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Torna ~ The Golden Country is internally considered "chapter 11" of Xenoblade Chronicles 2. It takes place about 500 years before the main game. It is assumed that the reader is familiar with the entire plot of Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

This page is divided into sections based on the Events Theater. Scenes not in the Events Theater (such as story quests or unvoiced dialogue) are shown as italic headers and given unofficial titles.

Stinks Like Blood[edit]

The scene begins with an illustration showing the Coeia Titan, an oppressive fog veils the surrounding.
Narrator
The year was 3564.
The 107th Indoline Praetor, Rhadallis...
had sent an armed expedition against the counntry of Coeia.
Its capital, Omrantha, fell overnight...
And sank beneath the clouds, along with the rest of the Titan.
The camera goes into the fog. A war is ocurring, there are Indoline and Ardainian forces in the battlefield, along with soldiers dying in combat
Narrator
The destruction of Coeia shocked all the nations of Alrest
Officially, the act was attributed...
to a military alliance led chiefly by Indol
and the emerging power of Mor Ardain.
In fact, it had been the work of one Blade.
The camera goes up into the sky, a big black aura falling into the ground.
Narrator
The Aegis,
a man known as Malos,
said to be the Architect's word incarnate.
The camera goes up into the sky again, this time to show a big Artifice.
Narrator
Back then, neither Lora nor myself knew…
how closely his fate…
would prove to be tied with ours in the days to come...
The camera zooms into the Artifice, transitioning and leaving the illustration style. As the camera zooms in, it get inside the Artifice, the Aegis, previously named, is inside controlling the Artifice.
Malos
You're that eager to die?
Then allow me to assist!
Malos clenchs his fist as he attacks the Coeia Titan with a beam of darkness.
The Coeia Titan explodes and sinks into the Cloud sea while the scene fades black.
As the scene fades in, a Driver and her Blade are running from some monsters, their names are Lora and Jin.
Lora ties the enemy's leg with his rope and kicks it while Jin fights at her side with his sword, the two are fighting unceasingly.
Eventually, Lora is sorrounded and Jin passes his sword to her, a style of combat never seen before. Even if they are defending well themselves, they end up running away.
Jin
(running)
There's no...end to them!
Lora
(running too)
And it's not just the Volff and Feris
Even the Buloofo's caught up in it!
Lora and Jin end up in the end of the path, the two turn around to see their enemies.
Jin
Lora, can you smell it?
Lora
(disgusted by the smell)
Yeugh! It stinks like-
Lora is interrupted by a Buloofo that stands in front of them followed by some Feris. The Buloofo is watching them in a intimidate way.
Jin
Yeah, no doubt about it. Blood.
It's driving them crazy.
As they prepare to fight, the Buloofo roars, the fight will be tough

Ties That Bind[edit]

Lora attacks a Volff with the Nodachi, Jin's sword, and kills it. She passes the sword to Jin, and now that she is vulnerable, a Volff leaps on her and throws her to the ground.
Jin
(worried)
Lora!
Jin rushes to save her while Lora is defending how she can with the rope she has. Jin sends the Volff flying with his sword and uses his ice powers to defeat the rest of the Volffs.
Now that the things have settled down, Jin helps Lora to stand up.
Lora
Thank you, Jin.
Jin
Well, we've got room for improvement.
Lora
Of what?
Jin
This fighting style. It magnifies our strength, sure, but it leaves us wide open...
Jin sheathes his sword.
Jin
When the sword is in my hand,
you're left defenseless.
Lora
What, you won't keep me safe?
Jin
Huh?
Lora places her hand on Jin's cheek right how he did 17 years ago when Lora awakened Jin.
Lora
(mimicking him)
"I'll keep you safe, always!"
A flashback shows a 10 years old Lora awakening Jin
Jin
(past)
I'll keep you safe, always...
Back in the present, Jin removes Lora's hand from his face.
Jin
You...
You still remember that?
Lora
I've thought about it...every day for these 17 years.
Lora looks up into the sky
Lora
I'll never forget it. The day you set me free from a life of misery.
Jin
I see.
They both look into each other's eyes and smile. They set off and start walking into the forest.

Mikhail[edit]

Not long after, Lora and Jin arrive to a desolated village where they find a boy alone, Lora approaches him.
Lora
What happened? Are you alone?
He doesn't respond or look at Lora; he only looks down with any expression.
Jin
Looks like the only survivor.
These burn patterns don't look like Malos's handiwork.
Must've been humans…
Looting and pillaging while the world burns.
Lora
(tilting her head)
Hey, it's okay. Would you like to come with us?
You don't have to worry, really. We're all good people, promise.
The little boy looks at Lora with sad eyes.
Jin bents down to be at the boy's height.
Jin
Can you walk?
The boy, without saying a word, affirms with his head.
Jin
(stroking his head)
You can. Good going.
Jin stands up and touches the boy's back to say him unverbally that they're going to walk. They eventually get to the outskirts of the village.
Lora
And... your family?
Were they there with you? Should we go back and..
Mikhail
(interrupting Lora)
Mikhail...
My name is... Mikhail
Lora
Oh! Right. I'm Lora.
And he's...
Mikhail
(interrupting her again)
I don't have a family.
I was sold to this village. From Estham. So... I'm all alone.
Lora
I see...
Right, then! Starting today, we're going to be your new family!
We'll take you back to our friends, and...
Mikhail
(interrupting her a third time)
You people? You're strangers.
You don't have to pretend to care.
Lora
(confused)
Er...? Ahaha... ha...
You don't beat around the bush, do you?
Lora
He's gonna be a handful, this one.
Though, really...I was just the same once...
Lora
Very well. Friends first then, not family. How's that sound?
Jin
Lora.
Lora looks at Jin.
Lora
Huh? What's up?
Jin
I'll scout the area. Look after him.
Lora
Oh, of course. Be careful...
And, Jin...
Jin
I know.
Jin puts a mask with two horns to hide the Core Crystal in his forehead and starts walking.
Meanwhile, in Indol, the Praetor of Indol Rhadallis and one of the magisters, Baltrich, are having a chat.
Rhadallis
What was that you said, Baltrich?
Baltrich
The Coeian capital of Omrantha has fallen…
Ah, rather, it was annihilated, Praetor Rhadallis.
Rhadallis
So it has come to pass after all...
Baltrich
... Respectfully, you aren't much of an actor, Eminence.
It appears you are not surprised at all? We heard disturbing rumors circling among the Magisters.
Amalthus... whom you recently elevated to Quaestor...
People wonder if this calamity has anything to do with that man's Blade...
With such extraordinary power, is it really wise to, er...
Rhadallis elevates his hand, ordaining Baltrich to stop talking.
Rhadallis
No matter whose power affected it,
it is sure to serve the greater glory of Indol.
The Architect... will surely be pleased
Baltrich
Eminence... Do you believe it can be controlled?
Rhadallis
If it cannot... I will let him take the blame.
I have...
spoken.
Thank you for your report, Magister Baltrich. You may return to your duties.
Baltrich takes a bow and leaves the room.

Gathering Ingredients[edit]

The party has gone to a campsite near the village outskirts.
Lora
This looks like a good spot to set up camp.
Jin
Yeah. I’ll start preparing the food.
Lora
Oh wow, you’re a star, Jin. What do you reckon you’ll make?
Jin
Let’s see, now… I should be able to get my hands on a few choice ingredients around here.
If we can find some Tornan Trout, Deviled Onions and Sour Avocados, I could stew them together…
You like Trout Stralu, right?
Lora
It’s absolutely divine! You’ll join us for a bit to eat, won’t you, Mikhail?
Mikhail
...I guess.
Lora
Perfect! Then let’s set to work and hunt for those ingredients!
Jin
All three of those things should be easy to come by around here. No need to travel off the beaten path.

A Spot of Camping[edit]

The party is making camp while sitting on rocks and pieces of fallen wood, arranged around the campfire.
Lora
Right, we've got our ingredients, fire's nice and toasty... I think we're all set for the night!
Jin, would you mind making a start on the cooking?
Jin
I'll get right to it.
Mikhail
...The Blade's doing the cooking?
Jin
Got a problem with that?
Mikhail
...
Lora
Better Jin than me. If I were in charge, I'd probably end up losing a limb peeling the veggies!
Jin
It's not all one-sided, though. Lora has her own talents. Like making charms. That, I could never do.
Lora
Right! We make up for each other's strengths and weaknesses.
Blade or Driver, no one has to shoulder all the burden.
Mikhail
Huh.
Jin
Okay, I'm going to make a start on the Trout Stralu. It won't take long.

A Brief Respite[edit]

On nighttime, Lora and Jin are seated on the camp site while Mikhail is sleeping next to them.
Lora
How sad... The village, I mean.
Jin
It is.
Lora
That Blade, Malos...
He didn't do that, did he?
Jin
The towns razed by the Aegis were completely obliterated...
I plan to inform the mercenaries of this.
Lora
How could a person do something so awful...?
Jin
Anyway. You should rest now. We should be able to meet up with Haze tomorrow.
Lora
(excited)
Ooh, yes!
I wonder if she's found any leads on Mother. I hope so, anyway.
Jin
I'll prepare food, then rest up.
Lora
Oh, that's kind of you...
Thanks...
Lora smiles at Jin looking at his eyes, and Jin narrows his eyes to express happiness.
Jin stands up in order to make food for the three of them for when they wake up in the morning, and Lora goes to sleep.

The Next Morning[edit]

Morning has come, the party is ready to get on the road again.
Lora
Mmm, that really hit the spot!
You know, I really can't think of anything better than waking up to Jin's cooking. Scrumptious!
Mikhail
...
Jin
You scarfed that down quick.
Mikhail
Uh...!
Jin
Want seconds?
Mikhails hides behind Lora.
Mikhail
...
Lora
Mikhail, relax. He's not gonna bite you.
Don't let the whole moody thing fool you. He's genuinely concerned about you.
Jin
"Moody thing"...?
Lora
Look, if there's anything you need, just tell us, all right?
Mikhail
Nu-uh, I'm fine. Really.
Lora
OK, I hear you.
Listen, I know Jin can seem a bit scary, but he's really very gentle. You'll get used to him.
Mikhail nods.
Jin
...
I just need to clean up here, then we can move out.
Lora
Feltley can't be far now, can it? Where we're meeting up with Haze.
Jin
That's right. There's still a way to go, but if we keep to the road, it won't take long.

Hallmark of the Aegis[edit]

Lora, Jin and Mikhail finally arrive to the Feltley Village.
Lora
Looks like... Haze isn't here yet…
As they get deeper into the village Lora gets open-mouthed; a big black crater has consumed the village. The three rush to get closer.
Lora
(surprised)
What the...
This is... This should be the village of Feltley.
Jin crouches down to examine the texture of the crater.
Jin
It's almost like glass...
Rumor among the mercs says that's... the hallmark of the Aegis.
Lora
But why would he do this?
Jin hears something coming from the sky, he looks up to see what is it and a colossal robot is approaching to them.
Jin
Look out!
Jin jumps into the inside of the crater holding Lora in his arms while Mikhail flees and hides to a near tree. The robot tries to hit Lora and Jin with its claws and it manages to remove Jin's mask from his forehead.
Lora
(worried)
Jin?!
Jin
It's nothing. Let's go! [1]
In the center of the crater, Jin draws his sword and Lora gets into an offensive position, they're about to battle against an enemy they never saw before.

The Emblem of Torna[edit]

After the battle, when the Gargoyle seems to be defeated, its eyes brighten again and stands up.
Lora
(exhausted)
This... is no normal monster.
Jin
Not an Ardainian Titan weapon, either...
Lora
Maybe it's Malos's?
The Gargoyle prepares to do a charged attack.
?
Get down, you two!
A light beam appears from the sky and lands on the Gargoyle causing a little explosion that Jin and Lora have to dodge, Jin activates the Blade shield to make sure they don't get hurt.
Lora
Holy...
Between the fog that the explosion caused can be seen a silhouette of a woman walking.
As the fog disappears, there's no trace of the Gargoyle. The woman, named Mythra, walks towards Lora and Jin.
Mythra
That was a close one!
From Mythra's back appears a hooded man
?
It looks like Malos's Artifices are still roaming around.
Lora
So it was...
As an awkward silence was made in the crater, the hooded man looks from down to up Lora and Jin.
?
(looking at Jin)
Hey...
Wait a minute...
The hooded man, named Addam, unhoods himself, revealing his face and his tunic.
Lora
(surprised and scared)
The emblem of Torna!
Addam
You are...
Jin! Right?
Wow... I can’t believe it!
I came all the way out here and who do I save but the Paragon of Torna and his Driver!
Addam
(looking at Lora)
You're so young...
That Core Crystal was stolen 17 years ago.
Quite a feat to pull off that heist at that age!
Lora
Are you going to arrest us? Execute us?
Addam
(crossing his arms)
I don’t know yet.
I did just save you, after all.
Lora
(causing irritation)
Oh, how magnanimous.
Jin
Lora. There's no point in talking.
Jin and Lora get into their ready-for-battle position as Mythra approaches them.
Mythra
Have it your way...
Mythra draws her sword as she screams sprinting towards Jin, Jin does exactly the same and they clash each other's sword.
The two pairs prepare to fight each other

A Momentous Occasion[edit]

Lora, groaning from the effort, wraps Addam's sword with her rope, Jin tries to attack him from above now that he's vulnerable but Mythra jumps to attack Jin in order to defend Addam. Jin blocks her attack and passes his sword to Lora. Lora sprints to attack Addam but he defends himself just in time, without thinking it, Jin grabs his sword from Lora's hands and attacks Addam one more time, this time Jin hits Addam successfully and unarms him. Right after that, he aims for Mythra.
Mythra
The hell ARE these two?
They're just a Driver and Blade, where's this strength coming from?
Addam
(fighting breathlessly)
Well, he IS the Paragon of Torna.
Jin
(angry)
Hrh... I've had enough.
Jin starts glowing with an ice aura
Lora
What? No!
There's no need for you to-
Right before Lora can finish the line, Jin summons a lot of sharp floes, he redirects them to Addam. Mythra, with her Core Crystal glowing, points at Jin with her swords and a beam of lights come from out of the sky, stopping right in time the floes.
Addam
(peacefully)
You!
Lora
What?
Somehow, Addam stops fighting with a happy smile in his face and approaches to them with his sword undrawed.
Addam
Incredible! You... Both of you!
Lora
(Not understanding)
Huh?
Lora and Jin look at each other in a confused way, and Mythra shakes her head like if she's tired of Addam.
Addam
That last attack? The force behind it was absurd! I'm amazed.
Lora
(confused, spechless and blushing at the same time)
Oh, ah, really...?
Well, that's just...
Ahaha...
Addam
Oh, and... Passing the weapon...?
What a concept!
How did you ever come up with THAT idea?
Lora
Oh, well...
Lora, surprised by the question, doesn't really know what to respond.
Lora
(Not looking at his face)
We were broke
Addam
Huh?
Addam didn't excpect this, Lora and Jin looked like they were professional fighters, so he would have never thought what Lora just said.
Lora
(a bit angry)
We couldn't afford meals, let alone another sword.
And so we made do.
While Jin is embarassed, Addam and Mythra are open-mouthed, they can't believe such a good pair of fighters can't even afford a sword.
Addam laughs loudly.
Addam
You're kidding?!
Lora lets out a "Hmph!" and crosses her arms.
Addam
(still laughing softly)
Oh, man. You guys are the best.
I haven't laughed this hard in ages.
Lora
(Pardon me?)
Huh?
Addam
I really, REALLY like you two.
Lora
Uhh...
A female Blade and a Gormotti kid run to the crater where Lora, Addam, Jin and Mythra are.
Gormotti kid
(shouting)
Master Addam! Sir!
Everyone turns around, when Lora sees the female Blade she makes a relief face.
Addam
Milton!
The Gormotti kid, named Milton, runs towards Addam to hug him.
Milton
Oh, thank goodness you're all right!
Master Addam, are you hurt at all?
Lora
Master... Addam...?
You can't be THE Addam Origo?!
Jin
The lord of Aletta... And fourth in line to the throne of Torna.
Mythra
Oh come on, Milton.
I've been with him the whole time. You really think these two would cause any harm?
Milton
You've been using your dumb Artifice again, haven't you?
Mythra
Dumb?!
Milton
(ignoring her)
So yeah, sure, nothing to worry about, right?
Mythra gets angry at him but Addam places his hand on between them to calm things down.
Addam bents down to be at Milton's height.
Addam
Milton. Who's this, then?
Milton
Ah, this is Haze.
She rescued me from the jaws of some nasty monsters.
Haze, Lora's Blade, smiles at Milton and Addam saying unverbally that it's a pleasure to help.
Addam
Well, I'd better give her my thanks.
Lora
(relieved Haze's okay)
Haze!
Addam
Oh? Was she with you?
Haze
I’m sorry to keep you waiting, my lady.
Now that Haze has reunited with Lora and Jin in the Feltley Village right how they planned, them alongisde Addam, Mythra, Milton and Mikhail make a campsite in there to pass the night.

In the campsite, Lora is explaining to everyone how she resonated with Jin 17 years ago.

Addam
(crying)
I see... So that's when...
What a sad, sad tale, Lora...
Milton
Oh, here we go again...
Milton offers Addam a towel to wipe his tears.
Milton
Don't let it get cold, now.
Milton gives to Mikhail a plate with soup and he accepts it without saying anything, he probably hasn't eaten in more than three days.
Addam, now with his tears wiped, puts away the towel.
Addam
So then, how come you've enlisted with a band of mercenaries?
Lora
I guess I like the freedom.
This way I'm not tied down, so I can help out with causes I really believe in, you know?
Going's tough everywhere you look these days, right? I can't ignore it, can I?
Addam
I understand.
Mythra
Fat load of good that'll do in the long run. The world keeps turning anyway.
Jin
You might think that.
But mercenaries and statesmen each have their own views and ways to effect change.
It's not in vain.
Mythra
Huh. A Blade siding with humans... You don't see that every day.
Jin
I think it's Blades like you that are rare.
Mythra
Well, duh! You do know what I am, right?
Jin
Lacking in compassion.
Mythra sighs and crosses her arms, she said that last thing refering she was an Aegis, being indeed rare as Jin said, but she didn't excpect Jin's reply.
Lora
So about Jin... I suppose you have to take him away from me.
Addam
I could try to slay you right here...
Lora
But...?
Addam
But my mission is to stop the Aegis's destruction...
To subdue Malos. Not to seek out lost trinkets.
Who cares about Paragons anyway?
Lora reacts confused with a "huh?".
Addam
How about... you two join up, lend us your strength?
You're incredibly powerful. There's loads I want to pick up from you...like that trick from before!
Let's see...
Addam crosses his arms to think for an excuse so the Torna's authority allows Lora being Jin's Driver.
Addam
We'll say I found the Paragon on my journey... And decided to entrust him to you.
To help with Malos.
Well? Sound plausible?
Lora
(grateful)
That's just...
Addam smiles at Lora
A bit later, Addam and Mythra move slightly away from the campsite so then can talk with privacy.
Mythra
How dare he speak to me like that? He thinks he knows me!
Addam
"Coarse" is the word.
Mythra
Yeah. He is.
Addam
I meant you.
Mythra
Me?!
Addam
He meant you're unpolished.
After you return to your core, you lose your memories.
However, as you gain experience with people, gradually the nature of a Blade...
rather, their feelings...
they change and grow.
You become more and more human.
But you purposely keep yourself apart.
Mythra
Oh, so now it's my fault?!
Addam
No, not at all.
I respect that part of you.
Mythra blushes and crosses her arms
At the same time, Lora and Jin were talking in the campsite.
Lora
Hey, are you...angry?
About this whole Malos thing…
Jin
(looking at the crater)
I'm not. Whatever happens, I'll protect you. Be sure of it.
We cannot simply ignore what's happening in the world.
But…
Lora
But what?
Jin
Please say you'll be careful.
Lora
(nodding her head)
Hah. I will
Morning has come, Lora approaches Addam to tell him something.
Lora
Erm, Your Highness?
Addam
Just Addam is fine. What is it?
Lora
The going after Malos thing... Could it wait a few days?
Addam
Oh? Is there something you need to do first?
Lora
I... Well, yes.
Addam looks at Lora and her party waiting for a further explanation.
Haze
You see... Lady Lora seeks the whereabouts of her mother.
Unfortunately, she has her mercenary duties to perform. Therefore, I often go out and conduct these searches myself.
Addam
I see.
Then, you've found her?
Haze
Yes
With all that happened yesterday, I did not have the opportunity to say...
My lady, your mother is currently residing in a small hamlet called Torigoth.
Lora
Torigoth...
Addam
That's on the edge of Gormott.
Ardainian and Coeian forces clash out there frequently. It's very dangerous.
Haze
(nodding her head)
Indeed.
Addam
Right, no time to waste. Let us head out there!
Lora
What?! But what about your mission?!
Addam
You don’t want to see your mother?
Lora
Of... Of course, but...
Addam
Then let's go! Malos hasn't hit that part of the world yet.
It's as good a place as any to look.
Lora
You're hoping we might find him there?
Addam
Exactly.
Lora
That sounds too easy...
Addam
We go to the village of Torigoth to find Malos.
And you go to Torigoth to find your mother.
Everybody wins.
Lora
And once I've found my mother, I join up with you?
Addam
Mhm. That's the general idea.
I'll send my people to notify your mercenary friends.
And perhaps we could find a place for your mother in the capital?
It should be safe there.
Lora
Is this normal princely behavior?
Mythra
(impertinently)
You think this is bad, just stick around for a bit.
Milton
Nobody's, like, making you come along, you know?
Mythra
Unfortunately, a Driver and Blade are one in body and soul.
Milton
As if you don't do whatever you feel like anyway...
Mythra and Milton look at each other angrily.
Addam
I know this is all very sudden.
Still, we don't know where we'll run into Malos next.
It makes sense to stick together as much as we can.
In the bushes, there's a hidden man looking and listening closely at the party.
Mysterious man
Isn't that...?
A flashback shows how after Lora awakened Jin, this same man tried to kill Lora, but Jin cut his left arm. Consequently, now he have a prosthetic arm.
Mysterious man
No mistakin' it.
That's the Blade... And that little brat, too!
His Blade starts somehow a videocomunication with presumably one of this man's friends.
Mysterious man
Yeah, the whole village was wiped out.
Found myself some great Core Crystals, though.
He looks at a bag containing Core Crystals that he stole.
Mysterious man
And... I found somethin' else, too. Somethin' real interesting.
Uh-huh. Gimme some time to take care of this, OK?
I'll be in touch.
His Blade hangs out the videocomunication.
Mysterious man
Heh...
Fate's a funny thing. Never thought I'd get to take back that Paragon what I stole in the first place…

Traveling Companions[edit]

The party has set out from the Feltley Village's campsite and onto the nearby road.
Lora
It's really nice to have some more company around here. Really makes fighting a breeze, too.
Mythra
Well yeah, what did you expect? The monsters around here don't stand a chance against me.
Jin
Your powers are on a completely different level, true.
But that's not what Lora was trying to say, Aegis.
Addam
Lora doesn't think of Blades as mere tools of their Drivers. To her, they're partners in arms. Am I right?
Lora
Exactly!
When I said we had more company, I was talking about all three of you.
I don't care whether you're a Blade or a Driver! I'm just happy that we get to share our time together.
Mythra
OK, then. That's a pretty weird way of thinking, if you ask me.
Lora
You think so?
There is an awkward silence for a bit.
Haze
Um, should we perhaps be on our way to Yanchik Harbor now?
If we keep to the road, it should take us straight there.
Addam
The regular boat from Yanchik to Gormott, is it?
As far as I know, it's still running. But we should probably hurry all the same.

What Bars the Way[edit]

Main article: What Bars the Way#Dialogue

Good Thinking[edit]

After some fighting, and listening to Kaym's problem, the party has finally arrived at Yanchik Harbor.
Lora
Here we are! Yanchik Harbor, isn't it?
Haze
That's correct. I requested that they wait specially for Lady Lora before they depart.
Lora
Oh, nice one! Good thinking, Haze!
Addam
Looks like getting our ride to Gormott will be no trouble at all.
Lora
Come on, let's go and have a chat with the captain.

Hitching a Ride to Gormott[edit]

Gedd, the captain, is standing in front of the Titan ship.
Gedd
So you're finally here, eh?
I've been waitin' for ya.
You goin' to Gormott?
Set out for Gormott?
Set out
Gedd
Hop on.
I only just became a Titan ship captain's apprentice. It might be a bumpy ride...
Try not to hurl or nothing.
I'm sure the Blades'll be all right, but...
Party leader
Well...
Not yet
Gedd
Well, whatever. Take your time.
You're my only passengers anyway...

Seeking Mother[edit]

The party finally grabs the Titan ship and departs to Gormott, leaving the Lasaria Region.
On Gormott, the Titan ship embarks on the Lascham Cove.
The Gormotti titan, with its goatlike head bobbing in the distance, has a big pond, a tall waterfall and colossal trees, a very big plain inhabitated by tons of monsters and, obviously, a greenful landscape.

First Steps in Gormott[edit]

The party has disembarked from the Titan ship at a small port.
Haze
Lady Lora, welcome to Lascham Cove.
Lora
So this is Gormott, huh? It's so pretty... I think the grass really is greener on the other side!
Addam
It is kind of a dream destination, isn't it?
Mythra
And that's exactly why everyone's trying to claim it for themselves. Ruining it for everyone else.
Haze
Still, it's not like there was anywhere else to turn to...
This is practically the only place where Lady Lora's mother could feel secure, these days...
Lora
Don't look so glum, Haze.
If it weren't for you, I'd never have found out that my mother fled here. I can't thank you enough for that.
Haze
Yes, I suppose...
Lora
Come on, let's get to Torigoth. I can't wait to see Mother again!
Haze
OK. Let's just head along the road, it will take us straight there.
Jin
Just remember, this is uncharted territory for us. Try not to...
...Never mind. It's not like I need to tell any of you that.
Addam
Yes, I dare say we've all learned to exercise caution by this point... Let's not dally, then. Onwards!

Torigoth in Cinders[edit]

When the party arrive to Torigorh, they find it devastated in ruins, no houses nor people are left.
Lora
Oh no...
Addam
Here, too?
Gormott's an attractive target, but this?
Whoever did this...
clearly had no compassion or respect for the people they killed.
Mythra
Whether it was Malos, or someone else. Either way...
clearly they're all toast.
Addam
(scolding her)
Mythra...
Mythra goes with a "Huh!", showing that she regrets what she just said.
Jin
Lora...
Lora
It's... It's OK. Mother could have run away somewhere safe…
The party gets deeper into Torigoth.

Mother's Memories[edit]

The party gets to the Torigoth Cemetery.
Addam
Look. Fresh graves over here...
At the side of the graves, there's the body of a dead man.
Haze
This kind soul must have dug them all...
Mythra closes her eyes like if she was thinking.
Addam
(looking at her)
What's wrong?
Mythra
Should...
Should we maybe bury him, too?
Addam
Hm. Yes, let's.
Lora looks at the grave situated on the center and runs towards it because it's different from the others; this grave has a charm. As the music intensifies, Lora grabs the charm to look it from closer.
Lora
This...
The music intensifies even more as Lora has flashblacks of when she made this charm for her mother when she was little.
Lora
(crying from sadness)
I made this for her myself...
She...kept it, all this time...
Hurtful, Lora squeezes the charm into her chest as she cries even more.
The party is concerned for her. Jin hugs her tightly to comfort her and Lora, appreciating Jin's act, rests her head on him closing her eyes.

Closure[edit]

The party it still at the Cemetery.
Lora
Thank you, Jin.
I'm all right now. Really.
Jin
Are you sure? If you're trying to put on a brave face, then-
Lora
It's fine! ...It's fine.
Hey, guys... Do you think we could go back to the village again?
Addam
Did you notice something?
Lora
No, nothing like that...
She takes another long look at the graves.
Lora
I was just thinking maybe we could bring back something to offer to the rest of the graves, besides Mother's.
Milton
They were all burned to ashes... Is there really any point?
Mythra
Really? We didn't find anything last time...
Addam
...
All right. We can all look together.
Addam
If it helps give you closure...

Brighid, Jewel of Mor Ardain[edit]

The party is now walking through Torigoth's ruins.
Ardainian Captain
Surround them!
Addam goes with a "huh?!"
In a blink of eyes, they're full surrounded by Ardainian soldiders.
Addam
Ardainian troops? Imperial Guard?!
Ardainian Captain
Thieving scum! Don't think you're gonna get away with your dirty deeds!
Lora
What? No! We just-
A lady with blue fire-like boots approaches to the scenario.
Mysterious woman
Problem, Captain?
The Captain stands at attention.
Said lady is a blade in a blue-and-purple outfit with blue-burning hair. Up close, it can be seen she has a flame-shaped Core Crystal, a glowing symbol on her forehead, and perpetually-closed eyes.
Ardainian Captain
Lady Brighid! They're brigands.
Same ones who attacked the village, perhaps!
Brighid
Drivers and Blades... Mercenaries?
Addam
So that's Brighid...
Brighid
Captain. I shall deal with these individuals.
Emperor Hugo must be briefed.
Ardainian Captain
Yes ma'am.
Brighid unsheathes her dual-swords and prepares for battle.
Ardainian Captain
You lot! Stay here and assist the Lady Brighid.
Ardainian Soldier
Sir!
The Ardainian Soldier runs towards the Ardainian ship to inform the previously mentioned Hugo.
While the party prepares for battle, Mikhail and Milton run to the side in order to not disturb.

Light and Flame[edit]

While Addam, Jin and Lora are fighting against the Ardainian Soldiers, Mythra is face-to-face against Brighid.
Mythra
Not done with you!
Mythra attacks Brighid with a Ray of Punishment, but she manages to block it. Brighid goes now on a more offensive style and while Mythra manages to defend herself, she struggles with one of Brighid's powerful attacks.
Mythra
Oh come on!
That was a pretty cheap trick!
Keep going like that, you'll get a reputation!
Brighid
Cheap, you say?
Don't be absurd.
It's called tactics, look it up.
But perhaps that's something a simpleton like yourself could never hope to comprehend!
Brighid turns one of her dual swords into a whip and attacks Mythra, but she blocks it without difficulties.
Mythra
A simpleton?
Brighid
Your attacks scream it.
Clumsy, heavy, no refinement...
Mythra goes with an angry "huh".
Mythra
I was gonna go easy on you, but now...?
Mythra
Now you have pissed me off!
Mythra's tiara starts glowing green like if she was summoning something extremely powerful.
Addam
Mythra, stop!
We've got children here!
A big beam of light falls down from the sky in towards Brighid's spot, she narrowly manages to dodge it.
Brighid
What was THAT?!
If that had actually hit me...
Mythra
(mockingly and proud)
Oh? Didn't like that, did you?
I can see it on your face!
Well, on that note…
Mythra's tiara starts glowing green again.
Addam
(anger)
Mythra!
Lora
Haze!
Haze
Understood!
Haze uses Manipulate Ether and weakens every near Blade's powers, including Mythra and Brighid.
Mythra
(confused at first)
Wh-what...?
How?
Is this...
you?
What the hell?
She's our enemy!
Lora
Addam plainly ordered you to stop.
Or didn't you hear him?
Simpleton.
Mythra goes with a "Ngh!", she isn't liking this at all.
Brighid
How extraordinary...
I'd heard of a Blade with the power to restrain others, but I never thought...
And, did she say Addam?
It can't be…
???
All of you, lay down your arms!
A short man comes up walking alongside the Ardainian Captain and a Blade.
???
There's no need for this.
Addam looks at Mythra's eyes with a disappointed-scolding look. Mythra, gasping as if she was saying sorry unverbally, sheathes her sword and Addam tells unverbally to Haze and Lora to stop manipulating the ether.
Addam
(to the newcomer)
Hello... [2]
As Addam approaches the newcomer, he smiles at Addam, saying without words he's glad to see him.
???
There's no need for this.
???
It's good to see you again, Prince Addam. Please forgive the actions of my guards.
Addam
Don't you worry about it.
I'm just glad to see you well, Your Imperial Majesty.
Lora
Imperial...Majesty?
Addam
May I introduce...
The Emperor of Mor Ardain, Hugo Ardanach.
Lora
The Ardainian Emperor?!
What's someone of his station doing out here?
Addam
You know, our stations are fairly similar...
Mythra
Not that you'd ever know...
Addam
Thanks! I try.
Hugo
I've come for the Aegis.
Its actions have been felt in Mor Ardain, as well. We're currently chasing it down.
Addam
The same as us, then.
But coming here yourself?
Hugo
My brother is ruling in my absence.
Addam
I see... And so you brought Brighid and Aegaeon...?
Lora goes with a confused "huh?"
Addam
Those two are the Crown Jewels of the Ardainian forces.
Wielding them on the front lines is the duty of he who has the throne.
Hugo
Indeed... That ought to have been my older brother.
Addam
But he didn't have the potential to become a Driver.
And now, here you are,
bonded with both of them.
They both look at the Ardainian Captain.
Hugo
The Special Inquisitor is under my brother's direct command.
Addam
Oh.
Hugo
Should I fall in battle, he has his orders to retrieve the Core Crystals.
Lora
That sounds cold…
Addam
That's how it goes with matters of state.
Hugo
And yet.
It works out well for me.
I have always wanted to put myself on the line for our people.
And I never enjoyed wielding authority in the first place.
Addam
I feel the same way. I don't get why anyone would want to sit on a throne.
Hugo
Yes, that? If Prince Zettar knew, there would be consequences.
Addam
Let's...pretend you didn't hear me say that.
Hugo
You two will never see eye to eye. Better to leave well enough alone.
Addam
Ruling is... Frankly, it's a scary thought.
Just imagine, becoming someone you don't recognize...
Never knowing who's looking back at you in the mirror...
Hugo
Prince Addam.
I'd be happy if you called me Hugo, like old times.
Addam
I will, dear Hugo. But only if you'll call me Addam in return.
Hugo nods.
Addam
Well, it would be beneficial to share our findings. But perhaps elsewhere might be better?
Aegaeon
How about Your Majesty's flagship?
Hugo
Indeed.
Lora
Flag...ship?
Haze
Is something the matter, Lady Lora?
Lora
I'm just...not very good in that kind of stuffy environment...
Mythra
You're not alone there! That's the worst.
Lora
Right?!
I think I'll sit this particular venture out.
Mythra
Yeah, I'm out too.
Addam
(to Mythra)
Oh no you don't.
Hugo
Wait a minute... Is that her?
Addam
Yes. This is Mythra, one of the Aegises.
Mythra lets out a "Ngh" to show her discomfort.
Addam
Your account would be valuable as well, Lora.
Lora
Everything I've seen or heard, Jin will know as well.
Jin
(Shyly at first)
Ah, y-yes, that's true.
Lora
Please, would you go instead of me please?
Jin shakes his head as the cold-badass anime character he is.
Jin
Of course. I will do as you wish.
Hugo
Thank you kindly.
Well then, shall we?

Hugo's Mission[edit]

Hugo
Well then, my friends, shall we make a move?
Aegaeon
Your Majesty...
This may not be my position to say, but would it not be wise to first investigate the location we spoke of?
Hugo
Ah, yes, you do raise a valid point...
Brighid
Aegaeon, please consider His Majesty's feelings.
He wishes for quality time to spend with his dear friend, Prince Addam.
Addam
I'm honored that you value me so highly.
But I think this is a decision best left to Hugo. What do you say? Would that be getting in the way of your mission?
Hugo
No, no, not in the slightest!
Hugo looks at Mythra.
Hugo
In fact, I believe you are just as much involved in this whole affair as us.
What with your traveling alongside the Aegis, that much is clear.
Mythra
So this mission of yours has something to do with Malos?
Hugo
Exactly so. Aegaeon, would you?
Aegaeon
Of course. By official decree, allow me to formally disclose to you the nature of our mission.
On the surface, we have traveled here to work on diffusing diplomatic tensions between the Empire and Coeia.
But at the same time, there is another matter we are investigating.
Mythra
And that, I presume, is Malos... So, what are you going to do? Take him down? Capture him?
Aegaeon
At the present time, neither.
It is His Majesty's wish to ascertain the intent of this Malos, and indeed anyone who wishes our empire harm.
Brighid
...Then, I assume new intelligence has come to light?
Aegaeon
The 4th Decade reported in just as you were on your way to Torigoth.
They had discovered an area of land that had been scorched black by some colossal power.
Lora
I don't think Addam's going to want to ignore that one.
Addam
You read my mind.
Hugo, as much as I'd enjoy reminiscing out on the Cloud Sea, I'd quite like to enjoy some more of the scenery first.
Hugo
Of course.
If you like, we can take a side trip before we return to the ship.
Jin
Lora, is this wise...?
Lora
I still want to decorate the graves, so I'll wait for you in the village.
Everything will be fine. Haze is with me, after all.
Haze
That's right. Please, take as much time as you need.
Jin
All right.
Jin
Maybe it's for the best that she doesn't get to see the extent of Malos's devastation...

Power Unimaginable[edit]

Main article: Power Unimaginable#Dialogue

The Aegis[edit]

Meanwhile, in Indol, Amalthus and Stannif, the main scientist of Indol, are walking in a large hallway. Amalthus remniscences a meeting he had with the Praetor Rhadallis.
Rhadallis and Amalthus are in a large room looking the artifact that Indol called the "Aegis", a treasure of a person-sized with the Conduit shape. Suddenly, Malos shows up from behind.
Malos
Interesting thing you've got there.
Malos stands right in front of the Aegis.
Amalthus
Malos, enough.
Rhadallis
It's all right.
Indol's most sacred treasure. The Aegis.
It is said to be the embodiment of the Architect's light...
The divine revelations our founder Meldinare received.
Malos
Really?
Then...
Malos destroys the Aegis.
Malos
that's what I will be called, too.
After all, I am born of divinity, not just some reflection.
Rhadallis
You believe yourself so strong?
Malos
Don't you?
Back in the present, Stannif and Amalthus are still walking through the hallway.
Stannif
Your situation doesn't look good. Baltrich is not going to let it go.
And you can't hide behind the Praetor forever...
Amalthus
That has nothing to do with you.
Stannif
If that were true, you wouldn't be here.
Stannif laughs.
They finally arrive to the end of the hallway, there's a door.
Stannif
Here.
Stannif opens the door, it looks like a secret laboratory.
Amalthus
What is this place?
Stannif
It's a very tasty secret...
Formerly known only...to the Praetor and me.
The essence of our Judician forbears, originally salvaged from the bottom of the Cloud Sea.
Some of it may hail from the fabled Land of Morytha...
Amalthus
Morytha?
Stannif
Look.
Stannif shows to Amalthus an hologram of two cells.
Stannif
This here display is a diagram of what human cells are made of.
And then this one here is a Blade's.
Amalthus
Astonishingly alike.
They are indeed very alike, they have the same shape and size, the only difference is the colour.
Stannif
Of course. After all, they are descended from humans too.
That in and of itself isn't too shocking.
But this...
The hologram now only shows the human cell.
Amalthus
It's the same, isn't it?
Stannif
Just wait...
The hologram zooms out to show dozens if not hundreds human cells, and, at the end, they end up forming a Core Crystal.
Amalthus lets out an astonished gasp.
Amalthus
That...that's a Core Crystal.
Stannif
Exactly. A Blade's Core Crystal contains information not only pertaining to humans...
It also records schematics describing all manner of animal tissues.
Amalthus
You're saying Blades contain detailed information of all living creatures?
Stannif
Not just that.
Have a look at this undeveloped part.
The hologram shows how alike are Blades and Titans' DNA.
Stannif
It suggests that this particular piece may one day develop into a Titan.
Isn't it mind-boggling? A message from the Architect, no doubt.
Amalthus
From the...Architect...
Stannif
Indeed. This is just what you were after.
I wish to investigate this, and learn more of what the Architect has in store for this world.
And, perhaps, claim this knowledge for our own.
Amalthus
Including the Praetor?
Stannif
Perhaps...
Amalthus clenchs his fist with anger.
Stannif
Isn't this in line with your own goals?
Well then, I may as well help out.

Heading for the Flagship[edit]

The party is still near where they fought the Dispare Ropl.
Hugo
I believe that concludes my mission. Shall we head to the flagship?
Addam
Fine by me. It's a good place for us to exchange information.
Aegaeon
It's currently moored at Lascham Cove.
Addam
Then to Lascham Cove we go!

Gort the Bluefist[edit]

The party, except Lora and Haze, is back at the strategy room. They have a map of Alrest in the table located on the middle of the room.
Addam
Right...
So it was the Coeian forces that ravaged this area...
Hugo
Yes. Many troops remained here, with no orders, after Malos sank their homeland.
We're doing our best to disarm them, but... Well, you've seen the village.
Sadly, it's happened more than once.
Addam
The powers-that-be bicker among themselves, ignoring the larger danger.
Hugo
And right now that is the one thing we cannot afford.
Some strange noises, as if someone was running, come from outside the flagship.
Aegaeon
I will go take a look.
Aegaeon leaves in order to investigate.
Hugo
(to Addam)
Incidentally, how has Torna been faring?
Addam
I'd like to tell you that the people bask in the peace of His Majesty's rule.
...But I'm afraid that would be a lie.
Hugo
Same as everywhere else, then... Yes?
Addam
Torna has not escaped Malos's rampage unscathed.
Hugo
If that is so, allow me to offer you the Imperial Army's assistance in this time of...
Addam
(referring to Mythra)
Don't worry about it.
This is exactly the reason why Indol entrusted her to me...
A flashback shows Amalthus, Addam and Mythra in a room located in Indol.
Amalthus
Ah. So you came.
The future king of Torna.
I'm glad I thought to send a messenger.
Addam
King? Don't joke about it.
Rumors like that could cause trouble at home.
Amalthus
I am merely a quaestor. I hold no such influence.
Addam
A quaestor today. But tomorrow?
Amalthus looks at Mythra.
Amalthus
The Core's color is different...
And she's a woman, too.
Mythra looks down and murmurs, she's uncomfortable.
Amalthus
Quite lovely, indeed.
Malos was all brawn and brutish strength.
Mythra
You worried?
Amalthus
No, quite the contrary.
Everybody knows a Blade's appearance bears no relation to their power.
You could be the heroine of our resistance.
Mythra
No, I won’t be anyone’s anything.
She crosses her arms.
Amalthus
That's fine, now.
I have only one thing to ask of you.
To rectify the mistake I made.
And erase Malos...from the face of the world...
Amalthus smiles suspiciously, Mythra and Addam both notice this.
The flashback ends.
Hugo
So that's why...
The returning hero, pacifier of the borderlands, was really just...
Addam
Never before has a Blade broken free and rampaged like this.
I can see why Indol would prefer to keep it quiet.
They're even routing support to the militia through Argentum for deniability.
Hugo
And then towards you.
Addam
I'm just some princeling, me.
Hugo
Surely if you defeat Malos, your cover will be blown.
Addam
"If", indeed. But we're not in it for the glory, are we?
When we're done, I'll just plow my fields in peace.
Aegaeon is back.
Aegaeon
Your Majesty!
Aegaeon
Some of our troops have returned to base, but...
Hugo
Is something wrong?
Aegaeon
They're all reporting something strange. A marauding group of routed mercenaries, trying to avoid any attention.
Hugo
(confused)
Just remnants, hm?
That is strange...
There's not much around here for them in the way of paid work or opportunities for looting...
Aegaeon
As Your Majesty commanded, our men did not engage.
We confirmed their bearing, then withdrew.
Hugo
And? Where were they going?
Aegaeon
The village outskirts...
Addam
But why there?
There's nothing but graveyards...
Jin quickly realizes that Lora and Haze are exactly where the mercenaries are heading. Without a single thought, Jin rushes to the exit, pushing Aegaeon away since he was in his way.
Mythra
What the-
Addam
Oh no...
Addam realises too and follows Jin as quickly as he can, same goes for Mythra, Aegaeon, Hugo and Brighid.
Lora and Haze are in front of Rynea's graveyard.
Lora
At first I thought to take it.
But I'd made it for her. And I'd like her to keep it forever.
Mysterious man
So... The bitch is dead, is she? Shame, I had a soft spot for her.
Lora gasps surprised, she and Haze unsheathe their weapons. In a matter of seconds they're now sorrounded by this mysterious man and eight more mercenaries.
Mysterious man
Heh. Guess you learned how to use a weapon, at least.
Big change from a tiny kid tryin' not to piss 'erself in fear.
Lora
(disgusted)
You’re... No!
Lora recognizes him, he's the lover of Lora's mother. This same man tried to kill Lora when she accidentally awakaned Jin with 10 years, but Jin stopped him by cutting his right arm.
Lora
Gort...
Gort
(mockingly)
You remember me? How touching.
Lora
A face that ugly, I couldn't forget. Trust me, I tried!
Gort
Harsh…
Lora
What do you want? Not that I can’t imagine.
Gort
I'm here to take back what's mine, kid.
But before that...
I'll take a bit o' time to express my gratitude to ya.
Gort shows what has become of his arm that got cut; he now wears a mechanical prosthetic arm.
Gort
It ain't gonna be pretty or quick.
Then I'll make that Blade watch as I cut you into little, sticky chunks.
Just to make sure the last thing he feels is complete despair.
Haze
I'll hold them up. You get to the others, quickly.
Lora
No use...
Haze, he knew about you. He brought no Blades, just more mercs.
Gort
Exactly.
Don't worry!
Gort and his mercs prepare for battle.
Gort
I'm gonna treat you real good 'fore I get to the cuttin'.

Mercy[edit]

The battle has been tough.
Gort
You're...startin' to piss me off...
Gort
Oi! Surround 'em so they don't get away!
All the mercs start approaching them by all sides.
Haze
My lady, you have to go!
Lora
It's all right. He's here.
A scream of anger can be heard from near, suddenly, Jin appears rushing against the mercenaries and one-shots the majority of them
Gort
You bastard!
Gort rushes against Lora and tries to kill her.
Jin
Nooo!
Jin stops Gort just in time, he cuts his prosthetic arm and Gort screams in pain and agony on the floor.
Mercenary 1
B-b-b-boss?
Mercenary 2
We're done for. Let's run!
As the mercenaries tries to flee, they encounter with the rest of the party and Ardainian soldiers blocking the way.
Mercenaries
Aaaah!
Gort keeps screaming on the floor as Jin approaches him with his sword pointing towards him.
Jin
Had enough?
What's next, then?
Right leg?
Or the left?
Or how about...?
Jin raises his sword, prepared to finish him in cold blood, Lora stops him.
Lora
Enough.
That's enough, Jin.
Just leave him. For my sake...
Jin
I...
As soon as Jin lets out his sword of him, Gort starts running and screaming desperately. Hugo sends some Ardainian soldiers after him.
Some minutes has passed, the ardainian soldiers are taking the mercenaries to the flagship and Lora is sitting in front of her mother's graveyard.
Addam
So you let him go?
Even without his arms, he may cause you more trouble, one day.
Lora
I didn't want to end it here...
He might deserve it, but... He did...take care of my mother, so.
Let's go back.
I suppose I can bring myself to step foot on this flagship after all...
The party goes back to the strategy room in the flagship.
Somewhere in Gormott, Gort is still running away, now without his arms.
Gort
Ugh... My arms... My arms!
Bastards!
I'm... I'm gonna kill 'em.
Every last one of 'em.
He ends up stumbling and falls to the ground.
He is found by Indoline guards, Gort looks at them with scared eyes.
Gort
Huh...? Th-the hell are you?
A guard approaches him and closes his eyes to pick him up. Gort screams desperately.
Gort
Stooop ittt!
Stannif is the one behind the Indoline guards, he smiles as he sees how now he has a test subject for his experiments.

Where's the Boy Gone?[edit]

Main article: Where's the Boy Gone?#Dialogue

Militia on the Move[edit]

The party is all back in the Strategy Room.
Hugo
Thank you all for joining me here.
I'm afraid I have important news that I need to impart to Addam.
Addam
Oh yes?
Hugo
It’s about the militia.
Lora
The who now?
Addam
I've been gathering an army in Uraya. People who've lost homes, families.
People who'll make a stand against Malos.
Hugo
Well, according to intelligence we received, they have departed from Uraya now.
Addam
What? Why? Malos's whereabouts are still unclear.
Hugo
It seems that Uraya has conscripted them all.
It's now a special regiment of the Urayan self-defense forces.
Addam
I thought I'd sorted this all out with the Urayan king...
Aegaeon
At His Majesty's behest, we have ascertained the position of the moving troops.
They are heading to Torna as we speak.
Hugo
We have established communications, so you can send word at any time.
Addam takes a bit of time thinking what he should say, Lora and Jin notice this strange behaviour coming from Addam.
Addam
(indecisive and insecure)
When they get to Torna... Tell them to go to Aletta... Gah...
Hugo
As you say.
Aegaeon nods at Hugo, meaning he's going to inform the militia about Addam's words.

Lora's decision[edit]

Jin and Lora are by themselves after the meeting.
Jin
Lora...?
Lora
Hmm...
I've never seen Addam like that before.
He's gone off somewhere... Is it best to leave him alone, do you think?
Jin
That's for you to decide. I'll go where you go.
Lora
Right...
Lora thinks for a bit before turning around to a nearby hallway, supposedly the one Addam went through.
Lora
No, he might need someone at a time like this. We have to go after him.

Addam's Inner Turmoil[edit]

Addam is alone at the Port-side Walkway watching the Cloud Sea. Lora approaches him while Jin decides to stay back.
Lora
That wasn't like you.
Addam
(bitter laugh)
You think so?
Lora
Yes.
I thought... You always know what to do, you're never lost.
Addam
I wish that really were the case.
To tell the truth, I'm always worrying.
Ever since I became Mythra's Driver, anyway.
Lora
It didn't seem that way at all.
Addam
Power lends one an air of capability.
Addam
Even moreso when it comes to the Aegis.
When we first met... We could have burned you to pieces.
Though fortunately we avoided that thanks to Jin.
Even if Addam isn't aware, Jin is hearing everything.
Lora
Is that why...you were away from the militia?
Addam
As I am, I am not in full control of Mythra's power.
Scores of soldiers could die by my hand...
I was frightened.
This cataclysm Malos caused...
It's likely all because Quaestor Amalthus was unable to control him.
And if that's true, then perhaps I too...
Lora
I think she's well aware.
Just not so comfortable saying it.
Addam
That’s your analysis?
Lora
Well, I have been with Jin, the "Paragon of Torna", for 17 years.
I can roughly tell how much of their strength a Blade is using just by watching them.
She's making sure you-
No, she's holding herself back to make sure she doesn't go that way.
Deep down she's very kind.
Addam
You think?
That still means...I'm just not man enough.
Lora
Don’t think that way.
You'll get used to it, little by little.
I was the same.
Addam
If only time would slow down and afford me the chance.
Lora
Yeah...

A Leisurely Cruise[edit]

The party has reconvened on the starboard side of the flagship, right outside Lascham Cove.
Addam
We should be able to take a ship headed straight to Aletta from here.
Mythra
That's great, but why's it got to be a passenger ship?
Can't we travel with the emperor? What's wrong with making a grand entrance?
Hugo
I'm awfully sorry.
Though I may be traveling with Lord Addam, I'm afraid my actions aren't officially sanctioned.
Aegaeon
His Majesty's ship is a war vessel.
It would take considerable negotiation before Torna granted us docking privileges.
Mythra
Figures.
Brighid
That attitude of yours is what gives us so much trouble. You just don't stop to think about the consequences, do you?
Honestly, I give up.
Behold the mighty Aegis, wielder of unthinkable power...and unparalleled foolishness.
Mythra
Hey, would you get off my case?! I didn't even say anything!
Lora
Knock it off, you two. At the very least, we've got a nice leisurely cruise ahead of us, and that's something.
Lora
I'm excited to meet the resistance. People who all look up to Addam...
Addam
Well then, if we're all agreed, let's get on with it and talk to the captain, shall we?

Hitching a Ride to Torna[edit]

The party is enlisting the help of the same Titan ship captain that brough them to Gormott.
Gedd
You again, eh?
It's nice to have regulars.
You going to Aletta in Torna this time? You paid enough before, so this trip's on me.
Ready to go?
Depart for Aletta?
Set off
Gedd
Here we go.
I'll head for Aletta fast as I can.
Not yet
Gedd
Well, take your time.
You already paid, so I'll just wait until you're set to fly.

Catching Up to the Resistance[edit]

The Titan ship departs from Gormott direction to Aletta, Kingdom of Torna. Already in the Tornan Titan, the Titan ship parks at the Aletta Harbor
The party is finally at the Kingdom of Torna, a titan with a big desert, a big structure for the militia under Addam's control and Auresco in the distance, Torna's capital.

Homecoming[edit]

The party arrives at the Militia Garrison.
Addam
(screaming)
Ahoy! Miss me?
Brogyn, Augustus and Hedwyn are the first to recognize Addam.
Brogyn
Lord Addam?
Augustus
Lord Addam's finally come back!
Hedwyn
Welcome back, Lord Addam!
Even more people come with Addam to welcome him back.
Lora
Wow... Someone's got himself a bit of a fan club.
Hugo
Maybe that's why he decided to take action, to wield that love for good.
Mythra
By the way... Addam gave the order to meet in this place specifically, right?
What's so special about it?
Hugo
This land is Addam's domain.
Look, that over there is his manor.
He points to a fortress located very near where they are.
Addam
Hahh... Certainly fit for a prince.
Mythra
Eh, it could stand to be bigger.
And, you know, not in the middle of nowhere...
Lora
(annoyed)
Are you completely incapable of saying something without sarcasm?
Mythra
Sorry, it's just how I am. I don't really think I can help it.
Hugo
She's right, though. It is quite a way from the capital.
Aegaeon
He is far too esteemed for his own good.
Fourth in line to the throne, but loved by soldiers and citizens...
Brighid
His relations with High Prince Zettar are quite strained as a result, I hear.
Lora
Really? I suppose even princes have problems.

Feeding an Army[edit]

Main article: Feeding an Army#Dialogue

Atrocities[edit]

Mikhail and Milton are at the kitchen.
Milton
Mik, mind cutting the veggies?
Mikhail
Mm.
Mikhail nods and starts cutting the veggies, he's extremely good at it.
Milton
Hey, you're pretty good at that.
Mikhail
Not really. Anyone could do it.
Milton
Looks good to me, anyway. Then I think I'll get to the meat...
Too late kiddo, Mythra got ahead of you.
Mythra
...Oi, Mythra!
Mythra
Huh?
Milton
What are you doing?
Mythra
Preparing the meat, of course. Are your eyes not working or something?
She has put more salt than she should.
Milton
Well cut it out, back away, and don't touch anything.
Mythra
What? But why?
Lora and Haze show up
Lora
Lora: Seems like fun!
Why don’t I help, too?
Milton
Don’t encourage her!
You wouldn't talk that way if you knew the atrocities of Mythra's cooking.
Lora
...Atrocities?
Milton has the thousand-yard stare as he remniscences the one time Mythra prepared the meal: the censored dish presented an alive creature. While Mythra was proud of her work, Milton and Addam both had to psych theirself up to try it out. The result wasn't specially satisfactory, both Milton and Addam fell to the ground traumatized.
Milton
It does more damage to you than any Artifice ever could...
Lora and Haze don't say a word, they think Milton is exaggerating -he's not.-
Mythra
Hey, watch it! Don't go around saying mean things like that.
Addam and Jin show up
Addam
Er, Mythra?
Mythra
Er, yeah?
Addam
Can I borrow you?
He knows what he's doing.
Mythra
Urgh... What is it? I'm about to help with dinner.
Addam
Lora, you too. Would you mind sparring with me, please?
Lora
I don't mind, but-
Jin
Why don't I help with the cooking?
Lora
Oh? Well, all right, then.
Mythra complains unverbally.
Lora, Mythra and Haze leave.
Addam stays a little longer and nods to Milton as if he was saying "I got you".
Milton
(relieved)
Th-thank goodness...
Jin
Surely it can't be that bad.
Milton
You could always...try it out?
Jin
Ahh... Perhaps not.
In all this time, Mikhail hasn't stopped cutting the veggies, now he has a mountain of veggies taller than him.

Lett Bridge Restoration[edit]

Main article: Lett Bridge Restoration#Dialogue

A Gathering in Torna[edit]

Lora and Addam are having a friendly battle. Although it's friendly, they are giving it all.
Addam
Amazing, Lora. Even when I foresee your movements, you counter me instantly.
Fan is seen behind Lora, acting as her Blade.
Lora
I couldn't do it without Haze's power!
Mythra is similarly supporting Addam.
Lora
What about you? I don't see you using Mythra's hidden ability!
Addam
And what if we did?
Lora
Well, if you did...
I'd just have to bring out my original Blade!
The fight takes a lull.
Jin
Master Addam...
Jin walks into frame.
Jin
Your evening meal is ready for you.
It looks very much the same Jin seen in the present.
Addam
Oh, is it that time already?
Lora
The days are so long at this time of year, I just start losing track...
Thanks to Lora's last line, we can assume the events are taking place in summer.
The scene skips to mid-meal. The group of Lora, Fan, Addam, Mythra, and a young boy sits on boxes around a pot on a campfire. Brighid then arrives.
Brighid
Oh, finished already? That's a shame. I was hoping to join in.
Mythra
Join in? By yourself?
Brighid
His Majesty has many pressing matters to attend to. Besides, I'm used to working alone.
Mythra
A Driver and Blade are one in body and soul. That's their very nature.
You're not at full strength without him.
Addam
It's not so simple as all that.
I know I've yet to unlock the depths of your power.
Mythra
Really? I feel like I've been giving it my all.
Addam
But you never stop growing.
At any rate, Haze's ability to restrict other Blades is indispensable.
It's perfect for training. We're lucky.
He looks at Fan, who smiles. It would seem she goes by "Haze" in this time period.
Mythra
When she stops me using my Foresight... It's certainly difficult.
Haze
Oh, but you honor me too much. I'm just happy to help you both in any way I can.
Mythra
...Next to each other like that, you really do look like twins, you two.
Addam
It's rare for the Driver's nature to appear so strongly in their Blade.
Lora
People tell me that from time to time, but is it really true?
Haze
Perhaps...
But whatever the reason, I am happy if I look even a little like you, my lady.
She shuffles over and hugs Lora's arm.
Lora
We're even the same dress size!
Haze
Right?
Everyone else in the group chuckles. There's a short skip to the group packing up after the meal. Jin is in the shot again.
Addam
By the way...
We want to try taking you on next, Jin.
Lora
Well? How about it, Jin?
Jin
I'm afraid I don't particularly like fighting.
He starts to leave.
Addam
And to think we're hearing that from "the strongest man in Torna".
Lora
But perhaps there's truth in those words.
After all, he...
or rather, they...
Jin walks by Mikhail. A soldier then comes running in.
Soldier
My lord, my lady! We've discovered Malos's target!
The capital!
Addam
What? ...Are you sure...?
Soldier
Yes, no doubt about it!
In a flashback, Amalthus is at the Great Creation Cloister, suddenly, Malos appears behind Amalthus.
Malos
Hi.
Amalthus turns around.
Amalthus
Malos.
And here I thought I had seen the last of you.
Malos
Now, now. I never meant our parting would be forever, you know.
I've just been to see the Tornan Titan.
I bet it'd be real interesting to see it in its true form...
Amalthus
Where did you learn that?
Malos
Learn?
Inside my core, I have all the data of all Blades and Titans.
Amalthus
You have all of it?
You think to call yourself the Master Blade?
Malos
Sure, why not?
Sounds good.
So?
Exciting, right?
Amalthus isn't excited, he goes with a "hmph".
Malos
My partner... I hear you gave her to that Tornan prince.
Amalthus
And if I did?
You'd erase me? Just like that?
Malos
Not at all. I have a much better idea than that.
I've decided my next target is Torna.
Amalthus
Why would you tell me so plainly?
Malos
So you know what to look forward to as you watch.
Malos goes away and vanishes. The flashback ends.
Addam
I see... So this comes from is the Quaestor...
But he doesn't know what Malos is planning for Torna.
Mythra
We should probably hurry.
Addam
Soon. We'll go once Hugo's back.
Everyone nods.

Onwards to the Capital[edit]

Hugo is coming back from his errand, Aegaeon right behind him.
Hugo
It's good to see you again, everyone.
Addam
Hugo. Have you finished surveying the battleground?
Hugo
We have. And we came upon something of grave importance.
Lora
You're looking a bit pale there, Hugo. Are you all right?
Hugo
I'm just...a little tired, that's all.
Aegaeon
I'm not surprised. The Coeian resistance fought so desperately, they really took it out of us.
The battleground was a terrible sight to behold.
Hugo
How many more lives must Malos wrest from us? We must do all we can to avenge them.
It is truly tragic...
Addam
We'll put a stop to it.
Come on. They repaired Lett Bridge while you were away. I think it's time for us to move on.
Hugo
Move on? Have you discovered where Malos will strike next?
Addam
Indeed. We had our suspicions, and now they've been confirmed. His target is Torna... The capital, no less.
Aegaeon
Can we trust the veracity of the source?
Brighid
I believe we can. The Praetorium's intelligence is likely to be on the mark.
Hugo
Our info is coming from the Quaestor, then? In that case, I believe we have little room for doubt.
Milton
The capital, huh? That's a long way.
Addam
It is. Once we're over Lett Bridge, we'll have to cross the Dannagh Desert.
Milton
What do you want to do, Mik? You can stay here if you want.
Addam
We can have one of the wardens look after him.
Mikhail
...I'll go with you.
Addam
Are you sure? Sooner or later, we'll end up facing Malos... It's a dangerous road that lies before us.
Mikhail
I'm! Going! With you!
Mikhail hides behind Lora.
Lora
Mikhail...
Mikhail
...
Lora
...What should we do?
Hugo
Thinking about it now, there is no guarantee that his staying here would assure his safety.
He may in fact be safer in our company, is that not so?
Haze
Shall we let him come with us, then?
Addam
Talk about twisting a person's arm...
Fine. We're all going to the capital.
Lora crouches down to be at Mikhail's height.
Lora
Are you sure this is what you want, Mikhail?
Mikhail nods and the scene fades to black for a moment. When it fades in again, the party is on the road toward Lett Bridge, split into two groups. Lora, Haze, Jin, Milton, and Mikhail's group is further down the road.
Addam
Hugo, I have a proposal for you.
Hugo
Oh yes?
Addam
I've been thinking, after the sparring match with Lora yesterday...
Wouldn't we also make better use of our skills if we passed around our weapons the way she does?
How about it? Want to give it a go?
Hugo
...
Perhaps it's worth a try.
Lora has access to both Jin and Haze's weapons when fighting.
It's sure to open up her options in battle.
I do think it would be wise for us to learn from her. Especially given our coming battle with the Aegis.
Addam
So we're agreed!
Mythra, I'd like to try using your sword.
Mind if I borrow it?
Mythra
It's all yours.
I doubt you're gonna do as well as those three, though.
Addam
Strangely humble of you.
Mythra
That's not what I meant...
Mythra crosses her arms while Addam stares at her intently. They stay like that for a little while before the former gives up.
Mythra
Actually, forget what I said. We're gonna knock this out of the park!
Addam
Now that's more like it!
Hugo
Brighid, Aegaeon. You may not be so convinced at first, but give it time and we will surely reap the rewards.
Aegaeon
As you wish, Your Majesty.
Brighid
I would never question your authority, Your Majesty.
Hugo
Thank you. I am blessed to have such faithful attendants.
Lora
Let's make tracks, people!
Addam
We'll be right with you!
Hugo
Onwards then, to the capital!

A Howl From Beyond[edit]

The party is now by the Olnard's Trail. Suddenly a Slithe Jagron breaks their way roaring at them.
Lora
A Slithe Jagron?!
What's a Leftherian monster doing here?!
Addam
Worry about that later. Come on!
The party engages in battle as Milton and Mikhail run away to be safe.

Minoth Takes the Stage[edit]

Addam attacks the Slithe Jagron with his sword and Mythra does a Ray of Punishment, Jin follows her with a Starslash.
Addam
Is it over?
When the Slithe Jagron seemed to be dead, he wakes up and locks in for Milton and Mikhail. He pounces against them.
Due to the fear, Milton's first reaction is to hug Mikhail
Addam
Milton!
Addam runs towards them and embraces them protectively.
Suddenly, a beam of darkness crashes into the enemy, Addam looks around surprised to see who is the responsible. Not far away there is a tall man with olive skin and a rough scar over his right eye, long brown hair in a high ponytail and a distinctive streak of hair hanging over his face.
Addam
(surprised)
Minoth!
Minoth
You were always slow to finish a job, my Prince!
Addam
I thought I told you to stop calling me that.
Mythra
A Blade?
Addam
He's Minoth. Quaestor Amalthus's Blade.
Mythra
Amalthus's?!
Lora gasps [3]
Addam
He's one of the quaestors in Indol.
And...
Malos's Driver.
The Slithe Jagron roars again, the party prepares to fight again this time with Minoth's help.

What Kind of Salvation?[edit]

This battle is being rough, the Slithe Jagron tries to crush Jin and Lora with its giant paw, but they successfully dodge it. Jin capitalizes on the enemy's weakened state to attack its leg, right after that he passes his sword to Lora and she cuts the enemy's belly, again, Lora passes the sword to Jin while he's in the air and concludes their joint attack by pounding his sword on the monster's back.
Minoth
(rushing to attack the enemy)
You've got an interesting way of fighting.
You are?
Lora
Lora.
That's Jin.
And she is Haze.
Haze
(attacking the enemy)
Pleased to meet you.
Minoth
Jin?
Minoth shoots the enemy while doing a cool sideflip.
Minoth
You don't mean from Torna?
But, 17 years ago, wasn't he...?
Addam interrupts Minoth while jumping to attack the enemy.
Addam
Minoth... Not a word to anyone.
Before answering, Minoth jumps on top of the monster and rolls over him while cutting him with his weapons, showing again how cool he is.
Minoth
Sounds like a good story is all I'm saying.
Lora
You want to hear?
Minoth
Another time.
Due to Minoth's last attack, the Slithe Jagron unleashes all its aggro against Minoth with a violent scratch, Minoth, without looking at the enemy, dodges the attack with a somersault and Mythra enters the action and finishes the battle with a powerful attack on the enemy's neck. The Slithe Jagron is finally dead.
Addam
That was close.
Thanks, Minoth.
You're very capable, even on your own.
Minoth
Ah, well maybe I should thank him... Or not.
Lora
Your Core looks...kind of different.
Minoth
Ah, well. I'm a Flesh Eater.
Lora
A Flesh Eater?
Minoth
A being with human and Blade cells, made possible with Judician technology.
That's how I can use my full strength anywhere, without my Driver.
But I'm pretty sure I'm a failed experiment, so to speak.
Lora
I never knew Blades like that existed.
Jin
Flesh Eaters...
Addam
What of Amalthus? Isn't he coming?
Minoth
Nah... I just heard rumors that you guys had entered Torna.
I used my own initiative.
Addam
Ah.
Minoth
It's been two years since I saw him last.
Addam
Huh?
A flashback begins.
Minoth is walking in a green hill road with trees similar to Gormott. He eventually sees a house with the door open, inside, there's dead people and everything untidy, meaning the murder is recent. Not far from where Minoth is there's a baby crying loudly. Minoth decides to follow the sound and finds Amalthus on the border of a cliff looking at the World Tree with the baby crying on his hands.
Amalthus
I arrived too late.
Minoth
Is that right...?
Was that their child?
That soldier, wasn't that the one from-
Amalthus
Such a cruel world we live in.
Minoth lets out a "Hm?"
Amalthus
In Indol, there are a great many paintings depicting all manner of hells.
Two paintings of people suffering are shown.
Amalthus
But I think...real hell might be... closer to something like this.
He looks at the baby he's holding, a poor and defenceless human being that has been almost killed in the house Minoth has visited before.
Minoth
Amalthus, you can't-
Amalthus
I had hoped, once, that the Architect might...
save us all...
The flashback ends.
Minoth
Since then, I haven't seen him.
I heard he went climbing up the World Tree not long after.
And brought divine revelations back with him...
Addam
You mean...
Lora
The Aegis, Malos.
Minoth
But... What kind of a revelation is this?
They all look to a big crater caused by a shot of Malos's Siren.
Minoth
What kind of salvation?
Could anyone call THIS salvation...?
His hope caused this...
Or...his despair.
Lora
Despair...?
Minoth
(to Mythra)
How about you, then? You're from the same stock.
Mythra
I don't know what you're talking about.
I'm just following this guy since he woke me up, and that's basically it.
I have no particular interest in this world or its future.
Minoth
And Malos himself?
Mythra
His thoughts I'm especially uninterested in.
We've never even met.
Addam
Please, don't mistake her.
Despite the attitude, she's a good kid.
Mythra
(pissed off)
The hell is with that tone?
Where do you get off acting all parental?
Addam
Hahaha! Oh, come on.
I woke you up, I make sure you get enough to eat...
Mythra
(ironically laughing)
Wha-?
Addam
Cloud Sea Crab Sticks are tasty, aren't they? You're very welcome.
Although I don't think I'd have managed to eat six myself.
Mythra
What? You counted?!
Milton
I don't know where you put all that.
Mythra
I'm the Aegis! I need all the fuel I can get!
Milton approaches her and bothers Mythra by touching her waist in a childish way.
Mythra
(yelling)
Hey!
Mythra gets far from him.
Milton
You're too easy to sneak up on.
Where're MY extra rations?
Mythra
You little... [4]
Milton
Hehehe! The Aegis, bested by a little kid! Hehehehe!
He runs away.
Mythra
Milton! Get back here!
Mythra starts to chase Milton.
Minoth laughs softly and Addam goes "huh?" looking at him.
Minoth
Y'know... If the Architect really does exist,
I'd quite like to meet him.
Salvation, huh?

Equal Opportunities Driver[edit]

The party has arrived to the Olnard's Trail Campsite and decide to make a campfire to rest.
Minoth
Your sword-swapping fighting style... It's very interesting, you know.
Lora
It's still quite rough, though. I'm a bit lacking in "oomph".
It'll take me awhile to get it down properly.
Minoth
See, I wasn't actually talking about the power or technique.
Lora
Oh? What then?
Minoth
That connection you have, human and Blade...
It's like a bond of sorts. I just found it curious.
Lora
An actual...
bond?
Minoth
It's like that's how it's supposed to be... Eh, I dunno.
Haze
It does make sense.
Lady Lora is always with Jin.
And you almost never find time to practice with me. It's like he's her favorite.
Lora
Come on, don't say that! I'm an equal opportunities Driver!
Haze
(jokingly)
Liar...
Lora
You're both my partners and very dear to me. There's no favoritism, swear!
Haze
Are you really sure about that?
Jin
I think Haze is a bit jealous. I have been with you longer, after all.
Lora
(to Haze)
You think...?
Haze nods.
Lora
All right then.
Starting tomorrow, Haze gets to take the lead! Good?
Haze
(excited)
Wonderful!
Lora
(to Jin)
You don't mind?
Jin
It's all right by me.
Some time has passed and now everyone except Aegeon is sleeping. Casually, Addam wakes up and separates the group in order to practise his skill with the sword.
Suddenly, Mythra shows up.
Mythra
Do you remember?
The last time we paid a visit to Indol?
A flashback shows Mythra and Addam are going down the stairs near the Poldis Circle in Indol, they just had a visit with Amalthus.
Addam
What did you think?
Mythra
You mean, about him?
Let's see...
In a word: he seemed very human. Protecting his heart with a mask of lies.
Addam
Are you curious what's behind it?
Mythra
Not really. Most humans are like that, aren't they?
Addam
Cutting to the chase, I see.
But I hear his achievements in Indol have been quite grand.
The refugee protection policies from last year are his work, as well.
Addam
So a hypocrite, then. Isn't that what you call the type?
Addam
Quite... I hope that's all he is.
Mythra
He smiled. Did you notice?
Addam
No.
Mythra
I think...he might actually be enjoying this.
Addam
What?
Mythra
The world in this state.
Addam
That's interesting...
Mythra
You felt something was wrong, didn't you? That's why you brought me.
They look at the Refugee Campground and bad quality life the refugees have.
Addam
Don't you think they're worth saving?
Mythra
If you think they are, you know you'll have my aid.
Addam
Even if you disagree?
Mythra
That's not for the likes of me to decide.
It's up to you humans.
The flashback ends.
Addam
Oh, you mean that time? I remember. What about it?
Mythra
What Minoth said bothered me...
I think he was talking about Malos, but his words could just as easily have applied to Amalthus.
Addam
I suppose.
Mythra
What if all of this is what Amalthus-
No, what all of humanity really wants?
Addam
You don't mean it.
There's a little gap of silence between them.
Mythra
Hey...
What are we going to do if we defeat Malos anyway?
Addam
You know...
Like I told Hugo, go home and work the land.
I didn't get to harvest the Gromrice this year.
Mythra
While that might be good enough for you...
Addam goes with a "huh?"
Mythra
Some others might...not be too pleased with that…
Meanwhile, in Indol, Stannif and Amalthus are again at the secret laboratory, this time, they have an unconscious Gort in the floor.
Amalthus
Amalthus: Who is this?
Stannif
Picked him up during a routine core collection.
He was one of yours, right?
Amalthus
As we discussed, I engaged him as a broker of cores, but no more.
What a waste of a human being.
Stannif
That much is hard to deny.
Amalthus
What are you driving at?
Stannif
Waste and refuse can have their own uses, I think...
The project we spoke of before...
I think it may be time to set it in motion.
Amalthus
You mean... A Blade Eater?
Stannif
His strength will grow...exponentially. It will dwarf even that of a Flesh Eater.
Amalthus
And you can...control him?
Stannif
Oh, please. Even if we can't, there's no need to worry.
After all, this is just a prototype.
Sooner or later, the binding will decay and he will die.
I hear...
...he's got some connection to this Paragon of Torna, you see.
He'll prove useful either way.
Amalthus goes away without answering.
Stannif
Torna, then?
He's on your mind, isn't he? Malos...
Amalthus
Not him, but what comes after...
He leaves the room.

To Cross a Desert[edit]

Main article: To Cross a Desert#Dialogue

A Familiar Village[edit]

The party have arrived to the Hyber Village
Addam
Very good. We can stay here for the day.
Jin watches closely every detail of the village.
Lora
Something wrong?
Jin
No, but...
This place is familiar somehow.
It feels like it, anyway.
Lora
Is it possible you've been here before?
Jin
I have no memory of it.
But still...
Lora
Umm... Maybe you could just have a little walk around.
Something might jog your memory.
Jin
Yeah, maybe so.

A Stroll in the Village[edit]

Buzz[edit]

Buzz
Well met there, travelers.
Oh, so the repairs to Lett Bridge are finished, are they?
We were a sleepy village to begin with, but after the bridge fell our trickle of visitors dried up completely.
I'm glad the bridge's fixed.
Say, if you're planning on crossing Dannagh Desert from here, it'd be a good idea to rest up in the inn first.
It's tough out there in the desert. Even for strong Drivers and Blades...

Martha[edit]

Martha
Hm hm, it's certainly rare to meet Drivers and their Blades.
I came here to investigate monsters. Hah! It's quite the life for an old lady. Wouldn't trade if for the world.
You seem like reliable young tykes. Maybe I'll tell you about it someday...
If you want to know more about this village, though, you'll have to ask someone else.
I'm just a visitor here.

Benny[edit]

Benny
Whoa! Cool!
It's been aaages since I saw Drivers and Blades!
This village is so small, it's only got two houses and an inn...
It used to be way bigger, but people don't really come by any more.
If you're gonna stay at Teo's inn, come by and play with me, 'kay?

Teo[edit]

Teo
Drivers and Blades!
If you're to cross the Dannagh Desert, would you come and stay at my inn first?
I don't have much to share with you, but will you let me do what I can?
There's a reason I've been running this inn for the past 70-odd years, you know. I like helping folks.
Stay at Teo's inn?
Sure
Teo
Please come in!
Not quite yet...
Teo
You want to look round the village more? Of course I understand.
I'll be waiting. Take all the time you need to explore.

A Moment's Peace[edit]

While Lora and Jin are at their room, all of a sudden Teo, the inn's owner, comes in.
Teo
Hey, you! You wouldn't be Ornelia's former Blade, would you?
Jin
Ornelia? No, I'm...
Teo
(excited)
From the Territorial Defense Corps! It is you!
Jin
What?
Teo
Ooh, I remember 'em well! Even though I was knee-high to a grasshopper back then...
With that sword slung across your back... You were so cool.
If you hadn't
come when you did, our village would've been...
Oh yes!
The house you used to live in is still out there on the outskirts.
Jin
House?
Jin and Lora are now in front of an abandoned house, very likely from the long deceased Ornelia.
Lora
I'll check out the back.
Jin
Good.
Jin comes in, the inside of the house is very unkempt, with broken furniture and vegetation everywhere.
Jin finds an old photo, there's Ornelia, Jin, Teo and more other people, everyone smiling and being happy. There's also an old diary which Jin starts reading, no noticeable emotions can be witnessed from him.
Lora
My... How terribly desolate...
As soon as Jin hears Lora's voice, he closes the diary and hides it behind him and acts like nothing happened.
Lora
I heard it's been 90 years, but...
What is it? Did you remember something?
Jin
N-no... It's nothing.
Lora
Really? That's too bad. I would've liked to have learned about the old you.
Jin
(still hiding the diary)
I am...who I am. I do not change.
Lora suddenly gasps as if she had been hurt.
Jin
Lora! Are you OK? What happened?
Lora
(passionately)
Ugh... You got me right here...
My heart's pounding!
Jin
Huh? But...
Lora
That! That was such an awesome line!
Jin
(what's happening?)
Wha-?
Lora
Jin, you didn't even realize, did you? Sometimes you'll...say something, and I'll just swoon.
Jin
But...
Lora
I don't think any girl could refuse you.
Jin
N-no... I didn't mean to...
Lora
(interrupting him)
Nuh-uh, you're smooth and you know it.
Jin
Lora, what are you...?
Lora finds the old photo Jin was looking before and looks at it.
Lora
Good times, smiling faces...
It's her, right? Ornelia, here.
Jin
Y-yes... Yes, I think it is.
Lora
Standing next to you, with such a goofy blissful smile?
It has to be, I'm sure of it.
Jin
Are you...?
Lora
Hey. We should take a photo.
Jin
Really?
Lora
Of us together.
They're now outside getting ready for the photo.
Lora
Er, I'm sorry?
When did this become a group thing?
The entire party has invited themselves and are alongside Lora and Jin getting ready too.
Lora
Me and Jin...
Addam
Come now, Lora.
We all drink from the same well, don't we? That's a wise saying, I think.
Minoth
I don't think that's strictly applicable here...
Haze
You can't have done this in secret, anyway.
Hugo
I've never done this before. Feels nice!
Aegaeon
Your Majesty! If I may say, it's no time for levity.
Brighid
Aegaeon, relax! You should be open to new experiences.
Aegaeon
...Gah...
Lora
Oh for... Who did we fall in with here...?
Teo
OK, ready for the photo?
Everyone say 'Glarna'!
Before posing, Lora and Jin make a quick look to each other.
Teo
There!
Teo takes the picture, everyone looks happy.
Now in nighttime, the party is resting outside the inn.
Lora
How long have you been with Addam?
Milton
Hmmm... Three years maybe? One year with Mythra.
When my village washed away in a flood, Addam was the one that helped us out.
Lora
Right... So it wasn't the war, then?
Milton
No, it was.
Resources were running low, so we stripped the mountain bare. That's what caused the flood.
Hey, Lora?
Lora
Huh?
Milton
You were looking for your mother, right? Did you get separated during the war?
Lora
If only that were the case...
Milton
Huh?
Lora
There are some things you don't know...about me.
Milton
Uh, things...?
Lora
Mhm...
Milton
Oh... OK...
Lora
Mother used to work as hired help.
When I was about ten, she was working as a maid. That was when Jin came into my life.
Milton
(surprised)
You were a Driver at ten?!
Lora
That's right. Things immediately turned bloody.
I had to get out of there in a hurry. Seventeen years later, here I am.
Milton
Wow, you don't look 27. I would've said 20 at most.
Lora
Hey. Flattery will get you everywhere.
Milton laughs.
Milton
Well, just like me and Mik, I guess.
Lora
Yeah. Like plenty of kids out there.
That's why I'd like to help, stand by them. Just like Jin always stood by me.
It's almost more real than real family.
Right? Don't you think, Mik?
Mikhail, shyly, looks down without any response.
Lora
What, no reaction? I'm really trying here, you know!
Milton
Ah, it's fine. He's smiling on the inside.
Mikhail nudges him friendly.
Lora
Well now! You can tell?
Milton
Sorta!
Lora
I see... Well, I'm feeling all inspired now.
Just the spirit we'll need if we're going to set this world to rights.
Milton
Yeah!
Addam and Mythra are watching the scene in the distance.
Addam
You can join in, you know.
Mythra
What's that?
Addam
You don't need to ostracize yourself for being an Aegis.
Mythra
That's not what I'm...
Addam
I happen to think you've got a lot going for you, you know.
Mythra looks down, knowing that what he said it's true.
Now at midnight, Lora and Jin are at their room. Lora is resting in the bed while Jin is writing on his diary.
Lora
Should we really be bringing the kids along?
Jin
Are you worried?
Lora
Mhm...
Jin
Alrest is a dangerous place right now. The war reaches everywhere.
Lora
I'm sure we can keep them safe in a normal fight, but if...
Jin gasps.
Lora wakes up and heads to the door.
Jin
Where are you going?
Lora
I want to speak with Addam.
Jin
At this time of night?
Lora
I'll see what he thinks about it. And if his mind is made up, there's still no harm done.
Jin nods.
Right before when Lora was about to open the door, a loud scream from Mythra can be heard, followed by an scream of fear coming from Milton.
Mythra
(from the other room)
How long have you been there?!
Hey! What are doing in my bed?
Milton
Huh? What are you talking about?
Judging by the sounds, Mythra is throwing things at Milton, her scream is an indicator that she's really upset.
Mythra
Get out! Interloper! Monster!
Milton
Hey, quit it!
Wh-?! This is where I sleep!
It ain't your bed, lady!
Milton gets hit by something very likely thrown by Mythra.
Milton
(angry)
Ow...
Ohhh you're such a pain in everyone's bum, you know that? You simpleton!
Addam
Hey, wait a minute!
Calm down, both of you... Ow!
Addam has also been hit by something.
Addam
Come on, take it down a no-no-no-NO...!
The noise is increasing.
Jin
What's all the noise? Is something up?
Lora
Uhm... It's probably better to sit this one out...
Jin
Perhaps that's wise.
Lora
Yeah. Maybe I'll just...ask him tomorrow...
In the morning, Lora approaches Addam, who is standing outside his room.
Lora
Uh... Morning...
Addam
Ah... Uhm... Morning!
Addam has a bruise on his forehead.
Lora
You're hurt? Are you OK?
Addam
Yes, I imagine I'll live...
Lora
Sounded like...quite a scene.
Addam
Yes, well... I was just collateral damage...
Lora and Addam are watching how Mikhail and Milton are socializing with the kids from the village.
Addam
Before... You said, if you met a child in whom you saw something of yourself...
you'd want to help them...
I don't have the heart to leave them here.
Lora
I know.
And they've got their own concerns.
They want to create a place for themselves in this world.
Addam
At their age, it's remarkable.
Lora
I think...it's on us to see they don't come to harm.
Addam
Right. And what a charge it is...

Crossing Dannagh Desert[edit]

The party has gotten ready to continue their travel toward the capital and is now in the middle of Hyber Village.
Addam
Right, all. Ready for a quick mosey across the desert?
That is, assuming you've all got your medicine?
Lora
Right here!
Hugo
It won't leave my side.
Addam
How about you, Milton and Mikhail?
Milton
We're all good! I've been keeping tabs on him since morning.
Addam
Then let's embrace the arid beauty of the Dannagh Desert. We'll be able to see the capital before long!
Lora
I hope we won't get lost out there.
Addam
We don't have the luxury. The capital needs to be informed of Malos's intentions as soon as possible.
Hugo
Then let us make haste!

The True Power of Torna[edit]

After crossing the Dannagh Dessert, the party has finally arrived to Auresco, the capital of Torna.
Mythra looks back.
Mythra
That's not right...
Milton
What's not right?
Mythra
This Titan... Why isn't it in its real form?
Addam
You noticed?
Lora
What do you mean...?
Addam
That isn't the original form of the Tornan Titan.
Torna is shown in the past with a main noteable difference, its neck is not covered like in the present and consequently its Core Crystal is visible.
Lora
In ancient times, the Tornan Titan held awesome power.
Torna made use of that power to dominate Alrest for a thousand years.
While Addam speaks, Torna can be seen again in the past throwing a beam out of its mouth and defeating multiple titans with one shot.
Addam
But the power was shut away in the reign of Alektos the First.
Since then, the Titan has looked like this.
See that glowing sphere in the castle tower?
That forms the seal.
Hugo
Is that what Malos is aiming for?
Brighid
Why would he do that? Wouldn't it be a threat to him too?
Addam
Truthfully, I don't know myself.
But in any case, if he makes a move for it, it is clear what we must do.
Lora
Agreed.
Addam
You can see the palace in the distance.
We should head there first, offer our report to His Majesty.

Emergency Meeting[edit]

After an extended stroll through the city due to a closed gate, the party has finally arrived in front of Aureus Palace, where a single guard is waiting for them.
Clemens
Lord Addam!
And Your Majesty Emperor Hugo!
I expect there must be some sort of emergency...
Quaestor Amalthus is also gracing us with his presence...
Please wait here. I'll inform the king you've arrived!

An Audience with the Tornan King[edit]

The party is inside the palace with the Tornan King, his brother Zettar and Amalthus.
Tornan King
Malos aims for the seal...?
Hugo
Yes. He draws ever closer to the capital.
Leaving destruction in his wake.
Our path here was littered with the wounds of his procession, my Lord.
Tornan King
So the Quaestor's report was true.
Noble Hugo.
At this time of grave peril, you have afforded us your trusty aid.
Your due will be our eternal thanks.
Everyone in the table takes a bow, although Zettar doesn't seem comfortable doing so.
Hugo
I'm scarcely worthy of it, Your Majesty.
As the Titans breathe, I merely followed Prince Addam against the peril we face.
In truth, it is to him that your kind praise is due.
Tornan King
Ah, the trust of the dread Ardainian throne...
'Tis a much valued gift to our young scion of Aletta. Mark it well.
Zettar is looking at Addam with a resentful look.
Tornan King
It gladdens me.
Addam
Your most noble honors pierce my unworthy heart, my Lord.
Zettar
Begging your pardon, Lord...
Would that honor were the only currency in this grave business.
An armed band transgressed the sacred boundaries of the capital, without regal assent.
The act merits bitter punishment!
Tornan King
Suppose you that our soldiers can subdue Malos alone?
Zettar
I...I don’t...
Tornan King
Indeed...
The army of resistance fearlessly dashes to our nation's aid.
They tremble not in the face of the mightiest of foes. To punish them is unthinkable.
Zettar
Yes...but...
The Tornan King lifts his arm, saying to Zettar unverbally to remain in silence. Zettar looks at him angrily.
Tornan King
Zettar. What does not bend, only breaks.
We must suffer to Addam his just bounty.
I hereby enfeoff you, as Lord of Heblin.
Addam
This is too much for me, my Lord.
First, I must busy myself with the command of the resistance force.
We can't allow Malos to take the seal.
I'd be much obliged if you could grant permission for the resistance to move freely within your lands, Lord.
Tornan King
As you wish. Brave soldiers of Torna! Hear your king!
Our country must make its own sacrifice to halt the terrible power of the Aegis!
Amalthus
Indol too, pledges its flesh and blood to the cause.
I humbly confess that it was my own lack of foresight which brought us to this pass.
The party gets outside the palace, where Minoth is waiting for them. Meanwhile, the Tornan King and Zettar are still talking inside the palace.
Zettar
My brother.
Or rather, my Lord. What is your aim? Why give Heblin to Addam?
Tornan King
He has declined our offer. Perhaps our good wishes suffice.
Zettar
Yet still, he holds all the power!
He makes allies of foreign lords without permission, and gathers together a fighting force...
Tornan King
Zettar, my brother. Hear me well.
This sickened world rests heavy upon my crown. I fear, too heavy for my mortal neck.
Zettar
Ma-Majesty!
Tornan King
And this disorderly throne...
...is more apt for one such as Addam.
Zettar
Brother! You mean to set my birthright on the caitiff's shoulders?!
Zettar's eyes look full of anger and hate.

Community Service[edit]

The party has gone back to the Sachsum Gardens after the audience.
Lora
Guahhh! I can finally breathe!
Minoth arrives from the direction opposite the palace, having not attended the audience.
Minoth
What's wrong? You got asthma or something?
Haze
It's all right, there's no need for concern.
Lady Lora gets like this whenever she has to deal with formal situations.
Minoth
That's...not ideal.
Lora
You're one to talk! You've been waiting outside the whole time, just idling by yourself! That's so selfish!
Addam
Cut him some slack, Lora.
Minoth had good reasons not to go. Especially when his least favorite individual was attending.
Lora
Least favorite... Wait... You mean Amalthus, don't you?
Minoth
...
Lora
I'm sorry. I didn't...
Minoth
It's fine. I'm a coward, I admit it.
Hugo
We should endeavor to make sure that Minoth steers well clear of the Quaestor in future.
So, Addam, what's our next course of action?
We may have warned them in time, but there's no telling when Malos might launch his attack.
Addam
Indeed. We can start by taking a stroll around the city and seeing what the residents have to say.
Mythra
You can't be serious. Malos is virtually breathing down our necks and you wanna waste time catching up?!
Jin
That's not what this is. We'd get to learn the lay of the land too. And we'd get an idea of the overall mood.
Brighid
He's right.
Establishing a good rapport with the residents will give us an edge when the time comes.
Aegaeon
Perhaps the Aegis feels that she can handle the situation on her own...?
Mythra
Fine. Whatever. You all know better than me, so go on ahead!
Bunch of bullies...
Addam
We're not saying it to be mean, Mythra.
We all have to make concessions, and I think even you understand that now. You've really matured, you know.
Mythra
Am I supposed to take that as a compliment?
Lora
You should. Addam's been looking out for you this whole time. You know he's being honest.
Hugo
Agreed. You should take his praise at face value.
Now, let's set to exploring the city. Plenty of atmosphere to soak up!

Auresco Under Fire[edit]

After recognizing the entirety of Auresco and doing favours to its residents, the party is back at the Sachsum Gardens.
All of a sudden, Auresco is being attacked with fire and explosions.
Aegaeon
Majesty! Those are...
Mythra
Gargoyles. Malos's Artifices.
Addam
Mythra! Let's go!
Mythra
Yeah!
Everyone except Lora's group rushes to have a clearer look.
Lora
(to Mikhail and Milton)
You should wait here.
Lora's group follow the rest of the party.

Organizing the Defence[edit]

Addam
How did his Artifices make it all the way to the palace?!
Mythra
What's the plan? You wanna use my power?
Addam
No, there'd be too many casualties. It won't be easy, but we'll need to take them out one by one.
Lora
Shouldn't we be trying to escort the civilians to safety?
Hugo
The Tornan army is already working on the evacuation. They know the city's layout far better than us.
Lora
Ah, right. Best leave it to them, then.
OK, so what now?
Addam
They haven't broken through the rear yet, so we can start by clearing out the Gargoyles in the residential ward.
After that, we can head over to the shopping ward on the left-hand side...
and then work our way straight towards the front entrance.
Mythra
Got it.
Addam
Best of luck, everyone. Now let's get these ugly mugs off our damn doorstep!

Gargoyle Extermination: Viridian Gate[edit]

The party has taken down a Gargoyle near Auresco Residential Ward.
Haze
That was not at all easy...
Lora
Tell me about it! But we have to keep on going. There's no other way!
Addam
That's the spirit!
Lora
We have to move on to the shopping ward now. Come on!

Gargoyle Extermination: Formide Shopping Ward[edit]

The party has taken down a second Gargoyle in the capital's shopping ward
Minoth
These Artifices are a right handful. Even I'm having trouble with 'em!
Brighid
The sheer number of them is daunting, to say the least.
Hugo
We've no time to rest. We need to press on!
Addam
As you say. Now, on to the main gate!

Gargoyle Extermination: Auresco Main Gate[edit]

The party has vanquished a third Gargoyle in front of the main gate.
Addam
Tch! There's no end to them!
Hugo notices something happening nearby.
Hugo
Look!
Many Gargoyles are gathering around Sachsum Gardens.
Lora
They're gathering in the direction of the gardens...
Mythra
Bizarre. Let's move!

Malos Shows Himself[edit]

When the party arrives at the Sachsum Gardens, they encounter with Malos himself.
Malos
Hello, partner. This is a first.
Mythra
Malos...
Jin
So this is the Aegis... Malos...
Aegaeon
He has an awesome presence...
We would do well to proceed with caution...
Brighid
Agreed...
Mythra
Your MO is different this time, Malos. What are you trying to do?
If this is a joke, it's not funny.
Malos
I got bored of it.
Mythra
...Bored?
Malos
Letting Siren have all the fun got old, I mean.
I wanted to see the humans dance. The dance of death, in the flames of hellfire.
Mythra
What do you...?
Malos
That.
He points to the seal of Torna, on top of the Aureus Palace.
Malos
I know full well what the Tornan Titan truly is.
I've decided... I'm gonna lay that truth bare, for everyone to see.
Addam
Malos... Bastard!
Malos
Each of the Artifices I command...
...holds ether energy that would rival even the largest Titan.
Imagine if a legion of them made it to the core of the Tornan Titan and unleashed that energy all at once...
A representation of hundreds, maybe thousands of Gargoyles approaching Torna's Core Crystal is shown, once they reach it, they make a very big explosion, resulting in the end of Torna.
Malos
Our time for dancing would be short, but sweet.
Malos summons his Monado and gets ready for battle. Addam responds with an angry "Guh!" and unleashes his sword.
Malos
You want me to stop?
Had enough? Then try and make me.
C'mon. Come at me!
The party gets ready for this tough battle.

Clashing Steel[edit]

Malos and Addam are having a clash of swords.
Malos
Addam Origo!
Heir of Torna!
Malos
Looks like that resonance isn't just for show.
Addam
You're too kind.
As Malos goes with a down slash against Addam, he blocks it with his sword. In that moment, Malos pays attention to the colour of Addam's eyes.
Malos
Golden eyes...
I thought Tornans all had blue eyes.
You're a bastard, is that it?
Addam
My father is generous.
He pays no attention to things like that.
Malos
Hah! You're wrong.
You don't understand the consequences.
Addam
Don't I?
Malos
And you don't understand what humans are.
Addam
Malos, the all-knowing...
He points at Malos, showing that despite everything, he doesn't lose his sense of humor.
Malos
A diligent student, you could say.
Addam
Then learn this.
Malos goes with a confused "Huh?".
Addam
Mythra!
Mythra
Heads up!
Mythra throws her sword to Addam similar to how Jin and Lora do. Addam attacks Malos and they have an epic clash with slow-motion shots. Suddenly, Addam throws the sword up in the air and Mythra, who appeared from somewhere, grabs it.
Mythra
Here goes!
She attack Malos, who parries the attack with no effort. Mythra tries attacking Malos by surprise with teleportations, but Malos blocks every attack.
Malos
Nice trick.
Holds my interest at least.
Mythra
Surprised?
This is what humans and Blades can do together.
Addam
But you threw that away...
Haze uses her power to weaken blades, but Malos repeals it.
Malos
I don't need that crap. Better off without it.
The party makes a joint attack, every party member using their element. The last to attack is Jin, who makes a clash of swords with Malos. Malos looks at Jin's eyes and smiles, after that, Malos gets rid of Jin.
Malos
Eat this!
Malos does a strong dark attack that manages to hurt the party. If that were not enough, he summons two more Gargoyles.
Malos
Watch humans closely, and you'll learn one thing.
Deep down, they wish they were dead.
They kill each other like they swat flies.
Running towards oblivion like blind rats.
They see the divine flame of life and piss over it. They're genius at that.
In a class all of their own, really.
Mythra
(disgusted)
Malos.
Malos
Oh...
that flame is wasted on them.
So I... I want to give them a little push in the right direction.
As the benevolent servant of our "wise dad" should...
Lora gasps in surprise as Malos grabs on a Gargoyle and leads it to the top of the Aureus Palace, right where the seal of Torna is located.
Malos
Here, keep yourselves entertained.
I'll go get what I came for.
The party prepares to fight the two Gargoyles that Malos summoned before.

The Taking of the Seal[edit]

The party is having troubles with the Gargoyles.
Hugo
Addam.
Addam
Yes, I know.
Suddenly, a fire ball exterminates a Gargoyle. Apparently, its source is from a flying tiny titan. Due to the high velocity at which it is flying, it’s hard to identify what or who it is. The titan lands on top of the remaining Gargoyles and exterminates them. It turns out that the titan is none other than Azurda.
Addam
Nuncle!
Azurda
Get on! We'll hunt him down!
Addam
At once!
Lora, Jin, Addam and Mythra mount on Azurda and he flies them over Auresco in search of Malos. Malos, without showing himself, blasts Artifices' beams, but Azurda dodges them successfully.
Lora
Over there! Malos!
Malos is grabbing the Seal of Torna.
Malos
Too slow. It's already mine.
Lora
(angrily)
Malos!
Malos
(laughing)
The looks on your faces!
Huh... Well, that settles it.
Addam looks disappointed in himself for not being able to stop Malos.
Malos
The end of the world is postponed a little, folks.
If you want to take this off me, come find me in the Titan's core.
That'll be the finale.
Mythra
Is this a game to you?
Malos
Yeah, it's a game. An easy cure for the tedium...of being.
See you later, partner.
Malos lets himself fall in T-pose from the highest point of Auresco. Now that Malos is vulnerable, Azurda attacks him with a fire ball, but a Gargoyle blocks the attack and grabs Malos.
Malos
(teasingly and screaming)
Don't be late!
Malos flies away with the Gargoyle and shoots a barrier of dark beams so Azurda and the party can't follow him.
The raid is over, Auresco is devastated and with remnants of fire. The party is with Azurda at the Sachsum Gardens.
Azurda
Sorry, I let him escape.
Addam
No, thank you... You saved us.
Azurda
You owe me one then.
It's been 80 years, hasn't it, Jin?
Jin
You know me?
Azurda
You and Ornelia used to ride on my back. We used to have a lark, flying about.
Lora
Ornelia... From the photograph?
Azurda
And I suppose she's your Driver now?
Lora
My name's Lora. I've been with Jin for 17 years already.
Azurda
I never...
You were fortunate to be picked up by her, Jin.
Addam
Nuncle... We're just in the way here. Perhaps we should leave it to the soldiers and just go.
Azurda
Yes, let's do that.
Shall we head for the Tornan womb?
Addam
Yes. I'd say we're bound to.
Lora
The Tornan womb?
Azurda
Perhaps I should go first.
Azurda can be heard moving his wings.
Addam
Please, go ahead. We will join you, once we've made a report to the king.

A Report to the King[edit]

Clemens is waiting in front of Aureus Palace.
Clemens
Lord Addam, to think the Tornan seal would fall into the Aegis's hands...
He was even scarier than I thought.
I was no match for someone that evil.
There's no way I could have stopped him attacking the city...
But I'll still regret it to my dying day.
Oh, I'm sorry. You must have come to report to the king, and now I've held you up with my chatter...
I won't hold you up any longer.

Aftershocks[edit]

The party is at the conference room in the Aureus Palace with the Tornan King, Zettar and some guards.
Zettar
What good was your militia?
Zettar
They could not halt Malos, nor even safeguard the seal from his clutches. A
Addam
I have no excuses.
Lora
Addam...
Zettar
Hmph.
Majesty. This is a deep dishonor.
I beseech you to lay them low, that the people may have faith in government!
The Tornan King doesn't respond, he just remains with his eyes closed.
Zettar
Majesty!
Tornan King
Brother, your advice is wise.
Hugo
Your Majesty...
Lora
Please, wait a moment.
Addam only sought to protect your realm.
Zettar
(yelling)
Silence! Is your voice more important than the king's?
Tornan King
But what of you, Zettar?
Zettar
What of me?
Tornan King
Look first to yourself, I bid you.
Zettar
W-what do you mean...?
Tornan King
Surely, Addam sailed the ship into a rocky reef.
But if he were the bow, you were the stern.
Zettar
Y-Your Majesty, those are bitter words.
It was Addam's vanguard that let slip Malos!
Tornan King
Would our army have succeeded with certainty, brother?
In the hour of need, where were they?
Zettar
(scared)
W-we set the defense of the people as our highest goal, Your Majesty.
Our soldiers guided the townsfolk to safety.
Tornan King
...While Addam's militia flew, though rashly, into the breach.
And the brave dragoons of noble Hugo wagered their lives as mere trifles for our nation's sake.
Zettar
B-but...I...
Tornan King
It unfolded thus.
If honor took its natural course, the sons of Torna should have stood their ground.
Zettar looks down and gasps, disappointed because his plan is not going well.
Tornan King
Mark their honor above their frailty.
You saw the battle with your own eyes, did you not, my brother?
Zettar
I-I did...
Tornan King
And how did you think it?
Zettar
Words can scarcely describe it.
It was unlike any mere human struggle. I fear I could not report it justly.
Tornan King
Indeed, brother.
Zettar looks at the King and goes with a "Mph?".
Tornan King
It was a fight beyond our ken.
I too saw it with my own eyes.
Our Tornan crafts of war would have been doubly doomed against Malos.
Zettar
That's...
Tornan King
Is it not folly to assume that our army could do what Addam's could not?
Addam
Your Majesty...
Zettar looks down and gasps again.
Tornan King
Noble Hugo... My brother forgets grace and gratitude.
Our nation hangs over doom like a ripened fruit.
You and yours are our final ray of hope.
Will you offer us aid again, to avenge ourselves on the Aegis?
The Tornan King, Zettar and all the guards take a bow at Hugo.
Hugo
We came with that very intention, Your Majesty.
Didn't we, Prince Addam?
Addam
Yes.
Majesty...
If it must be so, I will expend my life for the future of the land of my forefathers.
The Tornan King nods proudly.
Tornan King
While we're here...
Your name is Lora, is it not?
Lora
Huh, me? Y-yes!
Tornan King
Your work impressed me deeply.
Lora
No...I...
Tornan King
Yet you are no knight, bear no peerage...
Lora
Yes... I'm from a settlement in the distant borderlands.
I serve with a mercenary band.
Tornan King
I knew you for a warrior.
Good Lora. I would like to recognize your valiant labors.
The title of knight of the realm... It is yours, if you would accept it.
Lora
(surprised)
Me, a knight?
The Tornan King nods.
Addam
Lora, my congratulations.
Lora
I can hardly believe it... Me?
Addam
Come now. A title is a mere decoration.
Surely you learned that from me.
Hugo
I hope it will raise your spirits a little, Lora.
Tornan King
Humble Lora. I have a request I must make of you.
This day, the people of our nation shiver in the darkest of shadows, cast by mighty Malos.
But I bid that you seed a flower of hope in this shadow-mired land.
Lora looks at Addam and Hugo, they nod at her cheering her up unverbally.
Lora
I hope that I can.
Lora looks at Jin insecurely, Jin nods at her, act that motivates Lora. She nods back at him.
Lora
(confidently)
Your Majesty...
I'll do my best.
Tornan King
Well spoken, brave Lora.
We shall anoint thee as Lady Lora tomorrow in the plaza before the palace!

Catching up to Azurda[edit]

The party has assembled right outside the palace after making their report.
Addam
Come on. We shouldn't keep our old friend waiting any longer. Time for us to make a move.
Lora
The Tornan womb, he said. So is that going to be inside the titan's belly?
Addam
You'll know soon enough.
Lora
This isn't the time for games, you know.
Hugo
It would have to be a cavity of considerable size for Azurda to fit inside.
Addam
It would.
We should head for the front entrance, then turn left. That way we'll come to a back gate.
If we head down past there, it should take us to the womb's entrance.
Lora
OK. We'd better catch up to Azurda then!

In the Place of Rebirth[edit]

After taking an elevator that leads to the bottom of Auresco, the party arrives at the Torna's Womb, a circular room with its walls marked with diagrams of how Blades and Titans of varying shapes are related to each other. There are eggs incubating around the center.
Lora
What an incredible place...
Addam
It's the matrix of our Titan.
Lora
What does...?
Addam
When the time comes, this is where Blades come to be reborn as Titans.
Lora gasps in surprise.
Brighid
You mean we'll all become Titans some day?
Addam nods.
Azurda
It's nice to be here again.
After 800 years...
Haze
Were you born here too, Azurda?
Azurda
Mhm! After all, I was a Blade born from the Tornan Titan.
Of course, I don't have any memories of that time...
Once a Blade becomes a Titan, they can live without being bound to the Driver who awoke them.
One day, they may come to watch over their children, as the very ground beneath their feet.
Addam
And the fleeting bonds become eternal.
It's the basis of the Tornan creed.
Jin
Eternal bonds...
Hugo
So... What now?
Brighid
Malos said he was going to wait...
Aegaeon
But can we really believe him?
Mythra
I don't think he lied.
Jin
Why so?
Mythra
He was enjoying himself. That's why.
I'd say, he's having way too much fun to stop right now.
Minoth
He said that humans long for death.
Lora
...And that he was happy to oblige.
Jin
Benevolent servant...*scoff*.

Award Ceremony Preparations[edit]

The party is right outside Torna's Womb after their conversation with Azurda.
Lora
So, any plans for the rest of the day?
Jin
You've got your award ceremony tomorrow. Best not to get carried away.
Lora
Oh...right.
Addam
Jin's got a point.
You can take a walk around town if you like, but in all honesty, we'd be better off standing by at the inn.
Hugo
Yes, we don't know when we might be next called upon.
Lora
So no one's in the mood to go out. Well, I don't blame them.
Am I the only one nervous about the award ceremony? I don't even know what to wear!

Words[edit]

Lora and Jin are at the Spefan Inn, he's writing on his diary with his mask off and she's doing some Charm-making.
Lora
Hey, Jin.
Jin stops writing and turns around to face her.
Lora
That mask... You don't need it anymore.
Jin
Yeah... Since you're a knight of Torna now.
There's no danger of getting in trouble for resonating with a stolen core.
Lora
What should we do? With that...
Jin
Nothing, I think. I think I'll keep wearing it.
You went to all the trouble of making it for me.
Lora
Yeah...
I mean...
Jin goes with a "huh?".
Lora
Someday, I'll die... And just like that, you'll return to your crystal.
Even if you forget everybody...
At least you might... be able to keep the mask that I made you...
Jin
...Lora.
Lora
But... I imagine that day's still a long way off. So don't worry.
Jin remniscences what he read on his old diary.
Jin
If I were a praying man, I'd pray this journal finds its way to you.
Trusting that it will, I will use these last words to pass down...
a means of carving the bond between myself and my partner into this flesh.
This is how it is done... [5]
Jin shocks and denies with a head shake, saying unverbally "There's no way I'd do that."
In front of the Aureus Palace, Lora is having her knighthood ceremony in front of the King and some of the residents of Auresco. Addam puts a medal on Lora's chest and the audience starts to applaud.
Lora
(happily)
So, I'm officially a Tornan Driver now.
Lora looks at Jin euphorical.
Lora
OK... Let's make some memories!
In the background, Amalthus and Zettar are having a chat while watching Lora's knighthood ceremony.
Amalthus
Addam's star is rising. It seems that the people love him.
Zettar
Hmph.
...and naught but the fruit of the king's whimsy and an obscure woman...
Amalthus
Ah...
Zettar
Yet if only he were not the Driver of the Aegis...
Amalthus
...you'd each have your just share of dignity.
A flashback shows Addam, the Tornan King, Zettar and Amalthus inside the Aureus Palace, Zettar is in front of the Pneuma's Core Crystal. Right before resonating with it, his face shows an evil expression. The resonation fails since Zettar hasn't the potential to be a Driver and falls to the ground injured. The flashback ends.
Zettar
Quaestor, is it really true that...
Amalthus
Certainly, I did give life to Malos... but when he acts...
It's divine will.
Zettar
The destruction of the world is the will of the divine...?
Amalthus
Indeed it is.
Malos is the instrument of destruction.
Making the Architect's will immanent takes many able hands.
Jin and Azurda are having a chat at the Torna's Womb.
Jin
It may be this is exactly what they wanted. Become Titans, have a longer life with humans...
Azurda laughs softly and Jin goes with a "huh?".
Azurda
Oh, nothing. I was just remembering the previous time you said that.
Jin
I did?
Azurda
My reply was, 'How about you?'...
And what do you think you said?
Jin
I don't wish for "forever". All I want is my life with her. That's plenty.
Azurda is surprised by his response.
Azurda
Spoken like a true Blade. No one can begrudge you that.
Jin
I wonder how it was for you...
Azurda
Well, honestly... I suppose I may well have been just like you, Jin.
Still...
Jin
Still?
Azurda
Being like this isn't so bad either.
After some years, or centuries, you find yourself ready for new relationships.
I came to realize that.
Jin
...New relationships...

Community Expectations[edit]

The ceremony has concluded and the bulk of the party is in the shopping ward. Jin returns from his talk with Azurda.
Lora
Jin, there you are! Where've you been?
Jin
The capital's outskirts. I wanted to pick some ingredients.
Lora
Oh, you are joking. This is the capital we're in!
It's packed to bursting with high-class nosh around here! Why're you still going around foraging in the dirt?
Addam
On the other hand, Jin's cooking really is unparalleled, and there is a certain appeal in making food yourself.
Lora
Yeah, OK, that's...
...That's spot-on, actually...
Jin
So... I spoke briefly with Azurda.
Lora
Oh, really? What did he say?
Jin
...It was a difficult subject for me to wrap my head around.
Jin
...
New relationships...? No. I'm more than happy with what I have right now...
There is a pause in the conversation before Addam breaks the ice again.
Addam
All right, time to draw up some plans.
To get the seal back, we'll have to make our way to the Tornan core. Question is, what then?
Hugo
Malos implied that we still have some time. Mythra seems to believe we can take him at his word.
Mythra
You can, yeah.
Addam
He's enjoying this, is he? Damn him...
Hugo
I know how you feel, Addam, but perhaps we should be thankful. His own hubris has allowed us this chance.
Addam
We'll use the time we've got to prepare for the battle ahead.
Lora
Right. We need to be stronger still, or we'll never make it through this.
Hugo
The citizens are in fear of what may befall them.
I believe you are best equipped to give them the strength they need, Lora.
Lora
What, me?!
Hugo
Yes. You are properly a Tornan knight now.
A knight is not called upon solely for their skill in combat. It is also their duty to instill courage, and hope.
You must hold your head high, and serve the needs of your nation.
Lora
The needs of my nation...
Addam
Feels like the whole world's resting on your shoulders, doesn't it?
It's not, though. Remember, you're not the only one fighting to protect this country.
We're a strange gaggle of misfits, I admit, but we'll carry that burden with you.
Torna lives and dies by its people. We fight for it together, every one of us.
Lora
Right... Give me a moment, I know there's not much time but I'll... I'll see what I can do...

Ready to Proceed[edit]

The party is coming back into the city from the main entrance, having made many a NPC happy during their adventures.
Hugo
It looks as if we're almost ready to proceed with the evacuation.
Addam
If it wasn't for all your support, we might never have been able to pull this off. I thank you, in the name of Torna.
Lora
I don't know why you're thanking me. I'm a knight now, remember?
And you know what else?
Jin
...
Lora
I'm really starting to like this place.
You get to see so many different walks of life here. It's a real melting pot.
Jin
I've noticed that. So many intertwining lives, all together in one place...
Hugo
I have felt the same about the cities of Mor Ardain. There is much to like about their urban environs.
Lora
You're making me want to pay a visit now!
Addam
Then we can all go together. We'll finish off Malos and take Hugo back home personally.
Lora
Oh, yes please!
Hugo
We will welcome you with open arms. The streets will be awash with cheer!
Lora
Uh, I'd appreciate it if we could skip any of the formal stuff...
...Hey. Listen...
Do you think we'll...even stand a chance? Against Malos?
Minoth
Haven't a clue. His power seems so far off the charts, I couldn't even guess.
Mythra
He still has his limits. And besides...
Addam's never been able to handle me as effectively as he can now.
Milton
That's right! Master Addam's more than prepared to take that creep down now!
And we'll be right there to watch it happen! Won't we, Mik?
Mikhail
We've come this far... May as well go see it through...
Addam
Those lads...
Mythra
You're not serious?
Do you know how dangerous it is to be even remotely near Malos?
Just by tagging along with us, you're putting your lives on the line!
Milton
Oh, and I suppose we've been perfectly safe up till now as well, have we? We know what we're getting into, OK?!
Mythra
You don't know what you're talking about!
Addam
Mythra, drop it. Come on, let's head back to the inn.
I want to get a good night's sleep before the decisive battle.
Hugo
Very wise.
Addam
I'll really have to talk this through with Mikhail and Milton...

That Which We Must Do[edit]

Addam
Malos is heading for Torna's core.
In the original configuration, the core is in the Titan's thorax.
Hugo
But the Titan hasn't shown signs of transforming yet...
Minoth
You think the Aegis is taking...a nap, or something?
Addam
That would be fortunate for us...
That mountain ridge makes up the upper body. That's where the core should appear...
It will take some time before the troops are organized.
Let us go on ahead. We depart in the morning.
All the party is in one of Spefan's Inn room.
Milton
(with tears in his eyes)
This sucks!
House-sitting in the capital?
I wanna go with you!
Mikhail
Here we go... Way lame...
Addam
The battle ahead is unlike any we've known before.
Please remember that.
Milton
Jin, can't you tell them?
I swear, we won't get in the way!
Jin
No. In this battle, you'd be a distraction.
Milton goes with a "Ugh!".
Mikhail
One way to put it...
Jin
Milton, you'll be a great help to Addam if you stay in the capital.
Milton keeps sobbing.
Mythra
C'mon. Don't you get it?
You're not hearing them.
OK?
You'd be no help on the battlefield.
In fact... Protecting you from Malos would take all my energy.
But...hey.
I mean, if you stay here and keep Mikhail out of trouble...
We'll be able to fight the way we should.
That's what they're saying.
Mikhail
(crossing his arms)
I don't need looking after.
Mythra looks directly at Mikhail with a deadly stare.
Mikhail
U-uwaa...!
Mythra
See?
Jin
You understand, don't you?
What you need to do to help Addam.
Milton keeps sobbing, less than before though.
Milton
Make me a promise.
That you'll kill Malos! And bring Addam back no matter what!
Jin
Yeah. I promise.
Mythra
Great. Then we each know what we have to do.
Milton nods and stops sobbing.
Later, Jin is alone at the lobby of the inn writing on his diary.
Mythra
Hmmm. Surprisingly diligent.
Mythra shows up with a cup of tea and sits with Jin.
Jin
You need some help?
Mythra
Nah. Just killing time.
Jin
If you want to talk, I'm not sure I'm your guy.
Mythra
Keeping a journal, huh? Brighid's into it too. Is that like a thing now?
Jin
Who knows?
Jin
I am what I am, and so is she.
Mythra
You know when your Driver dies, you'll return to your core.
It feels kinda futile.
Jin
There's nothing strange about wanting to know who you used to be, once you reawaken.
Mythra
You can't be sure you'll even find it though, right?
Jin
Even so...
Nothing's for certain, but it's some hope at least.
That's a Blade's lot.
Mythra
But what's the point?
Jin
To keep the bond with your Driver alive.
Mythra
The bond...?
Jin
I guess that's a little difficult for you to understand.
Mythra
Hey, don't be mean.
You make it sound like I have no heart.
Jin laughs softly.
Mythra
What...?
Jin
What I meant was...
The true connection that's meant for you... I don't think you'll find it here.
Mythra
But, Addam's my Driver...
Jin
Sure, he is, but I feel it's not the same, somehow.
Mythra
Huh?
Jin
Your real affinity lies in the future, not in the time we're in now.
I just feel that in my bones.
Call it... Blade's intuition.
Mythra
Sounds kinda vague.
Jin
To change the subject, thanks for before.
Mythra
For what?
Jin
I didn't expect it...
Mythra
You were both so hopeless with the kids.
So hopeless I couldn't just watch.
Jin laughs softly again.
Jin
I'll consider myself told...
In the next morning, the party is departing from Auresco for the final battle. The Tornan King and Zettar are watching them leave in the distance.
Before leaving, Milton and Mikhail rush to them to say goodbye, Mythra is the only one that turns around, she nods at them as if she was saying "Everything will be okay." They nod back at her.
Somewhere in the neck of Torna, Malos puts the seal of Torna in a pedestal. Torna's nape starts opening to reveal a very big Core Crystal, red wings start appearing over the titan, as well a tail that shows up from below the Cloud Sea. Lastly, Torna's head comes back from the Cloud Sea and makes a loud roar. Torna's titan has acquired its original appareance.
After a soft earthquake, the party is witnessing the head of Torna.
Lora
That's...
Jin
...The Tornan Titan's true form.
Hugo
Is Malos there...?
Addam
There's no time! Keep moving!

Malos Awaits...[edit]

The party has arrived to the entrance of the interior of Torna, the Holy Gate of Altana.
Addam
Malos will be waiting inside...
Hugo
I believe so. But it's got me thinking.
What is his aim in doing this? Can it just be carnage for its own sake...?
Addam
Mythra... Maybe you understand this better, as an Aegis.
Mythra
No. I might have the same power. But that's all we have in common.
Addam
Could it be a reflection of something in the depths of Amalthus's mind, perhaps?
Mythra
I really don't know.
Addam gasps, not understanding Malos motives
Lora
Addam?
Addam
Let's go. We can't afford to give him any more time...
I've got a bad feeling.

Before the Storm[edit]

After going through the Tornan Titan's insides, the party has arrived at The Soaring Rostrum, on the Titan's thorax.
Mythra
...Malos is close. I can sense him.
Addam
So this is it then. The final battle.
Hugo
What shall we do? We may never get another chance like this.
Lora
Yeah...
If you go any further, there will be no turning back. Falling in battle will mean restarting from the title screen.
Your game will be saved before the final battle begins.
Proceed to the final battle?
Proceed
Hugo
All right then. I, too, think it is time for us to make a stand.
Aegaeon
Think only of the battle, Majesty. Brighid and I are here to protect you to the end.
Brighid
Indeed, we, the Jewels of Mor Ardain, are sworn to serve you, for now and for ever.
Hugo
Brighid, Aegaeon... I trust you with my life.
Brighid
I will write of this battle in my journal. It will be a story for the ages.
Mythra
Yeah, with the power we command, there is absolutely no way we can lose.
Minoth
Who needs modesty, eh, Aegis? Though I suppose you of all people probably don't, come to think of it...
Mythra
Malos and I may be evenly matched, but with all of you by my side, it tips the balance.
He's got no one but himself to rely on. And that's why he's going down.
Addam
Mythra... You've really changed.
Mythra
Oh...y-you think? Wonder who's to blame for that. You Drivers must really rub off on people...
Minoth
It's not just that. Hell, if that were the case, I'd be some kind of street preacher by now.
Addam
When you put it that way, I can't help feeling just the slightest twinge of pity for our dear Quaestor.
Haze
I'm sorry, but I must sympathize with Minoth. I couldn't imagine having to be the Blade of such a horrid man...
Jin
It's true. The rest of us are lucky to have such caring Drivers...like Lora.
Addam
I'll have you know, we're just as lucky to have such loyal companions by our side, Jin.
Hugo
I couldn't have put it better.
Lora
Thank you, Jin... Thank you, everyone...
Right! Let's knock Malos off his high horse and then get ourselves out of here, back to the boys!
Not yet...
Hugo
Indeed, you are wise to be cautious.
Addam
Agreed. This is a battle we simply can't lose. If we're going to confront Malos, we need to be at peak performance.

Gathering Storm[edit]

The party has finally arrived to Torna's Core Crystal. Suddenly, Malos shows up from behind.
Malos
You got here fast. I thought you'd jump ship with the rest of the rats.
Mythra
Tornans are braver than you think, Malos. Nobody here is scared of you!
Malos
Heh.
Malos looks up in the sky, showing the army of Gargoyles that he has prepared.
Lora
Look!
Addam
Yes, I can see it!
Malos
Ten minutes to go.
Ten minutes before my Gargoyles overrun the core entirely.
If you can take me down, that means you win. If you can't...
Well. End of story.
Mythra
Aren't you smug?
Malos summons two Colossus to fight alongside him.
Malos
We were born into this stinking world. Might as well have some fun.
Life...
or death.
Not much of a choice.
Malos prepares for fight, as well the party.
Malos
But you gotta choose, partner.

White and Black[edit]

The Gargoyles have arrives to Torna's Core Cystal and enter inside of it.
Lora
Addam! The Gargoyles!
Addam
I see them!
But...
Malos and Mythra are having a sword fight
Malos
What's wrong? That all you got?
Mythra stuns Malos with a very agile kick. She laughs in front of him.
Mythra
Oh, I got plenty. I think it's time to smash your toys!
Malos, confused, lets out a "Huh?".
Mythra
(summoning him)
Ophion!
Ophion, the big snake-like Artifice, comes out from beneath the Cloud Sea. Malos gasps in surprise.
Mythra
You know, preparation is everything, Malos!
Ophion lets out a big beam out of his mouth, defeating lots of Gargoyles in the process.
Malos
Nice. That's my partner.
Shame you only have one.
It won't be enough!
Even more Gargoyles show up from the Clouds.
Mythra
You hid them in the clouds?
Malos
Preparation is everything. Like you said, partner.
The Gargoyles defear Ophion with no problem, sinking it in the Cloud Sea.
Mythra
(yelling for her loose)
Huh? Ophion!
Jin
Hold firm! He's coming!
Jin rushes towards Malos and Malos rushes towards Jin, both groaning at the effort. Their sword clashes at each other's.
Malos
(looking deeply into his eyes)
You...
Got somethin' to say?
Jin ends the clash of swords and gets back to charge an ice attack.
Jin
Why the damned bloodlust?
Malos
(blocking Jin's attack)
I've told you before.
The humans built the bonfire.
All I did was help them light it.
Jin
Enough sophistry.
Malos
Oh yeah?
Are you a Blade or not?
You know it as well as I do.
What humans are really like.
Jin lets out a tired gasp.
Malos
You think they're all like your precious Driver?
Jin looks at Lora and Malos utilizes this little time slot to attack him. Jin groans in pain as he falls to the ground.
Mythra
Malos!
Mythra summons her Artifice, Siren.
Malos
Oh! You summoned Siren.
Then let me add to the mix too...
Malos summons his Siren too, both Aegises command their respective Siren to attack at each other's.

Scream[edit]

Malos
Good show.
But I know you've got more.
Let it all out, Mythra.
Stop holding out on me!
The two Sirens are having an epic battle with swords, fire balls and beams. Mythra struggles keeping Siren's power.
Malos
Can't do it?
I can bring it out of you.
Malos makes his Siren fire a beam to Auresco, causing in explosions and destruction. Milton and Mikhail hug each other to protect themselves from the explosions' blast waves.
Lora
The town...
The party looks at the city shockingly, Addam groans in anger.
Mythra
This can't be real...
Mythra remniscences all her moments with Milton.
Mythra
Milton!
Mythra screams as her Core Crystal and tiara start emiting a bright green light. Somewhere in the darkness, a large robot with the Aegis Core Crystal activates and emits a bright green light, the same light coming out from Mythra.
It looks like Mythra is transforming, and consequently her sword that Addam is carrying. He groans as he struggles to drive the power.
Addam
M-Mythra...!
What is that?
As the sword turns green, Malos smiles seeing that Mythra is not holding back. Addam falls to the ground and Mythra, glowing in green, grabs the sword.
Malos
(glowing in purple)
Show me what you got, Mythra.
Do it. Make me proud.
They rush into each other and have a clash of swords. For a reason, they start flying and keep fighting in the air. They get inside of their respective Sirens, Mythra with a neutral-dead expression and Malos smiling and enjoying it.
Addam
W-wait! Mythra!
You can't...
Lora
(stunned)
What is happening?
Hugo
This is...
...a battle between the Aegises...
The Aegises keep overflying the entirety of Torna and fighting to death. Mythra pushes hardly Malos' Siren to the ground, an act that stuns him. Mythra's Siren aims for a beam directly towards Malos while Mythra screams in severe pain. Presumably the party heard this scream.
Addam
(yelling loudly)
Mythra! [7]
Malos manages to dodge the Siren's beam, she keeps firing at Malos while he overflies fastly the Titan of Torna. Malos responds her with a beam of his Siren.
Malos
Burn it all!
Malos summons some Gargoyles to attack Mythra. Her Core Crystal starts to glow as her Siren get surrounded of a fire-like aura. When the Gargoyles approach this aura they disintegrate.
Malos
What the-?!
Addam
(in pain)
M-Mythra!
Malos laughs.
Malos
(violently)
That's it. Perfect.
That's the power that our father gave us!
It's what the world has cried for since its birth...
Me... You... We're here to give them what they want.
Mythra
N-no... You're wrong...
I...don't...
Malos
Really?
Then I'll just have to claim...all the destruction for myself!
Malos Siren's clashes against Mythra's
Crying, Mythra remniscences all she lived with the party, specially Addam and Milton. Additionally, she has visions of the the future with her future Driver, Rex.
Mythra
(crying)
I just...
want...to save...
Mythra's Siren starts throwing thousands of light beams in all directions, multiple of them hitting on Malos and his Siren. Malos groans in pain as he and his Siren disintegrates sinking into the Cloud Sea.
Malos
(yelling very loud with anger)
Mythra! [9]
Mythra's Siren's beams not only hit Malos, they hit Auresco, the Gargoyles, Torna, and its Core Crystal, resulting in its destruction and consequently a big explosion. Hugo succeds in shielding Addam from the explosion as the entire party let out a loud scream of hurt.
The Tornan Titan roars in pain as it sunks into the Cloud Sea, developing in earthquakes and landslides.
As the music intensifies, the Tornan King is watching from the terrace of the Aureus Palace how his country is getting devastated.
Tornan King
Our nation... Our people!
Zettar
My brother... We must flee before we lose the ground beneath our feet!
The Tornan King ignores him, he just watches how Auresco is getting covered in fire.
Zettar
Did you heed me, brother?
Brother!
The King turns around to face him.
Zettar
My brother...
The Tornan King, with an empty look, closes his eyes and denies shaking his head. Zettar, without understanding his brother's reason, runs away. The King turns around again to face Torna's broken Core Crystal.
Tornan King
Addam...
I commend my people...
to you...
Being self aware he just said his last words, a rock crushes him, resulting in the death of the King of Torna.
The Ardainian ship has rescued all the Auresco survivors, among them, Mikhail worried for Milton, who is laying on his lap unconscious.
Back with the party, Lora wakes up sorrounded by a dense fog, she gets up with difficulty as she moans in pain.
Lora
(looking for someone amidst the fog)
Jin?
Haze...
Where?
Addam! Everyone!
Someone can be heard crying. The fog suddenly gets less denser and Lora spots Addam. He's carrying Hugo's body with Brighid's and Aegaeon's Core Crystal at his side, meaning that Hugo, the emperor of Mor Ardain, has died. As soon as Lora realizes, she gasps in shock.
Lora
(approaching)
Hugo...
Jin appears and stops Lora. Mythra's Siren descends slowly from the sky, as Addam sees this, he puts Hugo's body on the ground and stands in front of the Siren, Mythra comes out from it and falls unconscious in Addam's arms. The Ardainian ship approaches the party and evacuates them.
Now aboard the airship, Lora gives both Brighid and Aegaeon's Core Crystals to the Ardainian Captain. As the party see Hugo's body, Lora breaks in tears and rests her head in Jin's chest, Jin conforts her by hugging her. Near, Torna is sunking into the Cloud Sea, marking the end of the Kingdom of Torna, a golden country. Mythra is watching this, feeling guilty and if she was the one that caused this. Lora finds Mikhail in the airship.
Lora
(screaming worried)
Mikhail!
Mythra hears Lora and turns around to see Mikhail holding Milton's body, Mikhail faces at them with a traumatized look. Mythra approaches them slowly, when she's about to stroke Milton's hair, Mikhail gets away Mythra's hand and hugs Milton. Lora and Mythra are broken in tears, being comforted by their Blade and Driver respectively. Mythra falls to her knees crying.
Mythra
No...
Mythra
Nooooo!
As Mythra screams loudly in pain, a big eruption of green and red lights covers her.
After some time, probably hours or at most a few days, Lora, Jin, Haze, Mikhail and Addam are at Gormott.
Lora
You're leaving?
Addam
Yes.
The royal Spirit Crucible is in Leftheria. I believe it'll keep this sealed.
Addam is carrying what seems Mythra's sword wrapped in bandages in his back.
Lora
I see.
Addam
I have a request for you.
I hear that a militia squad has evacuated to Spessia.
Give them a message from me. Once things are calm, they should come to Leftheria. OK?
Lora
Understood. I'll do it.
Addam nods at her, saying thanks unverbally. He turns around and starts walking, in the distance, there's Pyra, she salutess at Lora and the others and follows Addam.
Somewhere [10] at night, Lora, Jin, Haze and Mikhail are resting in a campfire, the ambience is calm with a lots of trees and vegetation.
Near where they are, a beast is approaching, making a loud noise with each step. The party wakes up and gasp in surprise as they see a five-meter beast with glowing red-eyes staring at them.
Jin
What...is that?
???
Caught up with you at last...
Lora.
Lora
(shocked)
How do you know my name...?
Jin
It knows human speech...
Haze
But...it's not a Blade...
The beast opens its mouth to reveal that it's actually Gort. Only his face remains of his human form.
Lora
Gort...?
What happened to you?
His right arm is not biological like the rest of his body, instead it's mechanized with iron.
Gort
(crazily)
It hurt... Oh, the pain!
It hurt when you cut my bloody arm off!
Hmm. Is this my arm?
Hey, I have an arm!
It still hurts though.
It throbs and it throbs, and it just DOESN'T STOP...
Haze
I can't make sense of this.
Jin
He's lost his mind...
Lora
I don't think so.
He seems ecstatic.
Gort
I'll use your blood as a balm for my wounds.
How about it? Sound fair? Yeah?!
Claws appear from his mechanical arm, the party gasps in shock.
Gort
I'll start with you, you Tornan Blade!
I'm paying you back for cutting my arms off, you dog!
I'll have me arms back...
And I think I deserve...some interest, too... I'll take your ears and nose as well!
Jin is disgusted.
Gort
But first I'll get your blood for my medicine...
Then it'll be your turn, Lora.
It's your meddling that did this to me, after all...
It was you and your bitch mother!
I knew I should've gotten meself a decent woman!
It's your bastard fault!
Think you're gonna die quick?
Nah. I'm gonna enjoy watching you suffer.
Lora groans in anger
Lora
I will not let you insult my mother like that!
Gort
Huh? Hurts to hear the truth, don't it?
Lora
(angrily)
You think you can pass judgment on my mother? You don't know us!
Jin
(drawing his sword)
Leave it, Lora.
Trying to talk to him is a waste of time.
Haze
(drawing her weapon too)
He's right.
No more mercy. This creature is beyond help.
Lora
Jin...
Haze...
You're right.
I won't waste my mercy on him.
But I will end his pain...
Lora prepares to fight.
Gort
Excellent.
I'll have me some prime-time entertainment with you, girl!
Hope you're a screamer, Lora...
Gort roars as he says Lora's name and prepares for battle, this final fight will be tough.

Crossing Paths[edit]

Lora leaps on Gort with Jin's sword to deal the finishing blow, groaning from the effort in the process.
Gort screams in pain as he falls to the ground.
Gort
(getting up)
But I...!
Gort prepares to attack
Gort
(in pain)
I still wanted...
...I still wanted to play...!
Gort tries to scratch the party with his mechanical arm as he falls to the ground and disintegrates. Lora gasps in relief.
Lora
Shameless, till the very end...
You can rest easy now, Mother...
Jin notices how she says that last line in a sad tone, and he comforts her putting his hand on her shoulder. The Staff credits appear in screen while the cutscenes still are in action.
Jin
Somebody turned Gort into that horrible thing.
Lora
Did they mean to kill us?
Jin
I don't know...
But...
...Malos dying won't necessarily be enough to bring peace to the world.
That, I am certain of.
Lora
As long as there are people...
Haze
...there'll always be strife...I suppose...
Lora
(petting Mikhail)
Don't say that. [11]
Things can change. There's always hope.
Don't you think, Jin?
Jin
Yes. You're right.
As long as Blades and humans are bonded to each other...
Lora
Surely, someday...
As the song starts its lyrics, the party is walking happily through a green forest. In Indol, the Magister Baltrich is assassinated being stabbed from his back by a Blade, furthermore, the Praetor Rhadallis is poisoned as he drinks. Amalthus, who is looking at mural inside the Great Creation Cloister, laughs mischievously and walks away. By his side, Zettar and Stannif are on their own walking ant talking together.
Elsewhere, Addam is looking how his Ancient Ship where he hid Pyra is sinking on the Cloud Sea.
Back in Indol, Amalthus, now as a Praetor, commands the Indol tropes -Blade Eaters, tiny titans, Blades...- to attack somewhere.
Back with the party, they arrived to Spessia and they are happily looking a big militia camp, presumably the one that Addam was referring. Suddenly, Jin turns around as if he heard something; not far from where they are, the tropes of Indol are approaching them with no surrender.
Narrator
In the course of a lifetime...
a man will see uncountable meetings and partings.
As the Narrator speaks, Jin is on a tiny island, which in it is located the house where Jin found his old diary.
Narrator
Yet, as your life's candle sputters and dies...
whose face is it that rises to greet you?
Happy is the man who can sleep...
...in the comfort of the smile he sees then.
No...
I don't wish for "forever".
Jin looks one last time both his photo with Ornelia and company and with Lora and friends.
Narrator
Even just for one moment...
It's enough if it's with her.
Jin burns the house with the photos and his diaries inside.
Narrator
And yet...
What is the man to do, who has not been afforded that chance...?
The road stretches on without end.
I cannot but walk down it.
As long as I keep walking, I can hold out hope that one day...
the time may come when I see her smile again.
That hope keeps me afloat...
Azurda is watching how Jin fires the house and leaves.
Azurda
You won't come back?
Jin
This is the road I must walk.
Jin puts his mask.
Jin
Our paths won't cross...
But...
...Should we in fact ever meet again...
On that day...
Jin walks away heading for the Monoceros, apparently its waiting for him. The camera starts traveling around the Cloud Sea with a timelapse of the days passing. The camera suddenly submerges into the Cloud Sea just to see the Ancient Ship that Addam sank. Inside, there's Pyra inside a glass with her sword sealed on a pedestal. The door to the room opens, and the one who entered is none other than Rex, with his determined look.
Torna - The Golden Country


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Notes[edit]

  1. Jin doesn't say the "Let's go" with the emotion remarked with the "!".
  2. It's more a "!" rather than a "..."
  3. There is an unused voice line from Lora that says "Amalthus? Who’s that?"
  4. She groans before speaking
  5. There's unused dialogue of Jin reminding even more of his diary:
    The loved one's heart must be made part of your own body.
    That done, the bond will endure eternal.
    But...can this really be the best way possible...?
    Though the memories will survive...
    will they be enough to grant solace...?
    Though her heart will remain...
    will it be enough...?
  6. Started at 0:28.
  7. With a lot more of "a"s than the caption
  8. Drifting Soul (Violin Version) doesn't have any of the outro — as soon as the violin stops, the piece ends. The outro from the end of the regular Drifting Soul must've have spliced on top.
  9. This caption should have dozens of "a"s.
  10. It could be either Gormott or Spessia
  11. Lora pets and looks at Mikhail while saying this, almost like if she acted like Mikhail was the previous talker.