Alter A.I.L.A. Genesis

Neok, what the heck do these shard items do?

No one seems to know!

If you don't mind me answering this, they are basically "currency" for extra abilities. By now you probably realized some gray floating guys in certain dungeons saying a description for a character. If you have access to the character at the time ( doesn't have to be in your active party, but that character has to be selectable as a choice for your active party ), it will ask you for a combination of the four shards in order to "purchase" that ability.

I hope that answered your question. And I do wonder if anyone found that bonus area I was asking about, guess the name wouldn't be too much of a spoiler, it's the Orbital Prison. And if someone can tell me how to use spoiler tags, I'll appreciate it so I can ask more specific/clearer questions.

Alter A.I.L.A. Genesis

First, I want to thank Neok and his team for creating such a great game.

(I don't know how to use spoiler tags here, so I'll try not to give too much away in my question.)

I managed to get to the O.P. Lv. 4, and can't seem to be able to advance any further at the moment. From the clues given it seems like I have to get all the extra abilities and do something with a big red/black figure. Problem is, I don't really know where to start looking for this figure, and I also wonder if there's a way to mark areas with extra abilities ( like the unique syncs in the Pan. ).