First, when you first reach Krosse (after staying at the inn), do a PA and head towards the castle. A man with three eyes will run past you. Later, after the Armory Contest in Lacuer, head back to Hilton and go to the tavern. You'll find Opera. After that scene you have to return to Krosse and gain another audience with the king. You will then gain access to the Mountain Palace and you'll have to go there to find and recruit Opera.
Oh, and in case you've forgotten, you can't recruit Opera if you got Ashton. --- "Here, look. See this round thing? It's called a button. You push it, and then it'll open the way." - Leon, Star Ocean: Second Evolution
And from there, if you want to get Ernest as well, take the whole party (not a PA) back to Arlia and look around in the forest for a scene. That way when the time is right later, you'll have a chance to get Ernest.
However, if you don't want Ernest, don't do this because Opera leaves the group if she finds him and you dont' take him.
Alright I don't want Ernest, so let me see if I got this right. You go to Krosse after staying at the Inn, do a PA involving a three-eyed man, then you go to Hilton after the Armory contest without doing a PA, and see Opera in the tavern, then you go back to Krosse and have an audience with the King and gain access to a dungeon... And since I don't want Ernest, I DO NOT want to do the event in Arlia when Opera is in the forest... Correct? --- "I read the word "CUTEST" -> saw TC's username -> relieved. "--- heyjey
He'll take up room though... I might get him for that Battle Suit though... Thank you for the responses, but is my previous post correct? I just got the game today, and I haven't played the original in a long time... So my memory of the process is a little off. --- "I read the word "CUTEST" -> saw TC's username -> relieved. "--- heyjey