But let's start from the actual beginning of the story. When the player first arrives at the academy, Nemona goes off to get them a Tera Orb of their very own. The player then witnesses a timid looking girl with an Eevee backpack being harassed by two boisterous individuals claiming to be part of Team Star, who are trying to get her to join. The player intervenes and defeats the goons, prompting a stammered thank you from the girl, and much adoration from Nemona. From this interaction, we are led to believe that Team Star are a bunch of school skipping delinquents and bullies.
Cassiopeia calls the player again as they are about to head out from Mesagoza, and reveals the power structure of Team Star, being divided into five squads each headed up by a Boss. She then tasks the player with taking out the Bosses, and promises a reward for success. What she never explicitly says is that, having taken control of the player’s phone, she has access to all manner of blackmail material, should the player refuse to participate in Operation Starfall, but the threat is implied. Okay, maybe I'm slightly exaggerating Cassiopeia's intentions, but it really isn't that far of a stretch considering that the game goes out of its way to tell you that she "hacked" your phone instead of just called you, like a normal person would have. Still, kind of makes you wonder just what the player has been storing on that phone...
As we battle our way through the Bosses, the player is treated to flashbacks at the end of each successful raid, through which we learn that not all is as it seems when it comes to this particular group of misfits. We learn about the sinister sounding “Operation Star”, and the creation of the first menacing Starmobile, only to find out that Team Star weren’t the aggressors, and that “Operation Star” was meant as a collaborative effort to stand up to their bullies. We also learn about the sixth Boss of Team Star, who was the mastermind behind the group’s creation and who will only show up when all five of the more public Bosses are defeated. Additionally, we find out about the academy’s “zero tolerance” policy when it comes to bullying, and how the members of Team Star were supposed to be punished, despite literally never throwing a single punch and only trying to stand up for themselves.
I do have more to say about the story, in particular about Clive and Cassiopeia, but I will save that for next time.