Each playable character has their own origin sidequest that takes the player back to before they joined Svea. The player takes control of the single character for the duration of the quests with possible guests joining in but not being considered actual "party members" as they are not the pivotal person in the story; Michael is notably a guest in most of James's origin, while James is a guest in Michael's.
Not unlike the Different Dimension Dilemmas, the character's stats and abilities during the flashback are separate from the ones during main gameplay, oftentimes with a lower XP than when the player first encountered them.
Origin quests can be initiated at any time by talking to the character at camp, granted that:
- They have been recruited into the party
- The character has high enough affinity with the main character
- A certain checkpoint has been passed, specific for each character