Casting the Net
Lightning and the others leave Snow behind with the crystallized Serah. As they continue their flight across the glassy expanse of Lake Bresha, the four companions spy a large contingent of Sanctum soldiers.
In order to hunt down and exterminate the Purge fugitives, the government is mobilizing an inordinate number of troops. The excessive reaction is further proof of Cocoon’s fear and hatred of Pulse. Even those who have barely come into contact with lowerworld elements cannot be permitted to exist.
This all-consuming fear of some imagined corruption is the origin of the Purge. The entire population of a town was subjected to the Purge simply for living near the uncovered Pulse fal’Cie.
It was Cocoon’s citizens, in their terror, who allowed such an extreme policy to become a reality — the government simply acted in response to the will of the people. And Eden, the fal’Cie who guides the Sanctum, gave its tacit consent through silence.
Now, after untold bloodshed, a military net is closing around the fleeing l’Cie, driven by the clamoring of a panicked and angry populace.