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- "Why'd that girl ever choose me? And why did she give this thing to me?"
- — Shugo —
The Phoenix Feather (不死鳥の羽) is the third episode of .hack//Legend of the Twilight.
Late at night, in the town of Mac Anu Hotaru is approached by a girl carrying a Baby Grunty. The girl tells her that she'll be going away for a few days, and asks Hotaru to take care of her Grunty while she's gone. Unsure at first, Hotaru soon warms up to the small creature and agrees to watch over it.
The next day Mireille shows Shugo, Rena, and Ouka her hideout. The hideout, a very expensive and rare item is a building located in Mac Anu which Mireille uses to store all of her things. Inside of the hideout Mireille inspects Shugo's Twilight Bracelet. After comparing it to other more common bracelet items she speculates that Shugo's Bracelet could be an ultra rare, max level item. Ouka agrees with her, saying that the vast difference between the Bracelet's item level, and Shugo's character level were probably responsible for the rogue Drain Arc that occurred during the Cherry Blossom Event. In short, the Bracelet is too powerful of an item for Shugo to control at his current level. Wanting to help her brother, Rena suggests that they all go out and help Shugo level up.
The four travel to a a field together, looking at the field info Shugo notices that its level is way above his. However Ouka, Mireille, and Rena are able to handle the monsters without much trouble. Since Shugo is also in their party, he is able to gain experience from their kills and quickly gains several levels. However while exploring a dungeon Shugo accidentally opens a trapped chest containing a level down trap. The trap sends him back to level 1, upset he logs out of the field and returns to town.
Elsewhere Balmung meets with his assistant Reki. Reki gives him his report on the recent monster attacks in The World. He informs Balmung that no record of the events were found in CC Corp's records, and that nobody he asked within the company had any information on it, including the other System Administrators. Disturbed, Balmung orders him to send a message about it to CC Corp's top brass.