. It crackles with the red lightening type energy that Schlegger has as well. He then turns into Elder Form as well, but his has the original trim of black, with gold. Its back fins are spread and the head/helmet whatever that’s supposed to be is Omega-format so it is fancier. He says it will be a 1 on 1 now.
I’m Not Alone
There’s Three Here
If you say I’m Not Alone they entrust our thoughts to you, use everything to hit him now. You battle him in a cut scene, throwing him through a column before reverting back. He says its overwhelming strength from the guardian. There’s also that failure there, where he sees Gettemhart standing there in a flash. He thinks it’s incredible he lost, and he then vanishes the falz form and leaves the Melphonsina body on the floor again.
Xiera rushes over and asks if you are all right.
Besides That, The Other Two…
If you try to prompt her with Besides That, The Other Two…She says Gettemhart is gone and Mel is…But a voice comes out of nowhere and shouts at you “oi, you! Show me your thanks for letting you use my strength in this.” You nod, and the ghost of Gettemhart appears over the character as a sort of static filled overlap/overlay. Once it solidifies, your character has vanished/it’s only him now. It walks up to her and confesses “that was a bad performance we had.” She can open her eyes and turn just a little to him as she lays on her back. She says “Well, taking a hit instead of being used as a doll, that was clumsy of me.” Gettemhart assures her we finished it. She says “yea she saw and it was expected so thank you. It took forever getting here.” He tells her “yes it did” and pats on her. She’s so tired, but everyone won’t get mad if she goes to sleep now right? He says he won’t let anyone who took a break say anything. She cries, and closes her eyes. She tells him goodbye. He says see you, Sina. She glows red and turns to dust that dissolves upward into the air. He looks up, and the ghost of Gettemhart vanishes. Schlegger was wrong about eliminating the mind/soul of whoever he posesses. Why defeating the Elder/Falz form somehow defeated Schlegger is unknown. If he really possessed her body, that would not have eliminated him. It could have weakened him enough that she just comes through/stays there until she died.
Now, you’re in the gray area again. Gettemhart claims this is our final stop, for both Sina who is a memory and for him, who no longer exists. This is the end of their record. It ends and you look up at nothing. The gray area is gone, you were always just standing in the throne room, doing nothing. However, this isn’t the end for you, there’s things you still have yet to do. Xiera rushes over again, saying Ephemira is still the root of it, there’s still evil and there’s still so many castles. We have to do something to fix it, to fix all of it…or how could we face those two. You nod at this and look around the empty throne room.
The mission ends.
This was based on target damage.
A surprisingly very sad and very creepy chapter.
Creepy because being able to turn into Gettemelder is just ‘very not right’ on basic principles of well…anything actually ‘good-guy’, and also his ghost being able to I GUESS possess you because of this is also not fabulous. He SAYS (and actually does really believe) that he’s at the end of the record but he really isn’t. As this write up is 1 entire spoiler, he will turn up again.
The more you think about Schlegger’s proposal the creepier he gets.
Was the old man Schlegger not his real/original body because he is a bodysnatcher?
Why is Elmir so much younger than Schlegger (if he’s bodysnatching that’s the answer)
How does giving you Elder Falz energy to transform actually work?
Is there a Melrondia around somewhere?
Never to be answered:
If Schlegger hadn’t murdered them, how much longer would they live?
It was fairly clear Gettemhart & Melphonsina did probably not have that long to live anyway. He was coughing blood on the way there and she was always tired. Did they have a year left? Maybe, but they seemed to know that the modification/manna soldier thing was killing them rather swiftly.
Cut Scene good: The Elder/Gettem form takes getting used to, to actually use in boss battles or against enemies. It doesn’t even start out strong (when compared to a high level character) It’s a very smart move they didn’t make anyone have to actually use it in a fight here and that it was a cut scene instead. A wise move.
The Three Abnormal People With…
Matoi, Xiao, Xiera & Alma
241 10/20 at 1100
On the bridge, you have returned with Xiera now back to normal. Alma is there, and Xiao is in his usual chair with floating screens. He says the results of the medical exam came in, but there’s nothing abnormal at this time. Well I guess ‘ghost’ doesn’t show up on exams. He was nervous when he heard about the Elder/Form, but seeing the numbers reassures him. He’s glad though, that you used Darker Factor. Xiera gets all excited by this, saying if we can analyze the mechanism of how it worked, we’ll be able to use it for other purposes…
Alma chimes in where she floats in the air. She claims its ‘unclear as to which you’ve gained the new ability’. That sentence doesn’t make sense, the ‘to’ needs to be a ‘how’. Xiera agrees sadly. Xiao states that we’ll continue to monitor it but we need to talk about the Omega situation as well. Alma tells him that if we take the report at face value, it was mostly a solo operation that led to the sacking of the Emperor. And, while it may not seem a serious thing to say, isn’t that normally a tough thing to do? Is she missing something? Xiao says normally yes, except your char isn’t exactly normal.
This upsets Matoi who wiggles and flails that it’s not true, you are indeed normal. Xiao then tells her she’s not normal either. Matoi is offended somewhat, saying that’s mean but then isn’t Alma also…? Alma will then admit that she’s not good at combat but Claris Claes sure was. Xiao asks her that sealing Elder away on a planet (When the original killed herself doing it on Naberius, most likely) wasn’t exactly normal, so was that still Claris Claes? She says nope, that was all her at the time. Even if we defeated him, he’d just come back again, there was no choice but to seal him away. But because it was a sudden idea, I think we did pretty ok for that.
Xiao then concludes that all here are far from normal.
So, I guess new information VS Elder, is that if you kill him somehow he just pops back up, but sealing him away disrupts this and actually was the better option.
Xiera then asks about the Black Hole (It’s a pooortalllll) and the expansion has eased up since the last report. Alma says that extracting you two is even easier now. Xiao says the effect is both mathematically measured and intuitively so. So, if we keep up the pace in Omega, things will continue to improve.
Matoi cautions not to strain yourself out there on Omega even if you are excited to keep going.
Is There Something Wrong?
You’re Not Straining Yourself Either, Right Matoi?
If you ask Is There Something Wrong? She’ll say she’s all right but there is something on her mind. While she uses photons with Alma, she can feel something out there. Odd, unlike everyone and darkers, it feels like she’s being used. Now, something confusing happens. Alma looks at Xiao, who also looks back at her, so they exchange a glance while Matoi frets a little bit. Alma says that neither her nor Xiao would know anything about that. But, there must be something out there for Second (meaning Matoi) to feel that way, something we didn’t imagine. The appearance of Hunar was unexpected, as was your char ability to use DF power. So, everyone be careful because if you get defeated, we’ll lose everything. Alma chips in that if you push yourselves too hard, Second will faint from overly worrying. Matoi laughs, doubting we’d get that far. That said though, she turns to you and asks you to be careful. You nod and the scene ends.
Chatper 2-3 Rebellion To Elder: Suicidal Rebellion End.
It is great to hear that efforts are actually making a difference. Killing Schlegger actually slowed the badness down, so it clearly points the way forward.
What does Matoi feel? You know if it's getting mentioned it's not nothing.
Remember: Matoi can’t go to Omega because both Alma & Matoi are needed to transport you & Fairy Xiera back and forth.
What did the glance between Xiao & Alma mean? Her denial feels flimsy.
If Only I could See You, Again
In the shopping area of the ship…
You can walk toward the shops but, Melrondia suddenly runs up to you, because she sees Gettemhart’s ghost, very briefly, where you are. She asks if it’s him, but then takes it back, saying to you to forget that she said anything like that. You go to explain something to her, but gray static/time shift effect appears upon you. A voice calls out “Oi, don’t say anything unnecessary”. This stops you from your explanation, so she asks if something is troubling you?
Do You Want To Meet Gettemhart?
Wow, them’s some options…….If you make trouble and ask Do You Want To Meet Gettemhart? (Why would she? He is an abuser, and he was HIS ENTIRE TIMEremember! He never got redeemed on ARKS! He died a complete villain, inside the mountain/elder/Naberius wrecker. He’s been briefly barfed-out since then, like appearing in the Twins/Double “Stomach Dimension”, but Melrondia was never there to see that. (Remember there he was antagonistic but helpful toward a greater cause)
Omega-Gettem wasn’t horrible, corrupt or abusive because there was no Melphonsina death to send him into literal madness. The Omega-Copy-Gettem had a noble cause which was stopping the death of his country's citizens by killing the guy doing it. It was logical AND sympathetic.
The answer of why she would want to see him could be closure or she’s still the victim that returns to the abuser because she’s not over her mental illness or whatever it is she has.
Melrondia tells you that "She wishes that could come true." Somehow, if given the chance to meet him again…She pretended to be her own sister. She wanted to tell him that she disguised herself as Melphonsina, that’s the reason she wants to meet him again. (DUDE. MY GIRL. YOU MORON. HE KNEW! That’s why he was abusing you all the time! You’re a foot shorter and 5 years younger than your sister! HE KNEW IT WAS YOU!) The next time, she thinks she can tell him this as Melrondia. Mabye that’s really hopeless, if she meets him the way she is now she’d probably just freeze and not say anything. She can only say it because she knows she can’t meet him anymore. This is actually super insightful here. Dreams are only dreams that we yearn for, she can only live a life in hopes of achieving a dream. The last words he said to her…she can still remember them clearly, I’m a little lonely, but I’m all right. (Are they seriously retconning the abuse out right now???) She than apologizes for getting nostalgic over the topic though not knowing how we got here. Sorry for rambling, so see ya later! She then leaves.
Once she walks a little away, Gettemhart actually appears again, this time in his time/static/grayscale fog effect that takes over the area. He “tsk” at you saying it’s troublesome what you did, so do you intend to meddle more? You can do nothing but stand and watch her leave. He also vanishes without further comment. The scene ends.
It’s clear why you prompt her to say whatever was on her mind:
You can tell the Gettemghost is able to be listening and also that it would give him some kind of closure about events.
But he does not DESERVE IT! What part of punching the poor girl in the head every day of her life and assuring her constant misery for YEARS AND YEARS lets this filthy man off the hook? None of it! She’s only healing and becoming herself because the abuser is dead…and he died in his own attempt to MURDER HER FOR HIS OWN GAIN! Remember! He was completely cool with letting Elder/Falz take him over to gain power, he went thru all the stuff willingly right up until it ‘killed his brain’ to have the body & then go elder/form. He only got pissed that he wasn’t going to be the one enjoying the power. He KNEW she was irresponsible and got her own sister=his lover killed & thus abused her since the date of the death until he died in his attempt to murder her. Stop trying to retcon abuse out! He stabbed her in the guts to watch her die!
This also confirms that Gettemhart is far from gone.
You’re now actively being haunted by his ghost and the ghost has clear but limited power to talk over you or stop your actions at a point the ghost determines. This is not good news. It also proves Omega things can come over and infect ARKS dimension things. The Gettemghost is obviously a combo of ARKS-him and Omega-him so it is more well-adjusted/personality, but still. *If your character is female is he going to show up while she's in the shower or on the toilet? Does only certain things trigger him into being able to appear (darker activity/omega activity/highly emotional things like Melrondia sightings etc) or is he gonna be in the peepee stall with filthy Xiera? Something to think about.
Does Melrondia seriously believe that Gettemhart didn’t know that it wasn’t really Melphonsina? I mean…she was a whole foot shorter, with short hair (instead of long) and like what, 5 or something years younger? What the hell? Is she crazy and this is a manifestion of her 'being out of touch with reality'?
Remember that was another layer of creepiness that nobody cut into which was “Gettem & Melphonsina were obviously in their 20s somewhere so they were probably ‘more than platonic friends’”…so it had the IMPLICATION that he’d rape Melrondia when he was pretending it was Melphonsina/revenge doing it. It never actually spells that out but there’s like about 50 signs that point that way, and it gets more horrible depending on how old you think Melrondia is. Nobody’s age is ever stated, so you have to sit and guess from their look.
Closure Motivation -
Ghosts go away once they get closure. (A classic example common in fiction in this world and also proven by the Phantasms that go away/Ether things that keep showing up for the holidays.) Could your character be doing that to get rid of Gettemghost? (So helping, but in an ulterior-motive-way of getting rid of him by helping him get closure)
Should/Did Your Character tell anyone that it is being haunted by him?
If he has the power to ‘tv-static-gray-stuff’ you whenever he feels that’s pretty big of a deal, it could easily get you killed.