Fyggbloom hails the opening of the Heavenly Gates, and sets the Celestrians on the path to salvation.
And lo, it shall be in the celestial carriage that we, the chosen custodians, journey unto the Realm of the Almighty.— Legend among the Celestrians
The Starflight Express (Japanese Kanji: 天の箱舟 Hiragana: てんのはこぶね Romanji: Ten no Hakobune Heavenly Ark) is the celestial train which ferries Celestrians from the Observatory to the realm of the Almighty when Yggdrasil blossoms after being supplied with a sufficiency of benevolessence.
The pilot is a man named Sterling (who you find in a Gittish prison, the Gortress) and the copilot is a perky child-like faerie, Stella (who you find in Angel falls after finding the ghost of Erinn's father). During the events of Dragon Quest IX, the train crashes and the hero finds it on the way to the pass with Ivor. It must be rejuvenated by there being a Celestrian on board in order to fly again. Once you beat the game (and after completing Quest 39), Sterling gives you complete ownership of the train, and the hero can travel anywhere.
Unlike previous long-range vehicles, the Starflight Express can only travel to specific points within the Protectorate. Such points are marked by trees of blue light, positioned at critical locations in the story.
- When the Starflight is first seen, it has seven carriages, but when it becomes operational again, it only has three.
- The Starflight Express is a play on the "Starlight Express," a musical about trains by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
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