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The Legend of Heroes: Ao no Kiseki (英雄伝説(えいゆうでんせつ) 碧の軌跡(あおのきせき)) is the fifth instalment in the Kiseki series and the second game of the Crossbell arc, set in Crossbell.

Synopsis

Setting

Plot

Prologue - Traces of D

Ao no Kiseki begins several months after the ending of Zero no Kiseki. Crossbellan politician Hartmann and his secretary Earnest Reis had fled to Erebonia, only to be exiled. They ultimately found shelter in the former D∴G Cult lodge of Altair, the westernmost city of Calvard. The political turbulance in Crossbell led to the formation of a special investigation group, consisting of Special Support Section (S.S.S) leader Lloyd Bannings, Crossbell Guardian Force lieutenant Noel Seeker, Crossbell Police Department chief inspector Alex Dudley and A-rank bracer Arios MacLaine, all equipped with the new ENIGMA II tactical orbment.

Halfway through the lodge, the team discovers the two political refugees arguing: Hartmann expresses his willingness to turn himself in, but gets dragged away by Earnest and the team is stopped in their tracks by the archaisms cult leader Joachim Gunther left behind. The battle results in a cave in, separating Lloyd and Noel from Dudley and Arios. They agree to meet each other at the end of the lodge and each group goes their way.

With Dudley and Arios hindered by ten more archaisms, the first to catch up with the refugees are Lloyd and Noel. In an attempt to attain "true awakening" like his master Joachim, Earnest takes an overdose of red gnosis and demonizes. Dudley and Arios catch up and together they manage to hold off Earnest, whose consciousness is steadily fading. Lloyd tries to keep Earnest as sane as possible until the unexpected arrival of the Gralsritter's fifth Dominion, Kevin Graham. With the power of the Stigma and the Septian Church's Testaments, Kevin manages to subvert Earnest back into his human form.

Back in Altair, Dudley expresses his dissatisfaction with Kevin's sudden appearance. Kevin explains his actions in Crossbell are closely guarded by archbishop Eralda, who is known to loathe the Gralsritter's methods, and only showed up because he owed Arios a favour. As Kevin sees Lloyd and Noel off, Gralsritter squire Ries Argent returns from shopping. Kevin suggests he rather joins Ries during her stay in Crossbell, after which she reminds him of Eralda. Kevin's hunch that Crossbell's alias of "City of Sins" might live up to its name soon and asks her to resort to their 'trump card' if anything happens.

On the Transcontinental Railway train bound for Crossbell, Noel entrusts Lloyd with how her personality reflects the strict parenting of her father Ozma Seeker, who died during an accident in S. 1194. Before long, they arrive on Crossbell Station where KeA comes running toward Lloyd, followed by section chief Sergei Lou, fellow S.S.S member Elie MacDowell, Noel's sister Fran Seeker and Testaments leader Wazy Hemisphere. Sergei reveals to Lloyd that Noel and Wazy will be joining the S.S.S for its restart in the second half of S.1204.

Chapter 1 - Omen: A New Daily Life

Lloyd and Elie introduce Noel and Wazy to the S.S.S's way of working. After waving goodbye to KeA, who was playing with friends at Central Square, the S.S.S moves to the Crossbell Police Department for their request to confirm whether Lechter Arundel is indeed in Crossbell and reveal who he really is. Grace, whom they bump into in the Back Street, claims she last saw Lechter in the Dragon's Old Restaurant. Rather than keep himself concealed, Lechter welcomed the S.S.S and introduced them to the chef of the restaurant. During the chef's talk, Lechter had disappeared. The S.S.S ultimately found him in the casino. They managed to verify details of his stay before their talk was interrupted by Shirley Orlando, member of the Red Constellation jaeger corps. She bit in Lloyd's earlobe and subjected Elie to sexual harassment, only to disappear without a trace alongside Lechter.

A phone call from Sergei directed the S.S.S toward the Crossbell Police Academy. Noel's suggestion to go by foot to fulfil the monster extermination quest led them to an encounter with Sigmund Orlando, the Red Constellation leader. He challenging Lloyd to count the number of passengers on the passing train and compliments him for answering correctly, asserting him that these sharp eyes will keep him alive on the battlefield. After Sigmund leaves, the S.S.S find the monsters they were supposed to exterminate shredded to pieces and assume that they, too, had a run in with Sigmund.

At the Crossbell Police Academy, Sergei reveals that Mayor Dieter Crois appointed the S.S.S a ZCF-built orbal car and subjected the group to a crash course on traffic laws. Noel was appointed to driver based on her prior experience with vehicles at the Crossbell Guardian Force. As they drive back to Crossbell, they drive by Randy Orlando and Mireille who just returned from the Survival Training Area in Knox Forest. On their way back, they decide to pick up KeA from Sunday School at the Crossbell Cathedral. There they run into Ries Argent, under whom Elie had temporarily studied in Arteria. After introductions, Ries privately asks Elie to keep her identity as a Gralsritter squire hidden. Back at S.S.S, Tio Plato video calls the group from Leman to let them know her return would be delayed.

Later that week Sergei discussed the encounter with Sigmund, whose whereabouts could not yet be confirmed by the top brass of the Crossbell Police Academy. Per Wazy suggestion, the S.S.S visits exchange shop Neinvalli to ask owner Ashley for possible clues regarding Sigmund's whereabouts. Shortly after the S.S.S concluded Sigmund must be a jaeger based on Ashley's information, they run into Vipers leader Wald Wales. Wazy suggests that Wald, too, should move on from his role as gang leader which led to a heated fight. Wazy enveloped his body in a mysterious yellow glow and quickly ended the fight, leaving Wald behind. Realising that Wazy had been holding back during all their prior duels, Wald is set on finding his own path.

After an interview with Marcel Nielsen regarding the Cult Incident, the S.S.S headed toward the Doll Studio where they run into an argument between Doll Studio owner Jorg Rozenberg and his superior, F. Novartis accompanied by Campanella. Novartis' demand for Jorg to hand over the data of Pater-Mater is met by criticism that Novartis sees Renne Hayworth only as a research subject. As the S.S.S approaches the Studio, Jorg dismisses the Ouroboros members and shortly thereafter the S.S.S as well. They continued their way to Mainz to investigate the mysterious light in the mines that kept the miners awake with worries. As they entered the mine, an explosion had the entrance collapse blocking their way back out again. While working out who could possibly be responsible for the explosive trap, the discover that the light phenomenon was caused by radiating flora within the mine. Behind them had crept up an enormous Fairy Drake on the one side while Zeit and Randy came storming in from the other side. They defeated the monster and returned to Mainz.

On the way back, Randy shares his observation that the explosive small in the mine are still commonly used by jaeger corps. As Lloyd told about the red-haired persons they met earlier that they, he was rang by Dudley that the former Revache & Co. venue was purhcased by "Crimson & Co." Recognising the name, Randy explains that it's a dummy corporation for the Red Constellation as a company runs high-end entertainment businesses in Erebonia. As the S.S.S car passed the hanging bridge, Novartis and Campanella are shown discussing their course of action. Novartis, reminding himself that he will carry out the Phantasmal Blaze plan in Crossbell alongside Arianrhod, asks Campanella to report the completion of the Astral Code and act on behalf of the Grandmaster. Campanella then warps away.

Back in Crossbell, Randy jumped out of the car and speeds toward the new Crimson and Co. establishment. There they learn that Lechter Arundel was responsible for buying the venue before Cao Lee could get to it. Facing off against Sigmund and Shirley, Randy learns that Sigmund's brother and Randy's father died approximately six months prior in a fight against the rivaling jaeger corps Zephyr's leader. As the two Orlando's enter the building, Randy reveals to the rest of S.S.S that his uncle Sigmund and cousin Shirley are second-in-command and squad leader, respectively, of the jaeger corps Red Constellation.

Chapter 2 - West Zemuria Trade Conference

In preparation of the first West Zemuria Trade Conference, the S.S.S attends a briefing regarding security measures by Dudley at the Crossbell Police Department. After the briefing, the topic of discussion shifts to their run-in with Red Constellation to which Dudley adds that there had been an enormous conflict between them and Heiyue in Calvard one year prior. Randy explains that unlike the mafia, jaegers are not attached to nations and will grand their clients wishes as long as they pay up.

Chapter 2 - Professor Ceiland on Gnosis (Ao)

While looking out for information on the corpse, they wrap up a number of requests from their terminal. Per request of librarian Miles Neues they investigate the missing ancient book collection at the top floor of at Stargazers' Tower and assisted Douglas with a Crossbell Guardian Force drill. After completing Professor Seiland's quest at St. Ursula Medical College, she sat down with the S.S.S to discuss her analysis of gnosis. She concluded that biochemically alteration of the human body through demonization is an impossible phenemonon and that she can find no differences between red and blue gnosis.

Per request of the Bracer Guild, the S.S.S gathers information about Red Constellation's whereabouts. Newly appointed commander Sonya Balz adds that Red Constellation met up with an Erebonian businessman near the Bellguard Gate not too long ago. That night the S.S.S meets up with the Bracer Guild to exchange information on Red Constellation. Arios, having returned from Calvard, found that Rocksmith Agency office manager Kilika Rouran had been stimulating negotiations between Heiyue and the Republic government. Since neither party conceals their contacts with governmental bodies, Arios dismisses Michel's suggestion that they might be preparing an assassination of the superpowers' leaders during the upcoming West Zemuria Trade Conference. They S.S.S and Bracer Guild decide to continue their cooperation and return home.

As the S.S.S approaches their dormitory, Zeit's growling in front of the door triggers Randy to rush inside, where they find Shirley Orlando making herself comfortable at the couch. She invites Randy to the club Neue Blanc, where Sigmund waits for him, and Lloyd and Wazy invite themselves to tag along, ignoring Randy's objections. While Shirley and the S.S.S were transported to the club, Tio video-called in from Leman for a brief talk with Elie, Noel and KeA. Sergei, returning from a meeting, tells the group that Neue Blanc is already under surveillance by the Crossbell Police Department.

In Neue Blanc, Randy was welcomed as Randolph by his uncle Sigmund. Sigmund figured Lloyd and Wazy tagged along to ask question, so he let them ask away. He immediately couldn't answer Lloyd's first question for his reason to stay in Crossbell because of the NDA in his contract. To Wazy's more subtle approach to Red Constellation's relationship with Lechter Arundel, Sigmund said he makes a great peer for Cao Lee whom he met during the run-in with Heiyue in Calvard. As for Lloyd's question about the fee his contractor reserved for the mission, Wazy suggested 100 million mira to which Sigmund nodded. Sigmund ended their stay by demanding Randy would take over the position of War God from his father. Shocked, Randy withdrew from the building followed by his two S.S.S companions and the three of them walked back to the dormitory on foot, declining the car offered by Neue Blanc's manager. Reporting back to Sergei, Lloyd concludes that the 100 million mira contract must be from the Imperial government to ensure Chancellor Giliath Osborne's safety during the West Zemuria Trade Conference, to which Sergei invites them to attend as security officers.

In Erebonia, Mueller Vander is surprised Prince Olivert Reise Arnor is still working. As a member of the board of directors of the military academy, he is skimming through the reports of the children that motivate him so. Even though Olivert jokes around as usual, he knows Chancellor Osborne is a target for terrorists and wondered if he has become a target, too, asking Mueller for his support. In the airspace above Liberl, Crown Princess Klaudia von Auslese receives a letter about the turmoil in Calvard brought to her by her falcon Sieg. As Julia Schwarz walks out on the deck, they share their hopes to rely to the assistance of the S.S.S per recommendation of Estelle and Joshua Bright. Then Klaudia falls into a deep thought on to how to replace the non-aggression pact her grandmother Queen Alicia von Auslese II introduced with a superior system. In the meanwhile, Campanella successfully installs the Astral Code on the Orbal Network from the terminals in Geofront B - Block 8.

On August 31st S.1204, representatives for each of the attending nations arrive: from Erebonia come Chancellor Giliath Osborne, also known as the Blood and Iron Chancellor, and Prince Olivert Reise Arnor by the high-speed orbal train Eisengraff, accompanied by their bodyguards Lechter Arundel and Mueller Vander, respectively; from Calvard comes President Samuel Rocksmith and his aide, Kilika Rouran, by orbal car; from Remiferia comes Prince Albert von Bartholomeus; and finally from Liberl comes Crown Princess Klaudia von Auslese and her bodyguard Julia Schwarz. In front of the Orchis Tower, Crossbell's mayor Dieter Crois welcomes the neighbouring nations' representatives and reveals the recently finished Orchis Tower, its sheer size leaving the S.S.S and the nations' representatives alike in awe. He then declares the start of the West Zemuria Trade Conference.

After the welcome ceremony, the rulers spend their day before the conference following a schedule drafted by Dieter while the S.S.S returns to their regular duties. Among the duties are a request from bracers Lynn and Aeolia for a training session in Armorica Village. Lynn expressed her gratitude by learning Lloyd the Helix. They also helped a music manager find back his lost musician and were assisted by Shirley Orlando in their quest for a lost kitten. After lunching with KeA at the S.S.S office, their attempt to patrol the city was halted by Klaudia's falcon Sieg. The letter it brought invites the S.S.S to Crossbell Airport.

They waited at Crossbell Airport until Julia escorted them to the briefing room aboard of the Arseille. Prince Olivert and Mueller also joined the meeting, leaving Lloyd speechless over Olivert's double-role as the missing musician they had been looking for. Olivert updates the S.S.S on the political situation in Erebonia and that he is sure that the Noble Faction hired terrorists to assassinate Osborne during the West Zemuria Trade Conference. Klaudia shares similar anxieties regarding Calvard, which has opened its borders even further since its transition to republic and subsequently fueled the activities of anti-immigrant organisations. Both superpowers' information agencies, the Imperial Intelligence Division and Republican Rocksmith Agency, made sure this information would not land in Crossbell. The S.S.S updated the leaders on their information on the Red Constellation and Heiyue before disembarking the Arseille.

Intermission - A Brief Respite

Beach scenes.

Chapter 3 - Flux: Carnival of Beasts

Where did they come from?

Chapter 4 - Crossbell's Fate

The most intense thing of things ever.

Fragments - Beyond the Paradise of Lies

They see me ridin' .

Finale - And Yet, Here We Are

Why did this have to end (this way).

Development

The development of Zero no Kiseki's sequel was announced under the name of Ao no Kiseki on March 24, 2011 along with its release date, September 29, 2011. They also released a teaser trailer.[1]

Falcom decided on the kanji ao (碧) because it represents an unfathomable colour that occurs when you reach a certain depth under water and you look up at the surface, you can no longer distinguish blue from green; or a stone with compound colours and an infinite sense of depth that is both highly transparent and clear.[2]

Gallery

Official Artwork
 
Ao no Kiseki - Key Visual (Official Artwork)
Key visual
 
Gemaga November 2011 Issue (Official Artwork)
Gemaga Nov. '11 covert art
 
Ao no Kiseki - Promotional Artwork (Official Artwork)
Promotional artwork
 
One Day, Surely - Ao Drama CD (Official Artwork)
Drama CD cover
 
Bad Koppe - WonderGOO Bonus (Official Artwork)
Retailer bonus
 
Elie's Morning - Sofmap Telephone Card (Official Artwork)
Retailer bonus
 
Seeker Sisters' Safe Traffic Month - Media Land Telephone Card (Official Artwork)
Retailer bonus
 
Tio & Kea's Summer Break - Sofmap Telephone Card (Official Artwork)
Retailer bonus
 
Lunbox of Love - Gamers Telephone Card (Official Artwork)
Retailer bonus
 
Rain-soaked - Imagine Book Card (Official Artwork)
Retailer bonus
 
Sunny Day in Crossbell - GEO Clear File (Official Artwork)
Retailer bonus
 
Off for Sunday School - Sofmap Telephone Card (Official Artwork)
Retailer bonus
 
Homeward - Game Arc, Takarajima, Papyrus Jigsaw Puzzle (Official Artwork)
Retailer bonus

References

  1. Original: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJz7K0ZtSUI. Subbed trailer by omgfloofy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhk_1Ffg3v8
  2. https://twitter.com/nihonfalcom/status/53698862170374144

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