[OS Pamphlet] SAO Secret Report

Note: Does not include any actual spoilers for the Ordinal Scale movie, so you're safe to read it even if you haven't watched the movie yet.

So, some time ago (I don't even remember when), Takazuki shared a pamphlet about Ordinal Scale she received. The pamphlet included character designs and stuff like that, but it also apparently had a few pages dedicated to Ordinal Scale lore, which was practically non-existent in the movie itself. Since I had some free time, but not enough to work on a more major project, I figured I'd finally get around to translating it to share with others (totally not because I'm a lore fanatic and wanted to translate this to have material for the wiki... also totally not because I needed some filler translation because nothing else is ready to be published at the moment).

Disclaimer: This was a quick translation with no real effort to edit it, so the translation isn't completely refined.

Credits

Raws: Takazuki
Translation: Gsimenas


In-Game Story

In the year 202X, a dimensional invasion began from a different world called ≪Unital≫, which is attempting to unite all #parallel worlds#(multiverse).

Their invasion technique consists of opening dimensional gates in various cities on Earth for a very short time and gradually sending in slightly #out-of-phase#(displaced) living weapons, called ≪DBAs (Displaced Biological Arms)≫; once their numbers reach a certain goal, all of them will be materialised and they will bring about heavy damage.

≪The Order≫, an international organisation that predicted the invasion, developed a dimensional tuning device, called the ≪D Tuner≫, as well as carriable weapons, known as ≪D Weapons≫, that enable finding invisible DBAs and attacking them. They have recruited compatible people, called ≪Adapts≫, from the civilians and have started a large-scale Earth defence operation.

The mission of the #troops#(Adapts) equipped with D Tuners is to collect energy crystals called ≪Materials≫ that are a byproduct of Unital opening dimensional gates, and destroy the DBAs lurking in-town. By collecting Materials and destroying DBAs, the Adapt's Ranking Number given by The Order increases and, in turn, the Adapt's D Weapon becomes stronger.

However, the Ranking System and a phenomenon that allows Adapts to steal Materials by attacking other troops, instead of just DBAs, with their D Weapons has brought about a serious conflict between the factions in The Order. These factions consist of: the ≪Guardians≫, a group that restricts PvP attacks to self-defence and whose primary objective is to defend the Earth; the ≪Aggressors≫, a group that is dead set on raising their ranking by attacking both DBAs and other Adapts alike; and finally, the ≪Arbiters≫, a group that seeks to solve the mysteries of the multiverse and secretly unite with Unital. The Order HQ maintains a mysterious status of watchful waiting regarding the conflict between the three factions with conflicting ideas.

In the end, what is Unital? How was The Order able to sense their attack and develop ultra high-tech dimensional devices? Filled with plenty of mysteries, the fight of the Adapts continues……

System

*Battles (PvE)
The players choose a weapon (D Weapon) from three types: close-range, long-range, and support, and fight against the monsters (DBA) that appear in their vision with their actual bodies. Upon hitting or suffering damage, the D Weapon vibrates and the Augma creates a virtual sense of shock. Upon one's HP reaching zero, the player's weapon and armour are temporarily disabled and their dimensional tuning is also terminated, thus excluding them from battle.

*Battles (PvP)
Basically the same as fights against monsters. However, damage is only registered via hits made with a D Weapon, displayed in AR as blades or bullets. Direct physical attacks are forbidden by the rules.

*Battlefield
Battles against monsters are carried out in fields created beforehand. If the player leaves the field, their dimensional tuning will be cancelled and the monsters will disappear from their sight. Although the player can no longer be attacked, intentionally escaping the field results in a point loss as a penalty.

Data

*Unital
One of the countless #parallel worlds#(multiverse) in existence, assumed to be attempting to unite all universes. Nothing is known about its civilization or its inhabitants. Even the name ≪Unital≫ was created by terrans. They possess high-grade dimensional technology and send living weapons named the ≪DBA≫ through dimensional gates opened to Earth.

*DBA (Displaced Biological Arms)
Living weapons sent to Earth by Unital. A lot of them are based on creatures from Earth. At the present stage, they are slightly out of phase with our dimension, thus they are unperceivable to regular people and, in principle, cannot cause destruction; however, it is believed that they would materialise the moment more than a certain number of them were gathered. Fairly infrequently, possibly because of an error, there have been instances of individual creatures materialising, thus bringing about large damage to the surroundings.

*The Order
An international organisation founded to defend the Earth against dimensional invasions from Unital. Due to being the sole organisation capable of producing the dimensional devices known as the ≪D Tuner≫ and ≪D Weapons≫, even major governments cannot interfere with their affairs. Any data about the location of their base as well as their higher-ups is concealed. A person known as a ≪Commander≫ leads the defence force in each nation, though there are rumours that the person could actually be an AI.

*D Tuner
A dimensional tuning device developed by The Order that is equipped on the head like a headset. By using the device, it is possible to detect out-of-phase DBA; however, not everyone is capable of using it, as a certain compatibility factor is required. Details about this factor are concealed as well.

*The Compatibles (Adapts)
People who are compatible with D Tuners. They constitute only about 5 percent of the entire population. An examination at designated medical institutions can be performed for free; if the person is compatible, they can join The Order after passing their inspection. Due to the possibility of a rather high payment for the work without any danger to one's life during battles with the DBA, the number of young volunteers is by no means low. People who join The Order are officially known as the ≪Mobile Anti-DBA Troops≫, but they are frequently called ≪Adapts≫ or the ≪Troops≫.

*D Weapons
A weapon capable of attacking DBAs that is also developed by The Order. At the present, only a size fit for being carried by individuals has been created and the weapons are divided into three categories: the ≪Blade Type≫ for close-range attacks, the ≪Gun Type≫ for long-range attacks, and the ≪Wand Type≫ for support. Only DBA and other Adapts in tuned state can be attacked. By distributing dimensional energy, it is also possible to create armour.

*Materials
Energy crystals believed to be generated secondary to DBA being sent by Unital through dimensional gates. Like the DBA, the crystals are out-of-phase, thus, normally, they can neither be seen nor touched. They are an energy source for D Tuners and D Weapons, thus collecting them is an important mission of the Adapts. There are several varieties of the crystals and they can be either used to customise one's D Weapon or sent to The Order base for points. It is also possible to receive them by dealing damage to the DBA or to D Weapons held by other troops.

*Ranking Number
A rank bestowed to all troops based on their accumulated points. The higher one's ranking, the more powerful their D Weapon is and the bigger the reward they receive.

*Factions
Groups with a large number of affiliated The Order Mobile Troops. Originally, they were a mutual-help organisation for training newbies and cooperating to defeat the DBA, but eventually, due to a difference in principles, it split into three.

*Guardians
The biggest faction. It forbids attacking other troops except for cases of self-defence. They focus on finding and exterminating DBAs, which is the primary objective of The Order, and excel at organised tactics.

*Aggressors
The second faction in terms of strength. They profess that activity within The Order is a means of earning money, thus, to earn points, they are willing to not only attack DBAs, but members of other factions as well. They are considered to be criminals by the other factions, but due to being paid a salary from their faction in addition to the rewards from The Order, their numbers are by no means low.

*Arbiters
The third faction in terms of strength and the most puzzling one of them all. Their top priority is to solve the mysteries of the multiverse and Unital and there have been rumours that their leadership is aiming to co-exist with Unital. Their numbers are few, but due to customisations to their D Weapons with their unique technology, their power cannot be made light of.

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