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fault milestone two continues off where fault milestone one left off.

After the scope of the game grew outside what the developers originally intended, it was announced that fault milestone two will be split into two parts, fault - milestone two side:above and fault - milestone two side: below. side:above was released in Japan on August 16, 2015, and the English version was released on Steam on September 8, 2015.

NOTE: As this is a direct continuation of fault milestone one, there will be untagged spoilers for it here.


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fault milestone two provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Ambiguously Gay: Ritona seems to be at least bisexual, with a crush on Rune. After noticing Rune sleeping in a chair by her bedside, Ritona notes how beautiful she is and wonders exactly how anatomically correct she is, becoming very flustered when Rune abruptly wakes up as she is staring at her. Additionally, when Rune is brainstorming a nickname for Ritona earlier in the game and suggests "Ritzy", Ritona blushes and states that she'd rather Rune "stick to Ritona."
  • Bait-and-Switch: The entire scene of Sol beating the pharmacist to death and Rune's inner thoughts on the matter are all seen through Selphine-Rhegan's eyes via Clairvoyance.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing:
    • Zig-zagged with Selphine. Her more ruthless personality is a consequence of the combination of her lineage and the defense mechanism that comes with Path-Downnote . However, she is still very much aware of herself while in that state. Once she returns to normal, she has a brief Heroic BSoD moment from the experience.
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    • Played straight with Sol, who turns out to be exactly the kind of amoral thief that Ritona suspected, who shows no hesitation or remorse at threatening to have Ritona killed or leaving three outsiders stranded with no money in a foreign country. Although he *is* desperate for money to keep his ailing sister alive, which gives him a sympathetic cause.
  • Brutal Honesty: Selphine-Rhegan doesn't mince words, outright throwing the twin's diminished lifespans in their faces and insulting their country's economic structure. She's not completely heartless though, and chastises herself for going too far.
  • Bullet Catch: Rune catches an arrow just before it hits Selphine in the head, and in the final confrontation catches a poisoned throwing dagger aimed at Selphine — with her back turned — and then proceeds to casually imbed it several feet into the ground.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The transceiver Rudo gave Ritona in Fault Milestone one. It's mentioned a couple of times in the beginning, then forgotten until used later in the story.
  • Cooldown Hug: One from Mil to Sol and another from Rune to Selphine.
  • Deadpan Snarker: While not isolated to just fault milestone two, Ritona is a textbook example of this. Upon waking up in her room in the Neo Sasary Medical Facility, she asks her roommate, Paige, about how long she was unconscious. Paige is uncooperative, remarking that it was incredibly rude not introduce yourself in your native language. Cue Ritona snarking that she "should have roused herself from her comatose state" to introduce herself properly.
  • Death Glare:
    • Rhegan-Selphine spends most of the episode with sporting a cold glare, whenever she's not sporting an equally chilling smile instead — most prominently when bashing the pharmacist's head into his own desk.
    • Rune sports a furious expression, complete with Glowing Eyes of Doom, when Ruckle tries to incapacitate Selphine with a poisoned throwing knife in order to sell them into prostitution.
  • Demonic Possession: Despite the stated facts about Empress Syndrome, it very much appears like this.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Discussed by Rune and Rhegan-Selphine as Sol's mental condition deteriorates. Rhegan manages to snap him out of it with a harsh talking-to.
  • Everybody Has Standards: Queen Rhegan was renowned for her brutality and ruthlessness, and while channeling her Selphine doesn't have any problems with either ordering others to or personally taking hostages, physically assaulting people, threatening to kill somebody's loved ones, or planning out dine and dashes if it means accomplishing her goals; but even she's disgusted with the pharmacist attempting to sell recreational drugs to minors and purposely not treating Mil's illness in the name of making money. It's implied that some of her newfound empathy and sense of justice may be coming from her merge with Selphine's personality.
  • Evolving Title Screen:
    • As part of the The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You scene, after Melano nukes the Outer Pole the game crashes and reboots with the Title Screen showing Melano standing in a smouldering crater, the only option available being "Undo".
    • After completing the story for the first time, it changes to a shot of an older Sol watching over some kids that are helping tend his field. It can be changed back to its original image at any time.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Selphine helps Rune change from Twin Tails to a single ponytail.
  • Eye Colour Change: While both Selphine and Rhegan have blue irises, Selphine's irises are deep blue to emphasize her cheerful exuberance while Rhegan's are Icy Blue Eyes to emphasize her cold and ruthless personality.
  • Fission Mailed: Ritona, Selphine, and Rune's encounter with Melano ends with the three of them dead and the Outer-Pole completely decimated by a Magic Nuke spell. The game then "crashes", only for it to start up again with a different main menu screen that has "Undo" as the only option.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Very early on, one of the antagonists, Melano, confronts the group and demonstrates her devastating powers by blowing up the Outer Pole. Visions of the carnage is followed by the game appearing to crash and closing altogether. Upon re-launching, Melano is now the centerpiece of the main menu, staring right at the player and the only option is to "Undo" what she has just done. First time players are also awarded the achievement: "Are you listening now?"
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: When Rune is enraged at the Guild trying to kill Sol and Mil, and for planning to sell Selphine and herself into prostitution, her sclera glow blue and the pupils and the camera-lens segments in her irises glow red like they did when she was trying to intimidate Ritona in the first game.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Selphine-Rhegan makes it very clear that the group is in such a dire situation that they don't have the luxury of taking the moral high ground after Ritona disappears if they want to make it back home. As such, she is going to do anything it takes to accomplish her goals, be it taking hostages, committing violence, or dine and dashing.
  • Idiot Ball: Subverted by Ritona, who immediately suspects Sol as having an ulterior motive, takes steps to avoid having Sol take the group's money, lures him into a trap to reveal his true intentions, and uses deductive reasoning to call Sol's bluff about having nearby allies to force her to surrender. She would have had Sol entirely at her mercy if it weren't for Sol using manakravte, something that no one saw coming.
  • Ill Girl: Mil has a disease known as "the invisible noose", which is poor mana flow within the body. Later on, it is revealed that Mil could have been cured if it wasn't for the pharmacist swindling Sol by only giving him a pain relief drug instead. Because of this, Mil inevitably dies some time after the events of side:above as shown in the credits. Paige is implied to be an Ill Girl as well, as she resides within the Vita Domain.,
  • It's All About Me: The Pharmacist's motive for supplying fake medicine ultimately boils down to this.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Sol turns out to be exactly the sort of person Ritona suspects him of being, though it's revealed he's trying to provide for his terminally ill twin sister.
    • Selphine-Rhegan does show compassion later on, although it's unclear whether said compassion is coming from Rhegan's personality or if Selphine's personality was bleeding in while Empress Syndrome was still in effect. It's noted that Rhegan's presence in the Split-Personality Merge is mild.
  • Language Barrier:
    • While Ritona and Selphine don't have a problem with this as they can rely on Aeroratum to translate, Rune runs into this as she initially only knows Cordonian whereas the primary language of Viscanta is Viscantan.
    • This comes in in full force when it comes to written word though. Aeroratum is noted to only translate spoken language, so Ritona and Selphine have to rely on others to translate anything they read for them.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Melano states that "there won't be an 'undo' next time" after the Fission Mailed moment she pulled off at the beginning of the visual novel.
  • The Mafia: The Guild is basically revealed to be this, carrying out hits on those who flaunt its rules or try to resist it.
  • Magic Nuke: Melano flicks a tiny glowing orange spell at the protagonists when they dismiss her claim of omnipotence... which creates a massive explosion that kills the party and devastates the surrounding area with a magical version of radiation poisoning. She then rewinds time while letting the party keep the memories of their deaths and what happened afterwards.
  • Mercy Kill: After discovering the scam the pharmacist pulled on Sol and Mil, Selphine-Rhegan foresees how Sol would react through a bout of clairvoyance and decides to save everybody the pain (both physical and emotional) by granting the pharmacist as quick and painless a death as she can without revealing what he'd done.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Selphine can only break down and endlessly apologize for ordering Ritona to utilize a high-level Kravte at the very beginning during her episode of Empress Syndrome. Said act nearly kills her later on, and leaves her with a condition that could permanently cost her the ability to use magic.
    • Selphine has another moment when she realizes she had just committed murder, again under Rhegan's influence.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Rune being able to "download" new abilities may come off this way.
  • Pet the Dog: As harsh as Selphine-Rhegan is, she does grow a soft spot for Sol and Mil. She helps them learn to live for themselves and even kills the pharmacist to keep them from losing hope.
  • Physical God: Melano. She casually negates Ritona's most powerful manakravte with no apparent effort, and with an equal amount of effort casually nukes the entire continent with one spell, before bringing everyone back to life and rewinding time to just before she cast that spell, and then implanting the memories of both the spell and three years' aftermath into their heads. Selphine-Rhegan calls it a mere illusion manakravte, albeit a bizarre one. As of now, it's impossible to tell if Melano is really that strong or if it were just an illusion.
  • Running Gag: Rune often stutters when introducing herself, leading people to comment how “Rurune” is an odd name.
  • Sarcastic Confession: Selphine-Rhegan outright tells Mil she's a princess, but Mil doesn't believe her.
  • Shirtless Scene: When Ritona is changing in a bathhouse she is shown topless from the side.
  • Soap Opera Disease: Ritona is starting to suffer from some strange symptoms with an initially-unidentifiable source. Later on, it is revealed that Ritona is in life-threatening condition from using the high-level manakravte from the beginning of the Visual Novel.
  • The Sociopath:
    • Queen Rhegan is said to have once slit the throat of her former closest friend (and possibly lover) once he turned traitor without a hint of hesitation or remorse. Selphine, having Rhegan's memories, reveals that all she was thinking of as she was stabbing him was how she would have to change out of her now-bloodstained dress.
    • Selphine notes that Rhegan is not much different from Rune's original self, and Rune reminisces about on her original self's lack of empathy and love of killing while watching Sol murder the pharmacist.
  • Split-Personality Takeover: Emperor Syndrome, or "Empress Syndrome" in Selphine's case, is a glitch in the Pathdown System wherein the inherited memories and personalities of past rulers can take over the recipients. Selphine spends a significant portion of the episode channelling the ruthless but charismatic Queen Rhegan — first involuntarily in order to confront Melano, and later in a voluntary Split-Personality Merge in order to find Ritona.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: In addition to the story of Ritona, Selphine, and Rune traveling home a B plot involving three new characters, Misha, Flora, and Riggs, from their homeland trying to find them is introduced.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Melano's ultimatum to Ritona and Selphine: either never return to their homeland and live, or return to their homeland and be killed by her hand.
  • You Got Spunk: Selphine-Rhegan is impressed by Mil's split-second willingness to kill an intruder and direct defiance of her despite being a glorified hostage.
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