Ever few weeks to a month leading up to the release of a new kiseki game, Falcom showcases a portion of the main cast of characters in a weekly Famitsu issue. Usually these characters are grouped based on their affiliation or connection. However leading up to Kuro 1’s release, there was one character who’s grouping was considered odd. That character was Nina Fenly.
Epstein is regarded as the greatest mind to ever grace Zemuria when it comes to orbal technology. His prototype orbments, the Oct-Genesis have proven to to be extremely enigmatic and capable of some reality defying feats. Yet, as far as we know, Epstein is just a man. Talented as he may be, is it truly possible he could have created objects with such potential in advance of the orbal technologies we have seen across the series?
My new theory is that Epstein created the Genesis by studying and possibly reverse engineering a device similar to AZOTH or the Black Records. Another ‘causality engine.’
I said I wasn’t going to do this but I changed my mind. In general, I prefer discussing broader ideas over specific predictions, so this will more be that with a discussion of possible derivative theories. Note: there are some Xenosaga spoilers.
Falcom is pretty consistent with their theater-esque parallel two-act structure they like to use in kiseki games. At the end of every first ‘act’, Falcom introduces some concept or jargon that is relatively meaningless to the main conflict of that act, but will be important in the sequel. This is usually related to the Sept-Terrion of the arc i.e. the barrier system for the Aureole or the rivalry and stage needed to reform the Great One. In Kuro no Kiseki, this is the 5 Demon Lords which lead the 77 Devils.
One of the Hallmarks of the Trails series of video games is its diverse and dynamic cast of NPCs that help the world feel vibrant and alive. Kuro no Kiseki is no exception to this rule with plenty of interesting and charming NPCs such as the eccentric taco stand girl, the train man, or the bathhouse investment consultant. Most of the time, this dialog is relatively meaningless in the grand scheme, but occasionally there will be characters that seem to be more than they initially let on.