I tried asking a few people, but no one wanted to do this with me.
But still, thanks a lot for the many submissions you send to the Technical Center every single time! The framework for this corner was changed back and forth since it started, and it's gotten a lot of support from everyone ever since it became the Technical Center, which is why it has continued being this way.
Please continue sending your intense submissions from now on.
And well then, regardless of it ends in tears or laughter, I'll answer the submissions we got this time.
Pleased to work with you all!
It might be a little late now, but still, happy 50th Toukousphere issue and happy Ar Portal second anniversary! I was a bit scared since I felt like I should make a memorable question that felt like "Now? So late?", but this is what I wanted to ask: we know that the phrase "Ar tonelico" means the "Only Divine Tree", but then what would be the roots and meaning of the word "Reyvateil"?
I think this word was created at the same time Shurelia was born, but what was the intention behind it?
We've never gotten a question like this one before. It's true we have talked about the origin behind the Tower's name, but we haven't done so for the origin behind the Reyvateils' name.
For this time, we won't talk about how the word originated inside the setting, but how it was originally conceived for the game project.
Before Ar tonelico took its current shape, the setting for the Reyvateils was much harsher than the one you know currently. The only remains of this are how Bourd says once that "they're no more than tools in the end", so to summarize, the original setting for the Reyvateils was that of "manufactured laborers".
Therefore, the "Reyva" part of Reyvateil is derived from the word "laborer".
For the Technical Service Center. Since it hasn't been said for a while, I wanted to try saying it. I've got a question about the Hymn Codes and the Hymn Crystals: if a Third Generation that had a Hymn Code lost it for some reason, what would happen to the Hymmnos she had Downloaded up to that point? I thought this because Luca Downloaded several Hymn Crystals through the D-Cellophane, and given she was going to give back the D-Cellophane to Frelia, I wondered what would happen to her.
I'm sorry for making the setting for this part so complicated.
Aurica gave a very good example of how it works in a previous issue, with Hymn Codes being equated to the barcodes that are given to the foods in a supermarket. All the Reyvateils, regardless of if they are Origins, βs or Third Generations, possess Hymn Codes, but only the Origins and βs have their barcodes (Hymn Codes) registered in the POS register we know as Ar tonelico. The barcodes of the Third Generations aren't registered. Therefore, even if they are held in front of the register, they won't give off any values and thus can't be purchased. And since the barcode is only used at the of a purchase, it wouldn't be a problem even if it disappeared later on.
The same goes for the Hymn Codes, as while they are necessary when a Hymn Crystal is being Downloaded, it becomes unnecessary once the Download has been completed. Maybe it'd be easier to understand if we compare it to the serial codes featured in the Windows operative systems. So having said this, once a Hymmnos has been Downloaded once, it is never going to disappear.
I also have to make a correction: Luca's Hymn Code is only being made to look like Frelia's Hymn Code due to the D-Cellophane, so it isn't like the Hymn Code will change once the D-Cellophane is removed. This is similar to how if you cover a watermelon to make it take a square form, it'll never go back to being a round watermelon after it grows even if the box is removed.
The origin for Bourd's name comes from "bolt" (screw), from "volt" (voltage) or from something else that isn't related to these two things...?
Personally I think it's "volt" because I work as an electrician, but is that the case?
It's actually the opposite: Bourd ended becoming a character who uses electricity-based techniques due to his name. By the time Nagi-san finalized his character design, Bourd had already become a blitz user. Maybe we should have called him Volt (V) instead.
Nagi-san actually is pretty good at associating characters with some particular features, such as Aurica's hair having that long ponytail due to the association with the "tail" part of "Revatail".
It might be pretty late for this question, but there's something I must ask to the Reyvateils.
Reyvateils become able to naturally understand the Hymmnos language upon awakening as such, but what kind of language is it for the non-Reyvateil people? Is it like foreign languages are for us, and there are chances to learn its grammar and vocabulary? Or is it that they know it exists, but can't really understand it all and thus it's as if it didn't exist at all? Or is it a compulsory subject at school? I can think of several possibilities, but I don't really know. It might be different from those who learn it from the Tower, but I'd like to know how's the scope for it. Please tell me.
The most accurate answer would be that, for the non-Reyvateil people, they hear it as words that belong to a language from an entirely different country. For the Reyvateils, they have perfect fluency on Hymmnos from the time they are born (as the Hymmnos language is speaking according to their feelings).
Humans can't learn Hymmnos aside of learning it through memorization. Of course it's possible to study Hymmnos, but even if a human gained deep understanding of the language, they wouldn't be able to invoke Song Magic like the Reyvateils do.
No, strictly speaking it would produce a very faint effect, but since they aren't doing so through the Tower of Ar tonelico, they would have to invoke it through the Songstones that exist in the natural world. This way, a skilled person that seriously wanted to do so could produce small miracles like causing rain to fall, but nothing in the scope of the effects the Reyvateils can call forth.
It's been written that men can carry Reyvateil qualities yet can't awaken as Reyvateils themselves, but if these Reyvateil qualities could be scanned (making it so they actually have Cosmospheres while everyone thinks they don't), would it be technically possible to Dive into (for example) Croix's Cosmosphere, like it was voted on?
To begin with, Reyvateil qualities that haven't bloomed won't deploy a Cosmosphere, so the linkage with the Song Magic Server (like Ar tonelico) won't be carried out, and the Dive Machine won't be able to scan their minds.
Tuning them to read a human's Soulspace isn't impossible, but since it could cause several mental anomalies, it is extremely dangerous to do so (the reason being that the humans are said to use other wave types aside of H-Waves for their minds).
Therefore, it's impossible to perform a Cosmosphere Dive on Reyvateil qualities that haven't awakened.
And thus, I served as the support that answered the questions in the place of the characters. This issue was supposed to be Frelia's turn, so I'm very sorry to those who expected to see her today. Next time, we'll be starting again the rounds with Frelia, so rest assured.
It might have been a bit sudden, but I got the participation of the staff for this issue, and thus we decided to try making a Staff Toukousphere. An anniversary for our 50th issue has quite the impact... that's what I wanted to try thinking, just because I thought it'd be fun. I thought that maybe we could show off some of the facets of the staff that they don't normally show. And for this issue, we mixed up he development staff (Ar tonelico) and the Web staff (Ar Portal).
By working together many days like this, and thanks to the help from many people, the product you all know by Ar tonelico underwent several developments and finally could reach your hands. Now we've reached our 50th issue, I want to state with all my feelings my gratitude to all our fans, and of course, to the game development staff and the web production staff for their cooperation in this issue.
Truly and seriously, thank you so much for having given Ar tonelico your love!
From the next issue on, I hope we can all continue enjoying the Toukousphere, the Ar Portal and Ar tonelico as we've always done!