The Temple Grounds (known as the Gates of Judgement Luminotheus in the Japanese release) is a large area on the Temple Mountain on Aether. It is called such due to the fact that the Great Temple is in the center. Many vermin like Splinters are commonly found here, along with odd plantlife resembling trees. It acts as a sort of hub area in Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, with elevators to Torvus, Agon, and Sanctuary Fortress that Samus Aran uses to travel to these regions initially during her mission. The Dark Aether version of this region is the Sky Temple Grounds.
Areas and main rooms
This sector can be divided into three main areas:
Splinter Hive (subterranean area)
This area is mostly underground and is the first area to be explored in the game by Samus. It has traces of a previous attempt to colonize the area by the GFMC Task Force Herakles. The hive is full of dead troopers reanimated by the Ing, along with lifeless marine corpses and Splinters.
GFMC area (east area)
This area was colonized by the GFMC and is partially industrialised. It also has many Luminoth ruins, and includes the elevators to the Agon Wastes and the Sanctuary Fortress. Some dead Galactic Federation troopers can be found here, killed by Splinters or other local predators.
Ruins area (west area)
- The eerie theme that plays in the Splinter Hive area was later remixed as Shadows in Metroid Prime Hunters.
- Leading up to the Industrial Site, the Moth Temple Intro theme will play.
- Upon entering the Industrial Site, Moth Temple Reveal Intro plays and becomes the main theme of the Temple Grounds from that point.
|Areas of Aether|
|Temple Grounds | Agon Wastes | Torvus Bog | Sanctuary Fortress | Great Temple|
|Areas of Dark Aether|
|Sky Temple Grounds | Dark Agon Wastes | Dark Torvus Bog | Ing Hive | Sky Temple|