Tales of the Abyss – 10
Luke and Tear go to see her grandfather Teodoro so that Luke can apologize for what happened with Akzeriuth, but Teodoro feels that it’s not necessary because the collapse of Akzeriuth was written in Yulia’s Score. It was part of the Closed Score that only Maestros or higher in the Order of Lorelei know about. This leads to Luke questioning why Teodoro didn’t do something to stop it if he already knew, so Teodoro explains that the teachings of the Order are to live quietly in accordance to the Score. They need to move history in line with the Score so that they won’t lose the expected prosperity. Mohs confined Ion and tried to start a war because the Score said that war in Rugnica would lead to unprecedented prosperity for mankind. Tear then points out that her brother is trying to cause the collapse of St. Binah, but Teodoro is convinced that that won’t happen. He knows that the fighting will take place in that area, and he tells Luke and Tear to take Yulia Road back to the Outer Lands if they’re worried.
After the talk with Teodoro, Tear suspects that the destruction of Hod was also in the Closed Score. This causes Luke to remember how Van is supposedly trying to make a replica of Hod, and Tear explains to him that Hod was the island that collapsed during the war 16 years ago. Hod was actually Tear and Van’s hometown, and Van had said in the past that he wouldn’t forgive a world that abandoned Hod. Tear had previously overheard her brother talking with Legretta about how it’d be troublesome if Asch learned of the plan to annihilate the people of the Outer Lands. This is why Tear had wanted to stop her brother and had come to the Outer Lands, and she feels that Luke wasn’t the only one to blame for Akzeriuth. After hearing all this, Luke calls Tear strong and thanks her for telling him because he understands her a little better now. Tear notes that this is the first time he’s ever thanked her for anything. The two then return to the Outer Lands via the Yulia Road and arrive at the Aramis Spring.
On the way out of the spring, they run into Guy who had been waiting for them. Luke is still concerned about his identity, so Guy tells him that he is himself and Asch is Asch. Guy doesn’t care about the replica stuff and simply sees Luke as real. Luke ends up thanking Guy, and that surprises him. As they continue towards the exit of the springs, Luke asks Guy why he waited, so Guy recounts an incident from the past where he was trying to teach Luke to walk. He had urged Luke to get back his past, but Luke felt that he didn’t need it. Guy saw the truth in this because being stuck in the past means that you can’t move forward, and because he liked that part of Luke, he stayed around. Since Luke is still caught up on Akzeriuth, Guy advises him to just help others for the rest of his life. The trio then runs into Jade who had been looking for Guy because Ion and Natalia had gotten captured.
Mohs still intends to start a war by claiming that what happened at Akzeriuth was a Malkuth conspiracy, and Kimlasca doesn’t know any better because both the princess and goodwill ambassador are missing. Jade specifically asks for Guy and Tear’s help in this matter, but when it comes to Luke, Jade only says that he won’t stop Luke from coming along. The group then heads to the Lorelei headquarters at Daath and meets up with Anise. In order to enter the base, Tear presents her rank and tells the guards there that she’s with witnesses of the discovery of the Seventh Fonstone, and that’s enough to grant everyone entry. The others are surprised to hear about the Seventh Fonstone, so Tear explains afterward that her mission was to investigate if the Seventh Fonstone at Akzeriuth was real or not. In any case, the group sneaks through the base until they reach Mohs’ office, and they overhear Mohs unhappy about how Van hasn’t contacted them yet. Mohs knows that they’re at last able to cause a war in accordance with the Score, and he decides to go to Baticul with Legretta.
Before moving on to save Ion and Natalia, Jade warns Luke that there’ll be many Oracle soldiers ahead, and Luke understands the implication that they’ll need to fight and kill. This is put to the test when Luke gets ambushed, and after a heated battle, he strikes down a guard. Luke is frustrated about what he had to do, but Guy tells him that they can’t waste time because then more people will die. The group soon finds Ion and Natalia, and they all escape safely from the headquarters. Once they get a chance to catch their breath, Ion proposes that they go get Malkuth Emperor Peony’s help to stop the war. Luckily, Asch had left the Tartarus in Daath’s harbor. This leads to Luke thinking about Asch again and what Asch is going to do from now on, but Guy suggests that Luke leave him alone. Guy reminds Luke that he is himself and Asch is Asch, and Luke should do what he can.
Well, the whole Score thing keeps getting more and more suspicious. My gut says that blindly following the Score is a bad thing and that the promised prosperity is a myth, but I’m not convinced that actively trying to defy it is any better. There’s too much we haven’t been told about what’s in the Closed Score, and for all we know, Luke saving the world could have already been foreseen. Regardless, Van is clearly using the Order of Lorelei’s stance towards it to his advantage, and so while I think that the Order and its members might merely be misguided, it’s looking more and more like Van is going to be the real bad guy – barring any big surprises. He even appears to absolve Asch of suspicion in the conversation he had with Legretta. Speaking of which though, Asch was more or less absent from this episode – so much for him being a second protagonist. I wonder what he’s up to…
What this episode did have a lot of was signs that Luke is changing. Obviously they’re trying to show him in a much better light, and to an extent, it’s working. At the very least, I don’t hate his character like I did a few episodes ago. Which reminds me: the most eyebrow-raising part of this episode was the random soldier that Luke had to fight. Most of the time these guys are like stormtroopers, but this one had some surprisingly good moves. Ultimately I think it shows that the animators can make any fight exciting if they want to, and I wouldn’t be against seeing more battles like that.