“This is the End, as well as the Beginning ─”
The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki (英雄伝説
- 1 Synopsis
- 1.1 Setting
- 1.2 Plot
- 1.2.1 Prologue: "Crossbell's Liberation" (クロスベル解放作戦)
- 1.2.2 Lloyd's Route Chapter 1: "Day of Reindependence" (再独立の日)
- 1.2.3 Rean's Route Chapter 1: "Thaw's Homecoming" (雪解けの帰郷)
- 1.2.4 ???'s Route Chapter 1: "Nightly Encounter" (出会いの夜)
- 1.2.5 Lloyd's Route Chapter 2: "Lost Spirit" (亡失われた魂)
- 1.2.6 Rean/C's Route Chapter 2: "Darkness, Squirming" (闇、蠢く)
- 1.2.7 C's Route Chapter 3: "Recollection: Grasping Light" (追憶～掴んだ光)
- 1.2.8 Rean's Route Chapter 3: "Exposing Blue Sky" (暴かれし蒼穹)
- 1.2.9 Lloyd's Route Chapter 3: "Overcoming Illusions" (幻想を越えて)
- 1.2.10 C's Route Chapter 3: "Recollection: Grasping Light" (追憶～掴んだ光)
- 1.2.11 C's Route Chapter 4: "Elysium" (エリュシオン)
- 1.2.12 Lloyd's Route Chapter 4: "Resurrected Will: Besiegement of Black" (甦る意志-黒の包囲戦-)
- 1.2.13 Rean's Route Chapter 4: "Encounter with Zero" (零の邂逅)
- 1.2.14 Last Chapter: "The End, As Well As The Beginning" (終焉、そして創まり)
- 2 Characters
- 3 List of episodes
- 4 Development
- 5 Gallery
- 6 References
The game takes place after the Great Twilight and events of Trails of Cold Steel IV. It focuses the intertwining fates of three protagonists operating throughout Zemuria: the hero, Rean Schwarzer; the liberator, Lloyd Bannings; and the Hermit, a masked person named "C". The perspective of the game alternates between these three groups through the Cross Story mechanism.
- The Day of Reindependence (ザ デイ オブ リインディペンデンス) highlights the story of Crossbell's liberation from Erebonia's occupation, an event first mentioned in Ao no Kiseki and insufficiently addressed in Trails of Cold Steel IV.
- Lost Symbol' (ロスト シンボル) continues the story of Rean Schwarzer and the rest of Class VII from where it was left off in Trails of Cold Steel IVs true ending.
- The Miserable Sinners (ザ・ミゼラブル・シナーズ) follows four characters that form the crux of the game's story. Their leader, "C", named after the Imperial Liberation Front leader, investigates the Imperial Defense Force.
Prologue: "Crossbell's Liberation" (クロスベル解放作戦)
2/14 | Five months after the conclusion of the Great War, Crossbell City is forcefully occupied by remnants of Rufus Albarea's Imperial Defense Force. The soldiers are embittered by the swift conclusion of the war that they believe mocks Erebonia's military might and tradition, while the citizens of Crossbell City are helpless. As several citizens watch a rally, it is suddenly redirected to a performance of Arc en Ciel - Ilya Platiere, Rixia Mao and Sully Atraid. Two soldiers nearby try to stop the commotion, but are knocked out by Wazy Hemisphere, Wald Wales and Scarlet; the start of the performance is the beginning of an uprising against the illegal occupation.
All over the city, the Special Support Section, Crossbell Guardian Force and their affiliates start battling the IDF remnants, successfully pushing back against the surprised occupiers, who rush numerous soldiers and their remaining Zauber Soldats to stop the uprising. The SSS, accompanied by Juna Crawford, take over a Sorge unit and use it to ram straight into the Orchis Tower. The group finds hostages in the tower; Juna temporarily leaves to get them to safety, while the rest of the team battle their way up to the rooftop to apprehend the ringleaders. The enemy leaders unleash an Asmodine unit, but the SSS are able to disable it. With their trump card destroyed, the enemy leaders surrender and are arrested. Their subordinates soon surrender upon hearing of their capture.
The group celebrates their victory, while the remnants are sent to Aurochs Fort to be imprisoned alongside Rufus, and they attend Olivert's wedding. As both Erebonia and Calvard cannot agree on the state of Crossbell, the Septian Church declares Crossbell to be a fully automonous state, securing their independence. The events are recorded on a terminal, but the mastermind of the events activates Project BABEL as everything falls into place.
Lloyd's Route Chapter 1: "Day of Reindependence" (再独立の日)
3/15 | With Crossbell now a fully recognized and independent state, the SSS and their affiliates take a short break before the announcement ceremony commences. Due to the importance of this event, ambassadors and representatives from across Erebonia and Liberl are expected to attend, including the Bracer Guild and Septian Church. Lloyd patrols the city alongside Noel Seeker and Wazy, clearing some monsters in Geofront before the independence speech starts.
The group returns to the city center for Henry MacDowell to begin the ceremony. Before Henry can sign the document to secure Crossbell's independence, the ceremony is interrupted by Rufus and his Black Guard, who declares that Crossbell is his as its Supreme Leader. This enrages Lloyd, who proceeds to fight Rufus, but Rufus easily takes all of them down, much to their surprise and the citizens' horror. Lloyd refuses to budge, so Rufus finishes him off to make an example of him. Dieter Crois, Garcia Rossi arrive just as two mysterious people teleport in, one of whom a dancer that Rixia appears to recognize. Watching from a rooftop, F. Novartis begins his own plan. The citizens attempt to flee, but are cut off by new Zauber Soldat models. The dancer then performs, brainwashing many of the citizens to turn against the SSS.
Rean's Route Chapter 1: "Thaw's Homecoming" (雪解けの帰郷)
3/15 | Elsewhere, in Ymir, Rean Schwarzer and Kurt Vander are fighting Matteus Vander, who appears to knock Kurt off the cliff. In another area, Juna and Altina Orion are fighting Claire Rieveldt. A few hours before these fights, Rean, Class VII and Claire arrived at Ymir, where Rean introduces his students to his parents, Teo and Lucia Schwarzer. After spending some time in the quiet town, Claire brings them to a mountain road, where they run into Matteus, who inexplicably attacks them. Matteus states that they will need to defeat him by 3 p.m. or they will be disqualified, just as Claire apologizes for misleading them, who activates a trap. Ash shoves Juna and Altina out of the way, but the trap still gets him and Musse.
In the ensuing fight, Musse is able to formulate a strategy to break out of the trap with Ash's assistance as Claire is busy pinning Juna and Altina with her rifle. The act catches Claire off-guard, allowing Altina to destroy the remaining traps. Impressed by their teamwork and resolve, Claire allows the four to catch up to Rean and Kurt. They barely save Rean, who informs them that Kurt was knocked off the cliff. To everyones' surprise, Kurt then appears, having climbed up the cliff face. Class VII is able to defeat Matteus before the time expires. Claire reveals that the fight was simply a part of a test as Matteus returns to town to await them. As Class VII and Claire discuss briefly, a roar fills the air; back in town, Teo recognizes it as that of a Magic Knight.
The six make their way up the road and find the Magic Knight Ortheim, who has somehow become even more powerful than it was two years ago when it appeared during the October War. They defeat Ortheim with ease, having fought Matteus earlier who hadn't used his entire strength. Rean finds everything about the Magic Knight suspicious - its sudden appearance without the presence of Divine Knights and movement in the septium veins, and its ability to cast Anti-Orders like the Ironbloods had. More roars fill the air and the group rush to town, but find Matteus has already dispatched three of the knights alone.
Returning to town, Claire reveals that the Courageous II, carrying Olivert and his wife Scherazard Harvey had gone missing. Claire and Matteus had gone to Aurelia Le Guin, who recommended Class VII for the task and that the search would start in Ymir. The class is honored to assist Matteus and sleep for the night; Rean decides to go to the hot springs for a second time, where he has a strange vision. Matteus enters the springs, much to Rean's embarrassment. Matteus noted that Rean was off and came to offer him advice while thanking him for guiding Kurt. As the two leave the spring, Rean is requested to head to the manor for an emergency meeting. Claire informs them that the independence ceremony was attacked by Rufus and his guards, who broke out of prison, much to Juna's horror. Claire also reveals that someone named "C" sent a message to them, apparently having kidnapped the prince and that the "sludge" underneath Heimdallr is next. They quickly throw out the idea that "C" is Crow, as he had no need to take up that alias anymore and that he had returned to Jurai. As Rean wonders about C's identity, he hears Juna outside, who is upset about Crossbell's fate. Rean lifts up her spirits and reassures her to keep fighting.
???'s Route Chapter 1: "Nightly Encounter" (出会いの夜)
3/15 | In yet another area, several Black Guardsmen have apprehended a young girl and confiscate her belongings, only finding a teddy bear inside. The girl is assisted by a young boy, who takes out all four guards. The girl, Nadia, tells the boy, Swin, that she is tired and wants to rest, much to his chagrin. From a distance, a masked man watches the duo and trails them. A mysterious shell ambushes the two, with the man appearing and assisting them in disabling the combat shell, before taking the trunk for himself. Nadia wonders if the man is C, who confirms her suspicions. Nadia and Swin were tasked with delivering the suitcase to a man named C a month ago. The three then decide to open the trunk, finding a girl who awakens to the three, asking them who they are.
Lloyd's Route Chapter 2: "Lost Spirit" (亡失われた魂)
3/17 | Lloyd awakens at a boathouse, where he is greeted by Rixia. The two were able to escape as the rest of the SSS and their unaffected affiliates secured an escape route for them. Lloyd, concerned for Crossbell's status, decides to return to the city with Rixia. On the way, they encounter the newer Zauber Soldat units. Due to the state of the citizens, entering the city is basically impossible as Lloyd would most likely be reported. The two wonder how Rufus got his hands on these new units as Lloyd contemplates the Asmodine unit he had fought earlier.
Black Guardsmen suddenly ambush the two, but the pair are able to fight them off. The remaining soldier tries to call for backup, but a red haired man puts him to sleep and calls the request off. The man is revealed to be Lechter Arundel, who is surprised by Lloyd returning to check on the city. Lechter states that he and Claire are not tied to Rufus' latest scheme and takes them to Amorica Village, where some of the unaffected citizens were led there by SSS members. On the way, they take a short rest, where Lechter informs them that Rufus had escaped custody and Olivert had gone missing. They soon arrive at the village outskirts, finding Elie protecting several children from monsters. After meeting up with Henry, the four find a throwing knife with a message hanging on it stating that they have Ilya and KeA in their custody, and that they must go to the Ancient Battlefield to save them.
The group makes their way there, encountering Cao Lee, Lau and several Heiyue lackeys. They had anticipated their arrival to the village, as Shanshan had betrayed them to him. The group notes that she is affected by the same aura as with many others in the city. The Heiyue members try to apprehend the group, but are repulsed. Garcia then appears, having helped Rufus in return to rebuild Revache and expand their influence. He fights alongside Cao, but the two are defeated.
As Lloyd and Rixia reunite with KeA and Ilya, Lechter notes that the two men are grinning and realizes that something is off and dashes forward. KeA also notes the same and warns Rixia, who barely dodges Ilya's attack. Rixia is shocked by the turn of events as Ilya tries to attack once more, only for Zeit to appear and protect her. Ilya then dons her dancer outfit, which Rixia recognizes as the one that brainwashed the citizens in the ceremony. She leaves with Cao and Garcia; Cao lets KeA go for having entertained their request.
Rean/C's Route Chapter 2: "Darkness, Squirming" (闇、蠢く)
3/17 | Rean, Altina and Ash arrive at Heimdallr to investigate the "sludge" that C had mentioned in his speech. As the city is far too large for all three to investigate, they decide to stop by the Vander Training Hall as their first step in the investigation. Claire and Juna headed to Crossbell to gather information, while Kurt and Matteus would search for Olivert, and Musse would get support from the branch campus. Elise comes in and offers her support in the investigation.
The first stop the four go to is the Imperial Museum, where they meet Dorothee. She informs them that there have been strange sounds in the catacombs the past few days and asks them to investigate. They find monsters in the catacombs; after clearing a few, a spectre appears, which they also dispatch of. As they continue searching for clues, they soon run into Jusis Albarea and Millium Orion, who reveal they're investigating companies buying bulk products, but these "companies" were simply fronts and that they can't track them. Jusis suspects that the bulk purchases might be linked to his cousin, unsure of what he is trying now. They then arrive at Mater Park and find Elliot Craig. As they leave, Carl Regnitz contacts them to meet at a hotel, where they also find Alfin Reise Arnor with him. Carl reveals that several soldiers and/or their relatives have been acting suspiciously and did not denounce Rufus' forced annexation of Crossbell.
Meanwhile in C's route, after opening the suitcase and finding what they believed was a girl, Nadia quickly realizes that the girl is actually a doll. The doll introduces herself as Lapis and that she is the latest in the Rosenberg doll line. Swin asks her for her identity, only to be hit by Nadia for pressuing Lapis. Lapis begins to cry, but states that it's because she has no idea who she is. C offers to assist her, and she agrees to accompany him.
As Swin and Nadia take their leave, C stops the two. Swin states that their contract is fulfilled, but C states that they are special and he needs their assistance. He offers them a lucrative pay if they succeed, and the money offered convinces Nadia to take it. Swin reluctantly agrees simply because Nadia is taking it, telling C that they must not kill anyone for the duration of the contract.
Arriving in the catacombs, Lapis quickly shows off her combat skills. They soon hear several soldiers discussing unknown matters and decide to trail them, with C using his RAMDA cloaking device to conceal himself and Swin, separating into two groups to gather intelligence. Due to his, Nadia believes that C is a member of Hercules.
During the investigation, Swin and C run into Rean and Elise in the city. Rean senses their presence, but is unable to spot them due to the RAMDA device, finding the Black Guard in the catacombs, confirming their suspicions. Elsewhere, Nadia and Lapis go on a tour and eating spree. They bump into the rest of Rean's group, with Nadia tripping Lapis to steal Millium's Arcus II. Millium reveals a tracking option in the Arcus units, but the group simply ends up revisiting the food tour in the process as that was what Nadia was intent on doing. They trail the two to Mater Park, where they learn of a "masked man" and "sludge clearing".
Later that night, as C's group gathers at Mater Park, Rean's group gets the drop on them. Rean suspects that C had invited him over and asks what he has done with the prince. C eludes the question and a fight ensues. Nadia distracts them for an escape by claiming that the Arcus unit is fitted with a bomb, but it was just a ploy; despite this, they realize that they have fled underground, contacting Carl to send backup.
Inside, they find stockpiled goods, confirming Jusis and Millium's suspicions about the bulk purchases. As they investigate the catacombs, they also find the Black Guard and military rebels, confronting them. The Black Guardsmen escape, while the military rebels activate a Gospel R, forcing Elliot, Millium and Altina onto the sidelines. Despite this, the remaining members easily overpower the rebels. Carl's men soon arrive to apprehend the rebels, allowing Rean and his group to continue pursuing C's group. As the Black Guardsmen flee, they wonder how they had been exposed, when C and his group intercept and defeat them. Wishing to know more about the Supreme Leader, C has Nadia coerce the information out of the guardsman, which she does by threatening a painful torture on him if he refuses to comply. The guardsman becomes terrified at how calmly Nadia relays the torture for him and spills everything he knows. With a new lead, the group makes their way out of the catacombs, defeating a demon that manifests before them before arriving at Himmel Cemetery. Crow Armbrust ambushes the group, having learned about the imposter. He stalls them long enough for Rean's group to catch up.
In the ensuing fiasco, C's mask is broken, surprising almost everyone as he is revealed to be Rufus. Rean asks if he is the same as the Supreme Leader; Rufus states that he is not, and that he is also investigating the Supreme Leader. Rufus calls in an airship to evacuate his group. Rean and Jusis ask if Rufus had kidnapped Olivert and Scherazard. Rufus states that he simply used the incident to draw the group out, and that the answer lies in the Nord Highlands. He states that they will meet again in Crossbell as the airship leaves.
C's Route Chapter 3: "Recollection: Grasping Light" (追憶～掴んだ光)
3/17 | Rufus' group takes a brief moment of respite on their transport, which is revealed to be the Bobcat and operated by Jingo. Jingo is surprised that her customer is Rufus, but doesn't pry more as she is only interested if he can pay up. Nadia explains to Lapis about Rufus' past, as Jingo explains what had happened the past few days. Rufus insists that he is the real one and the Supreme Leader is a fake. He informs the four that the prison he was in was attacked by his former soldiers, who were tasked with eliminating him. Rufus' resourcefulness allowed him to overpower his assassins and he learned a bit about his imposter, the disappearance of Olivert and Scherazard, a "trunk" and an important event occurring the following day, and decided to leave prison to see the events for himself. When he learned of the imposter Rufus forcefully taking Crossbell, Rufus decided to take action, disgusing himself as C and claiming that he had kidnapped Olivert and Scherazard to lure Class VII to the capital, while he himself went to Aurochs Canyon Road to intercept the trunk.
Rufus concludes that something must be done with the imposter and that the events be "cleaned up". Nadia agrees with Rufus' logic, believing that the fake saw the real Rufus as a treat and tried to eliminate him. Lapis interrupts the conversation, prompting Rufus to ask Swin if it was Joerg Rosenberg who requested they bring Lapis to him, wondering if he is okay. Swin and Nadia confirm that Joerg is still doing well, but note that Joerg had told them that someone else had asked him to do so. Swin then states that they had found the trunk in the Temple of the Moon; on the way, the pair passed by his workshop, but decided not to enter. Rufus states that the workshop will most likely have clues regarding Lapis' lost memories, and that he has a plan to enter Crossbell.
Lapis takes the time to talk with her allies, culminating with Rufus outside on the deck. Lapis begins questioning Rufus about his alignment, who states that he is a villain. He explains to her that he had abandoned his noble heritage and used everything in his grasp to acquire more power, disregarding the lives of others, even admitting that he using her and the others for his own gain. Lapis states that she'll do nothing, explaining that he is himself and no one else can replace him. These words shock Rufus, as he starts contemplating his own purpose. He then finds that Lapis had fallen asleep and brings her inside.
3/19 | Jingo pilots the Bobcat straight to Crossbell City, where the airship is intercepted by guards on duty. Rufus comes out, surprising the men as they salute him, mistaking him to be the Supreme Leader. They offer to prepare a car for him, but he refuses and has them return to their posts. Before they can realize that they were deceived, Rufus activates his RAMDA device to cloak himself, and the four begin wandering around town looking for clues.
They arrive at the city's Entertainment District, where they witness a pre-recorded speech by the Supreme Leader. The speech is then redirected to a mysterious dancer who begins brainwashing everyone watching the screen, including Rufus, Swin and Nadia. Lapis is unaffected as she is not organic, but is unable to discern what is happening to them. A girl then arrives, casting arts on the three to break the brainwash attempt, asking them to follow her.
Rufus recognizes the girl as the Angel of Slaughter, or simply Renne. Renne is surprised to see Rufus, but his presence simply confirms her suspicions that the Supreme Leader was a fake. Renne also recognizes Lapis as Joerg's work, which Rufus takes note of. She states that Joerg had recently contacted her and told her to help Lapis out when the time was right. As the group tell her that they are going to the workshop, Renne asks to accompany them, as it's being occupied by a person she despises and that she needs help in doing so. Renne explains to them that the dancing performed by Ilya is somehow brainwashing the viewers, and that her arts can cleanse people who haven't been exposed to it often. Rufus concludes that they can't do anything in the city at this point.
As the group departs for the workshop, Renne introduces them to Valiant Rage, explaining that it's a better link system, but is still in development. Rufus and the others take note of its potential usefulness for the future. On the way, Rufus pulls out a strange object, stating that someone put it in his pockets and privately wonders what it does.
Rean's Route Chapter 3: "Exposing Blue Sky" (暴かれし蒼穹)
3/17 | Class VII gives Carl a status update on the arrested rebels and their supporters, while questioning Rufus' appearance in the capital. Claire then calls in, confirming that the Rufus they had met appears to be the real deal, as the Supreme Leader did not leave Crossbell. She states that they don't have information on the three children that accompanied him. Jusis, Millium, Ash, Altina and Elise remain behind, while Musse intends to join the investigation alongside Kurt and Mueller Vander.
At the city's train depot, Mueller states that the RMP will provide a private train to Zender Gate, seen off by Alfin, Elise and Altina.
3/19 | As the four arrive at Zender Gate, they're met by Emma Millstein and Sara Valestein, who were briefed of the coup and the two Rufuses running around Zemuria. Emma tells Rean that Gaius Worzel is waiting for them at his village. Albeit skeptical of the information provided by C, they decide to take the lead regardless. Mueller states that Zender Gate is being overseen by the 23rd Armored Division instead of his uncle, Zechs Vander.
They meet with the division's commander, Dalton, who states that the soldiers at the watchtower and villagers might know more than he does regarding Olivert's disappearance. Kurt and Musse are mesmerized by the vast plains, while Emma recalls the field study she had two years ago. Horses are provided for transportation, with Mueller making his way to the watchtower, instructing the others to make for the village.
Upon arriving, the group is greeted by Thoma. Rean and Emma are surprised to see how fast he had grown, having failed to recognize him immediately. They also recognize Sharl shortly afterwards, who Thoma had met during the academy festival. Gaius soon arrives and brings the group in to share some tea with the rest of his family. As they drink, Gaius reveals that he didn't find much regarding Olivert, but found suspicious burnt-out fires and discarded food containers in several blindspots. Gaius also states that someone else had arrived before them, but the person had left. Fortunately, Sheeda tells them that they had gone north from the village.
They soon find the person is none other than Grace, who was expecting their arrival. She states that she was supposed to attend the independence ceremony, but was lured away to investigate Olivert's disappearance. She saw men dressed in black from top to bottom, who the group recognizes as Black Guardsmen. She had been unsuccessful in finding evidence, but suspects that something big is happening in the highlands. As they return to the village with Grace, the group decides that they should start searching south. Rean then remembers about Mueller and has Kurt call him, but Kurt finds that Mueller is not responding.
As the group prepares to leave, Rean notes that the strange object is resonating once more.
Upon arriving at the watchtower, Kurt notices a massive pile of weaponry in the distance. Gaius explains that these were weapons made for the Great War, but are intended to be disposed of within two weeks' time. A soldier greets the group and laments that the weapons will go to waste, before realizing his mistake. Rean doesn't catch on however, believing that the soldier was concerned for the citizens' well-being. The soldier then tells them that Mueller went off somewhere after arriving at the watchtower, but the group finds it suspicious that he hasn't contacted them yet.
As they return to the village, Dalton makes contact with them, telling them that Calvardian tanks are making their way to the watchtower. The village prepares for evacuation while the group intercepts the tanks, who stop to attack them. The group destroys the tanks, finding that they were fully automated. They quickly drop the idea that the Society was involved, as Crossbell's occupation has thrown everyone off-guard. They then notice smoke coming from the village. Several Achtzehn tanks had attacked the village, but were destroyed by Aurelia, who had been on standby. Schmidt states that the tanks had fluid movement as if someone was operating them, but all of the tanks were also unoccupied and that they don't have the technology for such movement. He then tells them that he sensed a strange device in the watchtower, just as Mueller arrives and informs them that the 23rd was in a deal with another party. Mueller decides to return to Zender Gate to search for Dalton, while he tells the group to investigate the watchtower.
The group finds the watchtower deserted of its garrison, only finding archaisms inside. Rean and Aurelia also sense someone familiar at the top of the tower. Fighting their way up, the person they sensed is none other than Arios MacLaine and a strange device. The team defeats Arios, but note that something is off about him and conclude that he is most likely a fake. Schmidt then arrives and begins inspecting the device, turning it off. The weapon stockpile in the distance then transforms into the Courageous II, to the group's shock. Like the tanks, Schmidt states that the technology used is far beyond their grasp. Dalton then contacts the group, ordering them to surrender if they wish to save Olivert.
Earlier, Olivert and Scherazard had begun to get bored from their confinement on their ship. Olivert accesses a terminal in the room, learning of the current situation and decides to make his own move too. Olivert takes out a pistol that had been concealed in the room. As Scherazard's whip had been confiscated, she is only able to assist with orders. They free the crew and interrupt the conversation between Dalton and Rean's group, fighting their way to the deck. Emma teleports the group straight onto the Courageous II's deck, defeating the enemy soldiers. Aurelia temporarily leaves the group to escort the crew to safety. They fight their way to the bridge, where Dalton explains that the swift conclusion of the war is unjust and that Olivert will be the one to guide them to glory. Olivert states that he has no intention of doing so and defeat the group. Dalton flees to the bridge as he calls for backup in the form of airships. The ship then tumbles, as a soldier informs Dalton that the tanks have started opening fire on them.
Musse activates the ship's shields, but there are too many tanks attacking. Fortunately, Mueller and Aurelia arrive on their Panzer units and dispatch of the tanks before additional reinforcements could arrive. The members of the 23rd are detained as the group learns that a massive force consisting of both Erebonian and Calvardian equipment is gathering for a second attack. Sara is sent to dispatch the railway guns, Rean is sent to destroy the remaining device, while the others remain behind to stall the attack force. Rean and Thoma run into another Arios, the former sending the latter off to the village. Rean destroys the Arios copy, before turning off the device with Schmidt's guidance, stopping the attack.
As the team celebrates their victory, Musse finds it suspicious with how everything is being played out, even noting that the Supreme Leader is far more cunning and ruthless than Rufus himself. She then realizes that they have been playing into the Supreme Leader's hands as the 23rd were simply sacrificial pawns. Sara then contacts the group, alerting them that the railway guns have activated once the device was turned off. She is unable to disable them as the group hurries off to stop the guns from destroying the village.
Rean laments the loss of Valimar, but suddenly clenches his left eye as he calls for his replacement unit, Tyrfing S, instantly arriving at the village and destroys the shell just in time. Just then, a white knight appears and attacks the Courageous II and Gaius' Merkabah. Roselia and Zeit arrive to rescue both ships respectively, just as Aurelia and Mueller arrive. The mysterious knight then disappears. As the group helps Rean out of his unit, they note that his hair and left eye has changed to a tone similar to that when he was the Sacrifice.
Lloyd's Route Chapter 3: "Overcoming Illusions" (幻想を越えて)
3/19 | Lloyd, KeA and Wazy make their way to St. Ursula Medical College, noting that the Black Guard have not pursued them to Amorica and that the facility itself is not guarded. Prior to leaving, Shanshan apologizes to Rixia for betraying them, but Rixia states that she is to blame also for worrying her and Ilya's current predicament. Wazy also reveals that the RF Military Arsenal has been active recently with groups of Black Guardsmen and Zauber Soldat units going in and out frequently. Elie wonders if the Zauber Soldats had been produced in Crossbell, as it would be suspicious otherwise if they came elsewhere. Lechter states that the facility had produced Sorge and Melchia units during the war, suspecting that the Black Workshop might be behind the superior technology.
The group decides that they'll have toe make their way to the arsenal, but find it difficult to do so as they'd have to travel through the city by foot to reach there and the airspace around Crossbell has become more alert, being capable of spotting the Merkabahs with ease. Lechter then reveals that he had a boat prepared and that heading to Ursula might be the best option for the time being. Zeit temporarily leaves to make contact with a special person, while Elie, Cecil, Lechter, Rixia and Wazy's squires decide to remain in the village.
The three soon spot Jona, Tio and Roberts conversing with some civilians. Tio apologizes to them for failing to protect the ceremony, prompting the civilans to doubt that Crossbell will be truly independent. Wazy and KeA back up Tio, returning the civilians back to normal. Inside the facility, Tio hugs Lloyd, reassured that he is safe after what had happened in the ceremony. She then learns from him that they are investigating the arsenal, having found many suspicious activities and that she had noticed Novartis observing them, suggesting that he might have a role in the occupation. She also reveals that she and Jona found underground tunnels linking to the facility, which they could use as a means of access, with one of them right under the facility. Roberts also states that Dr. Seiland had gone missing, wondering if the Black Guard was responsible for her kidnapping.
As the group begins to explore the underground system, Lloyd realizes that they too were also as fault, as the SSS were seen as a sign of independence which Rufus used to sway the populace towards his side, but resolve to restore their goals. On the way, they hear fighting, finding Tita Russell and Agate Crosner fighting off some Black Guardsmen and the new Zauber Soldat, Helmode. The group dispatches of the guards and the Zauber Soldat after a tough battle. Tio and Lloyd are surprised to see the two, as they believed that they were fleeing from the city. Agate asks them if they had seen Erika; the three had been in the IBC when the occupation began, with the guardsmen apprehending Erika. Erika ordered Agate to protect Tita with his life and the two accompany the group to search for her.
On the way, Lloyd takes out the mirror and finds it resonating once more.
Lloyd and Rean's groups soon encounter Rufus' group in the Infinite Corridor. They all agree that their memories are partially blocked and are unsure of what is causing it, but choose to work together to uncover the cause. Rufus' group heralds the start of a new level in the corridor, which is cleared.
C's Route Chapter 3: "Recollection: Grasping Light" (追憶～掴んだ光)
Arriving at the workshop, Rufus' group finds that the workshop has been drastically changed, full of monsters and traps. As they navigate their way through, they find a terminal. Renne is unable to hack it, as the door linked to the terminal will only open when the other one is also in use.
Meanwhile, Lloyd's group arrives at the military facility, only to be ambushed by a massive archaism that is capable of movement. Alisa and Sharon soon arrive to offer their assistance, destroying the machine. Investigating the situation themselves, they found that the facility was responsible for creating the newer Zauber Soldat units. The two offer their aid, which Wazy accepts. Entering the facility, they find it completely active, albeit fully automated. They eventually reach a door with a terminal nearby. Alisa states that the door will only open when both terminals are turned on, but they have no idea where the other terminal is. KeA however is able to assist by connecting to Renne, who picks up the connection. As a precaution, Rufus dons his C mask and voice changer.
Renne sends out a call, which is answered by Lloyd. Tita is surprised that Lloyd gave his full identity without caution. Renne is surprised that he is answering, but notes that everything is fine after hearing Tita's voice. The two open their terminals, allowing them to proceed further down their respective areas. Rufus states that there are likely to be more terminals up ahead and that they must work together to clear them.
In both areas, additional defenses are deployed, which Lloyd's group takes as a good indicator that there is confidential information to be discovered. On the way, they discover an arm from the Asmodine unit and that it and the Helmode units were produced in the facility. As it becomes more clear that the Black Workshop is involved, Alisa states that the engines in the Zauber Soldats were completely incomprehensible that Erika and Schmidt were unable to a complete analysis.
Clearing a second set of terminals, Lloyd's group finds a section of the arsenal being used to create archaisms. They also find an inactive OZ Mirage unit and another data terminal. From it, they learn that Novartis was experimenting with humanoid doll weapons. Tio finds it worrisome that there isn't much information on the subject, but there was a "experiment succeeded" at the end of the list.
As a third set of terminals are cleared, the group discovers that the arsenal was creating more powerful weapons, but Alisa is unsure as to where the resources came from as Crossbell's mines could not support the production effort. Using the data terminal, they find "Project BABEL", but Sharon finds it suspicious as to how it connects with a Unified Nation.
Reaching the last set of terminals, Rufus believes that Lloyd has caught on to his identity, noting that it would be troublesome if he did. Lloyd's group soon encounter Novartis himself. Agate demands that he release Erika, but Novartis simply relays a live feed of her with Seiland. Erika is surprised that Agate apparently denied her request, but Tita states that she came of her own accord. The two women state that Novartis required their assistance, but Novartis cuts them off before they could reveal more. Novartis then calls in McBurn; Sharon finds it suspicious as the two never got along; even McBurn himself states that he has no idea why he is responding to the call.
The group fights McBurn, who becomes impressed enough to transform into a demon. Much to his surprise, his arm blows off, revealing him to be an artificial construct, a simulacrum. Novartis proclaims that the simulacrum will be the newest generation of doll weapons, and that he used Erika and Seiland to replicate the "Divergent Laws" to create them. Novartis then activates a hand-held device to destroy the facility. He states that the Supreme Leader would not mind the loss, and that he was working with him for his own benefit. As he prides himself on creating a better simulacrum later, he is nearly killed by a fireball from the fake McBurn, who warns him that he'd better hope the real one doesn't find out that he made a simulacrum of him.
The McBurn simulacrum remains behind to be destroyed as Erika and Seiland are freed. They escape the facility before it collapses; near the end, an oil drum explodes, cutting Lloyd off from the rest of the group. Fortunately, Noel arrives on her motorcycle to save him.
Back in Joerg's workshop, the five run into a trap that separates them into three groups. Renne is greeted by her "parents", but she realizes the deception and cuts them down before they could kill her. She then scolds Novartis for such a dirty trick, stating that Campanella was likely to perform such an act. Novartis wonders if Renne still hates her parents, but she states otherwise and that she'll give him a painful death if he tries to interfere with her old family. Novartis states that he has no intention of doing so and asks if she would like to return. Renne declines, stating that her older brother and sister would look for her if she did so. Novartis states that he needs to greet the other guests, so Renne continues on alone.
In another area, Lapis states that she is afraid of regaining her memories as she might lose the ones she has made with Rufus and the others. As they continue on, they run into a hallway full of Lapis lookalikes that swarm her. Rufus quickly pulls out the real Lapis from the pile, reminding her of what she had told him earlier. Lapis is touched and yells that the lookalikes will not share her memories, causing them to become aggressive. The pair dispatch of the entire swarm and proceed onward.
In the final area, Nadia and Swin are subjected to another gravity pressure, realizing that it is coming from none other than the Emperor. The Emperor states that he is working on his own accord to help the Supreme Leader, without the consent of the Organization or his fellow Wardens. The Emperor requests that they rejoin the Organization in return for clemency for underestimating them back then. The two refuse to comply and break through his pressure, having done so in the past. During the fight, Nadia notes that the Emperor before them is a fake due to his fighting style, and that the real one would never tolerate betrayal.
Novartis then chimes in, impressed by how quickly Nadia recognized that the Emperor was a fake. Nadia states that she and Swin are professionals and that the Emperor working with the Supreme Leader was another glaring flaw. Novartis then tries to recruit Nadia, but Renne shoots him down. The Emperor is angered at Novartis' interruption and destroys the terminal he was communicating from, before resuming his attack on Swin and Nadia. Rufus, Lapis and Renne soon join in to help the pair and the five apparently destroy the Emperor for good.
Novartis then reappears as a hologram to converse with the group, stating that the Society's plans in Crossbell and Erebonia had since ended with the conclusion of the Rivalries, so he is simply working on his own accord. He does not intend to stop them as his own plans would be interrupted, so Renne asks what is making him so excited. Novartis states that it is the work of a singularity, but quickly realizes what Renne is doing and drops the subject. As a reward, he opens the final door in the room that would allow Lapis to regain her memories.
Inside, Lapis hooks herself up to the machine while Renne runs the program. Lapis comes to a bit later; her memories did not return, but she states that she needs to see someone named Ian. Rufus recognizes who she is talking about and states that they will be returning to Crossbell. Meanwhile, the Emperor's artefacts resonance with an unusual amount of energy.
C's Route Chapter 4: "Elysium" (エリュシオン)
3/21 | Rufus' group makes their way to the academy/detention center where Ian is being housed in. On the way, they find a knight facing off against several Black Guardsmen, assisting her in defeating them. The knight is Duvalie, who is surprised to see Renne with a different group. She tells her that her fellow Stahlritter are also investigating. Rufus takes off his mask, which enrages Duvalie as she attacks him to avenge her master's death by his hands during the Rivalry. Renne is not surprised by the sudden turn of events as Lapis, Swin and Nadia move to protect Rufus. Rufus sends them off, knowing that what he had done was wrong and offers a one-on-one fight with Duvalie, who accepts. Rufus defeats her thanks to his arts and Duvalie concedes, expecting to die.
To her surprise, Rufus spares her and then asks her to work with him, bewildering her even more. Renne points out to Duvalie that it wouldn't make sense if Rufus, as the Supreme Leader, would be fighting his subordinates. She then explains to her about the recent events. Duvalie appears to gain a better understanding, explaining that she snuck in with her fellow members when they were attacked by Garcia, Cao and even Arios. Rufus asks her to reconsider once more, promising to have another fight if they succeed in their mission. Duvalie is convinced to help and begins to accompany the group.
Arriving at the academy, they find it full of Black Guardsmen who they quickly dispatch, just as two Arios clones appear. A third Arios then appears, destroying the two clones and signifies to the group that he is the real deal. Arios immediately understands the situation, but asks what Rufus is doing in Crossbell and warns him that he may be his enemy based on his response. Rufus states that he is investigating the Supreme Leader, as what the Supreme Leader is doing is not what Osborne would have wanted. Arios states that Rufus was a good leader, even if he didn't agree with his policies, and that he was going to visit Ian anyways. He then joins the group as they fight their way to Ian and also find Arios' daughter, Shizuku MacLaine. Ian learns of Lapis and states that he had been expecting her.
Before Ian can start however, the Emperor busts in, completely malformed from his artifacts. He uses his artifact to manipulate gravity, but Zeit arrives and deflects its power. Arios uses the opportunity to slice the orb-embedded arm off, but it does not kill him. Swin and Nadia perform a joint attack to destroy the orb, killing the Emperor for good this time.
With the situation resolved, Ian explains about the origin of Elysium. He theorizes that the manipulated septium veins connected with the orbal network, which in turn created Elysium. Elysium's computing powers made it possible to see the future, something that Epstein himself had theorized in the past. Ian states that Elysium chose to speak with him to learn more about humanity; through his conversations with it, it ultimately chose to side with humans and gaining a distinct personality in the form of Lapis, who was an administrator of sorts. He then lost all contact with Lapis just as the Supreme Leader appeared and requested his services, realizing that Elysium had played a part in this.
Ian used the time to contact Garcia and Dieter, where the two would work with the Supreme Leader while he remained behind to tell the truth to anyone else who wished to learn about it. Lapis then realizes that someone had hacked into the system and tried to erase her. She was able to create a scenario to stop the hacker, which was achieved throughout in the past few days by choosing Rufus, believing that he was the best option to resolve the situation quickly. Renne is surprised by this revelation, unsure of who might have hacked Elysium. Ian asks her if Novartis had done so, but she states that he had no advantage to do so.
Lapis resolves to remove the hacker from Elysium. Seeing that she is the center of all of these events, Arios and Duvalie decide to continue accompanying Rufus' group to the end. Duvalie contacts Ennea and Ines to protect Ian and Shizuku while Zeit returns to meet up with Lloyd's group. Lapis thanks Ian for helping her, telling him not to be scared anymore. Ian admits that she saw right through him, having contemplated the decisions he took. He nonetheless thanks her for allowing him to re-evaluate himself. Renne then takes out her Arcus and notes that the communication block has been lifted. Rufus realizes that the final stage is about to begin.
Lloyd's Route Chapter 4: "Resurrected Will: Besiegement of Black" (甦る意志-黒の包囲戦-)
3/20 | Noel brings the group to a small encampment of the Crossbell Police where they are met by Fran and other members, who are relieved to see Lloyd is well. At the camp, Tio sets up an old-fashioned communication network to connect with the others at Amorica Village. Lloyd and Wazy wonder what the Supreme Leader's intentions are, as their encounter with the McBurn simulacrum makes him wonder if he is also a fake too. Tio successfully sets up the network and the group reconnects with those at Amorica, where Wald reveals that they had captured some Black Guardsmen and learned that the best forces are assembling in the north-western part of Crossbell, which aligns with Noel's information. Lloyd concludes that Randy and the other CGF forces are at Mainz and that the Black Guard has laid siege to the village.
Randy and the others are at a disadvantage despite having fought there two years ago, so the group quickly decides on how they can infiltrate and break the siege. Erika decides to return to St. Ursula in the process. The group decides to have Lloyd and Noel move up to scout the situation, while the others remain behind on standby once the all-clear is given. Arriving at the tunnel, they find a large number of Black Guardsmen and Helmode units, but are able to bypass initial security using an old route. Noel and Lloyd agree that Rufus had taken advantage of the SSS' reputation to turn the people against them when they lost, but promise that they won't make the mistake again. Noel also thanks Lloyd for his support back then, promising that she'll return the favor for him.
As they leave the tunnel, they are ambushed by several guardsmen. Although they continually hold them off, their numbers are endless and they are nearly overwhelmed when Randy intervenes and saves them. Randy berates Lloyd for comiming to him with just Noel, but when Lloyd states that he had worried them, Randy realizes that he's telling the truth and takes back his words. A few more members soon arrive, with Lloyd recognizing the Thors graduates - Towa and Machias, who had escaped in the confusion and joined the CGF at Mainz. Noel notes that Sonya Baelz and Mireille are not with them, upon the mentioning of Mireille's name, Randy becomes saddened, while Machias and Towa decide to tell them of their current situation when they return to the village.
Lloyd helps set up the communication network to connect with the others, before clearing the tunnel so that the rest of the group can arrive. They learn that Mireille was injured while evacuating citizens. Seiland tells Randy that she can treat her, but she doesn't have the right equipment on hand. Lloyd learns from Towa that Sonya and other CGF members were holding out in the Temple of the Moon, which is in an even more precarious situation than Mainz. Randy reassures Lloyd that they will be able to save her now that he's brought the police force with him.
The group then makes preparations to rescue Sonya, while Lloyd and Randy take rounds to see what everyone is up to. Randy has some nostalgic memories as an instructor at the branch campus and regrets leaving before graduation, but Towa assures him that he is welcome to come back. They also find Harold and Colin had safely escaped the city. With preparations complete, Randy has a conversation with Lloyd, vowing revenge on the Supreme Leader and the Black Guard. Lloyd is able to discern that he is acting similarly back then when the Red Constellation arrived in Crossbell. Randy admits that Lloyd saw through his act, stating that he felt powerless while his friends and family were taken from him. Lloyd states that he's also angry with the recent events, but tells him that they'll retake Crossbell. Noel, Machias and Towa then come in and reassure him, bringing Randy back to his normal self.
The five then hear yelling below them and find a dazed CGF member wandering into the village. He tells them that the Black Guard suddenly attacked them, led by a dancer who summoned demons. Sonya and the others retreat inside the temple, which prompts the group to launch their attack early. Harold and the villagers stay behind to defend the village while they are gone. The police force attack the blockade, which they are able to break through in part due to Lloyd and Randy's efforts.
Making their way through another tunnel, the group is met by more Black Guardsmen and their Helmode units, but Estelle and Joshua defeat the enemy group. Joshua tells them that they were also making their preparations and that they brought more reinforcements to assist them. As the new group deals with enemy reinforcements, Joshua has fellow bracers Scott and Lynn help out, while Randy sends Aeolia to Mainz to help Seiland.
Upon arriving at the temple, some ghosts materialize and attack, but are easily dispelled. Joshua notes that the spirit veins in the area are active again, while Lloyd tells them to clear all enemies in their path. Back at Mainz, Aeoila had just arrived while several citizens believe the situation is hopeless. Harold, Lugnov and Gantz rally them to arms, revealing several crates of weaponry.
The group arrives just as Ilya brainwashes Sonya's remaining CGF forces to apprehend her, breaking her control over them. Noel wonders if the Ilya before them is a fake, but Lloyd concludes that she is the real deal as he was enthralled by her performance, feeling that a simulacrum would be incapable of replicating such an effect. Ilya concdes that she is real, before dancing to suppress the group in an attempt to control them with an overflow of negative energies. Lloyd refuses to give in and breaks her hold over them, stating that the SSS had regained their vision. Ilya in turn summons two demons to assist her, telling him to back up his claim with strength.
Ilya loses the resulting fight and appears to be returning back to normal, but the mask's grip is too strong for her to resist and she runs to the top of the temple, just as the Bobcat arrives with more allies. Ilya finds Rixia on board; Rixia tells her that Shanshan had helped bring her back to her senses. She tells the group that the final stage is setting and that their final encounter will be in Crossbell City itself as she teleports away.
At the bridge, the CGF/police force is fighting the Black Guard, but are on a losing battle as more enemy reinforcements are arriving. The Black Guard is suddenly attacked by gas, where it is revealed that Harold and the other villagers have arrived as backup. Lloyd and the others soon arrive, forcing the Black Guard to withdraw. They then return to Mainz, where Mirielle has recovered from her injuries. As the entire group assembles at the inn they learn that Rean's group has entered Crossbell due to Lechter's assistance. Tio discovers that the Supreme Leader is making an open declaration of war against all of Zemuria if they do not work with them. The group wonders what the Supreme Leader is up to, just as Lloyd is contacted by Rean.
Rean's Route Chapter 4: "Encounter with Zero" (零の邂逅)
3/20 | With the situation in the highlands resolved, Calvardian soldiers arrive to deal with the aftermath of their runaway weapons, promising Rean that they will recover all of them in the next few days. One of the officers then asks Mueller to create a special non-militarized zone, who accepts the offer. The mysterious knight, machines and Arios copies had mysteriously disappeared in the aftermath. The Courageous II and Gaius' Merkabah had taken severe damage and would take several days to be repaired; more worrisome was the disappearance of the Round of Seven, which made the situation in Crossbell harder to understand.
That night, Rean's friends wonder what happened to him and ask that he stop telling them that it's fine. Kurt comments on how he looked similar to how he was as the Sacrifice. Emma confirms that the Twilight no longer exists, while Jusis states that Rean's body was special and wonders how he summoned a Soldat out of nowhere. Roselia then comes in and asks Rean if he felt something when the white machine was there; Rean tells her that when he looked at the mysterious unit, his mind was flooded with images and memories. Roselia concludes that Rean is undergoing a "Resonance Phenomenon" between himself and the Eighth Knight. The group is shocked by the revelation, but Roselia states that the Divine Knights had disappeared at the end of the Twilight. She is still unsure as to how the knight appeared, wondering if it was a former Awakener or something else. She then calls in Celine and Zeit.
Zeit tells them that he had been monitoring the septium veins since the end of the Twilight and that they are disturbed by an unknown source. Laura is confused as she believed that they had all subsided when the Twilight ended. Roselia believes that a singularity of sorts is the source of the disturbance and linked to the knight. Zeit then states that the first disturbance was in Crossbell, while Musse chimes in that some of the weapons had been sent there after acquiring testimony from the 23rd's members. Rean concludes that they must go to Crossbell, with both his former classmates and current students accompanying him. Zeit tells them that because the septium veins are disturbed, they can use the spirit paths to enter the country, bypassing the tight border security.
Roselia and Emma teleport the group to Crossbell's marshes, where Roselia recalls that it was where the Stahlritter had buried Arianrhod half a year ago. Juna becomes nostalgic and begins worrying about her family. Claire and Schimdt also accompany them, the former wishing to learn of Rufus' intentions while the latter wishes to study the technology, as not even the Society is capable of creating them. Lechter arrives, telling them that Machias and Towa are doing fine, and that they should avoid the roads and Mishelam as the Black Guard are patrolling those areas. He is also suspicious as to where the transported weapons are stored, knowing that Crossbell is too small to conceal them. The entire group decides to separate into three smaller groups and agree to avoid head-on fights as they don't have their Panzer Soldats to support them.
Rean's group makes their way to Mishelam, Sara's heads to St. Ursula while Claire's heads for the city. They quickly run into some patrolling guards, but are ushered into hiding by Matthew before they are spotted. Rean asks Matthew about the presence of the Black Guard, who tells the group that they arrived just as the Supreme Leader attacked the ceremony. The guards did not hurt anyone, but the facility has been closed down. The guards had also setup their base in the main villa, protected by a massive archaism. The group is curious as to why there are plenty of guards and the archaism in such an insignificant location, but conclude that they are hiding something if there is this much security in the area. Rean decides to liberate Mishleam, as enemy reinforcements are unlikely to arrive in time.
The group storms the villa, taking out the enemy defenders in the process. They find a security room, where Juna is surprised to see that the Black Guard have set up monitors in all of Mishelam Wonderland. Fie comes in after having examined the villa, stating that the room was the only one with brought equipment. With one of the guards held captive, the group wonders how they will get information as to why the Black Guard has set up in the area. Celine coerces the captive into revealing their motives, who tells them that they were sent to "monitor" something. The group decides to investigate for themselves.
As they explore the theme park, Mecha Mishy arrives and orders them to turn back, as the area is under its control, and that it will find the "Treasure of M" as it flies off. Rean is surprised to see such a strange unit, telling the others that a Mecha Mishy was loaned to the theme park, but went on a rampage and was returned. He concludes that this unit is a different unit as the rampaging one was not a high performance model. Juna states that a similar event happened two years ago and that if they acquire all of the treasure, they can make a wish that can come true. They decide to search for the treasure, first arriving at the ferris wheel where they find a gargoyle and defeat it, acquiring the first piece of the treasure. The group is troubled the gargoyles are actually machines and wonders who made them.
They then arrive at the Horror Coaster, where Rean takes one of his fellow group members (apart from Crow), running into another gargoyle in the process. Crow then arrives and destroys it, acquiring the second piece. Returning to the shopping area, they find several guests running away and head to the beach, finding two gargoyles. They destroy them and acquire the final piece of the treasure. They then return to the spot where they met Mecha Mishy, where it confronts them as a final test but is critically damaged in the ensuing fight. Juna convinces Mecha Mishy about the errors of its ways, causing it to realize that what it did was morally wrong. It gives Juna a key to the Castle of Mirrors, where the "King" is waiting for them, asking her to send his regards to his siblings before flying off and self-destructing.
Inside the castle, they find it restructured and discover a sphere at the end of the room. Celine informs them that they will be entering a spiritual version of the castle once they step foot inside. After making the necessary preparations, they enter the spiritual world to search for the supposed king. While navigating the castle, a copy of Juna tries to kill the real counterpart, but Rean is able to sense it and parries the attack, saving her. The copies of Celine and the other student then emerge from the mirror with the Juna copy, all of which are destroyed in the ensuing battle. As the group moves on, Rean looks at himself in the mirror before Fie calls him over. His reflection in the mirror turns into that of his Sacrifice variant.
As they continue exploring the castle, they fall into a trapdoor, separating them into two groups. As Rean reunites with Crow and Celine, Celine notices what she believes to be a fake Crow about to attack Rean and yells at him. Rean notices Crow firing from the mirror dodges the shot, turning around to find that the Crow he had spoken to was a fake as the real one emerges from the mirror. The rest of the group arrives as a copy of Laura and Fie back off to the fake Crow and destroy the three. As they continue on, Rean looks at the mirror once more and finds the Sacrifice version of himself and draws his sword. Celine wonders what Rean is doing and calls him over, as the Sacrifice version walks away in tandem with him.
Fie notes that the copies of themselves are unusual as the Supreme Leader doesn't even know of their presence in Crossbell. They reach the end of the castle, where they conclude the source of the disturbance is not too far ahead. They arrive at the mirror where Juna recognizes it as the one where KeA transformed in a hidden room behind it. As Rean walks up to the mirror and places his hand on the mirror, he is sucked inside into a void. Inside, he gets a vision of his friends and allies mourning his death, the outcome that played in the normal ending Trails of Cold Steel IV. A malicious voice tells Rean that this is the ending he should have had, but Rean refuses to accept this fate and breaks out of the void, returning to his strange form as before in the Nord Highlands.
As the rest of the group arrive, Rean tells them that they have to face "him" - a copy of himself and most likely the "king" Mecha Mishy spoke of. Crow is disturbed by the copy's appearance as it summons Zoa Balor. The copies is just as strong as the originals, just as Rean begins to suffer from an assimilation effect. Rean decides to fight the copy alone to get over his fears, noting that he had a similar feeling when he became a Divine Blade. As the two duel, Rean is able to confront his fears and lands a precise blow against his copy, destroying its mask.
The rest of the group is surprised by the identity of the copy. Rean asks for its name, but the copy is unable to remember, shocking Celine. Crow asks Rean to restrain the copy, but it suddenly incapacitates the entire group in an instant. Rean is able to get back up on his feet and demands to know the copy's identity and the purpose of a Crossbell Unified Nation. The copy states that the final stage is setting as it calls on the Divine Knight, Zoa-Gilstein. It then compliments the rest of the group before urging them to kill it in their next encounter, leaving with the Divine Knight.
With the copy of Rean and Zoa-Gilstein gone, Sara, Matthew and Schmidt soon arrive, the latter two surprised and relieved they are fine. Schmidt begins examining the terminals, stating that they are similar to the ones in the highlands but are even more advanced, even using the Round of Seven to block communications. He then offers to remove the Round of Seven to restore communications, reminding Rean that the enemy will be aware of their presence once he does so. Rean states that they need everyone's participation to discover the truth, so Schmidt removes the device. Just then, they get a report from the Intelligence Division, emergency transmission from the guild and even the Supreme Leader's broadcast. Schmidt wonders if an artefact was reproduced, surprising everyone as they don't have the technology to do so yet. Rean concludes that the recent events have allowed him to see the true essence of the enemy and decides to contact Lloyd.
Last Chapter: "The End, As Well As The Beginning" (終焉、そして創まり)
|The Day of Reindependence||Lost Symbol||The Miserable Sinners|
|Lloyd Bannings||Rean Schwarzer||C|
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List of episodes
These are side episodes that take place before the events of the main story.
|Machias, who visited Crossbell in anticipation of the Imperial Army's withdrawal, and Dudley, in command of the re-independence signing ceremony, order the same coffee at the same café during working hours now work together to investigate the trouble that has been brewing.||Machias Regnitz|
|Mark of Alumni
|Former Student Council members Lechter, Lucy and Klose hold a tea party before the organisation of a reunion in Liberl. During their gathering, Lechter is contacted by Intelligence Division and has to leave the place.||Lechter Arundel|
Klaudia von Auslese
|Recollection of the Witches
|Having returned to Eryn, Emma one day discovers her mother's hidden notes in Roselia's possession. Emma and Celine guess these are related to her mother's death and team up with the visiting Vita to investigate an unknown Spirit Shrine.||Emma Millstein|
|The Path I Chose
|Randy and Michael each decide on go their own way after the end of their term at Thors Branch Campus and Rean continues to guide students as instructor of Class VII. As her co-workers set their plans for the future, Towa heads toward the Thors' reunion still worrying over how to continue her own path.||Towa Herschel|
|Reunion: Melancholy of the Maiden
|As the confusion from the Great Twilight is settled and peace returns to Heimdallr, someone rendered invisible through technological means invades the RMP office and steals information related the Imperial Army. Claire suspects the involvement of Hercules or Ouroboros and enlists Sara Valestein and Sharon Kreuger's help to track down the culprit. In turn, Claire is watched by a woman with scorned eyes.||Claire Rieveldt|
|Right before the wedding ceremony, Scherazard opens up before Empress Priscilla about her anxieties in front of her traditional imperial family wedding dress. When she returns to the Valflame Palace's anteroom to meet up with Prince Olivert, who discussed his future life with Mueller and Zechs Vander, they find a message card from a certain someone.||Olivert Reise Arnor|
Justice Duo (2人のジャスティス)
2/17 | Three days after Crossbell City was liberated by the SSS, Carl sends a detachment of the Government Accountability Inspectorate to the city, led by Inspectors Machias and Reiner to oversee cleanup efforts due to the stubbornness of the Imperial remnants. As Machias looks over the damage and reports, he spots a familiar green-haired man speaking with a few people. Machias is exhausted from the day's events, looking forward to a cup of coffee the next day.
As Machias continues his work and enjoys his coffee each day, during one of his visits, the server informs him that they have run out of the requested coffee. Machias is surprised just as the green-haired man comes over and inquires; the two then speak to the owner. The owner redirects them to the airport, where an employee tells them that packages and deliveries haven't been arriving on time or getting mixed up as they recently reopened for international trade.
As the pair leave, they conclude that everything is completely off but the people don't appear to suspect it. The two introduce themselves to each other, having learned of the other through reports. Dudley states that he was supposed to have a day off, but because his coffee is being threatened, he has no other choice but to investigate who is disturbing his quality of life. Dudley then asks Machias if he would like to help in the private investigation, who accepts his offer.
The pair first head to the department store, where Machias asks Patiry to help inquire about recent trades. After visiting the store, they meet with Harold, ending with a visit to Ashleigh. She tells them there had been a shifty supply line that she had dealt with earlier. The two are surprised with how deep the problem is when a drunken man approaches the two, berating the Erebonian government for returning the city to its original title, the City of Sin. His friend soon arrives and apologizes to the pair. The pair asks the man a few questions regarding the goods, who tells them that he's heard rumors of a shady merchant having set up shop and that the shops have bought their knock-off high-quality goods, hurting their businesses. He gives them a list of said stores, which they immediately visit.
With all of the stores investigated, the pair spot a familiar pattern; various high-quality goods are "magically" out of stock, just as a merchant appears and offers them discounted goods, which are cheap knock-offs. Machias is slightly troubled by the events, prompting Dudley to reassure him that it wasn't his fault. Dudley states that Machias reminds him of his youth, as they both share a similar mindset in performing their duties to the best they can, and tells him not to rush himself.
Pete then comes in and tells the pair that he remembered that there was a similar incident a few years ago that the SSS had dealt with and that the documents related to the case were still on file. Reading the documents, they are soon able to discover their suspects. The two suspects are later seen at the pier; Minneth and a woman, celebrating the success of their scams in Crossbell. The pair then confront them and their bodyguards, who try to call in reinforcements as they loathe the SSS for ruining their "careers". However, most of the reinforcements have been intercepted, leaving a few to defend them, who Machias and Dudley easily defeat. Minneth shoots Dudley, successfully disarming him, but to his surprise, Dudley charges and tackles him into submission. The woman tries to flee on an orbal boat, but Machias had already sabotaged the engine beforehand. They and their lackeys are soon arrested and the supply routes return to normal.
The next day, the two return to the cafe and enjoy their coffee. Dudley wishes to speak with Machias more and offers him lunch and coffee later on, which he accepts.
Radiant Departure (光まとう門出)
As Olivert declares his marriage to Scherazard, preparations are made for their wedding. In the Valflame Palace, Scherazard thanks Priscilla for spending the time to find her a dress. Scherazard has doubts about whether she is worthy for Olivert as she comes from the slum and has no idea who her parents are. Priscilla tells her that she was in a similar situation and urges her to think about the present, not the past. As Priscilla leaves for official duties, Scherazard gets a call on her ARCUS and answers it. On the other side is Aina, who is taking over Elnan's duties at Grancel. Scherazard tells her that she will still be a bracer, but might find it more difficult to take on jobs upon marrying Olivert. Aina tells her that she cannot attend the wedding, but congratulates her marriage with Olivert.
In another area, Zechs congratulates the prince for his marriage. Olivert states that he was only able to do so in part due to an instructor, even though Zechs notes that it was meant for military tactics. Mueller, having accompanied Olivert, sarcastically states that someone finally wants Olivert, who tells him it's the other way around. Zechs then asks Olivert if he is certain he wishes to reside in Alster; Olivert confirms his decision, as he is an illegitimate child and that he has already renounced his claim to the throne. He then states that he also wants a residence outside of Erebonia, but Mueller states that he will also need to be informed if he intends to use it as a permeant residence.
As the two depart, they run into Scherazard, who takes her ARCUS out. Aina congratulates Olivert and expresses remorse at being unable to attend, but Olivert states that it's fine and congratulates her on her promotion. Olivert states that there are many others coming to attend, such as Zin, Kevin and Ries. Scherazard then takes the two so that they could see her new dress, but it has gone missing; the tiara remains unscathed. They then spot a message card on the mannequin's chest, recognizing the card as Bleublanc's. Bleublanc has taken the dress and that to recover it, they must solve his riddles, which they rise up to as they wish to cause as little trouble as possible.
Heading to the Garment District, the two reminisce on their past and head into the jewelry store. They find a tiara in a display case, where Olivert explains that it is a duplicate and the real one was lost ages ago. They find a card underneath the stand, which leads them to the Courageous II. Bleublanc has not touched the Round of Seven, much to Olivert's relief, as they find the next card. The card leads them to Karel Imperial Villa. The pair find it odd that Bleublanc's riddles are easier than usual, but take no chances and head to the villa, where they find a trunk in the pavilion. Finding one final card, they read it, learning that Bleublanc wishes them well on their marriage and requests they open the bottom board. As they do so, doves and roses emerge from the trunk, along with the Arnor family's tiara they had been talking about earlier.
Olivert states that he found the tiara in the court of a "western country" and offers it to Scherazard, who accepts. Olivert then states that there's another message on the card, which Scherazard reads. She recognizes the handwriting as Luciola's, who like Bleublanc is also congratulating their marriage. Scherazard is thankful that Luciola is still doing well. Olivert promises to make Scherazard happy, who likewise promises the same to him.
In celebration of the series' 15th anniversary, Nihon Falcom revealed details for the next Kiseki title in Dengeki PlayStation, Volume 677. The reveal includes a key visuals with all the protagonists, including a trail leading from Estelle Bright, Lloyd Bannings and Rean Schwarzer to the back of two new characters.
The article points out the possibilities that these two characters are the protagonists and their similarities with the eponymous protagonists of the novel series Three and Nine, which could be collected in Trails of Cold Steel IV. Standing near them are Wazy Hemisphere, without his Gralsritter attire, and Crow Armbrust. Rixia Mao, Thoma Worzel and Scarlet, whose character designs were previously shown at Dengeki's Game Festival on March 24, 2019, are confirmed to appear in this title. A map of the entirety of Zemuria, shrouding its eastern half still in darkness, was also revealed.
The new Kiseki title was revealed as Hajimari no Kiseki on 18 December 2019.