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Sophia Esteed is Fayt's childhood friend and perhaps even his sweetheart. Her father is a close friend and research partner of Fayt's parents and, as a result, the two families have spent a lot of time together. Sophia has an ongoing interest in the history of Symbology, so it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone to learn how talented she is at it.
—Official Strategy Guide

Sophia Esteed (ソフィア・エスティード, Sofia Esutīdo?) is one of the main characters of Star Ocean: Till the End of Time. An Earthling born on the orbital colony Moonbase and who later moved to Earth, she is a childhood friend of Fayt Leingod. She also makes a playable appearance in Star Ocean: Anamnesis.

Story

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Sophia is caught up in the attack on Hyda IV with Fayt. She escapes with Fayt, but they are soon split up by different escape pods. It is then discovered she was captured by the Vendeeni, being a key part in ultimately luring Fayt into the open. Fortunately, the Vendeeni attempt doesn't succeed, it being thwarted at the Kirlsa Training Facility. After being rescued she joins the party on their trip to Moonbase, where, Sophia learns that she, too, was experimented on by Dr. Leingod and Dr. Esteed as a child and given the power of Connection. Sophia uses this power on Styx to allow the party to enter the 4D Space.
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Profile

You just have to believe what you feel in your heart. Let's choose to believe.
—Sophia Esteed
She is a fairly odd girl, at least for the time and age she lives in (S.D. 772), for she enjoys cooking, cleaning, and basic things traditionally considered "feminine".

Because she is such close friends with Fayt and his parents, as well as her and Fayt's parents working together, she is considered a member of the family and refers to Fayt's father and mother as "Uncle Robert" and "Aunty Ryoko". It is of interest to note that in several official sources, she is hinted to be Fayt's potential 'sweetheart' and several private actions within the game reinforce said implications of underlying romance between the two, although oddly enough, their couple ending, in which they reunite with Ryoko Leingod and Sophia's parents, contains no such hints. Two noteworthy examples are presented on Hyda IV and in Castle Aquaria near the end of the journey.

Gameplay

Sophia Meteor Swarm

Sophia invokes Meteor Swarm.

Sophia is the game's resident Symbologist and uses staves in battle. Her normal attacks at short range involve whacks and swats with her staff, while her long range attacks shoot balls of pink energy which damage enemy MP (her long range strong attack is especially effective for this). Sophia learns every symbol available to the party in the game and her Connection gene manifests in her most powerful skills as summoning symbols. Blood Scylla summons a demon that drains health and mana from enemies and bestows it on her. Gremlins summons a series of hamster-like creatures that swarm enemies and deal damage while interrupting their actions with multiple hits. Her most powerful symbol, Meteor Swarm, manifests differently than any other spell. Sophia dances on the spot, reciting a long incantation before finally facing the heavens and calling the attack. Many enormous, flaming meteors then rain down on the field for an extended period of time, dealing massive damage to enemies.

Because of her pure emphasis on casting, Sophia is essentially the same as Celine from Star Ocean: The Second Story. Being the team's quintessential caster means she has low attack, defense and HP in comparison to her sturdier allies, and she cannot withstand a lot of punishment from enemies. While she can use Aerial and Charge like everyone else can, she will never make the best use of them, though a staff designed around physical attack power through Item Creation can let Sophia work around her caster archetype if the player so desires.

Symbology

Her levels in Symbology are Major Healing, Major Destructive and Major Supportive.

Skill Acquired at Level MP Cost Fury CP
Healing 3 20 20 -
Antidote 4 10 20 -
Fire Bolt 5 10 / 124 20/42 2
Silence 5 10 20 -
Ice Needles 10 10 / 124 20/42 2
Acid Rain 12 15 20 -
Lightning Blast 15 10 / 124 20/42 3
Protection 17 30 20 -
Earth Glaive 19 10 / 124 20/42 3
Cure Condition 20 15 20 -
Power Up 21 30 20 -
Restoration 22 60 MP 60 -
Efreet 25 35 / 199 30/60 5
Crush 29 25 20 -
Thunder Flare 30 40 / 199 30/60 4
Faerie Light 33 40 20 -
Deep Freeze 35 80 / 250 30/60 6
Reflection 37 30 20 -
Dark Sphere 40 200 / 380 40/72 -
Stone Rain 45 80 / 250 40/72 5
Gravitation 47 30 20 -
Explosion 50 300 / 680 40/72 7
Laser Beams 54 150 / 300 40/72 7
Angel Feather 57 30 20 -
Lightning Strike 60 300 / 720 50/86 8
Southern Cross Found in Sphere 211 (106th level) 120 30 6
Blood Scylla Found in Maze of Tribulations B1F 300 40 7
Gremlins Found in Sphere 211 (209th level) 50 MP 30 6
Meteor Swarm Found in Sphere 211 (210th level) 10


Star Ocean: Anamnesis

Sophia esteed icon Sophia SOA Caster

Information Staff - Gacha Permanent - ACE 5☆ to 6☆
Talents
Schoolgirl Drama II INT +50% (Self)
Green-Eyed Monster II Critical Rate +30% (All Caster)
Good Planner II AP Consumption -20% (All Caster)
Self-Mastery Reduce Symbology Cast Time by 30% (Self)
Rush Combo
Additional Effect Power Max Hit Count
Meteor Swarm (Fire Element) INT +70% & AP Consumption -60% (Self 20 secs) INT x 3,500% 9
Skills
AP Cost Power Max Hit Count
Plunging Fire Bolts (Fire Element) 20 INT x 200% 6
Stone Rain (Earth Element) 35 INT x 460% 5
Enhance 60 ATK +25% (Party, 20 seconds) 1
Violent Explosion (Fire Element) 45 INT x 770% 14
LB 10 Level 70 Stats
HP 12,285
ATK 1,563
INT 4,095
DEF 1,327
HIT 1,057
GRD 833



Everlasting summer sophia esteed icon Summer Sophia SOA Healer

Information Orb - Gacha Limited - ACE 5☆ to 6☆
Talents
Seaside Enchantress II INT +20% & Recover allies AP when using Offensive Symbology (Self)
Making Waves II AP Consumption -40% & INT Damage +30% when Skill Chain 3 or above (Self)
Cat Ball and Sandals II ATK & INT Damage +20% (All Allies) & Nullify "Movement Speed Decrease" Effect (Self & All Close Ranged Weapon Allies)
Summer Combo Symbology Cast Time Reduced by 30% & AP Consumption -10%(Self)
Rush Combo
Additional Effect Power Max Hit Count
Lightning-Fast Service (Lightning Element) Heal 50% of Max HP & INT +40% (All Allies 20 seconds) INT x 3,000% 4
Skills
AP Cost Power Max Hit Count
Thunder Wave (Lightning Element) 35 INT x 580% 4
Lightning Wave (Lightning Element) 20 INT x 200% 10
Faerie Light Wave 30 INT x 120% 1
Thunder Strike (Lightning Element) 47 INT x 770% 10
LB 10 Level 70 Stats
HP 13,965
ATK 1,747
INT 3,010
DEF 1,327
HIT 1,050
GRD 1,148



Youth sophia esteed icon Youth Sophia SOA Shooter

Information Daggers - Gacha Permanent - ACE 5☆ to 6☆
Talents
Yearning Feelings Damage +40% (All Allies) / Single Target Damage +15% when distance between Target is Long (All Allies)
Earnest Learning of Love At 30% HP or higher, has a 90% chance to survive a fatal blow (All Long Range Weapon Allies) / Ease of Stun +15 (All Long-Ranged Weapon Allies)
The Power to Connect AP Recovery from Normal Attack +100% when distance to Target is Short (All Allies) / AP Consumption -15% (Self)
Unconcealable Jealousy ATK+15% (Self)
Rush Combo
Additional Effect Power Max Hit Count
Blood Scylla Recover 30% HP (All Allies) / ATK・INT Damage +25% (All Allies 20 seconds) ATK x 3,500% 5
Skills
AP Cost Power Max Hit Count
Flying Guillotine 15 ATK x 170% 2
Sylvan Shot 13 ATK x 150% 8
Unholy Terror 29 ATK x 310% 5
Gremlin Lair (Earth Element) 31 ATK x 420% 10
LB 10 Level 70 Stats
HP 15,645
ATK 2,868
INT 1,563
DEF 1,549
HIT 1,253
GRD 924



Maid sophia esteed icon Maid Sophia SOA Shooter

Information Guns - Gacha Limited - ACE 5☆ to 6☆
Talents
Cat Eared Maid Damage +40% (All Allies) / Damage +50%, 60% at 100 and 200 hitcount (All Allies)
Cat Counting Song Reduce AP Usage by 10%, 20% at 50 and 100 hitcount when far from enemy (All Long Ranged Weapon Allies)
Cat's Loud Chorus Rush Combo Damage +40%, when hitcount is 250 or above (Self)
Connection・Cat Reduce AP Usage for evasions by 50% (All Allies) / Evasion Distance and Speed +100% (Self)
Rush Combo
Additional Effect Power Max Hit Count
Cradle Song・Beat Critical Chance +30%, Reduce AP Usage by 40% (Self 20 seconds) ATK x 4,000% 6
Skills
AP Cost Power Max Hit Count
Skyline Shooting 16 ATK x 320% 3
Stardust Aim 15 ATK x 290% 3
Hard Knocker 16 ATK x 310% 4
Sweep Trigger 32 ATK x 890% 11
LB 10 Level 70 Stats
HP 14,070
ATK 2,494
INT 1,575
DEF 1,720
HIT 1,253
GRD 931



Srf sophia esteed icon SRF Sophia SOA Shooter

Information Bow - Gacha Limited - ACE 5☆ to 6☆
Talents
Motivation for Research DMG +35%, 50% and 65% at 100 and 250 hitcount (All Allies)
Longing to Catch-up Hitcount timer decay +2s (All Allies) / AP Recovery Speed +100%, Battleskills deals an extra hit worth 5% of damage dealt (Self)
This Year's Goals Abnormal Status Immunity for 180 seconds, Enables Air Dodge, Rush Damage +60%, when hitcount is 400 or above (Self)
Change and Stability ATK +20%, AP +20 (Self)
Rush Combo
Additional Effect Power Max Hit Count
Double Crescent Wing ATK +80%, AP Consumption -30% (Self/20sec) ATK x 5,000% 12
Skills
AP Cost Power Max Hit Count
Savage Sparrow 16 ATK x 160% 9
Crescent Wing 29 ATK x 300% 2
Chaotic Blossoms 50 ATK x 1,480% 11
Crimson Squall 42 ATK x 1,240 9
LB 10 Level 70 Stats
HP 14,520
ATK 3,094
INT 1,671
DEF 1,790
HIT 1,320
GRD 988



Singing Star Sophia Esteed Icon Singing Star Sophia SOA Shooter

Information Launcher - Gacha Limited - ACE 5☆ to 6☆
Talents
LOVE CONNECTION ATK & INT Damage +20%, ATK & INT Damage +45% when not behind the target (All Allies)
Caretaker of the cats AP -15% when not behind the target, AP -30% when 100% HP and not behind the target (All Allies)
Orange Connection Critical chance +50% when 100% HP, Critical damage +50% (Self), Damage Taken -100% when dodging (Self/0.5 second)
Feelings that Connect ATK +20%, HIT +10%
Rush Combo
Additional Effect Power Max Hit Count
Nyanderful Stage ATK +80%, HP Recovery 10% every 3 seconds (Self/20 seconds) ATK x 5,000% 5
Skills
AP Cost Power Max Hit Count
Black Hole Sphere 32 ATK x 340% 10
Shocking Scratch 18 ATK x 170% 3
Quicksilver Bullet 18 ATK x 170% 5
Nyastice Savior 30 ATK x 710% 6
LB 10 Level 70 Stats
HP 14,175
ATK 2,993
INT 1,563
DEF 1,720
HIT 1,378
GRD 931

Family Tree

Sophia Tree


Gallery

Till the End of Time
Material Trader
Anamnesis