Tales of the Abyss – 05
Onboard the ship headed toward Luke’s home, Jade examines the fon disk obtained during the battle at Choral Castle and concludes that Luke might someday resent him enough to want to kill him. He later explains to Luke and the group that their enemies are researching isofons, but the subsequent discussion of isofons, fonon frequencies, and fomicry goes completely over Luke’s head. This is interrupted by the arrival of one of the six God-Generals, Dist the Reaper, who is here for the fon disk. Jade willingly hands it over because he’s already memorized all the contents, and this pisses Dist off enough to summon his Kaiser Dist R robot. Everyone pitches in to try to defeat it, but it’s ultimately Van who blows it up with a massive burst of magic, and the explosion sends Dist flying into the water.
Later that night, Luke is alone on the deck of the ship when he suddenly suffers another painful episode, and this time his body starts moving on its own. The voice in his head wants to see the power Luke has that’s supposedly the same as the voice’s power, and Luke then fires a blast from his hand that vaporizes part of the deck. It is not until Van suddenly arrives on the scene and calms Luke down that the painful episode ends. Van thinks that what happened was a hyperresonance, and he explains that a hyperresonance can destroy and reconstruct any substance. It usually requires two Seventh Fonists, and Luke used to be confined to his house because Luke is the only person in the world who can cause a hyperresonance on his own. Training could make this advantageous in a war, and Luke’s father and the Kimlasca king know this. This makes Luke realize that he was being confined to his home as a weapon, and he’s not very happy about it. However, Van then presents Luke with the prospect of being a hero instead if they can avoid the war.
The boat eventually arrives at the Kimlasca capital, and the group goes to see the king. They find that Mohs is already there, and they push Mohs aside to give the king the letter from the Malkuth Empire. Luke even accuses Mohs of speaking nonsense and trying to start a war, but Van calms him down. While the king decides what to do, Luke goes to see his mother, and everyone goes with him. They run into Luke’s father on the way in, and after the normal pleasantries, Tear apologizes to him for what happened with his son. Natalia then shows up, and everyone finds out that she’s Luke’s fiancée, but more importantly, she directly Luke to his sick mother. Tear follows him so that she can apologize to his mother as well, and after hearing about how Tear was trying to attack her own brother, Luke’s mother advises Tear to stop thinking about such things because inter-family fighting is sad. Afterward, Luke tells Tear not to worry about this and attributes his mother’s poor health to how she’s always had a weak body. Later that night, Tear meets with Mohs, and he denies wanting a war and orders her to continue looking for the Seventh Fonstone.
The following day, Luke’s uncle reveals that they’ve agreed to a peace treaty with the Malkuth Empire, but there’s a catch: the letter also asked for help concerning a mining city called Akzeriuth where a toxic miasma has appeared. Luke is being sent to help as a goodwill ambassador, but since he doesn’t want to go, he’s shown the piece of the Sixth Fonstone that Kimlasca owns. The prophecy on it claims that a boy with red hair will be born in Kimlasca and will inherit Lorelei’s power. Everyone thinks that this is referring to Luke, and since the prophecy also claims that this boy will bring some people to a mining town, they’re sending him now. Luke’s father thinks that it’s time for Luke to become a hero, and Luke subsequently agrees to the mission.
However, Van then takes Luke outside and tells him the rest of the prophecy: the boy’s power will lead to catastrophe and become a weapon of Kimlasca. Some think that Luke will bring about war, but fortunately Van has a plan to avoid it and get Luke his freedom. The prophecy claims that war will break out when Luke moves the inhabitants of Akzeriuth, so Van wants Luke to not move those people and just neutralize the miasma with the hyperresonance. Afterward, Luke will exile with Van to Daath. Van promises to help Luke with all this, but he wants Luke to keep their plan a secret. He also reveals that when Luke was young, Luke had wanted to go to Daath with him so that he could escape from the horrible experiments being done to him for hyperresonance research. This is the reason Van was the one who kidnapped Luke seven years ago. Learning this is a shock to Luke, but Van subsequently saying that he needs Luke leads to Luke agreeing to follow his teacher. Unbeknownst to them though, someone had been eavesdropping on their conversation.
There’s something very fishy about the way Van talks about Luke becoming a hero and all. The kidnapping being Van’s doing was a surprise, but what bothers me is how powerful he is (almost too powerful to be a good guy), how good his timing is, and how blindly Luke trusts him. Van seems like the perfect character right now to pull off a betrayal. His plan seems suspicious too: I can just imagine a scenario where Luke using the hyperresonance goes horribly wrong, and that causes the war anyway. If we were closer to the end of the story, I’d be more likely to believe that Luke can break out of the prophecy, but since it’s still pretty early on, I suspect things will happen like the Score says they will.
On a different note, watching this anime adaptation makes me want to go play the original game. However, even if I had the time to do that, I probably wouldn’t because I’d want to enjoy the anime without having the story spoiled. Maybe I’ll pick it up once this series is over. For the time being though, it looks like Natalia finally joins the group next week. Based on the OP, it would appear that she’s the last group member, unless Asch eventually becomes one as well (I only say that because almost every shot of Luke in the OP has Asch there too). Largo also shows up in the preview for next week, so I guess being stabbed in the chest doesn’t necessary mean death in this series.