|“||The old world left many ruins that dot our landscape today. In fact, the town of Portia was built on an old city called Dubei. Some ruins are still very dangerous, so you should stay away. Especially you, Toby.||„|
|— Lucy, teaching at Portia School|
Portia is a growing city-state located on the coast of the Western Sea. Portia is part of the Alliance of Free Cities, a group of cities bound to protect from an antagonistic nation called Duvos. The city is located on the southeastern portion of the Alliance of Free Cities, bordering Sandrock, Walnut Groove, and the island of Vega 5.
The player arrives to Portia from Barnarock via boat to start a new life at their Pa's workshop, and the story of the game is all about the player getting to know the citizens, expanding the prosperity and influence of the town, and protecting it from outside forces that seek to do harm.
Age of Darkness
Prior to Portia's establishment, according to Lucy, the land that seats Portia was formerly known as Dubei. After a calamity that befell the world 330 years ago, the world was shrouded in darkness and societies were disrupted, with only old ruins and damaged structures remaining from the old world. The human population dwindled drastically, while monster populations overtook areas that humans had previously settled.
100 years before the current age, a man named Peach dispelled the clouds and brought sunshine back to the world, allowing modern civilization to begin to rebuild. His heroism is celebrated everywhere, leading the townsfolk of Portia to create a statue honoring him in the town commons of his namesake. The anniversary of this event is celebrated as the Day of the Bright Sun.
The establishment of Portia
Over 80 years ago, Portia was established over the ruins of Dubei. At the same time, the Alliance of Free Cities was formed, when settlers from Ethea settled in the area.
After the arrival of the player from their hometown of Barnarock, Portia began thriving, with new structures and access to several new areas previously inaccessible on foot. A neighboring town called South Block was built with the help of A&G Construction to serve as a resting place for travelers arriving from Sandrock through the Eufaula Tunnel. The Portia Museum also opened its doors, led by Research Center director Merlin.
Battle of Portia
Having discovered the Locator Computer used to located the All Source AI, the Sky Sharks assumed the role of the Council Guards and sent the Rogue Knight, Everglade, under the guise as Ursula, and her team to Portia to retrieve and take over the All Source AI. With the All Source AI under their control, the Rogue Knight unleashed an AI invasion upon Portia, hurled the Wishing Tree towards the Portia School, and destroyed Central Plaza's gate. However, thanks to the efforts of the player and the Civil Corps, the Rogue Knight and the All Source AI were defeated. The Rogue Knight fled the scene after being bested by Django, whom was secretly the Storm Knight.
Weeks after the Battle of Portia, Portia's school and gate were rebuilt. A new fully-grown Wishing Tree was planted in the place of the old one.
Places of interests
- Main article: Map
Portia is home to several places, such as the school, Research Center, Portia Times, and more.
The residents of Portia are known as Portians. There are currently 51 known residents living in Portia, including the player and the other Builders. A majority of the current inhabitants are immigrants, though there are many native Portians.
The Church of the Light is Portia's main religion. Lee is the Minister of Portia's branch of the Church of the Light, with Nora as a Sister. The church is located on top of the hill, above the Abandoned Ruins #1. Every Sunday, Portians attend church to listen to Lee preach against technological advancement and the use of harmful or dangerous technology.
The Portia School is the educational facility for younger generations, taught by Lucy. Lucy teaches Toby, Jack, Dolly, Polly, and Molly various subjects, including the history of Portia and mathematics.
Law and government
Portia, as a member of the Alliance, was involved in the war with Duvos in the past. There is currently a peace treaty in place between the Alliance and Duvos.
Portia does not have a militaristic group; however, a local Civil Corps branch is operated by Arlo. Sam and Remington are the other two members of Portia's Civil Corps. The headquarters are located in northern Portia, near the Abandoned Ruins #2. Criminal or suspicious subjects are confined in the holding cell in the Civil Corps headquarters.
Like other cities in the Alliance, Portia uses gols as the main currency.
- Main article: Commerce Guild
The Commerce Guild is the center of commerce and trade for the city of Portia. Presley is the commissioner of the Portia branch, helped by Antoine working at the front desk and providing payment to the Builders. Antoine also runs the Gift Exchange shop, where badges can be traded for seasonal clothing, furniture, and other goods.
Portia supplies water to Sandrock, due to its lack of water.
Some exports are handled by the Builders of Portia: other cities in the Alliance occasionally request assembled items via commissions on the Commerce Guild board, and various items and animals can be exported via requests on the South Block Trade Post's bulletin board.
Some of the offerings at The Round Table are either directly imported from other towns or made from recipes that are from elsewhere. These dishes and drinks include: Highwind Fried Rice, Meidi's Fish Stew, Duvos Winter Punch, Seesai Fruit Mix, Tallsky Goat Milk, and more.
During the last two days of every season, the Mysterious Man visits Portia to sell rare goods gathered from his travels. His store near the Collapsed Wasteland is never open; he exclusively sells goods in-person.
Technology in Portia is not as advanced as Vega 5's is. Transportation is limited to basic motorized vehicles on land and a simple passenger liner on sea that is run by Wuwa. Eventually, the Portia Harbor is transformed into a commercial hub for sea trade, with the addition of a lighthouse and harbor crane.
The Research Center, directed by Merlin, is the technological facility where the scientists can research the relics of the past and extract data from ancient Data Discs to create diagrams for advanced technology.
Initially, Portia had little to no tourist attractions other than its Abandoned Ruins and Martha's Bakery, whose fresh bread was enough to tempt the occasional tourist to visit. With the help of the player, several new attractions were built to attract tourists from the Free Cities and other surrounding areas.
Tourist attractions include:
- The Portia Museum
- The Haunted Cave
- Hot air balloon rides
- The Hot Springs Inn
- South Block
- Starlight Island
The practice of sparring is a recreational activity from a more dangerous time when people would have to protect themselves more often. However, it helps the townsfolk stay safe when traversing outside the town walls, where monsters roam. Most monsters near the town are passive unless provoked, though some powerful ones, such as Balloon Urchins, are aggressive.
- Spring hosts the Fishing Day and Day of the Bright Sun
- Summer hosts the Martial Arts Tournament and Day of Memories
- Autumn hosts the Land Run and Autumn Festival
- Winter hosts the Snowball Battle and Winter Solstice
During these festivities, Portians are more grateful towards gifts given by the player, rewarding double the relationship points.
There are numerous art pieces on display in Portia, all of which can be viewed on the gallery page. Some of the popular artwork seen throughout town include: