This is a story summary of part 1 of the Invisible History DLC that was released August 20th (Japan time). Part 2 can be seen here.
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—Invisible History: Prologue
Hydra, a hooded figure, asks Owain, Inigo, and Severa if they are ready. The three say they are, one by one. Hydra then tells them they will depart, and in a flash of light, the characters change. Severa and the others are shocked at their change hair colors (changing to their default Awakening colors that also become their Fates colors). Hydra says these are necessary for where they are going. He says it will be better not to be seen if they can help it, however, for the sake of the people they are doing this job for. Severa mumbles she liked the hair color she had before better, but Inigo teases that she looks cute with this new one. Owain is amused at how Inigo is still being flirtatious even though the fighting is done. Hydra is content with the appearances they have, and now says they need new clothes and powers.
He says first they have to change their names. Owain decides that he will pick something fitting for a warrior of darkness. Inigo wonders what sort of job they have that requires them to have to go as far as to even change names Hydra says they will be traveling to a different world to fight, and there will be many able warriors they may cross paths with. If they choose the right path, then they will be fine, but if they wait and that someone chooses the wrong path, they will likely die. This shocks the group of three, as Severa says it would be terrible to die after all that trouble they went through for peace already. Owain says as cool as it is to do this secret mission, it is a rather heavy order. Hydra says he will not force them, and they are free to back off, but Inigo insists they will come along despite the tall order. Severa says they never said they weren’t going, and Owain says he will lend his power too. Hydra is surprised they are so willing, and Owain says they understand how difficult the situation is. Severa says they have plenty of experience with great difficulty already, and can relate to people who are in trouble themselves. Inigo mentions the appeal of power in numbers. He says they will trust Hydra to give them whatever order he needs to be helped. Hydra is grateful.
Severa points out she was afraid of their first meeting, considering Hydra keeps his face concealed, and that they heard a mysterious voice calling to these three outside of their castle suddenly. Owain mentions the voice said “please help my kingdom” and “I cannot explain the details at the moment.” Inigo adds the voice said “If you believe me, then I want you to meet me at this place during the next full moon.” Hydra confirms this, as Severa said she’s wasn’t quite sure what it means, especially since the mark on the map pointed to the neighboring continent, and says no way in hell would any regular person follow up with that request. Hydra laughs and apologizes, saying they came anyway.
Owain says they couldn’t resist someone in need. He says however he will not do any wicked deeds, which Hydra says he will not be making them do. He says he has no need for the “Heroes who defeated the Fell Dragon Grima” to perform any such acts, and Inigo is surprised that they are referred to that way. Hydra apologizes to them, saying that he will be getting them into another conflict despite the future of despair they had come from. Inigo is very surprised he knows this, asking what he’s talking about. Hydra does not answer, as Severa asks him to say something. Hydra suddenly tells Severa to duck, as he blocks a sudden attack from a phantom like being. He curses, saying that they seemed to have noticed that he has come here.
They are surrounded by enemies, as Owain wonders if they are the Risen who appeared out of nowhere. Inigo says they seem different in from than the Risen did, and senses their blood lust. He wonders if it is aimed at them. Hydra apologizes, saying this is his fault for acting slow. Inigo wonders what he’s talking about, as Hydra explains that this group followed him, and that they are soldiers from the other world. He did not intend to cause any troubles to this world, and Severa asks him just where he came from that things like this exist. Hydra says he cannot explain that right now. Owain says they can talk later, and must fight now. Inigo agrees, saying they will believe in Hydra and fight on his side for now. Severa agrees saying it cannot be helped, but demands an explanation after the battle. Hydra reluctantly agrees, and the battle begins.
During the battle, the characters have several conversations with each other:
Owain asks Severa what sort of new power she thinks she will develop. She wonders what’s up with him all of a sudden, as he says it is what Hydra asked them earlier. Owain says he himself may do something like suddenly pursuing magic and being a Sage as an example. He says he’s only been using the sword up until now and may want to give magic a go. Severa is amused, saying it makes sense as Lissa’s child after all. Severa says for him to use it if he so pleases. Owain then tries to guess saying that Severa will be a Pegasus Knight, since her mother Cordelia is one. Severa gets annoyed, saying she won’t be doing that, and will stick to being a Mercenary as she is now, though insists it has nothing to do with her mother, and that she won’t truly be happy if she’s just like her mother after all. Owain apologizes, but Severa shrugs it off, saying they ought to focus on the battle instead. Severa points out enemies that Owain hadn’t seen, and he compliments her sharp senses as he goes off to fight. After he leaves, Severa starts mumbling that it will be nice to pick a cute name.
Inigio asks Severa how she’s holding up. Severa says she’s fine, that these enemies are nothing to worry about. That makes Inigo happy; as he was worried that being exhausted from coming all the way here would be a problem. Severa agrees, saying that this place was far and the luggage was heavy. Inigo says no, that was just Severa’s belongings that were heavy, to the point he thogut he was going to die a few times on his way here. Severa says it couldn’t be helped, she just had to get all the shoes, clothes, accessories, and other merchandise from the foreign towns, and of course it was too much for a girl to carry. Inigo mumbles that this explains a lot, as Severa asks if he has any more complaints. She then says despite being a man he had quite a bit to carry too, and asks him what he brought along. He glows red and embarrassed, demanding she not look at the contents of what he brought along, and not to open it here of all places. Severa says they look like music and dance instructions along with things like candy and perfume. He explains they are gifts to give to girls, plain and simple. Severa calls him an idiot, and says she made him hold some of her things because she figured he was someone she could rely on. Inigo is surprised that she called him reliable, as Severa blushes, insisting it was a slip of the tongue, and quickly points out that enemies are approaching, and she must go fight them! She rushes off, as Inigo teases, chasing her, telling her to say that one more time for him. He notices she drops something, which turns out to be a sword he gets.
Inigo finds Owain in deep concentration, as he points out the danger of the situation. He asks what he think so this, as Owain says he is not thinking too much about it, and instead is thinking how he will conceal a special proof of his identity, being the Mark of the Exalt. Inigo agrees, saying it would be something that sticks out on someone for sure, especially to those not familiar. He feels he may not feel like himself without it though, as it is proof of lineage through his mother. Inigo laughs, to which Owain asks what’s so funny. Inigo calls him a rather sweet boy for thinking this way, as Owain is slightly upset at being made fun of. Inigo tells him not to be, and says even without the exalted mark, Owain is Owain. He said if the mark were to disappear, it would not mean the bonds they formed would too. Owain feels better after this, as Inigo then says going to a new place with new looks and names are a scary thought. Owain is glad he is not the only anxious one here, and apologizes for thinking he may be the only one and not listening to Inigo’s troubles. Owain says to leave it to this new dark knight, as Inigo cheers up laughing, saying he’s counting on him.
After the battle, Hydra is glad they bested the forces from the other world. Owain says they managed to eliminate every last enemy. Severa questions Hydra as to what they just fought, and what exactly Hydra is. He says in order to explain any of that, they have to return to his kingdom with him. Severa is confused, as Hydra says if he explains it here, he will disappear due to a curse. Owain then agrees to follow him back to his own world with no more questions until they get there. Hydra apologizes, and says he can pay them in advance.
He says he can grant eternal youth/life, the perpetuation of one’s descendants, or maybe even grant them a fortune. Owain is shocked by the prospect of eternal life, and Inigo blushes by the prospect of offspring and descendants. Owain blushes and asks just what Inigo is thinking about. Severa asks if these offers aren’t too extreme, and wonders how Hydra can even do this, and wonders if he is a god. Hydra says he does not mind if they think of him that way. Inigo wonders why he even needs help if that’s the case. Hydra looks hesitant to explain, and Severa says it’s likely that thing about the curse again, and so says they should hurry to his country so then he can finally explain everything. Before that, Inigo wonders what other things someone who has this much power can do, such as go back in time. Owain wonders if he can do things like bring the dead back to life, but figures it must be impossible. Severa says they can’t seriously be thinking about that, but Inigo apologizes, saying it has been on his mind. Severa says it’s not like it has been on her mind, but the thought of having her true mother and father return is tempting. Owain asks if Hydra can do it. Hydra apologizes, saying even he cannot bring the dead back to life. Owain is disappointed but understands, though Inigo asks if he can at least restore barren lands. Inigo says he wishes for the lands he could not protect to at least be able to be restored, where flowers can bloom once again. A place fitting for a peaceful world. Severa agrees, and wants to make graves for those who had fallen in that world. Owain agrees with this too. He says even if they cannot return, he wishes for that world without light to be able to have some peace. Hydra is amazed, wondering if they are really okay with that, as the three assert that they are sure with their decision. Hydra states that the lands of the future of despair will be restored, and graves given to those who had fallen, calling upon powers of the dragon line to do this. There is a brilliant flash of light, and he says the lands of that world have been restored, their wishes fulfilled.
The three give deep thanks to Hydra, as he suddenly hears a voice. He says that a lone tactician’s thoughts remain in that world with allies very much like their own among the corpses that will gain graves. The voices reached out to Hydra, which Severa says it cannot be, but Hydra says it is one that is an existence very familiar to them. Inigo asks what that voices are saying, as Hydra says that there are many, mostly saying “thank you” with happy, kind voices, along with “have a safe journey. No matter where you go, I’ll watch over you.” Inigo is shocked, thinking of his mother and father, as the others do too.
Hydra says before they depart, he will give them each a crystal ball. He says if they ever want to return to their “true home,” they are simply to use it. He says the balls allow them to traverse time and space, which will allow for them to return here after their job is done, but if they truly wish it, they may also return to their true homes. He warns that it can only be used once, however. Severa says that means if they were to return to their future, they would be unable to come back here? Hydra says that is indeed the case, and that one who traverses time and space will be stuck at their destination, rather than giving them the power to travel constantly. Owain entertains the thought of returning, but Inigo says that would mean leaving everybody else behind. Severa says she would love to place flowers at the graves of her true parents, however. Hydra says not to worry, as the answer is not needed now, and they can spend time thinking about it. They can do it after all the fighting is said and done. Owain suddenly becomes chipper, saying he will do his best, surprising the other two who scold him for speaking in a loud voice all of a sudden and startling them. He says it is the time to act first to bring an end to conflict before thinking, and can’t let anything trouble them for that reason. The others agree that there will be plenty of time to think on the way, and that Hydra is in immediate need. Hydra says he will rely on them from now on, and just needs to do some final preparations before they return to his kingdom.
Hydra then wonders about the emblem that the tactician made him hold on to, and about the gratitude he received from him. He wonders if the thoughts and feelings of those he heard will be important in the future. He feels the day is certainly coming.
The scene changes, showing the floating head in flames slumbering. It is Hydra. He remarks the pursuers failed and that the targets still live. He wonders just what the detachment of his original self is up to. He is then confronted by a mysterious by familiar figure of Lilith, one of his servants. She states the group is headed back to this world. Hydra says he is aware, and will leave it to her to deal with them, and that she may use whatever soldiers she likes. The chapter ends.
A note on names: I refer to the Awakening characters as their officially localized names, yet refer to Hydra (Anankos) as Hydra still. I also have this strange tendency to keep writing Inigo as Owain and vice versa, and may have written Serena (Severa’s Japanese name) a few times, so please point out anything that may seem off. I wrote this as I went along the chapter so there may be run-ons and grammar issues too.