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Caught up in the brutal Purge while on vacation to Bodhum, Hope finds himself a witness in the ensuing chaos when his mother, Nora Estheim, volunteers her determination unto NORA and takes up arms against PSICOM to save him. However, the battle she would enter meets a very quick end when PSICOM obliterates the area. As the railway beneath her crumbles, Snow Villiers, NORA's leader, catches Nora mid-fall. Her grip slips, and she plummets to her death, though not before ordering Snow to "get him home". Having witnessed the trauma from above, Hope now struggles to come to terms with his own grief over losing his mother, though comforted by fellow Purge survivor Oerba Dia Vanille. Little does he know that he will soon have a role to play in saving humanity.
The main track for the event was "Hope's Theme".
- This was the 25th Challenge Event, excluding reissues, in the game's six-month international history.
- This event marked the first time a third character has been offered in an event.