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I'm legit fascinated by how wildly different Urpina's endings sound, so I'm considering trying to watch them all. Where are the various points of no return that I should keep saves prepared for in order to go back?
Best way to see all Endings with minimum number of replays: --------------------------------------------------------
1) Have a Branch Save with Chapter 2 [Sigfrei] complete and Chapter 3 [Scarlet Shards] in progress. Destroy all but the Megdasse and Hibernia Shards. You can get Ending 2 or 6 with this save.
You can see Ending 2 if you conspire with Adill and go through his Endgame.
You can see Ending 6, the "Take Me Firebringer!" Endgame, and fight the Firebringer if you go straight to Azhuacan and the Central Palace.
You can see Ending 6, Sasha going kamikaze and wanting Urpina to go back to Silmium to live her life (don't say "Yes" or you'll get a Game Over), and fight the Firebringer if you get the Shard in Megdasse, do the events correctly in Hibernia, say "No" to Sasha's out-of-nowhere "kind" request, and have her join you in the Central Palace.
2) Have another Branch Save with Chapter 2 [Scarlet Shards] in progress with five Shards destroyed. Save just before going to Azhuacan. From here you can choose whether or not you want to destroy the Ibex Ring. You can get Endings 1, 2, 4, or 5 with this save.
You can see Ending 1 by destroying the Ibex Ring and then selecting Chapter 3 [Phoenix] or you see get Ending 2 by NOT destroying the Ring and then choose Chapter 3 [Phoenix]. Either way, you should be able to go straight to Azhuacan and use the Phoenix Feather (watch the long 30 second flight), then make your way to the Central Palace.
If you destroyed the ring, you will get the Hardest Variation (4,4,4) for all Phases of the Bringer, so make sure you're ready for him!
If you don't want to deal with Hardbringer and you want to see Ending 1 (or you are going to spend a lot of time grinding), then you might as well choose NOT to destroy the Ibex Ring and then go for MAXIMUM TROLL with Chapter 3 [Sigfrei]. This path is pretty long. If you don't have him troll you hard enough, you'll likely get Ending 2.
You can get Ending 4 or 5 by destroying the Ibex Ring, selecting Chapter 3 [Sigfrei], and have him troll you pretty hard (5 or more points), so it's kind of a long path. If you fight him in the Central Palace, you'll get Ending 4. If you don't, you'll get Ending 5.
You could make another Branch Save in Azhuacan just before the Central Palace if you want so you don't have to repeat all of Chapter 3 just to get the other Ending.
3) Since Ending 3 only has one option: Chapter 2 [Sigfrei] with minimal Troll -> Chapter 3 [Phoenix], your best bet might be to make a Branch Save after Chapter 2 is complete. You can use that save to start Chapter 3 [Phoenix] for Ending 3 or you can do Chapter 3 [Scarlet Shards] and see #1 above for where to make that Branch Save.
It's hard for me to remember, but based on the descriptions of how to get there, and looking at your guide for final boss variations, I'm pretty sure I got Ending 1 via Scarlet Shards (Destroy the ring) -> Phoenix. On my first playthrough of SSG, I didn't do Sigfrei as an elective quest in anyone's scenario, so that rules out quite a lot of other things. I also know that for sure I got the hardest variants of the final boss. That said, looking at the chart for boss variations on your guide, I could have also done Phoenix -> Scarlet Shards (keep the ring) to get the same variations of the final boss, but I can't find what ending that's supposed to give.
Otherwise, it looks like the best places for branch saves are:
Ch.2 after starting Sigfrei (for Ending 3)
Ch.2 near the end of Scarlet Shards (for 1, 4, 5)
Ch.3 during Scarlet Shards after doing Sigfrei Ch.2 for (2, 6)
* Ch.2 after starting Sigfrei (for Ending 3) * Ch.2 near the end of Scarlet Shards (for 1, 4, 5) * Ch.3 during Scarlet Shards after doing Sigfrei Ch.2 for (2, 6) Is that right?
Pretty much, although you can make your branch save at the start of Chapter 3 after completing Chapter 2 Sigfrei (as long as you have less than 5 troll points). That way you can do Phoenix for Ending 3 or you can do Scarlet Shards for 2 or 6.