Infel Phira (インフェル・ピラ, Inferu Pira?), misromanized as Infel Pira in the official localization, is a large sphere-shaped artifact that can be seen floating in the skies above the Second Tower of Ar tonelico. It's a very important piece of Lost Technology, which was created 400 years prior to the events of Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica in an attempt to create Metafalica.
- Uses an unique dialect of Hymmnos, and has an unique kind of Reyvateils linked to it: the New Testament of Pastalie and the Infel Phira Dependants (IPDs), respectively.
- Has a power output that roughly reaches a 0.1% of Ar tonelico's power output. Likewise, it can process simultaneously only a thousandth of the number of Songs that Ar tonelico can. However, to make up for this, it has a lower instruction count and faster execution timing, allowing the IPDs to sing faster and more effectively than any other kind of Reyvateil.
- Given it lacks a dedicated power source, it has to take the power for its functions from the IPDs.
- Has a much shorter range than any of the Towers, and as such, the IPDs only have their Reyvateil conditions within Metafalss.
- Allows all of the IPDs to be linked at their Lv. 8 and Lv. 9 Cosmospheres. This also means that their Boundary Gates are always partially open.
- Can change forms (Mode Change) to accomplish a variety of functions, according to the commands it receives from its Administrator (the Maiden of Mio). The main one of these functions is its capacity of creating and maintaining a land during a very long period of time, potentially forever.
The normal form of Infel Phira has the shape of an sphere, surrounded by three rings, giving it the same Saturn-like appearance that the Shell of a Heart of the Land and Sol Marta have. The outer layer of the sphere is made by a large number of blocks, which also are the main components of the rings. However, the rings and the main sphere themselves have a damaged appearance, which was caused due to attacks from the Divine Army.
Due to lacking a dedicated power source like the Orgel of Origins the First Tower has, Infel Phira was designed to draw a set amount of power from the IPDs it is linked to in order to keep functioning. Said drawing is basically divided into two phases, which are explained below:
In normal conditions, a small part of the Dynamic H-Waves of the IPDs are constantly being converted into Dynamic D-Waves, which then are sent to a special battery-like part of Infel Phira for being stored until they are necessary. Due to the rather large number of living IPDs, the battery can be charged within a short period of time.
When an IPD Reyvateil sing a Song Magic, said Reyvateil are expending the Dynamic D-Waves that were accumulated within the Symphonic Power battery. Because there are many IPD Reyvateils connected to it, there is a potential danger that the battery may run out of Symphonic Power if too much Dynamic D-Waves was consumed at once. To prevent Infel Phira from running out of Symphonic Power, more Dynamic H-Waves are taken from the IPDs to compensate the increased energy output rate. Also, an as a security measure, Infel Phira has a limiter to restrict the amount of IPDs that may sing simultaneously at any given time.
The history of Infel Phira began little after Jaza's theories were discovered and deciphered by a radical political faction of Metafalss. Given that the creation of Metafalica required the sacrifice of a Reyvateil to be completed, according to what Jaza had researched, the people abandoned the radicals, which, wanting to regain their support, began searching for a method that would allow them to try and create the paradise everyone yearned for without sacrificing anyone.
The method found was creating something that could be used as a substitute for the sacrifice that Jaza's EXEC_METAFALICA/. needed to accomplish its functions, and so, the Infel Phira Project was born. This version of Infel Phira was supposed to be only a mechanism for creating the land, so unlike the version that was built later on, this one didn't have any Song Server capabilities, and was entirely dependent on Sol Marta (and by extension, on the First Tower of Ar tonelico). However, all the initial attempts at building it never passed the First Stage, and ended in utter failure. Due to this, the Grand Bell decided to forget about this project, and leave it to fade away from history.
Then, a certain day, in 3258 AD, the Grand Bell made the announcement that the project would be restarted, thanks to a very special fact: a scientist, Dr. Grammul, was hired by them, because of the acceptation his Super Reyvateil Theory had gained among the general public. In there, it was suggested that Infel Phira should be a completely independent system from the First Tower, and use the Reyvateils that would be linked to it (the IPDs) as its main power source. And with that alone not being enough, Grammul also proposed to combine the powers of all the IPDs singing together into a single consciousness and a single song, which would be what would allow to fulfill the extremely high requirements for waveflow and spectrum required for EXEC_METAFALICA/., and to avoid sacrificing anyone.
However, the last part, the one about voiding the need for sacrifices, ended being a lie, since the IPD that would end up being the Administrator for Infel Phira (who is currently known by the title of Maiden of Mio) would end up being transmigrated into a Heart of the Land, and into the basis for the land. However, this part was never shown to the public, and due to it, the Grand Bell assembled a team of outstanding engineers: Team Lakra, and after seven long years, the First Stage of Infel Phira was completed successfully.
The First IPD
The concept of the IPD Reyvateils naturally came together with the development of a separate Song Server from Ar tonelico, so they were created in parallel to Infel Phira's construction. So after many failed experiments and continued research, finally, the very first IPD, Infel, was transcribed to Infel Phira in 3291 AD. Once this experiment turned out to be successful, the Spectrum Gene that was used for Infel was implanted into other unborn Reyvateil gene-carrying girls, making it possible to change the server in which they depended from Ar tonelico to Infel Phira, and creating the IPD subclass of Reyvateils.
Thanks to this, the Grand Bell established that from that time onwards, there would be a second Maiden that would rule Metafalss, the Maiden of Mio, while the Maiden that already existed since nearly 300 years ago would be called the Maiden of Homura.
However, this atmosphere filled with happiness wouldn't last for very long: a few years later, the fact that Metafalica would still need sacrifices to become a reality was leaked to the general public, and all of the support that Grammul had gathered went away in less than one day. Not only that, Infel had already found and corrected all of the flaws that Grammul's theory had, discovering the existence of the Selfstabilizing Tesseractal Nuclear Loops, and based the new theory for creating Metafalica in this. Due to both of these facts, and his old age, Grammul was fired from the project, and Infel was appointed as the new head of the Metafalica and Infel Phira Projects.
After obtaining the leadership of the Infel Phira Project, and creating successfully the Heart of the Land known as Metafalica-Alpha, she and her team began programming the Hymmnos dialect that would be exclusively used by Infel Phira: the New Testament of Pastalie. It was designed to take advantage of Infel Phira's lower instruction count and higher execution timing, allowing the IPDs to sing much faster and with a more powerful range of effect than the Reyvateils on Ar tonelico or Harvestasya would be able to attain. However, this doesn't mean that the other Hymmnos dialects wouldn't work in it, given that Infel Phira was also built with an emulation layer for every single Hymmnos word registered in Ar tonelico's Hymmno Server, allowing the IPDs to sing in any dialect they wish, but getting the best efficiency and power output from singing in New Testament of Pastalie.
Infel Phira's Completion
After all of the structural and programming work in Infel Phira was completed, Infel dedicated herself to streamline all of the processes necessary for creating Metafalica into a single song: METHOD_METAFALICA/.. This was the final difference between the theories that she and Grammul had established: instead of sacrificing the singer and turning her into a Heart of the Land, Infel's theory made it possible to create a Heart of the Land out from the combined singing of all the IPDs connected to Infel Phira, which would then be used by EXEC_METAFALICA/. to create the land.
On 3310, after much time of effort and investigation, Infel finished crafting and programming the Song, thus leading the Infel Phira Project to a successful end. However, the history wouldn't end here...
The War Against the Goddess
Since when Infel and Nenesha tried singing Metafalica together, both Infel herself and the people committed the error of closing their hearts to each other, thus rendering METHOD_METAFALICA/. completely useless and forcing Nenesha to extract power from Frelia to be able to sing EXEC_METAFALICA/. to the end. Due to this, Raki descended from Sol Marta and killed Nenesha to regain the D-Cellophane, which also led Infel to declare war to the Goddess, and mobilized all of the IPDs to try and capture Frelia.
Infel Phira became an instrumental weapon for the Metafalssians during the period, given the huge amount of power that the Replekia Mode could release. Without this power, the Metafalssians would never be able to defeat the Divine Army. However, Raki was aware of this fact, and while she never could destroy it, the Divine Armies under her command inflicted a great damage on the Song Server, killing many IPDs due to the memory sectors where their Cosmospheres resided being destroyed, and destroying the emotional limiter that Infel Phira was equipped with.
After the War, it was agreed that Infel Phira would be shut down, and all of the data it contained would be erased, as per the conditions in the Hibernation Pact described. Infel Phira would stop being a Song Server, and become a lodging for the souls of the people of Metafalss once EXEC_HIBERNATION/. would be sung.
Due to its form changing capacity, Infel Phira is able of accomplishing a variety of functions thanks to its multiple Modes. Below is a description of each one of the Modes into which it can transform through the commands it receives from the Maiden of Mio.
Note: The Modes below Metafalica Mode won't have illustrations, since they were never shown in the game or in development materials.
The Normal Mode, in which Infel Phira remains for as long as it doesn't receive any commands from the Maiden of Mio.
This Mode allows all the Reyvateils to have their own individual consciousness, and according with this, it also keeps the Shared Consciousness Fields in a way in which they can't mingle with each other. In short, it gives the IPDs the same condition the Standard Reyvateils have whenever they access to Ar tonelico, and it's also the Mode under which Infel Phira and the IPDs were made. This Mode is also known by the alternate name of Individual Consciousness Mode.
In Replekia Mode, the E-Spots of the IPDs is opened to enable them to share their Dynamic H-Waves while keeping their Boundary Gates closed, and once they have been added into a single Song Magic, Replekia allows the release of said song with an amount of power proportional to the number of IPDs that were implicated in its singing. This essentially allows the IPDs to combine their powers without the associated risks that would come with the complete sharing of their Soulspaces.
The Replekia Mode is triggered through the Hymmnos METHOD_REPLEKIA/.. In order to execute said song, however, the singer is required to have an administration key known as Queen Registry, and to be transcribed and registered as a Lv. 9 IPD. This also means that access to Replekia Mode is restricted only to its Administrator, the Maiden of Mio.
Metafalica (Tornekia) Mode
In contrast to Replekia, which opens the E-Spots of the Reyvateils while leaving their Boundary Gates closed, this Mode, also called the Shared Consciousness Mode, completely opens the Boundary Gates of all the IPDs. Historically, this Mode has only been activated twice, since Grammul developed it to be used exclusively for the creation of Metafalica.
Originally, it was called Tornekia because of being a Mode Shift triggered by a Metafalss Note Song called METHOD_TORNEKIA/.. However, once Infel noticed that this Song wouldn't be powerful enough for the creation of the land, she developed METHOD_METAFALICA/.. Since this Song also serves as a patch for EXEC_METAFALICA/., Tornekia Mode was reborn as Metafalica Mode (also known as the Land Consciousness Mode). Because of that, there isn't anyone now that knows the Tornekia name.
Also called the System Control Mode.
This forces an one-directional opening of the Boundary Gates of the IPDs, and has the effect of giving all the IPDs the same knowledge and consciousness. This was used to control Infel Phira in emergency situations, but given that it also allowed other people to control the will and emotions of the IPDs, it became an extremely serious problem for the human rights of the Reyvateils. Despite the fact that later the Grand Bell enacted a total prohibition on the usage of this Mode, it couldn't be a bigger hypocrisy, given that if this Mode was eliminated, they would have lost their method for controlling the IPD Outbreaks.
Also known as the Large-Scale Gathering Mode, it has the effect of measuring what are the limits on the Shared Consciousnesses of the individuals, and it was developed as a step to experiment on if Tornekia would be possible to implement, so it can be considered as a limited form of the Metafalica Mode. The Mode was the only one that could give to many IPDs the Queen registry (which is the same as the Maiden of Mio) because it could automatically open the consciousness of all the IPDs that were in a radius of 10 Stons around the Queen. This characteristic was thought as something that could be useful in times of war. In the current times, the Torcarrol Mode is used in an abnormal Mode Shift, and is the cause of the so-called Negative outbreaks of the IPDs.
This Mode strips away the sense of individuality of all the living IPD Reyvateils, and fuses all of them into a single Reyvateil. This means that this mode was intended for the Reyvateils to reach a complete synchronization state, and it was developed as one of the main parts observed in Grammul's ultimate Reyvateil theory. However, after the investigation had finished, and because the minds of all the Reyvateils had fused into a single one, the researchers became aware of a great problem: even if Infel Phira reverted to Sarre Mode, the individual consciousness of each Reyvateil wouldn't revert into their original state. Because at the time they could not find a solution to the problem, Deenelmaite Mode was left behind as a test step and sealed away.
Bonus Explanation:The Metafalica Sphere
Because Infel Phira was designed to become the Heart of the Land itself once Metafalica is successfully created, all the data addresses within Infel Phira are defragmented and remapped to sectors that are recognized as working correctly. Since this nulls out the possibility of writing the Cosmospheres of the IPDs into bad sectors, this nullifies the IPD Outbreaks. This also deletes the backup memory banks used by METHOD_IMPLANTA/. and the data of IPDs that don't have a physical body anymore, which is why Infel disappeared upon the creation of the land. Also, after the Heart of the Land is created, it's impossible to revert Infel Phira back into Sarre Mode, and neither the Maiden of Mio can ever harness the power of Replekia again.