Part 4: CosmosphereAoto had agreed to let Saki turn herself over to the Clustanians, but he of course felt terrible about doing so. He wouldnt be human if he didnt.
I told her I would never run away and I'd accept my responsibility, but in the end, I...
Auntie Leu: Welcome! What's up, sir!? You look unhappy! If you're going to eat, then please sit.
Oh, Im sorry.
Aoto, there you are. I was worried.
Tats, wheres Saki?
Doc is back. I dont think well see her again.
You just might be right
Im so stupid. Im a big idiot.
...There are things you can handle and things you can't. We were just unlucky.
...Either way, I can't forgive the Clustanians! "Obey us or we'll destroy your town!" That's going too far!
Auntie Leu: Thats how the Clustanians do things.
Auntie Leu: They never change. Are they up to something else now?
Auntie Leu: Well, if you cant tell me everything, I wont ask you anymore.
As I said before, real heroes cant really understand how their enemies think. Its part of what makes them heroes, but at the same time it is a bit of a handicap.
Yes, it is.
Anyway, our journey ends here.
Its not because Luphan told me to, but Ill still go help Master.
You should go back to Blue Canyon Hamlet, too. If you keep a low profile, they won't catch you.
That theyd returned had attracted a bit of notice.
Oh, youre here too? Sorry, I didnt notice.
What do you want from us?
Well, how would you like to have a Song-Magic-singing Reyvateil escort you? I'll give you a special deal.
Im not asking you! Im talking to that boy over there.
Thanks, but no thanks. Im used to travelling on my own.
Oh, really ?
Are you sure?
Anyway, lets go rest at the Inn. I have to say goodbye to you tonight.
Aoto and Tatsumi headed down to the Inn, they were both exhausted.
Dont look so depressed. Lets rest up for tomorrow.
The next morning, they learned an important lesson about trust.
Okay. Take care.
Listen, its an emergency! Fallen Heaven is going to be Cleansed!
Luphan...! What do you mean? We gave in to their demands.
The Clustanian Army has still blocked off Ciela Port and purposefully refusedto let Saki enter the land!
...Auntie was right. As she said, Saki was just a reason to Cleanse! Dammit!
So, wheres Saki!?
Rev. Gengai escaped with her. Now they're heading to Fallen Heaven Peak on an airship.
If Saki is important to them, then we can still use her as a hostage...
E-excuse me, but do you two know Saki personally?
Sorry for not telling you, but there'sa complicated story behind it. Anyway, I'll go to Fallen Heaven Peak!
Aoto had made a bad choice earlier, and to compensate made another choice that was guaranteed to make his life much more full of incident.
I told her Id sell her out to the Clustanians in order to save Fallen Heaven Peak, and she agreed!
Do whatever you want. What you do is none of my business.
Thank you, you two.
Lets head out now!
There are fierce, wild monsters in Fallen Heaven Peak. It's dangerous to go there without a Reyvateil.
But who would help us?
Tatsumi, do you know any Reyvateils who can help us?
They returned to the bistro, having just one option.
Oh? Do you know me?
N-no, please go on.
Finnel, the tide has turned. I need your help. We're going to Fallen Heaven Peak right now. Can you come with us?
Fallen Heaven Peak!?
You should be happy! Were hiring you.
Youre hiring me, but youre going to Fallen Heaven Peak
Are you scared?
N-no, Im not!
I wont force you.
Thats not what I meant!
So, what do ya say? Chop chop!
Ill definitely go!
Alright! Lets go then!
Luphan, however, was somewhat skeptical that she could be much help.
Huh? What now?
Finnel, have you ever done a Dive before?
It's a long journey to Fallen Heaven Peak. A Reyvateil without strong enough Song Magic is nothing but a burden...
So, if you really do go with us, then Dive and enhance your Song Magic.
Huh!? Why so suddenly!? Whos going to Dive into me!?
Then, Aoto, its your job.
Im pretty sure Aoto just said whatever he was thinking at the time regardless of how hard he should have been punched for it.
What!? Why do I have to give him my Diving virginity!?
Its not like I wanna take it!
Then, lets hire a better Reyvateil.
Well, life is indispensable, but safety can be bought with money. Let's go.
Wait! Wait! Wait!
Whoa! Dont scare me like that!
No! Dont go! I want to be with Tatsumi!
What are you saying!?
Well, actually, Aoto is okay, too, but, its sort of a different situation.
Alright. Ill Dive, okay!?
Finnel clearly had some ulterior motive for joining up with them, but what it could be wasnt clear.
What did you say?
Its your time to Dive in her.
Youd better be gentle with me.
I didnt say Ill do it!
Let's go to the Dive Shop now. It's located in Waterforest Square.
And so they headed down to the Dive Shop.
Oh, this is a Dive Shop, right?
Dive Shopkeeper: It just so happens that it is. So?
Hes not very friendly.
Well, thats not really what Dive Shops are about
Exactly. Diving means to interact with a Reyvateil directly within her core.
What's important is that they trust each other.
Well, Im worried now.
Watch what youre saying!
Dive Shopkeeper: Hey!
Be quiet! You wanna Dive or not!? If you're gonna do it, then just do it. Stop chitchatting!
Things werent exactly going well and they hadnt even started yet.
Dive Shopkeeper: What troublesome rascals
What a rude shopkeeper
Dive Shopkeeper: Nah!?
I didnt say anything!
Luphan, continue with the explanation.
As I told you earlier, Diving is an act of going into a Reyvateil's mind and enhancing her Song Magic.
In order to sing strong Song Magic, she has to have abundant mindfulness. In other words, she must train her spirit.
So, by overcoming the upcoming ordeals, her Songs will grow stronger and stronger.
Please make sure to combine both your minds and bodies into one...
I'm giving you my sacred Diving virginity. Don't blow it, okay!?
I didnt ask for it.
I'm worried about their future...
Dive Shopkeeper: I told ya! If you're a man, just stop whining and peel off your skin!
You, too! Don't hesitate at the last moment! Make up your mind!
Feinne on Qoga: Diving
Diving is just simple as can be. We go to the Dive Shop, pay some money, and if weve met the requirements (usually just having enough Talk Topics at the level seen) well get sent to whatever level were on. You spend the Dive Points earned in battle to go through the scenes. Be careful with your choices because some of them can crash you out or cause serious problems for you later on in the level. This time we dont get new Song Magic directly, but we do get the means to make magic more powerful, which Ill talk about after the Dive.
Dives are deeply personal affairs. So, of course, I hacked the Tower and watched the logs because I was bored one day.
Video Record- Finnel 1
Im not going to judge how weird her Soulspace is, not my place.
Its kind of creepy looking. I wonder if all Cosmospheres are like this.
She sure has a strange Mind Guardian, though.
Whoa! You scared the crap outta me! Who are you!?
I'm Momoko, Finnel's Mind Guardian. Pleased to meet you.
Mind Guardian? Whats that?
A Mind Guardian is...how should I put this? ...Like the Soulspace Owner's assistant.
Hmm... That's weird, but alright. In any case, you're Finnel's friend, right? Nice to meet ya.
The pleasure is all mine.
By the way, where is the Owner?
I don't know. Maybe she's crying a river around here? That's where I usually find her.
Finnel was stuck on a pillar surrounded by thumbtacks.
Whoa, what is this place!? It's got thumbtacks spread out all over. I can't even walk.
Oh, Finnel! Why are you standing in the middle of thumbtacks!? How did you even get over there?
Please help me!
Hold on a sec! Ill be right there!
Now, how can I get over there?
Why dont you just step on em?
Hell no! Thatll be painful!
Hmhm. Are you sure about that? Maybe it wont be as bad as you think.
I dont know.
Aoto! Please help me, quick!
Alright, just wait a little longer! What should I do ?
If walking over thumbtacks was going to be a problem for him, it probably would have been for the best for him not to Dive anymore.
Alright, I'm a man, after all! If you say so, I'll walk on them! But if it hurts, this won't be pretty.
Thats if it hurts, right?
...Oh, you're right! It doesn't hurt at all. Are they just an illusion?
See? I told you.
Hey, Finnel! These thumbtacks are just an illusion! Don't be scared. Come over here.
No, they're not. I stepped on them earlier, and they hurt!
Geez. Alright, Ill come and pick you up.
You really are clumsy, arent ya?
First of all, you're in the middle of a thumbtackfield... This is your Cosmosphere! Aren't you free in here?
No. This is my Cosmospshere, but there is no freedom for me.
...I don't understand. This is a reflection of your mind, right? Can't you change it however you want?
That is much harder than it sounds to just say.
Oh, well. Your Cosmosphere is creepy!
Especially that eye! What is that!?
I dont know. Its been watching me for as long as I can remember.
Someone's watching you? Did you do something bad? The prison, thumbtacks, chains...are you being punished?
No! I don't even know what's really going on here...
Hmm...it seems like the inside of someone's mind can be really funky.
Anyway, there's no reason we have to stay here, right? Let's go.
But the thumbtacks... And, I haven't eaten anything. I feel dizzy.
Alright, alright! I'll carry you out of this place.
...That's impossible. You can't even hold me.
How can that be?
Youre right! Whats going on in this world!?
I dont know
I'm getting more and more confused... Hey, Momoko, get over here!
Aoto clearly didnt really get that a Mind Guardian isnt there to help him but Momoko clearly saw some potential fun in doing so.
Why cant I touch Finnel?
Do you want to touch her body? Are you a pervert?
Thats not what I meant!
Okay, but seriously, touching has been banned here. That's the law of this world.
Like, you know how during a play or a movie, the audience can't touch the actresses, right? Hmhmhm.
Aoto, Im starving.
Okay, wait here. Ill go get you something to eat.
Aoto was already getting confused at what was going on.
Yeah, it is mysterious. Hmhmhm...that's why Cosmospheres are so fun.
Enigmatic realms that reside within the mind! The mysteries of the human soul! That what it really is.
But, you're a big part of this enigma. So...why don't you release Finnel from her cage? That's so cruel.
Oh, that's not cruel at all. That's what she asked for.
That's ridiculous! She hasn't even eaten anything. She looks so hungry.
That's what she wants. I know it sounds like a lie, but it's the truth. You'll see for yourself soon enough.
Aoto managed to track some food down, but things werent going to be so easy.
A cage...and thumbtacks... What a world...
What the heck's going on in her mind...?
...Oh! There's some food in the cage! I am kind of hungry...
But the cage is...so sturdy. I can't open it.
...That's it! Momoko might be small enough to fit through this.
Hey, Momoko! C'mon out here!
Hey now. Just who do you think you are?
You can fit between these bars, right? Can you get me that food that's just begging to be eaten in there?
I can, but you won't be able to eat it.
Oh. W-well, I knew that. I'm just going to bring it to Finnel.
Then, I won't do it.
If she gets to eat right away, it won't be any fun. Right?
Fun...? Aren't you Finnel's ally?
Hmhmhmm. Of course.
...Forget it. I'll do it myself.
Good luck. I'll be watching you with a big ol' smile.
Aoto went looking around for some other way to get the food from the cage.
Huh!? Someones shackled up!?
Hey, are you okay?
A strange little fairy creature was chained up.
Im Aoto. Are you a fairy?
Ternita: I'm Ternita. A Hyuma that resides in this world. Sure, I guess a fairy isn't that inaccurate.
A Hyuma ?
A "resident of this world" is more accurate.
Hyumas are the embodiments of Finnel's emotions and phobias.
Ternita: Nice to meet you, Aoto. Are you an outlander?
Well, I surely dont live in this world.
Ternita: Please! Can you unbind me?
Residents of this world can't unlock these bindings. Please do this favor for me, sir!
Interesting What should I do?
The tricky part of these things is to understand the rules by which the Soulspace works. This was not the sort of place where things come for free.
Okay, I'll unlock them, but only under one condition.
I'll free you, but you'll have to do me a favor in return. You can't refuse, no matter what. Got it?
Ternita: With incredible pleasure!
...Uh, am I imagining things, or are you really turned on right now? Is it because you'll be free? Or...
Anyway, I'll set you free. Hah!
Okay, youre unlocked!
Ternita: Ahhh, thanks so much.
Ternita: As I promised, I'll do ANYTHING. Please give me a command, Master!
Um, you're a bit...too excited...
Ternita: M-my hearts racing
Wh-why do you look so yknow!?
Ternita: Ohmigosh...I can barely hold it...
A-alright, listen up.
Can you help me take food out of the prison?
Ternita: "...Can you help me?" That's no good. You should say, "Grab the food, idiot!" Otherwise, I'll get turned off. Try it!
Huh? Why're you correcting me?
Ternita: I'm so excited!
Fine. Okay, go to the prison and bring the damn food back! I'm commanding you, brat!
Ternita: Y-yes, sir! I'm so honored to serve you!
Ternita: Master, I'll go to the prison right away!
Anyway he and the creepy fairy set out while Momoko watched their progress.
What a weirdo.
Hyumas are the personifications of their owner's personality. So, most of them display pretty extreme behavior.
In other words, Finnel shares a characteristic with Ternita.
Really? I've never seen Finnel act like that, though.
Naturally. Not all of them are apparent. Most characteristics are hidden deep within her mind.
Her true feelings, which fail to reach the surface, become a myriad of Hyumas, scattered all throughout her Soulspace.
Isn't it fun to find them one at a time? I hope you see many embarrassing sides of her.
I Im not interested in that.
They returned to the cage full of food.
Great. Were here.
Ternita: So, you wanted me to get the food out of that cage, right?
Yep. Im counting on you.
Ternita: Very well! Im going in!
Awesome. You did a good job.
Ternita: Hehehe. Thanks. Im flattered.
Okay, lets take this food over to Finnel. Shes famished.
And with the food in tow, Aoto and the pervert fairy returned to Finnel.
Hey, Finnel! Are you still alive?
A-Aoto...I'm starving... I don't know...how much longer I can last.
Hehe. I brought some food for you!
Ternita: Sir Aoto, you want me to give this food to this lowly woman, right?
Ternita: Then, here
Wow! It looks so yummy! Ill eat it- !
Momoko knocked the food out of Finnels hands.
Hey, Momoko! What do you think you're doing!?
Well, you know...it wouldn't be any fun if she got to eat it so easily.
Oh no...my food...
Alright, now what are you going to do? Hmhmhm...
Hey! Aren't you Finnel's friend!?
Well, that's a silly question. It's time for Ms. Momoko's special lesson of the day.
Listen up, okay? Mind Guardians are the most precious things and memories their master has.
In short, the Mind Guardian is a guardian who is the closest being to their master.
Isnt that right, Finnel?
Y-yes, maam Youre absolutely right!
Since you didn't hold onto the dish carefully, all that food was wasted.
Aoto brought it to you, but you ruined it.
Hey! You're the one who made her drop it!
Its all my fault. Ill eat it all.
Aoto wasnt going to just sit there and watch the ridiculous scene playing out in front of him.
No, you dont have to The food you brought me is delicious
Who said you were allowed to talk to him as if he was a friend? Youre being way too rude to Sir Aoto, dont you think?
Y-yes, I was an impertinent wench! Sir Aoto, this is delicious. Ill eat it all. Please forgive my insolence!
See, you can do it.
Stop! This isnt what I want. Finnel, thats enough. Dont eat it.
If you're hungry, I'll bring you more food. If you're scared of Momoko, I'll beat her up. So stop doing that.
Ill protect you!
Thank you, Aoto... *sob*
So...don't cry anymore, okay?
Okay... I was always alone...always being bullied. I was so lonely...
Aoto unfortunately didnt listen very well, and rather missed that a much deeper issue was leaking through to even this shallow level.
*sob* *sniffle* ...Th-thank you...
Still, hed managed to complete the level.
Oh, it's a Paradigm Shift.
What the hell does that mean?
You don't know anything, do you? Alright, Ms. Momoko will teach you another lesson.
A Paradigm Shift happens when Finnel opens herself up to you.
When she thinks it's okay to show you more of her true self, a Paradigm Shift occurs.
In short, she's ready to show you a more embarrassing side of herself! Do you get it?
I...don't have to see those things...
Oh, I know you're really interested in seeing more embarrassing sides of Finnel.
Well, maybe just a little.
Hmhm, how frank. I like that. Plus, by going through Paradigm Shifts, you can go deeper into her mind.
By doing that, you can gain more powerful Hyumas.
The Paradigm Shift is always the key to boosting her up.
I I see
Then I guess it cant be helped.
Thats right. You have no choice.
...Wait! I still haven't forgiven you for the way you treated Finnel! That was just plain mean!
Oh, really? It sure seems natural of you to get the wrong idea. I think I'll enjoy this role of the villain.
Momoko left Aoto to finish things up.
Wahhh! When did you get here!?
Just now. Youre going to the Stonehenge, right? Ill go with you.
Oh, really? Okay, lets go then.
And so they headed to the Stonehenge.
Oh! This place is shiny
I heard that if you enter the light, you'll move into a deeper layer of my mind.
It's my first time, so I'm a little excited...and a little nervous.
Aoto, did you know that each time you enter a deeper level, the world grows more and more extreme and hostile?
! Even more!? Isnt that dangerous ?
Sort of, but itll be okay. Youll save me again, right?
Okay. Lets go!
And that was that.
Theyd succeeded at strengthening her Song Magic, so Luphan was willing to go along with bringing Finnel to Fallen Heaven Peak.
Congratulations! I think youve caught a Hyuma.
Hyumas are like fairies. I met them while I was Diving.
Hyumas are pieces of her mind that are necessary for enhancing her Song Magic.
By using Hyumas, you can make Song Magic stronger. That's the name of the game.
Now that you've enhanced your Song Magic, let's head for our destination.
Feinne on Qoga: Hyumas
So, rather than get new Song Magics, we get Hyumas that allow us to change how our Magic works. We can assign up to four Hyumas at a time, one to each shoulder button. When we Purge with that shoulder, we get two benefits. The first is that we get whatever bonus is attached to that Hyuma, such as increased Healing, improved stats, resistance to elements, and resistance to status. The second is that the Hyumas change the battle music, generally to something much more favorable to us than the basic music. Hyumas come in four levels, and higher level Hyumas are of course more powerful. In order to program high level Hyumas you need to sacrifice some money or items as gifts to the Reyvateil in question. Dont make me explain why, it should be obvious by now.
Despite how bad things had seemed at the start, Aoto had actually completed the Dive, which impressed Tatsumi.
Whats wrong, Tatsumi?
Well, you seemed pretty hostile, but youre actually pretty compatible with him, personality wise.
Who are you talking about?
What !? Wh-why is that!?
Because despite your attitude, youve accepted him into your Cosmosphere.
Th-thats only because in order to tag along with you guys, I have to be able to use strong Song Magic
But Aotos been unlocking Hyumas one after another without any problems.
Doesnt that mean you two are compatible?
Well, you know, I I wanna be able to use superb Song Magic, too Thats only natural, right?
So, its not about our compatibility or anything I swear.
Oh, is that right?
Well, but at least its obvious that you like him enough to let him stay in your Cosmosphere.
I said, thats not true.
Feinne on Qoga: Party Topics
Sometimes when you reach certain areas with the right party you get a special little scene like this where your party members talk about something. Theyre pretty cool and fun little things.
Aoto really didnt get how important Diving was.
You never gave me your feedback.
Huh? What are you talking about?
No! I cant accept that this idiot took my Dive virginity!
Dont call me an idiot! It was consensual!
I know that, but
Because I Dived into you, you were able to get Hyumas, right?
You should be happy, not mad.
Thats why I didnt want to let you Dive into me!
You dont know anything about Diving, and you were my first. You didnt even sweet talk me!
Give me back my first Dive!
Ah, alright, alright!
I saved your life, remember? Lets just call it even.
You dont understand! I hate you!
He wasnt a total idiot, though.
Dont you feel scared in battle?
I cant say that its not scary, but why?
Well, I kind of forced you to come with us on this journey.
I knew this would be dangerous, so its okay.
Really? You dont have to push yourself so hard. You can go home if you want to.
Its really fine! Im stronger than I look.
I didnt know you could be so nice.
You really care about me
N-no. Im just saying you know?
Then, its not a problem that Im going with you, yeah?
W-well, if youre fine with it, then its okay with me.
The Dive came up again a bit later, proving he was still an idiot in the end.
Aoto, you caused a Paradigm Shift in my Cosmosphere!
Yeah, I did.
Whats wrong? Were you traumatized by the experience?
N-no. Thats not it.
Just uh in the Cosmosphere, you
S-stop! Dont say it!
Dont talk about what happened in the Cosmosphere!
Well, you havent seen much because that was only the first Paradigm Shift, right?
Maybe you can tell me about the first one after you achieve the second Paradigm Shift
(Well, maybe shes better off not knowing about such a horrible world )
Luckily for him she seemed to want to help.
Hey, Aoto, are you relying on me?
I wish I could say, Dont be so cocky, but yeah, I am.
I didnt think you would admit it so frankly
But its a fact. I cant deny it. So, what about it?
If it really was nothing, you wouldnt have asked. Tell me the truth.
Ive been fighting a lot of battles. Im starting to get a little tired
Oh, sorry. I didnt realize that.
Dont worry. Im fine!
But if youre tired, I cant force you to push yourself any harder.
Aoto, dont underestimate me.
The reason why youre dragging me around is because you guys need me, right?
Id be too worried if I stopped helping you guys with Song Magic.
Plus, when someone is relying on me, I have to work harder!
Thats certainly enough for one day, children. Next time, Ill tell you what happened when they left for Fallen Heaven Peak.