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    Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope
    Dictionary FAQ
    Created by: Andy Richter [sirandyrichter@gmail(dot)com]
    Copyright 2009 Joshua D. McCloud
    
    
    *THIS FAQ WILL CONTAIN MAJOR, UNMARKED SPOILERS! VIEW AT OWN RISK! 
    I HOLD ABSOLUTELY NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY PLOT CONTENT BEING RUINED 
    FOR YOU IF YOU PROCEED ANY FURTHER!*
    
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    Table of Contents
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    1. Introduction
    2. Legal Stuff
    3. Updates
    4. Dictionary Listings
    4.A - Places/Facilities
    4.B - People/Races
    4.C - Organizations
    4.D - Astronomical Bodies
    4.E - Science/Technology
    4.F - Miscellaneous/Other
    5. Credits
    
    
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    1. Introduction
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    Hello, and welcome to a FAQ I've created for the fourth Star Ocean game in the
    series, Star Ocean: The Last Hope. This FAQ aims to document every single 
    Dictionary entry in the entire game. What is the Dictionary, you ask? the 
    Dictionary is a wonderful feature that was first introduced in Star Ocean 3:
    'Til The End of Time. The Dictionary exists to offer lots of background 
    information about every single location, person, or organization you come
    across in the game. There is often a great deal of information you would never
    learn about had you not read the Dictionary entry for it. This FAQ aims to
    have be nice, convenient medium to read every single Dictionary entry in the
    game. Eventually, that is. This IS a work in progress, you know.
    
    
    Even so, my "FAQ-Making" skills are rusty. This is the first FAQ I've done in
    almost half a decade, so the formatting will probably be terrible. Patience.
    I will eventually have everything crisp and beautifully formatted. Eventually.
    
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    2. Legal Stuff
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    This FAQ cannot be reproduced in any way shape, or form with my consent. It 
    cannot be used in any sort of commercial transaction, it cannot be given 
    away as some sort of bonus, gift, etc., As this creates incentive to buy and 
    is therefore prohibited. All game content is copyright to their respectful
    owners. Stealing is bad, 'Kay?
    
    
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    3. Updates
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    March 10th, 2009. Version 1.0
    
    [I started the guide. I have all Dictionary entries up to the 
    beginning of EN II, although I am not sure if The Last Hope has missable 
    Dictionary entries like 'Til The End of Time does. Can anyone clarify?]
    
    May 7th, 2009. Version 1.1
    
    [I added the rest of the entries bar the Ethereal Queen. Even though I am
    prepared and could probably beat her, I REFUSE to go through the Wandering
    Dungeon for 5 hours just to lose to her. I will eventually get to her
    (Even if I have to stoop to Earth), but until then. She's also the reason
    for the lack of an update in two months. I'm pretty sure I have every entry
    now except for hers. ...If she even has one, that is.
    
    
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    4. Dictionary Listings
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    Well, this is it. If you're reading this FAQ (Which I doubt, honestly), then
    you're here for the Dictionary. I may add some tweaks to the actual entries 
    in the future. Who knows. I need to get all the entries first. I added the
    numbers to all the entries because it flows better that way. That's the only
    reason. Yep. Well, without further ado:
    
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    4.A Places/Facilities
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    1. Moonbase
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    Mankind's first space colony, built on Earth's moon in order to mine and 
    manage raw materials for spacecraft construction. It also serves as a command 
    post for deep-space exploration. A second base, slated to serve as a 
    ship-building factory, is under construction in lunar orbit.
    
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    2. Star Ocean
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    An expression used to describe the vastness of space. Its etymology probably
    stems from the resemblance of the great expanse of space and its uncountable
    shining stars to the vast, sparkling ocean witnessed by Earth's great
    explorers, back when much of the world still remaining to be discovered. The
    term is often used even by civilizations unaware of the concept of space.
    
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    3. Celestial Ship
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    The name given by the Lemurisians to Edge's spaceship. To such an undeveloped
    race, it would not be an exaggeration to say that the ship itself is like
    a god in their eyes.
    
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    4. Triom Village
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    A small village on the southern end of planet Lemuris's northern
    continent. While the local climate isn't as harsh as it is further north,
    the proclivity of disease in the area has caused most residents to migrate
    northward. The recent appearance of monsters in the nearby plains has made
    even leaving the village difficult. It is now home to only a handful of
    citizens, cowering in fear of the monster threat.
    
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    5. Realm of Demons
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    An "alternate dimension" populated by demons and other such creatures
    fundamentally different from humans. Unlike our world, where life begins
    when a soul is implanted into physical matter, its denizens function
    in spiritual form, obtaining a body only in order to manipulate
    the world around them.
    
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    6. Alanaire Citadel
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    A citadel in the northern part of Lemuris. Despite being called a citadel,
    it was not constructed for war; rather, it was built as a sort of storm wall
    to block the seasonal winds coming from the northeast, where the bacculus
    disease originated. It has a very long history, with records found dating
    back to before Lemurisians even settled in the area, and it is widely known
    as the traditional birthplace of the planet's symbology. A symbological
    school for Lemurisians is housed inside, along with training grounds built
    to help students learn and acquire skills. While the source of the school's
    power is unknown, a symbologist known as an oracle lives on the top floor,
    charged with passing the skills of symbology on to future generations.
    
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    7. Woodley Village
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    A village located on the northwest part of Lemuris's northern continent. Its
    surrounding are harsh, covered year-round in snow, but it is protected from
    both invasion by the monsters of the plains and the effects of bacculus thanks
    to its proximity to Alanaire Citadel. As signs of bacculus have begun to
    spread across the continent, many of Woodley's newer residents are actually
    patients from Triom stricken with the disease, seeking treatment.
    
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    8. Wind Swallow Valley
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    A valley in the Rinoa Mountains to the north, accessible by crossing a
    frozen lake. Said to be the place where a "celestial ship" crash-landed
    several months ago. Its name stems from the resemblance to a great flock of
    swallows flying off when wind and snow blow through the valley. The mighty
    columns of ice created by the windswept snow make navigation extremely
    difficult.
    
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    9. Cardianon Mothership
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    A giant, 30-kilometer-long saucer-shaped mothership built by the Cardianon. A
    city exists in the center of the saucer, but only a tiny population lives
    there; half of the Cardianon population are in a state of coldsleep. Invasion
    from outside is nearly impossible, thanks in part to the drone fighters that
    launch from the mothership and intercept incoming attacks. The ship is also
    known to occasionally seize spacecraft with its tractor beam for reasons
    unknown.
    
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    10. Muah (3)
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    A continent on Roak believed to be named after ancient visitors who became the
    ancestors of the planet's intelligent life. Home to an enormous treasure
    chamber filled with valuable objects. The Metorx Mountains lie in its center,
    with the towns of Kraat to the south, Portmith to the north, and Haute
    in the center of the continent.
    
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    11. Abandoned Town
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    A small town located near the lip of an impact crater caused by a meteor
    50,000 years ago. The area was closed off for military use some time ago,
    leaving the town abandoned and uninhabited.
    
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    12. Military Facility
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    A secret military base built inside an impact crater. A research laboratory
    inside salvages technology from extraterrestrial species and develops it
    for military use. The building includes an ecological research area and an
    energy-experiment facility; a 27-kilometer-long particle accelerator is hidden
    below the crater's surface.
    
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    13. Astral
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    One of Roak's three major continents, located in the central region of the
    planet. The north is dominated by the forests of the Astral Mountains, while
    the south is covered in desert. The land is currently under the governance of
    the king of Astral, whose nation has close commercial ties with the rest
    of Roak's countries.
    
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    14. Purgatorium
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    The oldest existing temple on Roak, housing statues that are believed to be
    representations of the Muah, a race quite unlike the planet's current
    inhabitants. The temple has numerous floors and extends deep underground; the
    further down you go, the more remnants of an ancient yet vastly superior
    scientific culture can be found.
    
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    15. Tatroi
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    A town in the center of the Astralian continent that skirts the
    mountainside where Astral Castle sits. Connected to Astral City by a
    canal. Tatroi is home to the famous Tatroi Colosseum, where the strongest
    fighters from all throughout the land come to test their skills against
    one another.
    
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    16. Astral Kingdom
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    A kingdom founded by Highlanders on the continent of Astral. Its knights
    are renowned throughout the land for their great power, consisting entirely
    of elite warriors hand-picked from the most skilled of Highlanders.
    
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    17. Astral City
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    A city built around and providing entry into Astral Castle, located deep
    within the mountains. Home to the headquarters of the Astralian
    Royal Knights, the most powerful of the castle's knights and the body
    responsible for maintaining order in the region. Rogues from Tatroi tend to
    loiter at night when the knights are changing shifts, making it a
    particularly dangerous time to be outside.
    
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    18. Tatroi Colosseum
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    A stadium and entertainment complex built in Tatroi. Home to not only the
    finest battle torunaments in all the land, but also to the burgeoning 
    underground bunny race circuit, both of which provide major contributions
    to the town's bustling economy. The colosseum is built and maintained by
    a millionaire merchant trader, and even the Astral Knights are forbidden
    to interfere with its operations; it is instead patrolled by a private
    security detail. Also referred to by some as the Tatroi Arena.
    
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    19. Cave of the Seven Stars
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    A labyrinth accessed via an "unopenable" door in Tatroi Colosseum. Its
    existence is unknown to the general public, and the details behind its
    construction are a mystery. One theory suggests it exists in an alternate
    reality, coincidentally connected to the colosseum as a side effect of
    the building's symbological structure.
    
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    20. Bunny Racetrack
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    An extensive racetrack built beneath Tatroi Colosseum, made to take
    advantage of the open space below the arena. Visitors place bets on the
    thoroughbred bunnies that race there, trying to predict the final standings
    for each race. A popular tourist attraction for travelers passing through
    town.
    
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    21. Tropp
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    A port town located on the western coast of Astral. As the main entryway
    into the Astralian continent, it is home to commercial trade with both
    Silvalant to the west and Muah to the east. The tallest lighthouse on the
    continent stands near its docks, built large enough for even the biggest 
    of ferryboats. A large anchor-like symbol sits in its city square, and the
    town's atmosphere belies its history as a port at every street corner.
    
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    22. Sanctuary
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    The oldest and most sacred area of En II. Since its construction over
    three billion years ago, it has helped preserve the environmental balance
    on En II as well as the mental and emotional balances of its residents. Four
    stone columns stand tall in its field, housing four sacred gems that
    contain the spirits of wisdom, might, love, and courage. They are
    safeguarded from evil by an enormous spirit tree.
    
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    23. Centropolis
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    En II's central city, home to assorted facilities and services required
    for life on the planet. Its external architecture is historical in nature,
    but its accommodations are throughly modern, allowing residents to enjoy
    a comfortable lifestyle. Elements of nature such as rainfall or the passage
    of day are faithfully reproduced in order to provide the most suitable
    environment possible for all living beings.
    
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    24. Nox Obscurus
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    An enormous black object, 368km in diameter, built by the Grigori. Its
    surface is covered by an ocean of liquefied energy, with an island ---
    the remains of the Cardianon mothership that it absorbed --- resting on
    its pole. Capable of traveling through space, it seeks out life forms across
    the galaxy, halts their vital functions, and absorbs their energy. The
    liquefied energy on its surface is capable of producing a limitless number
    of Phantom ships for self-defense. Its ultimate defense mechanism is
    Jormungandr, an organic, dragon-shaped weapon made from concentrated 
    energy. The object's interior houses a gate to an alternate dimension, from
    within which lies the Palace of Creation -- home to the sentient life form
    that built Nox Obscurus.
    
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    25. Lemuria
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    A fabled landmass thought to have existed in the Indian Ocean on Earth,
    originally proposed to explain how lemurs, native to Indonesia, were
    also found on the African continent. To the Eldarians, Lemuria is a
    legendary paradise, a distant planet on which their ancestors still
    live -- and now a symbol of hope as well, a second homeland that marks
    an escape from their ultimate doom.
    
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    4.B People/Races
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    1. Professor Trillas Bachtein
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    The first man on Earth to develop a working subspace warp drive, completed
    in A.D. 2087. The descendant of a well-known physicist, Bachtein's technology
    allowed mankind to explore star systems outside its own for the first time,
    opening up a new chapter in Earth's history.
    
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    2. Stephen D. Kenny
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    The first person in Earth history to break the speed of light. A former
    Federation air force pilot, he personally volunteered for the dangerous
    manned test flight for Professor Trillas Bachtein's warp drive, and he
    successfully carried out a faster-than-light warp in an A.D 2087
    experiment, a feat long dreamed of by all mankind. The experiment made clear
    numerous issues with manned warping, and was a great leap forward in
    mankind's pursuit of the vast expanse of space. His exploits earned him
    the nickname "Lightspeed Kenny," and instantly made him one of the era's
    most iconic heroes. Currently he serves as commander of the USTA's moonbase,
    overseeing space development and administration while offering
    behind-the-scenes support and inspiration for the SRF's efforts.
    
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    3. Deputy Director Shimada
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    An elite bureaucrat who oversees the USTA as deputy director of
    the Greater United Nations. Serving as Stephen D. Kenny's direct superior,
    he has built his career out of taking Kenny's achievements and passing them
    off as his own.
    
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    4. Crowe F. Almedio
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    Edge's close friend, rival, and one-year senior in the SRF. He captains
    the SRF-001 Aquila, joining Edge and the other SRF members on their
    mission of planetary exploration. A richly talented man in many fields, he
    holds a deep commitment to his crew while retaining a friendly and
    approachable demeanor. As a result, he has become extremely popular
    across the breadth of his command.
    
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    5. Heinz
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    An elite member of the USTA who serves as assistant commander of the
    USTA moonbase under Stephen D. Kenny, sharing a deep trust with the commander
    he serves. His cool, analytical style makes him seem difficult to approach,
    but this first impression is highly inaccurate, as his numerous fans in
    the USTA will attest. He has a habit of fidgeting with his eyeglasses
    while talking.
    
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    6. Welch Vineyard
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    A beautiful, if tomboyish, young operator who provides external support
    for the Calnus from the USTA's Earth headquarters. She appears in
    holographic form on the Calnus, bu since nobody has ever met her in person
    before, the question of whether the image is authentic or a fabrication
    remains up in the air. What can be said for sure is that,
    for better or worse, her presence on the ship is indispensable.
    
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    7. Grafton
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    Captain of SRF-003 Calnus. Before being appointed to the SRF, he captained
    a lunar-orbit transport ship for the USTA. A highly committed man who always
    gets the job done, he has a compassionate side as well, always concerned
    for the well-being of those under his command. With this extensive experience
    working in space, he serves as a mentor as well as a superior for Edge
    and his friends.
    
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    8. Eldarian
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    A species of intelligent beings based on Planet Eldar, fifth planet of
    the Eldar system, that has no appreciable differences, external or
    otherwise, from Earthlings. They live in a harsh environment under a sun
    that has grown to a giant, but their advanced technological skills allow
    them to overcome the elements and preserve life on their planet. The
    punishing conditions on Eldar make normal acclimation and evolution too
    slow to be effective, so life forms are born through DNA management and
    carefully raised under governmental care. The destruction of the planet
    itself looms on the horizon, and plans to transport its population to
    another habitable planet have been underway for years. In A.D. 2074, the
    Eldarians extended a hand of salvation out to Earth, granting its people
    vital technological know-how just as they were in danger of extinction.
    
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    9. Supreme Commander Gaghan
    ----------------------------
    National representative of Eldar and supreme commander of its forces. A
    charismatic leader, his renowned virtues have seen him become the
    all-but-permanent leader of all things Eldarian. Since Eldarians have
    relatively long lifespans and experience few of the destructive side effects
    of aging that Earthlings encounter, Gaghan may be an extremely old man
    judging from his appearance. His full name begins with 
    "Gaghan Belhaichtreicht" and continues for a total of 76 fixed names and 
    23 historical titles, thoughhe normally goes by just Gaghan.
    
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    10. Lemurisian
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    A friendly race of humans that lives on Lemuris. Externally, Lemurisians
    are indistinguishable from Earthlings, though their generally short stature
    is notable. Their culture includes a unique form of symbology, though its
    use seems to be limited to the females of the race. Structures resembling
    ancient ruins exist throughout their land, and much of their history remains
    unexplored.
    
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    11. Ghimdo Triom Phi
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    The chief of Triom Village and Lymle's grandfather. His governance over the
    humble town has earned him great respect from his villagers, but the spread
    of bacculus has been a major cause of concern. To make matters worse, Ghimdo
    contracted the disease himself, and both of his legs have been petrified. He
    has seen off many a villager as they fled for northern latitudes, but his
    deep sense of responsibility has steeled his resolve to remain in Triom
    until the very end.
    
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    12. Cerberus
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    A demonic monster named after the canine guardian of hell. Its body is
    covered in hellfire, ensuring it will never bend to the will of the human
    race...and yet somehow, it has become something like a pet to Lymle. While
    it is unknown exactly what sort of pact Lymle forged to summon the beast, it
    faithfully follows her every word and serves as her guardian.
    
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    13. Oracle of Alanaire
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    The head of all smbologists on Lemuris, residing on the top floor of
    Alanaire Citadel. Chosen as the inheritor of the planet's symbology, an
    oracle serves until her abilities begin to fade, at which point she is
    replaced with a symbologist picked from the following generation. She
    is charged with solving problems arising on Lemuris that require a
    symbological approach.
    
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    14. Lutea
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    A resident of Woodley Village who has been friends with Lymle since
    childhood. A candidate for the oracle position, she uses her powers to
    practice medical services in Woodley. Her friendly demeanor and ability
    to relate with everyone she meets make her an obvious choice for the oracle
    post.
    
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    15. Cardianon
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    Plural: Cardianon. A humanoid species located on the eighth planet of the
    Arcturus system. Descended from reptiles, Cardianon likewise undergo
    metamorphosis as they grow into adulthood. Occasionally, some transform
    into giant dragon-like beings in an apparent case of genetic regression. To
    a Cardianon, this is seen as an "ideal" form to aspire to. A prehistoric-level
    species only a few centuries ago, the influence of the Grigori has rapidly
    transformed the Cardianon into an intelligent race with advanced scientific
    skill. However, after a failed attempt at completely mechanizing their 
    planet, their homeland was destroyed. The homeless Cardianon proceeded
    to built a giant mothership and began invading nearby hospitable planets in
    search of a new land to settle on. All told, the Cardianon are an extremely 
    cruel and merciless people.
    
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    16. Muah
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    A term used by a Cardianon officer when speaking to Edge and Reimi. Who
    exactly it refers to remains a mystery.
    
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    17. Muah (2)
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    A highly advanced race believed to have lived on Earth 12,00 years ago. Legend
    has it that their homeland, a continent located in the middle of the Pacific
    Ocean since the Pangaean era, sunk into the sea over the course of a single
    night.
    
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    18. Morphus
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    The name of a race of people who hail from Bacchus's homeworld. Similar in
    shape to Earthlings (cybernetic bodies like Bacchus's are not the norm), the
    Morphus are descended from a group who called themselves "observers of space."
    They departed on an eternal journey over three billion years ago, distressed
    by their crumbling fortunes and a war-torn universe following a rebellion
    on their home planet. Highly advanced scientifically, the Morphus
    deliberately avoid cultural and historical interference, preferring to work
    behind the scenes to resolve pressing issues in outer space. They never
    discuss their home planet or their ancestors.
    
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    19. Grigori
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    A mysterious form of matter from parts unknown, exhibiting high levels of
    energy and capable of modifying the structure of matter at the atomic
    level. The Morphus consider it a dangerous substance and are currently
    investigating its origins. Voice-like waves can be heard among the energy
    it emits; the name "Grigori" comes from a similar-sounding pattern among
    those waves.
    
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    20. Grigori (2)
    ---------------
    The Grigori are capable of reforming from their original, inorganic state
    to adapt to the local environment and conditions. The resulting form depends
    on the hos it uses, but differences can be seen among the individual Grigori
    as well, and it has been determined that they possess individual
    self-awareness. To function within our world, they apparently require a host
    life form, which they then transform, suggesting that they once existed in
    another dimension unlike ours. Exactly where they came from remains
    a mystery.
    
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    21. Grigori (3)
    ---------------
    In addition to their individual self-reliance, the Grigori seem to all work
    off of a shared repository of accumulated memories and experiences. They
    have never been noted as working together, however, apparently sharing
    memories only as units of information.
    
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    22. Klaus Bachtein
    ------------------
    A genius physicist who lives in the abandoned town near the military
    facility. Formerly engaged in space development research with the military
    (where he secretly worked on extraterrestrial technology), he decided to
    abandon his work there as it conflicted with humanitarian ideals and his
    own beliefs. He was placed under house arrest by the military soon
    afterward. Despite his mild-mannered nature, he is very hard on himself, 
    believing in the credo that you cannot advance down your life's path until
    you figure out what that path is for yourself. Records indicate that the man
    responsible for developing the warp drive, Trillas Bachtein, may have had
    an ancestor named Klaus as well.
    
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    23. Milla Bachtein
    ------------------
    A female physicist and the head of the military facility; also Klaus's
    wife. While examining pieces of a crashed extraterrestrial spaceship ten
    years ago, radiation from the material cost the life of her beloved two-year
    -old son, who happened to be with her on the expedition. Since then, she has
    devoted herself to her research like a woman possessed, seeking out the
    unknown with an almost abnormal stoniness.
    
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    24. Kevin
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    The name Milla Bachtein gave to the experimental antimatter reactor in
    the military facility. Also the name of the Bachteins' son, who passed
    away in an accident.
    
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    25. Roakian
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    Any of the various species that live on Roak. Fellpool, Lesser Fellpool,
    Featherfolk, Lycanthropes, and Highlanders have been noted in reports.
    
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    26. Fellpool
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    A race descended from feline animals, particularly cats and lions. A highly
    curious and exploratory race, Fellpool have animal-like tails that extend
    from their posteriors. Compared to other species, they have exceptionally
    sharp senses of smell and hearing, as well as the ability to see well in
    nighttime conditions. In the future, some will come to refer to members of
    the Fellpool race as "Felinefolk."
    
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    27. Lesser Fellpool
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    Members of the Fellpool race who have retained an especially large number of
    external traits from their progenitors. Sometimes they are even capable of
    transforming into the forms of their animal ancestors.
    
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    28. Featherfolk
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    A race of people with large wings on their backs, descended from birds. The
    process of evolution has split the humerus bone of the featherfolk in two,
    allowing ths remarkable race to possess both wings and arms. Featherfolk are
    extremely lightweight and can use the wings on their backs to fly for short
    periods of time.
    
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    29. Lycanthrope
    ---------------
    An extremely rare race of individual who possess two independent bodily cell
    structures: ordinary human cells and special beast cells that have been
    mutated by an internal virus. When a Lycanthrope's heart rate exceeds a
    certain threshold, their human cells and beast cells contract and expand,
    respectively, and this distributed change transforms their external
    appearance. Many types of Lycanthope exist, including wolves, bears, tigers,
    dogs, rats and pigs.
    
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    30. Highlander
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    A sturdy, athletic race of Fellpool descended from tigers who live in great
    numbers on the Astralian continent. Known for extreme belligerence and a love
    of solitude, but also highly disciplined and self-critical, with a chivalrous
    side as well. Their warrior knights easily surpass those of all other races.
    
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    31. Autanim
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    A Fellpool medicine dealer found near a dock on Astral's east coast that
    serves as an entryway from the Muan continent. His plan is to build a port
    town around the dock to encourage commerce.
    
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    32. Bunny
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    A race of mammals that resemble round rabbits and have somehow spread
    throughout the galaxy. Extremely tame by nature, they possess the odd
    ability to appear anywhere, at any time, upon hearing a certain sound. Fleet-
    footed and fairly strong, they are valued as beasts of burden on some planets.
    
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    33. King of Astral
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    The tenth successor to the throne of Astral, a young man highly popular with
    his subjects. A devoted believer in justice, his good-natured personality
    is rare among Highlanders, and he governs his country with brilliant
    leadership, and decisive action. His black-tiger ancestry is uncommon even
    within the Highlander race.
    
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    34. Eleyna Farrence
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    A fortuneteller who lives in Tropp and predicts the future via auguries
    she receives from the gods. Despite her good looks, she tends to overwhelm
    people with her rude behavior and no-nonsense personality, although she
    also holds a deep inner strength and gentleness. A descendant of hers will
    become the savior of both Earth and Roak in the far-flung future.
    
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    35. Asmodeus
    ------------
    The Archfield of the demon realm, a powerful sorcerer who maintains
    dominion over many lesser demonic beings. Originally a seraph from the
    celestial world, he was banished and put to sleep in the demon realm by
    an ancient sage, but he has since seduced the hearts of enough men to have
    them stage an attempt to reopen the door to his domain. The stone sickness
    virus spreading throughout Roak is claimed to be an omen of Asmodeus's return.
    
    ---------------
    36. Lias Warren
    ---------------
    A Highlander swordsman affiliated with the Astral knights. Realizing his sword
    talents and mastering the Edari blade arts at a young age, he now holds the
    captaincy of an entire platoon. A dutiful and wise knight.
    
    ---------------
    37. Black Eagle
    ---------------
    A bandit who built his body to muscular extremes in spite of his Fellpool
    blood. A conspicuous tattoo of an eagle extends from his head down his
    back. Appearing and disappearing in a flash, his bold heists have
    stymied even the most elaborate of security measures. Formerly a bouncer
    at the Tatroi Colosseum, he used the complex as a hideout from the prying
    eyes of the Astral Knights.
    
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    38. Lucien Tionysus
    -------------------
    Myuria's beloved husband. They had just registered their marriage, and were
    planning to hold a ceremony in the Centropolis after Lucien wrapped up his
    Morphus mission and returned to En II. On the way back, however, their craft
    was attacked and destroyed by a Cardianon fighter. Lucien stayed behind long
    enough to launch Myuria from the ship in an escape pod, but he was then
    engulfed along with the rest of his ship in a massive explosion. He loved
    Myuria to the very end, and wished nothing more than her happiness.
    
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    39. Giotto Vandione
    -------------------
    The overseer of En II and spokesman for "Ex," communicating its will to
    all Morphus. While young in years, he possesses vast amounts of knowledge
    and enjoys immersing himself in interstellar research. Perhaps due to his
    role as a messenger, he constantly strives to perfect his communication
    skills, occasionally making normal conversation unncessarily difficult.
    
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    40. "Ex"
    --------
    A form of consciousness that retains the member of over three billion
    years of Morphus history, dating from their original departure from their
    homeland. It lacks any physical form, but serves as leader of the Morphus;
    in a sense, it could be seen as the "heart and mind" of En II. Possessing
    a deep understanding of the many forms of life in the universe and their
    relationships to each other, it has grown and matured alongside the
    universe it has watched over. The behavior of the Morphus, including their
    mission to protect the order of space, is a direct result of "Ex"'s words
    and guidances.
    
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    41. Dragon
    -----------
    Many types of creatures have been called dragons over the years, but in
    general, the word refers to a large reptillian creature that has evolved
    wings from its clavicle or shoulder blades. Most of them are little more
    than giant lizards, but some types are depicted as possessing high
    intelligence and wielding a unique form of dragon-lore magic. Such dragons
    often have a habit of hoarding gold and silver, using them as bedding
    for their giant bellies -- not because they are greedy, but because such
    metals' high thermal conductivity helps mitigate the overheating their
    bodies are prone to. Many dragons have a "breath sac," a unique internal
    organ that decomposes the animal matter that the dragon consumes and turns
    it into flammable methane gas. This gas can then be injected into the
    dragon's mouth, accumulating in a bone cavity under its nostrils. Rapidly
    exhaling the methane while gnashing its sharp teeth to create sparks
    allows the dragon to breathe powerful fire from its mouth, an attack unique
    to this family of creatures.
    
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    42. Apostle of Creation
    -----------------------
    The dark knight who controls Nox Obscurus from a throne deep within the
    Palace of Creation. Encased in armor made from the Grigori, he wields
    limitless, overwhelming power via the life energy pumped in from his
    armor. The Apostle's background is a total mystery, but unlike the Grigori
    and the Phantoms, he maintains a human-like form, capable of intelligent,
    independant thought. He acts neither under the control of the Grigori,
    nor from his own desires, but rather from a deep despair and sorrow for
    all existing life in the universe.
    
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    43. Santa, Mercantilean
    -----------------------
    A dangerous...er, dashing superhero from a mysterious merchant planet. Those
    who know him revere his name...not that anyone knows him, really. Riding his
    rough, rugged Violator (complete with one-cylinder engine), he's back
    in action and ready to save us all!
    
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    44. Arnold Maverick
    -------------------
    A professor of geology and archaeology who served as head of USTA's Ancient
    Sciences Research Department. While leading an expedition across Earth on
    a study of the planet's postwar environment, he discovered the remains of
    an ancient civilization on a dried-up seabed -- a civilization with a level
    of science that the human race had yet to achieve. He later combined DNA
    retrieved from the site with his own Y chromosome to give birth to Edge, one
    of the Seeds of Hope. In A.D. 2082,  he took a young Edge along on a second
    trip to explore the ancient culture, only to be attacked by an experimental
    bio-enhanced fighter that escaped from a military facility. He would later
    die from his injuries. While laid-back in personality, his unbending belief
    in is convictions as he default with thorny problems had a major impact on
    the way Edge lives his life.
    
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    45. Edge Maverick
    ------------------
    Ever since accompanying his father on an expedition across the wastelands of
    post-World War III Earth when he was a young boy, Edge has dreamed of
    traveling across space and finding his own planetary paradise. To realize
    this dream, he underwent special training at the rigorous USTA Academy and
    was selected for the inaugural SRF team, a position he had dreamed of
    attaining for years. A responsible man with a deep-seated sense of right
    and wrong, Edge often hastily springs into action due to his straight-shooter
    personality, leading others to brand him as reckless. Perhaps this is one
    reason why his childhood friend Reimi is always lecturing him. His SRF
    spacesuit is sleeveless because he apparently volunteered to test a new,
    heavily armored prototype; he removes its special arm guard for indoor work
    to make it easier to move around.
    
    ---------------------
    46. Edge Maverick (2)
    ---------------------
    Edge is one of the Seeds of Hope, born with enhanced genes based on Muah
    DNA. He himself was unaware of this fact until Reimi revealed the truth, but
    the news didn't seem to surprise him -- if anything, it made him happy. His
    abilities include instantaneous analytical perception (the likely reason why
    he tends to shoot first and ask questions later), resistance to the effects
    of harsh environments, and the ability to use symbology. His skill with a
    sword and ineptitude with guns is due in large part to his special gifts;
    because of the time lag involved with aiming at and striking a target, his
    instantaneous perception often leads to accidental misjudgment. This, combined
    with a traumatic experience he had as a child, may explain why he
    instinctively believes that guns don't hit their targets. The crest that
    appears on the back of his hand is a sign that his unique DNA powers have
    been activated; oftentimes it is a direct response to an emotional situation,
    though it appears he is unable to control this "awakening" at will. Always
    striving to blaze his own trial as he presses forward in life, Edge deals with
    each situations with a positive outlook. In fact, his special DNA may be the
    very catalyst that has been compelling him to face his cruel destiny since
    the moment he was born.
    
    DOB: July 30 [Leo] Age: 20
    
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    47. Reimi Saionji
    -----------------
    A young woman from the Saionji family, one of the most prestigious on
    Earth. Her parents serve as boardmembers of the Space Development
    Division of the USTA. Upon passing the USTA's examination, she was selected
    along with Edge as a member of the inaugural SRF team. A woman of both
    literary and martial talent, Reimi always looks out for those around her. Her
    skill with the bow is second to none, having mastered both Western and Asian
    forms of archery, and she uses it as her weapon of choice in battle. Friends
    with Edge since her childhood, she grew up with him like a sister, though her
    heartfelt concern for his well-being suggests a different sort of relationship
    may be blossoming.
    
    ----------------------
    48. Reimi Saionji (2)
    ----------------------
    Reimi may wear a bright, constant smile, but she's often very hard on
    herself, never complaining about her lot in life. Even so, she sometimes
    finds carrying the burden of the secret behind her birth to be nearly
    unbearable. She, along with Edge and Crowe, are Seeds of Hope-- superhumans
    who were born with enhanced DNA. The environmental adaptation and
    cell-regeneration abilities she developed were first brought to light after
    a childhood accident; the reaction from others at the scene was enough to
    traumatize young Reimi. Upon learning the truth behind her birth, she resolved
    never to tell anyone, bearing the pain of the secret all by herself. She
    cursed her own existence, unable to accept herself for who she was, and she'll
    continue to carry that pain with her until the day comes when her powers are
    finally accepted...
    
    DOB: March 28 (Aries) Age: 19
    
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    49. Faize Sheifa Beleth
    -----------------------
    A young Eldarian, and the first being from another planet that Edge ever
    met. His looks are indistinguishable from any Earthling; his somewhat
    large-looking ears are actually a type of Eldarian accessory. A stickler for
    politeness and harmony, Faize is capable of cool, calculated reasoning, and
    his engineering talents are vast enough that he designed the Sol (an
    Eldarian shuttlecraft) on his own. He can also use symbology, a form of
    magic-like power unavailable to Earthlings. Still, he was deeply moved upon
    meeting Edge, looking up to his swordsmanship skills and take-charge
    attitude. Seemingly quiet and calm, he is in fact easily surprised and
    emotionally swayed, revealing a pure, honest side to his personality.
    
    ---------------------------
    50. Faize Sheifa Beleth (2)
    ---------------------------
    Faize's firm convictions give him difficulty dealing with people who behave
    unreasonably, which can easily irritate him. The DNA of all Eldarians is
    modified to allow them to live as efficiently as possible in their planet's
    extreme conditions; it is perhaps these modifications that have given him
    such a slavishly logical frame of mind. One notable quirk of his altered
    DNA is his eye color, which changes as he tries to suppress moments of
    extreme stress of emotion, suggesting that the genetic modification has
    had an impact on his psychological makeup. His firm resolve and preference
    for group harmony has made him a trusted partner for Edge, who sees him 
    almost as a younger brother.
    
    DOB: Feburary 3 (Aquarius) Age: 18
    
    --------------------
    51. Lymle Lemuri Phi
    --------------------
    A mysterious girl from Triom Village who is apparently 15 years old but
    doesn't look a day over six. Allegedly the greatest symbologist in the
    village, she draws symbol-like patterns on walls all over town, though only
    she knows what they actually do. A generally expressionless girl, she rarely
    opens her heart to anyone, although she has taken a shine to both Edge and
    Reimi. Like any child, she has both an innocent personality and a penchant
    for getting in trouble, but the way she never wears any of it on her face
    is a source of uneasiness for others. She can summon Cerberus with her
    symbology, causing the other villagers to fear her a bit. For some reason, she
    acts very cold and distant toward Faize.
    
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    52. Lymle Lemuri Phi (2)
    ------------------------
    Lemurisians are generally small in size, a product the environment they live
    in, but there is another reason why Lymle looks so much younger than her
    15 years. At the age of six, an errant symbol pattern she drew opened a 
    portal to the demon realm, sending several decades' worth of hatred and fear
    flowing into her heart all at once. To keep herself from breaking down,
    she shut off all emotional outlets in response. Since then, she has not
    aged one bit, her body and behavior frozen at a state of being six years
    old. Cerberus, a denizen of the demon realm, extracted her from the portal
    upon sensing her fear, thus becoming her servant and guardian. Fearless
    and strong to the core, she is thoughtful and considerate of others, but
    while she doesn't show it on her face, she also craves attention and is
    emotionally dependent on others to a large degree.
    
    DOB: June 20 (Gemini) Age : 15
    
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    53. Bacchus D-79
    ----------------
    A native of En II and member of the Morphus race, though his cyborg body
    makes it impossible to guess what he once looked like. While his brain
    and spinal cord are taken from his original body, the remainder is an
    artificial structure originally developed for medical purposes, covered by
    an armored shell made from arcanatite alloy. Bacchus was formerly a medical
    scientist, but he was infected with a previously unknown strain of stone
    sickness while conducting research on the virus. As his real body began
    regenerating, he modified and strengthened the replacement body, turning it
    into a powerful battle machine equipped with a variety of weapons. Two
    energy generators in the chest provide power for all of his equipment. As
    one might expect from his appearance, he is straightlaced, doggedly logical,
    and generally unsociable, but he hides a warm, passionate side as well.
    
    --------------------
    54. Bacchus D-79 (2)
    --------------------
    Bacchus has a wife on En II who he hasn't seen since his cyborg
    modifications, largely due to being busy on assignment. This occasionally
    leads to bouts of depression, as Bacchus (who loves his wife dearly) is
    convinced that she has lost her affection for him.
    
    Real Name: Bacchus Dexley
    
    DOB: May 5 (Taurus) Age: 32
    
    ---------------------
    55. Meracle Chamlotte
    ---------------------
    A dynamic young Lesser Fellpool. Her birthplace is unknown but likely to
    be Roak, judging by her race. Always brimming with energy, Meracle is bright
    and amiable, though she hates being left alone. She apparently crash-landed
    on Earth after inadvertently stowing away on a spaceship; attracted by the
    smell of food, she boarded the ship, which then took off with her in
    tow. After the crash, she was apprehended and held captive in a military
    facility on Earth.
    
    -------------------------
    56. Meracle Chamlotte (2)
    -------------------------
    Meracle's only confidant in the military facility where she was held
    was Klaus, who was engaged in energy research at the time; otherwise, she
    revealed nothing about herself to anyone. She seems to have a natural talent
    for sniffing out people with evil intentions, though her fleeing from Edge's
    party at their first encounter was more likely due to her surprise at
    running into such an unusual group. Her subsequent friendliness with Edge is
    without ulterior motive, though it has been a source of alarm for
    Reimi. Meracle has the unique power to shapeshift at will into a Siamese
    cat, though where the excess mass goes (to say nothing of her clothing) is
    a complete mystery. Her favorite book is a picture book called
    "Eleyna and the Feline Gourmand," a title which fits this food-loving,
    fun-loving catgirl to a tee.
    
    DOB: March 16 (Pisces) Age: 16
    
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    57. Sarah Jerand
    ----------------
    A landbound Featherfolk who hails from her people's homeland on Roak. She
    was saved by Edge's party from a mysterious band of kidnappers in Tatroi while
    staying there as a goodwill ambassador to the kingdom of Astral. Her
    carefree, charitable demeanor lets her confer on an equal footing with those
    from all walks of life; while she often seems to act off-kilter, she
    occasionally surprises others with her straightforward responses to thorny
    questions. Her simple, almost naive kindness is completely guileless.
    
    --------------------
    58. Sarah Jerand (2)
    --------------------
    Sarah has the power to see the future in her dreams, something that tormented
    her as a child; it wasn't until she met Lady Eleyna in Tropp that she found
    solace in her ability. She has since become close friends with Eleyna,
    working with her from behind the scenes to protect Roak from danger. She
    shared her last name with a man named Ioshua who appears in a story from a 
    far later era, but the two are not directly related; Ioshua is more likely
    descended from one of Sarah's two younger brothers.
    
    DOB: September 15 (Virgo) Age: 19
    
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    59. Myuria Tionysus
    -------------------
    A wielder of thunder symbology on a neverending quest to persue Crowe,
    the man she says killed her beloved. Although she was born on En II,
    she had never met Bacchus before. She confronts Crowe with a frigid,
    suspicious demeanor, but behind her face lies a heart filled with sadness
    and fear. She approached Edge's party while on the hunt for
    Crowe, inadvertently saving them from doom in the process.
    
    -----------------------
    60. Myuria Tionysus (2)
    -----------------------
    Myuria made amends with Crowe once they finally met, but she took such a
    fancy to Edge that she decided to stay and work together with his group
    afterwards. She has a naughty side, often tormenting Edge with her
    romantic jibes, but the occasional forlorn look on her face belies the deep
    sadness she bears at the loss of her beloved Lucien. While surprisingly mature
    on the exterior, she is still an innocent young girl at heart.
    
    DOB: November 5 (Scorpio) Age: 22
    
    ----------------------
    61. Arumat P. Thanatos
    ----------------------
    An Eldarian soldier, blessed with extraordinary fighting ability even by
    Eldarian standards. A breakdown in the structure of his muscle cells has
    presented him with an ultimatum: give up his current body, or die an early
    death. Unsurprisingly, he has chosen to live out what time he has left as
    a fighter, partly as redemption for the men he has lost along the way. His
    squadron was wiped out after being attacked by an unknown enemy in Eldarian
    space, leaving him as the sole survivor, but the injuries he sustained
    turned his muscular system into a ticking time bomb. (Eldar does not engage
    in interplanetary war, but this attack kicked off the Eldarian military
    buildup that continues to this day.) Unafraid of death, he lives a
    self-destructive life in his constant quest to push himself forward. Since
    meeting Crowe and Edge, however, he has begun to re-evaluate himself. Never
    taking center stage, he plays a support role in their journey, although
    that may be born out of pure stubbornness more than anything else.
    
    DOB: April 24 (Taurus) Age: 26
    
    
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    4.C Organizations
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    1. World Republic Federation
    ----------------------------
    An organization of countries that grew out of the former United Nations, which
    proposed aggressive space development and colonization as an answer to Earth's
    worsening environmental and energy crises. Territorial disputes over the 
    planets of the solar system placed it in conflict with an opposing alliance
    of nations.
    
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    2. Greater United Nations
    -------------------------
    Also "Greater U.N." The government of Earth, formed in A.D. 2065 after an
    accord was signed between assorted international factions with the stated
    goal of preserving the human race and protecting Earth's environment. The
    Greater U.N. has proposed large-scale space development and emigration
    projects to help restore Earth's ecosystem, establishing the USTA
    (Universal Science and Technology Administration) to focus on those issues.
    
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    3. USTA
    -------
    Short for "Universal Science and Technology Administration." An organization
    established by consensus vote in the Greater United Nations to research
    peaceful uses for outer space and to help preserve the human race. The USTA
    is composed of several project teams, each preforming research and development
    on a variety of technologies. To prevent wars and arms races between nations,
    the organization avoids any involvement in military affairs.
    
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    4. SRF
    ------
    Short for "Space Reconnaissance Force." A USTA project team charged with
    exploring and colonizing habitable planets to aid mankind's emigration
    into space. Its handpicked members have gone through an intense training
    regimen to ensure they can withstand the harsh environments they nay face. The
    SRF does not participate in any military affairs, but the dangers its staff
    must deal with make combat training a necessity, and every team member has
    been granted special permission to carry weapons.
    
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    5. 13th Independent Armored Division
    ------------------------------------
    The Eldarian military consists of twelve battalions, each composed of a set of
    platoons designated A through Z. However, the 13th Independant operates on
    its own, conducting special missions under the governmental decree of Eldar's
    supreme commander. Their behind-he-scenes operations make them unique even
    among Eldar's own forces, and the heavy losses they often sustain have caused
    many an Eldarian to fear them as the "Death Squadron." The division is manned
    by the best that Eldar has to offer, and their work always puts them deep in
    the midst of danger.
    
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    6. Syndonaism
    -------------
    A heretical theology founded on the principle of worshiping the
    Archfield Asmodeus. On the surface, it may seem like just another creepy
    religious cult, but in fact, it is a sinister organization aiming to resurrect
    Asmodeus by any means necessary.
    
    
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    4.D Astronomical Bodies
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    1. Earth
    --------
    The third planet of the Sol system. Located 1 AU from its sun, with an
    orbital period of 365.25 days and a rotation period of 23 hours,
    56 minutes. Home to the Earthling race of humans, whose populations on the
    planet exceeds six billion. One astronomical unit (AU) is defined as the
    distance between Earth and its sun, approximately 150 million kilometers.
    
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    2. Aeos
    -------
    A minor planet located in the Sirius system, 8.7 light years from
    Earth. Gravitational interference from Sirius's binary companion prevented
    the planet's discovery by Earth until A.D. 2021. Its atmosphere and 
    environmentclosely matched those of Earth, and it 
    had long been investigated as a potential candidate for terraforming. Once
    interstellar travel become a reality, it was chosen as Earth's first colony
    planet. Unmanned exploration reports turned up no signs of dangerous 
    creatures or intelligent life, and the environmental samples examined 
    revealed no harmful elements or unknown viruses, leading early researchers 
    to dub the planet "Second Earth."
    
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    3. Lemuris
    ----------
    A small planet, about half the size of Earth, discovered in the area of
    star HIP 57092 during a search for planets with Earth-like environments. The
    planet is located 1.6 AU from its star, with an axial tilt of 16.7 and a
    surface gravity of 1.3G (1.3 times Earth's gravity). Its atmosphere is
    roughly the same as Earth's. There are two continents, one each on the
    planet's northern and southern hemispheres, though only the northern one
    is inhabited by humans. Its level of civilization is approximate to that of
    14th-century Earth, and its total population is unknown.
    
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    4. Arcturus VIII (Cardianon)
    ----------------------------
    A planet located 36 light years from Earth that orbits Arcturus, a red giant
    with high proper motion. It was unknown on Earth before being discovered in
    the Eldarians' database and through the alien information taken from the
    celestial ship on Lemuris. No intelligent life is known to exist on this
    planet, though references to a primitive reptile-like species appear in
    a centuries-old Eldarian expedition report.
    
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    5. En II
    --------
    Pronounced "ee en two." An artificial planet that serves as the Morphus' base
    of operations as well as their home. The planet houses a complete natural
    ecosystem along with a residential area and an artificial sun shining in
    the center. En II travels freely through space, carrying out its mission of
    watching over the universe. It is never in one place for long, and a subspace
    shield cloaks its surface, making it impossible to detect from the
    outside. Morphus emissaries use smaller craft when traveling to preform their
    assigned duties; after their work is done, they receive updated coordinates
    and return to their home.
    
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    6. Roak
    -------
    A planet located in Sector Theta of the Milky Way, relatively close to the
    Sol system. Three continents dominate its landscape, occupied by a variety
    of intelligent life. Its level of civilization is roughly comparable to that
    of Earth in the 16th century, but some aspects of its culture are unheard of
    even on Earth. In the future, Roak will serve as the stage for several
    notable moments in space history.
    
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    7. Missing Procedure
    --------------------
    A mysterious astronomical body that appeared in Sector Upsilon. Like a
    black hole, it cannot be detected through direct observation. The Morphus
    first suspected the presence of an astronomical phenomenon when they detected
    a decrease in the distribution of active life in the area, but the key
    to discovering the Missing Procedure itself was the appearance and activities
    of the Grigori. Whether the Missing Procedure has intelligence of its own
    is unclear, but one thing is certain --- its size has been continually
    increasing along with the Grigori's activities. Eventually, it is expected
    to gain enough energy to destroy the entire galaxy.
    
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    4.E Science/Technology
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    1. Wormhole
    -----------
    A tunnel that connects two divergent points together in spacetime. Its name
    comes from a hypothetical worm burrowing through an apple to reach the
    opposite side instead of traveling along its surface. The tunnel's interior
    lies on a continuous plane with normal space, but the constricted
    gravitational field housed inside causes fluctuations in relative time
    between the two ends of the wormhole.
    
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    2. Seeds of Hope
    ----------------
    The term Stephen D. Kenny used for the SRF team members, referring to them as
    "seeds" bearing the future of the human race on their shoulders.
    
    --------------------
    3. Seeds of Hope (2)
    --------------------
    In A.D. 2072, an environmental research team on Earth led by Dr. Arnold
    Maverick discovered a sarcophagus that belonged to an ancient civilization
    from approximately 12,000 years ago. DNA samples taken from it revealed a
    lost genome, one that has no counterpart in modern humans. Later studies by
    Dr. Saionji's group found that combining this genome with dormant portions of
    the modern human genome could produce a race of people highly resistant and
    adaptable to harsh environments. The Federation government, faced with the
    extinction of the human race, saw the potential to save mankind in these
    findings, and conducted further experimentation on a top-secret basis. The
    so-called "Project Hope," carried out through the cooperation of Dr. Saionji,
    Dr. Maverick, and the Almedio conglomerate, produced a group of three
    superhuman babies -- the children of the three benefactors.
    
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    4. DNA
    ------
    Short for "deoxyribonucleic acid." DNA is stored inside cell nuclei and
    contains sequences of four bases -- adenine, cytosine, guanine, and thymine --
    lined up in a double helix. These sequences of bases form the genetic code
    for all living things. Some theologists believe that DNA is the "program"
    for life, as written by a higher power.
    
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    5. Warp Speed
    -------------
    A method for calculating faster-than-light speed that expresses how much
    distance an object in warp space traverses in relative normal space within
    a given time. This figure is derived purely from the object's starting and
    ending points in normal space, and has nothing to do with the actual speed
    of the object itself. An object traveling at warp speed n can traverse (2n-1)
    times the distance that light traveling in normal space can cover in the 
    same amount of time.
    
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    6. Gravitational Wave
    ---------------------
    The general theory of relativity states that any object with mass warps
    spacetime around itself. if the object moves in any way, these warps
    in space-time expand and contract, creating a waveform and generating
    what are known as gravitation waves.
    
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    7. Gravitational Radar
    ----------------------
    A system that observes the gravitational field and waves around a ship
    in realtime, keeping track of the local area during warp navigation.
    
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    8. Subspace Flight Tracer
    -------------------------
    A navigational system that monitors the gravitational waves around a ship
    and maintains a fixed speed and course during warp travel. Even if secondary
    waves interfere with the ship's gravitational field, this system can predict
    them and recalculate a route without affecting navigation.
    
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    9. Subspace
    -----------
    A space-time continuum that exists outside of normal time and space. Refers
    specifically to the area of spacetime navigated through when using
    gravitational waves as a form of propulsion. Indispensable when trying to
    attain faster-than-light speed.
    
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    10. Subspace Communication
    --------------------------
    An extremely long-range communication network used to send information across
    interstellar space. Both sender and receiver use a warp system to open a
    synchronized port in warp space, sending packetized data as electromagnetic
    pulses. Transmission delays depend on the distance and amount of data
    being sent, but the system is capable of supporting realtime video
    communication without difficulty.
    
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    11. Translators
    ---------------
    A portable Eldarian device that translates in realtime between two people
    conversing in different languages. The device analyzes the speaker's brain
    waves and emotions as well as the words themselves, translating in sync
    with the speaker's enunciation and thus allowing communication with no
    time lag. The humans of Earth installed Eldar's language-analysis tools
    into their own communication and portable equipment soon after making contact
    with the Eldarians.
    
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    12. Archery
    -----------
    A type of combat art whose practitioners use a bow to fire arrows at a 
    target. Although archery is mainly recognized as a form of sport today, the
    strict rules and motions behind bringing the arrow to its target are also
    seen as beneficial in spiritual and moral development. As in many other combat
    arts, several varying styles exist.
    
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    13. Warp Drive
    --------------
    The engine component required to preform warp travel. Also called a warp
    engine; the term "warp drive" is used to differentiate it from the propulsion
    engine that gives a ship its thrust.
    
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    14. Subspace Bubble
    -------------------
    A method of attaining faster-than-light warp travel. Devised at a time when
    warp drives were seen as impractical to install on ships (warp travel via
    bending space-time itself was thought to require over ten times the amount
    of energy that exists in the entire universe) and the effects of gravitational
    fields were not yet fully understood. In this method, gravitational waves are
    emitted within the gravitational field around the craft, constricting space
    in the direction of motion and expanding space on the opposite side. This
    creates a cycle of gravitational waves, enveloping the craft in a closed-off
    subspace and allowing it to travel at extremely high speeds relative to
    normal space.
    
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    15. Subspace Warp
    -----------------
    A method of interstellar faster-than-light travel developed by Professor
    Trillas Bachtein in A.D. 2087, the first of its kind on Earth. By enveloping
    a spacecraft in several layers of subspace fields, the craft can travel
    beyond the speed of light relative to normal space, even though it is
    actually moving below the speed of light.
    
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    16. Planetary Exploration
    -------------------------
    Earth's transmigration plans require finding a planet whose environment
    resembles its own, which is reasonably safe to live on, and which does not
    harbor indigenous life that would be harmed by an influx of humans. After a
    long period of earthbound observation and exploration, several Earth-like
    planets were found within five light years of its own solar system, but these
    were later deemed unsuitable for terraforming due to the presence of hostile
    life forms or previously-unknown viruses.
    
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    17. Terraforming
    ----------------
    The process of modifying a planet's environment to more closely match that
    of Earth, opening the door for human settlement. Mars, Earth's closest
    neighbor, would require an estimated 1,000 years or more to terraform, making
    it preferable to select a planet already close to Earth's type that would
    support human life with a minimum of time and modification. The advent of
    interplanetary travel after 2087 led people to consider transmiration
    outside of Earth's solar system, opening up the range of exploration to
    planets within ten or so light years away.
    
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    18. Symbology
    -------------
    A technology whereby certain phenomena can be induced through the combination
    of invocation, marking, and mental power near an inscription of a special type
    of design called a symbol
    
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    19. Symbol Stone
    ----------------
    A stone created by Lutea that is etched with a symbol. Treating bacculus
    symbologically requires obtaining the disease's original constituent elements;
    the stone's symbol resonates with the energy generated by the disease,
    allowing a practiced symbologist to seal its elements inside the stone.
    
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    20. Tractor Beam
    ----------------
    A beam installed on the Cardianon mothership's outer circumference. It can
    detect any object within 100km of the ship, disable its control engines, and
    use gravitational polarization to pull it into a holding dock located along
    the edge of the ship.
    
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    21. Cardianon Terminal
    ----------------------
    A terminal console installed inside the Cardianon mothership. These terminals
    allow the user to survey the situation inside the ship; the ship itself
    cannot be controlled from one, but a variety of internal environment controls
    can be adjusted. Built for Cardianon, the terminal is controlled via light
    emitted from its touchless panel. The monitor's output includes infrared
    signals that are invisible to the human eye, but an Eldarian terminal can
    be used to convert the output for human use
    
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    22. Coldsleep
    -------------
    The act of preserving a body at low temperatures, reducing its vital functions
    to a bare minimum. This slows down the organism's metabolism, essentially
    halting the aging process. As cold-blooded creatures, Cardianon are born
    with the ability to suppress their internal systems when in temperatures of 
    3C or less, meaning their coldsleep systems do not require much functionality
    dedicated to life support.
    
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    23. Epiphanies of Guidance
    --------------------------
    The Cardianon name attached to a top-secret data file stored in their
    systems. Its exact content is unknown, and multiple layers of protection
    make acquisition impossible, but whatever it refers to appears to have played
    a major role in the history and development of the Cardianon species. The
    Cardianon seem to revere the objects as gods.
    
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    24. Black Hole
    --------------
    When a star reaches the end of its lifespan and goes supernova, the remnants
    of the resulting explosion are compressed into an extremely dense neutron
    star, or -- if the remaining mass is great enough -- a singularity from which
    not even light can escape. This lightless region is known as a black hole.
    
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    25. Event Horizon
    -----------------
    The boundary between a black hole and normal space is known as the event
    horizon. An object falling towards a black hole experiences time dilation
    which goes to infinity as the object approaches the event horizon; to an
    outside observer, the object will appear to slow down as it falls, never
    seeming to actually cross the event horizon.
    
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    26. Ergosphere
    --------------
    A warped section of space observed around rotating black holes. All matter
    inside the ergosphere, including light, is dragged along by the rotation;
    it is impossible to stand still. An object in this region can use the
    rotational energy to escape the influence of the black hole without
    crossing its event horizon.
    
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    27. Hydrogen Bomb
    -----------------
    Also "H-bomb." A bomb that uses the fissile energy from a nuclear explosion to
    trigger a fusion reaction with lithium and deuterium creating a thermonuclear
    chain reaction and emitting an immense amount of energy.
    
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    28. Topological Space
    ---------------------
    A geometrical space of homeomorphic construction consisting of objects and
    the distance between them, created to define mathematically the continuity
    and connectedness of a given spacetime. The "space" Bacchus mentions is thus
    a "paradigm" rather than a specific physical area.
    
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    29. Optical Camouflage
    ----------------------
    Eyesight works by processing the way light is reflected off of an observed
    object. By projecting the light blocked by an object onto the other side of
    the object, an observer can be fooled into thinking the object does not
    exist; this is the principle behind optical camouflage. Further altering
    the object's heat radiation and sounds it makes can completely disguise it
    from outside observation. Normally, this system is only effective on the
    object on which it is installed, not other objects in the vicinity. Bacchus,
    however, can place a spatial screen over the objects he touches, camouflaging
    them as he does himself. Large objects like spaceships can also hide by warping
    their surrounding space and refracting light around themselves in a form of
    gravitational camouflage, but this method requires significant energy
    expenditures.
    
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    30. Exalithium Crystal
    ----------------------
    A manmade crystal, also known as a warp drive core, used ina  warp drive's
    energy supply system. Formed by refining exalithium ore, a mineral that
    does not exist on Earth, into microscopic crystals which are then concentrated
    and recrystallized. The resulting crystal is then used in a warp drive to
    create antimatter and annihilate it with matter, producing large quantities
    of energy. The previous method of creating antimatter on Earth (via an
    antiproton decelerator) was incapable of producing enough energy for warp
    travel; the use of exalithium crystals, introduced to Earth by the Eldarians,
    was the key to building a practical warp drive system.
    
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    31. Antimatter Engine
    ---------------------
    A system that produces vast quantities of energy from the annihilation of
    antimatter with normal matter. The energy can then be used to act upon
    gravitons and create a subspace gravitational field. Used in plasma-propulsion
    engines as well as warp drives.
    
    ----------------------
    32. Antimatter Reactor
    ----------------------
    A reactor that collides antimatter with normal matter to convert it into
    energy. Numerous systems and technologies exist to keep the volatile
    antimatter stable, the energy reactions efficient, and the energy extraction
    process as safe as possible.
    
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    33. Annihilation Energy
    -----------------------
    Energy created by colliding particles of matter with particles of
    antimatter. The resulting cancellation of positive and negative quana
    destroys all mass, but leaves the particles' latent energy behind. The energy
    produced is directly proportional to the mass used, following the equation
    E=mc.
    
    ----------------------------
    34. Cause-and-Effect Paradox
    ----------------------------
    If the past and the present were connected within the same spacetime, you
    could theoretically travel back to the past and prevent your own birth, thus
    ceasing to exist. But if you did not exist, you could not have traveled back
    in time to prevent your birth in the first place, leading to a paradox. What
    would happen in such an event? The answer remains a mystery.
    
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    35. Lamp of Guidance
    --------------------
    A keycard required to open a hidden door in the Purgatorium that cannot be
    unlocked by normal means. One of many such mysterious objects related to the
    Purgatorium; exactly why these technological constructions were created is
    unclear. The card's exterior is decorated with tarot-like images and patterns.
    
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    36. Giant Star
    --------------
    The form a main-sequence (dwarf) star assumes as it approaches the end of its
    life. A dwarf star runs off the nuclear fusion of hydrogen atoms to helium
    in its core. When all the hydrogen in the core is exhausted, gravity
    compresses the remaining helium, raising its temperature; this ignites
    hydrogen fusion in a shell surrounding he core. The heat from that fusion
    causes the star to expand greatly, and the resulting surface cooling
    transforms the star into a red giant. This process has already begun for
    Eldar's sun, the effects of which were originally estimated to reach the
    Eldarians' home planet sometime within the next several centuries to
    millenia. However, the Phantom craft accelerated this process via the
    fusion of heavy hydrogen isotopes.
    
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    37. Sector
    ----------
    A method for specifying the location of objects within the Milky Way, evenly
    dividing the galaxy into 25 sections as viewed from "above." (Due to
    the spiral shape of the galaxy, the periphery has only six sectors.) Each
    sector is an equally-sized hexagonal prism, lined up with the others in an
    ordered fashion. The central sector is named Sector 0 (zero), and the
    remaining sectors are assigned Greek alphabet letters in order following
    a spiral pattern, with Sector Alpha lying on a line joining the center of
    Sector 0 with the center of the universe. Since the center of the galaxy
    is thicker than the edges, the central seven sectors (Sector 0 through
    Sector Zeta) are divided into upper, central, and lower parts; the upper
    and lower zones are indicated with a + (plus) or - (minus) following the
    sector name, to differentiate them from the central regions. If these
    regions are included as well, the Milky Way is divided into a total
    of 39 sectors.
    
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    38. Transporter
    ---------------
    A device capable of breaking down an object into its quantum components
    in one place and rebuilding an exact replica at another location. The
    existence of such a transportation system was once thought to be impossible
    due to the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, but the Morphus have already
    put such devices to practical use thanks to their advanced scientific
    knowledge. In S.D 207, an Earth version will finally be developed as well.
    
    -----------------------------------
    39. Heisenberg Uncertanty Principle
    -----------------------------------
    One of the fundamental principles of quantum mechanics. According to this
    theory, an observer cannot ascertain a particle's position and momentum
    at the same time. To be more exact, the act of observing a particle's
    position in a given space causes its momentum to change, while trying to
    measure its momentum makes it impossible to ascertain its position. This is
    not to say that the position and momentum of the particle are completely
    unknown before measurement; instead, the particle is in a superposition
    of multiple potential states, and there is no way to predict which state
    will result from the measurement. It is one of physics' most important
    theories, and helped bring physics into the realm of philosophy. Even
    in the spacedate era, its importance has not faded in the slightest.
    
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    40. Transfer Symbol
    -------------------
    A symbol constructed from invocations and markings which instantly moves
    an object between two points in space. Instead of breaking down an object
    and rebuilding it elsewhere like a transporter, the symbol transforms the
    object into pure energy, sending it off to the destination symbol point where
    it is reconverted into matter.
    
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    41. Graviton
    --------------
    A theoretical particle created to explain the spacetime-altering effects
    of mass. In fact, gravity is the phenomenon of mass being moved by the
    warping of space and time, rather than a force generated by mass itself. Just
    as soun uses air as a medium to move through, gravitons have been postulated
    as the medium through which gravity operated in empty space. The later
    creation of the alterable-space theory will disprove the existence of
    gravity in the form of gravitons once and for all.
    
    
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    4.F Miscellaneous/Other
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    1. World War III
    ----------------
    The third global military conflict in Earth's history, fought in A.D 2064
    between the World Republic Federation and an alliance of opposing nations
    after a fracturing of views over space-development rights. An initial attack
    with electromagnetic weapons designed to disable information networks and
    paralyze urban areas triggered a malfunction in unmanned drone bombers,
    causing them to launch nuclear missiles at cities. The chaos that prevailed
    over the next few hours resulted in the widespread use of weapons of mass
    destruction in retaliation, devastating the planet's environment and putting
    the human race in danger of total annihilation. A cease-fire agreement was
    signed between both sides two weeks later in the interest of preserving
    mankind, marking an official end to the war.
    
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    2. Spacedate
    ------------
    A chronological numbering system first instituted on Earth, third planet of
    the Sol system. Its starting point (S.D 1) is set at A.D 2087, the year when
    Prof. Trillas Bachtein developed his warp drive system and made the idea of
    faster-than-light (FTL) interstellar travel a reality. The calendar was
    adopted on March 7, 2090, in commemoration of mankind's first FTL
    interstellar flight.
    
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    3. Jurassic Era
    ---------------
    A geological period in the middle of the Mesozoic era on Earth, extending
    from approximately 200 million years ago to 135 million years ago. The global
    climate during the Jurassic was generally warmer and more humid than today,
    leading to a large rise in flora and fauna species. It is theorized that the
    processes of evolution had similarly large and varied effects on the
    ecosystem. This period is also well known as the Age of Dinosaurs.
    
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    4. Bacculus
    -----------
    An endemic disease unique to Lemuris, spread by toxins that appeared in
    its atmosphere. Its chief symptoms are petrification of the limbs, 
    paralysis, and dermal mutation, but if the toxins are neutralized during this
    period, the patient may still recover. Acute cases result in further mutation
    of the skin and muscles, leading to dehydration and hardening of the internal
    organs, and eventually resulting in death. Once internal petrification
    begins, random muscle spasms can cause the victim to become violent and
    uncontrollable before finally passing away.
    
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    5. Stone Sickness
    -----------------
    A viral disease that paralyzes and hardens the limbs, eventually solidifying
    the entire body into a stone-like state, causing death. Current strains of
    the virus are not highly contagious, and can be cured with the injection of
    a vaccine. In recent years, several cases of disease brought on by a newer,
    mutated version of the virus have raised new concerns. In response, scholars
    in Astral have taken up the duty of researching and developing a new vaccine.
    
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    6. Death
    --------
    The portrayal of Death as a skeletal figure with a hood and scythe has its
    origin in French tarot cards of the 18th century. A swipe of his scythe was
    said to take the soul of his victim, and there was no escape from him unless
    the soul of another man was sacrificed instead. Personifications of death
    exist in countless myths and folklore, but in monotheistic religions like
    Christianity, death is governed over by angels, putting such personifications
    in a different light. The death gods of Chinese mythology fulfill an emissary-
    like duty as they guide souls to the land of the dead, while their Japanese
    counterparts lure people into death, playing an arguably demonic role by
    possessing them and instilling the will to die within them.
    
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    7. Jormungandr
    --------------
    THe ultimate weapon of Nox Obscurus, a large, dragon-shaped entity that
    stretches over 1280km from head to tail. Composed entirely of the liquefied
    energy covering Nox Obscurus, its wings absorb all energy in the area and
    ingest it internally, nullifying all energy weapon attacks. Its head can
    compress energy into a 1.2km-diameter beam of immense power that annihilates
    everything in its path. The head itself is destroyed by the beam's recoil,
    but reconstructs itself as more energy is diverted to it. The dragon is left
    in a vulnerable state while it replenishes its exhuasted energy stores.
    
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    8. Premonition
    --------------
    According to one theory, dreams are the cerebral cortex's perception of
    certain brain activity, a side effect of the elimination of unnecessary
    information and the storage of useful data in long-term memory. This is only
    one theory among many, however, and the truth remains uncertain. Dreams that
    depict events which later happen in real life are known as premonitions. This
    is different from paramnesia or "deja vu," the sense of having already
    experienced something one is experiencing for the first time.
    
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    9. Arcanatite
    --------------
    A metal alloy fabrucated from arcana ore, produced on En II only under
    extremely limited environmental conditions. An extremely light and durable
    metal, it is one of the most valuable metallic elements on En II.
    
    
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    5. Closing
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    Well this is the part of the FAQ where the more talented FAQ creator would
    give all his thanks to everyone that made his FAQ possible. I'm not that guy,
    but I'm going to give that a shot right now anyway:
    
    
    Thanks to tri-Ace/SquareEnix for creating Star Ocean: The Last Hope.
    Thanks to CJayC for creating GameFAQs, and SBall for the current upkeep.
    Thanks to you, if you actually ever decide to read this. I don't blame you
    for not reading it.
    Thanks to me, for having the ability to type without seeing the keyboard,
    an invaluable skill.
    Thanks to words, without words this FAQ would possibly not exist.
    Thanks to rainy thunderstorms, for being the greatest thing on earth to
    listen to.
    And thanks to LUE, for being the best message board you could possibly find
    on the Internet. I love you guys.
    
    
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