Welcome to Syukuzen no Teishi! This is the sequel to Teishi ni Hikkakamasu, so if you haven't read that one yet, it'd probably be best if you do that first.

As for how long after TnH this one is and who the main character is this time around... I'll leave that 'til the next chapter. I'll give you free air if you guess either of those correctly, though. (I didn't post it anywhere, did I?...)

This is the prologue... It's a bonus chapter because it's set from someone else's point of view. However, who is a secret for now.

I'm also going to do things a little differently this time around, but I'll get to that later. For now, enjoy the prologue!

Oh right, and one more thing! I need to know—do you guys want me to continue using honorifics and terms like 'onii-chan', or should I drop them and use only English? (Thus using Chester's name most of the time for 'onii-chan', or 'brother' if it's appropriate). If anyone who reviews would please give me their opinion, that would be great! If I get no opinions, I'll probably at least use honorifics to start out with.

(Edit: Now this site suddenly won't let me do an ? and a ! together. Geez they're taking away creativity...)

Disclaimer: I don't own the Tales series. It's owned by Namco Bandai.

--Bonus Chapter 00: Broken Memories--

"Where am I...? Everything's so dark... and my body feels so heavy... I can barely move..."

Everything... is dark...

"What's your name?"

My name...

"That's a good question... I... I don't remember..."

"All right, I've got it. From now on, this tree's name is..."

A tree's name... What is it...? I feel like I should know it...

"Why... why do we have to fight...? I don't understand..."

"What side am I on? Who's my friend... and who's my enemy? How do I know who to trust anymore...?"

Trust can be hard to define... People lie and steal... but... I still...

"T-thank you for helping me back there... My name is Catherine..."

"This is the evil in our hearts... This is the doubts and fears that we've been feeling, our mistrusting sides. Drown it out!"

"It hurts... it hurts so much... Please, stop...!"

I see... So these are painful...

"I'm alive now, and I'm not dying again... Not for a long time."

"This is what our existence means... Humans, elves, and half-elves fear us... Your own leaders have done this to us..."

Fear... Why do people fear...?

"If I ever do anything stupid like that again to you, knock some sense into me, okay?"

"I'm going to show them... I'm going to show them all that I can make something great!"

Something great... Is that possible...? Maybe... I want to try...

"I can finally start living again... I can recover now... I suppose I have those four to thank, right?"

"The girl named Merilynn was once my friend. Next time we meet, I want to see her again..."

"Take me with you! I wanna see the future! Can humans use magic? Are there artificial summon spirits? What other wonders do you have in your time?"

"I'll... I'll do it! I'll help you, no matter what! I won't allow this sadness to continue any longer!"

After sadness... is hope...

"You're lonely, aren't you?"

"Lonely...? There's lots of life around here..."

"We have to help him... He'll die if left here like this..."

"Even if he's a demon...?"

Hope... and kindness...

"I want you to watch for them, Chester. Then you and the rest of the world will see that one person can make a difference!"

"I'll be waiting..."

One person... can make a difference... Is that true...?

"Friends...? ...I don't understand, but... I... I want to try..."

"All right, then. We're gonna try and stop this magitech stuff so you can recover... so no destroying-all-humans stuff, okay?"

I wonder if I have any friends...

"This is it... I know how we'll free our world..."

"Chester? What's wrong?"

"I want to understand... what it means to be a human..."

"Yggdrasil's missing... I have to find him..."

"I'm coming with you."

"It's okay... I'll be fine! You guys hurry up and show those gods a thing or two! And I'll catch up with you later—promise!"

Desperation... People often cling to false hopes...

"I can tell you where to find him... Yggdrasil..."

"Where is he?"

"No... Don't hurt him...!"

"I've lost it... My only form of communication... with the real world... is gone... What should I do...? What if I never see them again...? What if I never see her...?"

"Break the seal."

"I..."

"The radius will be approximately 328 kilometers."

"You can die alone!"

"Not a chance!"

"I lost him... I lost my friend..."

Why... Why does it always end in death...?

"Let's work together! I'll lend you my strength!"

"At least... I succeeded... I can die in peace knowing that..."

"This is a nightmare... I want to change it... I want to go back and redo it..."

A nightmare... Can a nightmare become a dream...?

"Arche... I...

"I....."

? received the title of Broken Memories. Many memories converge into one... What do they all mean...?