- "You just have to believe what you feel in your heart. Let's choose to believe."
Sophia Esteed is one of the main characters of Star Ocean: Till the End of Time. She's a childhood friend of Fayt Leingod. She is a 17 year old Earthling, born on the orbital colony Moonbase, and then moved to Earth. 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 contains no such hints. Two noteworthy examples are presented on Hyda IV and in Castle Aquaria near the end of the journey.
- "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 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.
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.
|Skill Name||Level Acq||HP/MP Useage||Fury%||CP|
|Fire Bolt||5||10 / 124 MP||20/42||2|
|Ice Needles||10||10 / 124 MP||20/42||2|
|Acid Rain||12||15 MP||20||-|
|Lightning Blast||15||10 / 124 MP||20/42||3|
|Earth Glaive||19||10 / 124 MP||20/42||3|
|Cure Condition||20||15 MP||20||-|
|Power Up||21||30 MP||20||-|
|Efreet||25||35 / 199 MP||30/60||5|
|Thunder Flare||30||40 / 199 MP||30/60||4|
|Faerie Light||33||40 MP||20||-|
|Deep Freeze||35||80 / 250 MP||30/60||6|
|Dark Sphere||40||200 / 380 MP||40/72||-|
|Stone Rain||45||80 / 250 MP||40/72||5|
|Explosion||50||300 / 680 MP||40/72||7|
|Laser Beams||54||150 / 300 MP||40/72||7|
|Angel Feather||57||30 MP||20||-|
300 / 720 MP
|Southern Cross||Has to be found in the Sphere 211 106th level||120 MP||30||6|
Has to be found in the Maze of Tribulations B1F
|Gremlins||Has to be found in the Sphere 211 209th level||50 MP||30||6|
Has to be found in the Sphere 211 210th level
Sophia appears as an obtainable character.