GUILTY GEAR XX: THE MIDNIGHT CARNIVAL PLOT FAQ (v3.0, 10-05-03) by Edward Chang (firstname.lastname@example.org) Version History v3.0 (10-05-03) Huge update. Added info from the Xtra Manga, as well as the glossary in the back of drafting artworks. v2.5 (9-03-03) Working on a major update, added all of the drama CDs to "canon" sources, major addition to questions. Added a "Miscellaneous" section. v2.0 (7-12-03) Corrected URL. Added tons of information from the Guilty Gear novels. v1.1 (2-28-03) Added questions about "fake Outrages", Sol, I-No, the Assassins, forbidden magic,addition to the timeline. v1.0 (2-24-03) First version. Table of Contents 1. Introduction 2. Frequently Asked Questions -- Gears -- Magic/Technology -- History/Government/Organizations -- Sol/Frederick -- Ky *NEW* -- Dizzy -- That Man/Justice/I-No/Raven -- Other Characters -- Miscellaneous 3. Timeline 4. Unanswered Questions 5. Glossary *NEW* 6. Credits 1. INTRODUCTION This is a Plot FAQ for Guilty Gear XX: The Midnight Carnival and by extension, the entire Guilty Gear series of games. The purpose of this FAQ is to answer all the commonly asked questions about the game's storyline and to clear up misconceptions that have propagated around the net due to negligence, misinterpretation, or straight out lying. Because I am advocating all the information in this FAQ as "canon", I will cite the information I have listed here. The following sources were used to make this FAQ and are considered canon. Release date and when applicable, serial numbers are shown. Games Guilty Gear: The Missing Link (May 1998) Guilty Gear X: By Your Side (Arcade ? 2000, Console December 2000) Guilty Gear X+: By Your Side (November 2001) Guilty Gear XX: The Midnight Carnival (Arcade May 2002, Console December 2002) Guilty Gear XX #Reload (Arcade ? 2003, Console July 2003) Books/Mooks Guilty Gear Complete Bible (May 1998) (ISBN 4-7966-1347-1) Guilty Gear X Slash Encyclopedia (August 2000) (ISBN 4-7577-0184-5) Guilty Gear X Drafting Artworks (January 2001) (ISBN 4-7577-0301-5) Guilty Gear XX Burst Encyclopedia (June 2002) (ISBN 4-7577-0934-X) Guilty Gear XX Complete Guide (February 2003) (ISBN 4-7973-2294-2) Guilty Gear X Novel Lightning the Argent (January 2001)(ISBN 4-7577-0276-0) Guilty Gear X Novel The Butterfly and her Gale (August 2002) (ISBN 4-7577-0714-2) Guilty Gear Xtra Manga Hoshi Furu Sora no Nagaki Ude (Sept 2003) (ISBN 4-06-349148-X) *NEW* CDs Guilty Gear X Drama CD Volume 1 (10-24-2001) (SCDC-132) Guilty Gear X Drama CD Volume 2 (11-21-2001) (SCDC-137) Guilty Gear XX Drama CD Side Red (7-16-2003) (KDSD-10) Guilty Gear XX Drama CD Side Black (8-20-2003) (KDSD-14) Websites Official Guilty Gear website (http://www.guiltygearx.com) If two canon sources conflict on a point, the newer one is considered "correct". The sole exception is for the American translations of the games, as I have no access to them and therefore I have no way to tell if they have been translated accurately. Thus, all of the games are considered canon by way of their original Japanese version only. No other sources are considered "canon" for the purposes of this FAQ. That means, do not email me and say "the info in your FAQ is wrong" if your source is a doujinshi, fanfic, random picture, or forum post you found on the web. With that said I can and probably will make mistakes, so if there is some info that you feel is mistaken or omitted from this guide, please feel free to contact me and let me know. 2. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Here I will answer in question-and-answer format many of the confusing aspects about the Guilty Gear series' plot. At the end of each entry there will be a citation showing where I got the info from. Abbreviations are as follows: GG - the original video game Guilty Gear GGX - the original video game Guilty Gear X GGX+ - the original video game Guilty Gear X+ GGXX - the original video game Guilty Gear XX #R - the original video game Guilty Gear #Reload CB - the Complete Bible SE - the Slash Encyclopedia BE - the Burst Encyclopedia DA - the Drafting Artworks CG - the Complete Guide LA - The "Lightning The Argent" novel BG - The "The Butterfly and her Gale" novel V1 - Drama CD Vol. 1 V2 - Drama CD Vol. 2 SR - Drama CD Red SB - Drama CD Black WS - the official Website XM - the GG Xtra Manga *NEW* The questions in this section are rougly organized according to category. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ GEARS ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Q. What is a Gear? A. Gears were created by mankind as a means to further evolution. Gears aren't really a species of their own; they are "altered" species, and whales and elephants can be made into Gear-types. Of course, humans are included in this list as well. In 2016, the first human subject to undergo the change into Gear was the American Frederick. He and the researchers all disappeared shortly after. Many Gears run on instinct and turn out to be little more than killing machines, but some - especially those derived from human subjects - are able to retain their free will. (DA pg. 225) Q. Who created Gears? A. Somebody simply known as "That Man" (Ano Otoko). He was actually just one of several people on the Gear Project, but he is the one who created Justice and is therefore the person responsible for the current trouble with Gears. Oddly enough, the few times he does appear he seems apologetic about creating Gears, only saying that it is necessary to save the world. Also, Drama CD Black makes it clear that he doesn't intend for Gears to overrun mankind or rule the world. It is clear that he knows Frederick (Sol), and recently it's been revealed that he also knows or at least knows of Slayer. (GGXX, SB) Q. Why are Gears such a threat, if they were created as a means for mankind to further evolution? A. The process of making a Gear can cause a Gear to lose its own will and run on instinct. When a "command-type Gear" (such as Justice) is around, these instinct-running Gears can be directed towards certain ends, such as attacking humans. As a matter of fact, this is precisely what happened to Testament. Also, the fact that Gears are stronger and more powerful in magic or magic-like abilities leaves open the possibility that they will be used as weapons, though they were not created for the sake of being weapons. (DA pg. 225, GGXX) Q. Are Gears no longer a threat? A. With the death of Justice, the "command-type" Gear, Gears are supposedly unable to move of their own volition anymore. However, there is evidence that Dizzy may have some of the same properties that Justice did, which is what makes Dizzy so powerful and dangerous - the fact that Testament has volition could be an indication of that. In Lightning the Argent, it is revealed that Dizzy is not the only self-aware Gear; there is a full-blooded Gear named Solaria, created by the Blackard Company for the purposes of taking control of Gears and using them as weapons. However Solaria was rescued from the Company and she is currently living freely under the auspices of the International Police (via Ky Kiske). Solaria does not appear to be a command-type Gear. (GGXX, LA) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ MAGIC/TECHNOLOGY ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Q. What is magic? What is ki? A. Magic is a source of incredible energy that began to be studied seriously by humans in the 21st century. There are five elements of magic: fire, lightning, water, wind, and ki. The first four are now well understood and can be ampilified and controlled, but the use of ki remains unknown. Ki has its origins in the Orient. Testament is known to control some sort of magic, and the wielders of Jinki can also control magic to some extent. Axl too, for some reason, has been observed to use something similar to magic of the fire element. As for ki, some fighting masters of the Orient, such as Jam Kuradoberi, can use it; Kliff Undersn was the first non-Asian to be able to use ki, and now Chipp Zanuff has mastered its use as well. (DA pg. 227, GGXX, CG pg. 294, BG) Q. What is the Outrage? *REVISED* A. The Outrage was a weapon designed by Frederick to fight against Gears. Its purpose is to function as an amplifier for magical powers that could be harnessed by man. However, the potential of the Outrage was unknown, so it wasn't created as one part - it was created as eight component pieces, each of which is known as a "Jinki" (Divine Implement or Tool). The eight Jinki are the Fuuenken (Fireseal Sword), Fuuraiken (Thunderseal Sword), Zessen (Stopping Fans), Senga (Flashing Tooth), Ekitoku (Increasing Fervor), Kojouhaku (White on the Lake), and two that are unnamed. Note that aside from the first three, it's not clear that the Jinki are even weapons by themselves. Note: In the GGXtra Manga, Bernard pronounces jinki as "shinki" and Zessen as "Zetsusen". The kanji used are identical, however. (CB pg. 103, DA pg. 225, 231, although romanizations are guesses on my part) Q. Who has the Jinki? A. The Jinki are under the care of the United Nations. However, three of the eight Jinki are currently in the possession of some of the Guilty Gear cast. Ky Kiske, as current head of the Holy Order, has the Fuuraiken. Sol Badguy (formerly Frederick) has the Fuuenken. Anji Mito has the Zessen. NO OTHER CHARACTER has a Jinki. (DA pg. 225, BE pg. 16, 19, 40, GGX+, GGXX) Q. Who has "fake Outrages"? A. There is no such thing as fake Jinki. It is a popular fan notion that That Man, in response to Frederick creating the Outrage, created "fake Outrages". This is untrue and it doesn't even make sense, as the individual weapons are called Jinki, not Outrages - the Outrage is simply a huge anti-Gear weapon. By that same token, Venom/Johnny/Robo Ky do not have "fake Outrages" as fans have suggested. In short, there is no official support in any of the canon sources for the existence of "fake Outrages". (all sources) Q. What are the "forbidden beasts"? A. The forbidden beasts (kinjuu) are based on Gear technology. However, they were developed by the Shuusen Kanrikyoku into an anti-Gear weapon. One of the first was given as a test case to a man named Zato-1, and this spurred Zato's rise in the assassin syndicate until he managed to become the syndicate's leader. (GGXX) Q. What are the "forbidden magics"? A. The forbidden magic (kinju - note this is written with different characters than kinjuu) are magic rituals that are deemed unsafe for humans to practice. The reason is that because human understanding of magic is still yet incomplete, practice of these rituals may cause unintended side effects, including virus-like effects and harm inflicted to the wielder. Nevertheless, sometimes these magics get practiced, and there have been hints that the Assassin Syndicate has practiced this. (DA pg. 225, GGXX) Q. What is the "Hi-Deigokutsuipou"? *REVISED* A. This is the term for the "six forbidden magics". They have been forbidden because practitioners of it are at a huge risk for aftereffects; however because of the power they can grant it is still practiced. Zato-1, for instance, gave up his powers of perception as the "password" for the Fifth Forbidden Magic, "Shokusei Kagejin", and in exchange received the power to control shadows. (Note: GGXX seems to conflict with this description, saying that the Shuusen Kanrikyoku bestowed the Eddie, a Gear-derived kinjuu, onto Zato-1.). Millia Rage of the same syndicate underwent the Sixth Forbidden Magic, "Angra", but what aftereffects it may have on her are still unknown. (DA pg. 226, GGXX) Q. What is "blacktech"? *NEW* A. Blacktech is the technology of the old world that has since fallen into disuse since the discovery of magic. The basis of definition of blacktech seems to be any technology that harms people or the environment, although some seemingly innocuous things like data discs appear to be blacktech, while explosives do not. Einstein's mass-energy equation (i.e., nuclear power) is most definitely blacktech, as are guns. Though most of the world fears blacktech and has made it illegal, the continent of Zepp in fact celebrates blacktech, insisting that man is wrong to shun old technology and that it is the motive, not the machines, that can be used for evil. (V1, V2) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ HISTORY/GOVERNMENT/ORGANIZATIONS ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Q. What happened to Japan? What happened to the Japanese? *REVISED* A. It was destroyed by an attack of Gears, under the command of Justice (and therefore indirectly That Man) in 2074 A.D. This was the incident that set off the Holy War and the formation of the Holy Order. The remaining Japanese now live in the Japanese Colony, an area which has been magically sealed off from the rest of the world. Time seems to pass oddly within it; in certain sections it is always spring, and in others, summer. However, there is some indication that the Japanese Colony is less a preservation facility than it is a place to store 'dangerous items' and keep them away from the rest of the world. (DA pg. 231, XM) Q. What is the Shuusen Kanrikyoku/Postwar Management Bureau? *REVISED* A. The Shuusen Kanrikyoku is a mysterious organization that is behind the events of GGXX. According to Ky, they were around during the Holy War (and were not a secret organization then) but were supposed to have been disbanded. They are a separate entity from That Man and his organization, and their goals also seem to be different. During GGXX, their goals seem to be the capture and/or elimination of Gears, those of Japanese descent, and those who can use "ki". Their ultimate goals are unknown. In the Xtra Manga, an agent of the SK, Geena, appears to be after the Zessen. (GGXX, XM) Q. What is the Assassin Syndicate? A. The Assassins are a shadowy group of, what else, assassins. Some among them have battle prowess similar to Gears, while there are also reports that the practice of kinju (forbidden magic) has taken place within the syndicate. The syndicate was originally founded by Slayer, purportedly to "punish those outside the law", but he grew tired of life on Earth and "retired" to his castle. Many years passed and eventually, either because of the practice of kinju (DA) or because of the involvement of the Shuusen Kanrikyoku (GGXX), Zato-1 became he leader of the syndicate. He had associated with him an underling, Venom, as well as a member of still undefined relationship to him, Millia. However Zato-1 lost control of the shadows and eventually passed away. The current status of the Syndicate is in question; Slayer wants it dissolved, since it has lost its original purpose, whereas Venom wants to take it over in Zato-1's memory. The Syndicate has its hands in politics; it's certainly able to influence the politics of A Country (formerly the United States) and evidence points that the Syndicate may in fact be based in A Country. (DA pg. 225, GGXX, BG) Q. What is Zepp? A. When the potential of magic was realized in 2010, the use of science became obsolete. However, some decided that technology still had its uses. These people founded the floating continent of Zepp. Currently Zepp floats around in the sky, constantly changing location; people on the ground fear it as a country that uses "Black Tech". Zepp recently had a slave uprising and revolution, and currently they are led by President Gabriel. (BG) Q. What happened to the USA? A. The US is currently known simply as "A Country". It seems to be less powerful than formerly, and it, like many other nations, is firmly under the yoke of the United Nations. As of 2181, the leader of the USA is a 17 year old girl, Erica Bartholomew. However, like former presidents of the USA, she's a puppet of the Assassin Syndicate. By 2182, Erica has forged an alliance with President Gabriel of Zepp for the purpose of reducing the Syndicate's influence on politics. (BG) Q. What is the Holy Order? *NEW* A. Mankind's last hope in the Holy War, it was an organization of the world's best fighters founded in 2074 to combat Gears in the Holy War. Its former commanders include Kliff Undersn and Ky Kiske. After the sealing of Justice, the Holy Order was disbanded. However with the rumors of Justice's revival, an unofficial "Second Holy Order" came together and sponsored a tournament that eventually led to Justice's death. Currently, the Holy Order is once again no longer functioning, with its former members serving in a number of capacities. (DA pg. 226; LA) Q. What are the Jellyfish Pirates? *NEW* A. A group of sky pirates led by Johnny, they serve in a Robin Hood-esque manner, attempting to help out the poor people of the world. Many of the members are girls orphaned during the Holy War whom Johnny has adopted, May and April presumably among them. Their newest recruit is Dizzy, whom Ky entrusted to Johnny in order to keep her away from prying eyes and to support the 'official' explanation that Dizzy is now dead. Each known crew member is named closely after a month; Janice, the black cat; Febe, the record-keeper; March, the youngest, who always carries her stuffed penguin; April, May's best friend, the pilot; May; June, the purple-haired girl with a sextant in hand (possibly a navigator?); July, an eyepatched girl with a sword; Augus, a swift fighter; Sephy, who cleans the deck; Octy, a girl with hidden eyes and telescope in hand; Novel, a girl wo always rides a giant red mecha; Dizzy (December), and Leap (Leap Year), the cook. Whether the known crew members are all female because of Johnny's taste, or whether ALL the crew members are in fact, female, is still unknown. (SE pg.108, DA pg. 225, V1) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ SOL/FREDERICK ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Q. Who is Frederick? Who is Sol? A. Frederick is the man who became the prototype Gear, in 2016. After undergoing his transformation, he donned his headgear, which is actually a Gear Cell Control-type device (to suppress his Gear nature) and disappeared. However, he kept "That Man", one of the researchers of the Gear Project and the creator of Justice, in his sights. When That Man began work on Justice, Frederick began work on the Outrage. He also saved Kliff from a Gear attack when Kliff was only 6. Decades later, Kliff recruited a certain "Sol Badguy" into the Holy Order. It was this Sol that was responsible for the sealing away of Justice (in Justice's Story Mode Ending in GGXX), and after Justice's escape five years later, the destruction of Justice (in GG). Presenting himself as a bounty hunter, he nevertheless revealed himself to Justice as the proto- type of Gears, and therefore, as Frederick. Later on, he began hunting other Gears, though once he found Dizzy, for reasons still unexplained he did not kill her as he had killed others. (DA pg. 226, 229, GG, GGX, GGXX) Q. Why is Sol often called "Haitoku no Honoo"? A. Haitoku no Honoo means in this context "Corrupted Flame", not "Flame of Corruption" (as it is referring to the fact that Sol/Frederick has been "corrupted", not that he corrupts others). This relates to the whole title of the series, "Guilty Gear", as Sol can be described as both the "Guilty Gear" and the "Corrupted Flame" for having worked on the Gear Project. Who first bestowed the name on him is unknown, but when Justice and Sol meet at the end of the Holy War, even before Justice knows that Sol is a Gear, she calls Sol by this name. (GGX+, GGXX) Q. Were Sol and I-No ever romantically involved? A. No. Drama CD Side Red shows that the first time Sol and I-No met was in 2173, during the Holy War, and Sol in fact tries to kill her as soon as he meets her. I-No was not working with That Man during the Gear Project, and thus there would have been no 'time frame' where Sol and I-No could've been romantically involved. (The source of this popular fan rumor appears to be I-No's intro vs. Sol, "Gobusata, *bleep*yarou", which means "You haven't written, asshole". However, Gobusata is in no way limited to former lovers, and in spoken context, as opposed to letters, it simply means "long time no see".) (SR, SB) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ KY *NEW* ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Q. Who is Ky? A. Formerly a captain, then commander, of the Holy Order during the Holy War, and now captain of the International Police Force. He was apparently orphaned in the Holy War at the age of ten; he then met Kliff, who, seeing the potential the young boy had, told him to come back to him in five years if he really wanted to fight. He did. Ky turned out to be a pivotal figure in the Holy War; in an alternate history where Ky was killed in the Battle of Rome, mankind eventually lost the Holy War. This future was averted through the unlikely intervention of I-No, who travelled back in time and saved Ky's life, giving rise to the current timeline. (LA, SR, SB, XM) Q. What makes Ky so special? A. Ky possesses not only an extreme intelligence when it comes to battle tactics, but also innate magical power. Lightning the Argent reveals that even with the Fuuraiken in hand, lightning is one of the hardest elements to control, and only Ky has been known to be able to shape the lightning and send it out as a projectile (AKA, Stun Edge). At the same time he possesses a rather stubborn nature in the name of justice and compassion, and (much to the annoyance of the Shuusen Kanrikyoku) he is not above investigating his own superiors if he feels they are in violation of justice. Q. Who is Robo Ky? Who is Kuro Ky? Who is Gear Ky? *MOVED* A. Robo Ky is a robot double of Ky created by the Shuusen Kanrikyoku, for purposes unknown. However his purpose in GGXX seems to be the capture of the Japanese or people who are able to use "ki". In #Reload he gets a massive makeover, and he seems to have more of a personality - he's quite egotistical, and perhaps even rebellious against his masters, but still his purpose is unknown. Kuro Ky is a fan-creation. He is an "evil" or "dark" version of Ky who appears in many a Japanese fanfic or fanart. There is no official basis for Kuro Ky. (Kuro means "black" in Japanese). Gear Ky is a mistaken name for Robo Ky. This name is misleading because Robo Ky is not a Gear. The origin of this name is probably actually a shortening of "Guilty Gear Ky", as in GGX(+) enabling Guilty Gear Mode made Ky Robo Ky. (GGXX, #R) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ DIZZY ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Q. Is Dizzy a Gear? Is Necro a Gear? Is Undine a Gear? A. Dizzy is a half-Gear, half-human. Her Gear heritage allows her phenomenol physical and intellectual growth rate as well as gives her her wings and tail. Necro and Undine aren't in and of themselves Gears, but rather an extension of Dizzy's Gear nature. The Burst Encyclopedia describes them as her "Guardian Spirits"; the Drafting Artworks refer to them as "Systems". (BE pg. 47, 208, DA pg. 228-229) Q. Is Necro a servant of That Man? A. No, no, and no. I don't know where this rumor came up, but there are several proofs against it. Most recently, in one of Slayer's endings in GGXX, he refers to The Man's "Three Servants" - Raven, I-No, and Justice. There is no "room" for Necro. More convincingly, both the GGXX Mook and the Drafting Artworks reveal that Necro (and Undine as well) were brought into existence by Dizzy's Gear Nature at the same time as she got wings and a tail. The Drafting Artworks even refers to him as a kind of "system" (perhaps an immune system with an attitude?) rather than a separate entity. (DA pg. 229, BE pg. 208, GGXX) Q. Who are Dizzy's parents? A. At long last, Drama CD Side Black revealed that Dizzy's mother is Justice (of course, this means that Justice is female). Some have argued that this is the 'alternate future' presented in that Drama CD, but the fact remains that Dizzy is Justice's daughter in that future, and therefore it's highly unlikely that Dizzy is anybody else's daughter in the 'correct' future. (After all, changing the mother would change the genetic makeup of a person, and changing somebody's genetic makeup would make a totally different person). This makes a lot of sense as well, as Dizzy is the only known command-type Gear currently alive (the only known one previously was Justice). The question remains as to who Dizzy's father is. Since Dizzy is only half-Gear, her father must be human, not Gear. This makes it very unlikely that Sol is her father, despite hints in XX Story Mode that he may be. (It's possibly that his protectiveness over her is out of duty, not paternal love.) (GGX+, GGXX, SB) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ THAT MAN/JUSTICE/I-NO/RAVEN ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Q. Who is That Man? A. That Man is the creator of Justice and one of the foremost researchers on the Gear Project. Little else is known about him. He knows Sol/Fredrick from before, but his goals and aims are a mystery. Recently, he's been shown to be apologetic about creating Gears (for example to Baiken in one of her GGXX endings) and has hinted that Gears, in particular Justice, had to be made in order to save the world from some great danger. What exactly that danger is is unknown. (GGXX) Q. Who is Justice? A. The command-type Gear created by That Man. Most Gears lose their minds and become killing machines by instinct when transformed, but Justice was originally human and so retained intelligence and free will. She was also bestowed with a "command ability" - that is, her very presence allowed her to control other Gears contrary to the orders given to them by their respective governments. Justice led the Gears in the Holy War but was sealed away by Sol and Ky in 2175. Five years later, thanks to the involvement of Testament, she was released from his seal and once again threatened another Holy War, but was this time killed for good by Sol. (GG, GGXX, LA, SB) Q. Is Justice male or female? A. Female. Though for a long time, all official sources made a point not to use gendered pronouns when referring to her, Side Black finally revealed that Justice was female via Dizzy, who refers to her several times as "mother". Outside that context, Fujita Kazue (the voice actress of Dizzy) says explicitly in her comments on Side Black that Justice was Dizzy's mother. (SB) Q. Who is Raven? How is he related to Axl? A. Raven is one of the servants of That Man. Since he did not appear until GGXX (and also in the GG novel), little is known about him. However, in GGXX it is revealed that he, like Axl, timeslips, and in fact he and Axl are "parallel existences", which is the cause of the time slipping in the first place. Note that That Man does not call them the same person, and they do not share the same voice actor. Axl and Raven are probably not the same person, but they are somehow linked, and That Man reveals that the reason is because of something Axl will do in his future. Whatever he is, he seems to be immensely powerful; Sol attempts to burn him in the Lightning the Argent novel, yet he simply shrugs it off and regenerates his skin. He is also able to go toe-to-toe with Faust in an extradimensional battle easily. (GGXX, LA) Q. Who is I-No? A. I-No is an enormously powerful human being who is currently working for That Man. She does not seem to be a Gear, and she was not involved in the original Gear Project. Most importantly, she has the power to travel through time, and indeed she was responsible for the major change in history that spawned the current GG universe (see the timeline below for details). There are some indications that she may also be able to erase memories. She agrees to work for That Man out of sheer curiosity and entertainment, but her loyalty to him seems absolute. (GGXX, SR) Q. Is I-No a Gear? Is Raven a Gear? A. Interestingly enough, I've never seen official references that these two individuals are Gears. And they may very well not be - they could be, just like That Man, "different". (Of course we don't know if That Man himself has undergone the Gear transformation or not either). However, in Side Black, I-No identifies herself as human, and in that situation (talking to That Man) she has no reason to lie. (SB) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ OTHER CHARACTERS ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Q. Who killed Chipp's master Tsuyoshi? A. A member of the Assassin's Syndicate known as Volf. Volf was a direct subordinate of Venom. However, failing to kill President Erica Bartholomew and/or Chipp, he was killed by Venom. (BG) Q. Why did the Syndicate kill Tsuyoshi? A. Tsuyoshi was formerly a member of the Syndicate. However, he was a member of the Syndicate as an undercover secret agent in the service of the International Police. His cover was blown, and thus the Syndicate put out hitmen after him. While escaping, Tsuyoshi ran into Chipp and took him under his wing. (BG) Q. Who turned Testament into a Gear? A. The Shuusen Kanrikyoku, as revealed by Slayer in one of Testament's GGXX Story Mode paths. Why they turned him into a Gear, especially now that their current goals seem to be finding anti-Gear powers, is unknown. (GGXX) Q. Who is the girl/spirit that hangs around Testament? A. The relationship between the girl (named in the mooks simply as "Succubus") and Testament is not quite known, although in his Instant Kill in XX Testament does say "Keiyaku ni shitagare!" (Obey the contract!), which implies that she, like other things involved with Testament, has been summoned by him. Many sites/fans/doujinshi claim that her name is Zio - however, I have never seen in any of the canon sources a name other than Succubus for her. (BE pg. 45, 130, GGXX) Q. Is Baiken a Gear? *REVISED* A. No. The reason this rumor propagated is because Japan was destroyed many decades before GGXX and therefore if Baiken were born in Japan she would be much much older than she appears - and longetivity is a hallmark of Gears. However, no official info states that she was born in Japan - rather, she is of Japanese descent, and likely was born in one of the government's Japanese colonies. Also, many people confuse Gears with Robots, and claim that Baiken's many parts make her a Gear. This is not true, as Gears aren't necessarily mechanical in any way - Justice's battlesuit was just that, a suit. (Revision 1.1 note: On second search, I can't find anything that says that Justice's appearance is a battle suit. I will keep looking but for now take this with a grain of salt. It's certain, however, that Gears can be totally organic - there is no "robotic" requirement for Gears). The Xtra Manga also appears to revise the timeline; it says that Baiken lost her family, her arm, and her eye not in the destruction of Japan, as was previously assumed, but in the middle of the Holy War itself. Thus there is no 'necessity' for Baiken being much older than she appears. (BE pg. 33, XM) Q. Is May a Gear? A. No. The reason behind this rumor is the fact that she can carry around a giant anchor with ease. However, this is simply circumstantial evidence and the fact is that many fighting game characters are unrealistic. A better explanation is that May, as a Japanese, has expressed some sort of use of "ki" in her super strength. (BE pg. 21) Q. Who is Faust? Is he Dr. Baldhead? A. Most likely. Though there has never been an official source that says outright that Faust and Dr. Baldhead are the same person, there are too many connections to ignore. In GGXX Venom almost calls Faust by this name. (BE pg. 5, GGXX) Q. Who killed the girl that Faust was operating on before he went insane? A. A representative of the Assassin's Guild, although who exactly it was is unknown. The one who hired the Guild was a rival of Faust's, although Venom reveals that he was merely a puppet, and the true people behind it were once again the Shuusen Kanrikyoku. (GGXX) Q. Who is S-Ko? A. S-Ko is the vengeful spirit that possesses Zappa. In life, she had been betrayed by her lover, and therefore she committed suicide by throwing herself into a well. She thus hates men as well as women in love. A rumor had gone around that S-Ko is the girl that Faust had been operating on that was killed, but this is patently untrue, as the Burst Encyclopedia clearly delineates her life and demise. Recently a theory has popped up that S-Ko is the spirit of Megumi, whom Axl "abandoned" after timeslipping from the 20th century. This might explain Axl's ending with Zappa/S-Ko and how he suddenly wonders how Megumi is doing. Still, there is no official evidence for this, just hints that it might be true. (BE pg. 13, GGXX) Q. Who is the woman who appears in Axl's Bentengari move? A. The answer is quite simple - its Benten, the Buddhist goddess of music and the arts. She is often portrayed with a musical instrument, and indeed, when she appears briefly in Bentengari she's holding a biwa (a Japanese instrument similar to a lute). (GGXX) Q. Is Venom gay? A. Most likely. Tragically enough, it appears that his love for Zato was unrequited, but he still shows the utmost devotion to him. Hints that his loyalty to Zato is not just platonic in nature are shown in a few of his GGXX endings, as well as some of his battle quotes. (If he receives the Shigekiteki Zetsumeiken, AKA Scalpel Enema, from Faust, one of his lines is "Nobody other than HE can do that!) (GGXX) Q. Are Sol and Ky gay? A. The fairest answer to this popular fan notion is 'quite possibly'. Though there is no official evidence on the scale of Venom, Daisuke has drawn several pictures of the two in provocative positions, such as one in which Ky's hips are directly behind Sol. Drama CDs Side Red and Side Black reveal that Sol and Ky's outward dislike for each other is just on the surface, and in Side Red, in the alternate future in which Ky dies, the disc ends with Sol crying over Ky's body. However, once again there is no official proof either for or against, so the question remains up in the air, at least until GGXXX. (GGXX, SR, SB) Q. How old are the characters? *NEW* A. Most of the characters have never had ages assigned to them. Ky was 16 when he first assumed command in the Holy Order, so the present timeline would put his age at around 25. Dizzy is reported as being three years old (a point of some contention), and Sol was alive during the original Gear Project, and is thus over one hundred and fifty. No other character has ever had an official age assigned to them, though Daisuke has said in interviews that Johnny is in his early 20s, and May is somewhere from 10-14. (An early source put May's age at 16, but this was a preliminary character design; in it May was obviously much older, and this preliminary character design was not used at all in the games.) (GGX, GGXX) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ MISCELLANEOUS ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Q. Why isn't (insert source here) included in this FAQ? *REVISED* A. There are several things in the Guilty Gear series that aren't included in this FAQ. One is certain GG games, such as the short lived Guilty Gear X v1.5, and the new Guilty Gear Isuka and Sammy vs. Capcom. These games either do not have a story mode or they do not appear to have one planned, nor is there anything in them significantly different from the 'base' games of GGX and GGXX, and thus they have no bearing on this FAQ. Official doujinshi anthologies and 4-panel comics are likewise not included, as they are drawn by other people, and there is no indication that Daisuke had any hand in their production at all (not to mention most of them don't have any serious bearing on the plot in the first place). Q. There's a Guilty Gear MANGA? *REVISED* A. Yes, the full title is "Guilty Gear Xtra". Daisuke is credited as being behind it, but the script is directly written by Kaihou Norimitsu (the writer of the GG Novels and the drama CDs) and it is drawn by Sumii Akihito. The manga was serialized in Kodansha's "Magazine Z", and it lasts for ten chapters. The chapters were all collected in a single volume (tankoubon) that was released in September 2003. Q. Sounds great! How can I get all these lovely books and things? A. Most of these items are readily available on amazon.co.jp - simply search by ISBN number provided and you should find it. Note that older books (mostly the Arcadia ones, such as the Complete Bible, Slash Encyclopedia, and Burst Encyclopedia) are out of print, and thus are not in stock; you might not be able to get them unless you go to an auction service like Yahoo Auctions or eBay. The CDs (both the Drama CDs described here and the soundtracks) can probably be gotten off of CDJapan (cdjapan.co.jp). As for the games themselves, GGX and GGXX have official US releases and can be bought from any retailer of PS2 games; GGX+, #Reload, and so on must be imported through places such as yesasia.com or ncsx.com. 3. TIMELINE Most of the timeline comes from Drafting Artworks, with additions made by myself based on the GGX novels and drama CDs. Years marked with an asterisk are part of the alternate future time loop created by I-No. 1945 After World War II, the United Nations is founded by many of the nations of the world in order to preserve a global sense of community. 2010 The potential of magic is realized and magic begins to be studied as a science. However the name of the person who first revealed the secrets of magic has been lost. 2014 The "Gear Project", a project dedicated towards the evolution and strengthening of mankind, begins. However its nature and full purpose are unknown. 2016 Frederick, the first prototype in the Gear Project, escaped the laboratory shortly after undergoing the Gear conversion. Along the same time the rest of the laboratory personnel, starting with "That Man", diesappear - the Gear Project grinds to a halt. Frederick, now no longer human, designs a Gear Cell Control Device in order to maintain a human appearance. 2073 That Man completes a "Perfect Gear" archetype, sort of the essence of Justice, that is subservient to mankind. A certain major country restarts the Gear Project. Frederick, learning of That Man's plans, begins designing the Outrage. 2074 That certain major country attempts to use Gears to overwhelm other countries. However, the Gear who possessed his own free will and incredible strength, Justice, had been born. As planned by That Man, other Gears became followers of Justice and turned against mankind. Gears attacked and destroyed the country of Japan. This led to the formation of the Holy Order and the beginning of the Holy War. 2099 A 6-year-old Kliff is saved from a Gear attack by Frederick. 2172 A certain "Sol" is recruited by Kliff into the Holy Order. Eventually, disenchanted by the Order's methods, Sol leaves at an unspecified date, taking the Order's treasured sword "Fuuenken" with him. *2173* At the Battle of Rome, the Holy Order is handed a crushing defeat. Most significantly, Ky Kiske is killed by a Gear. Just before dying, he entreats Sol Badguy to take on the leadership position of the Order. *????* Johnny is killed in the Holy War. Command of the Jellyfish passes to May. Justice is killed in the Holy War. Embittered, her daughter, Dizzy, takes control of the Gears. *2183* I-No kills Baldhead, who never regained his sanity, and discovers on his body the location of the Gear Plant, which he took from some soldiers he 'operated on'. She gives the information to Sol Badguy. Sol leads an all- out attack on the Gear Plant, but they are no match for Dizzy. Testament kills Potemkin, and Dizzy destroys the Jellyfish and fights with Sol. Meanwhile, I-No sneaks into the now-abandoned Gear Plant and meets That Man, who is being held captive by the Gears. That Man explains to I-No that he never intended this kind of future when he created Gears. Intrigued, I-No uses her power to jump through time to return to 2173 and change history. 2173 I-No arrives back in time at the Battle of Rome and saves the life of Ky Kiske. She then erases his memory (?) and officially joins That Man. 2175 With the sealing away of Justice, the long Holy War comes to an end. The Holy Order is disbanded and mankind lives in peace. (AKA Justice's Story Mode in Guilty Gear XX) 2180 Unease spreads around the world as rumors of a "Justice Revival" spread. To quell the rumors and prepare for the worst, the countries form the Second Holy Order and sponsor the Second Holy Order's Fighting Tournament (AKA the first Guilty Gear game). Justice is destroyed by Sol and other Gears lose their ability to act. 2181 The Blackard incident (Lightning the Argent) occurs, and a Gear with free will known as Solaria is created by the company. However, Ky stops their plan of using her as a command-type Gear, and she lives peacefully as a human under the auspices of the Police force. Rumors spread that in A Country a Gear with free will is found. Panicked countries sponsor another fighting tournament with a bounty of 50,000,000 World Dollars to whoever can eliminate this Gear (AKA Guilty Gear X). Sol defeats the Gear, Dizzy, but does not kill her. Ky meets her soon afterwards and similarly does not kill her. Dizzy meets Johnny and is adopted into the Jellyfish pirates. Dizzy is "officially" dead and Jam claims the bounty. A few weeks later a servant of That Man known as I-No begins stirring up trouble... (AKA Guilty Gear XX). 2182 Events from The Butterfly And Her Gale occur. Chipp Zanuff finally gets revenge against the man who killed his master, Volf of the Assassins. Serving as the bodyguard of the President of the A Country (formerly the US), Erica Bartholomew, Chipp helps to pass an official cutting-of-ties between A Country and the Assassin Syndicate. A Country also allies with Zepp. 4. UNANSWERED QUESTIONS Q. How does Justice recognize Sol from the Gear Project in the first game, if she wasn't created until 60 years after the original Gear Project? Q. What is the giant monster that appears in the background of Nirvana and also possibly in the GGX+ extra anime clip? Q. How does Ky know what Justice's last words to him were if Sol was the one who killed her? 5. GLOSSARY *NEW* This glossary is taken mostly from the Drafting Artworks (225-229), with additions and revisions made by myself. Entries that have already been answered above in the plot FAQ are omitted here; these are mostly miscellaneous entries. AFRO The ultimate hairstyle that never fails to inspire passion and/or madness in any who view it... that is the "afro". In the Guilty Gear world, the mysterious traveling doctor Faust utilizes the power of the afro in his final ougi. No matter whether human or Gear, by his hands anyone can instantly gain the afro. ANKI Hidden weapons kept in the right arm of Baiken. They include an iron fan, rotating blade, short sword, and so on. DIMENSIONAL PRISON The space in which Justice was sealed at the end of the Holy War. It is protected by many magical seals. RIOT The maker of Sol Badguy's jeans. A reasonably-priced brand, Sol only wears this brand of jeans. Since some of his own moves are named "Riot", he certainly must be fond of it. By the way, the maker of the assassin leader Zato-1's belt is "Priest". SEALED PRISON The prison in which Zato-1 was kept in, thanks to Millia's betrayal. It is said that those who attempt to escape are visited by death. SEIRONSHOU (SHEN LONG SHAO) Kuradoberi Jam's restaurant, which she has opened as a result of her first step towards the dream of world culinary reputation. As the character's imply (Roasted Fresh Dragon), the restaurant embraces a dynamic, ultimate style of cooking. For the record, a cut-up dragon's body will return to life if left for a certain amount of time, so it can be kept forever as a food stock. This certainly is cost-effective cooking... 6. CREDITS Thanks go to: Calico, my partner in crime for many a Guilty Gear-related project Roni, my partner in crime for THE Gear Project Shamgi, Benandanti, M. Hoover, and J. Ravener for suggestions/corrections Sammy, ArcSystem Works, and Ishiwatari Daisuke for another great game This FAQ copyright 2002, 2003 to Edward Chang. Retransmission in any form without express permission of the author is strictly forbidden.