When they first arrived at this area, Lyner Barsett and his friends were amazed to see how large and complex it was, while Lyner also noted that there were several lifts in the area, but none of them seemed operational at the moment, prompting them to search for the switches necessary to supply power to them.
However, when they were reaching the final switches, and complained about how longer it would take them to finish up this area, Ayatane Michitaka appeared before them, saying that they were only half-way through the place.At first, Lyner was glad to see him, and told Ayatane to help them to rescue Shurelia from Mir's possession. However, Ayatane merely brought up the fact that he and Lyner had defeated many enemies together, and that all of their experiences together had been a charade he was throwing away that moment: he declared that humans were already being targeted for total extermination, and told him to stop climbing the Tower at once to avoid terrible consequences to both of them.
Lyner was dumbfounded upon hearing this, and asked Ayatane to step aside to let them save Shurelia. However, Ayatane made fun of Lyner's stupidity, and revealed to him his true identity: he was actually one of Mir's viruses, and his mission was to sneak into Platina and let Mir take control of Shurelia's mind. Lyner was enraged upon learning this, while Ayatane replied that he was only trying to carry out his mission, and that Lyner felt betrayed because the illusory world in which he lived was just destroyed before him, and that their relationship was always like this. Ayatane then reiterated his warning to make them stop climbing the Tower, and enjoy in the world below the little remaining time they had before disappearing. The rest of the party was enraged and shocked from this revelation, and this only reinvigorated their wishes to reach the place where Mir was and defeat her.
The Prism Garden is one of the longest and more complex dungeons in the games, requiring backtracking several times through the same floor in order to reach lifts or shuttles that were activated after pressing an specific switch, or to find hidden passages and areas revealed by the reactivation of the energy supply. Additionally, it has a rather high encounter rate with several powerful monsters, so traveling through this place has to be done carefully.
However, upon clearing it for the first time, several of the switches pressed activate shorcuts between the first and final floors, allowing the player to travel between the Observatory and S.P.U. without much problem.
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- Ion Board x 5
- Overcome Lightning
- Yuteria x 5
- RC: Coffin
- Optical Camo Robe
- An Amazing Shield
- Bare MP for Red
- Dmg to MP - Strong
- Bare MP for Red
- Rapid Move
- RC: Cage
- RC: Armor A
- Lots of HP
- RC: Canned Stuff
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- Metal Pom (appears in Blue areas)
- Yumyum Flower (appears in Green areas)
- Night Stalker (appears in Red and Orange areas)
- Samuraiman (appears in Red, Blue and Green areas)
- Roc (appears in Red and Orange areas)
- Bit Ball v2 (appears in Green and Orange areas)
- Blast Eye (appears in Green and Blue areas)
- Wind Guarder (appears in Green areas)
- Type III (appears in Red areas)
- Type Zero (appears in Red areas)
- Wyvern (appears in Green and Blue areas)
- Drake (appears in Green areas)
- Beast Master (appears in Orange areas)
- Bird Master (appears in Orange areas)
- Mech Master (appears in Orange areas)
- Valhallan (appears in Red areas)
- Air Fort One (appears in Red and Blue areas)
Number of Random Battles in this Area: 15
Although the name doesn't seem to be indicative of this place's nature or of the following fact, the Prism Garden is actually one of the areas remaining from the original concept of Ar tonelico, in which the world was sunk in the sea, and it was a palace made from prisms that could be found in the sea, which would become visible or invisible depending on how far or close the observer was from it due to its light refraction characteristics. For unknown reasons, said optical camouflage concept was never used in the game, although it got to be partially reused in a different way for the Tower of Heavens from Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica.