I have reached the conclusion of Tales of Xillia 2, and what an ending it was! There are actually three endings: a bad one that can be seen before entering the final area, The Land of Canaan, or the last choice that you make which leads to the death of one of the characters. The game continues after completion with new quests, bosses, a hidden dungeon and the ability to replay from the beginning with your items, levels or other bonuses. It was the introduction of the creator of the worlds, Origin, that got my creative juices flowing, though. He is the maker of all spirits and has appeared in several other Tales games.
Hearing him talk about the souls of mankind and how important they are to him was interesting, but some statements were contrary to what God Himself would say of us. Origin reveals that he has been watching everyone since the beginning of time. Nothing is a mystery to him, yet he remains curious as to how people live their lives. His main job is to purify souls to either be reincarnated or cast into the void (sounds like Death Parade), but he is having trouble because of all the sins that humans have perpetuated.
Chronos, the spirit of time and space, wants to eradicate all of humanity so his friend Origin does not have to continue to suffer. To stop Chronos, the heroes have to pass Origin’s Trial and erase all the Fractured Dimensions. A sacrifice must be made, and it’s either Ludger or Elle that the player can choose, and you get a separate ending for each.
What I want to dive deeper into about is Origin, his purpose, and how it relates to our own lives. He is the creator, basically God in the Tales world. He is obviously inspired by Eastern religions because of his involvement in reincarnation. For myself, being a Christian I do not believe in cyclical reincarnation as the Bible states that we all die once and then are judged (Hebrew 9:27), nor am I sure what the “void”, though I assume it’s hell. Origin’s judgement that all humanity is full of sin and depravity is interesting because he states that at the end of life, all that’s left in our souls is evil.
I don’t accept a reality where, no matter how we live, God will only find malice in our spirits. We come from Heaven, created from the true origin of all creation, Jehovah. Standing before this pale, small god in Xillia 2, I was unimpressed. The God that I serve is real, His voice strikes like lightning (Psalm 29:7), eyes like fire (Revelation 19:12), and sent His Son Jesus Christ to cleanse us from all evil through His blood. The one sacrifice that we needed to eliminate all the impurity in our hearts, minds and souls has already been done. All we need to do is accept it, repent and be forgiven. Unfortunately, a lot of people would rather live life on their own terms not realizing that God’s path is better (Deuteronomy 30:19).
Our souls are soiled throughout the years, depending on the experiences we’ve taken part of, negative words we have said, addictions we are bound to, not wanting to forgive others, or being spiteful towards others. Regardless of the circumstances of our failures, Christ has given us a way to be made white as snow while we are still on the Earth, and in the life to come. His death on the cross that he died on was the payment God required for all of humanity to be set free from sin (Romans 6:18). The only choice that we make that decides where we spend eternity is whether we accepted that Christ rose from the dead and paid our judgement. There is no debate once we leave this mortal soil, angels will not stand in a Heavenly court of law and discuss if we were “good enough” to make it in, or if we made some bad choices years ago that caused us to be sent to the void.
Ludger can either give himself for Elle, or she for him. If he dies, she can continue to live on in this world, but if disappears, then Ludger continues his life, meets his future wife and she will conceive Elle. I choose the one where Ludger dies instead of her first, but I have to go back and choose the other decision to see what I missed. The fact that a sacrifice has to be made to complete the game shows how much they care for one another, but also how cruel this Origin is knowing that he could prevent it if he chooses. In fact, he is more interested in how their emotions play out than actually being merciful. Again, this is contrary to our Heavenly Father who wants the best for us, loves us, and is not watching us to see how we react. He knows how many hairs are on our heads, when we wake up or go to sleep, and even our thoughts.
To conclude this game with meeting the creator of it all was a treat, and listening to what he had to say was also pretty interesting. Overall, the ending was a pleasant experience that wrapped up the game well. I hope you enjoyed my posts on Tales of Xillia 2, and if you haven’t checked out the previous ones then check out the links below. God bless, and I hope this article helped you get closer to the one and true Son of God, Jesus Christ, who wants to have a personal relationship with you. Get to know Him and you will end up finding out your purpose in this life, since He’s the one that made you with that purpose in mind.