HLTB Estimate: 55 hours.
69.5 hours played.
On Chapter 9.
Rex level 62.
Played for a half hour this morning. Worked my way through the Rotting Titan and fought Malos. Defeated him without too much trouble, but of course he was unstoppable in the cutscenes after. That is, until Nia reveals the opposing power to his destruction — her restoration. She infuses him with some kind of wild cell regeneration which knocks him out and off a cliff.
Chapter 7: The Fear She Carries
The Doll in Sight of the Throne
The chapter opens with flashing scenes of a dark room, before a door to the nearby chamber opens.
Amalthus receives word of the events in Tantal. He authorizes a ceremony to begin. From the bottom of Temperantia, an emerald glow emerges.
Two days after the abduction of Pyra, Rex, recovered from but devastated by his complete defeat at the hands of Jin, decides to leave the party, believing that he cannot possibly win against someone of Jin’s caliber. His announcement infuriates the party, particularly Nia and Brighid, who berate him for the decision, ignoring the amount of pain Pyra put herself in in order to help Rex. Brighid brings up Pyra’s conversation with Corinne in particular, when the former wondered if it was best that she be separated from Rex for his sake. Tora and Poppi lash out as well, saying that this was not the Rex they knew. The tirade is cut short by a summon for Rex from Eulogimenos.
The Third Aegis Sword
Eulogimenos reveals the complete history of Tantal in regards to their Tornan background. After the Aegis War, an internal clash occured in Torna. Some believed in Addam’s ideal for humans, Blades and Titans to coexist as equals. Others, however, preferred to have humans serve as masters to the Blades and Titans, essentially enslaving the latter two. Amidst the chaos, a group of Tornans on the counter-Addam side took advantage of Addam’s disappearance. They obtained the Omega Fetter, claimed to be of Addam’s lineage, and united the nation under the counter-Addam ideals. The group then established themselves as the first members of the Tantalese royal family, before sending Genbu deep into the Cloud Sea to hide their secret.
Unfortunately, Indol knew of Tantal’s secret and proceeded to use it as blackmail. In order to protect their secret, Tantal had to send regular shipments of Core Chips to Indol. As Core Chips are essential to every nation’s military, this would allow Indol to expand their influence. However, prolonged submersion in the Cloud Sea led to harsh cold, failing crops, and overall destitute in Tantal. In the correspondence Rex delivered from Indol, Amalthus requested Tantal to hand over the Omega Fetter. Fear that Indol would use the Omega Fetter and Aegis against Tantal was what led Eulogimenos to attempt the eradication of Pyra/Mythra.
Eulogimenos then reveals a possible path forward. While Rex has wielded two Aegis Swords, one for Pyra and one for Mythra, Eulogimenos presents one of Tantal’s histories, which describe a third sword. This third sword is said to be the Aegis’s true sword. Addam was unable to wield the power during the Aegis War, and sealed it away along with the Aegis. Eulogimenos suggests the search begin in the Leftherian Archipelago, the last place mentioned in the history. He also entrusts Zeke to look out for Rex, confident in the latter’s ability to unlock the Aegis’s power.
In their headquarters, Akhos and Malos contemplate the unconcious Pyra. Akhos wonders why Pyra would have sacrificed herself, given how she shares her life force with Rex, but Malos reveals that, as the Aegis can survive briefly without a Core Crystal, she likely would have transferred the remainder of hers to Rex, allowing him to survive despite her annihilation.