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    Odin Sphere Chronological Story FAQ
    By D. Calkins (calkinsd9@yahoo.com)
    Table of Contents
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    00. Introduction
    01. Odin Sphere - The Past 
      01A. Prologue
      01B. The Arrival of Valentine
      01C. The First Cauldron War
      01D. A Doomed Affair and The Second Cauldron War
      01E. A Son's Unrequited Love - The End of the Second Cauldron War
      01F. Aftermath - The Pooka Curse
      01G. The Beginning of the Third Cauldron War
    02. Odin Sphere - The Present
      02A. A Worried Princess and a Pooka Prince
      02B. Trouble Stirring in the Fairy Realm
      02C. A Velvet Witch in the Land of the Dead
      02D. The Third Cauldron War - First Wave
      02E. The Pooka Prince Imposter
      02F. The Third Cauldron War - Second Wave
      02G. Mercedes vs. Melvin - The Venir Civil War
      02H. Trouble in the Valkyrie - Odin's Two Daughters
      02I. Building Ringford's Defenses - Mercedes Prepares for Another War
      02J. Trouble for the Pooka
      02K. The Redemption of the Shadow Knight
      02L. Trouble in Titania - The Wise Men's Meddling
      02M. Rescuing Sleeping Beauty
      02N. An Abandoned Son's Monstrous Revenge
      02O. Preparing for War
      02P. Rescuing the Rescuer
      02Q. The Fourth Cauldron War
      02R. Tying Up Loose Ends - Uniting the Two Lovers
    03. The End of Erion
      03A. Armageddon
      03B. The End
    00. Introduction
    The first time I played through Odin Sphere, I was impressed with how the 
    story unfolded, how the 5 different plot lines wove their way together. 
    However, at times I was confused as to exactly what was going on, trying to 
    keep all of the chronologies and character arcs straight and running 
    simultaneously. The three different Wise Men began to blend into one, I got 
    King Valentine and King Gallon confused, I couldn't keep straight just how 
    many Cauldron wars had been fought, etc.
    To that end, I was inspired to create this: the chronological story arc of 
    Odin Sphere. This is all 5 character arcs blended together in the most 
    seemless way I could figure how to do it so the story could be told front to 
    back without jumping around too much.
    Ironically, telling this story chronologically takes a bit of the art (and 
    fun) out of the way the actual game tells it. I really enjoyed how certain 
    events in the game would take on new and different atmospheres when you saw 
    them from a different character's perspective. Much of that sense of 
    discovery and dramatic reveal is lost when telling the tale in straight 
    chronological order. So please keep that in mind. This FAQ is spoiler-tastic 
    in the sense that I'm not pulling any punches for dramatic effect. In come 
    cases, dramatic reveals that come in the very last chapters of a character's 
    arc are revealed in this FAQ in the section that predates the events in the 
    actual game! So just so you know: one big fat 
    is in order. This FAQ is meant more for clarification and complete 
    understanding of the entire story and is NOT meant to be a side-by-side 
    companion to gameplay.
    Also I should note that the considerable back story of the game (the story 
    that happens before any gameplay actually begins) is told in this FAQ in PAST 
    tense. The story of the events that happen during gameplay are told in 
    PRESENT tense. I apologize if this is confusing (it shouldn't be) but it made 
    this document much easier to write).
    Finally, I'll mention here that in the end of this story FAQ, I only follow 
    the pathway which brings about the "good" ending of the game. With 5 
    interchangeable characters fighting 5 bosses, there are exactly 120 different 
    potential "pathways" that one could take to bring about the "bad" ending. I 
    know, many of these pathways will yeild the same collection of cut scenes, 
    but I figured that the "good" ending was cannon, so I only deal with that one 
    For help, I referenced some material from the Odin Sphere wiki page 
    (http://odinsphere.wikia.com/wiki/Odin_Sphere_Wiki) but I tried not to rip it 
    off blatently, nor directly plagarize the site. I also frequently utilize 
    phrasing pulled verbatim from the game's dialogue and text. While I will take 
    the occasional liberty with language to help move the story along, I really 
    hope I'm not stepping on anybody's toes here. If you see something that you 
    wrote and want to be given credit for it, PLEASE e-mail me and let me know. 
    If you have any criticisms, additions, concerns, or comments about this FAQ, 
    by all means, please e-mail me: calkinsd9@yahoo.com.  Enjoy!
    01. Odin Sphere - The Past
    01A. Prologue
    A long time ago, there existed a place called Erion. Surrounded by a large 
    ocean on all sides, Erion was a kind of enormous island made up of a number 
    of major regions and cultures: the icy Ragnanival was home to a race of 
    berserkers and valkyries, and it is unclear who initially ruled over them; 
    the forests of Elrit were not ruled and belonged to the native wildlife; 
    Titania was the domain of humans and ruled by King Gallon; the Volkenon Lava 
    Pits were home to the Vulcan race and ruled by the immortal Inferno King 
    Onyx; Winterhorn Ridge was the roost for a once thriving collection of 
    dragons, of which only a scarce few (three) soon remained; The Netherworld 
    Endelphia, the land of the dead, was ruled by Queen Odette; and the Ringford 
    forest was inhabited by Fairies and ruled by Fairy Queen Elfaria. Long ago, 
    these fairies had been born from phozons - forms of energy used as a source 
    of magic by sorcerers as well as elemental entities. Phozons only appear when 
    a living creature passes away, their beautiful shine signifying the energy of 
    the creature's Life. Phozons are also absorbed by plants to facilitate their 
    growth. The plants are then eaten by living creatures, and thus phozons 
    largely make up the life-cycle and flow of energy in all of Erion. Those 
    phozons that make their way into the Netherworld, however, are absorbed by 
    the crystals there.
    It is unclear as to the history of Erion (before the arrival of King 
    Valentine) though it can be assumed that most of the races kept to themselves 
    and lived in peace. For some time, the fairies and unicorns were not a united 
    country, but instead existed as small tribes spread through the forests. It 
    can also be reasonably assumed that King Onyx and Queen Odette for the most 
    part kept to their own realms busy with their own affairs.
    01B. The Arrival of Valentine
    At some unspecified point, an individual named Valentine came to Erion in a 
    flying ship from another world. He brought with him great magic, far more 
    powerful than any other nation on the continent, and the kingdom he founded 
    rapidly gained control of over two-thirds of the land. For the most part, it 
    is said that King Valentine in his early rule was kind and gentle.
    Less is known about King Gallon, the ruler of Titania. His oldest son Edgar 
    was the heir to the Titanian throne, but after marrying a village girl, King 
    Gallon exiled him. Edgar left resenting his father and moved to the Ringford 
    forest where he and his wife had a son named Oswald. King Gallon later 
    reasoned that one day Edgar might try to take his life in revenge, so the 
    king sent assassins after his own son in secret. Being fatally wounded in the 
    attacks, Edgar and his young wife were found in their forest home by the 
    dwarf Brom and the Fairy Queen's nephew Melvin. Melvin would take in Oswald 
    and raise him as his own, which at first was a gesture of benevolence and 
    compassion. However, when Oswald was very young, Melvin pledged him to be a 
    potential Shadow Knight, the wielder of the Beldriver, and would cruelly use 
    Oswald as a young man as a tool and a means to realize his political 
    It is unclear whether Gallon's other son Edmund knew that his father had sent 
    murderers to kill his brother Edgar. Either way, Edmund would later tell his 
    own son Cornelius that his uncle Edgar had fallen in love with a peasant 
    woman to his own disgrace and humiliation, dying of illness in the forest.
    Other than exiling his eldest son for marrying a commoner, King Gallon also 
    wrote "The Erion Saga" - an epic poem about the end times of the world. It is 
    not revealed how he came to know this information. It was mentioned that each 
    different culture brought their own interpretation of the end times, 
    including Valentine. However, the Wise Men state later that they believe 
    Gallon's Epic to be the closest and most accurate version. The Dragon Hindel 
    would say that he had spoken about the end of the world, and his words were 
    written down into prophecy. This could have been the source from which Gallon 
    made his own work. An Ancient Manuscript of unknown authorship found in the 
    game reads:
    The beast of despair feeds on man and destroys hope.
    The unleashed frenzy of death yearns for the light of life.
    The advancing inferno scorches the throne's surroundings.
    In the Cauldron that breathes despair, the blood of the ancients boils. 
    When Leventhan, last of the dragons, devours the stone of blood, the path 
    shall be closed and void will cover the world.
    King Gallon's Erion Saga epic reads:
    THE land sinks into the cauldron's fire
    THOUGH blades and arrows are unleashed, the flooding fire cannot be stopped
    IT can only be chained
    A FIERY 6-eyed beast speeds the guiding hand of salvation
    THE one who removes the torment is mine own son
    THE Lord of the Netherworld emerges in a triumphant march of death
    ONE that threatens the darkness is the shadow of the lost master
    THE looming blaze cometh, burning down the forest
    THE flood of fire that man cannot withstand is halted by the world tree and 
    THE Lord of Snakes consumes all left behind
    BORN in chaos and fire
    SLEEP in mother's arms
    LIFE disappears from the land
    ALL comes to an end
    THE ring shall be lost
    THE birthing cry of newborn souls
    WELCOMING two crownless lords that shall survive the Armageddon and lead the 
    These times also saw the rise a number of elite sorcerers, namely, three wise 
    men named Urzur, Skuldi and Beldor. Not much is known how these three rose to 
    power as they kept mostly to the shadows, slowly increasing their skills and 
    wizardry in secret.
    What is known is that at some point, the Three Wise Men met a young boy named 
    Odin who somehow became something of an errand boy for them. Secretly however, 
    Odin was a person of great ambition and was learning their spells in an 
    attempt to overpower them. After studying for some time under them, Odin 
    discovered their secret to entering the Netherworld and at some point left 
    their service. He would frequently visit the land of the dead, stealing 
    phozon crystals and severely angering Queen Odette, yet she was never able to 
    capture him.
    Some time after this, Odin made a deal with the dragon Wagner to receive some 
    of the dragon's blood. In the deal, Odin became much more powerful though 
    because of the dragon's blood now running through his veins Odin could no 
    longer harm him.
    It is unclear whether Odin founded the Valkyrie empire or merely rose to 
    power and took control of it. Whatever the case, with the power of the blood 
    of Wagner and his knowledge gained from his time spent with the Three Wise 
    Men, Odin assumed full control of Ragnanival's throne as one of the most 
    powerful warlords and sorcerers in all Erion. From here, he would plot how to 
    best conquer and rule all of the other nations.
    01C. The First Cauldron War
    At the height of his power, King Valentine used his extensive knowledge of 
    magic to create the Crystallization Cauldron; a giant magical furnace 
    activated by either King Valentine's voice or the Ring of Titrel. The 
    Cauldron could be used to store magical power (phozons) in stones (phozon 
    crystals).The only other way of obtaining phozon crystals was to steal them 
    from the Netherworld (as Odin did). This technology was designed with good 
    intentions, but its ability to make extremely powerful weapons made it too 
    much of a threat to the nearby Titania, and the two nations soon went to war 
    over control of it.
    King Valentine's army proved far too powerful for the Titanian forces to 
    overcome. In a desperate move to save his nearly-defeated country, King 
    Gallon used a dark spell, a power contained in the royal Titanian lineage and 
    described in the Book of Transformation, to transform himself into a three 
    headed demon beast called Darkova, hoping to turn the tides of battle. It 
    worked, and Valentine's impressive forces were crushed and scattered by the 
    terrible beast. However, King Gallon became possessed by the dark spell and 
    continued to rampage through his own land as Darkova for seven straight days. 
    He was finally stopped by his son Edmund who fought and killed him by 
    plunging a mystic psypher sword into Darkova's flesh. With Gallon dead, 
    Edmund took the crown for himself and became the new ruler of Titania.
    With the kingdom still reeling from Darkova's rampage, Valentine threatened 
    to invade Titania again, as the land would have been extremely easy for him 
    to conquer. However, Edmund told him that he did not have the power himself 
    to change into Darkova, so Valentine left the defeated country and its new 
    King alone.
    (King Edmund would later tell his son Cornelius that the Darkova beast had 
    killed Gallon and that Edmund was given the crown for being the kingdom's 
    After arriving in the land of the dead, King Gallon, still in his demonic 
    form and with Edmund's psypher still lodged in his flesh, became one of Queen 
    Odette's favorite playthings. She enjoyed torturing him so much that she 
    cursed him to remain trapped in his rotted undead form for eternity so his 
    body would eternally regenerate no matter how much abuse it took. Only Odette 
    herself or those infused with her power could break the curse and destroy him. 
    He was chained up in the lowest depths of the Land of Misery and Despair and 
    remained there in the dark for years only visited by the occasional Halja 
    sent to re-chain him.
    01D. A Doomed Affair and The Second Cauldron War
    With Titania defeated, the kingdom of Valentine became the most powerful 
    nation in Erion. Despite the fact that he created the Cauldron, King 
    Valentine ruled his kingdom with kindness and compassion and for it he was 
    loved by all his subjects - especially his daughter Princess Ariel.
    It is unclear whether or not Odin had already assumed the throne of 
    Ragnanival before he met Princess Ariel. In any event, after meeting one 
    another, Odin and Ariel fell in love and began an affair. Odin claims that 
    neither of them knew their true names at the time nor that they were nobility 
    from nations that would soon oppose one another. Ariel ended up soon becoming 
    pregnant and bearing two illegitimate children whom she named Ingway and 
    Velvet. Upon discovering their true identities, both royals kept their 
    relationship a secret fearing that such a scandal would cause an uprising in 
    their respective kingdoms. Their affair would come to a close as the 
    Cauldron's ability to create psyphers grew too enticing for Odin to ignore, 
    and like King Gallon before him, he engaged Valentine in a war.
    During the ongoing struggle, King Valentine discovered Ariel's two children 
    and learned that the Demon Lord Odin, his bitter enemy, was the father. 
    Valentine had been extremely protective of his daughter (he would later claim 
    that he did not even allow the rain to touch her) and he believed that if she 
    had any love at all for Odin, then her love for her father must have been a 
    lie. He became overwhelmed with hatred and was driven mad by the idea. In 
    order to escape the crazed king's wrath, both Velvet and Ingway openly 
    rejected their mother in front of him. Soon after, Valentine would be 
    consumed by a blind rage and in his anger would strangle Ariel to death.
    Ariel died still loving her father, refusing to hate him. Just before her 
    death, she would write a letter expressing her love for her father and her 
    children, but the note also prophesized their bleak future:
    "My dear children, eventually an inevitable curse and death shall be thrown 
    upon the two of you. The Cauldron brings us Armageddon with its final crystal 
    My dearest son, more precious than life: you have your mother's forgiveness. 
    My daughter, go without hesitation and let your mother's love grant you 
    My father, your daughter's love remains unchanged, always by your side
    To the one who will cause the world harm, I pray that your soul will heal."
    Only half of this scroll found its way into Ingway and Velvet's hands; the 
    half containing the prediction about their curse and death. Upon reading it, 
    both children believed their mother with her ability to see into the future, 
    had cursed them. Believing themselves cursed by their murdered mother and 
    abandoned by their true father, they were left in the hands of the mad King 
    Valentine and suffered great abuse from him including repeated whippings. 
    During these sessions, Ingway was known to run away from the King, and Velvet 
    would often take the whipping for him.
    01E. A Son's Unrequited Love - The End of the Second Cauldron War
    Though the Demon Lord Odin would go on to sire two more children (Griselda 
    and Gwendolyn) with another woman (who was quickly taken by death due to 
    unknown causes), he continued to fight against Valentine in retribution for 
    his beloved's death. As he continued his war, it seemed that Valentine would 
    end up victorious with his Cauldron-forged weapons. After learning of his 
    true father's identity, Ingway began following him, researching his battle 
    plans against Valentine. Knowing that his father didn't stand a chance 
    against Valentine's forces, Ingway decided to betray his own country and 
    somehow sabotage the Cauldron. However, the device quickly spun out of his 
    control and the Cauldron ran amok exploding in a great ball of light and 
    decimating the entire kingdom of Valentine. 
    From the memoirs of a proud (Valkyrie) soldier:
    "Our once-mighty army, which could gain victory over even Titania, has been 
    whittled down by the enemy, Valentine.  With death our only companion, our 
    warriors pushed forth without hesitation.  We flung our axes high, fighting 
    with valor to the bitter end.
    "As if the heavens answered our prayers, there came a miracle.  At the very 
    brink of our defeat, the enemy forces were demolished in a single explosive 
    flash of light."
    Because of the psypher in her chains, Velvet was protected from the blast and 
    escaped, while Ingway was protected in the Cauldron's shadow and was able to 
    watch his kingdom fall into ruin. However, Odin was spared, as Ingway had 
    In order to save his father, Ingway had destroyed his entire kingdom. But 
    when Odin finally looked down at him in the presence of Aesir soldiers, he 
    said only, "You did well, traitor. Now the Cauldron is mine." The remark, and 
    the fact that Odin had refused to acknowledge Ingway as his son struck to the 
    boy's core. Odin would argue later that he could not call Ingway his son 
    because of the presence of Aesir soldiers, but Ingway maintained that Odin's 
    greed and lust after the Cauldron were obviously occupying his eyes. 
    01F. Aftermath - The Pooka Curse
    The kingdom of Valentine was completely obliterated and its entire surviving 
    population was transformed into small human-like animals called pookas. 
    Though a pooka's life can be taken by almost any normal means, it is implied 
    through the game that the pooka curse also carries with it immortality. Thus, 
    the cursed individual is not only stricken with the form of a hybrid rabbit 
    but is stuck with the form for eternity. 
    Most of the other nations did not know what had happened at the end of the 
    war, and rumors (and the truth) about Valentine's demise became things of 
    legend. Most began to believe that Valentine in his last days had been a 
    tyrant and had purposefully detonated the Cauldron and cursed his own country. 
    The true reason why Valentine tried to use the Cauldron during the war is 
    unknown, but it indeed was Ingway who had sabotaged the device.
    Though it saved their lives and made them immortal, the Valentinians had no 
    choice but to hide underground beneath their destroyed kingdom away from the 
    other races. However, they would soon discover that their king had also 
    placed a spell on all Valentinian currency before his madness had taken hold. 
    King Valentine, in his benevolence, had put his own remarkable power into the 
    currency so that all of his citizens could share a part of it and be happy. 
    Searching for a way to reverse their curse, the pooka discovered that 
    collecting all of the coins together (without stealing them) would allow one 
    wish to be granted. Thus, the new pooka race swore to find all the coins and 
    restore themselves back to their true form.
    However, in the quest for the coins, some of them became corrupted and evil. 
    These eventually turned into Goblins -a criminal race constantly engaging in 
    acts of violence and thievery. Many of them, like the pooka, would become 
    merchants, selling their wares to gather more coins, though the Goblins were 
    motivated by greed, rather than any intention on breaking the spell. 
    In the aftermath of the war, abandoned again by their father and with their 
    home destroyed, Ingway and Velvet disappeared into the forests. Ingway began 
    to resent and hate Odin, developing a pessimistic personality and planning 
    his revenge against him. Velvet too would disappear into the woods harboring 
    a deep hatred for Odin, as he had done nothing to save her or her brother 
    from her raving grandfather or to prevent her mother's death. She believed 
    that while the nations of Valentine and Ragnanival were at war, Odin must 
    have disguised himself to seduce her mother with sweet words, and then 
    quickly fled when she became pregnant. Still, as Velvet made her home among 
    the trees, she became more frightened at the thought of her grandfather King 
    Valentine someday returning than she was hateful of Odin. 
    In the fallout of the destruction of his kingdom, King Valentine found 
    himself cursed with the immortality his subjects would suffer, but also sent 
    to Odette's domain to be punished for his crimes for eternity. He remained in 
    the Netherworld for years enduring suffering and torture while mired in 
    sadness and regret for having killed his own daughter.
    01G. The Beginning of the Third Cauldron War
    As the Cauldron absorbed phozons from all across Erion when it functioned 
    (especially from Ringford) the fairy race feared extensive use of the device 
    outside of their control might spell the end of their race. When the 
    Valentine kingdom was destroyed by the cauldron's blast leaving nothing but a 
    wasteland with the Cauldron standing in the center, the fairies were able to 
    quickly sneak in and take control of the region and the Cauldron in hopes of 
    preventing another catastrophe. With the Cauldron in their possession, the 
    tribes of fairies united and the neighboring tribes of the Unicorns swore 
    allegiance to them as well. After gaining control of the Cauldron, Ringford 
    showed accelerated growth and established themselves as a military power and 
    a prosperous nation equal to both Titania and Ragnanival.
    Some time after this, a war was fought between Ringford and the dwarfs, 
    though it is not revealed why. In the end, the fairies prevailed and dwarfs 
    were forced to work for them, becoming Lilipats in the process.
    Fearing his father Odin might try to one day use the Cauldron for revenge and 
    wanting to spite him, Ingway gave the ring Titrel to Queen Elfaria. In the 
    wake of this, coupled with his inability to welcome his estranged and 
    abandoned children into his arms, Odin became increasingly cold and distant, 
    leaving his youngest daughter Gwendolyn desperately seeking his attention and 
    affections. She and her older sister Griselda both became warriors in Odin's 
    Aesir army with Griselda serving as a Commander. Despite his melancholy, Odin 
    eventually regrouped his forces and continued his pursuit of the Cauldron, 
    going to war again but this time with the Fairies.
    This is where the narrative of Odin Sphere actually begins. At the start of 
    the game, Queen Elfaria maintained control of the Cauldron alongside her 
    rebellious daughter Mercedes and her nephew Melvin. Following their control 
    of the Cauldron, Melvin had been trying to convince Queen Elfaria to use the 
    device to manufacture psyphers for their army. Already, a dwarf named Brom 
    had made a weapon for the queen called the Tasla - a powerful psypher 
    crossbow. Before this, Brom made another weapon called the Beldriver which 
    was granted tremendous power and horrifying demonic energy by Queen Odette in 
    exchange for the user's soul. The Beldriver was formerly owned by numerous 
    elite soldiers of Ringford known as Shadow Knights but every last one of them 
    were unable to control its evil essence and thus their souls were shattered 
    and they became ghosts roaming the Winterhorn ridge. Melvin then gave his 
    surrogate son Oswald (son of Edgar, grandson of King Gallon) the Beldriver 
    and made him into the new Shadow Knight, though he knew that by doing so, the 
    boy's soul belonged to Queen Odette. Oswald followed him unquestioningly and 
    did not wonder who his original father was.
    During the entire preceding series of events, the Three Wise Men slowly rose 
    up to positions of power in different parts of Erion. Urzur served under King 
    Edmund of Titania as a court advisor, Beldor lived under Queen Elfaria in 
    Ringford and had somehow obtained control of the dragon Belial, and Skuldi 
    had taken up with General Brigan, the commander of Odin's forces while also 
    occasionally consorting with the two remaining offspring of King Valentine. 
    The Three Wise Men collected fragments of King Gallon's Erion Saga and 
    interpreted it as is outlined in this document, found in the game:
    There is a theory about the prophecy of the Armageddon, left behind by the 
    Three Wise Men. The following pages are an except from this literature:
    "...via a secret rite performed by the now-lost Valentinians. King Gallon has 
    turned into the 3-headed Demon Beast. As in the prophecy, King Gallon will 
    save the world. The 'Lord of the Netherworld' in the Saga is Queen Odette. 
    The 'looming blaze' is the Inferno King Onyx. If the King of Titania release 
    his mystic power, overpowers the other nation, and seizes the Cauldron, the 
    Netherworld and the Fire Kingdom will go to war, the three great dragons will 
    be eradicated, and the End shall come to us.
    But fear not. The world will be saved in the end by the arrival of the new 
    king, led by a guiding hand... 
    The original manuscript written by the Three Wise Men cannot be found.
    It must be mentioned that their theory is only an assumption based on the 
    The Wise Men thus are not necessarily trying to make one side win over 
    another in the Cauldron War, but rather are trying to bring about the 
    Apocalypse. (Either that or meddle with Odin's plans, as they are still 
    resentful of the Demon Lord for tricking them).
    02. Odin Sphere - The Present
    02A. A Worried Princess and a Pooka Prince
    Cornelius, the prince and heir to the throne of Titania, and Velvet, the 
    princess of the ruined Valentine, have been enjoying a budding romance 
    through trysts held in the forest of Elrit. Ingway, however, does not approve 
    as he thinks the relationship is ultimately doomed (though perhaps he is a 
    bit jealous) and has come to an agreement with Skuldi and the Tree Wise Men 
    to have Cornelius turned into a pooka in exchange for Ingway going undercover 
    into Titania disguised as the prince to learn the secret of the Darkova 
    transformation from King Edmund.
    Meanwhile, Velvet has begun thinking about the curse her mother wrote in her 
    dying letter. Seeking answers to her destiny, Velvet climbs Winterhorn Ridge 
    to speak with the dragon Hindel who is known as a soothsayer. He is reluctant 
    at to look into the future for her, but tells her that fate can be 
    "redirected." He advises to return to the mountain and be attended by his 
    friend (Wagner), and then foretells of his own death at the hands of the 
    Shadow Knight Oswald.
    Meanwhile, Cornelius has returned to Titania to see his father King Edmund 
    who himself disapproves of Cornelius' love for Velvet and their meetings in 
    the forest. Edmund reminds his son of Edgar, though he tells him Edgar was 
    disowned and humiliated by the King, and then fell ill in the woods. Still, 
    Cornelius will not give Velvet up and threatens to abdicate his ascendency to 
    the throne if necessary to be with her. As he leaves the court, Urzur advises 
    King Edmund to let Cornelius go, saying that the prince will soon come to his 
    It is not specified where or when, but some time after this, Ingway casts the 
    pooka spell on Cornelius. Then, unbeknownst to Ingway, the Three Wise Men 
    (hoping that he will meet and rescue King Valentine) transport him to the 
    Cornelius awakens as a pooka in the Netherworld, and he quickly resolves to 
    find his way back to Titania in order to see Velvet again. Wandering through 
    the Netherworld, he happens upon a strange voice (King Gallon) coming out of 
    the darkness that recognizes him as a member of Titanian royalty. King Gallon 
    does not reveal his identity or let Cornelius approach him, but he does give 
    Cornelius a psypher blade to help him escape the land of the dead (the same 
    psypher that the current King Edmund used to slay Gallon years before).
    Cornelius comes to the realization much later in the plot that King Gallon 
    gives him the sword at this point because Gallon did not want to repeat his 
    past atrocities and only wanted to rest. Cornelius reasons that Gallon knew 
    the Wise Men were planning on resurrecting him, as we hear him say later when 
    he meets Velvet accompanied by one of the sorcerers. He gives the sword to 
    Cornelius in the hopes that he would use it to stop the Wise Men's schemes.)
    In the forests of Elrit, Velvet reads a letter from Cornelius which says that 
    he must soon speak with her at their usual meeting place and that he has 
    shaken off the indecisiveness he's been harboring for a long time.
    Back in the Land of Misery and Despair, Cornelius happens upon a withered 
    corpse with a glittering crown on its head (King Valentine) who tells him 
    that all he can now feel is resentment and hatred. He tells Cornelius that 
    the only way to leave the Netherworld is to get permission from Queen Odette 
    and offers to guide him in exchange for being taken along to the real world.
    As they enter the Queen's chambers, Odette recognizes Cornelius' blade as one 
    made of a crystal stolen from her realm by the dwarves. She asks him to hand 
    over the sword in return for a peaceful death. Despite his protests, she 
    insists that once someone enters the land of the dead, they cannot be allowed 
    to leave. They battle one another and when Cornelius prevails over her, she 
    reluctantly allows him to leave though predicts (accurately) that he will 
    soon thereafter be caught by Odin's Valkyrie. As Cornelius leaves, she says 
    mysteriously that "the Pooka shall stay afloat with a candle and light the 
    way across the desolation." (This prophecy seems to only relate to the "bad" 
    ending of the game, where Myril the pooka is left alone on the last crumbling 
    piece of land after everything else has been destroyed...)
    While not contained in any cut scene, it must be assumed that immediately 
    following his escape from the Netherworld with Cornelius, (or perhaps an 
    indeterminately long time ago) King Valentine somehow managed to find and 
    steal the dragon egg that contained Leventhan, the dreaded serpent who would 
    bring about the end of the world. I suspect that this was a failsafe for him 
    - a plan B in case any of his other schemes were to go awry. It is also 
    possible that he was helped in this endeavor by the Wise Men, as they were 
    seeking for a way to bring about Armageddon and perhaps knew that Valentine 
    would be able to hatch the dragon... but this is pure speculation.
    In the world of the living, Velvet discusses the apocalyptic prophecies made 
    about the desolated land of Valentine with her teacher Kurois and the wise 
    man Skuldi. After Skuldi mentions King Gallon's epic poem as an example of 
    where the truth behind the final catastrophe can be found, Velvet is inspired 
    to see the poem as it may be an answer to both her and her brother's destiny. 
    However, the poem's pages have been largely scattered about the world and the 
    only person who has access to the complete poem anymore is King Gallon who 
    lies rotting in the Netherworld. Velvet asks Skuldi to take her there so she 
    can speak with Gallon, and Skuldi requests to borrow the Book of 
    Transformation in return for his services - a book of magic written by her 
    grandfather, King Valentine. This is the same book Ingway used to transform 
    Cornelius into a pooka and the same book in which is written the secret to 
    the Titania family line's ability to transform into Darkova.
    As Velvet decides to visit the Netherworld, Cornelius has just escaped it but 
    as Queen Odette predicted is quickly captured by Odin's Valkyrie. Unwilling 
    to believe the pooka is who he says he is, Odin gives Cornelius the task of 
    showing his bravery (and thus proving his identity) by bringing back the horn 
    their most ferocious warrior (General Brigan) uses as a flagon.
    Before he leaves, Gwendolyn returns the sword to Cornelius and warns him that 
    her father often asks people to perform tasks that he knows are impossible. 
    She tells him the General Brigan is not fond of pookas, and that the warriors 
    outside of the castle will probably attack him. Sill, Cornelius is unafraid 
    and marches off to face the berserker general.
    Battling his way through Brigan's castle, Cornelius finds the general and 
    politely asks to borrow his horn. Brigan offers to skin him alive for the 
    horn and attacks him, but Cornelius ends up beating the massive general and 
    returns with the horn. Odin explains that even he, one of the most powerful 
    sorcerers in the world, cannot remove the Pooka curse. Gwendolyn then escorts 
    Cornelius to Ragnanival's borders.
    02B. Trouble Stirring in the Fairy Realm
    Meanwhile, the princess Mercedes has taken the Queen's precious bow to go 
    frog hunting. Mercedes wants to improve her skills with the bow so that she 
    can join her mother on the battlefield and face Odin in battle, though Queen 
    Elfaria thinks her daughter is much too young to be fighting. She entrusts 
    Mercedes with the bow to protect the country while she is away at war, but 
    worries that Mercedes has no idea of her position and what is expected of her. 
    Elfaria asks Melvin to help the princess become a good Queen and he agrees (a 
    bit stiffly) to do so.
    To the west on Winterhorn Ridge, the Oracle Dragon Hindel is confronted by 
    Shadow Knight Oswald (as he predicted) who has been sent by Melvin to slay 
    him. Hindel fights half-heartedly and in the end accepts his defeat willingly. 
    He tells Oswald that his real father is a man named Edgar, but Oswald tosses 
    the information aside, caring little about who his biological parent was. 
    Hindel's last words are, "Do not forget that... when the time comes... Shadow 
    master who threatens the darkness... seek the bird. That shall be your 
    Oswald returns to Ringford Palace and Melvin uses his victory over Hindel to 
    try to convince the Queen that the Beldriver is the most powerful psypher 
    (greater than Odin's Balor) and should be mass produced so that the nation of 
    Fairies might dominate over all of the lesser countries around them. Queen 
    Elfaria seems wary of the sword though and in the end refuses. 
    Later in the Ringford Gardens, Brom the dwarven sword smith and the maker of 
    the Beldriver expresses his concerns to Melvin that the sword is cursed and 
    has taken many lives, eventually turning each Shadow Knight into a ghost, but 
    Melvin is unconcerned about his foster son's welfare and tells Brom to stay 
    out of it. As he leaves, Brom wishes to himself that he had never made the 
    weapon, and fears that it will part the heavens and tear the earth asunder.
    Troubled by his sins, Brom reveals the truth about the Beldriver to Oswald. 
    He explains that the blade will take its wielder to the Netherworld, where he 
    looses his soul. The Revenants up in the mountains are actually the former 
    users of the Beldriver, and Brom is afraid the same fate awaits Oswald. 
    However, he is interrupted by Melvin who, angry at Brom's interference and 
    reluctance to produce more blades for the war effort, labels Brom as a 
    traitor and banishes him to the Netherworld. As he is taken away, Oswald 
    continues to devote himself to Melvin and prepares for his next task: a 
    reconnaissance mission into Ragnanival.
    Infiltrating the country, Oswald makes his way to Brigan's palace where he 
    overhears the general telling Skuldi that Odin has denied the general's 
    strategy, instead opting for a sneak attack. Skuldi agrees that it is a timid 
    move to make against the Fairies, and begins convincing Brigan that he would 
    make a better King than Odin. Skuldi discovers Oswald lurking in the shadows 
    and Brigan attacks him.
    Defeating Brigan, Oswald makes his way to Odin's castle having confirmed that 
    Odin has indeed been planning an attack on the Fairy realm. He quickly hides 
    as Gwendolyn enters, wearing a beautiful dress in an attempt to win her 
    father's attention and affections but Odin does not seem to notice it. As 
    Gwendolyn exits to change back into her armor, a single blue feather is left 
    behind. Oswald emerges, wondering if she might be the "bird" Hindel was 
    referring to and notices that she seems very different from the stories of 
    "Odin's Witch" that he's heard.
    02C. A Velvet Witch in the Land of the Dead
    Meanwhile, Velvet has found her way into the Netherworld, but is dismayed and 
    lost for a while as Skuldi abandoned her. While she wandered alone, we have 
    to presume that Skuldi was quite busy, as he appears in the previous scene 
    trying to convince General Brigan to try and usurp Odin's throne, and we 
    learn later that Skuldi also went to borrow the Book of Transformation.
    In any event, the two shortly happen upon King Gallon's prison cell. He gives 
    Velvet only a part of his epic poem prophecy, telling her to seek out the 
    rest. Queen Odette appears disgusted at the presence of a Valentine as she 
    explains that King Valentine had recently escaped from her clutches (much to 
    Velvet's horror). Furious, Odette attacks Velvet who is soon surrounded by 
    the Halja. However, she is quickly rescued by Odin who in the land of the 
    dead had mistaken her for his beloved (her mother). Odin drives Odette away 
    with the threat of his Balor and offers his help to Velvet, though she is 
    wary of his offer. With the Halja closing in, Odin sweeps her into his arms 
    and dashes away.
    After her rescue, Velvet is still terrified at her grandfather King 
    Valentine's escape. Fearing his return might mark the end of the world, she 
    seeks the advice of her tutor Kurois who tells her that a single ring, Titrel 
    can be used to stop the Cauldron so that not even a king can restart it.
    Velvet sneaks in Ringford Palace and manages to steal the ring from the 
    Fairies, but a crossbow-wielding Mercedes who is guarding the palace prevents 
    her from escaping. Defeating Mercedes in battle, Velvet manages to escape and 
    makes her way back to the Pooka Village. There, Ingway is angry with her for 
    stealing Titrel, but she refuses to give him the ring.
    02D. The Third Cauldron War - First Wave
    The Demon Lord's army, the Aesir, begin the invasion of Ringford for control 
    of the Cauldron. During the battle, Gwendolyn finds her sister Griselda 
    fatally wounded as she lies on the battlefield. It is revealed later that 
    General Brigan is to blame for this, having held himself and his forces back 
    too long in an attempt to preserve his own life and make a dramatic entrance. 
    Griselda gives her psypher spear to her sister before she dies.
    As the battle rages on, Oswald the Shadow Knight turns the tide of the battle 
    favorably towards the Fairies with his fearful Beldriver. Gwendolyn 
    challenges him but is quickly subdued by his power. However, Oswald does not 
    strike the final blow, saying that the battle is over and more casualties 
    would just be a waste.
    Gwendolyn returns to Ragnanival to inform Odin of their defeat and his 
    daughter's death. Odin declares Griselda one of his most valiant warriors and 
    allows Gwendolyn to keep her sister's psypher but he immediately announces 
    another attack against Ringford - one which he will personally take part in. 
    Gwendolyn is dismayed by how few words the King has to say about his 
    daughter's death. 
    In the Fairy realm, the Queen has prepared for Odin's second assault and is 
    confident of an approaching victory. Melvin again asks her to reconsider 
    mass-producing psyphers for the army, but content with Beldor's dragon and 
    Melvin's swordsmen, she again declines.
    Mercedes disobeys her mother's command to protect the castle and joins the 
    fighting to prove her worth as a leader. She leaves the castle to Melvin's 
    command who thinks with disdain that a brat like Mercedes will assume the 
    throne after Queen Elfaria is dead.
    As the Valkyrie ready themselves for the second wave of battle, Gwendolyn 
    assumes command in place of her sister. She argues her motivations with a 
    small blue bird who appears to her. While she insists that she is fighting 
    for her kingdom and her pride, the bird knows the truth; that her movement 
    into the commanding position, (which will probably result in her death) is 
    yet another attempt to win her father's love (given, if nothing else, for her 
    As the battle is about to begin, King Valentine appears in the ruins of his 
    old kingdom and there meets a fearful Velvet. Terrified of him, she kneels at 
    his feet as he forms a plan to regain the Cauldron and purify the Old World. 
    However, despite the influence Valentine has over her, Velvet insists that 
    the Cauldron must be put to sleep so that none may control it and she refuses 
    to hand over the ring Titrel. They separate and begin to go after the 
    Cauldron separately. 
    Just before the second wave of the war breaks, Oswald encounters a Halja on 
    the front lines. The death god reveals to him that Melvin pledged Oswald's 
    life for the lethal power of the Beldriver and he has come. As he has come to 
    collect Oswald's soul, the Shadow Knight is forced to fight for his life.
    02E. The Pooka Prince Imposter
    (The following events occur at the same time that Odin's armies first invade 
    Fairy territory, back before Griselda dies on the battlefield). Cornelius 
    finally finds his way back to Titania, having been released from Odin's 
    domain. Entering the throne room and hiding behind a pillar, he discovers 
    that an imposter that looks exactly like his human form (Ingway, though he 
    doesn't know this) has been walking around Edmund's court. The imposter says 
    that a "little fiend" (probably Skuldi) has planned to renege on their deal 
    and he will have to be harsh if it comes to that, otherwise they deceived the 
    Prince for nothing.
    King Edmund enters and the fake Cornelius declares that he will soon break up 
    with Valentine as the king had requested. The king wishes him to do so as 
    quickly as possible, as he had been considering a marriage between Cornelius 
    and King Odin's daughter out of political expedience. In return, the fake 
    Cornelius asks the king about his royal family's secret power (Darkova) but 
    Edmund denies that it exists ( a lie). The real though pookified Cornelius 
    emerges and tries to convince his father of his identity but to no avail. 
    King Edmund recognizes the sword on his back as something that belongs in the 
    Netherworld, and calls his guards to remove it and the pooka. Escaping the 
    palace, rejected by this father and alone, Cornelius sets out to try and save 
    the one thing he has left: his romance with Velvet.
    In the Elrit forest, Cornelius confronts his doppelganger who has been 
    waiting for him. As Cornelius threatens him, Ingway transforms into Velvet 
    and tells him that she never loved him and wants him dead. Unable to believe 
    the person standing before him is his beloved, Cornelius attacks and 
    transforms Ingway back to his true form. Ingway admits that he transformed 
    the prince believing that were he not able to resume his human shape, he 
    would need to end his relationship with Velvet. Cornelius wishes to kill 
    Ingway, but cannot as such a deed would certainly forever estrange him, no 
    matter what form, from Velvet. He is forced to leave as Velvet approaches. 
    Ingway then uses Cornelius recent absence to try and convince Velvet to break 
    up with him, but Velvet refuses to doubt her lover.
    Though it is not specified when, at some point after this event, Ingway is 
    betrayed by the Three Wise Men and transformed into a frog by Urzur. The next 
    time we see him is when Mercedes happens upon him in the forests of Elrit, 
    long after the Third Cauldron War has ended. 
    Cornelius  returns to the alleyways of Titania, sinking into despair. There 
    he meets Urzur who recognizes him and the spell put on him. Urzur says he 
    wants to help the prince but doesn't have the power to break the spell. Urzur 
    advises him to climb the Winterhorn Ridge to ask the wise dragon Hindel about 
    the curse.
    As he climbs the mountain, Cornelius he meets not Hindel but Wagner waiting 
    at the summit. Furious about his friend's ignoble death at the tip of a 
    psypher, Wagner attacks the sword carrying pooka, but Cornelius uses the 
    blade to subdue him and though he has the opportunity, does not make the 
    killing blow. Wagner is humiliated to be spared, but senses the prince's true 
    nature and responds with compassion, explaining the prince's curse and flying 
    him to the Valentine ruins to see the pookas' help. 
    Cornelius soon finds the pooka Myril who explains their efforts to collect 
    all Valentinian currency in an attempt to break the enchantment. Cornelius 
    also learns that Velvet has snuck out onto the battlefield alone to stop King 
    Valentine and the Cauldron. Worried for her safety, he goes to save her.
    02F. The Third Cauldron War - Second Wave
    As the war begins again, General Brigan again waits to engage the enemy 
    though Gwendolyn and Odin have already deployed their forces. As he waits, he 
    finds Velvet rushing for the Cauldron and engages her in a fight. She escapes 
    his clutches only to later be attacked by Mercedes who demands that she 
    return the ring Titrel.
    Cornelius then arrives at the front lines of the war to find the two engaged 
    in a fight. Cornelius beats Mercedes, knocking her unconscious, but King 
    Valentine suddenly appears and blasts Cornelius, taking Titrel for himself. 
    However, before he can use the ring, Cornelius revives and uses his last 
    ounce of strength to take Titrel back by force and return it to Velvet. 
    Meanwhile, Gwendolyn fights her way to the Vanir stronghold and meets Queen 
    Elfaria there. Before she can challenge the Queen, Beldor appears and summons 
    the dragon Belial to fight against her. Gwendolyn manages to defeat the 
    dragon and Odin's assault begins to overcome the Fairy guard. Odin confronts 
    Elfaria and uses his Balor to fatally wound her. The dying fairy queen is 
    taken back to Ringford Palace where Mercedes witnesses her mother's last 
    moments. She tells Mercedes that if the Cauldron draws in all of the phozons, 
    their forest and people will die. Mercedes is charged with reviving the 
    country and taking the Cauldron back from the Demon Lord. Elfaria reveals 
    that her real name is Fimbulvetr, and dies.
    On the battlefield, Odin takes control of the Cauldron and announces his 
    victory. As he approaches the Cauldron he thinks of what power it will bring 
    him and dreams of dominating the world. However, just as he reaches it, the 
    light from inside goes out, and the Cauldron appears lifeless.
    Unbeknownst to him, Velvet has just used the ring Titrel to put the Cauldron 
    to sleep. Escaping undetected by Odin, she encounters Gwendolyn briefly but 
    manages to escape from her. Velvet retreats to help the fallen Cornelius and 
    discovers a band of Pooka who have come to the battlefield to help her. 
    Fearing for them as Odin's forces advance and Gwendolyn looks for her, she 
    runs ahead to give them time to escape. Encountering Gwendolyn for a second 
    time, she realizes that the warrior is her half-sister and runs away instead 
    of doing battle with her.
    With the Cauldron stopped, Velvet realizes with Kurois advice that the ring 
    Titrel must be hidden away where no one may find it to activate the Cauldron 
    again. However, the two are ambushed by a pack of Goblins hired by King 
    Valentine to take back the ring. Kurois is injured but Velvet escapes and 
    flees to the Winterhorn Ridge to seek Hindel's advice. There she finds only 
    his corpse, watched over by a grieving Wagner. Wagner attacks her but Velvet 
    is able to defend against him until she can ease his suspicions and explain 
    that she wishes to hide Titrel. Wagner offers to take the ring as he can 
    avoid any creature by flying and because Odin cannot harm him, due to the 
    dragon's blood running in his veins. Velvet hands over Titrel to Wagner who 
    swallows it.
    02G. Mercedes vs. Melvin - The Venir Civil War
    In the wake of the Fairy's defeat, Oswald approaches a furious Melvin and 
    asks him about the appearance of the Halja. Melvin confesses to giving the 
    blade its power, but tells Oswald he has the power to keep the Halja at bay. 
    Mercedes enters and accuses Melvin of not having the royal guards in place 
    while he controlled the palace for her, thus not protecting her mother, but 
    Melvin explains that the Queen was simply an easy target (though Melvin 
    really believes that had the Queen listened to him and began manufacturing 
    weapons with the Cauldron, she would not have died in the war). Finding the 
    fledgling princess inadequate as a leader, Melvin begins to plan how best to 
    take the throne.
    He soon proposes to Mercedes that because of her mother's death, she should 
    take a vacation, during which he will handle the governmental affairs. He 
    already has assumed command of the Queen's armed forces, and while Mercedes 
    does feel inadequate as a leader, her Lillipat advisor feels that Melvin is 
    acting strangely. He recommends they speak with the sorcerer Beldor who 
    served with the dragon Belial as the former Queen Elfaria's bodyguard. 
    Mercedes agrees and enters the Elrit forest to find him.
    Melvin then starts his plans to lead an uprising against Mercedes. Though he 
    has harnessed command of a third of the troops and much of the public's 
    opinion, some soldiers fear Beldor and the dragon Belial who have been known 
    to protect the queen and her lineage. Confident in Oswald's ability to slay 
    any dragon, he sends the Shadow Knight to slay Belial. Even though he has 
    felt stiff and ill since his meeting with the Halja, Oswald enters Elrit 
    forest and quickly locates Beldor before Mercedes does.
    When Oswald questions Beldor as to where his alliances lie, the Wise Man 
    claims to be an outsider, and will stand aside as the Fairy realm falls into 
    civil war. Oswald doesn't like this answer and threatens him, which causes 
    the sorcerer to summon his dragon Belial. Beldor at first seems confident but 
    is taken aback when Oswald fearlessly battles the beast.
    Meanwhile, Mercedes has entered the forest as well and has begun searching 
    for Beldor. She soon meets a frog (actually Ingway, who, after impersonating 
    Prince Cornelius and transforming him into a pooka, failed to obtain the 
    secret of the Darkova spell from King Edmund and was betrayed by the Three 
    Wise Men and turned into a Frog [as he shall now be referred to]).  Frog 
    startles her which makes her drop her bow in a deep pond. Frog offers to dive 
    and find it if she will grant him one wish and he dives in after it. Beldor 
    then approaches and Mercedes asks for his aid in the civil war against Melvin. 
    However, Beldor reveals that he is now a faithful servant to Melvin whom he 
    addresses as King and then he commands Belial to swallow the princess whole. 
    Luckily, Frog returns with the crossbow and Mercedes defeats the dragon.
    Beldor then appears and attempts to kill Mercedes himself until Frog leaps in 
    and poisons the wise man who quickly teleports away. The dragon Belial is 
    left behind who that a rebellion has begun in the Fairy kingdom and that 
    Mercedes will have to act quickly to quell it.
    Mercedes rushes back to Ringford, where she learns that half of the nobles 
    are now in support of Melvin and the other half are undecided. At first 
    despairing and wishing that someone else would know what to do, Frog again 
    comes to Mercedes' aid and inspires her to move forward against the rebellion.
    Mercedes and her troops battle their way to Melvin while Frog makes his way 
    around the castle, poisoning Melvin's troops with a potion that turns them 
    all into frogs. Sensing that he is backed into a corner, Melvin sends in his 
    Shadow Knight to defeat the small Queen. However, unable to fight with his 
    full power, Oswald is defeated and Melvin's rebellion is crushed. As Melvin 
    lies dying, he reveals to Oswald that his life was indeed traded for the 
    Beldriver's power; that the boy was merely his tool, used in a scheme to 
    become king. Melvin dies, revealing his true name to be Nidhogg, "the one 
    that chews on the roots of the ash tree who will always resist fate." At 
    Melvin's last words, Oswald looses heart and collapses. When a Halja comes to 
    take him, he makes no effort to escape.
    02H. Trouble in the Valkyrie - Odin's Two Daughters
    Meanwhile in Odin's domain, General Brigan is unsatisfied with the sacrifice 
    the Aesir have made to obtain what is essentially now a useless heap of iron. 
    He resolves to find the witch that disabled it and torture the information 
    from her on how to restart it. Fearing a possible mutiny (or perhaps fearing 
    for the life of his daughter Velvet) Odin resolves himself to go find her. 
    However, Gwendolyn insists that it is her responsibility the witch escaped in 
    the first place and volunteers herself for the task of catching her. Odin 
    commands her to not cause undue harm to the witch in the process.
    Fighting through the forest to the lagoon, Gwendolyn finds and confronts 
    Velvet. Velvet insists that using the Cauldron will doom the entire world as 
    evidenced by the history of Valentine, but Gwendolyn does not pay her any 
    heed and the two begin a fight to the death. The battle is ultimately 
    interrupted by Odin himself who cannot stand to see his two daughters 
    fighting one another. He reveals that Velvet is his daughter much to 
    Gwendolyn's shock. But Velvet, still hating Odin for his treatment and 
    abandonment of her mother, rejects any peace offering or explanation he is 
    willing to make. Velvet disowns Odin as her father just as General Brigan 
    makes his presence known, having overheard everything. Brigan understands the 
    blackmailing power he now has over Odin but claims that he will not use it (a 
    lie). He then captures Velvet and takes her back to the castle.
    Velvet is interrogated and she reveals Titrel's location in Wagner's stomach. 
    Brigan insists that they must sacrifice Velvet to the dragon and retrieve the 
    ring. The king is pained to bring harm to his daughter but is forced to 
    acquiesce Brigan's request. 
    Odin is extremely saddened at thought of Velvet's execution as she greatly 
    resembles his love which he lost long ago. Gwendolyn wrestles internally with 
    the idea that Velvet's death will make her the only surviving daughter Odin 
    has left (meaning he would have to show her some affection). However , 
    realizing the agony Odin will suffer if Velvet is slain, she vows to save 
    Velvet even though she knows such an action will brand her as a traitor. 
    At the top of the Winterhorn Ridge, the dragon Wagner is nowhere to be found. 
    Sending the troops to find him, Brigan prepares to execute Velvet by himself 
    until Gwendolyn leaps in and saves her. Brigan reveals that all along, he had 
    planned kill Velvet and then inform the nation that she was the child the 
    king fostered with the enemy, but because the king was such a monster, he 
    killed her. The resulting doubt about Odin's right to rule would give Brigan 
    the chance to usurp the throne.
    However Gwendolyn battles Brigan and kills him, leading Velvet to safety and 
    explaining her actions to her. Odin finds the two together on the mountain, 
    but as his subjects are present, he maintains his authority as king and 
    cannot move to rescue them. Gwendolyn labels herself a traitor knowing that 
    she must do so to keep her father from harm while saving Velvet. Velvet runs 
    away with mixed feelings about the event.
    Though she is his daughter, King Odin is forced to punish Gwendolyn for 
    openly disobeying his orders and killing his chief vassal. She receives the 
    customary punishment for a traitorous Valkyrie: a sleeping spell will be cast 
    upon her and when she awakens, her heart will belong to a stranger - her 
    pride and honor stripped away. She will devote her life to him, bear his 
    children, and grow old. Odin at last calls Gwendolyn his precious daughter 
    but does so just as he casts the spell upon her and she falls asleep in his 
    arms. It is revealed later that this spell is only a sleeping spell, and that 
    as a last concession to his daughter, Odin leaves Gwendolyn's heart to its 
    own devices.
    02I. Building Ringford's Defenses - Mercedes Prepares for Another War
    In the fairy realm, Melvin's rebellion has been suppressed, Melvin is dead, 
    and Oswald has been taken by a Halja into the Netherworld. Frog asks for his 
    wish: a single kiss, which he says will turn him back to a human. However, 
    Mercedes is repulsed by the idea and asks for some time to prepare.
    As things return to normal and peace begins to settle into the Fairy kingdom, 
    Wagner suddenly attacks the forest. The dragon demands that the fairies 
    deliver Oswald to him to pay for his crime of slaying Hindel. Mercedes 
    explains that Oswald has been killed, but Wagner refuses to believe her. He 
    gives her an indeterminate amount of time to bring Oswald to the top of 
    Winterhorn Ridge, otherwise he will return and set the fairy's forest ablaze. 
    After he leaves, Mercedes decides to scale the mountain herself to explain 
    again that Oswald is dead and cannot be summoned. 
    However, when she reaches the top of the mountain, Wagner refuses to believe 
    that the little fairy defeated the fearsome dragon-slaying Shadow Knight. He 
    attacks her in a test to see if she is as strong as she claims to be and 
    using her mother's bow she proves her worth. Wagner is still enraged at those 
    who wield psypher weapons ,but after Mercedes convinces him she will only use 
    her bow to defeat Odin, the dragon leaves her alone. As he flies away, 
    Mercedes discovers that Frog has followed her up the mountain to make sure 
    she was safe, but as his body is not built for the cold, he collapses.
    Returning to the palace, Mercedes thinks of how to best defeat Odin and is 
    told by a subject that the dwarf Brom may be able to forge a weapon more 
    powerful than his Balor, but the dwarf was sent alive to the Netherworld by 
    Melvin, and the only person who can lead her there, the sorcerer Beldor, is 
    missing. Frog appears, having warmed back up, and as a reward to saving his 
    life, offers to take Mercedes to Titania's sewer system to find him. Queen 
    Mercedes plans to pardon Beldor's treason for the time being and prepares for 
    her trip to Titania.
    Meanwhile, Velvet, concerned about his half-sister, heads to the old castle 
    where Gwendolyn has been transported and lies slumbering. She meets Odin 
    there and they openly discuss their feelings and resentments until they are 
    interrupted by King Valentine. The decaying King reminisces about his 
    daughter and Odin's love affair with her which eventually is what drove him 
    mad. As the argument comes to a head, King Valentine commands Velvet to 
    attack Odin and she obeys him, though she trembles in fear.
    Velvet manages to defeat Odin, who cannot bring himself to fully attack his 
    own daughter. However, before King Valentine can strike the final blow, 
    Velvet steps between them and Odin, only feigning defeat, grabs Valentine 
    questions his true motivations for strangling a daughter he supposedly loves. 
    Confronted by guilt at his horrendous actions and realizing that he was 
    blinded by fury and acted foolishly on impulse, Valentine momentarily repents 
    his deeds and asks that Odin crush his bones into dust. Odin refuses, saying 
    that Valentines words ring hollow and he lets him go so that he may suffer 
    into eternity.
    In the top of the tower, Gwendolyn rests in her enchanted sleep. Odin 
    explains that he did what he must have done as the ruler of the country, but 
    that things will not get worse for her from here on out. Velvet acknowledges 
    Gwendolyn as her little sister and hopes that the man she meets will be kind 
    to her.
    02J. Trouble for the Pooka
    King Valentine immediately hires goblins to launch an invasion of Pooka 
    Village and steal the coins the pooka have been collecting. He tells the 
    goblins that he plans to throw the coins into the Volkenon Lava Pits to make 
    the pooka curse last forever. Hearing this, Cornelius chases after the 
    goblins into the Inferno King Onyx's burning land. 
    Managing to avoid the fiery pits, Cornelius finds the goblins and takes back 
    the coins before they can be destroyed. As he finds and confronts King 
    Valentine, the old magician reveals that his true motivation was not to make 
    the pooka curse permanent, but because doing so would cause his old powers to 
    return to him as they had dwindled after Valentine spent so much time 
    surrounded by crystals in the Netherworld.
    Abandoning the scheme, Valentine produces his dragon egg and identifies it as 
    the one spoken of in Valentinian prophecies that holds Leventhan who will 
    bring about the end of the world. Valentine places his crown on the egg 
    (another object infused with the King's magical power) and uses what little 
    sorcery he has left to hatch Leventhan.
    Cornelius battles the baby dragon and manages to knock the creature down. A 
    rumble sounds and, fearing the presence of Inferno King Onyx, Valentine takes 
    the baby dragon into his arms and leaves "into the flames of purgatory... 
    until world dies."
    Having just missed Cornelius again, Velvet arrives at Pooka Village. Velvet 
    learns that Myril has decided to go to the abandoned castle and attend to 
    Gwendolyn. She also hears about the goblin attack and that it was Cornelius 
    who stopped them. She then realizes that her lover has been cursed and 
    remembering the mention of the missing pages in the Book of Transformation, 
    suspects her brother is behind it.
    02K. The Redemption of the Shadow Knight
    As these events occur, Oswald has awakened in the Netherworld and has 
    reunited with Brom though the dwarf can do little to ease his sadness. Oswald 
    laments the lack of love and the emptiness in his blood-stained life. At the 
    bottom of his hopelessness, Oswald sees a blue bird that he seems to 
    recognize. Though it quickly flies away, Oswald is inspired to see it again 
    and goes to search for it.
    Encountering Queen Odette, Oswald attacks her savagely but finds that as his 
    blade contains her power, he cannot hurt her with it. Odette plans to torture 
    Oswald as entertainment, but is interrupted by the news that Odin has come 
    once again into her domain. Queen Odette then promises to release Oswald from 
    the curse that rots his body if he will kill the Demon Lord. Knowing that he 
    has only transferred from one master to another, Oswald agrees to this, and 
    manages to find Odin in the dark land. After he is beaten, Odin promises to 
    lead the Shadow Knight out of the Netherworld if he will only spare his life. 
    Owing no allegiances to Queen Odette, Oswald agrees.
    Back in Ragnanival, Odin devises a use for his newfound ally: to get to the 
    ring Titrel in Wagner's stomach since he cannot attack the dragon himself. 
    Offering Oswald the old castle in the Elrit woods, then Gwendolyn's psypher, 
    and finally Gwendolyn herself, Odin finally convinces him to carry out the 
    task, (though he does not let the Shadow Knight know his true intentions, 
    requiring only that the dragon be slain and nothing more).
    Oswald scales the Winterhorn Ridge and calls out Wagner. The dragon attacks 
    him mercilessly, ravenous with revenge for Hindel's death, but in the end 
    Oswald emerges victorious and slays Wagner with his Beldriver. In the carcass, 
    Oswald finds the ring Titrel just before Odin arrives. Odin demands he hand 
    it over, but Oswald reminds him that he only requested the dragon's death, 
    never mentioning any rings. Odin moves as if to take the ring by force, but 
    Oswald says he will fight him to the death. Fearing for his life, Odin 
    relents. He gives Oswald the castle, psypher, Titrel and his daughter. Odin 
    also tells him that the one who awakens Gwendolyn from her sleep will receive 
    her undying yet compelled love.
    At the old castle, Oswald finds Gwendolyn sleeping and recognizes her as the 
    bird he saw earlier. However, he is reluctant to wake her as doing so will 
    force her to love him. He refuses to kiss her, but pained by her eternal 
    slumber, he resolves to find another way to break Odin's spell. Suddenly, one 
    of the Wise Men arrives and blasts Oswald, kidnapping the sleeping princess, 
    telling Oswald to let Odin know they now have his daughter.
    02L. Trouble in Titania - The Wise Men's Meddling
    Meanwhile in Titania, Mercedes has arrived to search for Beldor and ask for 
    guidance to the Netherworld so she can find Brom. Mercedes finds it strange 
    that they are being lead through the side streets and not directly to the 
    palace. While Frog believes that Beldor will only deceive them, Mercedes 
    (naively) believes he may listen to her and willingly accept her pardon. They 
    are soon ambushed and her attendant Matthew is kidnapped. Mercedes races 
    after him.
    At the same time in King Edmund's Court, Urzur demands to know the king's 
    secret (the spell of Darkova) but the king refuses him. Skuldi arrives and 
    announces that the princess of Valentine is on her way and since she is the 
    offspring of Odin, her capture would devastate the Demon Lord. Under threat 
    of the Wise Men, King Edmund cannot tell Velvet of their plot when she 
    arrives. As the King remains silent, Urzur offers to take Velvet to see 
    Cornelius, but secretly plans to lead her to the sewers, Beldor, and his 
    dragon Belial.
    Velvet manages to defeat the dragon, but is captured and subdued in the 
    process by the Wise Men. They reveal their plot with Ingway and their 
    ultimate goal of bringing about the Armageddon, after which they plan to be 
    kings. Then the magicians put Velvet to sleep, planning on using her to get 
    rid of Odin.
    Soon, Mercedes arrives in the Sewer Maze and finds her attendant Matthew held 
    by Beldor. She offers to pardon his crimes if he will show her the way to the 
    Netherworld. Beldor seems to enjoy the idea of having the Fairies and the 
    Valkyrie wipe each other out, but having other matters to attend to, he 
    summons Belial again to eat the fairy queen. The dragon slowly backs away, 
    either frightened or reluctant. (He may have seen her psypher weapon and 
    remembered his lost fights with both Gwendolyn and Oswald. He could also be 
    reluctant to attack Mercedes herself as he's been beaten by her once before 
    and she spared his life after the fight.)
    Beldor tortures the dragon to instigate him to fight, but Belial slumps to 
    the floor unwilling and broken. Having seen enough, Mercedes retracts her 
    pardon and begins firing at Beldor who makes a quick escape.
    (As a small side note: while it never occurs on screen during the game, it 
    can be reasonably assumed that during these events with Beldor, Skuldi is 
    busy transferring Gwendolyn to the Volkenon Lava pits.)
    Finding him at last in the sewers, both Frog and Mercedes battle against 
    Beldor and his armed guards. Mercedes takes the upper hand, but just before 
    she can fire the final shot, Beldor teleports behind her and prepares a curse. 
    Before he can finish though, Frog casts his own spell, turning Beldor into a 
    pooka and stripping him of his magic power.
    However, as the spell was a bit much for his small body, Frog weakly sinks 
    down. Grateful for saving her life, Mercedes finally kisses him, restoring 
    Ingway to his true form. Ingway quickly thanks her for releasing him from the 
    spell, and then rushes off with other business in mind after insisting that 
    Mercedes will make a good queen.
    Having finally returned to Titania, Cornelius overhears a conversation in an 
    alley between his father King Edmund and Urzur. The Wise Man berates the king 
    for being too stubborn to hand over the Book of Transformation. Though it 
    never happens on screen, we must assume that at some point earlier Beldor 
    releases Belial on the city of Titania because of this. Urzur reveals the 
    Wise Men's plan to call King Gallon back to the land from the Netherworld. 
    Finally realizing that the pooka is his son, King Edmund tells Cornelius that 
    Velvet has been captured and the Titanian prince rushes to the sewers to save 
    Cornelius finds Skuldi waiting for him, but suddenly Ingway appears, 
    revealing that the Titrel Skuldi believed he possessed is actually a fake. 
    Ingway heals Cornelius who runs ahead to battle the dragon who is just about 
    to eat Velvet.
    Before their fight, Belial begs Cornelius to save his tormented soul which 
    cannot bear the torment of enslavement anymore. With the psypher of Titania, 
    Cornelius is able to beat the dragon and pierce his heart which fatally 
    wounds him but ends the spell that caused the dragon's enslavement. As Urzur 
    comes to command the fallen dragon once again, Belial uses his last bit of 
    strength before he dies to charge Urzur and crush him in his jaws.
    Velvet wakes to Cornelius' voice. She identifies him as Titania's prince, but 
    Cornelius runs away from her, back to Edmund's court. There, he tells his 
    father that Urzur and Belial have been killed and Titania saved. Edmund 
    offers to relinquish his crown and make Cornelius king, but Cornelius refuses 
    having accepted his fate as forever being trapped as a Pooka. He leaves for 
    Pooka village, giving up his feelings for Velvet.
    However, in the Forests of Elrit, Velvet catches up with Cornelius and the 
    two have a heart to heart. Velvet desires to stay with Cornelius, even if he 
    is a pooka. Even without a palace and a home, Velvet accepts him knowing that 
    she still loves the person he is inside. Embracing her, Cornelius swears to 
    fill her life with love and happiness.
    02M. Rescuing Sleeping Beauty
    Back in Titania, Oswald has tracked down the last remaining wise man Skuldi 
    and found him in the Titanian sewers. Skuldi reveals the wise men's history 
    of conflict with Odin and their desire to set the stage for the world's end. 
    Skuldi then summons the past spirits of the former Shadow Knights who were 
    turned to ghosts when they lost their souls to the Beldriver, but Oswald 
    quickly defeats them. Begging for his life, Skuldi reveals that Gwendolyn is 
    in the Fire Kingdom as they had planned to use her to pit the Fire Lord and 
    the Demon Lord against one another. Oswald then kills Skuldi thinking 
    (correctly) that he is too evil to be left alive.
    Meanwhile in the Inferno King's realm, Odin has learned of his daughter's 
    kidnapping and has smashed his way to Onyx's throne room. Despite Odin's 
    ultimatums, Onyx declares he has fallen in love with Gwendolyn and has no 
    intention of returning her. They exchange harsh words until Onyx reveals that 
    he knows about the spell placed on Gwendolyn to love the first person who 
    awakens her. At this, Odin suddenly leaves, knowing that were Gwendolyn to be 
    awakened, she would quickly reject the Fire Lord and break his heart. 
    (However, though it is not shown how, the scene immediately following this 
    reveals that Onyx somehow already knew this).
    Next, Oswald makes his way into the Volkenon Lava Pits searching for 
    Gwendolyn. Finding her asleep in the throne room, he confronts Onyx who says 
    that he is content to have Gwendolyn bound to him through the spell and has 
    planned to make the girl his bride. With both men refusing to give her up, 
    Onyx transforms into his true demonic form and the two go to battle. Escaping 
    his fiery clutches, Oswald wins the battle and is informed by Onyx that while 
    a sleeping spell was put on her, there is no spell present that will control 
    her heart. This is why he did not wake her; because he knew she would not 
    love him. He would rather keep her asleep and under his control, rather than 
    wake her and see her flee. Oswald is so relieved to hear this that he offers 
    to ease Onyx's pain by wielding the Beldriver for him once in battle (though 
    he will never let Onyx near Gwendolyn again).
    Taking her back to the old castle, Oswald wonders if Gwendolyn will hate him 
    when she awakens, but not caring how she reacts even if it brings him pain, 
    Oswald brings Gwendolyn to life with a kiss.
    02N. An Abandoned Son's Monstrous Revenge
    Meanwhile, after reverting to his true form and saying goodbye to Mercedes, 
    Ingway has ventured into the Netherworld to speak with Queen Odette. Ingway 
    offers to bring her the soul of Odin the jewel thief and to serve forever at 
    her side if she will lend him her army. The Queen is quick to deny his 
    request, knowing that such an act would ultimately cause the world's end. 
    However, Ingway convinces her by saying he only wants the dread army to 
    appear in Erion for a short period of time, that Odette can simply claim that 
    a sorcerer stole her eye and commanded them himself, and that once Odin dies, 
    she will be free to punish everyone.
    Meanwhile, Mercedes had forced the captured and pookafied Beldor to lead her 
    to the Netherworld. She learns from a spirit that Brom is being kept by the 
    Queen in her throne room, but during the conversation, Beldor slips off into 
    the mist. As he walks on alone, he is quickly met by a Halja who cuts him 
    Mercedes then makes her way to the Netherworld shrine where she finds Brom 
    forced to carve gems for the dreaded Queen. Mercedes tries to flee with him 
    but is stopped by Odette who (as Fairies are creatures that never go to the 
    Netherworld when they die) refuses to listen to her polite requests and 
    attacks her.
    Meanwhile in the real world, Odette's armies have appeared. Ingway uses the 
    distraction to make his way to Odin's throne room, disguised as a masked 
    soldier and followed closely by Velvet. Ingway reveals that it was in fact 
    him who destroyed Valentine in an attempt to save his father - an action 
    which he now regrets. Prepared to suffer in hell for his sins and take his 
    mother's curse upon himself, Ingway uses the stolen Book of Transformation to 
    use the Darkova spell, transforming into the three headed beast so that he 
    can take Odin and the Cauldron to the grave with him.
    Below ground in the Netherworld, Mercedes has fought well against Odette but 
    ends up cornered by Halja. Fortunately for her and before Odette can take 
    advantage of the situation, King Gallon begins to shake in his prison, 
    reacting to the Darkova spell that has just been cast above. Odette orders 
    more chains to be placed on him and disappears. Mercedes takes her lucky 
    break and escapes with Brom to the real world.
    Back in Odin's Castle, Velvet uses her chains to somehow subdue the Darkova 
    beast, transforming Ingway back to his human form. She brings him to the 
    Pooka Village to rest, but he quickly disappears. On the plains of the ruined 
    Valentine civilization, her old tutor Kurois tells Velvet about the 
    prophecies contained in the epic poems detailing the world's end. However, 
    contrary to what the Wise Men believed, they do not contain the pathway to 
    becoming king. He presents her with his own interpretation in order that she 
    might use it to prevent the coming Apocalypse from destroying everything.
    02O. Preparing for War
    Leading Brom back to Ringford, Mercedes consults with him about a new weapon 
    so that she may fight against Odin's Balor. Although he cannot create a 
    psypher as large and powerful as Balor, Brom believes he can create one that 
    is able to break the Balor itself. However, there is a problem: while Brom 
    was trapped in the Netherworld, the flames of his forge went out. Without a 
    fire hot enough to purify phozon crystals, he cannot make a strong enough 
    weapon. The only way to get the fire hot enough is to use the fire that 
    existed before the world's creation; that which only exists in the Fire 
    Kingdom. Brom resolves to leave to fetch the flames and Mercedes accompanies 
    him for protection.
    Fighting their way through the Inferno, Mercedes and Brom find the source of 
    fire strangely unguarded. However, none other than King Valentine appears, 
    saying that Onyx is tending his wounds (from fighting Oswald earlier) by 
    sleeping in the molten lava. The two run from him, but Valentine follows them 
    and summons the baby Leventhan who has recently consumed the source of fire 
    from the lava pits. Mercedes fends off the little dragon's attacks until she 
    and Brom can escape from the fiery pit.
    Back in Ringford, preparations are made for battle. Brom finishes the new 
    weapon - his life's masterpiece and his final creation - Riblam. Still, Brom 
    feels badly about the Beldriver being such a source of misery for Oswald's 
    life and asks permission to go see him.
    02P. Rescuing the Rescuer
    In Odin's old castle, Gwendolyn awakens from Oswald's kiss, but Oswald is 
    nowhere to be found. Believing herself married to the enemy's elite soldier, 
    she despairs. However, Oswald's first gesture towards the reluctant bride is 
    to give her the ring Titrel in an effort to make her happy and show how much 
    he cares for her. However, she tells him that as a warrior, her happiness 
    comes only from battle, and at her harsh words, Oswald leaves. Though she 
    feels some pangs of affection for the Shadow Knight, Gwendolyn remembers all 
    of the warriors he has slain and decides she cannot forgive him, no matter 
    how kind he is to her. Believes that her father's spell is making her feel 
    affection for Oswald, she resolves to seek vengeance on him the moment it 
    presents itself, as that is what Odin would want her to do.
    With an oath to keep, Oswald prepares to leave as Onyx has summoned him to 
    fight against the recently hatched Leventhan who has been terrorizing the 
    Lava Pits. When Gwendolyn offers to do whatever he wants, she is startled by 
    his reply that she is not an object and he will not allow anyone to treat her 
    as such. Even so, she leaves at her first opportunity to betray her new 
    husband and deliver Titrel to her father.
    Approaching Odin's castle, Gwendolyn finds that the King has ordered his 
    soldiers to kill her on sight. Fighting her way to the throne room, she 
    discovers Odin possessed by Brigan's spirit. Forced to take up arms against 
    her father, Gwendolyn beats the spirit out of Odin and gives him the ring. 
    Odin gladly receives Titrel, revealing his old plot to temp Oswald with 
    Gwendolyn so that he would slay Wagner for her hand. Odin then absolves 
    Gwendolyn from her past actions for the delivery of the ring and finally 
    welcomes her back with her honor restored. But realizing that Oswald fought 
    Wagner for her, she leaves her father behind and goes back to meet Oswald.
    However, the Shadow Knight has been missing for days. Brom reaches the castle 
    with the news that Oswald returned to the Inferno to fulfill a promise he 
    made there. Concerned for his safety with her heart aching, she dons her 
    armor and goes to look for him.
    Confronting the Inferno Lord about her husband's whereabouts, Onyx reveals 
    that Odin had promised Gwendolyn's hand to him to unify both of their 
    continents but then gave her to instead to Oswald. Intoning that the task of 
    slaying Leventhan may kill him, Onyx offers to save Oswald if Gwendolyn will 
    be his bride. Gwendolyn quickly refuses and leaves, enraging Onyx who sends 
    soldiers to capture her.
    In the Origin of Fire's Sanctuary, Oswald fights a loosing battle against the 
    dragon as Odette has begun to somehow reduce his sword's power. Just as he 
    slumps to the floor, Gwendolyn leaps in and beats the dragon down. 
    Unfortunately, Oswald's injuries are grave. Onyx enters, intrigued by 
    Gwendolyn's beauty in combat, but she again refuses him and promises him 
    violence if he tries to prevent her from leaving. She leaves with Oswald and 
    returns to her forest castle with him.
    02Q. The Fourth Cauldron War
    Armed with her new psypher bow, Mercedes prepares her troops for battle. She 
    makes a speech, rousing her soldiers, but alone, she quakes at the thought 
    that she will soon be face to face with her mother's killer.
    The two armies begin battling against each other. Though the Vanir troops are 
    superior, they begin to fall to the mighty force of Odin's Balor. Mercedes 
    faces the Demon Lord trembling, but when he mentions the murder of her mother, 
    Mercedes steels herself and attacks. In the battle, her Riblam's Arcane Bolt 
    shatters the Balor, defeating the Demon Lord. He kneels before her, waiting 
    for the final blow, and though she wants to, she does not deliver it. She 
    knows that if he dies, he will be a martyr and she does not want him to find 
    glory in death. Knowing that his successor will only try to gain the Cauldron 
    once again, she gives him an ultimatum: never show his face again nor set 
    foot in her land and she will let him go. However, if he chooses to die, the 
    fairies will invade his homeland, ravaging his people. Odin had no choice to 
    swear to the queen's demands. She also demands that he leave Titrel which he 
    does. The Fourth Cauldron War quickly ends.
    02R. Tying Up Loose Ends - Uniting the Two Lovers
    Back in her castle, Gwendolyn tends to the bedridden Oswald who soon confirms 
    that was indeed sold to the Queen of the Netherworld and that the Halja are 
    always lurking, waiting for the moment Oswald's power fades so they can cut 
    him down. The two exchange a tender moment, but before they reveal their true 
    feelings for each other, a Valkyrie appears with the news that Ragnanival has 
    suffered a crushing defeat from the Vanir under their new Fairy Queen and 
    have seized the Cauldron. The soldiers fear that the enemy will try to take 
    advantage of Odin's grave injuries and try to invade the castle. Learning 
    that the Fairies now possessed Titrel which Gwendolyn had given to Odin, 
    Oswald is hurt deeply by her betrayal. Believing he has just been an 
    unwitting pawn in another one of Odin's schemes he immediately leaves. 
    Instead of going after him, Gwendolyn changes into her armor, deciding to 
    retrieve the ring Titrel, though she is unsure at first whether she is merely 
    fulfilling her duty as Odin's daughter or wishes to win back the estranged 
    Gwendolyn fights through Ringford, all the way to the throne of the new Fairy 
    Queen. When Mercedes refuses to return the ring, Gwendolyn attacks and 
    retrieves it by force.
    Meanwhile at the old castle, Oswald stands alone on the bridge. Believing 
    that he has imprisoned Gwendolyn in an unwanted marriage and again bereft of 
    hope, he allows an approaching Halja to cut him down. Gwendolyn returns too 
    late and is informed by her attendants that Oswald has been taken to the 
    Netherworld. Wanting to rescue him, she resolves to ask her father Odin how 
    to go to and from the Land of Misery and Despair.
    Appearing in his castle, Odin at last praises his daughter for her deeds but 
    quickly demands the ring Titrel. However, as it represents her bond with 
    Oswald, Gwendolyn refuses despite her father's adamant requests. She 
    eventually agrees to give up the ring in exchange to safe passage to and from 
    the Netherworld.
    Battling her way through corpses, ghosts and Halja, Gwendolyn meets Queen 
    Odette in her chamber. She asks for Oswald's release, but Odette will have 
    none of it, saying that Oswald is now her possession. Fighting with the 
    strength of her love for Oswald, Gwendolyn manages to slay the Queen of the 
    Netherworld. In her last moments, Odette explains that the living and dead 
    could coexist in the Netherworld her world because she bridged the gap 
    between the real world and hers. However, with her death, those that are 
    alive will now forever be barred from entering. The path will close and all 
    ties with Erion will be severed.  As the Queen melts into nothingness and the 
    Netherworld begins to quake, Odin sweeps in and flies Gwendolyn and Oswald to 
    Safe in the Demon Lord's castle, Odin explains that now the only way to enter 
    the Netherworld is to accept death. He can no longer collect crystals, but if 
    he could regain the ring Titrel and the Cauldron, he would have no use for 
    them. He asks Gwendolyn to fulfill the promise and return the ring, but 
    Gwendolyn explains that if he is to take the ring, representing all she is in 
    her love for Oswald, then he must take her life as well. Odin argues that her 
    "everything" is an illusion, that she is only married because he ordered it. 
    Even so, she is willing to hang on, even if it is an illusion that she clings 
    to and though it may cost her life and pride. Odin readies a crushing blow on 
    his own daughter's head but Oswald stops him before he can deliver it. Only 
    then does Odin reluctantly allow her to keep the ring. With all of his plans 
    for conquest ruined, he entrusts Gwendolyn to Oswald and lets them leave.
    Back in their castle, the two come clean with their feelings for each other 
    and express their mutual love. As they embrace, the blue bird is seen 
    fluttering off.
    It should be noted that at any time after this, the special scene 20 should 
    probably fit into this chronological storyline. This is the point where the 
    two worlds (Erion and the Attic where Alice sits reading these stories) come 
    together. At some point in Erion's history, Alice's grandfather somehow 
    arrived in Titania, began to learn the story about what had happened in the 
    world, and then went to work constructing the books that make up the various 
    story arcs of Odin Sphere that Alice reads. In special scene 20, we learn 
    that the mystery visitor to the magical world arrived in Titania sometime 
    after Belial's attack (mentioned in the "Trouble in Titania - The Wise Men's 
    Meddling" section above). We also see all of the main characters in the 
    scene; Velvet with Cornelius as a pooka, Gwendolyn and Oswald, and even 
    Mercedes who buys a Napple from the merchant. Though it really doesn't matter 
    too much where exactly you fit this piece of the story into the Odin Sphere 
    timeline, I feel that it fits best here. It should also be noted that the 
    vendor gives the mystery visitor (the grandfather) a Valentinian coin which 
    later ends up adorning the last book the man had written about Erion. 
    Timelines between the two worlds become confused given this point, though it 
    need not be the case that time passes at the same speed between the two 
    03. The End of Erion
    03A. Armageddon
    The war over the Cauldron has ended, but things are still not quite right. 
    Ingway wanders the Valentinian wasteland with the Darkova spell still 
    affecting him making him hungry for human flesh.
    Elsewhere, the Cauldron has suddenly come to life as King Valentine stands 
    atop it. He beckons Leventhan inside the device to sleep and dream of 
    devouring all. He says that greedy minds have once again set the Cauldron 
    alight, though it is never revealed exactly who this is in reference to. 
    Valentine reveals that he never needed the Titrel to command the Cauldron as 
    it would obey his voice. To bring about the end of the earth, he commands it 
    to absorb every photon in the land and annihilate the world and a beam of 
    light erupts from the Cauldron's mouth. Ingway then arrives and confronts his 
    grandfather. Vowing to save the land that he once destroyed, he uses the 
    Darkova spell again and transforms into the beast.
    In the Netherworld, King Gallon feels the power of Darkova at work above. It 
    makes his blood boil but also awakens a sick pleasure inside him and his 
    heart grows dark. The Halja approach, but instead of tightening his shackles, 
    they inform him that the Queen has been sent into darkness and nobody will 
    interfere with his freedom again. Thus, Gallon orders the Halja to lead the 
    dead to Titania. Though they at first protest that the Queen blocked the path 
    to the real world, a shriveled husk appears identifying itself as the 
    remnants of Beldor the Wise Man. He informs Gallon that the Halja are able to 
    traverse the border between life and death, and as the new power figure in 
    the Netherworld, all Gallon has to do is command them to show him the way.
    The blast from the Cauldron causes the land to begin sinking into the sea. To 
    escaping the rising water, the Inferno King decides to follow the prophecies 
    and march inland even though the Inferno nation's demise at the hands of the 
    World Tree is foretold soon after such an event. Onyx argues that no such 
    tree exists and that the story is a fable - that they will burn the forests 
    of Ringford away to prove it. Driven from his home, Onyx plans to conquer the 
    Meanwhile, the armies of the dead begin to invade Erion and Odin's land is 
    the first to fall. He is unable to defend himself and his land as the Balor 
    was broken in the last Cauldron War by Mercedes. However, he manages to keep 
    himself safe in his castle until the sounds of battle die away and all of his 
    soldiers have been slain. The ghost of Griselda appears to him and Odin 
    realizes in his last moments that he has never done anything fatherly for her. 
    Embracing the specter, Odin is struck down by the Halja and killed.
    Inside the old castle, Gwendolyn can see the dark armies swarming the land 
    and knows that soon they will be at her door. She is worried about Oswald who 
    has not yet returned from gathering information. Myris appears, offering to 
    take Gwendolyn to safety, but she refuses. Dressing for war, Gwendolyn goes 
    off in search of Oswald. She tells the other pookas to meet her at the top of 
    the Winterhorn Ridge. The ghost of Griselda appears to her, telling her to 
    "knock down the crown, and not forget her role from the epic poems. Griselda 
    disappears just as the undead begin erupting from the floor.
    03B. The End
    At the Obliterated Ruins, Ingway transforms into the Darkova to try to 
    destroy the Cauldron but has come under the power of the corpse of Beldor who 
    controls him with a spell. Cornelius finds them and Beldor reveals that after 
    the incident with King Gallon, Edmund had Beldor and the Wise Men research a 
    spell to control the Darkova if it was ever to be released again. Beldor 
    refuses to reveal his plans and orders the transformed Ingway to attack 
    Cornelius. With the sword of his father who slew the first Darkova, Cornelius 
    battles against him, wishing to remove the Valentinian prince from the curse.
    After the battle, both Cornelius and Ingway are hurt but not killed. Ingway 
    realizes that the way to save the world is not to destroy the Cauldron, but 
    rather to reverse its core, which will release all the Phozons stored inside 
    it. As a last request, Ingway asks Velvet to do her duty and fight against 
    the Cauldron. She takes Cornelius away and Ingway is left on his own to live 
    his last moments. As he dies, he wonders why he thinks of Mercedes, and 
    wishes he could see her for one last time.
    In the Crumbling Capital, King Gallon endlessly devours the living. Oswald 
    confronts him and Gallon smells the sent of Odette's power in him. However, 
    he reveals a royal secret: the only one who can kill him is one of royal 
    blood. Even if Oswald is the Shadow, a common warrior cannot kill Gallon. 
    However, Gallon does not know that Oswald is the son of Edgar, and therefore 
    his grandson. After again and again plunging the Beldriver into Gallon's 
    rotting flesh and shattering his three bone heads with the blade, Oswald 
    reveals that Hindel once told him his father was a man named Edgar. Unable to 
    fight against destiny, Gallon dies and the monster melts away.
    Meanwhile in the Obliterated Ruins of Ringford forest, Mercedes fights alone 
    against the creatures of fire. There, she discovers Ingway lying dead at the 
    base of a broken tree. The Onyx king appears laughing at the prophecies that 
    predict his death. With no tree left standing and complete confidence, he 
    attacks Mercedes who has refused to give up, a Queen till the end. The little 
    Fairy draws her bow against the molten fire demon until his flesh begins to 
    smolder, falling as ash. With her wings broken, she lies dying on the 
    scorched earth, the fairies dead and her kingdom ruined. As she dies she 
    gives her true name - Yggdrasil - and dies. As Onyx crumbles away, he 
    recognizes the name with horror; Yggdrasil, the World Tree. The prophecy has 
    come true. Knowing he was a fool, he crumbles like a spent coal and dies.
    At the Cauldron, Velvet confronts her grandfather King Valentine trying to 
    reason with him, but he turns on her, calling her the very reason he finds 
    himself in hell, the symbol of his daughter's betrayal. Velvet offers her own 
    life instead of the world, but Valentine reveals that he cannot relive the 
    experience again of wringing the neck of a once loved one, that Velvet 
    resembles her too much. Valentine plans to take everyone with him into the 
    oblivion and peace of death.  However, Velvet unleashes her chains and fights 
    against the Cauldron.
    She manages to destroy its systems but keeps the core of the Cauldron intact, 
    leaving it unable to move or fire its beams. Valentine reveals that all this 
    time, no one can actually use the Cauldron but him, as he has placed a curse 
    upon it. As Velvet collapses, the King makes to strike her down, but cannot 
    make the final blow as she resembles his daughter Ariel too closely.
    Finally ready and his work at an end, he summons Leventhan from the Cauldron 
    and as the massive serpent bursts forth he leaps upon its back.
    In the skies over valentine, the massive serpent unfurls his full length in 
    the wind. Gwendolyn flies alongside of him feeling powerless to stop the 
    massive beast. Leventhan opens his mouth, and breaths his powerful flames 
    down on the land, the continents breaking up and dissolving like a sugar cube. 
    (We do not see this in Gwendolyn's cut scene, but in all of the others, King 
    Valentine is completely destroyed in Leventhan's first blast). Gwendolyn sees 
    the Horn Mountain collapsing and worries for her friends and lover Oswald. 
    The bird reminds her to "knock down the crown," something her sister once 
    told her. Looking carefully, Gwendolyn can see the old crown of King 
    Valentine wedged on one of Leventhan's horns. Realizing it is the key to his 
    defeat, Gwendolyn attacks. 
    As her psypher breaks through and the horn is carved away, Leventhan's head 
    begins to pour out fire and light. Gwendolyn, her feathers and wings 
    destroyed, falls through the red sky. The bird reveals that the whole time is 
    was her sister Griselda. She reveals that the poems of prophecy will continue 
    to be followed and that they will meet again at the world's end and then 
    disappears.  As she contemplates her death below, Gwendolyn thinks only of 
    Just before she hits the ground, Oswald uses his dark powers to snatch 
    Gwendolyn from the sky, but the effort drains him. The Cauldron has been 
    stopped, but all of the Phozons it absorbed from the world have been used up. 
    The world is a barren wasteland and only Velvet, Cornelius, Gwendolyn, and 
    Oswald are left alive. Velvet removes Titrel from an unconscious Gwendolyn's 
    hand and then remembers that Kurois taught her how the crystals, the psyphers, 
    contain within them phozons. Using Titrel to command the Cauldron and the 
    psyphers as a phozon source, Velvet reverses the flow of phozons from the 
    Cauldron. As the phozons spew forth from the Cauldron's mouth, Velvet emerges 
    from the light transformed into a pooka.
    Gwendolyn and Oswald find themselves alone on a mountain top and witness the 
    miracle of the phozons remaking the earth, spreading green plants and life 
    wherever they touch, a new world beginning. Though it is not shown on screen, 
    it can be inferred that Gwendolyn and Oswald go on to repopulate Erion with 
    their offspring, which survive for many millennia.
    Though it is placed out of order chronologically on the in game story chart, 
    this is the period during which Cornelius and a Pookafied Velvet travel 
    through to Alice's world and retrieve the last Valentinian coin from the back 
    of the Armageddon book that Alice has been reading. Like Alice's 
    grandfather's first visit to Erion in scene 20, it is unclear when exactly 
    this event with the pooka occurs. However, in the last cut scene, Cornelius 
    reveals that he and Velvet have been searching for the Valentinian coins for 
    thousands of years in their immortal pooka bodies. At any point during this 
    time, they could have traveled to Alice's world, taken the coin, and left the 
    last book.
    In any case, having at last gathered all of the currency together, they 
    return to the Secluded Cavern. They call forth the spirit of the old and kind 
    King Valentine, before the Cauldron Wars and Odin's affair with Ariel had 
    corrupted him. The apparition of the spell asks them what they wish for. 
    Velvet is about to wish for the removal of the pooka curse before Cornelius 
    stops her. He explains that they can live forever in a timeless vacuum in 
    their bodies, forever in love. However, Velvet argues that their souls will 
    go on after their flesh finally gives up, that the curse is eternal and their 
    souls will never return to the land if they remain pooka for all time. 
    Cornelius says that if they become humans, they will die before a hundred 
    years have passed. But instead of living eternally while cursed, Velvet 
    believes it nobler to live out a natural life among other humans. To this, 
    Cornelius agrees, having observed people for millennia and have seen that 
    even in "these preposterous times" (the very distant future I assume) they 
    cannot say that people are happy. The world is filled with heartache, as it 
    was before the Armageddon. The two pookas then wish for the spell to be 
    broken and their humanity restored. The image of the dead king tells them to 
    live their renewed lives to the fullest and transforms them into full human 
    beings. They embrace their new forms, devoted until death will finally part