|First Appearance||Melody of Metafalica|
|Hymmnos Singer||Akiko Shikata|
|English Voice Actor||???|
|Japanese Voice Actor||Kaya Matsutani|
- "Say... what do you think about this world?"
Infel (インフェル, Inferu?, lit. "Infel") is a secondary character in Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica. She accomplishes the function of Mind Guardian for Cloche, and is apparently quite an scholarly and intelligent person. She loves cracking out extremely bad jokes at the worst moments possible, and dislikes a lot to be told that her jokes are so bad, that literally can make everything around her freeze. However, she also seems to harbor some dark secrets...
Infel is actually not a Mind Guardian, but the leftover consciousness and memories of the first Maiden of Mio. Infel actually was an orphan, but she was adopted and raised by the genius scientist Grammul, who at the time, was the leader of the Infel Phira project. Grammul was greatly surprised once he became aware that the girl he adopted had such a high level of intelligence, and really loved talking to her whenever he had the chance. Grammul also was the one responsible for transcribing her to Infel Phira, making her effectively the very first IPD Reyvateil born in the world. However, this soon became a great sadness, when it became apparent that said girl was going to become a sacrifice for the sake of creating Metafalica. Because of this, Grammul sympathized greatly with her suffering, and named her Infel, after the Server that was supposed to give her Reyvateil powers (Infel Phira), so the world could remember her forever. Grammul also gave her the plush rabbit she is always seen carrying, Mimimi, as a present when Infel was appointed as the Maiden of Mio. This stuffed doll was special because whenever Infel held it in her arms, it would react to her emotions and change its facial expressions to match the ones Infel had.
As a side note, it was around this time that Infel invented one of the items that is still regarded as one of the most precious things to the Reyvateils: the Diquility crystals, which are the Life Extending Agents used by the Third Generation Reyvateils to continue living past their average limit of 20 years.
After receiving the news that the first IPD was successfully transcribed, the Grand Bell declared that, from that time onwards, there would be two Maidens: the Maiden of Homura, and the Maiden of Mio. This status was created because of the extremely important role the Maiden of Mio would have in the new method of creating Metafalica, which would finally circumvent all the problems that Jaza's theory had. At this point, Infel's intellect had grown so much that she had even surpassed Grammul's level, and one day, while she was studying his theories, Infel found a hole in it, in a part that was called the Transmigration of Souls. While researching this, she invented the Selfstabilizing Tesseractal Nuclear Loops (also known as Hearts of the Land); using as the basis the Triangular Nuclear Loops that some Reyvateils have within them. Later on, she began doing experiments to see if they were applicable to Metafalica; and while she did so, the news about Grammul's theories requiring sacrifices were spread among the people of Metafalss. Grammul lost all the support of the Grand Bell and the people once this became known, and the following year, he was fired. Infel then was appointed as the new leader in the Infel Phira project.
Around this time, Infel finally took the courage to open up Mimimi to understand why it was able to change its facial expressions, and then she discovered the reason why Grammul gave it to her. The plush had an imperfect Triangular Nuclear Loop within itself, and also, it had a rewritten Cellophane linked to the same Address in Infel Phira owned by Infel. This meant that Mimimi could be considered as another self of Infel, and it was planned to replace Infel as the sacrifice that Grammul's theory needed to create Metafalica. Grammul tried his best to search for a method to create Metafalica without having to sacrifice the person that had become his precious daughter, but as Infel herself noticed after she could clarify all the aspects behind creating a Heart of the Land, and a Consciousness of the Land, this wouldn't have worked. The Metafalica that this would have created would haven't been anything beyond a faulty land. Then, Infel, grieving because of not having understood Grammul's true intentions until now, when it was too late, she said: "You truly are a huge idiot".
Once she got the control of the project, Infel formed a team out from Grammul's best engineers and Teru, and called them the People of Mio. Then, they started working on carrying Infel's theories to practice, and thanks to the powers of the Terus, they finally managed to create a Selfstabilizing Tesseractal Nuclear Loop. Despite not being huge compared the one Infel Phira was supposed to produce, when it was tested as a Heart of the Land, it successfully managed to create a life-cycle around it, and both Infel and the People of Mio deemed it as a complete success. This Heart of the Land was then called Metafalica-Alpha, and the place where it was tested, a barren land in the Rim, near where Mint Block is located currently, later on became a great forest, which is known as the Mikry Forest.
After this, Infel and her team began programming the Hymmnos dialect that would be used by the IPDs, called the New Testament of Pastalie, with the intentions of making Infel Phira and the IPDs unique in comparison to the Reyvateils that draw their power from Ar tonelico; and also, continued with the creation of Infel Phira where Grammul was fired: the Second Stage.
During this Stage, Infel concentrated all of her feelings and hope, and began creating the final Song that would be instrumental in this: METHOD_METAFALICA/. On 3310 AD, she finally completed it, and with this, everything was on place for the creation of the Land. However, while Metafalica-Alpha was a success, and it seemed that the creation of the true Metafalica, so long-sought, was finally going to be a success, METHOD_METAFALICA/. had a fatal flaw, and Infel didn't notice it until the night before the execution of Metafalica.
Once she became aware of it, she ran off the Grand Bell Hall. Metafalica-Alpha and the true Metafalica also had another great difference: while Alpha was made with the help of Infel's most trusted researchers and engineers, the true Metafalica would have to be created together with everyone in Metafalss. She believed that everyone in the world was bound to have even an slight bit of darkness on their hearts; but she thought that her heart was something no one should ever see. This was why she ran off, while crying about how weak she was.
However, she wasn't alone. There always was someone else at her side, giving her comfort, the Maiden of Homura at the time: Nenesha. They both lived together in an isolated environment, and Nenesha was the only that could understand her. Her irreplaceable partner. As long as their friendship continue like this, everything would surely go well... When she finally cried enough, Infel noticed that Nenesha had been following her since when she left the Grand Bell Hall. Nenesha had never seen her so-firm partner with a face like this, and after looking at her slightly surprised, she softly embraced Infel.
However, this was no more than the prelude to a tragedy...
The next day, when Nenesha began singing EXEC_METAFALICA/., Infel also began sung METHOD_METAFALICA/., and everything seemed to be going as it was planned. But the next moment, Infel couldn't continue bearing anymore the feeling of everyone in Metafalss looking at her heart, and ended shutting it off from the IPDs. This caused extreme confusion and distrust among them, thus disrupting the unity chain that them, the people and the Maidens were supposed to form, and rendering METHOD_METAFALICA/. unable to accomplish its functions. And the next second, while Infel was still recovering from that overwhelming sensation, she saw how Raki descended from the heavens, and killed Nenesha just before her own eyes.
The IPDs then retaliated and launched a combined blast of Song Magic to Raki, making her drop the D-Cellophane she had taken from Nenesha's corpse. Infel saw her chance, and took back the D-Cellophane. Then, she stared at Raki, filled with rage and hatred, and declared war to her.
She ran off as fast as she could into the Grand Bell Hall, and made her way to where the Lakra system was installed. Then, she established a direct connection with Infel Phira, and then, she began commanding the IPDs via their E-Spots. In this way, she mobilized them to attack so quickly and efficiently, that the Divine Armies had to retreat back to Sol Marta via the Tower to the Heavens. Then, Infel commanded the IPDs to climb up the Tower to the Heavens to find and kill off the Goddess in vengeance for Nenesha's death, while destroying any enemies that stood on their way.
Raki already had considered this, and made the Tower disappear as a precaution. However, when she did it, it was already too late, since Infel and her troops already had reached Sol Marta, and seized the control of it. When they met with the Goddess (Frelia), Infel finally understood her true intentions, and decided to simply keep Her as an hostage instead of killing Her.
When they returned to the land below, Infel and Raki began making negotiations for an armistice, and once they were settled, the First War Against the Goddess ended, with the humans as the victors. However, Infel was left alone, not only because her best friend had died, but also, because she only got hatred and disappointment from the people because of the failure of Metafalica, and because of the damages that the War caused to them.
This made Infel fall into despair, and while pondering why the world and its people were so hideous, she found her own answer to it.
"What kind of world is the one where everyone would be able to attain the true happiness? The people hurt each other because they become anxious or fearful of each other. If there wasn't any fear in this world, that wouldn't happen. If I could make this a world where fear didn't exist, surely the people would change."
Infel's stormy feelings subsided a little when, a few years later, she discovered that Nenesha wasn't completely gone yet. Because of the failed Metafalica, her soul was transmigrated into a Heart of the Land, which at the moment was floating in the skies above Metafalss. Once she managed to get the Heart, she frantically started again to research in an attempt to communicate once again with Nenesha, until she discovered the method for doing so: the Conversation Songs.
She discovered and developed this song from the leftover feelings that Nenesha had left behind in the D-Cellophane without noticing, and by using it, Infel was able to remove the Heart from its shell. However, Infel soon had to put it back in, given that Heart would be consumed by the waves of the world if it was left unprotected, and once she realized that Nenesha wouldn't come back because her physical body had already perished, Infel completely broke down. At this point, she stopped caring about anything else, and sealed Nenesha's will inside the D-Cellophane, as a precaution against anyone that tried to remove her Heart of the Land from its shell.
After this, she developed the Hibernation Project, and suggested it to Raki while they were still doing the post-war negotiations. Given that if this project was successful Frelia wouldn't need to continue maintaining the land, preserving her life, Raki agreed to it just because of that. However, Infel never noticed that, after she had obtained Nenesha's Heart of the Land, the Will of the Heart was interfering with her thoughts, and virtually manipulating everything she did...
And the reason why Infel developed and perfected Hibernation at its core was to talk to Nenesha through her Cosmosphere, and later on, she extended it to all the people of Metafalss, so they could always live in their perfect dreams, free of all kinds of suffering...
After some time of researching and experimentation, she gathered again all of her elite team, the People of Mio, and headed to the Lakra chamber, where she executed Hibernation upon herself. After the song was completed, Infel was sublimated, and her mind remained within Infel Phira, waiting for the time when Ar tonelico and Infel Phira would finally connect, so she could finally reach Nenesha's Cosmosphere, and execute the Ascension Plan...
Role in Ar tonelico IIEdit
Her first appearance within the game was after Croix was forced to Dive within Cloche, and after getting booted out to the real world, Luca helped him by performing a Proxy Dive. After they finally got rid of the persona that wasn't letting him enter the Cosmosphere, Croix met for the first time with Infel. She just told him some things about the nature of the Cosmospheres, and left him to himself. It's to be noted that Infel never said herself that she was Cloche's Mind Guardian, and that Croix simply assumed it.
For the rest of the game, she usually only appears in Cloche's Cosmosphere, making fun of Croix's attempts to continue advancing, and giving him advice once in a while... until Frelia sings Hibernation. At that point, Infel Phira and Ar tonelico finally connected thanks to the Lakra system, and in there, she met with Nenesha, who didn't recognize her. Later on, she left a message for Croix and company after they defeated the monster Zodom in the Lakra chamber, saying "Good job. Soon, this entire world will change."
After this, she isn't seen again until Cloche and Luca reach the final level of the Infelsphere, and while they were in the point that was supposed to be a trip through their childhood memories, both she and Nenesha appeared, and told both of the current Maidens that their attempt at Metafalica was going to end in failure, they kidnapped Luca, and forced Cloche out by shutting down the Infelsphere. Then, after Cloche and Luca managed to redo this part, and complete the Infelsphere, they obtained the Hymn Crystal for METHOD_METAFALICA/.; and Infel appeared briefly before Cloche when she Downloaded the song. She warned Cloche about why Metafalica failed in the first place, showed her the flaws that METHOD_METAFALICA/. had, and finally, mocked her attempts at trying to make a success of something that seemed to be doomed to fail, no matter how many times it was tried.
Infel appears once more when Jakuri uses the Dive Machine in the Hot Spot to scan Raki's memory, and ask Shurelia to open the doors within Sol Marta, asking Jakuri to stop hacking in her systems, and calling her a malignant virus. After Jakuri retorted with a sarcastic remark about who had the best hacking skills, Infel replied with the same exact phrase that Jakuri used in Ar tonelico: Melody of Elemia, complete with her own personal touch:
"You all are viruses to this world. That is why I will purify you all"
And then, she sent a Zodom for Jakuri and the rest of Croix's party, given this act allowed Infel to track their location easily. Once they defeated it, Infel sent them a final message: "The Sublimation of this world will start soon."
Soon after, they met at the deepest chamber of Sol Marta, the Tree of Marta, where Frelia's sleep pod was located. Once here, Infel proceeded to reveal that she was never a Mind Guardian, and that she merely trespassed into Cloche's Cosmosphere via Infel Phira, after living for almost 400 years as a piece of data in its Binary Field. Jakuri was surprised when she heard how Infel compared herself with her when it came to living within the Binary Field, and then, she asked Croix's group to follow her back to the Ar Ciel Sphere. Here, she used Nenesha's Heart of the Land to make her appear again on the real world, and then, announced her plan: free the souls of the people from their bodies, by casting an enhanced version of the Ascension, called Sublimation, over the entire planet of Ar Ciel. She believed that at this point, this was the only reasonable choice, given that Metafalica was never going to be success, and the Will of Ar Ciel had already shown how much it despised the people by making its own surface inhospitable.
Croix tried to convince her that there was still hope for Metafalica, and for the people, given he had seen with his own eyes how much the people suffered, rejoiced, and finally, came together, all for the same ideal. He also told her that despite life being filled with hardships, these hardships would later on become fond memories because of how they managed to overcome them, and grow as people. However, Infel replied that if they were doomed to feel such a great pain in exchange for that growth, she would never want that to happen, and after saying that they wouldn't have a say on the matter, both she and Nenesha began singing Sublimation.
Instantly, the skies began to darken, and the stars and the moon began vanishing. Then, everything began to shake, which Jakuri explained it was because all of the waves in the world were vibrating (changing from Static to Dynamic Waves). Then, after Croix threatened them with forcing them to stop the song, Infel and Nenesha suggested them to play a game, betting in it the futures they wanted for the world: if Croix's group won, they would stop Sublimation, but if they won, they would just continue with it. They also forced them to do it by saying that if they didn't take them on, they would continue interfering with their attempts at creating Metafalica doing whatever it was necessary, no matter if they lost. Croix accepted, and then, they turned all of the trees from the Sky Plains into a massive abomination called Ryuju, and sent it to attack them. Cloche severely weakened it by using the combined powers of all the IPDs into a massive Replekia blast, and then, Croix and his friends fought long and hard, until Ryuju was felled.
Croix once again told Infel that he thought that the world still had possibilities, and asked her to allow them to try creating Metafalica. He promised that if they failed again, she would be free to do whatever she wanted with the world. For a moment, Infel began giving in, and told them that if they showed her that they could create Metafalica, she would think about giving them a chance. However, she got caught into the influence of Nenesha's Heart of the Land, and because of this, both Nenesha and herself challenged Croix and his friends to a final battle, declaring that their only goal was making everyone in the world happy.
After they were defeated, Nenesha vanished, and Infel fell down to her knees in despair, calling for Nenesha in vain. Then, she asked Croix if they would be able to create a world in which no one had to suffer anymore. Croix said that wishing for something like that was impossible, and when Infel retorted that why they were obsessed with this world, to the point of still wishing to live in it, Croix answered by telling her about all the good things of the life, and its bad things too, which are what, to him, can make someone actually feel being alive. Then, Infel simply told them that she was going to reset Raki back to her normal status, and told them to go and create Metafalica immediately. Croix tried to say to her that he was going to come pick her if Metafalica was a success, but Infel simply interrupted him, and ordered him to leave her alone.
A while before Luca and Cloche attempted again to sing Metafalica, Frelia asked her if she was okay with this... because once Metafalica was executed, Infel Phira would be transmigrated into the Will of the Land, causing its Memory to be defragmented, and with it... the deletion of her Cosmosphere adress, causing her to definitively die...
When Cloche began to choke during the singing of Metafalica, being unable to show her heart to the IPDs, Infel hurriedly entered her Cosmosphere, and berated her. Infel told her that she was the only one that could make Metafalica a success, because she was the only true pure-hearted Metafalica-obsessed idiot in the world, and that she wouldn't forgive Cloche if she repeated her same mistakes. After this, the execution of Metafalica continued as it was planned, and once the defragmenting started, Infel smiled, congratulating Cloche and her friends for surpassing her, and asking Frelia and everyone to take care of this world for her. Then, she vanished, with a smile on her lips... leaving as her greatest legacy the succesfully created Metafalica Sphere, and the Diquility that the Reyvateils use to this day to continue living...
Main article: Infel x Nenesha
As mentioned above, she and Nenesha are the final bosses of Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica, where they can use a large variety of attacks based on creating illusory swords, explosive rings, and launching energy blasts. They can also regenerate their own HP, extending the length of the battle. However, since at this point the player should have collected all the IPDs, synthesized the ultimate weapons, and attained the final Song Magic for each Reyvateil, they aren't really hard to defeat.
Infel is one of the greatest scientific geniuses to have lived in Ar Ciel, and due to this, she has an extensive knowledge of how Song Servers work, which is what allowed her to continue living despite the elimination of her physical body. She is also the person who managed to discover pretty much everything related to the Hearts of the Land and the way in which the world works. Due to this, she is quite an intelligent person, but she also has the problem of being socially inept, which isn't exactly helped by the awful puns she tends to incorporate in her conversations.
As for combat abilities, she isn't physically strong, but from the way she and Nenesha fight at the end of the game, she seems to be a very powerful Reyvateil on her own regard, given the songs they both use can cause devastating damage to the party if the player didn't keep their equipments up-to-date and can't block correctly.
- As mentioned above, Infel took her name from Infel Phira. However, her name literally means "love" in Hymmnos language, which has caused to her severe embarrasment, as shown when she was asked about it in the Toukousphere.
- She is one of the two characters that used to open the Toukousphere (the other one being Aurica). Infel would bi-weekly tell one of her awful puns to kickstart the column. This also made her one of the most popular characters in the Ar tonelico series.
- Although she doesn't physically appear in it, Infel is referenced in Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel in Tyria's Binary Field. During a part of it, Aoto wins a doll of a "girl that seems to tell cold jokes", which is a very direct reference to her.